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    AmP Countdown: Time left to demand that Congress make health care reform pro-life: 2009-11-07 18:00:00 GMT-05:00

    Wednesday, May 20, 2009

    Everything Post

    To keep everyone busy while I finish up my exams for the semester, here's a peek inside my inbox:
    There, ten stories. If you prayer a Hail Mary for me after each ... I'll be a whole decade thankful. :-)

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    Sunday, May 03, 2009

    Notre Dame is in the news, but does it know it?

    Far from "promoting dialogue" in full transparency, the Notre Dame Office of News & Information seems to have a very different take on "ND in the News" than, well, the news.

    So, in other words, Notre Dame is very in favor of promoting dialogue, just as long as it's the one-sided kind.

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    Friday, February 27, 2009

    AmP on the road this weekend

    I will be travelling over this weekend, so email access and blogging will be sporadic.

    This doesn't mean the news has to stop, however: AmP readers are welcome to use the comment box below as a way to update each other on the news, using this format:
    • News story title
    • News story URL
    • (if you want) A short description of the story
    • (if you want) A short commentary on the story
    • --> Other users may then comment on each story as a REPLY to it

    An example:

    Vatican: Holocaust denier's apology not enough

    "The Vatican said Friday it is not satisfied by the apology issued by a Catholic bishop who denied the Holocaust, saying the cleric must still clearly "distance himself" from the controversial comments."

    Wow, this controversy just won't abet! Does Williamson still not get it?!


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    Monday, February 16, 2009

    Top 3 Catholic News Stories Today

    According to GoogleNews, anyway:

    German Catholic leader wants Williamson response now:

    A leader of Germany's Roman Catholic Church said on Sunday it was "almost ridiculous" that Bishop Richard Williamson has said he needs time to review evidence about whether the Holocaust took place. {This controversy can't end soon enough, if you ask me.}

    Pope's choice for bishop declines:

    A Roman Catholic priest has asked Pope Benedict to revoke his appointment as a bishop in Austria, after his promotion led to protests within the Church.

    Gerhard Maria Wagner said the "fierce criticism" had persuaded him to ask not to be named auxiliary bishop of Linz.

    Father Wagner has described Hurricane Katrina as God's punishment for the sins of New Orleans, and the Harry Potter novels as satanic.

    ... The resignation of Father Wagner came on the eve of an emergency meeting of all diocesan bishops in Austria, at which they had pledged to "give our best to overcome the crisis" according to Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn. {I think I'm mostly dissapointed that his nomination won't go through.}

    South Korea's first Roman Catholic cardinal dies:

    Cardinal Stephen Kim Sou-hwan, South Korea's first cardinal and a tireless advocate for democracy who stood up to a string of military dictators, died Monday. He was 86.

    Kim was ordained as cardinal by Pope Paul VI in 1969. He passed away at Seoul's St. Mary's Hospital, said Lee Hee-yeon, an official with the Archdiocese of Seoul. {R.I.P.}

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    Tuesday, November 11, 2008

    Tuesday Update: American Bishops Meet in Baltimore

    AmP's picks for the best stories being published about the American Bishops' meeting today:

    That should keep you (and me) busy this afternoon.

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    Tuesday, November 04, 2008

    Open thread: Top links for election day

    I'm plowing through mountains of links today. Here are the best. Most recent links are at the top.
    (And don't forget my video interview with Abp. Chaput on Catholic voting in this election!)

    Consider this the first open thread of the day as well.

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    Friday, October 31, 2008

    Friday link dump

    I know, pleasant sounding blog title, right?

    Anyway, links people have been sending me that might be of interst to you:

    And that's just a fraction of the stuff that comes across my desk daily. I think this is the good stuff.


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    Thursday, October 30, 2008

    What I'm Reading - Today's News of Note

    Today is crunch time on many fronts for me, so here's what I would normally blog about, but must instead simply point you towards. If time permits, I might come back and revisit some of these topics.
    ... and don't worry, the time away has been well spent - as you shall see!

    Also consider this today's open comment thread.

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    Monday, September 22, 2008

    Two Monday morning reads

    I'm easing back into the stream of things here after a busy, wonderful weekend (report to follow)....

    In the meantime, Amy points out "My First Son - a Pure Memory" and Ross points out "Back in Iraq, Jarred by the Calm". The first is very moving and personal. The second is illuminating and hopeful.


    Monday, September 01, 2008

    Linkfest: AmP's weekly story picks

    Some stories sent to me recently that didn't make it into the standard coverage:

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    Monday, July 14, 2008

    News of Note - July 14th Edition

    It's a busy on-the-run sort of day for me, so I'll just serve up the essentials. My Top 10 for today:

    Honestly, there's just so much going on.

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    Monday, July 07, 2008

    Further signs of disintegration in the Anglican Communion

    More tremors felt .... Diogenes on the future of the Anglican Communion and ending with a whimper.

    "The Church of England's ruling General Synod has voted to consecrate women as bishops and approved a code of practice aimed at reassuring opponents." (BBC News)
    update 2:
    "There can be no future for Christianity in Europe without Rome," an Anglican bishop told the Sunday Telegraph this weekend, after it was revealed that a group of "senior" bishops from the Church of England has been in secret negotiations with the highest levels of the Vatican to discuss the current crisis in Anglicanism over the acceptance of homosexuality and female bishops. Bishops from both the Church of England's "evangelical" or protestant and "high" or "Catholic" wings are said to have been involved in the talks that some believe may presage a mass return of Anglicans to the Catholic fold. (LifeSiteNews)

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    Friday, June 20, 2008

    A clearinghouse post through June 19

    Unfortunately, over the past couple days I've put together several lists of interesting blog topics, only to be taken away from the computer before I was able to actually publish them.

    To remedy this situation.... I'll just post them here:

    Tomorrow I leave Michigan and head to Missouri for a visit with my extended relations.


    Friday, April 25, 2008

    Peggy Noonan on airport security, Pennsylvania, and Bush

    My Friday morning treat is to read Peggy Noonan's latest column. Now it can be yours, too!

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    Thursday, April 10, 2008

    Pope trip: Thursday bloggables

    Busy day today, so just the essential links:

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    Monday, April 07, 2008

    Pope trip: Monday morning bloggables

    At the top of the list, word from Rocco is that the Vatican Press Office will be releasing a "brief video message" from Pope Benedict XVI tomorrow morning addressed to us folks here in America. Cool.

    So much good stuff happening on Pope2008 & Benedict in America, just click-over and peruse 'em.

    Over at IP's Insight Scoop, Pope Benedict tells about his childhood, in his own words. He talks about soap.

    Finally, the DC popemobile routes have been approved, and as soon as they are published I'll get them to you!

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    Friday, April 04, 2008

    Pope Trip: Friday Morning Notables

    A quick tour around the other papal visit coverage blogs, for some extra Friday diversion:

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    Friday, March 28, 2008

    Pope trip: Friday Mar 28 Roundup

    Five of the freshest papal visit stories:

    "Pope Benedict likely will walk a fine line between trampling on academic freedom and laying down the law on orthodoxy when he meets with top U.S. Catholic educators next month, experts and observers say."

    Note the choice of violent images: "trampling" and "laying down the law". And while I agree with the author that it takes precision to accurately relate academic freedom to orthodoxy, it is not true that these two realities are as necessarily opposed to one another as this sentence makes out. This sort of mindset, indeed, is why we need the pope to explain how these two concepts actually support and harmonize with one another.

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    Friday, February 08, 2008

    Friday briefly noted news stories

    Many stories, but mostly self-explanitory (helpful editorial comments in parenthesis):


    Tuesday, January 15, 2008

    Blog Bits - Jan 15th

    Tuesday, December 04, 2007

    Video: Pope Benedict visits Roman hospital

    Pope Benedict XVI visited the Roman Hospital of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta "San Giovanni Battista". Raw video here. (Not very nice of them to disable video embedding. Humph!)

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    Quick update on the Golden Compass controversy

    Details emerge, and the comedy of errors continues:

    Donna Freitas, a visiting assistant professor of religion at Boston University, calls the Pullman books a "theological masterpiece" in an Associated Press interview. The article, as a whole, however, isn't so bad and hits most the important and widely-known points.

    Regarding New Line Cinema's attempts to advertise The Golden Compass in Catholic publications, that deal is being brokered by Advertising Media Plus, which arranges group advertisement buys for Catholic publishing institutions. It is a division of the Cathedral Foundation.

    Finally, Ryan of Catholic Audio submits his satirical version of New Line's already-famous advert: Finally, some truth in advertising.

    Still no public word from the USCCB in response to New Line Cinema's flagrant misuse of an already-problematic review of The Golden Compass. For all my previous posts on this story, click here.

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    Friday, November 23, 2007

    Friday news update

    Monday, November 12, 2007

    Breaking: National Right to Life Committee to endorse Fred Thompson

    Fred Thompson will be endorsed for president by the National Right to Life Committee, Republicans say.
    The decision was disclosed Monday by two Republicans who spoke on condition of anonymity in advance of the announcement that was expected Tuesday.
    Reaction? Diogenes is scratching his head. I am, too.

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    Wednesday, November 07, 2007

    Papist Ponderables

    Thursday, November 01, 2007

    Thursday afternoon news tidbits

    Three to nibble:

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    Tuesday, October 23, 2007

    Tuesday morning tidbits

    Thursday, August 02, 2007

    A few random stories of note

    Thursday, April 26, 2007

    Pope Benedict says "thanks!"

    The Vatican has included a link on its website with a short message of thanks written by Archbishop Leonardo Sandi, Substitute of the Secretariat of State, on behalf of Pope Benedict XVI to all those who sent greetings for his birthday, anniversary, and Easter.