Inside the Vatican interviews Archbishop Pius Ncube of Zimbabwe ITV: Were you appointed archbishop of Bulawayo by John Paul II? ARCHBISHOP: Yes. I was ordained a priest at the age of 27 in 1973. It took quite a long training […]
Inside the Vatican interviews Archbishop Pius Ncube of Zimbabwe ITV: Were you appointed archbishop of Bulawayo by John Paul II? ARCHBISHOP: Yes. I was ordained a priest at the age of 27 in 1973. It took quite a long training […]
More problems in Pakistan A Pakistani district court yesterday condemned to death Younis Masih, a Christian accused of blasphemy. The judges also condemned to man to pay a fine amounting to 100 thousand Rupees. Defence lawyers denounce a lack of […]
…in China Fresh protests against the national one child policy are spreading in Guangxi. People are being driven to exasperation and it is feared that there could be an outbreak of violent social unrest, but the authorities maintain that they […]
…for blogger and musician Michael John Poirier,diagnosed with malignant melanoma.
A Biblioblogger is running a poll on the Synoptic Problem: as in – which theory is the best solution? Even if you don’t vote, it’s worth taking a look to see the different theories, in case you’re not familiar with […]
Tim Drake has a great interview with Francis Beckwith in the NCRegister. He discusses his reasons why he left the Church as a teenager, why he returned, and what Catholics and evangelical Protestants can learn from each other, the value […]
From today’s General Audience: –“Being with the Church and acceptance of its weaknesses” requires “humility” and “simplicity”, because “only God is truly holy, we are in need of His forgiveness”. The Pope made these observations today to over 40 thousand […]
…from the blogs and the news: New members of the bishops’ review board on sexual abuse. The former superior general of the controversial (as in supressed by the bishop of Scranton) Society of St. John was to be ordained to […]
So, I was in the library and two women started talking near me. And yes, I listened because, you know, I was there first, searching through picture books as I am wont to do, and they just met up and […]
A reader wrote to rave about this book: The Secrets of Rome: Love and Death in the Eternal City by Italian journalist Corrado Augias. I’ll put it on the list. Sigh. The long list! I heard the author of this […]
Michael is on his way out of town – to Chicago for RBTE and then to NYC for Book Expo. Katie is recovering from her 5-day trip to The National Catholic Forensic League Tournament in Houston. She didn’t "break" – […]
Over at PRF, a wonderful set of photographs of the Whitsun Pilgrimage of Csíksomlyó in Transylvania.
From today’s NYTimes: a mildly interesting travel piece "in search of Graham Greene’s Capri". Mildly interesting because although Greene spent quite a bit of time there, doing the bulk of his writing there from the 40’s on, the place never […]
Tell us about it… (Whatever and where ever your place happens to be!) My experience was, as always, filtered through the antsy-ness of two little boys. So..no choir, as per usual, only the very capable cantor and organ. She sang […]
Today’s Regina Coeli In his address before the Regina Coeli prayer Benedict XVI gave a short catechesis on the nature of the Church, as is recited in the Credo, to the tens of thousands gathered in St Peters square. Reflecting […]
At NCR(egister), Tim Drake has a good, comprehensive piece on online videocasting and Catholics. He pretty much covers all the bases, and ends with this: Librarian Janice LaDuke of St. Paul, Minn., understands the power, accessibility and immediacy of such […]
Post from Fr. Z on some Curial moves. Pope-related: ND theology head Professor Lawrence Cunningham’s initial thoughts on Jesus of Nazareth: (1) Ratzinger writes as a theologian in the honorable tradition of the Anselmian ‘faith seeking understanding’ which is to […]
Well, one of countless reasons..I am so terribly distractable. (I started working on this post on 5/21, btw.) Because being distracted is just so interesting. It first hit me when I was working on my MA thesis at Vanderbilt – […]
From today’s WSJ on the Russian Orthodox reunion noted earlier this week: From the time when Russia became communist and atheist after 1917, the Church Abroad had sought to be the free voice of Russian Orthodoxy world-wide. Its independence was […]
Maureen Wittman has observations about a confirmation she attended in the Grand Rapids diocese Reader Lance wonders about the Scalabrini Fathers, who are taking his parish under their wing. Anyone? Reader/seminarian Dennis has a bleg: I’m working on a talk […]
Aid to the Church in Need has stories of interest – about Chavez effectively shutting down the Catholic television station in Venezuala, and a Peruvian bishop’s accusations again mine owners. Pope gives 100,000 Euros to a Ukrainian Catholic university. More […]
Today, in the NYTimes, David Brooks on Catholics (via Mirror of Justice) He focuses on the "quasi-religious" – those who go to church but are skeptical about what they hear, and particularly Catholics. He traces the beginning of Catholic prosperity […]
Bringing solar power to the Vatican. A giant rooftop garden of solar panels will be built next year on top of the Paul VI audience hall, creating enough electricity to heat, cool and light the entire building year-round. "Solar energy […]
A couple of items sent my way. As you know, World Youth Day is coming up next summer in Sydney. A couple of weeks ago, the event’s official hymn was announced: The theme song for World Youth Day 2008 was […]
Down in Deerfield Beach: Creating a cookie for a saint is not as far-fetched as it may seem. For baker Joseph Teresi and his customer Giacomo Piraino, it was a happy convergence of cuisine and faith. It is significant that […]
From today’s WSJ, a Catholic school getting the job done: High graduation rates are a constant at most Catholic schools, but St. Joseph’s is unique even within the parochial system: It is the only area Catholic school that has an […]
Starting with this fascinating post by Ted Olson over at CT – on a recent encounter with Jehovah’s Witnesses: A couple of weeks ago, I answered a knock at the door and found two eager young evangelists. I was watching […]
Again, forgive me for not being able to blog about much except pop culture these days, but that’s just the way it is. So. WHO’S IN THE COFFIN? I didn’t start watching Lost until a few episodes into the first […]
Christianity Today presents its list – good stuff, including Dwelling Places, the novel by Vinita Hampton Wright, my frequent editor at Loyola. Speaking of books, Jesus of Nazareth has now sold 1.5 million copies. It’s #20 at Amazon, and if […]
The kidnapped Chaldean priest was freed. Cracking down in China: Word came down from the central government in Beijing that it was time to strengthen enforcement of China‘s one-child policy. In response, people here said, birth control bureaucrats showed up […]
The Pope brings out his summertime cappello romano, or the saturno. Fr. Z. reports there were 50,000 present at the General Audience today. Teresa translates the message, which recapped the Brazil trip: My trip was, above all, an act of […]
I am a lame blogger nowadays because I’m finishing a book. A task that was made so much more pleasant today when I, who had been laboring under the impression that I was to produce 40,000 words, actually, you know, […]
Richard J. Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary, has been thinking about saints: Several years ago I engaged in a public dialogue with a Roman Catholic theologian about prayers to the saints. I went into the discussion with my mind […]
…to be added to as the day goes on. Bishop Burbidge hits the ground running: At a meeting of the priest’s council recently, Roman Catholic Bishop Michael F. Burbidge informed its members he intended to be active in public affairs. […]
…not received, but that look interesting. One more affordable than the other. First, Nuns: A History of Convent Life by Silvia Evangelisti. The book covers a limited, but very important stage in religious life: from the late 15th through the […]
…Sopranos blogging ahead. As in the extended post, so if you don’t want to be spoiled, don’t read it. Turning and turning in the widening gyreThe falcon cannot hear the falconer;Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;Mere anarchy is loosed […]
Professor Robert Koons, philosophy professor at the University of Texas, a life-long Missouri Syond Lutheran, announces on the Right Reason blog (the same blog where Francis Beckwith has been telling his story) about his imminent reception into the Catholic Church. […]
Actually, I have quite a few, all of which will have to wait until June for brief reviews, but this one came today and is rather striking – from Arcadius Press – a comic book/graphic short story publication called Stories […]
A pretty fair piece on Tiber and Bosporus-crossing from a ministry magazine for charismatic churches. (Although it does end with the testimony of a former Catholic who runs a ministry "for Catholics.") h/t reader Chip
A beaver? Muskrat? (Click for larger view) Little ***** ate half the leaves off my cucumber plants before I caught him… (FYI, we don’t live close to water, either – the river is about a mile away, I’d say) Ah, […]
My sons usually call me when they are on their way somewhere – to the gym, to home from church, from work to home. This morning, Second Son called as he was walking from his apartment to work – work […]
Fr. Jim Tucker on the wedding industry and related matters: I contrast that to the weddings that we celebrated last Saturday night in the Spanish Vigil Mass. Twice a year, we encourage couples who are in merely civil unions or […]
No one shall be permitted to review a book written by Pope Benedict for major press outlets unless they have read at least 3 other books written by said author (aka Joseph Ratzinger, in case you forgot.) Exhibit A: Bruce […]
Two branches of Russian Orthdoxy make up. In Rome, a "Feast of Peoples." The 16th "Feast of Peoples" will be held in the square of St. John Lateran in Rome on Sunday, May 20. The initiative has been organized by […]
Which bear is best? No, just kidding. I actually do have two questions though, as I take an 11-minute blog break. Have any of you had experience with Churching of Women? Yourself, back in times past, or have heard a […]
Take a look at Vox Nova. From the group: We are writing to humbly request your help in getting the word out about our new Catholic social/political blog. We are a group of faithful Catholics of very different political persuasions–from […]
It’s coming, says Cardinal Hoyas to CELAM: The top Vatican official in charge of use of the Tridentine Mass has confirmed that Pope Benedict XVI “intends to extend to the entire church the possibility of celebrating the Mass and the […]
so…here’s some bloggage. Garnered totally randomly. And remember – all my thinking is going into what I’m writing (well, not all, unfortunately. But a lot). So not much thinking to be found here, unfortunately. Dom reports on a Katrina-hit parish […]
Blogger Dymphna attended the formal presentation of B16’s Jesus book Tuesday night at the JPII center and reports.
I’ve Got Rights. The theme of a Planned Parenthood fund-raising gala in Kansas City Tuesday evening, with Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius (a Catholic) the guest of honor. Kansas City Catholic reports on the turn-out – of the 100 or so […]
First, we got the Jesus book (Amazon link on the right). I’ve not yet read it and probably won’t allow myself until I’ve finished writing the book I’m working on, but Michael has. This is a great book, magisterial (even […]
For blogger Radical Catholic Mom who has, sadly, miscarried. Heather Price is home, feeling more comfortable, and has a diagnosis that is considerably less frightening than initial suspicions.
Posting here will be very light for the next three weeks. Take some time to explore some of the many, many fine Catholic blogs out there that offer great news analysis, thoughtful and honest spiritual reflection and excellent writing. That […]
You’ll find English translations of all the Pope’s Brazil talks at this Zenit page. It looks as if most of them are up except for yesterday’s homily at Mass. Here’s the text of the CELAM address: The text is lengthy, […]
The Archdiocese of Boston brought in Christopher West to offer a full-day seminar on the Theology of the Body on Saturday – and when I say "Archdiocese" I mean Archdiocese – the talk was co-sponsored by 17 chancery offices, and […]
There’s still lots of ongoing commentary about Francis Beckwith’s reversion – more since Alan Cooperman at the WaPo picked up on the story and reported this weekend. Among the wealth of Catholic commentary, this one was particularly moving: Scott at […]
…the Pope is on his way back to Rome tonight. Full texts of his talks this weekend should be available soon, as well as commentary. There will be a lot to digest. I didn’t time his speech at the CELAM […]
A moving piece from today’s NYTimes: But I didn’t become pregnant. And after two years of trying, I was tired of feeling hopeless, of trudging down this path not knowing how it would end. I did know, however, how adopting […]
From TIME, 1967 – "The Underground Church"
Well, tonight was the famed and highly anticipated Quinceañera, the celebration of a young woman’s 15th birthday and entrance into adulthood. I went to the Mass, but not to the party, so unfortunately I can’t tell you how the well-practiced […]
Today in Rome, a lay-led "Family Day" was held.. Fr. Z has the quite interesting story: Today was "Family Day" in Rome and it was a huge, vast, mind-blowing success. It was lay organized and attended. It would have been […]
Two talks from Sao Paulo: one homily and an address. The homily at the canonization Mass: When we contemplate the Lord at Mass, raised up by the priest after the consecration of the bread and wine, or when we devoutly […]
for Heather Price and her baby.
Because the law profs at Mirror of Justice are blogging fast and furiously – always rich, thought-provoking stuff – on France and Catholic social theory, commencement speeches, excommunication and more.
The text of his message this evening. 6. The Gospel assures us that the young man who went to meet Jesus was very rich. We may understand this wealth not only on the material level. Youth itself is a singular […]
Fr. Stephanos, OSB on "When Paradise was Purgatory" – anti-Catholic discrimination in Hawaii: In 1820, Congregationalist Protestants from New England were the first Christian missionaries to arrive in Hawaii. In April 1824, the queen regent Kaahumanu publicly acknowledged her embrace […]
I’ve been listening, fairly regularly, to the BBC4 radio program In Our Time. Each week, host Melvyn Bragg gathers three scholars on a given subject, and they have a usually fascinating and very educational conversation. You can download each episode […]
Dom’s got it figured out. My head hurts.
Maclin Horton watched it and summarizes. Your thoughts?
Why do Evangelicals convert to Catholicism? An interesting and fair-minded blog post. On the video front – A new edition of "That Catholic Show" is up – another well-done ep, focusing on candles and light this time. From some seminarians […]
This will be a massive links post. The links are not related, so don’t attempt to draw any dots. As I’ve said before, I don’t expect to do much more than this for a few weeks. Well, I take that […]
A transcript, via John Allen: Sixth Question (from RAI Television, Italy):In your book Jesus of Nazareth, you referred to a dramatic crisis of faith. In Latin America, maybe what we see is not so much a crisis of faith as […]
at Christianity Today and more about the ETS fallout.
I have a bunch of pertinent links on the right sidebar. American Papist will be dishing up links throughout the whole trip. John Allen lets us know what life is like on the papal plane on these trips: In reality, […]
Some interesting commentary continues on this. Catholics are startled that some still consider them trapped in the snares of the Whore of Babylon. Many Protestants are embarrassed about those kind of fulminations and while not agreeing with Dr. Beckwith’s decision, […]
On picking up Michael from the sitter’s. Michael: I ate all my flowers! Me: Quizzical look at sitter Sitter: Oh, he means spinach. He ate all of his spinach salad. **** As I said, I really can’t decide which is […]
There have been lots of theist v. atheist debates of late, most of them not worth listening to, but here’s one with promise: On the question, "Is Christianity Good for the World?" Christopher Hitchens v. Douglas Wilson. You know Hitchens. […]
We started watching it last night. MIchael has thoughts.
A seminarian has a question: I am looking for some good examples how priests have upheld the Church’s teaching on the reception of Communion at funerals and weddings where there are many non-Catholics. This usually ranges from some words in […]
To be added to Tuesday morning: Has the tomb of Herod the Great been found? The Hebrew University of Jerusalem announced Monday night that it has uncovered the grave and tomb of King Herod, who ruled Judea for the Roman […]
Things will get a little better after Wednesday, but only a little. By the end of the month they will be much better, assuming I’ve, er..done the work I’m supposed to do. That will still leave me with three pamphlets […]
A new film "Documenting The Effects Of Abortion In A Pro-Choice World." Featuring interviews with many people, including Ann-Marie Cosgrove of Silent No More.
Dr. Francis Beckwith explains his reasons for returning to the Catholic Church. (He was raised Catholic and received the sacraments of initiation as a child and young person). Most of the post centers on the tussle over ETS matters and […]
Michael the Toddler: I got to put on my shoes! Mommy: Why? Where are you going? M the T: With Daddy! Mommy: Where? M the T: In the car! Mommy: But where in the car? M the T: ON THE […]
This morning, Archhbishop Naumann of Kansas CIty (KS) and about 100 others gathered to pray the rosary in front of a local Planned Parenthood abortion facility. Kansas City Catholic has a report and photos. And..the great online zine MercatorNet has […]
From VIS: Today in the Vatican, the Holy Father received prelates from the International Episcopal Conference of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, who have just completed their "ad limina" visit. The conference is based in Belgrade and brings together Catholics of […]
In which I try to gather up recent links of interest that have been sent to me or that I have discovered all by myself: Catholic Radio International is a new internet radio station. (And don’t forget Choral Treasure, while […]
Yeah. I’ve got loads of work to do this month. beyond the Motu Proprio and Benedict’s book on Jesus, I’m not going to have much to say. Or I won’t let myself take the time to say it. There’s a […]
In 1999, then-Governor George Bush of Texas signed a bill that enshrined what is called "futile care" policy into Texas law. The idea is that hospitals have the right to stop patient treatment if their ethics committee determine it is […]
Kansas City Catholic features one of the men ordained by the Pope on Sunday – the son of the Pope’s official photographer.
The new rector of an Iraq seminary is blunt: “Christians in Iraq are on their way to extinction, cut off from the country’s political process,” said Redemptorist Fr Bashar Warda, newly-appointed rector of the St Peter Major Seminary, which was […]
Via the blog of Dr. Ben WItherington, a first-hand account of one of the funerals and a memorial service for the three Christian publisher employees killed last month in Turkey. I have attended many funerals, but this was my first […]
The Pope’s trip to Brazil begins in a week. The Benedict Blog has some links to set context and The American Papist has many more.
Ryan Anderson on Amnesty International: AI’s move to changing its policy on abortion has been murmured about for a while now. While looking through the group’s website, Anderson discovered that it’s a done deal and that AI is prepared: Karen […]
Yesterday, Bishop Kevin Farrell was installed as bishop of Dallas. There’s nothing much at the diocesan web page yet, but here’s the main article from the Texas Catholic: Bishop Farrell, who served as auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Washington […]
…but here ’tis anyway. I always liked this piece from Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine in Orlando. This is summer 2003, Joseph with Joseph and Jesus:
At today’s GA: The “fast track to knowing God, is love”, in reality “even among men and women true knowledge of another person can only be reached if you open your hearts”: the deep meaning of prayer, ‘our conversation with’ […]
I was originally excited to see notice of this book: The Roman Catholic Church: A History by Edward Norman. A coffee-table style, richly illustrated history of the Church was badly needed, I thought. Well – it still is. Oh, the […]
Oddest "liturgical curiosity" ever. Well, in the top 10. Matthew LIckona reports.
In case there was any doubt: For the past 3 months, Archbishop Milingo, participated at the morning Hoondokhae held at Cheon Jeong Gung Museum. Also, as he is staying on the Cheongpyeong Holy Ground he would meet with Ambassadors for […]
First, from Aid to the Church in Need, their project of the month: The mission station of Phuc Chau is situated in the archdiocese of Hanoi, in communist ruled Vietnam. It serves around 400 Catholics, who are extremely committed but […]
Damian Thompson, editor of the Catholic Herald in England and blogger for the Telegraph, goes after Karen Armstrong, popular author on comparative religions and most recently, biographer of Mohammad and frequently quoted expert on same. Armstrong recently reviewed Robert Spencer’s […]
Yesterday, as we were dropping Joseph off at school, Michael chirped, "Oh, dat’s the church!" (Joseph attends the parish school.) Uh-huh, yes it is, Michael. He continued. "Now I can pray!" Right. Unless what you’ll be doing is vigorously exploring […]
Over at First Things, Peter Sprigg, who worked in Drinan’s office briefly and is now with the Family Research Council, remembers and tries to understand: One thing that Congressman Drinan said during that period has always stayed with me. In […]
FIrst, prayers for BIshop Mengeling of Lansing, still serving at the age of 76, just diagnosed with bladder cancer. Speaking of Michigan bishops, they have issued a statement urging immigration reform. Questions are raised and confusion surrounds the actions in […]
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