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Doc Drop Friday

posted by awelborn

First an encyclical, now the copy of the USCCB liturgical music document, Sing to the Lord. (pdf) Via NLM

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We interrupt this immersion

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..in Encyclical-Land to bring you this. I was (and still am) going to do a Golden Compass post next week (the movie is released in the US on 12/7), but I couldn’t wait on this. Using the positive review of […]

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A question posed

posted by awelborn

16. How could the idea have developed that Jesus’s message is narrowly individualistic and aimed only at each person singly? How did we arrive at this interpretation of the “salvation of the soul” as a flight from responsibility for the […]

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What is hope?

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The first concrete, personal example that Benedict uses to illustrate the reality of hope: (Note: I am breaking this up into paragraphs which aren’t in the Vatican version. It just makes it easier to read.) Yet at this point a […]

Spe Salvi

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Got your new encyclical right here.. (Zenit has it up as well, including a pdf version, which might be helpful if you want to print it out. Because you have to take read it on the run today. Because you […]

Prepare the way

posted by awelborn

..because nothing says Advent like… The Bratz. I just want to know what’s behind the little doors. I just can’t imagine…

Ephrem

posted by awelborn

I had never heard of Ephrem the Syrian until a few years ago when I started writing about prayer, and then Mary. Then he was everywhere – in fact, the source of some of the very best, wisest and most […]

From Phoenix

posted by awelborn

Thanks to a commentor for pointing out that the diocese has issued a statement: A STATEMENT FROM  THE DIOCESE OF PHOENIX Re: The Praise and Worship Service – Dale Fushek and Mark Dippre November 27, 2007 On Thanksgiving Day, November […]

Pooling resources

posted by awelborn

Looking for a cause for your youth group, class or..well…family? The Christian Foundation for Children and Aging is one of the more well-regarded sponsorship organizations out there, and one of the newer way  of helping those in need around the […]

Add it to the list…

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of Catholic publications with blogs or blog-like features. America Magazine’s blog (Others include Commonweal, the web page/blog of what was formerly the print magazine Crisis – Inside Catholic, and First Things.) Religion News Service also has a blog.

From BCL to CDW

posted by awelborn

As USCCB/Liturgy followers know, the tenure of Bishop Trautman of Erie as chair of the Bishops’ Committee on Liturgy (BCL) came to an end with the last USCCB meeting, and Bishop Serratelli of Paterson took his place. The committee has […]

Remembering

posted by awelborn

On Sunday in Southern California, thousands of Catholics of Vietnamese orgin gathered to remember martyrs of the faith. Two stories –   The LATimes The OC Register: Julia Pham leans against a hallway wall behind rows packed with thousands of people […]

On Mary

posted by awelborn

This will be worth reading all week, from First Things: The project known as Evangelicals and Catholics Together is now in its thirteenth year—following its initial statement, “The Christian Mission in the Third Millennium,” with much-discussed statements on salvation, Scripture, […]

Consistory 103

posted by awelborn

Lots of reporting on this morning’s ceremony, but a few highlights: First…Zadok was there! Many interesting detailed and a balanced look at the liturgy: Needless to say, it was a wonderful event and much of the ‘blog commentary is focusing […]

Varia

posted by awelborn

We’ve not done varia around here in a while, but since I’m procrastinating, let’s go for it. Matthew Lickona attended a session on “Evangelicals and Catholics Together” at the ETS last week, and reports in the San Diego Reader. At […]

Back in business

posted by awelborn

I think this is a fairly big deal. Dale Fushek, formerly Monsignor, was the founder of LifeTeen, and a very popular priest of the Diocese of Phoenix, serving as Vicar General. The  outline of his troubles with the law can be […]

Consistory 102

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Notes from today: Allen reports on the opening meeting this morning: The business meeting is a closed-door affair, although a handful of members of the press were allowed in at the beginning to observe the opening prayer. Outside the Synod […]

Spe Salvi

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Today’s Bolletino confirms that 11/30 is the date. AVVISO DI CONFERENZA STAMPA Si informano i giornalisti accreditati che venerdì 30 novembre 2007, alle ore 11.30, nell’Aula Giovanni Paolo II della Sala Stampa della Santa Sede, avrà luogo la Conferenza Stampa […]

From China

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Adam Minter has an interesting post on current and future bishops: Earlier this week the South China Morning Post reported that Fr. Joseph Gan Junqiu received government approval to be ordained as bishop of Guangzhou on December 3 (Papal approval […]

A bit more on John Lipscomb

posted by awelborn

From Michelle Bearden at the Tampa Tribune: Lipscomb, who retired as bishop on Sept. 15, and his wife, Marcie, will be received into the Catholic Church in mid-December. They will be members of the Church of the Nativity in Brandon, […]

You had no idea, did you?

posted by awelborn

Well, neither did I, actually. If only! (Click on photo if you can’t read the names)

Consistory 101

posted by awelborn

On Saturday, Pope Benedict will preside over a “consistory” for the creation of new Cardinals. The Cardinals – present and designated – will meet with the Pope tomorrow (Friday) to discuss various matters. (see below) The ceremony itself will be […]

The Indian Clerk

posted by awelborn

I really don’t know why I decided to read this. I’m not interested in mathematics, and have no great interest in David Leavitt’s work. Well, scratch that – I do know why I picked it – I like historical fiction […]

Aphra-who?

posted by awelborn

Today, continuing in his catechesis on the Early Church Fathers, Pope Benedict introduced us to Aphraates the Sage: In our excursion into the world of the Fathers of the Church, I wish today to guide you to a little-known part […]

Blogging the Cardinal

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The Houston Chronicle will be following and blogging Cardinal-to-be DiNardo this week: The Cardinal-designate is keeping a fairly low profile with the expanding group of Houston media here in Rome, which is completely understandable considering his hectic schedule. He has […]

News from FL

posted by awelborn

Another Episcopal bishop…John Lipscomb of Southwest Florida… I have communicated to the Presiding Bishop my request to be released from my ordination vows and the obligations and responsibilities of a member of the House of Bishops. I have taken this […]

Advent with the Dominicans

posted by awelborn

(Still a week and a half away, since Thanksgiving is so early this year.) (Forget Thanksgiving. Do you know what else is early this year? Just know that I wrote my Parish Evangelization friend a note in which I helpfully […]

Bearing gifts

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As you embark upon the task of Christmas shopping -whether it is a chore or a delight to you – consider these alternatives ot the mall, Amazon or gift cards: Monastery Greetings is a clearinghouse for items made and distributed […]

Last Things

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In case you’ve missed, it Daniel Mitsui has been focusing on the Last Things during this month of November, with the usual intriguing treasure trove of images.

An arrow in flight

posted by awelborn

One should not, therefore, regard the worship of God as an external occupation for man, as if God wanted to be praised or if he needed to be flattered. That would of course be childish and, as a matter of […]

Edmund

posted by awelborn

Fr. Phillips of Atonement Online has a brief post on the English saint: The life and death of St. Edmund is an outstanding reminder of the great importance our English ancestors attached to their faith, an example we would do […]

We played the flute for you…

posted by awelborn

One of those things that makes me go hmmmm: When folks outside of Catholicism look at Catholics and characterize them as legalistic, pro forma spiritually dead pew slugs…. ….and then get their backs up when they encounter Catholics who are […]

Blessed Antonio

posted by awelborn

There have been many beatifications this fall – all such interesting people, such a diverse group of servants of the Lord. Most recent was now Blessed Antonio Rosmini, on whom we have blogged before – notable for many reasons, among […]

The weekend

posted by awelborn

1. Paint. Have almost the whole area re-painted, a sophisticated steely-gray-bluish thing, replacing the faintly flowery wallpaper that was up before. The problem has been for me, given the countours of the space…how much color to put up and where […]

To Hope

posted by awelborn

Fr. Z reports that the next encyclical is ready: According Il Sole 24 Ore the Holy Father’s second encyclical is ready. The new document is said to be called Spe salvi, “Saved through hope” (cf. Romans 8:24).  Apparently there is […]

Facing up

posted by awelborn

Note: Readers of Roman Catholic Blog. This post has been grievously misinterpreted by the blogger. Perhaps understandably, because it is garbled and uses the voting issue only as a springboard for a wider reflection.  My point was this: 1. Archbishop […]

Notes from elsewhere

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The Evangelical Theological Society is meeting in San Diego, and Ted Olsen is there, reporting on a talk that has the group buzzing: While the ballroom sessions of the first day of the Evangelical Theological Society meeting had more attendees, […]

The choice

posted by awelborn

As you know, the VP of the USCCB is usually expected to succeed the President after their three-year terms are up. So, three years ago, Cardinal George was elected VP and now he’s President. Right after the vote for president, […]

On St. Jerome

posted by awelborn

Last week and today during his General Audiences, Pope Benedict focused on St. Jerome, whom most of us know as the translator of the Bible into Latin – the Vulgate – and his associations with lions. (The legend of St. […]

Ex Cathedra?

posted by awelborn

Word is, via Galley Cat, that Oprah’s next book club pick is Ken Follett’s best-selling Pillars of the Earth, which is about the building of a cathedral in the 12th century. If that’s true, quite a departure for her. I […]

Stop me

posted by awelborn

I have work to do, so I shouldn’t have really clicked on EWTN’s live feed of the USCCB. Because I did, and instead of the boring stuff I expected to hear, I catch Bishop Aquila of Fargo exhorting the body, […]

Body of Christ

posted by awelborn

…a couple of notes on the ties that bind, “small” apostolates that fly under the radar but are, in fact, the kind of life and service that mark the Catholic life around the world: At Atonement Online, Fr. Phillips, pastor […]

Your new USCCB officials

posted by awelborn

…if you’re following such things: As expected, Cardinal George of Chicago was just elected president of the USCCB. (It is a system that is almost pro-forma. The vice president is usually expected to become the president, and Cardinal George was […]

Bishops, pope, etc.

posted by awelborn

I’m trying not to watch the USCCB  – is it sad that it’s a temptation? Perhaps. But it’s interesting to see the personalities in action, to read between lines, etc. I was interested this morning to hear bits and pieces […]

History

posted by awelborn

Finished reading History, a fairly massive novel (in translation)  about Italy a bit before, during and after World War II. Although there are many characters, at the center of the story is Ida, a schoolteacher and her sons, an older […]

Good news

posted by awelborn

A couple of random things I ran across: Dawn Eden has a post about what seems to be a great parish in Atlantic City – St. Nicholas Karen from Tucson will be coming into the Church in a couple of […]

Dispatches from a debate meet

posted by awelborn

Phone rings Katie: Hey, Mom, remember last week when I told you I got my opponent really frustrated? Me: Yeah… Katie: And you said, ‘What are you going to tell me next week, that you made your opponent cry?” Me: […]

A weak attempt at blogging

posted by awelborn

The Floor is almost finished. We can move furniture back on it on Monday. But we’ll be doing that gradually, since we need to repaint in there anyway. A couch and the television should do it. I’ve also decided to […]

Popcak v. Wills

posted by awelborn

Congrats to Greg Popcak for making the LATimes op-ed page, in response to an earlier op-ed on abortion by Garry Wills: Wills, confident that he has torn down the crucifix, attempts to place a statue of the Goddess of Reason […]

Oh, one more book post

posted by awelborn

In our quest for easy readers (and yes, Joseph is advancing very well, thanks – his first grade teacher and curriculum is very good. But then that’s my experience. Everything’s great almost everywhere until about third grade. Then at that […]

Searching for books

posted by awelborn

Someone asked below how I happen upon the books I read. Like everything else in my life – randomly. I do have a stack of books on my desk that are crying out to be read, books that people have […]

The plot thickens

posted by awelborn

This is interesting: The ranking member of the Senate Committee on Finance has launched an investigative review of possible misuse of donations made to Without Walls International Church and Paula White Ministries, along with five other Christian organizations. Letters were […]

Slaves of Solitude

posted by awelborn

Back to bookblogging.  A couple of weeks ago, I read The Slaves of Solitude by Patrick Hamilton, reprint edition from the NYRB publishing house. Originally published just a couple of years after World War II, it tells the story of […]

Two brief notes

posted by awelborn

This fellow has compiled a list of good online Catholic Bible studies – check it out! Today, November 5, is the remembrance of All Saints and Blesseds of the Society of Jesus. Here is a list, with links to biographies, thanks […]

You do what you can

posted by awelborn

Joseph’s plan to keep Katie out of his Halloween candy: So far, it’s worked. We think.

Breakfast with Dinesh

posted by awelborn

Yesterday morning, I rose early – but luckily it seemed far less early because of the time change – and drove across town to have a quick breakfast with Dinesh D’Souza, who was speaking at one of our big megachurches […]

Still here

posted by awelborn

My mind is just not on blogging these days – an excellent change, if you ask me.  The major pre-occupation has been the fact that beginning today, we are having the floors for most of our downstairs finished – as […]

On All Souls’

posted by awelborn

I’m thinking Easter (for a project due in the next few days). Which is actually appropriate. I ran across this, from Benedict’s Easter Vigil homily of 2007, at found it so striking, I overcame my bloglethargy to share: Love made […]

Advance copy

posted by awelborn

From the Aggie Catholic: The USCCB is once again re-writing their statement on political life. In a media release, they gave contact information where you can ask for a draft of the document. I did so, and got a draft […]

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