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Letter to China

posted by awelborn

The text of the Pope’s letter to Chinese Catholics is here. An explanatory note is here. Check out AsiaNews for continuing coverage.

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The Pallium:

posted by awelborn

From AsiaNews: Benedict XVI today imposed the pallium on 46 metropolitan archbishops in a sign of their communion with the Apostolic See during mass in St Peter’s basilica.  The pallium is a stole made of lamb’s wool, symbolizing the bishop’s […]

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Letter to Chinese Catholics

posted by awelborn

Will, indeed, be release tomorrow: (to journalists at 9, then under emargo until noon, giving them a chance to write their stories.) Si informano i giornalisti accreditati che domani, sabato 30 giugno 2007, sarà a disposizione, a partire dalle ore […]

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On Sts. Peter and Paul

posted by awelborn

Today is the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles. Yesterday, at St. Paul Outside-the-Walls, the Pope formally declared 2008 to be a "Pauline Year." The CNS coverage is here.   The Vatican Radio report here.You can read a translation […]

Required reading

posted by awelborn

From Dan at the Shrine of the Holy Whapping. Read, pass on, especially to journalists attempting to understand this MP business. Including Catholic journalists: In the 1930’s and into the 1940’s, a handful of Jesuits and Dominicans began a movement […]

Car reading…

posted by awelborn

There’s nothing to get me back into the habit of intense reading than long periods in the car. Which I had today. So…the New Yorker and at last the article in the Atlantic, by Adam Minter about Shanghai Bishop Jin […]

Confirmation of the meeting

posted by awelborn

Zadok has a translation of today’s Vatican Press Office Bulletin announcement about yesterday’s meeting. In all of this, let’s not forget the letter to the Catholics of China, which rumor has said will be released this Saturday. I was thinking […]

Okay, that Motu Proprio

posted by awelborn

Coming, according to news reports on 7/7. I’m not in a position to blog or have comments at the moment – y’all would be posting and posting, but nothing would appear ’til night, so I don’t want to waste your […]

The temptation to Arianism

posted by awelborn

Today, in his General Audience, Pope Benedict took on the figure of St. Cyril of Jerusalem, and focused on his fight against Arianism, and the application to today: “Denying Christ’s divinity”, which was at the centre of Aryan heresy, “is […]

Learn to chant

posted by awelborn

In Detroit on Saturday

Big doings

posted by awelborn

BIg doings in Rome over the next few days, leading up to Friday, the solemnities of Sts. Peter and Paul and the bestowing of the pallium on Sunday. First, the schedule, via PRF: June 26 17:30 Cardinal Bertone celebrates Mass […]

Random Varia

posted by awelborn

One of those posts. Please take a look at the blog of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles. The order described in this article in the Catholic Key, is a new one, and they have the project of […]

Searching..

posted by awelborn

The "Search inside the book" feature has been activated on The Apostles. If you read the talks as he gave them, nothing much new, but if you’re considering using it as an adult ed resource, you might want to get […]

Can’t stand it

posted by awelborn

HWTN (Holy Whapping Television Network) is back on the air! Thursday.8:00 PM. Luminous Mysteries Movie of the Week. Barat: Cultural Learnings of 19th Century Catholic France Make for Glorious Benefit Nation of America. In this movie film, busload of bewildered […]

Now That’s religion reporting

posted by awelborn

A tussle in Spain: A northern Spanish village is furious at a community of nuns whom it accuses of stealing three religious statues, the daily El Mundo reported Monday. The religious order of the Discalced Carmelites had been present for […]

Into the Scottish Silence

posted by awelborn

Over at Slate, a 5-day diary by Inigo Thomas of time spent at the Pluscarden Abbey. Somewhat interesting, from an outsider’s perspective, no real attempt to understand the spiritual engine of the place. He never mentions if he attends any […]

Douthat on Hitchens

posted by awelborn

A review: Every talented writer is entitled to be a bore on at least one subject, but where religion is concerned Christopher Hitchens abuses the privilege. For years now, he has supplemented his prolific punditry and criticism with a stream […]

Florence v. Rome

posted by awelborn

Sandro Magister reflects on the state of the Church in Tuscany, reprinting a recent article by a professor of the sociology of religion in Florence, who in turn (are you still with me) uses a recent letter from some Catholics […]

Brave new world

posted by awelborn

English and Welsh bishops make a statement: Human embryos injected with animal cells, or chimeras, should be accorded human status under proposals to be considered by the British Parliament in the fall, said the Catholic bishops of England and Wales. […]

On the contrary

posted by awelborn

A few weeks ago, one of the bloggers at Cosmos-Liturgy-Sex commented on Phliip Jenkins’ observation that some forms of Christianity are growing in Europe, and Eurabia might not be inevitable: I would only add that if the future of Christianity […]

Whatever

posted by awelborn

I read Fr. Richard McBrien’s latest column last night, and spent a few minutes with teetering between feelings of "well of course he would say that" and "what is he saying?" The column is on conversion. Fr. McBrien writes that […]

Oh.

posted by awelborn

That Motu Proprio. Pope Benedict issued a Motu Proprio today  – about Papal elections. From VIS: Made public today was a "Motu Proprio," written in Latin, with which the Holy Father Benedict XVI restores the traditional norm concerning the majority […]

Apostles on the brain

posted by awelborn

So, I spent most of late last week and the weekend working on this study guide for The Apostles, finishing up today with suggestions for opening and closing prayers for each of the twelve sessions. The study guide will be […]

At Prayer

posted by awelborn

Praying for the China Letter. More than 600 female monasteries are praying “so that the Holy Father’s letter is well-received, China opens up to the Gospels and give unrestricted religious freedom to all believers.” This initiative is the brain-child of […]

Who do your books say that I am?

posted by awelborn

Eric Miller of Geneva College takes a quick survey of some recent books on the Jesus issue in Christianity Today – from Marcus Borg to Craig Evans. That is, from the Jesus Seminar gestalt to refutations of same. Not surprisingly, […]

To the library

posted by awelborn

Today, Benedict visited the Vatican Library, which has been in the news lately because of a 3-year shutdown that will begin in July. The closing has caused much distress to scholars, as detailed by the NYTimes here Since the Vatican […]

Hometown history

posted by awelborn

An article in one of the local papers (and yes we still have two dailies – Lord knows how) – about the local priest who, in addition to pastoring two parishes, directs the diocesan historical museum. He’s also the master […]

Arts and Crafts

posted by awelborn

Alexander Waugh – son of Auberon, grandson of Evelyn – has written a family history. Looks interesting. Hey, Lickona, doesn’t that inspire an anecdote? The Tavener concert at Westminster was this past week. An account of a protest in front […]

Who knows…

posted by awelborn

…if this is true. Cum grano salis, and all that. But here’s what the Daily Mail is saying about today’s meeting: Lots of "sources say this means" kind of language. But the Pope’s miracle crack is worth noting. Put him […]

Chinese Catholics

posted by awelborn

Several points of discussion this week. First, a provincial government to destroy a shrine: Next July 16th pilgrims and faithful from Henan will not be allowed to go on pilgrimage to the sanctuary in Tianjiajing. The government from the province […]

Visiting the Pope

posted by awelborn

Well, today was Blair’s visit. I’ve not joined in the feverish he’s-about-to-convert speculation because, well, it’s coming from the British press, and who knows. Various stories about the visit linked here. (Blair’s gift to the Pope, seen here, consisted of […]

Next question

posted by awelborn

Will he: eat them? Or are they basically near dead by the time they come up out of the ground? I found 3 today on the tomato plants…I guess it’s their year. I’ve never had a garden here. Well, I’ve […]

Pro-Life Dems

posted by awelborn

…meet in NY: At the Democrats for Life conference Wednesday, Oklahoma Democratic state legislator Rebecca Hamilton, who has successfully sponsored legislation to restrict abortion, spoke of the arduous role of being a pro-life Democrat. She said she’d been “attacked about […]

Satisfy your news hunger

posted by awelborn

If you’re looking for place where you can find a good collection of constantly updated Catholic news and commentary links, head to New Advent World Watch. Whoever runs it is hand-picking stories and blog posts to highlight – so it […]

Just about had it

posted by awelborn

An AP article on Catholic pols and Communion, featuring Archbishop Chaput: As most of the nation’s 268 active Catholic bishops met for a private retreat this week in New Mexico, questions were building about how prominent their voices will be […]

Varia

posted by awelborn

A varia post, filled with tidbits from email and the blogs…then I’ll be tiptoing out of here for a while. Just expect the most sporadic blogging until mid-July, and then who knows what after that. Ed Peters looks closely at […]

More from Fr. Fox

posted by awelborn

Read the whole thing – if you missed the backstory, he’s in attendance at the Sacred Music Colloquium in DC. I certainly don’t expect to return to my two parishes and celebrate Mass just like this; but I do hope […]

I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead

posted by awelborn

Michael’s been reading the sort-of-autobiography of Warren Zevon during his lunches over the past month and blogs on the book here – and yes, there’s a Catholic angle. Most definitely.

Catechetical Bleg

posted by awelborn

Okay, I’m going to be out all afternoon and probably, (I hope)  the evening.., so here’s a bleg, inspired by questions raised in the Apostles thread below. (And yay to you folks for those sales…hanging around 2000 for presales is […]

Sometimes bloggers forget things

posted by awelborn

…like they have to approve comments. Sorry about that, to all of you who have commented over the past 24 hours. I had to finish one project, and now have to sit down and do this intensive read-through of the […]

Apostles

posted by awelborn

As many of you know, Pope Benedict has, in his Wednesday General Audiences, been giving brief addresses on the leadership of early Christianity. He began last year with the Apostles. Such things naturally lend themselves to be collected in book […]

Touring

posted by awelborn

Speaking of Rome, if you’re headed that way and need a tour guide, consider Eternal CIty Tours, operated by some very knowledgeable and engaging folks – who also happen to sponsor Rome’s version of "Theology on Tap."

Athanasius

posted by awelborn

The subject of today’s General Audience, along with an appeal for refugees: Nations must offer solidarity to refugees, by coming to their aid and respecting their rights. This is the appeal which Benedict XVI launched today for the world’s 10 […]

Resigned

posted by awelborn

Bishop Carl Moeddel, Cincinnati auxiliary, has resigned at the age of 69. Bishop Moeddel has serious health problems, I believe, including a recent stroke.

Bess on Architecture

posted by awelborn

Over at Right Reason (the blog made recently famous by the particpation of Francis Beckwith and the discussion of his reversion to Catholicism), Notre Dame professor of Architecture Philip Bess (whom I’ve had the honor of meeting, ever-so-briefly!), is blogging […]

From the heartland

posted by awelborn

Is all of this liturgy stuff just nattering and a waste of valuable time? The accusation is snidely hurled once in a while, and there is much to say in defense of liturgy conversations, but all I’ll say for now […]

Durn you Hilary

posted by awelborn

Hire dumber campaign people. As Michael notes, even Johnny Sac makes an appearance, giving an extra yank on my chain. More substantively (and violating my no-campaign-talk policy, I know) – several GOP candidates spoke to the National Right to Life […]

In Gaza

posted by awelborn

Two articles from CNS: Convent ransacked: The Gaza compound of the Rosary Sisters was ransacked and looted and sacred objects were destroyed during Palestinian infighting that led to the Hamas faction’s takeover of the Gaza Strip. Msgr. Manuel Musallam, pastor […]

Okay, one more episcopal post

posted by awelborn

(I guess this makes up for there being no US appointments today…the traditional day for it.) Fr. Z points us to a column – the first in a series – by Bishop Serratelli of Paterson …on the Sense of the […]

Table talk

posted by awelborn

Bishop Tobin of Providence, recently in the limelight because of his Rudy Giuliani column, visitis a columnist. And has some questions for him. (I don’t know anything about the columnist or the reason for the visit – M. Charles Bakst […]

Note to John and Mary Catholic: You’re Stupid. Again.

posted by awelborn

About a month ago, Bishop Trautman (Erie), chair of the USCCB Committee on Liturgy, who has been vocal in his criticisms of various liturgical signals and signs coming from Rome, wrote a brief critique of the proposed new translation of […]

Letter to China

posted by awelborn

Adam Minter, author of this month’s Atlantic article on the Church in China (which I’ve not read yet) has a blog post on the forthcoming letter from the Pope to Chinese Catholics. In terms of the content, APcom’s source indicates […]

Gashwin at the theater

posted by awelborn

Blogger Gashwin Gomes is in NYC, and attended a performance of Our God’s Brother at the Storm Theater: The play, part of a festival dedicated to the works of Karol Wojtyla: … was written approximately ten years later during the […]

After one year

posted by awelborn

Julia Duin at the WaTimes, with a lengthy profile of Archbishop Wuerl after a year It’s comprehensive and thorough, looking at everything with his informal gatherings with Catholic members of Congress to his catechetical efforts: According to the Center for […]

Radio Report

posted by awelborn

Go to Vatican Radio for several before, during and after reports on the Pope’s visit. (As well as on the visit of Chrysostomos II on Saturday.)

To the youth

posted by awelborn

AsiaNews has the complete text of the Pope’s message to youth posted. (There were about 25,000 present.) Print it out and use it as the kick-off point for your youth group, religious ed class and Catholic school this fall: Saint […]

To the Religious

posted by awelborn

From VIS: At 4.30 p.m. today, Benedict XVI travelled to Assisi’s cathedral of San Rufino where he met with priests, deacons, religious, superiors and students of the pontifical seminary of Umbria. In his talk to them, the Holy Father insisted […]

In Assisi

posted by awelborn

The Pope travelled to Assisi yesterday. It was a very busy 11-hour day, with the Pope giving 5 messages – a homily, the Angelus message, a speech to Franciscans, and speach to other priests and religious, and then a message […]

Tavener: Still Orthodox

posted by awelborn

As blogged before, Sir John Tavener’s piece The Beautiful Names, will premiere at Westminster Cathedral in London on Tuesday. The piece is a subject of controversy, although as I wrote before, after reading descriptions of the piece, no matter what […]

It’s all there

posted by awelborn

Incredibly detailed argument for a death/funereal/Last Supper/Eucharistic reading of the last Sopranos scene.

In our Time

posted by awelborn

Really great episode of the BBC4 Radio program, on "Renaissance Astrology." It left me with several unanswered questions, but it was an excellent general introduction, setting things in context – which is what all good historical discussions do. You have […]

Musing on writing

posted by awelborn

I am currently working through some things regarding another novel. At one point last week, I thought I had come up with an amazing way of combining two novels that I had already partly written, and spent a day working […]

Giuliani, abortion and Communion

posted by awelborn

The NYObserver takes a good look: (And by "good" I mean objective and fair. No kidding.) Rudy Giuliani has made it clear that he doesn’t “get into debates with the pope.” The Roman Catholic Church, however, is already debating what […]

Kid book note

posted by awelborn

Well, we have a new favorite series (all of …three books, I think) and an author whose works will call us when we head to the library next time: Bubba and Beau are just very amusing, floppy, expressive cute friends […]

Story of a Church

posted by awelborn

You probably know about the "associations" of immigrants to the US, mostly from Mexico, that organize in order to direct funds to help improve life in their villages and towns back home. This Chicago Tribune article tells the story of […]

Encounter

posted by awelborn

Today, Pope Benedict met with the patriarch of the Cypriot Orthodox Church. From the WaPo: The two men said they had considered the "tensions and divisions" in Cyprus and the conflict in the Middle East, "where war and conflict among […]

To Assisi

posted by awelborn

Pope Benedict is going to Assisi on Sunday. Here, courtesy of PRF, is the schedule. Another version via Zenit: Benedict XVI’s visit to the tomb of St. Francis will be a pilgrimage that follows in the footsteps of the "little […]

I Spy survival guide

posted by awelborn

(Yes, there’s loads going on in the world, ecclesiastical and otherwise. Yes, I have things to say about it. But I’ve sort of switched into summertime mode, which involves a morning at the zoo (yes, again), a picnic, then reading […]

Can’t touch this

posted by awelborn

Last Sunday, the NYTimes Magazine was all about poverty, wealth, and income inequality. With John Edwards on the cover, so that’s nice. And full of ads for multi-million dollar cottages and hundreds-of-dollars children’s ensembles, we can assume. Anyway, part of […]

What the Internet is good for:

posted by awelborn

Danielle Bean raised over $8,000 for the St. Gianne Maternity Home through her raffle! The home’s website. That is truly great news and God bless Danielle for a great idea and seeing it through.

Unholy Alliance?

posted by awelborn

From the UK Tablet, a critical look at the role the Russian Orthodox Church is playing in the government’s shifting stance towards countries formerly in the USSR: The Cold War rhetoric heard in the run-up to last week’s G8 summit […]

Desperately seeking absolution

posted by awelborn

Mollie Hemingway on the modern culture of confession – some of it sponsored by churches. But this confession was not delivered to a priest or pastor. It was typed online at IveScrewedUp.com, a project that Florida’s Flamingo Road Church began […]

On the MP

posted by awelborn

Fr. Z has the latest, including a report from members of Una Voce who met with some VIPs in Rome recently, as well as a translation of the report which contains purported details about the release: Here are the main […]

Maybe not

posted by awelborn

Philly council repeals pro-choice resolution City Council yesterday rescinded its week-old proclamation that Philadelphia is a "pro-choice city," putting an end to a purely symbolic debate that drew the attention of Cardinal Justin Rigali and roiled Council as few other […]

Sellout?

posted by awelborn

Former Boston seminary rector criticizes Archdiocese: On his way out the door, the departing rector of St. John’s Seminary sent a pair of blistering letters to church officials, alleging that the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston is endangering the future […]

Episcopal Musical Chairs

posted by awelborn

Musings from Pittsburgh, inspired by Bishop Kurtz’s move to Louisville (Kurtz was considered a contender for Pittsburgh)

Still time to vote

posted by awelborn

In the Catholic Summer Reading Program!

In Bangaldesh

posted by awelborn

From the WSJ, a profile of a missionary priest in Bangladesh: A half-century ago, the Rev. Eugene Homrich set up a Catholic mission among a tiny pagan tribe clinging to a tropical forest. He is still here. As a result, […]

No Amnesty

posted by awelborn

Consequences for Amnesty International’s move to abortion support: Abortion has driven a wedge between the Catholic Church and an organization that began as an ally. Amnesty International (AI) was founded in 1961 by Peter Benenson, a British convert to Catholicism. […]

Walker Percy at Notre Dame

posted by awelborn

Video from 1989- Walker Percy’s speech (with a rather lengthy intro) on being the recipient of the Laetare Medal. Via Matthew Lickona – I believe his brother Mark put it up on YouTube.

A Million for Max

posted by awelborn

Or…How They Sell All Those Books: Thomas Nelson has ordered a 1 million-copy first printing for 3:16: The Numbers of Hope by Max Lucado—the largest first printing in the company’s history, according to David Moberg, senior v-p and group publisher […]

Hitchens is not right

posted by awelborn

Last week, Mark D. Roberts, a Presbyterian pastor and writer had a lengthy debate with Christopher HItchens on the Hugh Hewitt radio show. Roberts has helpfully summarized the many ways in which Hitchens’ book either distorts or simply gets the […]

New blog!

posted by awelborn

One of our frequent commentors, Irenaeus – has a blog. I’m fairly sure he wrote to me about it a while back, but it got lost in the mess that is my email box. So, apologies for that, Irenaeus. Catholidoxies […]

No inertia

posted by awelborn

Today during the General Audience, the Pope took as his subject Eusebius of Caesarea, the 3rd-4th century church historian. Full text translation here – (scroll down) He begins with a bit of biography, then an explanation of structure and aim […]

St. Anthony around the blogs

posted by awelborn

Today is the feast of St. Anthony of Padua, the great Franciscan preacher, and patron of those seeking that which is lost. Chiara has several prayers posted Miki has a holy card and a short reflection A news video (the […]

The Rabbi and the Pope

posted by awelborn

Sandro Magister on Rabbi Jacob Neusner, whose work Pope Benedict repeatedly cites in JON, reprinting Neusner’s article from the Jerusalem Post from late May: In “Jesus of Nazareth,” the pope explains why this book made such a positive impression on […]

The Hitchens brothers

posted by awelborn

A profile from the Independent Peter, 55, confirms to me that he was implying in his review that Christopher, 58, was closer to religious belief than he had ever accepted. " There is always, in the atheistical struggle with God, […]

Begging to differ

posted by awelborn

Over at Intentional Disciples, Sherry Weddell looks at recent discussions of Asian Christianity at the recent CTSA meeting. The Kingdom Without the King, notice. Like Phan, Chia said that the FABC’s emphasis is on mission in an overwhelmingly non-Christian context. […]

Dawkins, etc

posted by awelborn

Mike Liccione has some suggestions for resources: But most people outside academia, or within it for that matter, don’t have time for a point-by-point rebuttal. If you’re an educated believer who moves in circles influenced by the new atheism, it’s […]

Back to books

posted by awelborn

As my brain slowly returns (soon to be swept away again, so we’ll take what we can get), a bit of children’s book blogging. (As for the grown-ups – I have a novel I’m currently reading – a fall release […]

Mandatory goat-feeding photo

posted by awelborn

So today we went to the Zoo – the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. For a couple of years there we were zoo fiends, going once a week during the summer, but I suppose MIchael’s birth and various travels last year […]

Suspicious Minds

posted by awelborn

Fr. Dwight Longenecker has a strong post on superstition among Christians, Catholics and Protestant alike.

Inside the meeting

posted by awelborn

From Inside the Vatican, a thorough report on the Bush-Benedict meeting, along with some of Pope Benedict’s other activities of the day, reflecting the Big Picture: So Benedict left a meeting with Bush to give a speech to North African […]

Prayers

posted by awelborn

Medjugorje pilgrims hurt A bus carrying mostly southeastern Wisconsin Catholics to a shrine in southern Bosnia veered to avoid a jackknifed truck and plunged at least 40 feet into a ravine outside Sarajevo on Monday, injuring 27 of the 34 […]

Catholic Colbert

posted by awelborn

In one convenient spot for all your clips and commentary.

Whaddya Gonna Do?

posted by awelborn

Many commenters have pulled what they think are the emblematic Sopranos quotes – for me it was always the title of this post, uttered by at least one character at every funeral (after the envelopes) and often after every tragedy. […]

If you’re in DC this summer..

posted by awelborn

..you might run into Archbishop Rowan Williams: The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, will spend much of his summer sabbatical at Georgetown University sources in England and Washington confirmed today. Williams, has stayed at the Jesuit university twice previously […]

Zoo-bound

posted by awelborn

We’re off to the zoo – so any comments won’t appear ’til this afternoon.

Backseat Theological Colloquium

posted by awelborn

Between Joseph (who is flipping through this, grabbed from Daddy’s office, where we’d just dropped of Chris, to be then taken on to the Indianapolis airport) and Michael who evidently has a rather reflexively negative view of humanity. Michael: He’s […]

Listen and learn

posted by awelborn

The Pope met with a couple of groups yesterday: First, astronomers: This morning Pope Benedict received the faculty and students of the Eleventh Vatican Observatory Summer School in an audience. He exhorted the amateur astronomers to form their faith and […]

Kurtz to Louisville

posted by awelborn

Bishop Kurtz of Knoxville has been appointed the new Archbishop of Louisville. Bishop Kurtz was the second bishop of Knoxville (the diocese was created from the Diocese of Nashville in 1988), having served for almost ten years now.  I had […]

Missions

posted by awelborn

Fr. Dwight Longenecker has just returned from a school mission trip to El Salvador and has reports and photos.

Theologians in LA

posted by awelborn

John Allen has many reports on the annual convention of the Catholic Theological Society of America. There’s a lot there… From the group’s outgoing president: (after the jump)

The Historical Christian returns!

posted by awelborn

Aimee Milburn, who writes the smart and generally excellent blog Historical Christian has been on a hiatus recently because of coursework, but she’s back with a great post on the unity of the Church: A Protestant reader lately has written […]

The Deacon’s Bench

posted by awelborn

Recently-ordained permanent Deacon Greg Kandra – also a producer at CBS News – has a blog! Here’s a Busted Halo article about Greg.

And now for real life

posted by awelborn

Poet (and editor of Poetry)  Christian Witman on a spiritual journey: Though I was raised in a very religious household, until about a year ago I hadn’t been to church in any serious way in more than 20 years. It […]

Cut to Black

posted by awelborn

All right, here we go.. 1) Brilliant? 2) Cowardly cop-out? 3) Contempt for the audience? 4) Ultimate respect for the audience? The rest after the jump…

Worth a read

posted by awelborn

Lots of good comments in the post below this – interesting things seem to be happening around the Catholic world. I was particularly struck by this, so I’m highlighting it: All things Christ and Philly… This week, the ever wise […]

Corpus Christ, part 2

posted by awelborn

So…what is going on around the globe, Corpus Christi-wise? We attended Mass on Saturday evening. The music – typical traditional English-language Eucharistic hymns, plus the totally grating and simpering  Bread Blessed and Broken . The sequence, Lauda Sion, was read […]

The President and the Pope

posted by awelborn

Links to many news stories in the US and European press over at Papa Ratzinger Forum, here.

Another kidnapping

posted by awelborn

PIME missionary priest kidnapped in Philippines.

Cancelled

posted by awelborn

Bush visit to Trastavere: US President George W. Bush has cancelled a plan to visit the St. Egidio community in Rome on June 9, apparently because of security concerns. The American leader was due to travel to Rome’s Trastevere section […]

Roman Arts

posted by awelborn

Elizabeth Lev’s column at Zenit – on St. Petronilla, her legend, and her importance at St. Peter’s Basilica; and a quick overview of the history of San Clemente, which this week observed the 150th anniversary of the beginnings of the […]

Corpus Christi

posted by awelborn

Yesterday was the Feast of Corpus Christi  – it is normally and traditionally celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday. Where it is not a holy day of obligation, it is transferred to the following Sunday (as it is here.) […]

Guarding the Pope

posted by awelborn

In light of recent events: Pope Benedict XVI’s security guards are known for composure under pressure, and they showed it when a deranged German tried to jump onto the pope’s jeep at a general audience. Within seconds, 11 Vatican plainclothes […]

Caritas

posted by awelborn

Today, the Pope met with participants in the General Assembly of Caritas Internationalis, the umbrella agency of Catholic relief and social justice groups that includes Catholic Charities, USA and Catholic Relief Services. The Pope’s speech to the group (delivered in […]

Warnings for the Congo

posted by awelborn

Shadows of war: The Democratic Republic of Congo is on the brink of full-scale war unless the government and international community intervene, said a Caritas official and the archbishop of Bukavu, Congo. Bruno Miteyo, director of Caritas Congo, told Catholic […]

Varia…but related

posted by awelborn

Dimitri Cavalli in the WSJ about excommunication threats, past and present: Rummel and Archbishop Joseph Ritter of St. Louis had previously used the threat of excommunication to suppress lay Catholic opposition to civil rights. In 1956, Rummel warned Catholic lawmakers […]

Just say no

posted by awelborn

The "Ninevah Plan" is a schema to purportedly protect some Christian populations in Iraq – specifically, this: The Plains of Nineveh contain a series of Christian villages (approximately twenty), in which most people speak the Syriac dialect known as “Sureth.”  […]

Where’s the coverage?

posted by awelborn

Of anti-Christian violence in Iraq? The mainstream media can’t get enough of the sectarian violence between the Shiites, the Sunnis, and the Kurds in Iraq. But one kind of sectarian violence that has consistently been under-reported since the U.S.-led invasion […]

Grrr.

posted by awelborn

Just spent 30 minutes on a post. Browser froze. Post gone. I’ll start over…gradually. Rod Dreher and Terry Mattingly are both in Istanbul for a conference, and reporting on various religious and cultural issues. Red Terror on the Amber Coast […]

Another kidnapping

posted by awelborn

A Chaldean priest seems to have been kidnapped in Baghdad: Another Chaldean priest was abducted in Baghdad today. Fr Hani Abdel Ahad, in his early 30s, was taken in a north-eastern section of the capital called Suleikh along with five […]

Magic 16

posted by awelborn

Make it 16. Pending editing. Whew. Someone once said that no one ever actually finishes writing a novel – you just give up. This wasn’t a novel, but the subject is potentially so vast, and I was charged with writing […]

Blessed are you who mourn

posted by awelborn

At the funeral: Chaldean Catholic Bishop Paulos Faraj Rahho of Mosul was forced to pause during the funeral of an Iraqi priest and three subdeacons due to the weeping of so many in the congregation. Father Ragheed Aziz Ganni and […]

Update

posted by awelborn

On the jumper: A 27-year-old German man was forced to undergo immediate psychiatric treatment June 6 after he jumped over a barrier in St. Peter’s Square and reached the back of the open jeep in which Pope Benedict XVI was […]

From Rome

posted by awelborn

I’ll just make this a catch-all post. First, today’s General Audience: Rich countries must increase their aid to the development of the world’s nations in need, by upholding the right to education which is the real platform for progress among […]

Raffle!

posted by awelborn

Danielle Bean is running one: Not just any raffle, but the very first annual DanielleBean.com charity raffle. I know this: readers of this space are overwhelmingly generous people who care deeply about mothers and their babies. This knowledge has inspired […]

It was the philosophy final that did it

posted by awelborn

You know, when I was in college, I would finish the semester, go home (across town) and basically sleep for two days. A week with no sleep will have that effect. I guess the first day of summer vacation does […]

Sopranos Talk

posted by awelborn

Thanks to reader Julia for sending along this great article on last week’s ep, an article that focuses on the Raging Bull factor. Discuss!

Forthcoming…

posted by awelborn

Pope Benedict’s Wednesday General Audience talks on the Apostles have been collected into a single volume and will be published by Our Sunday Visitor in a couple of months. The pub date at Amazon is 8/17. The manuscript is going […]

FYI

posted by awelborn

As I told Lino Rulli on his Sirius show on Monday, I have written 15 and 9/10 books. (I think.) (3 unpublished, but on the way). Now that is basically 16 books. Although perhaps it should be 15 and 86/100 […]

Remembering

posted by awelborn

18 years since the massacre at Tiananmen Square. AsiaNews has several stories including what Cardinal Zen of Hong Kong had to say: The bishop of Hong Kong, card. Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, yesterday expressed his desire to see the authorities of […]

One more saintly note

posted by awelborn

If you’re interested in ongoing canonization causes – this place should interest you very much. One interesting cause I’d never heard about – Paul Murphy, MJ, out of the Diocese of Phoenix. Speaking of saints…6/08 – 6/09 will be the […]

About the saints

posted by awelborn

I have time enough to only link to further biographies of  a few of the servants of God and blesseds below, but one that stands out (after Franz Jagerstatter, of course!) is the approval of the miracle for Servant of […]

Decrees

posted by awelborn

From the Congregation of the Causes of Saints: MIRACLES – Blessed Alfonsa of the Immaculate Conception (nee: Anna Muttathupandathu), Indian professed sister of the Congregation of Poor Clares of the Third Order of St. Francis (1910-1946). – Blessed Narcisa de […]

Book Expo sightings

posted by awelborn

From Julianne Moore to Christopher Hitchens and beyond…

Charity and Mercy

posted by awelborn

The new edition of "That Catholic Show" from Rosary Army/SQPN Speaking of videos, PhatCatholic has a summer project – "collecting" all the videos on YouTube, Google ,etc. that have sound Catholic content.

Not what they expected

posted by awelborn

Call to Action protests Bishop Bruskewitz’s non-participation in the bishops’ sexual abuse prevention process and audit. Someother folks respond: Nine members of the group Call to Action stood outside the Cathedral of the Risen Christ Friday to call attention to […]

posted by awelborn

Priest and 3 sub-deacons killed in Mosul: An armed group gunned down and killed Fr Ragheed Ganni and three of his aides. The murder took place right after Sunday mass in front of the Church of the Holy Spirit in […]

Saints in the rain

posted by awelborn

Today’s canonization was marked by heavy rain: The rain was the most obvious protagonist of this morning’s canonization of 4 new saints, as it poured down relentlessly on the ocean of coloured umbrellas, on the sick, on the ministrants and […]

Hitchens v. Hitchens

posted by awelborn

Peter Hitchens’ review of his brother’s book: Am I my brother’s reviewer? A word of explanation is needed here. Some of you may know that I have a brother, Christopher, who disagrees with me about almost everything. Some of those […]

Speaking of stores and Catholic reading…

posted by awelborn

Check out the Aquinas Bookstore Summer Reading Program: This summer, why not take some time to discover the rich treasure of Catholic literature? Aquinas and More Catholic Goods, the official sponsor of the Catholic summer reading program, would like to […]

The perils of bookselling

posted by awelborn

A discussion has broken out in the Jesus of Nazareth combox below on Catholic bookstores (and by extension any independent brick-and-mortar bookstore.) It’s a conversation we’ve had here quite often, and the challenges are real. The one thing I have […]

More, Please

posted by awelborn

Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence has an RSVP for Rudy Giuiliani I probably would have written this article anyhow, so distressed was I. But then I received an invitation to attend a fundraising luncheon for presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, and […]

Hitchens report

posted by awelborn

…will be forthcoming from Michael, who heard him speak today at BEA. His one-sentence summary: Christopher Hitchens Hates You and Wants to Make War with You

Note to Catholic authors:

posted by awelborn

(or any authors, for that matter, since most of us have the same complaint..) Word from the floor at Book Expo America is that the Doubleday display has no marketing material for the Pope’s book. A copy of the book […]

Coming up…

posted by awelborn

Four canonizations on Sunday  in Rome. Biographies of the Blesseds: Blessed George Preca from Malta, founder of the Society of Christian Doctrine, a lay group dedicated to catechesis and evangelization: The main priority of the Society is catechetical work in […]

William of Ockham

posted by awelborn

Here I go again…this week’s In Our Time, from BBC radio, focused on William of Ockham, and was quite a good introduction. They pretty much stayed with Ockham himself – that was enough – without going too much into broader […]

The End of May

posted by awelborn

On the evening of May 31, Pope Benedict led an end-of-May rosary procession through the Vatican gardens. He began the evening meeting with Vatican employees: Pope Benedict XVI spent a breezy spring evening with the Vatican’s civil servants — gardeners […]

Speaking of quick edits and flashing images

posted by awelborn

See this? The "Under the Lights" program focusing on the Wake Forest football program? See it? My oldest produced and edited it – he didn’t do the actual shots, but beyond that, the whole program is basically his work. And […]

Into the Great Silence

posted by awelborn

We watched it a few weeks ago, and Michael Scaperlanda’s post on the film reminded me of something I meant to remark on at the time, but didn’t. Michael speaks of the length of the film, and what struck me […]

Department of Modern Life. continuned

posted by awelborn

So, we stopped in at Barnes and Noble this evening, and as per usual, I went to check over the "religion" section in the children’s department to see if they had my saints’ books. Why do I bother? No one […]

On to Vancouver

posted by awelborn

Archbishop Miller moves: Rome’s point man on Catholic higher education has been named the new coadjutor archbishop of Vancouver, positioning him eventually to lead one of North America’s most cosmopolitan dioceses and the third-largest in Canada, after Montreal and Toronto. […]

In Baghdad

posted by awelborn

Convent sacked and occupied Terrorists, believed to be Shiites, yesterday occupied the Convent belonging to the Chaldean Sisters of the Scared (sic – obviously should be Sacred) Heart in Baghdad.  Sources in the capital in contact with the nuns denounced […]

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