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and more threats…

posted by awelborn

…in Zimbabwe: Officers from Zimbabwe’s security agency have warned Catholic priests not to distribute local language versions of a pastoral letter that is highly critical of the deepening political and economic crisis here. Zimbabwe’s bishops’ conference issued a pastoral letter, […]

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Sit, Stand or Kneel?

posted by awelborn

Really excellent video from the folks at SQPN – the first in their series, "That Catholic Show." Four minutes of good content, very engagingly and appropriately presented (I like how Jennifer sort of whispers when she’s doing a portion from […]

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New Melbourne Auxiliaries

posted by awelborn

Two appointed. Zadok comments on one: Mons Peter J Elliott, who is the author of Ceremonies of the Modern Roman Rite – probably the sanest and most reasonable practical book on how to celebrate the liturgy of Paul VI. A […]

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Drawn by Love

posted by awelborn

Thanks to a commentator for pointing us to this marvelous site dedicated to St. Catherine of Siena, the work of Thomas McDermott, OP, who teaches spiritual theology at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.

More from St. Louis

posted by awelborn

I would be remiss if I didn’t note two short opinion pieces that appeared in the St. Louis paper over the weekend on the Archbishop Burke flap. First, from Charles E. Bouchard, O.P., is president of Aquinas Institute of Theology: […]

From across the seas

posted by awelborn

A circuitous bleg, via St. Meinrad seminarian Dennis, originating from a blogging friend in Ireland, who asks: A question came my way recently….friend of a friend, started dating a Muslim. He’s trying to convince her to convert to Islam, presumably […]

Threats

posted by awelborn

…in Italy: Few teachings of the Catholic Church generate debate like its position on homosexuality, but death threats in recent days against Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa, President of the Italian bishops’ conference, mark a new level of intensity in […]

If you speak Italian..

posted by awelborn

There’s a reader forum going at Avenire, the newspaper of the Italian bishops’ conference. The forum offers reader reactions to Benedict’s book on Jesus.

Saints days

posted by awelborn

Catching up on some saints and what some Catholic bloggers have been saying about them: Today, of course, is the feast of St. Catherine of Siena. Naturally enough, a couple of good posts are to be found at the blog […]

Good Shepherd

posted by awelborn

Today, Pope Benedict ordained 22 men to the priesthood at St. Peter’s. AsiaNews reports: Twenty two young men from Italy, but also from the Philippines, Peru, Ecuador, Dominican Republic and Slovakia were ordained today by Benedict XVI in a suggestive […]

“On a light note”

posted by awelborn

The Dispatch reports on the fund-raiser for Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital: Archbishop Raymond Burke made it to the Fox Theatre Saturday — but only as a punch line. When Bob Costas, the evening’s host, walked onto the stage he scanned […]

Cover Pope

posted by awelborn

Well, many of you have seen the cover, but here’s Teresa Benedetto’s translation of the article about the Pope in this month’s German edition of Vanity Fair written by Peter Seewald. (Oh..one more prepositional phrase in that sentence! Come on!) […]

He’s goin’ down

posted by awelborn

(Yes, he went down it about fifteen times. And wanted more.)

“Streets Full of Water. Please Advise.” *

posted by awelborn

I actually have a stack of books to review here, but before I attempt to get to them, a quick, light one. (First, a note on how I pick books to read. I have scads of religion/history books that are […]

Today is bananas!

posted by awelborn

B-A-N-A-N-A-S! In which we do a TV wrap-up post. After a good start on the first episode of The Sopranos, I have failed to give us space to discuss subsequent eps. Mea Culpa. I’m just going to say that I’ve […]

Not of This World

posted by awelborn

Put this one on your Netflix/Blockbuster/Whatever list: Not of This World, a 1999 Italian film about a religious sister who finds a baby in a park. Really. I’m not going to go into detail on the plot, because a great […]

Ye Olde Anglican Rumor Mill

posted by awelborn

Chris Johnson posts a contribution – the comments are a necessary read, as folks sort through such a possibility. I have a hard time seeing it myself, but…who knows! By-the-by, I’m pulling this from the comments over there, not because […]

Conversion

posted by awelborn

A marvelous story from  a priest with origins in Sri Lanka: Fifth of six brothers, his was a poor Buddhist family and early on his lost his father. From adolescence Nihal desired to become a monk: “Each and every month […]

Because Benedict isn’t popular and is invisible

posted by awelborn

Via PRF: the first ten days of book sales: VATICAN CITY, April 27 (ASCA) – Sales of Pope Benedict’s JESUS OF NAZARETH have been tremendous. Radio Vatricasn reports that 10 days since it first came out, tHE book has ALready […]

In or Out?

posted by awelborn

Inside the Vatican has an interview w/Sr. Sara Butler of the ITC on Limbo. On Sr. Sara: In hopes of shedding some light on this controversial theological matter, Inside the Vatican’s Andrew Rabel, an Australian Catholic writer, in late April […]

A look at Jesus

posted by awelborn

John Allen’s been reading the Italian edition of Pope Benedict’s book: The English edition of Jesus of Nazareth goes on sale from Doubleday May 15, and an excerpt will be carried in the May 11 edition of Newsweek. (That should […]

Chagall and Jesus

posted by awelborn

From today’s WSJ: Throughout his life, even when he briefly held a position as Soviet commissar for art in Vitebsk after the Revolution, Chagall was drawn to what we might call a "pre-Christian" Jesus, a Jewish Jesus who would not […]

The next synod

posted by awelborn

The "Lineamenta " or..well, plan for the next Synod of Bishops has been announced: In the Holy See Press Office at midday today, Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, presented the "Lineamenta" for the Twelfth Ordinary […]

Renewal

posted by awelborn

I missed this a few days ago – in the NYTimes, an article about the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal: (which oddly, doesn’t mention Fr. Groeschel, profiled in the Times a couple of months ago) IT was 9 o’clock on […]

Are you prepared?

posted by awelborn

There has been quite a discussion going on in other blogs about evangelism and Catholicism. I have been thinking I needed to bring them up, but have never quite gotten around to it. But now, reading a post from another […]

80 years ago

posted by awelborn

At his blog, Morning’s Minion draws our attention to an interesting Supremem Court case – 80 years old. The case was Virginia’s involuntary sterilization of the mentally retarded. 8 of the justices upheld the statute, with a majority opinion written […]

Round-up

posted by awelborn

Two pope pieces: John Allen on Benedict as a "pope of surprises," using Limbo and the Motu Proprio as his starting points: So, what do these two very personal touches of Benedict XVI have to teach us about his papacy? […]

HWTN…cont’d

posted by awelborn

What you’ve been waiting for…another schedule for the Holy Whapping Television Network: 9:00 PM. Trading Chancels – The late Martin Travers guest-hosts this week’s episode, where we watch the new cathedral in Oakland get turned into a perfect 1/6th scale […]

Obviously..

posted by awelborn

,,,folks are interested in Burke v. Crow. Four emails already! I’m on it! The story: Rock singer Sheryl Crow was coming home to Missouri this weekend to sing her polished, roots-rock songs at the Fox Theater to help raise money […]

The Pope says…

posted by awelborn

Thanks!

McCain and the NRLC

posted by awelborn

For the most part, I am trying to stay out of the ’08 election until, you know…’08, if possible. But I thought Charlotte Allen’s Weekly Standard article on McCain and the National Right to Life Committee was well-done and worth […]

And…

posted by awelborn

Big discussion going on at Pontifications about what Fr. Richard McBrien did or didn’t say about Limbo. Michael Liccione has more on the Limbo issue in general.

More on SLU

posted by awelborn

The thread down below will be closed and you may comment, if you wish, on this thorough post by Matthew Fish SLU avoids violating the Federal Establishment Clause (which, apropos of Lemon v. Kurtzman means ‘excessive entanglement’ between religion and […]

The Times weighs in

posted by awelborn

…on the majority’s religious identity: Now, with an actual opinion on abortion from the new court in hand, the debate has moved from the theoretical to the concrete. Some legal scholars say the Catholicism of the five justices, in and […]

Aid to the Church in Need

posted by awelborn

As I’ve mentoined before, a very worthy cause and a good place to inform yourself of the situation of the Church around the world. Current news items include an account of the current situation in Angola by an Archbishop who […]

Nienstedt Reax

posted by awelborn

The place to keep up is at the Northland Catholic blog, with contributors from and links to many MN Catholic blogs.

It’s Wednesday..

posted by awelborn

….and I think that Thomas has his PPOD for sure: Origen was the topic today, as Benedict continues his catechesis on early Christian figures: The “orated reading” of the Bible,  the catechesis and coherence in “moral” behaviour which mark the […]

Abortion in Mexico City

posted by awelborn

Legal now, through the first three months of pregnancy: But the debate in Mexico appeared far from over. Opponents vowed to challenge the law before the Supreme Court, saying it violates the Mexican constitution’s protection of individual rights. "This is […]

Slowly but surely

posted by awelborn

I vow to catch up on my bloggage. I am hampered by the fact that I have..er..less than 40,000 words to write by 5/15 (the exact number I have left remains a closely guarded secret lest my editor reads this […]

God bless Roger Ebert

posted by awelborn

Good for him: I have received a lot of advice that I should not attend the festival. I’m told that paparazzi will take unflattering pictures, people will be unkind, etc. Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn. As a […]

Sorry but..

posted by awelborn

…when traditionally Jesuit institutions do things like this, you can’t blame us if the word, well…"jesuitical" pops into our heads: St. Louis University, a Jesuit school proud of its Catholic heritage, celebrated a legal victory last week that affirmed it […]

Pentecost in Cincinnati

posted by awelborn

The young adult group of the Dominican parish St. Gertrudes and Theology on Tap in Cincinnati are sponsoring an event for young adults: Join us on Saturday, May 26, 2007 for a day of activities including live music, grill out, […]

Odds and Ends

posted by awelborn

Much work to be tackled during the day today, so this will be brief: A disagreement between Bishop Braxton and some of his priests goes very public: Belleville Bishop Edward K. Braxton set off a flurry of e-mail messages among […]

It’s Tuesday..

posted by awelborn

…so it’s a day we get a U.S. episcopal appointment: John Clayton Niestedt, bishop of New Ulm, is the new coadjutor of St. Paul-Minneapolis. (Archbishop Flynn will turn 75 in May of 2008) His page at the New Ulm website

A question from a reader

posted by awelborn

This could be a long story but I will try to make it brief. In our adult education class today, the pastor mentioned the church’s ‘long history of anti-semitism.’ He condemned the Church for forcing Jews to live in ghettoes […]

Read this and talk to us about choice

posted by awelborn

An English priest-blogger reports on a study from This is London: One in 30 babies aborted for medical reasons is born alive, a study has found.They lived for an average of 80 minutes – although in some cases foetuses survived […]

Point of curiosity

posted by awelborn

…"What did you hear" related. Were the murders at Virginia Tech mentioned at your Mass/church service yesterday? I’m just wondering – no judgment involved – because at the Mass I attended (here in Fort Wayne) it wasn’t – at all. […]

Golden is thy fame

posted by awelborn

We were going and then we weren’t. And then we were again. Countless times, I went back and forth on the Notre Dame Eucharistic procession on Sunday. When this year’s edition first seeped into my consciousness, I was certain that […]

Pope in Pavia

posted by awelborn

I linked to American Papist’s coverage below, but just a couple more articles: From Catholic News Agency Enjoying the second day of his pastoral visit Lombardi Dioceses of Vigevano and Pavia, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Holy Mass at the Borromeo […]

Death in China

posted by awelborn

Michele Fu Tieshan, Patriotic Archbishop of Beijing died last week. From AsiaNews: Michele Fu Tieshan, Patriotic Archbishop of Beijing, will receive a funeral fit for a “head of state”. There will be no Vatican representative present, neither the religious ceremony […]

Kirkuk Christians

posted by awelborn

The Chaldean bishop of Kirkuk makes an appeal: “In Iraq Christians are dying, the Church is disappearing under continued persecution, threats and violence carried out by extremists who are leaving us no choice: conversion or exile”.  This is the urgent […]

A lovely day

posted by awelborn

Some photos from today. I’ll have a post up later. Very nice day, seemed to go well, with a good crowd and curious, hopefully moved, onlookers. Before, preparing. Waiting for Mass to end: A sense of the length of the […]

Pope in Pavia

posted by awelborn

American Papist is back on the job and has a megapost linking to his other posts on an overview of the weekend, then excerpts from the Pope’s speeches and photos. Fr. Z has a lengthy post on St. Augustine’s relics.

ND peeps

posted by awelborn

We’re heading over to South Bend to the Eucharistic Procession. Say hey if you see us – me and the children. Michael’s here for a few hours, recovering from his red-eye from LA last night, and getting ready for a […]

NYC Bleg

posted by awelborn

Gashwin’s looking: …what is a good parish in the New York City area to go for Mass?  I won’t be doing my usual at St. Paul the Apostle this Sunday.  It will be nice to be at a place with […]

Minority Report

posted by awelborn

Interesting story from CNS: Breaching normal protocol, several participants in a 2005 Vatican-sponsored conference over the ethics of declaring someone brain dead have published the papers they delivered at the debate. Many of the papers reproduced in "Finis Vitae: Is […]

If you’re wondering about Limbo…

posted by awelborn

Please go read Zadok. And remember – Beliefnet published a piece by him on this very subject. From his most recent post: That darned McBrien Now, maybe he’s being quoted out of context, but he reportedly says: "If there’s no […]

Msgr. Schuler, RIP

posted by awelborn

Very early yesterday morning, Msgr. Richard J. Schuler passed away. He was 82, a priest of the diocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis, and founder of the Church Music Association of America. Jeffrey Tucker notes at New Liturgical Movement: He was not […]

Lesson of the day

posted by awelborn

6 and 2-year olds are very helpful when it comes to removing wallpaper. (In California, reading this, my husband blanches)

Book Club!

posted by awelborn

The Holy Rollers online Book Club is reading Wise Blood, and will start discussing it soon.

Friday Question

posted by awelborn

…after bursting through the door from school: "Can I go to the synagogue and play Ultimate Frisbee?" Er…sure.  At least until sundown. I guess… Update: Turns out it’s the school’s Ultimate Frisbee Club, and it meets on the big grassy […]

Real Alternatives

posted by awelborn

A ZENIT article on a Pennyslvania group: In this interview with ZENIT, Kevin Bagatta, president & chief executive officer of Real Alternatives, (www.realalternatives.org/aboutus), discusses the Pennsylvania Alternative to Abortion Services Program and how it has helped abortion rates in the […]

Motu Mania, cont’d

posted by awelborn

John Allen contributes: To the growing list of indications that something is imminent with regard to the long-awaited document from Pope Benedict XVI authorizing wider use of the pre-Vatican II Mass, I can add one item this week. An April […]

Out of limbo

posted by awelborn

The International Theological Commission report on Limbo has been released. John Thavis at CNS reports. After several years of study, the Vatican’s International Theological Commission said there are good reasons to hope that babies who die without being baptized go […]

Praying on Good Friday

posted by awelborn

I noted a few weeks ago that Bishop Olmsted of Phoenix would be praying with a group in front of Planned Parenthood’s Phoenix headquarters on Good Friday. Here are some photos and a note from an organizer: We have been […]

Wait for it..

posted by awelborn

And…didn’t we know this was coming? From the Philadelphia Inquirer Andy McCarthy comments at NRO At Mirror of Justice, Robert Araujo, SJ comments, focusing on the NYTimes editorial in response to Carhart. Michael Uhlman at FT: Proponents of abortion will, […]

Where were you?

posted by awelborn

Shifiting gears a bit – today is the 2nd anniversary of the election of Benedict XVI. Here’s a blog post from a year ago in which you shared your thoughts on the one-year anniversary and memories of the election. Fr. […]

Haute Couture

posted by awelborn

There was some controversy a few days ago about the dress Miss Mexico was to wear as her national costume in the Miss Universe pageant. From a Catholic news website: The floor-length dress is accented with crosses, scapulars and a […]

None of the above

posted by awelborn

The Iona Institute for Religion and Society, an Irish think tank, recently conducted a survey of religious knowledge. The Irish Times reports the results: Only 5 per cent, or one in 20, of 15 to 24-year-olds could quote the first […]

Should they have done it?

posted by awelborn

Should NBC – and now everyone else – have aired the videos of the Virignia Tech killer? I don’t think so – you may or may not recall that materials related to the Columbine killers was only gradually released, and […]

Upcoming ND events

posted by awelborn

Some notes from Notre Dame: * On April 27 and 28, Notre Dame will host a conference on Benedict’s encyclical, Deus Caritas Est. Keynote speakers will be Ms. Mary Brosnahan, director of the Coalition for the Homeless in New York […]

PBA Ban, continued

posted by awelborn

Robert Imbelli highlights editorial reactions Diogenes comments and tends to agree with Robert Levin at NRO, who says: I don’t understand what all the fuss is about. The fact is that Anthony Kennedy makes clear that he is open to […]

Cake Walk

posted by awelborn

From today’s GA. Teresa at PRF reports that all three cakes, after being appreciated, were sent off to charities – the St. Peter’s to the soup kitchen in the Colle Oppio neighborhood that the Pope visited in January. Oh..and do […]

Tragedy in Turkey

posted by awelborn

Vicious attack at a Christian publishing house: Assailants killed four people late Wednesday morning at the offices of Zirve, a Christian publishing house that distributed Bibles in the city of Malatya, Hurriyet online reported. Three of the four victims had […]

Edictatorial?

posted by awelborn

My friend Meggan writes with a question: Often, in the newspaper or from friends, I hear the word "edict" being thrown around every time the Pope makes a speech or issues a document or letter.  The last time someone said […]

Take that, Pope

posted by awelborn

From a Publishers’ Weekly mailing: The next book from megaselling pastor Joel Osteen—Become a Better You: 7 Keys to Improving Your Life—will have a first printing of three million and a one-day laydown on October 15. According to Free Press […]

Nothing out of the blue

posted by awelborn

Does anything really happen "out of the blue?" From one perspective, it can certainly seem so, as we watch the unexpected hurtle towards us, strike and stun. But in truth, what is unexpected from one perspective was a long time […]

A chaste morning

posted by awelborn

Just returned from a presentation by Jason Evert, well-known chastity speaker, given at a local high school – I let Katie have a morning off from her school so she could go, which didn’t bother her a bit. I was […]

PBA ban upheld

posted by awelborn

An initial post from Rob Vischer at MOJ. Followed by Rick Garnett: Based on a quick read of the majority opinion:  The Supreme Court’s decision upholding the federal ban on partial-birth abortion seems a narrow, but important one.  Justice Kennedy’s […]

More Papalia

posted by awelborn

Just a few notes: The Pope’s book on Jesus has sold well. Still #1 on German Amazon. Teresa at PRF translates a news item that says it sold 50,000 copies in Italy on the first day, and that there are […]

Back on schedule

posted by awelborn

Today in the General Audience, Pope Benedict returned to the catechesis on the great figures of the early Church – recall that he began with the Apostles, moved on to other notable Christians of the apostolic era, and has of […]

Pressure

posted by awelborn

Putting pressure on Christians in Iraq: “Get rid of the cross or we will burn your Churches”. This is the threat aimed at the Chaldean Church of Sts Peter and Paul, located in the ancient Christian quarter of Baghdad, Dora. […]

Ongoing Varia Post

posted by awelborn

I am still trying to finish up what I wanted to finish last week…but I’ll get started with this post, in which I post various links I’ve received in the mail and seen in my own cybertravels. The Popcaks have […]

Emerging Heroes

posted by awelborn

Professor Liviu Librescu was 76 years old, a Holocaust survivor and a professor of engineer mechanics at Virgnia Tech. The Jerusalem Post reports: As Jews worldwide honored on Monday the memory of those who were murdered in the Holocaust, a […]

Audrey Santo, RIP

posted by awelborn

Thanks to reader Melissa for alerting us to the news that Audrey Santo passed away over the weekend. After two decades of attracting believers and inspiring others to recommit to their Catholicism, Audrey Marie Santo has died. The 23-year-old was […]

A Day in the Life of a Bavarian Pope

posted by awelborn

You’ll want to watch this – two versions, one in German, the other Italian (this one slightly longer). Interesting footage of the Pope saying Mass in the chapel in the Apostolic Palace (ad orientem – in Italian, I think. ), […]

Pray

posted by awelborn

Horror in Blacksburg. Mysterious, dark senseless evil. My son, David graduated from Virgnia Tech last spring, but still lives in Blackburg, working on campus. He is safe, but deeply, understandably upset, and reported that they were commanded to shut down […]

Jesus of Nazareth

posted by awelborn

Magister has a preview Zadok’s got it – promises more later. Due on May 15 here in the US

Now I’m done.

posted by awelborn

The Westminster Cathedral blog has an intriguing post on the how-to-speak-ecclesiastical-Latin battles of the 19th and 20th centuries, concluding: As Peter Jones notes in ‘The Intelligent person’s Guide to Classics’, the pronunciation of Latin arouses fierce passions. How true. I […]

Mrs. Webb

posted by awelborn

This past weekend was Katie’s high school production of Our Town, in which she was cast as Mrs. Webb (the mother of Emily, who marries George Gibbs, and who dies. Emily, that is.) As you know, the play is ideally […]

Okay, one

posted by awelborn

Something to chew on: Peter Steinfels looks at three viewpoints on Catholicism and the definition of just war: George Weigel in First Things, a response editorial in Commonweal and an article in America. In his latest essay, Mr. Weigel grapples […]

Still working..

posted by awelborn

Got nothing done this weekend. I don’t know why ever imagine that I will. So I’m going to hold fast to no blogging til Tuesday (barring big news, of course)…but if you like.. You can wish the Pope a happy […]

Happy…everything!

posted by awelborn

(Computer issues on the laptop, which holds the – gulp – book. I’m confident I can resolve it later today. In the meantime, a bit of blogging. And a trip to the store to get a long-overdue USB flash drive, […]

I can’t stop..

posted by awelborn

…but you’ll want to read Fr. Z’s reflections on the Pope’s book on Jesus, to be released Monday in Italian and other editions. The Doubleday U.S. edition will be released in May: One of the engines driving Pope Ratzinger’s book […]

We interrupt this blog break

posted by awelborn

(And things are going fairly well. Living Faith done on time, another chapter of Prove It You gone through, but it looks to be a work-heavy weekend. Once Michael gets back from this conference tomorrow.) To bring you…this: Because I’m […]

May he rest in peace

posted by awelborn

Heidi Hess Saxton reports that Tony Benkovic, husband of Catholic writer and speaker Johnette Benkovic, passed away last night. Memorial website here. Included is a link to the episode of Johnette’s EWTN program in which she and Anthony speak of […]

Blog break

posted by awelborn

Barring anything interesting coming from Rome or someplace else, I’m going to take a blog break ’til…let’s see…Monday. I am on the brink of finishing up writing Prove It: You (which is about morality) and I have Living Faith devotions […]

Radio Daze

posted by awelborn

Had a nice hour or so this morning at our local Catholic radio station, helping out with their fundraiser, hosted by Catholic Answer’s Jerry Usher, in-studio, with Raymond Arroyo calling in for a brief chat mid-way. It’s a young station […]

Roma

posted by awelborn

In case you didn’t know it, Gerald of Closed Cafeteria is in Rome for a couple of weeks, and unlike some of us with all of our good intentions, is blogging a lot. Go check it out!

Died, but never born

posted by awelborn

In California, there’s a legislative battle over issuing birth certificates for stillborn babies. One guess on the opposition: It is more than a piece of paper to many of the nearly 3,000 families that cope with stillbirth each year in […]

The Secret Homilies of Benedict XVI

posted by awelborn

Sandro Magister does some analysis: There is a limit beyond which the words of Benedict XVI do not go. They reach completely only those who listen to them in person, whether present physically or thanks to a live television broadcast. […]

The letter

posted by awelborn

Fr. Z reprints and comments on Cardinal Zen’s statement regarding the Pope’s forthcoming letter to Chinese Catholics The statement references an letter, reprinted in the Chinese press, by an anonymous Chinese priest. Cardinal Zen’s conclusion: If readers, inside and outside […]

The Pope and Iraq

posted by awelborn

In Sunday’s Urbi et Orbi message, Pope Benedict said the following: Likewise the population of East Timor stands in need of reconciliation and peace as it prepares to hold important elections. Elsewhere too, peace is sorely needed: in Sri Lanka […]

No new U.S. bishops today..

posted by awelborn

…but one (expected) resignation: Bishop Charron of Des Moines, for health reasons. His statement Diocesan press release: It is customary for bishops to send the pope a letter asking to retire when they turn 75 years old. However, bishops may […]

Solesmes Journal

posted by awelborn

A travel piece in the NYTimes: One of the tasks of Roger Server as mayor of this quaint village in western France is to console misguided tourists who want to hear the monks in its 11th-century monastery singing in Gregorian […]

Faith in the mountains

posted by awelborn

Tibetan Catholics, remaining loyal: Deep in the southwest mountains of officially atheist China, a small congregation of Tibetan Catholics still pledges its loyalty to the Pope after years of persecution and isolation. This community in the mountains of Yunnan province […]

Harmony

posted by awelborn

Thanks to a reader for passing on this profile of the new director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra -an interesting piece, an interesting life for a number of reasons, including his faith: Manfred Honeck’s devotion to his faith impresses even […]

From a reader

posted by awelborn

…in New York: For the first time ever, I actually saw an entire half-hour program on partial-birth abortion on local Long Island (NY) TV last night.  http://www.wlnytv.com/ TV55 And it was actually good!  Presented with calmly-stated facts, it featured Rick […]

Pilgrim

posted by awelborn

From the Chicago Tribune: 365 churches in 365 days: On Good Friday, David Heimann mourned the death of Jesus Christ in the presence of the pope. And for the first time Sunday, he will be able to celebrate the resurrection […]

On the air

posted by awelborn

Michael’s on KVSS from Omaha right now…starting around 9:20 or so, I’d think – you can listen live here. (Talking about the How to Book of the Mass) (Let me repeat my praise for KVSS – truly one of the […]

Tempting fate

posted by awelborn

When you have small children, the decision of what to do for Easter Mass is not an easy one. What do you choose? The less crowded Easter Vigil that will be longer or the shorter Easter Sunday Mass which will […]

Good Friday at the Cathedral

posted by awelborn

On Friday, Katie and I attended the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at the Cathedral, beginning at 1 pm. The bishop wasn’t there- I’m just assuming he was in South Bend (remember this is the diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend) […]

Miss Potter

posted by awelborn

Katie and I went to see Miss Potter, the biopic of Beatrix Potter starring Renee Zellwegger at our local art film joint. It was quite good – better than I expected – especially the first 2/3 of the film. After […]

Well

posted by awelborn

The Soprano saga continues. Who knew that an hour of watching some people at lake could cause such a knot in the stomach? Well, when it’s the Sopranos…but of course. I worried a bit when I saw 4 or 5 […]

Another great story

posted by awelborn

A friend passes on this article, which is published in the Catholic Spirit (St. Paul – Minn), but not online. Conversion story by Reggie Aspelund My journey to the Catholic Church begins when I was in my thirtieth year of […]

The city and the world…Easter!

posted by awelborn

(Click on photos for captions and credits) Check out the blog of the Perpetual Malcontent, who has posted many YouTube videos of the Easter Vigil at the Manila Cathedral! New York CIty: Cuba: Jerusalem: Mosul: Belgrade: Bucharest East Timor: Baghdad

From all over

posted by awelborn

Anglican Bishop Tom (N.T) Wright in the Guardian: And whatever Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were doing in writing the final sections of their books, they were not telling the story of Jesus’s resurrection as a happy ending. They were […]

It is Christ who live in me..

posted by awelborn

…in those initiated and coming into full Communion. A good piece from the WaPo: At Mother Seton Parish’s Easter Vigil service last night, the front pews were filled with pilgrims who grew up far from the Catholic faith. There was […]

It is Christ who live in me..

posted by awelborn

…living in all those who serve in his name. A local story about a relatively new free medical clinic in Garrett, about 20 miles north of Fort Wayne: The waiting room to St. Martin’s Clinic was crowded Monday morning, but […]

The city and the world…again

posted by awelborn

Images from the Triduum around the world, beginning with Good Friday: Click on photos for full captions. There will be some blog posts scattered throughout. But first – Jen Ambrose on Holy Thursday in China: Brazil, Saturday: Another photo and […]

To the city and the world

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100,000 present in the Square and thereabouts: Christ is risen! Peace to you! Today we celebrate the great mystery, the foundation of Christian faith and hope: Jesus of Nazareth, the Crucified One, has risen from the dead on the third […]

Prayers for the Cardinal

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Cardinal George took a fall yesterday: Cardinal Francis George was hospitalized with a slight hip fracture Saturday after he apparently slipped and fell inside a Chicago church while blessing Easter baskets, archdiocese officials said. George, 70, was at St. Ferdinand […]

I know, I know..

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…if you’re like me, you see the cover of this week’s NYTimes Mag and you just cringe: Oh, no..not another hack job like the Kramer piece in the New Yorker…please.. But you know what? It’s not horrible. There are a […]

As JA was saying…

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Some of you might recall that in late February, John Allen ran an column criticizing the coverage of religion, particularly Catholicism, that we find in the British press. Here’s a contender – one of many – for Exhibit A. A […]

We interrupt this Triduum

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..to bring you this odd, but I suppose hopeful story… A rabbi who temporarily resigned last month as head of South America’s largest Jewish Congregation after being arrested in Florida on shoplifting charges, said he will meet with Pope Benedict […]

Context

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Here is a very important post, I think, from Father Z in Rome, about the situation of the Church in Italy and how rising tensions are affecting so many things – including the release of the MP. In Italy, Pope […]

The power of the pause

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There is a great deal of resonance in silence. Not just any silence, but silence in the midst of sound. A pause. Michael has described to me before the chanting of the Agnus Dei at St. Meinrad, in which the […]

Way of the Cross

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Here is the text for the Stations of the Cross that Pope Benedict will lead tomorrow night at the Colisseum. They are written by Monsignor Gianfranco Ravasi, Prefect of the Ambrosian Library and Gallery of Milan. Msgr. Ravasi, an expert […]

Randomness

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…just a bit o bloggage worth sharing This blog from a Cleveland priest has a couple of interesting posts on the front page – one in which he discusses the Chrism Mass and mentions his frustration that a couple of […]

The ordination of Avery Dulles

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The wonders of YouTube…a short (44 second) newsreel clip from 1956 of now Cardinal Dulles’ ordination to the priesthood. Thanks to Dimitri Cavalli for sending it along. And…catch that mitre on Cardinal Spellman!

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This week

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From Ratzinger’s Introduction to Christianity, via Pontifications; It is not man who goes to God with a compensatory gift, but God who comes to man, in order to give to him. He restores disturbed right on the initiative of his […]

Holy Week…

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…in Mosul: Holy Week began with the sound of gunfire at Mosul’s Holy Spirit Parish Church. In this place, where religious services are held in an underground hall for security reasons because the church’s windows have all been blown out […]

Holy Week Audience

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At today’s General Audience: The Pascal mystery “is not just a memorial to a past reality, it is a present reality: today, Christ’s love continues to defeat sin and death”. “Evil does not have the last word” and “the final […]

A gathering

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Of gypsies: The Vatican is planning to host the first international meeting of Gypsy priests, deacons and religious as a way to help support and promote vocations. Archbishop Agostino Marchetto, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers, said […]

Mainstreaming…

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A CNS story looks at a small FSSP parish in Rome. A fair treatment – the angle is comparing this  Mass with papal liturgies, which is an interesting point, but sort of like apples and oranges – comparing a Mass […]

The Cardinal speaks out

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Cardinal Mahony on California’s assisted suicide bill: Cardinal Roger Mahony is urging Catholics to fight a proposed bill that would legalize assisted suicide for the terminally ill in California. "Assisted suicide is totally unnecessary — not only is it against […]

Cathedral defaced

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In Genoa: Vandals have defaced the cathedral of Genoa, Italy, in an apparent retaliation after Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco spoke out forcefully against same-sex unions. The words "Bagnasco shame" were spray-painted across the main entrance to the cathedral of St. Lawrence […]

In the House

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I watch House about once a year, and…last night wasn’t one of them! However, the word is that there was a very powerful moment: I gather (and correct me) that the plot involved a situation in which a late-term abortion […]

Catholic Dads…

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Check out this new blog/bloglist thing..it’s just for you. Very much needed resource and gathering spot. Very good stuff so far! (remember another fairly new aggregate blog – Catholic Converts)

Images of Calvary

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A slideshow from contemporary artists, via Christainity Today. Some arresting and evocative images. The Stations of one of the artists, Kevin Rolly: Station NIne: Jesus Falls for the Last Time.

Blast from the Past

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Back in the day, in the heady, slow-downloading, dial-up days that was the internet in the late 90’s, aside from email lists (which I never participated in) the Catholic spot for discussion was the AOL discussion boards. As with any […]

Dappled Things

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The excellent online literary magazine for young Catholic writers has a new issue online and will be issuing a print edition, beginning this summer.

Holy Week in Lebanon…

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….for Iraq’s Christians: It’s hardly surprising that Iraq’s Assyrian and Chaldean Christians would seek refuge from the chaos of post-Saddam Iraq in one of the most Christian countries in the Middle East — almost one third of Lebanon’s population is […]

Good things…

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Fr. Mike , OP of the Catherine of Siena Institute writes of his experiences preaching missions and, specifcially of a communal Penance service at the U of Arizona. From Luceat, the blog of FOCUS, a post about the group’s presence […]

Books coming…

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In Russia: As Pope John Paul II requested, a Russian version of the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church has been published and will be presented on Tuesday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Moscow. For […]

Good Friday

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There will be many public devotions and prayers on Good Friday – although I don’t know what will happen to my plans to attend the outdoor Stations/Procession celebrated by the Hispanic parish down the road, since they’re calling for snow, […]

Responding

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To victims of the tsunami in the Solomon Islands: The area worst hit by the wave is the western province: in the capital Gizo, communication lines are still down. Personnel from the Catholic aid agency are trying to contact the […]

A new auxiliary for Rockville Centre

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From VIS: – Accepted the resignation from the office of auxiliary of the diocese of Rockville Centre, U.S.A., presented by Emil A. Wcela, upon having reached the age limit. – Appointed Msgr. Peter A. Libasci of the clergy of the […]

John Paul II

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Yesterday was the second anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II. The Diocese of Rome officially closed its part of the canonization process: As anticipated, the Diocese of Rome officially concluded its investigation into the life, virtues and […]

Prithee, go hence

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Terry Mattingly requests your input on a question. My (very short and inadequate)  answer’s in the headline to this post…. More answers in the comments section there.

To Westminster

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If you’ve not yet visited the blog operated by Mgr Mark Langham, Administrator of Westminster Cathedral, do. Msgr. Langham blogs on Cathedral events – of which there are many, quite interesting – history and architecture. A recent post discusses the […]

The Way of the Cross

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…for Assyrian Christians in Iraq: After Iraq was created with the help of the Assyrians – nicknamed “Britain’s smallest ally” in the First World War – they suffered persecution at the hands of the Arabs, who accused them of being […]

The Sisters of Slavic Village

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From the Cleveland Plain-Dealer: For the past 31 years, the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate, a Polish order founded in 1878, have ministered to the ethnic elderly of Cleveland – the shut-ins, the abandoned, the ailing and lonely. Each weekday, […]

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The Palm/Passion Sunday reports are WONDERFUL…from all over, including a prison, including China. Read them…and join in. All I can say is…someday, I want to be part of a Palm Sunday procession that’s led by a guy on a horse! […]

Question

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Are any of your parishes doing Tenebrae? And other Christian churches in your area? I’m curious. The name “Tenebrae” has been given because this Office is celebrated in the hours of darkness, formerly in the evening or just after midnight, […]

What did you see and hear?

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Palm Sunday edition. Again, not a discussion thread. If a question appears and persists, I’ll pull it and make a separate post. For us: Liturgy begins in the school gym, where the ritual for the blessing of Palms occurs. A […]

MP Madness

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Incoming… Over the weekend, various stories have broken and hints emerged regarding the Motu Proprio "releasing" the 1962 Missal. The most significant is an interview with Cardinal Bertone, Vatican Secretary of State, which appeared in the French Le Figaro: [Secretary […]

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