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Monday, April 11, 2005

Santo Subito: A Pre-Conclave Sidelight

During the funeral mass for the Pope, the crowd shouted "Santo Subito!" which roughly means "(Proclaim him) a Saint immediately!" Corriere de la Serra narrates how during today's pre-conclave meeting, one of the concerns of the cardinals was what to do with the acclamations during the mass. The dean... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

He Lived Among Us

Below is Zenit's translation of ROGITO, the document that was placed in John Paul II's coffin. It contains a brief description of the life and works of the late Pope: In the light of Christ risen from the dead, on April 2 of the year of the Lord 2005, at 9:37 p.m., as Saturday was coming to an end,... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, April 8, 2005

The Pope Was Already Thinking Of Death In The Year 2000

I have been reading the Pope's last will and testament which was published today by the L'Osservatore Romano. Here is a telling passage dated 12-18 March 2000: In accord with the designs of Providence I have been given the opportunity to live in this difficult century which is passing away, and now... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, April 6, 2005

Spiritual Conference For Treasurers

I was asked to give a spiritual conference to nuns and lay people who work as treasurers for schools and other institutions run by out Augustinian Sisters of Our Lady of Consolacion. I haven't really prepared anything yet, although I take it that materials on the Scriptures and St. Augustine will be... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, April 1, 2005

Was Terri Schiavo Murdered?

Terri Schiavo has passed away. Some people just sigh with relief. Others are still agonizing over it. Others don't care. But Catholics who have followed the case are still wondering: Was Terri Schiavo Murdered? Here is a radio discussion about the death of Terri Schiavo. Be sure you have Real Player... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

The Public Execution of Terri Schiavo

Nat Hentoff has a must-read article entitled "Terri Schiavo: Judicial Murder -- Her crime was being disabled, voiceless, and at the disposal of our media" For all the world to see, a 41-year-old woman, who has committed no crime, will die of dehydration and starvation in the longest public execution... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Terri Schiavo

They removed the feeding tubes today. While I appreciate the fact that a lot of people are fighting to have those tubes restored, I still can't understand how a law can be implemented inspite of the fact that there are people contesting it AND that the suffering of an innocent human being is... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

The Da Vinci Code Is Based On A Lie

Link: The Da Vinci Code FAQ, by Massimo Introvigne. The Da Vinci Code is just a novel: why criticize it as if it were a history book? People who ask this question usually have not read the page of The Da Vinci Code titled Fact, where the author, Dan Brown, asserts that �all descriptions of... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Clarification On Alleged Crusade Against Da Vinci Code

Media has always been unfair to the Catholic Church as in this case: VATICAN CITY, MARCH 16, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Newspapers and agencies worldwide have announced over the past two days that the Vatican has launched a crusade against Dan Brown's best seller "The Da Vinci Code." In fact, what happened... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, March 14, 2005

News and Blogs: The Dan Rather Affair Revisited

I caught C-Span's program featuring the guys at PowerLineBlog the other day and got an idea of how blogging can be a corrective to commercial news media like CBS. The so-called RatherGate can of course be understood in two way -- an example of a news company boo-boo on an issue that turns out to be... Sign in to see full entry.

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