Monthly Archives: July 2010

St. Martha: pulling apart a painting

In the National Gallery in London, you will find a painting by  Velazquez entitled Christ in the House of Martha and Mary.  I never fail to visit it when I visit that gallery. The painting – a variation on the … Continue reading

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Papal visit to the UK: people will have to pay to see the Pope? WDTPRS POLL

POLL BELOW From CNS: Catholics in England will have to pay to attend some events during Pope Benedict XVI’s Sept. 16-19 trip to Scotland and England, according to reports in our client paper in London, the Catholic Herald. Catholics will … Continue reading

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News about Benedict XVI’s book Jesus of Nazarth vol. 2

I received a press release today that the second volume of Pope Benedict XVI’s Jesus of Nazareth will be published by Ignatius Press (no surprise there) and released in Spring 2011. Pope’s new book on Jesus to be published by … Continue reading

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I’m Spartacus! Er… no…ummm, wait a minute!

I just heard an interesting thing as I was flipping past Sean Hannity’s show (I always flip past unless I spot a guest I am interested in). Michelle Malkin, who is usually apt when she speaks, made a strikingly bad … Continue reading

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Oprah going to Medjugorje?

I had an email today that Oprah may be going to Medjugorje. Okay.  Rumor? Fact?  Dunno. But… If Oprah converts to Catholicism because of Medjugorje, then I will have to rethink my position.

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Thanks to readers, of manna, and Penjing Report

First and foremost, thank you to all the readers who lately have used the donation button on the Feeder Feed posts.  Your help is deeply appreciated.  I’ll probably be coming back to you for something else that is shaping up, … Continue reading

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Canadian Anglican Catholic group votes to unite with Rome

Benedict XVI is the Pope of Christian Unity This comes from CNA: Canadian Anglican Catholic group votes to unite with Rome Vancouver, Canada, Jul 28, 2010 / 01:10 am (CNA).- With “overwhelming support,” a recent meeting of leaders in the … Continue reading

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New film about Opus Dei’s founder, St. Jose Maria Escrivá

I received a press release that there is to be a major motion picture about St. Jose Maria Escrivá, the founder of Opus Dei.  It will be directed by the man who made the movie The Mission.  There is a … Continue reading

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Bp. Baraga’s cause for beatification takes another step

From CNA: Sainthood cause of ‘snowshoe priest’ heads to Vatican Marquette, Mich., Jul 28, 2010 / 03:27 am (CNA).- Following a four-month investigation, the Diocese of Marquette has closed its inquiry into an alleged miracle attributed to its first bishop, … Continue reading

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“Meat cleaver” journalism – In the eye of the beholder?

I take my cue from the great blog of The Catholic Key, newspaper of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph where Bp. Robert Finn has the reins. The Catholic Key has focused our attention on the comment made by the … Continue reading

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A new low for NCR: hating the Church while begging for its affirmation

The NCR hits a new low. Before we begin what is going to be a brutal evisceration of a deeply confused essay, we need a few points as a preface. The literary form of this piece is "protest". The substance … Continue reading

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The Feeder Feed: ravenous Grosbeak edition

I mentioned in yesterday’s Feeder Feed that the birds were eating like made. Many of them are starting to gear up for migration.  Some are going to nest. Here is a shot of what is going on with Red-Breasted Grosbeaks, … Continue reading

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Traditional Benedictine Nuns in France sign major recording contract

It is hard to resist this story in the Independent.What the story does not report is that these are the very traditional Benedictines of the Abbey of Sainte-Madeleine who are associated with the monks of Le Barroux on the next … Continue reading

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The Feeder Feed: “Wow… look at the colors” edition

I haven’t posted about the feeder recently. Before any other shots, I caught this little Indigo Bunting on the Z-Cam today. A very wet oriole, not content with its usual feast on grape jelly, went after the suet cage. The … Continue reading

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Seminarians of the ThIIIIIrd MillENNNNiummmmm!

Hmmmm…. wait… I suspect we are being made game of. [youtube:]

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