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July 2007 Archives

HWTN – Motu Proprio Edition

posted by awelborn

Sweet. 8:00 PM. The Colbert Report. Jean-Baptiste Colbert, contrôleur général of the Kingdoms of France and Navarre and first minister to the Sun-King, brings his distinctive blend of wikiality and mercantilism to the wacky zoo-like forum of American cable news. […]

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One more Potter post

posted by awelborn

Ross Douthat’s take: (After the cut, for those who are unspoiled. Sorry.)

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More pain

posted by awelborn

…lest anyone persist in the fantasy that Church Problems = Catholic Problems, take a look at this piece from Christianity Today, a companion piece, almost to William Lobdell’s LATimes piece. Beginning with a small, "casual, hippy-era" (her phrase) church, moving […]

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St. James

posted by awelborn

From the Pope’s General Audience, last June: Consequently, we can learn much from St James: promptness in accepting the Lord’s call even when he asks us to leave the "boat" of our human securities, enthusiasm in following him on the […]

Varia

posted by awelborn

At First Things, William Doino, Jr. takes on the treatment of Pius XII in Saul Friedlander’s widely-praised history Nazi Germany and the Jews. These are not the only concerns. Relying on the farfetched claims of Susan Zuccotti, Friedlander writes: “Personally […]

Missions near and far

posted by awelborn

A reader sent along this link to an article about an Iowa couple dedicated to helping a New Mexico school: Some might be heading west on a family vacation, but for Bob and Tess Thompson their trip will be a […]

The Church in China

posted by awelborn

Several items: From AsiaNews: 50 years of the CPCA: The Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association (CPCA) will celebrate 50 years on August 2. Some 5,000 people have been invited for the occasion, but quite a few of the would-be guests will […]

Make your signs talk

posted by awelborn

Some people are a little confused by Kansas City Catholic’s conversing church signs. Are they real? Virtually – Make your own via the Church Sign Generator And generator more with the scores of toys that you can find via the […]

Red State Update

posted by awelborn

As seen in downtown Fort Wayne today:

New from the Catholic Answer

posted by awelborn

No, not Catholic Answers, but The Catholic Answer – the OSV publication edited by Paul Thigpen. An apologetics question (and answer) of the day.

Harry Potter and the End

posted by awelborn

I read the first four or five Harry Potter book, mostly for work purposes – I wrote about the series a couple of times, and since the issue was on the front burner of the religion – pop culture stove […]

The signs are talking again!

posted by awelborn

….in Kansas City!

If you speak Italian…

posted by awelborn

…you might want to add the blog of Vaticanista Andrea Tornielli at Il Giornale to your daily stops.. Il direttore dei programmi tedeschi della Radio Vaticana, il gesuita Eberhard von Gemmingen, intervistato dal Messaggero, ha detto: “Nella Cappella Sistina vedrei […]

Carmel in Wyoming

posted by awelborn

A shockingly well-written piece in the Salt Lake Tribune, by Jessica Ravitz on a new (as of 2003) Carmelite foundation in Wyoming. I say that because the writer does what is seemingly so hard for too many religion writers to […]

The return

posted by awelborn

Kidnapped Italian missionary priest Giancarlo Bossi was released last week, and will be returning to Italy in August His deepest desire is to “be able to embrace my people”, but it will also be wonderful to “see my family again”. […]

Let there be peace

posted by awelborn

Today, on vacation, the Pope prayed the Angelus and had some words: “Never again war!”: from the mountains of Cadore, a place of great natural beauty that was transformed into a theatre of slaughter during the First World War, Benedict […]

On a lighter note

posted by awelborn

  My birthday was this past week, with no big page-turning feeling accompanying it, though. The reason is idiocyncratic. I was born in 1960, a year which ends in "0," which makes it easy to remember how old I am. […]

Religion: a Test of Faith

posted by awelborn

Many are writing about LA Times Religion reporter William Lobdell’s column on his loss of faith. The short version is that Lobdell had a conversion experience in an evangelical setting, got involved in religion reporting, then started attending RCIA (his […]

Tour bleg:

posted by awelborn

From a reader: I wanted to ask if you could help me out with some information.  Are you aware of any website, clearing house, or source for group trips or pilgrimages to Europe? My wife and I would like to […]

Study the Apostles

posted by awelborn

The Study Guide’s up online. (Scroll down – pdf file, naturally.) Sample hard copies of the guide are being sent out to parishes in the next couple of weeks. Book is not here quite yet. Soon, soon. Pre-orders are apparently […]

Booknotes. For real this time

posted by awelborn

To those of you who don’t know me, the following rave review of an historical monograph will seem strange. To those of you who do, even via the blog, it will be totally expected. Over the past couple of days, […]

Booknotes

posted by awelborn

Sorry for the sparseness of late. I have actually work to do – got one thing knocked off today, with something else I must get done before the end of next week, with then One More Thing looming, something I’m […]

Reason and clarity

posted by awelborn

A nice summary of SP from the pastor of a Jesuit parish in New Orleans. Via the SP blog.

A bishop for Beijing

posted by awelborn

From AsiaNews: The “community” of the Beijing diocese has chosen Fr. Joseph Li Shan, 43, as their new bishop. The news was gathered from Chinese Catholic sources, who clarify that his nomination took place on July 16th. His election will […]

Testosterhome, unabated!

posted by awelborn

Meet Henry Ephrem Balducci – congratulations!

Pittsburgh, you have your bishop…

posted by awelborn

But, Green Bay, you lost yours.. Former Pittsburgh Auxiliary David Zubik, bishop of Green Bay since 2003, named new Bishop of Pittsburgh. Also Vatican-related, The Vatican CIty State now has its own webpage. The site is very well done – […]

The Precedence of the Law

posted by awelborn

Cardinal Law resigned. Cardinal Mahony still reigns. It’s not unreasonable to wonder why.

What the Pope’s up to

posted by awelborn

From VIS: Holy See Press Office Director Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. has affirmed that the Pope is dedicating part of the holiday he is spending in the Italian alpine resort of Lorenzago de Cardore to writing the second part of […]

From the mailbox

posted by awelborn

Take a look at the blog of Msgr. Kevin Codd of the Spokane diocese , who is making the pilgrimage from Leuven (where he has just finished up a term as rector) to Compostela. He is blogging when he can. […]

You bet it’s serious

posted by awelborn

Or, Portrait of Boy with Gator. Carefully.

By Providence…

posted by awelborn

The National Pastoral Musician’s conference was last week in Indianpolis. A couple of reports, from slightly different perspectives,  have surfaced here and here. From the former: * Steven Warner’s opening address. Ok, much of it was good, but at one […]

Bishops and the MP

posted by awelborn

Over the past week, episcopal reactions to Summorum Pontificum have been rolling in. Some are collected at the Summorum Pontificum blog, Fr. Z has been posting and commenting on some – The Stella Borealis blog has posted a useful index […]

What the blogs are saying

posted by awelborn

I find the Google Blog search to be a really useful tool (more user friendly to me than Technorati) for sort of exploring what people are saying on a given topic, and more importantly, giving me little windows into how […]

LA Settlement

posted by awelborn

Professor Bainbridge takes a look and reminds us of what the "million-plus for each plaintiff" really means. Rick Garnett notices mixes signals in the NYTimes about such things. That is, running an article righteously condemning the Archdiocese, in the same […]

Art in Church

posted by awelborn

A NYTimes article on some contemporary commissions in European churches.

Already but not yet

posted by awelborn

From the NYTimes: A woman’s account of her decision to not abort. Context: she and her husband had just moved to Mexico to pursue free-spirited writing careers. She got pregnant. No way, she thought at first. But then:

Parading

posted by awelborn

So today begins the 3 Rivers Festival, a week or so of various activities around here – overpriced food downtown, rides here and there, and arts festival, has-been musical acts. I bought a very nice piece at the arts festival […]

NannyLand

posted by awelborn

What I call The Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Those of you who live in Big Cities and travel in Such Circles might see this as nothing worth noting. But I have to say that it was a new scene to […]

Rising Apostles

posted by awelborn

I was startled to see this morning that The Apostles by Pope Benedict, published by OSV, has risen to around 1200 or so on Amazon. Michael says it’s because the Pope is in the news pretty constantly these days. Maybe! […]

Coming to America

posted by awelborn

300 Burmese immigrants headed for Fort Wayne over the next couple of months… …joining the 3,000 already here, the largest concentration of Burmese refugees in the US. This resettlement is being coordinated by Catholic Charities: The Fort Wayne Catholic Charities […]

One reality

posted by awelborn

…two reactions. The reality: As we drive through The Fort, it becomes quite clear that there’s been precious little rain over the past two weeks. The reactions, as we pull in to our driveway: Michael: Excellent! (translation: "I don’t have […]

None taken

posted by awelborn

Dr. Albert Mohler, a Southern Baptist, has a clear and reasoned – and most of all, knowledgeable (even though he gets a few things wrong, and emphasizes submission to the papacy without mentioning apostolic succession) – response to the CDF’s statement […]

Dangerous outside the stroller

posted by awelborn

What blogs are good for – a simply marvelous, funny and ultimately moving and so true post from the Creative Minority Report. But here’s the thing. I’m not as impressed with myself as I used to be. I know all […]

Summing up

posted by awelborn

Dr. Alcuin Reid on the MP, SP: Well, he has done it. After much speculation, and in spite of intense and orchestrated lobbying from some bishops (as well as the all-too-frequently published opprobrium of ageing priests and liturgists), by means […]

Document Dump

posted by awelborn

John Thavis at CNS looks at the question of the Vatican’s release of various important documents right before the Pope’s vacation: Before Pope Benedict XVI took off for his summer vacation in the Italian Alps, he engaged in a time-honored […]

On TBN

posted by awelborn

Now, this looks interesting – Fr. Rob reports: Trinity Broadcast Network (TBN), home to Televangelists Benny Hinn and Joyce Meyer, will be broadcasting a 90 minute "dialogue" between Fr. John Riccardo, a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit, and Pastor […]

Much varia

posted by awelborn

Now I’ll clean out my inbox and the fruit of some of my blog wanderings: The Pope is on vacation – check the Papa Ratzinger Forum for updates on that. Our evangelical seeker exploring Orthodoxy and Catholicism has shifted his […]

Cleaning out the camera..

posted by awelborn

…with some final CBA (or whatever) images: Nehemiah, the Praying Mantis: Yes, it is lipstick, gloss and such: Michael with a, er, football team promoting one of Karen Kingsbury’s several books. This one, Between Sundays. They were giving away tissues. […]

He speaks for all of us

posted by awelborn

Very Fishy

posted by awelborn

This morning, I took the little ones to the Georgia Aquarium, which was under construction last time I was here,and is quite the place. (At quite the price,but that’s just the way it is. If you lived in the area, […]

A quick look back

posted by awelborn

…to last week. Michael enjoying practice for the Pepsi 400 last Thursday night in Daytona:

CBA Auralia sighting

posted by awelborn

In case he wasn’t aware of it (and I’m sure he is), this one is for Jeffrey Overstreet, whose first novel, Auralia’s Colors, is being published by Waterbrook this fall. The book, which, from the first chapter seems to be […]

CBA celeb sightings

posted by awelborn

Yes, CBA has its share of celebs, some well-known only in the CBA world, others on a broader stage. Today I saw (but didn’t photograph)Jerry Jenkins (co-author of the Left Behind series.) being interviewed with his son, with whom he […]

Back to China

posted by awelborn

I’ve not had the time or opportunity to really explore the reception of the Pope’s letter to Chinese Catholics, but here are a couple of comments: Jen Ambrose has several useful posts from the past week. Adam Minter does as […]

Open Wide the Doors

posted by awelborn

Also in Conyers: Outside: Inside: Mother of God Catholic Church, Byzantine-Ukrainian Rite. The parish is located on the property formerly known, back in the 80’s, as the site of the purported visions of Nancy Fowler, long since gone, I think, […]

Speaking of monks

posted by awelborn

…a quick side trip this afternoon to the Trappist Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers which we have both visited many times before. A first time for these two, though, one of whom re-named the place in his own […]

Yes, there are Catholics…

posted by awelborn

There are a few Catholic exhibitors at CBA, and I’m sure more than a few Catholic attendees as well – spotted one sister in full-length habit today, drilling some purveyor of digital music something-or-other about his products. A subtle side […]

Where in the world?

posted by awelborn

Now. What could this be? Click here for a much larger version on which you can almost read the inscriptions. "Remember" it says on the top, and cascading from there are names and quotations. And below that, a shrouded body. […]

Don’t listen to him, Coach Dungy

posted by awelborn

…he’s a Jaguars fan. (The best I could do, rushing to get the camera out and making sure two Wild Boys were still in sight…) One more, after the jump

Varia from afar

posted by awelborn

…from here and there. Just grabbing links as I roam. Literally. So don’t be out there reading this thinking I’m attempting any "coverage." Not here, at this moment! First off – this is good, and very useful  – A Summorum […]

And on the Motu Proprio

posted by awelborn

In addition to all the usual suspects, have a look at Ohio pastor Fr. Martin Fox, who frankly discusses the challenges and also points out: Now we have the great tradition itself, plus what the Council said, plus what re-thinking […]

Still alive

posted by awelborn

…although far less pale than usual. Sort of normal blogging will resume sometime this week.

Previous Posts

There is nothing I shall want
A couple of weeks ago, a memorial Mass for Michael was held here in Birmingham at the Cathedral. The bishop presided and offered a very nice, even charming homily in which he first focused on the Scripture readings of the day, and then turned to ...

posted 9:24:16am Mar. 05, 2009 | read full post »

Revolutionary Road - Is it just me?
Why am I the only person I know..or even "know" in the Internet sense of "knowing"  - who didn't hate it? I didn't love it, either. There was a lot wrong with it. Weak characterization. Miscasting. Anvil-wielding mentally ill prophets.But ...

posted 9:45:04pm Mar. 04, 2009 | read full post »

Books for Lent
No, I'm not going to ask you about your Lenten reading lists...although I might.Not today, though. This post is about giving books to others. For Lent, and a long time after that. You know how it goes during Lent: Prayer, Fasting and ...

posted 9:22:07pm Mar. 04, 2009 | read full post »

Why Via Media
How about....because I'm lame and hate thinking up titles to things? No?Okay...how about...St. Benedict? Yes, yes, I know the association with Anglicanism. That wasn't invovled in my purpose in naming the joint, but if draws some Googling ...

posted 8:54:17pm Mar. 04, 2009 | read full post »

Brave Heart?
I don't know about you, but one of effects of childbirth on me was a compulsion to spill the details. All of them.The whole thing was fascinating to me, so of course I assumed everyone else should be fascinated as well in the recounting of every ...

posted 10:19:45pm Mar. 03, 2009 | read full post »

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