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posted by awelborn

“Benedict XVI Wants More Teamwork With Movements” I’m thinking…what? Is there a Vatican step dance group now? Football? I was very, very confused.

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Meeting of Minds

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The Pope’s speech to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences: In choosing the topic Scientific Insight into the Evolution of the Universe and of Life, you seek to focus on an area of enquiry which elicits much interest. In fact, many […]

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Some are creatively blocked:

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Others aren’t”

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Why the Democrats are Blue

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One of the accusations tossed against the political end of the anti-abortion movement relates to its relationship with particular political parties. “When,” it is asked in various forms, “are you all going to understand that the GOP is just using […]

Just look

posted by awelborn

Cardinal Egan: One day, please God, when the stranglehold on public opinion in the United States has been released by the extremists for whom abortion is the center of their political and moral life, our nation will, in my judgment, […]

The World Serious

posted by awelborn

,,,as Michael the Little called it. No, not a baseball post. A brief broadside, offered before two longer posts later today, about the continued lack of seriousness marking Catholic political “discourse” this season. When I say “serious,” I mean a […]

On being a J23 Catholic

posted by awelborn

Fr. Robert Araujo, S.J. takes care of it: The distinction that Senator Biden makes in claiming the John XXIII mantle while discarding the John Paul II one does not exist. Both popes were of the same view regarding the evil […]

Chant Embeds

posted by awelborn

Intrigued by the new Parish Book of Chant? But hesitant to buy until you can take a look at it? Well, here it is – “embedded” at a post at NLM. Take a look. Pass the link along to pastors […]

Magnifying Glass Included

posted by awelborn

This morning, Michael headed over to this with the boys – I wish I could have gone, too, but I’d told Katie we’d take care of some her business this morning (time is hard to come by with a busy […]

One of the many reasons I don’t want to re-enter the classroom

posted by awelborn

Here. God BLESS those who are there, but between the competition with electronics added to the competition with everything else combined with the constant battles over plagiarism…is there any hope? (I’ve been very interested, as my children have gone through […]

The impact of the law

posted by awelborn

I keep harping on the law because this is election season and the shape at the law is at the heart of many of the disagreements out there. I also keep harping on it because there is so much sloppy […]

Alternative Reality

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There is a lot of discussion in these here comboxes as well as all over the ‘net about the “failure” of the pro-life movement’s strategy over the past 35 years and the need for a new “strategy.” Sometimes this assertion […]

Spam, spam, spam!

posted by awelborn

Some of your comments are heading to spam – some pretty consistently, no matter how many times I de-spam them (Chris S. and Clare K – I don’t know why!!! Must be something about the URL or email address you […]

From the USCCB

posted by awelborn

Just released (pdf) (Specifically, over the names of Cardinal Rigali and Bishop Murphy) In 1973 the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision knocked down laws against abortion in all 50 states, fabricating a constitutional “right” to abortion that continues […]

Another memory

posted by awelborn

In 1984, I was in graduate school at Vanderbilt. At some point, there was some sort of informal gathering to discuss politics and religion.  I want to say it was held in conjunction with the anniversary of some civil rights […]

Back to the Future

posted by awelborn

I have a pretty terrible memory, which is unfortunate. My children are forever saying to me, “Do you remember when..” and I look at them blankly, shaking my head. I’ve always taken comfort in what Flannery O’Connor said about her […]

At the library

posted by awelborn

Some recent good children’s reads for you: Long-term readers might recall my rhapsodizing a couple of years ago about a wonderful picture book called Adele and Simon by Barbara McClintock. Here’s that post. Well, I’m happy to report that Adele […]

What did you see and hear?

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I decided to resurrect this feature because of the readings and the proximity to the election. Given that the First Reading concerned God’s use of the Persian King Cyrus to do His will and that the Gospel was the “render […]

Little Murders

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At the new site, “Public Discourse,” which gave us the excellent piece from Dr. Robert George earlier this week, the text of a speech given today by Archbishop Chaput: It’s a torrent, and it’s powerful stuff. Meanwhile, the basic human […]

Fleeing Mosul

posted by awelborn

From the UK Catholic Herald: Around 4,000 Christians have escaped Mosul in northern Iraq to neighbouring villages, creating a potential humanitarian nightmare as winter approaches. Many left without any possessions after receiving written threats, and militants blew up at least […]

Next Question

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Health Care. What does “Catholic Social Teaching” and Catholic teaching in general say about health care and the responsibility of a society to provide it? And how does this relate to: 1) the present reality in the US and 2) […]

And now…let’s vote.

posted by awelborn

I’m fully aware of the limitations and possible abuse with polls like this. It might end up accurately reflecting the views of this blogs’ readership or we could get a whole lot of influx from another site that will skew […]

By the way..

posted by awelborn

…speaking of Red Cardigan, she’s got a wonderful post up today about a 102-year old, never married, childless man who died and asked that any remembrances be left to Human Life International. Wonder why? Go read. (By the way – […]

Is Catholic politico-talk too idealistic?

posted by awelborn

Here’s my first question for you guys to discuss. Let me try to unpack the probably poorly-articulated question. I don’t mean, “Is it too unrealistically oriented toward a greater good that can never be achieved?”  No. I mean – is […]

Fray, entered

posted by awelborn

Here goes. I want to start politico-blogging, but I’m going to be all schoolmarmish and lay down some requests about commenting. Why the requests? (‘Cause you really want to say “rules” but that would be too much. Admit it. Okay, […]

Schnurr in Cincy

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Cincinnati has a new Coadjutor – Queen City resident and blogger Rich Leonardi has details. The Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s new coadjutor is Dennis Marion Schnurr, bishop since 2001 of Duluth, Minn. As coadjutor, Archbishop Pilarczyk remains the ordinary, but upon […]

Niagara

posted by awelborn

I need to update that sidebar. I do think a couple of those books have been up there for almost a year. (BTW, we are  considering changing the listing of the FW house and adding, “Excellent theological library included.” For […]

Bleg

posted by awelborn

If you or any blogger you read has collected links to all the statements made by US bishops on voting in recent months – please post a comment or email to me. Thanks!

Thursday scenery

posted by awelborn

At Wal-Mart, it was the day of Buying A Lot of Stuff. One woman slid a case of red pepper sauce right off the shelf into her cart. As we were driving in, another woman was supervising workers who were […]

Fr. Mitch on St. Paul

posted by awelborn

For the past six weeks, Fr. Mitch Pacwa gave talks on “St. Paul, Steward of the Mysteries” at the Cathedral of St. Paul here in Birmingham.  They were all (video) recorded, and here’s the link to the diocesan website with […]

Coadjutating

posted by awelborn

Perhaps a new season of episcopal appointments? Today, the US gets one – an adjutant for Winona: Bishop John Quinn, auxiliary in Detroit (bio – pdf file.)

After Abortion

posted by awelborn

I was drifting through someone else’s blogroll and saw the “After Abortion” blog  listed- one I thought had ceased regular posting a while back. Well, Emily and Anne still post occasionally. On the current front page they have a long, […]

Garden party

posted by awelborn

Everyone was there…

Wait for it

posted by awelborn

The Pope spoke this morning to the Synod. From John Allen: Truth to be told, the relationship between Biblical interpretation and other areas of Catholic theology had already emerged as a major concern. This morning, however, Pope Benedict himself took […]

“Our Father, who…er…”

posted by awelborn

Last week, my daughter (finally) finished a short, star-crossed run as the Mother Superior in a production of Lilies of the Field, the main fruit of which being Little Michael running around the house yelling, “Ja, Schmidt!” many times a […]

New saints

posted by awelborn

Today, in Rome: Tens of thousands of pilgrims from the four corners of the world crowded St. Peter’s Square for the canonization of an Italian, a Swiss sister, an Indian sister, and an Ecuadorian laywoman. They are Gaetano Errico (1791-1860), […]

Books 4 sale

posted by awelborn

Books for sale here – just a reminder. I have almost everything on hand except Here. Now. and Prove It: Church. I have lots and lots of Mary and the Christian Life. Remember shipping is included in the listed price.

Scenes from the South

posted by awelborn

Over the past week: *As we leave the Hoover Library, a teen-aged girl in hijab whizzes by us on her Heelys to a waiting car. *The Indian women who live one building over get out of their minivan, clad not […]

“I Am Yours”

posted by awelborn

From the Pope’s remarks yesterday at the Synod.  Worth savoring. But first. The question has been asked, “Why a Synod on the Word of God?”  Because one of the most damaging tendencies of the last few decades in Catholic catechesis and […]

The Life You Save May Not Be Your Own

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Michael, on Respect Life Sunday.

La Bibbia giorno e notte

posted by awelborn

Today, RAI (Italian state television) began its marathon Bible-reading session, led off by Pope Benedict.  You can find the webcast here. The connection is spotty for me, but perhaps you will have better luck. I haven’t been able to find […]

The Synod begins

posted by awelborn

Update:  Here’s the English text of the homily.   Today, the Synod of Bishops – “The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church” – began with a Mass at St. Paul-Outside-the-Walls. Vatican Radio report The Pope’s […]

Consider the Lilies of the Field

posted by awelborn

Modern Life. Here’s what flows around mine. One son, over in Rome, a newly minted and certified teacher of English as a Foreign Language, waiting on word about a job in Vung Tau, Vietnam. Reading up on the job and […]

Next question

posted by awelborn

The discussion of the post below is veering, quite naturally, to the subject of Roe and the place of legal restrictions on abortion in the pro-life movement. So, we might as well go ahead and go there. I have company […]

PopCultHist Blogging

posted by awelborn

As I’ve said before, I’m a big fan of BBC radio programs. Yes, yes, there’s no doubt that the news reporting is dependably full of reflexive anti-Israel and anti-American bias, but most of the cultural programming is just on a […]

Straw Everywhere

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So much, it’s making me sneeze. One of the points that is frequently raised by those who say they are opposed to abortion but who nonetheless give their support, advice and endorsement to candidates who are unequivocally and proudly supportive […]

On that social encyclical…

posted by awelborn

I’d contracted with OSV to write a pamphlet on Benedict’s forthcoming third encyclical ages ago, when a summer ’08 release date was assumed. We’re still waiting, aren’t we? The word that’s come to me is that the encyclical is being […]

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