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December 2008 Archives

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posted by awelborn

A couple of things: From my old acquaintance Kevin in Toledo – who was always so helpful sending along great links! – comes another which looks fascinating: Found full text online of vol. 1 of memoirs of Sarah Peter, a […]

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A missing piece

posted by awelborn

Portland Bishop Malone has threatened a sexual-abuse activist with the interdict: The leader of Maine’s Roman Catholics has taken the unusual step of threatening to punish an outspoken advocate for people who were sexually abused by priests, possibly by denying […]

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Perspective

posted by awelborn

Emilie Lemmons was a 40-year old mother of two young boys, and a long-time writer for the Catholic Spirit, the archdiocesan paper for Minneapolis-St. Paul. A year and a half ago, she was diagnosed with cancer, fought it, wrote about […]

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Second Thoughts

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The third and last segment of Laurie Goodstein’s excellent NYTimes series on foreign-born priests in the US, focusing on India – and questions about what’s going on – from the supply end. Bishop Pazhayattil said he chose which priests to […]

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The second part of the NYTimes series of the foreign-born RC priest in the USA: Father Oneko, 46, had never counseled parishioners like those he found here at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. Many are active-duty or retired military […]

Under Flannery’s eye

posted by awelborn

One of the items I retrieved on the recent trek northward was my box of Flannery O’Connor books. Included was The Presence of Grace and Other Book Reviews. Published in 1983 by the UGA press, it is a collection of […]

CIA and FBI

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Laurie Goodstein has the beginnings of what looks to be a very good series on foreign-born priests serving in the US. So Father Venters, lean and leathery as the Marlboro man — a cigarette in one hand and a cellphone […]

A watchful heart

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Via Vatican Radio, the Pope’s Midnight Mass homily. Saint Luke’s account of the Christmas story, which we have just heard in the Gospel, tells us that God first raised the veil of his hiddenness to people of very lowly status, […]

Looking for a full translation..

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…of the Pope’s annual year-end address to the Roman Curia? The one that has inspired many headlines? (The Vatican is usually especially slow about translating this one) Go to the Papa Ratzinger Forum, this page, and scroll down. Teresa Benedetta […]

The opposite of frigidly cold is..

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Vesuvius. A quick bookblog – last week I read The Fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii Lost and Found by Mary Beard, who is one of the busiest classicists around, considering it seems as if it was only a few months ago […]

65 degrees of separation

posted by awelborn

So I went outside this morning to start clearing fallen branches. “It’s cold,” I idly thought, deciding  it was about 20 degrees. Got in the car to head out to Target, a bagel and Internet, and saw that, now it […]

Iced

posted by awelborn

Michael and the Boyz are enjoying a little Florida jaunt while Katie and I have come to a far different place: We rose at 4:30am, dashed up 65 then 69,  were in town by 3pm, turned on the heat and […]

In Progress

posted by awelborn

St. Peter’s Parish, Fort Wayne Reminiscent of a visit to the Kennedy Space Center, actually.

“You can’t talk to young people about salvation”

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Compare and contrast: Bishop Kieran Conroy of Arundel and Brighton, in an interview with the Catholic Herald: A Youth Mass with a liturgy designed to appeal to youngsters had been proposed. The website for it displayed the bishops’ logo. Suggestions […]

Free to love him

posted by awelborn

From Pope Benedict’s General Audience yesterday: The Logos knows us, calls us, guides us. It is not a universal law, in which we fulfill some role, but rather it is a Person who is interested in each individual person: It […]

No hugging, No learning

posted by awelborn

Long-time readers who have nothing better to do than remember my kid-lit philosophy know that I assiduously avoid books that are supposed to be helpful. These books are generally very easy to avoid because their subtitle always begins with “A […]

Unity

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Love for the poor and the divine liturgy go hand in hand, love for the poor is liturgy. The two horizons are present in every liturgy that is celebrated and experienced in the Church which, by her nature, is opposed […]

Continuity

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“At the corner of the property was one of the many street or crossroads shrines we find in the city: a rough-and-ready altar perched on the pavement, with a painting of a religious sacrifice plastered on its outside wall above. […]

Fushek Out

posted by awelborn

Following up last week’s excommunication of Fr. Ray Bourgeois for his participation in women’s ordination ceremonies, word comes down that Bishop Olmstead of Phoenix has excommunicated Lifeteen Founder Dale Fushek and another, Mark Dippre. Fushek and Dippre, those who follow […]

Don’t forget the Delicious Feed

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It’s where I toss up quick links.

Keeping up with Benedict

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Recent words from the Holy Father: Sandro Magister examines how frequently Benedict has referred to Original Sin of late: He did the same thing at the audience on the following Wednesday, December 10. He had a written text in his […]

What did you see and hear?

posted by awelborn

Gaudete Sunday version.. No rose vestments, a decent homily but one that oddly, had little directly to do with the readings, music that was, as usual, well-executed, the normal Advent music. (I’m in a rush, sorry) What about you? And […]

Shadows

posted by awelborn

2 recent reads, both centered on death, as it happens. The December-January issue of the American Spectator reprints a decades- old essay by Michael Novak about the death of his brother, a Holy Cross priest who was killed in Pakistan […]

So tell me

posted by awelborn

Is a 7-year old TI-83 calculator that won’t respond to punching numbers and says “Error:Memory” worth salvaging?If so, how does one do it? (Batteries have been replaced. I’m sure that’s not the issue, but just in case you are wondering.) […]

Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander

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This week marked the 40th anniversary of the sudden death of Thomas Merton. A few appreciations have appeared here and there, with some tut-tutting that Merton is still “controversial” in some Catholic circles.be Well,one person’s “controversial” is another’s “just not […]

Avery Dulles’ ordination

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For those of you who missed it when it first appeared on the Internet a couple of years ago, here is a Universal newsreel account of his 1956 ordination in New York. (Remember it was rather big news at the […]

USF and Abortion Coverage

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There’s been a lot of discussion about the Jesuit-run U of San Francisco’s  student health coverage plan over the past few days. The Catholic Key blog gives essential background information: Several blogs and news sites have been reporting on information […]

News Flashes

posted by awelborn

As most of you all already know, Avery Cardinal Dulles, SJ passed away last night. First Things has a notice, as well as links to the many articles Cardinal Dulles wrote for the magazine. More at America. A comprehensive Dulles […]

Back

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All right. A little break was called for because I am trying to get a book done. But one must start before one can talk about getting something “done,” eh? I’m just about finished reading almost every pertinent address, homily […]

Yeah, whatever

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Varia and variations

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Cleaning out the emailbox. You know how it goes. First, I don’t know if I’ve mentioned Faith and Family Live – the great “magazine and blog of Catholic daily living.” Many of you are aware of it and probably frequent […]

Charlotte Was Gifty

posted by awelborn

It’s only December 8. Calm Down. Some people got their Christmas shopping done in September, some are just starting. There’s still time. I was going to do this post a month ago, though, when The Anchoress posted on monastic gifts […]

Think Bigger

posted by awelborn

Therefore, self-fulfilment is a contradiction and is also too little for us. We have a loftier destination. – Pope Benedict

It was a slow day at Vatican Radio

posted by awelborn

But thanks to Charley Collins for the interview! Me going on (and I do mean goin’ on – Lord, at the beginning I sound like the laziest woman in Alabama) about the Pope and children. Direct MP3 link

Rome/Art Peeps

posted by awelborn

Can someone tell me where I took this picture? It is right after some photos that I took in S. Bartolomeo all’Isola, but I am not sure if it was in there or not. It is involves a bishop and […]

Nigerian Horror

posted by awelborn

You might be aware that violence between Muslims and Christians has flared up again in Nigeria. Ruth Gedhill has a helpful summary on her blog. Horrific stories of ruthless killings on the streets of Jos in northern Nigeria are emerging. […]

Gaudete

posted by awelborn

Speaking of flexibility, creativity and profit: Jeffrey Tucker looks ahead a bit and asks what your parish is doing for the Introit for Gaudete Sunday. Since, of course, the whole reason it’s  called “Gaudete Sunday” is because of the Introit: […]

Burning it Up

posted by awelborn

About two months ago, Deacon Greg Kandra of the Diocese of Brooklyn, who blogs at the Deacon’s Bench, left CBS News to work for NET television, a media apostolate associate with the Diocese. This week, the station has made news […]

Remember St. Nicholas

posted by awelborn

St. Nicholas day is tomorrow, so of course, head to the marvelous St. Nicholas Center website for all your celebratory needs.

Shakeout

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Besides sorting through Rome memories and trying to adapt to the new WordPress interface (which I think I like, but takes getting used to), I’ve been watching the publishing news closely this week. There have been a series of layoffs […]

Rome wrap-up

posted by awelborn

I still have a few more posts to go, and some more photos, but here are links to the major Rome posts so far: The trip over . More on the trip. Mass in Brighton Brighton Pictures In praise of […]

S. Carlo

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On the Tuesday of my trip, I got on the bus in the morning and headed east, toward the Center. Crossing the Tiber, the bus passed some ruins which turned out to be the Teatro Marcello (blogged briefly on here). […]

Worse than the Thai food admission

posted by awelborn

(Not that I’m defensive about the Thai food thing. Really.) Is to admit that one of my top 5 moments of excitement in Rome occurred (and my son can vouch for this one. He was with me, poor guy. And […]

Do you work with altar servers?

posted by awelborn

Here’s a nice 2006 talk to a group of servers from the Pope. Might be helpful.

Layers

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Courtyards

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Roman courtyards. Always Intriguing.

One Week Anniversary

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Of…last week’s General Audience. This was my second GA, but the first indoors.  I really do think I prefer the indoors experience, simply because you can get a better view of the Pope. I got there super early because I […]

And another hill

posted by awelborn

Loosely speaking. I think the most astonishing visual experience I had on this trip took place on the journey back, from Rome to Gatwick, when, at about 6:30 in the morning, we started flying over the Alps. Now, some of […]

City From a Hill

posted by awelborn

Two hilltop shots. This is not the greatest, but my camera battery was flashing red, so I was at the point at which I could only turn it on for about 1.7 seconds.  Therefore it was basically all about flicking […]

The right kind of Catholic

posted by awelborn

Divisions within Catholicism have been a frequent subject here.  In contemporary American Catholicism, ideology often trumps Christ, something Pope Benedict himself noted on his visit last spring: I ask you, in the Lord Jesus, to set aside all division and […]

A young English poet

posted by awelborn

The Protestant Cemetery in Rome is a different place. Different than the ancient monuments, the Baroque churches, the bustling commercial life. Tucked away behind the Pyramid of Cestius, it is lush and crowded with slabs of silent stone remembering the […]

Cobbled

posted by awelborn

Roman Night Life

posted by awelborn

…of another kind: As I mentioned, Wednesday night, I did an accidental Station Church type thing as I attempted to find out what was going on in churches in the center between 6 and 8. This was not something I […]

Safe Haven

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With St.Phillip

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Friday morning, after I’d finished at St. Peter’s, I had some time to kill before meeting David at 11 in front of S. Maria di Trestavere. So, over to the Center for a bit. I disembarked in front of the […]

Obligatory Fountain Post

posted by awelborn

Not the big ones, but the smaller ones. Unfortunately, the day I saw the most interesting examples, I was without a camera (not having solved the converter problem yet. Actually I had solved it two days before, but once I […]

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