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January 2008 Archives

Milwaukee Blues

posted by awelborn

Very tough times in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee these days. Over the past few months, the Archdiocese has unveiled  initiatives designed to build the faith of people of the diocese, as well as invigorate institutions and provide for the future […]

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Maciel dies

posted by awelborn

Legionary of Christ founder Rev. Marcial Maciel has died: The Rev. Marcial Maciel, a Mexican priest who founded the Legionaries of Christ religious order and was disciplined by Pope Benedict XVI after sex abuse allegations, has died in the United […]

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Faith and Reason

posted by awelborn

Two messages from Benedict: First, yesterday’s catechesis on Augustine: Distance from God means distance from oneself. Addressing his words directly to God he acknowledges (“Confessions,” III, 6, 11): “You are more intimately present to me than my inmost being and […]

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The Archbishop clarifies

posted by awelborn

In an interview with the Rocky Mountain News: Archbishop Charles Chaput called House Bill 1080 an “attack on religious identity” in his weekly column appearing in last week’s Denver Catholic Register. He subsequently answered questions about the bill in an […]

Calling Ecclesiology Geeks

posted by awelborn

Tell us what this means, from today’s “Other Pontifical Acts”: Reorganised the Greek-Catholic Slovak Church, making in a “sui iuris” Metropolitan Church and adopting the following provisions: – Elevating the eparchy of Presov for Catholics of Byzantine rite (Catholics 137,203, […]

Irrelevant

posted by awelborn

On a chilly Sunday morning, an ancient priest fills in for the pastor. He speaks softly, almost inaudibly at times. He is careful when he moves and must even take a seat while the Gloria is sung. Those of us […]

A question

posted by awelborn

And one that I ask hesitantly. There is controversy brewing in Colorado about charities that receive state funding and employment practices.  Archbishop Chaput lays it out: The Colorado General Assembly handles a vast amount of work every year. Nearly all […]

From the Jesuits

posted by awelborn

The Jesuits have been much in the news lately (keep up with GC35 here), and today we’ve got some good Jesuit-penned blogfodder:  First, in today’s First Things page – Edward Oakes, S.J. on atheism and violence. Important to read if […]

As Lent approaches

posted by awelborn

Pope Benedict’s message for Lent ’08 has been released. The focus is on almsgiving: (Speaking of things papal, Tom Peters has a report on the designs for the papal chair, etc for his visit to the US.) 1. Each year, […]

Womb with a view

posted by awelborn

An art exhibit in London: Marc Quinn last amazed the public by placing a giant pregnant disabled woman on the Fourth Plinth of Trafalgar Square. Now he is looking at pregnancy from the inside with nine large sculptures depicting the […]

Timothy and Titus

posted by awelborn

From the Pope’s GA catechesis, 12/06 To conclude, if we consider together the two figures of Timothy and Titus, we are aware of certain very significant facts. The most important one is that in carrying out his missions, Paul availed […]

A new assignment for Cdnl Mahony

posted by awelborn

…to be a member of the Congregation for Oriental Churches. (Along with Cdnl. Egan) (did you blink?) Other Vatican varia: In audience today with Benedict was new Jesuit Superior General Fr. Adolfo Nicolás (For those of you who’ve not seen them – Fr. […]

Speaking of Paul

posted by awelborn

I’ve not read these books, but Michael has, and really been enjoying them. They’re by scholar Michael J. Gorman, who is a Professor of Sacred Scripture and Dean of the Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary & University […]

In praise of soup

posted by awelborn

The only – and I mean that – the only thing I like about winter is the freedom to and what I firmly believe is my responsibilty to make soup on a regular basis. (Yes, you can make soup when it’s […]

The Bishop and the Coach

posted by awelborn

Okay, a lot of you are probably all over this already and are up on what’s being said in the sports media and out in St. Louis, but here are a couple of links: Carl Olson has devoted several posts […]

On the Road

posted by awelborn

From one of Benedict’s General Audience sessions on Paul: Before his conversion, Paul had not been a man distant from God and from his Law. On the contrary, he had been observant, with an observance faithful to the point of […]

St. Francis de Sales

posted by awelborn

Today is the memorial of St. Francis de Sales who should be more than a name to you.  Catholic saints are a diverse lot, which is, of course, part of the appeal – no matter who you are, no matter […]

Episcopal Varia

posted by awelborn

(No, not “Episcopal” as in ECUSA…they have enough problems. Small “e” on this one. ) Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville has issued an apology for using funds designated for the missions and evangelization to purchase new furnishings for the chancery. […]

Vol becomes bishop

posted by awelborn

And Knoxville Catholic grad! I have to say, this is sort of weird to me, because I sort of vaguely knew him – in college. I guess he was a year ahead of me at KCHS, but I don’t remember […]

Randomness

posted by awelborn

A couple of links: There’s a lot of coverage of the March for Life yesterday, and the newshounds among you are keeping track. Just a couple that you might have missed: Barbara Curtis of MommyLife has a great, great set […]

A Mosaic

posted by awelborn

The text of Cardinal Rigali’s homily at last night’s Mass in Washington. The unifying image for his homily was the recently completed Incarnation Dome at the Basilica. After going through each of the events depicted in the dome – the […]

The pro-life youth movement

posted by awelborn

An article from Stephanie Simon at the LATimes: At St. John the Evangelist, a Catholic church in Philadelphia, Father David Engo encourages the passion he sees in young adults for social justice. Engo organizes volunteer work at an AIDS hospice […]

Millions

posted by awelborn

Go here, read, follow the directions, down to the last blue dot. Via Rick Garnett at MOJ. That’s what – who –  it’s about. Crisis Pregnancy Centers in your area Project Rachel groups in your area Be Not Afraid – […]

From around the web

posted by awelborn

Various posts and points pertinent to today’s anniversary: Mike Aquilina reminds us that times have not changed – and neither has our responsibility. The Church Fathers were familiar with this line of thinking. In pagan Rome, a child did not […]

Today

posted by awelborn

From the GIRM, via the USCCB website: In all the dioceses of the United States of America, January 22 (or January 23, when January 22 falls on a Sunday) shall be observed as a particular day of penance for violations […]

Ridiculous irony?

posted by awelborn

One of the points raised in the wake of last week’s Sapienza business that it was too ironic – insanely, laughably ironic – to hear a Pope or representatives thereof speak of “freedom of thought.” After all…Bruni…Galileo…Wyclife…Index… So what is […]

IN DC

posted by awelborn

Tom Peters, the American Papist is doing heavy coverage of the March for Life, including his blog, a Flickr Page and Youtube. ProLife Blogs will provide links to lots of coverage, as well.

Students for Life

posted by awelborn

The WaPo covers the conference yesterday: Ellie Baum, a student at Purdue University who rode 14 hours in a bus to attend the conference at the Catholic University of America, said she was inspired to join the antiabortion movement after […]

St. Agnes

posted by awelborn

Today is the feast of St. Agnes. Mike Aquilina has a post with links The Geometry of Love: Space, Time, Mystery and Meaning in an Ordinary Church is a marvelous, evocative and meditative exploration of the ancient Sant’Agnese fuori le […]

Year of St. Paul

posted by awelborn

A few months ago, Pope Benedict announced a “Pauline Year” beginning on June 29, 2008 and running until, naturally enough, June 29, 2009.   This morning, a press conference was held outlining some planned activities for the year and suggestions […]

Walking for life in SF

posted by awelborn

The West Coast Walk for Life took place yesterday. Gerald Augustus of Closed Cafeteria was there, and has a lot of photos up. The SF Chronicle article This blogger was present and has a brief report. If you were there, […]

At the Angelus

posted by awelborn

Usually, there are about 20,000 or so in attendance at the Sunday Angelus in St. Peter’s Square. Today, in answer to Cardinal Ruini’s invitation to turn out and show support for the Pope and his message, there were, it is […]

The new Black Pope

posted by awelborn

The Jesuits have elected their new Superior General. First, from John Allen: A Spanish-born academic who has spent most of his career in Asia, and who is seen as an advocate for the broadly progressive theological views associated with the […]

Varia

posted by awelborn

Via Sherry at Intentional Disciples, a prominent Atlanta Methodist pastor (of the 3rd-largest UM church in the world)  and broadcaster, Allen Hunt, coming into full communion with the Catholic Church. A marvelous juxtaposition of figures at a baptism in an Orthodox […]

DC March for Life News

posted by awelborn

American Papist is keeping up…

Not a parody

posted by awelborn

Well, I guess they’re consistent. Sort of. It seems that some people are concerned about our new habit of wearing cowboy hats during academic ceremonies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. The complaint is that wearing a cowboy hat is somehow […]

Lars and the Real Girl

posted by awelborn

This was one of those films that I like more when I was watching it than when it was over. Which makes sense, considering that’s generally the way of all experiences. I’ll try to put it more clearly: I was […]

Prayers

posted by awelborn

For the son of Exceptional Marriages blogger Pamela Pilch, who has been diagnosed with a probable case of leukemia. The family’s experience is frightening and sobering. We pray for little Jonathon and all children suffering from serious illness.

As January 22 approaches

posted by awelborn

…information about events around the country is easy to come by. Thomas Peters has an extensive post on the DC March for life and will be covering it. The West Coast Walk for Life will be this Saturday. For almost […]

What can a Pope say?

posted by awelborn

…now has official versions in German, as well as Italian (perhaps Benedict originally wrote it in German, who knows.) Teresa Benedetta has done an unofficial translation, and it is here. Another unofficial translation, on a link a little easier to […]

Gratuitous political posting

posted by awelborn

…because I’m procrastinating. With the Michigan primary yesterday, there was, of course, much bloviating about how to rescue the Michigan economy, specifically, the auto industry. I know the answer.  Two words. Hybrid minivan. Toyota sells one overseas, and it is […]

A bit of kid bookage

posted by awelborn

Yes, we’re still reading – five or six a night – so forgive my lameness in not picking out the best and sharing them with you. This selection, however, finally succeeded in pulling me out of my lethargy. You Never […]

Oh, and here’s the speech

posted by awelborn

…that the Pope was to deliver at La Sapienza. It’s in Italian, but there it is.

A brief note on clericalism

posted by awelborn

One of the point that comes up in conversations about liturgy is the role of the priest. The assumption is made that because the older rites prohibited laity, except for altar servers, to be in the sanctuary (I think…correct me […]

Wisdom in Action

posted by awelborn

From today’s GA. The signs read: “”If Benedict doesn’t come to La Sapienza, La Sapienza goes to Benedict” and “Students with the Pope” Image source. Zadok on the ground in Rome: The Italian press is reporting that that Cardinal Ruini, […]

What a picture is worth…

posted by awelborn

…more than a thousand words, that’s for sure!  Many thanks to all of those who commented below.  (Reflections also at New Liturgical Movement and Thrownback) I entitled the post “Necessary Conversations” because I think they are just that – necessary. […]

Shake the dust from your feet

posted by awelborn

Zadok is reporting that the Pope’s planned – and protested – visit to La Sapienza University in Rome has been called off. Image source. Zadok says: It seems that as part of the protests, the Rector’s offices were occupied by […]

Blessings

posted by awelborn

A belated congratulations to Regina Doman and her family on the birth of Paula Kathleen, born on December 31 at home. You can meet Polly, as she is being called over at Regina’s consistently lovely blog, House Art Journal. My […]

The faith of Bobby Jindal

posted by awelborn

An interesting piece on Jindal’s conversion from Hinduism to Catholicism. Blogger Gashwin Gomes made the same journey, and comments on the article – particularly on what it left out about issues of class and caste.

Necessary Conversations

posted by awelborn

When Pope Benedict issued his Motu Proprio last July, some were excited and saw it as the possible beginning of a new New Springtime, and others sniffed and sneered as is their wont about nostalgia and fringe groups, clucking all […]

Randomnicity

posted by awelborn

A couple of random book notes: The Banquet:Dining in the Great Courts of Late Renaissance Europe  was a book I plucked from the “New Arrivals” shelf. Of course.  I gave it a quick read last week, and enjoyed it on […]

The Sistine Chapel

posted by awelborn

The Sistine Chapel is, of course, a chapel. Larger than many parish churches, but tiny compared to St. Peter’s. It is named after Pope Sixtus VI, in whose honor it was built in the 15th century. Its function has always […]

From Kenya

posted by awelborn

Via Aid to the Church in Need: Königstein/Ts. Bishop Cornelius Kipng’eno Arap Korir of the West Kenyan diocese of Eldoret informed the International Catholic Charity “Aid to the Church in Need” that most of the estimated one hundred persons killed […]

Fetch the smelling salts

posted by awelborn

Tomorrow, the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Pope Benedict will be celebrating Mass in the Sistine Chapel and afterwards baptizing some babies, as has been the custom. The news has come down that for Mass, the original altar built […]

The Pope and Augustine

posted by awelborn

This past Wednesday, Pope Benedict began what a lot of us have been waiting for: his General Audience talks on St. Augustine. Pope Benedict and Augustine go back a long way. In fact, he wrote his doctoral thesis on an […]

A Free Life

posted by awelborn

Over the weekend, I read Ha Jin’s new novel, A Free Life. Now, I’ll reiterate that I did read it over the weekend and it is over 600 pages long. So am I saying that I read it so quickly […]

Juno

posted by awelborn

It’s difficult, I suppose, to write about a film like Juno without doing so through political spectacles. But some of the conversations so far have revealed the problems with doing so – in short, the spectacles make you see funny. […]

Oh, and..

posted by awelborn

The Cranky Professor is in teaching and stylin’ in  Rome for the semester. Go follow his adventures! Maybe not so cranky now, eh?

A question

posted by awelborn

I hesitate to ask this because the potential for Rabbit Holes (as Fr. Z calls them) in such a comment thread is so great. But it’s something I’m honestly curious about. A couple of weeks ago, my oldest son was […]

We’ll take this slowly…

posted by awelborn

I’ll start up the Blog Train with something not-so-weighty. Just a few cars. How about a movie?  Ack, it looked so charming in the previews, but…I can’t recommend it. Not that it’s probably playing anywhere any longer anyway. Anyhow. The […]

Checking in…

posted by awelborn

Just a couple of notes from the emailbox: Last week (I know this is late, but it is still worth reading) Teresa Polk at Blog-by-the-Sea took time to note the enormous pro-family demonstration in Madrid. The crowd was estimated at […]

You can help…

posted by awelborn

…Kenyans suffering in the current violence. From Mary’s Aggies: From a friend of mine who quit her (very good) job and now works to help raise funds for this order of nuns in Kenya. Please keep them in your prayers […]

Still here

posted by awelborn

The Blog Train should start rolling again tomorrow, although a potential emergency bit of work may intrude on those plans. I have plenty to talk about – I’ve read books (including a 600-page novel I read over the past 36 […]

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