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January 2009 Archives

Deus Caritas Est

posted by awelborn

There must have been something in the water – both Washington papers carried good articles about Catholics in service to Christ and his people this past weekend. I’ve already  pointed out the piece on A Simple House, which ran in […]

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On a more serious note

posted by awelborn

The Pope addressed the topic of the moment – the Holocaust – in his General Audience today. The full text will not be available for a good while, but AsiaNews reports: The Holocaust remains a warning against the power of […]

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Caption Contest

posted by awelborn

Okay, American Papist found a MUCH better one!

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Linkage

posted by awelborn

Four related links which are, in turn, related to frequent themes on this blog: Mark Judge  at the Wa Po  “Just Faith” site called “Just a Catholic.”…on thinking through “liberal” and “conservative” Fr. Robert Barron on “The Next Generation of […]

Shhh

posted by awelborn

Williamson is told to stop talking about politics and history. A communique from Bishop Fellay: It has come to our attention that Bishop Richard Williamson, a member of our Society, granted an interview to a Swedish network. In this interview, […]

Relevant

posted by awelborn

The priest is old. Beyond retirement age, but still energetic, it appears. And every time he preaches – every time I have heard him, at least, it always comes around to death. It doesn’t matter what the Gospel or the […]

From the comments

posted by awelborn

I want to highlight this: “The key issue with the lifting of the excommunications is to take all possible measures to prevent these prelates from conferring the episcopacy on a new generation of Lefebvrites. No new bishops and the thing […]

Lefebvre, Part II

posted by awelborn

All right, let’s switch the conversation up here. The reactions are in, most very predictably focusing on Williamson and ignoring the complexities of the situation. I’m going to try my best to stay out of the prediction business, but I […]

To Africa

posted by awelborn

The Vatican has posted the Pope’s itinerary on his trip to Africa in March. It’s here.

Quicksand

posted by awelborn

Today, we celebrate the Conversion of St. Paul. At the Angelus, the Pope said: Paul’s conversion matured in the encounter with the Risen Christ; it was this encounter that radically changed his existence. That which Jesus asks in the Gospel […]

Beyond Mexico City

posted by awelborn

Jack Smith of the Catholic Key takes note of something: By this time, Catholic Key readers are certainly aware of President Obama’s reversal of the Mexico City Policy. The USCCB response is here. Appended to the president’s action was a […]

Quick notes:

posted by awelborn

New Bishop for Charleston announced today – Msgr Robert Guglielmone from Rockville Centre and rector of the cathedral there. The West Coast March for Life is today in San Francisco – this is an event that has grown tremendously during […]

Your move

posted by awelborn

As rumored (accurately this time), the SSPX excommunications were lifted. The decree is translated here, at NLM. Let’s look at what exactly this means, for those not familiar with the ins and outs of these things. This is a very […]

Done

posted by awelborn

An article on Obama’s rescinding of the Mexico City Policy at NCR here. When the text appears it will be here at the White House “executive orders” page. Cardinal Rigali, speaking for the USCCB, comments here.

Oh, and that other rumor..

posted by awelborn

About the SSPX excommunications being lifted tomorrow…stay tuned. It will be a complicated situation, not  leading to any complete integration of the SSPX back into the Church – only a first step to dialogue  –   and interesting to watch.

Covering the coverage

posted by awelborn

Get Religion sifts through the massive MSM coverage of the March here.

Back to Mexico City

posted by awelborn

Reuters says – with an “administration official” as the source – that the ban will be lifted today. Let’s hope that’s wrong, too. FDA approved embryonic stem cell therapy trials. More from Amanda Shaw at FT (It is probably unwise […]

Vatican YouTube

posted by awelborn

Here. It looks as if ratings have been disabled, but not comments. Let’s hope they have hired a full-time person to deal with those…. No embedding, either… I think it would display a better understanding of Internet culture if they […]

March for Life Open Thread

posted by awelborn

Toss in comments about the event itself and the massive media coverage – if you can manage to sift through it all, that is. I understand if you can’t. Michael went up – he’s had a very busy two days […]

Day of Penance

posted by awelborn

“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 to the dignity of the human person […]

Mexico City 101

posted by awelborn

Update: Not today.Good. On his second full day in office – January 22, 1993 – President Bill Clinton signed an executive order rescinding the “Mexico City Policy” – along with 4 other orders related to abortions in military hospitals, RU […]

Put not your trust

posted by awelborn

Long-time readers will recognize this post as yet another long, rambling, unfocused attempt to focus my own thoughts. As I usually do, before going to the actual effort of articulating my own views, I hunt around, trying to find someone […]

Open Inauguration Day Thread

posted by awelborn

Go ahead. I have end notes to do so I can finally get this book off my desk, 3 weeks late, and then move on to the next one, due 3/1.  I have a lot to say, particularly about the […]

From the comments

posted by awelborn

Some pithy, perceptive comments from below and elsewhere: “Our associate pastor at Nativity in St Paul gave a fantastic homily on Pro-Life Sunday. I’m always surprised and disappointed when priests don’t take the opportunity to speak on this subject with […]

What did you see and hear?

posted by awelborn

I’m running this because in conversation on another site, the musical playbook for this weekend became clear: Opening: “All are Welcome Here” Offertory: “Here I am, Lord” Closing: “Sing a New Church” Others reported “The Summons,” which I confess I’ve […]

Prayers for Fr. Foster

posted by awelborn

This was posted in the comments: A request for prayers for a son of the Church. I received this about the pre-eminent Holy See Latinist, Fr. Reginald Foster, O.C.D., popularly known as “Reggie” who instructed many in Latin for years […]

How cold was it in Alabama?

posted by awelborn

Pretty cold… I know, I know..de nada for those in truly frigid parts. Still, it was pretty. I never did get  to see Niagara Falls in the winter..this will have to do for now. (Courtyard, Cathedral of St. Paul, Birmingham, […]

Even as a non-pet owner, I can almost accept the cake part

posted by awelborn

But the party dresses disturb me. Sorry for the lameness. Am just trying to finish writing this book.

Any Doubt

posted by awelborn

We first attempted to see Doubt two weeks ago, but were shocked by the ticket-seller’s news that it was sold out. Not so shocking, perhaps – it was showing in one of the smaller theaters. Our next attempt was last […]

To Meet Him

posted by awelborn

I am in the last throes (we can only hope) of this book, due a couple of weeks ago, which must be completed, not only because the contract requires it, but also because another deadline for another, shorter book looms […]

Driscoll

posted by awelborn

There’s been chatter about the NTTimes mag’s profile of Mark Driscoll of Seattle’s Mars Hill Church. The interesting thing about the profile, to me, is that the writer actually tries to take a look at Driscoll’s theology rather than simply […]

Randomness

posted by awelborn

I just spoke to a women’s group at our parish (very pleasant time! My talk was short and simple – I looked at all (well, many of) the saints remembered today, January 8, and just chatted about what they might […]

Fr. Neuhaus, RIP

posted by awelborn

From Joseph Bottum at the First Things website: Fr. Richard John Neuhaus slipped away today, January 8, shortly before 10 o’clock, at the age of seventy-two. He never recovered from the weakness that sent him to the hospital the day […]

What you will find

posted by awelborn

Only after discovering Jesus do we realize “this is what I was waiting for”. You will not be afraid any longer to lose your freedom, because you will live it fully by giving it away in love. You will no […]

Pray for Father Neuhaus

posted by awelborn

From Kathryn Jean Lopez: His friends and family are keeping vigil and he was administered last rites shortly after midnight. Fr. George Rutler, who gave him the Catholic Sacrament, says that “he is not expected to live long” and suggests […]

Lord Have Mercy

posted by awelborn

Saturday evening, we attended the Liturgy at the local Melkite Catholic Church.  I’ve shared my observations about Eastern Catholic liturgies before, and have really nothing to add except: 1) Please go. If you’re a Latin Rite Catholic and have never […]

Monday Morning Bishops

posted by awelborn

Vigneron from Oakland back home to Detroit As well as an auxiliary in Orange, acceptance of the resignation of McGraith in Owensboro, and new bishop in Edmunston, Canada. All here, in Italian, at the Vatican website.

TimeSuck 101

posted by awelborn

Everyone has their own way of killing time on the Internet. Mine is related to that ‘satiable curiosity. It’s absurd. I don’t do games or timewasters and while I’ve done my share of watching laughing babies on YouTube, I don’t […]

A night at the museum

posted by awelborn

Well, a Wednesday morning, actually Earlier this week , I took the little boys to the Birmingham Museum of Art. I’d been once before, to check out the special Leonardo exhibit that was housed there this past fall (a dozen […]

Blog Forecast, 2009

posted by awelborn

I have a book due day before yesterday, and no that’s not hyperbole. It actually was due day before yesterday.  But my editor has graciously accepted my lameness and we’ve established 1/15 as my new goal. After which I have […]

Drafty

posted by awelborn

Another Creek instrument.

As a deer

posted by awelborn

Deer toes. Traditional Creek percussive instrument. Interactive Creek Nation exhibit, Birmingham Museum of Art.

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There is nothing I shall want
A couple of weeks ago, a memorial Mass for Michael was held here in Birmingham at the Cathedral. The bishop presided and offered a very nice, even charming homily in which he first focused on the Scripture readings of the day, and then turned to ...

posted 9:24:16am Mar. 05, 2009 | read full post »

Revolutionary Road - Is it just me?
Why am I the only person I know..or even "know" in the Internet sense of "knowing"  - who didn't hate it? I didn't love it, either. There was a lot wrong with it. Weak characterization. Miscasting. Anvil-wielding mentally ill prophets.But ...

posted 9:45:04pm Mar. 04, 2009 | read full post »

Books for Lent
No, I'm not going to ask you about your Lenten reading lists...although I might.Not today, though. This post is about giving books to others. For Lent, and a long time after that. You know how it goes during Lent: Prayer, Fasting and ...

posted 9:22:07pm Mar. 04, 2009 | read full post »

Why Via Media
How about....because I'm lame and hate thinking up titles to things? No?Okay...how about...St. Benedict? Yes, yes, I know the association with Anglicanism. That wasn't invovled in my purpose in naming the joint, but if draws some Googling ...

posted 8:54:17pm Mar. 04, 2009 | read full post »

Brave Heart?
I don't know about you, but one of effects of childbirth on me was a compulsion to spill the details. All of them.The whole thing was fascinating to me, so of course I assumed everyone else should be fascinated as well in the recounting of every ...

posted 10:19:45pm Mar. 03, 2009 | read full post »

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