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Your opinions needed

posted by awelborn

Speaking of Faith, the faith/religion program from American Public Radio, hosted by Krista Tippet, is seeking your views on Catholicism: Pope Benedict XVI will be making his first papal visit to the U.S. in April, to help revitalize and strengthen […]

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“divided flock…divided flock…”

posted by awelborn

Peter Steinfels’ two cents about looming papal coverage: Is the pope Catholic? That used to be a sarcastic way of saying, could anything be more obvious? Is fire hot? Is water wet? Now, however, that nothing in the world is […]

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Props where props are due

posted by awelborn

Like anything else the institutionally-sponsored Catholic press has its limitations, but it has strengths, as well. One of the areas in which the Catholic press shows its value and even necessity is in the telling of stories of individual Catholics […]

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Helping sisters (and those they serve) , present and future

posted by awelborn

First, from Fr. Philip Powell OP’s blog: He took a group of UD students to Athens, GA, to help at the Oasis Católico Santa Rafaela . and lets us know that the Sisters need some assistance: I want to plug […]

Pope Prognostication

posted by awelborn

If you want to know what the Pope might say while he’s in the US, Rocco says, you might take a look at what Secretary of State Cardinal Bertone has said in his appearances, particularly to the Knights of Columbus […]

The Case of Bishop Braxton

posted by awelborn

I hope that somewhere out there, some historian or sociologist (or both) is keeping an eye on the travails of the diocese of Belleville, IL. Which, in some form or another, have been going on for a good long while. […]

Spoils

posted by awelborn

I won’t have a chance to listen to it right now, but I point you to this week’s In Our Time, centered on Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries.  Available for download for the next week, still accessible on the […]

Take note

posted by awelborn

Here’s an analysis that might be helpful to reporters getting ready for the papal visit: John Thavis of CNS does a very nice job of examining the Pope’s Psalm Sunday homily and drawing from it continuing themes of Benedict’s message: The […]

Is the Easter Vigil too long?

posted by awelborn

Fr. James Martin poses the question at the America blog A good discussion at Deacon Greg Kandra’s blog My brief (hah) answer: No. Done correctly, with appropriate settings, even with a lot of baptisms, the Vigil really shouldn’t last over […]

Pen in hand

posted by awelborn

Here’s the point about press coverage. Perhaps you could call it my manifesto on the subject. American press coverage of the papacy has had a single overriding theme for twenty-five years: the dissonance between what the Pope represents and the […]

Plunging into the mystery

posted by awelborn

A few days ago, I blogged on reporter Gary Stern’s piece on Benedict, which had some good points, but was hampered by the thematic focus that Benedict is a “mystery” to “many.” Stern has responded to bloggers’ criticisms, particularly Carl […]

Two Cows

posted by awelborn

Thanks to Dan at the Whapsters: (It’s a Catholic riff on this) Trappist: You have two cows. You do not appreciate their mooing, yet require their milk to craft high quality fudge. You assign them to a novice. Jesuit: You have two […]

Mystagogia. Sort of.

posted by awelborn

Science fiction writer John C. Wright joined the Church last Saturday night.  Now he has questions, which are being very helpfully answered by all comers over at his LiveJournal. I have heard my whole life how corrupt and superstitious the […]

Preach it, sister!

posted by awelborn

Over at the Papa Ratzinger Forum, the inestimable Teresa Benedetta – who can turn out good, reliable, faithful translations of the Pope’s words literally days before the Vatican gets back  around to it, lets loose on the Vatican’s less-than-effective efforts in […]

Grazie

posted by awelborn

I have actually been working on a post pulling together the Pope’s homilies from Holy Week, but I should have known that Sandro Magister would beat me to it – thank heavens! And  – reminder to journalists. Do you want […]

What did you see and hear?

posted by awelborn

Oh, back to satisfying our ‘satiable curiosity about liturgy around the country and around the globe. I’ve always enjoyed these threads because it’s just interesting to see the diversity – welcome and unwelcome. I think it’s also good for us […]

Man of mystery!

posted by awelborn

Carl Olson does a nice job with this one: What happens when an American journalist with a typically dualistic “conservative vs. liberal”, politics-are-everything perspective tries to understand Pope Benedict XVI? He becomes a bit befuddled, as does Gerry Stern, in […]

Problem Solving 101

posted by awelborn

 Problem:   The three dozen or so wooden train tracks you have aren’t satisfactory.  Solution:  You decide to construct your own. By drawing them. With crayon. On the hardwood floor. Problem solved! Some problems, solved, anyway.

Pray for him

posted by awelborn

…and for all those coming to Christ in His Church this evening!  From John Allen: One of the best-known Muslims in Italy, a journalist who in some ways is the heir to Oriana Fallaci as the country’s most prominent critic […]

Blogging around

posted by awelborn

This will be a catch-all post, added to throughout the day… First, I’m going to pretty much insist that you go vist Jen Ambrose’s blog for her photos and videos of the Holy Week services she’s attended in China. It’s […]

Jon Hassler, RIP

posted by awelborn

There have been several notable deaths over the past few days – film director Anthony Minghella, actor Paul Scofield, Focolare founder Chiara Lubich  – (here is the Pope’s message read at her funeral – and here is an account of […]

The Way of the Cross

posted by awelborn

Update:  Here is the English text of the Via Crucis.   As you know, one of the traditional Roman Holy Week observances is the Stations of the Cross at the Coliseum. Every year, the Station meditations are authored by a […]

Oremus

posted by awelborn

This week, prayers seem especially fitting for…  ….those suffering around the world. Suffering under political repression, in war zones, in situations of seemingly untenable, insoluble conflict. Suffering from hunger, abandonment, illness, grief, loneliness and doubt. (In terms of illness, in […]

Maybe, a blog

posted by awelborn

Don’t take my blog silence as an indication of a really deep Holy Week spiritual statement.  Life simply goes on here, and it’s very busy this week, since we’ve decided to take the bull by the horns – this particular […]

The Real Issues

posted by awelborn

Here’s a fantastic post from Terry Mattingly at Get Religion, in anticipation of you-know-what: You see, journalists who cover religion are all waiting for the arrival of the tidal wave that is a papal visit, which is kind of the […]

Enough

posted by awelborn

There will be lots to observe and listen to in the Holy Week liturgies in Rome, liturgically and otherwise (much comment already about the papal cross – up to this point Benedict has used John Paul II’s papal cross, but this morning, […]

Keep your eye on Pope2008

posted by awelborn

The NCR(egister) blog on the visit…Tim Drake is keeeping it constantly updated with several good posts a day. No one else is even approaching what Tim’s doing. Bookmark it. Today, details on the Pope’s visit to the site of the […]

Vatican notes

posted by awelborn

First, I thought this was most interesting – Pope Benedict has invited Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew not only to attend this fall’s Synod of Bishops, but to address the Synod, as well: During a private conversation when in the Apostolic Palace […]

Archbishop Rahho

posted by awelborn

…has been found dead. A Chaldean Catholic archbishop kidnapped last month in northern Iraq has been found dead, the information service of the Italian Catholic Church said Thursday. The body of Paulos Faraj Rahho, the archbishop of Mosul, was found […]

Templeton ’08

posted by awelborn

This year’s Templeton Prize has been awarded to Polish physicist and Catholic priest Michal Heller. From the group’s website: Heller, 72, Professor in the Faculty of Philosophy at the Pontifical Academy of Theology in Cracow, toiled for years beneath the […]

Pew Sitters

posted by awelborn

Inside Catholic has posted a slew – a slew -of reactions to the Pew study. The respondants are all over the map, and include a bishop or two. It’s well worth a read, and Inside Catholic has done a great […]

Not quite

posted by awelborn

In reflecting on the latest misreporting of Catholic news, I’m not seeing this as simple “anti-Catholicism” or “anti-religion.” Because it seems to me that it would be very easy to report the 7 Deadly Sins story with an anti-Catholic angle […]

Watch and listen

posted by awelborn

Sandro Magister has a very interesting column today, in which he looks at five recent General Audience talks (remember, the Pope is going through the Greek and Latin Fathers) and pegs the moments when the Pope begins to extemporize. After […]

12 Days

posted by awelborn

It has been 12 days since Mosul’s Chaldean Archbishop was kidnapped: The Iraqi Church is “suffering profoundly” from the “darkness and silence” which reign over the kidnap of Mosul’s Chaldean Archbishop, as anxiety and concern increase among the faithful and […]

Credentials

posted by awelborn

Last week, new US ambassador to the Holy See Mary Ann Glendon presented her credentials to Pope Benedict. Elizabeth Lev writes of the occasion for Zenit with her usual grace and insight – even more so this time, since her mother is, […]

Oh, and on Luther?

posted by awelborn

It seems that Luther isn’t even one of the two topics being considered for Ratzinger Reunion ’08: The story “does not have any foundation, insofar as no rehabilitation of Luther is foreseen,” Father Lombardi told the Italian news agency ANSA […]

Love awaits

posted by awelborn

Yesterday, Pope Benedict visited a youth center in Rome. He ad-libbed his homily, Teresa Benedetta has translated. An excerpt- We can say that all science is one great battle for life, above all, the science of medicine. Ultimately, medicine is […]

New book!

posted by awelborn

Mary and the Christian Life is out – I held a copy in my hand for the first time yesterday in Nashville (and yes, I’m back. More on the trip later). I’m not sure when it will be actually in […]

The circle of life

posted by awelborn

Up in Rosemont, Illinois – (is there really a Rosemont? Or is it “Rosemont, Suburb of Chicago, Illinois?) – anyway up in Rosemont, next to what used to be the Rosemont Arena or something but is now, of course, named […]

Here’s an idea

posted by awelborn

We’re about six weeks out from the Pope’s visit to the US and here and there, columns, essays and even contests of a sort are popping up with the general idea being, What should Benedict say? Or What would the […]

On a mission

posted by awelborn

Today (Friday) will be an interesting day around here. Everyone over the age of 6 is either coming or going, and also coming is, rumor has it, yet one more blast of snow. I really hope it stays south of […]

Do you remember Rule #27?

posted by awelborn

In case you forgot, here it is: If the news story is from the British press and involves the Pope…. DON’T BELIEVE IT. (And to refresh your memory, here is John Allen’s column from last year highlighting the constant problems […]

Pity the introvert

posted by awelborn

Or don’t. We’re happy. A few years ago – well, probably around ten years ago, now that I think about it – one of my older sons asked me what my favorite day of the week was. “Monday morning,” I […]

Congratulations!

posted by awelborn

To Melanie and Dom Bettinelli on the birth of Sophia Therese, who joins Isabella. And yes, she blogged during labor. You thought I was bad. (Melanie, I mean…not Sophia!)

Grrr.

posted by awelborn

March 5. Snow Day. March 5,  I said. ¡Ya basta! From this morning. I call it: Boy, Beach Ball, Butterfly Net and Slide in the Snow. In MARCH.” I also call it, Please Get Tired and Take a Good Nap […]

And you thought he was finished..

posted by awelborn

…since he wrapped up Augustine last week? Nope! Today…Leo I (the Great) The Roman primacy in the Church is “necessary”, today as in the past it is “at the service of truth and charity” and “serves communion” in the one […]

Because Regensburg was such a “blunder”

posted by awelborn

Today from the Vatican: In the light of the Open Letter “A Common Word” signed by 138 Muslim scholars, and the response of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, through the Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, a Delegation of the […]

Still missing

posted by awelborn

The Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul is still in the hands of kidnappers, who have raised their demands: The men who have the fate of Msgr. Paulos Faraj Rahho, Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul in their hands since February 29th last, have […]

“A loving heart is a hospice for the world”

posted by awelborn

 Via Zoe Romanowsky at Inside Catholic, a link to an article written by Emily Stimson on a Stuebenville grad. Zoe’s summary: Eighteen months later, after graduation, Shannon began to pray about her desire to work in a Chinese orphanage. She […]

In the name of…

posted by awelborn

Lots of discussion about last week’s rather terse CDF note. First, the note: The document itself is not yet up on the CDF website, but when it arrives (whenever that will be), I’d imagine it would be here.  But here […]

The case of St. Stephen’s

posted by awelborn

Anyone who’s hung around Catholic blogs for the past few years has heard about St. Joan of Arc parish in Minneapolis, a center of, er, creativity, etc.  SJA isn’t alone in that diocese, however. Its companion – and some say […]

It was 49 degrees today

posted by awelborn

…and you know what that means for the Hoosier Boyz…

Born Blind

posted by awelborn

I think today’s Gospel is one of my favorites for many reasons.  The dynamic and exchanges it describes just ring so true, with this man being sent around, buffetted from the puzzled on all sides, trying to figure out what […]

You take what you can get

posted by awelborn

So, what with today being the one day in a 15-day period that Michael was around, we decided to try to do something – a movie. How about it? Of course, this is the Late Winter Dregs, so there is […]

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