Monthly Archives: September 2005

Tethys & Hyperion

A few pages at JPL worth checking out from Cassini’s double flyby last weekend. Your choice of movies made from Hyperion images. The odd, irregular, tumbling moon looks like a sponge here, but that’s just the illusion created by dark … Continue reading

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The Dragons of Our Day

A new Anglican Primate of Australia, Archbishop Phillip Aspinall, was installed at St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane, on September 29. Here is an excerpt from his Installation Sermon, in part on Revelation 12 (“The great dragon, the ancient serpent, who is … Continue reading

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If I Ran a Science Fiction Network

Bernard gave me food for thought on the last SF thread. He’s right and I’m wrong there’s absolutely no good SF on tv. Battlestar Galactica is better than average, though there’s something about it that doesn’t quite grab me. Maybe … Continue reading

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Moving Beyond Baby Food to a Balanced Diet

Picking up on a comment below about fruit cultivation … Just returned from the annual diocesan retreat day given for clergy and lay staff and co-sponsored by the Center and the Priestly Life & Ministry Office. A good speaker and … Continue reading

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“The Bishop Wants an Apple Orchard”

The diocese held its first of three information gathering sessions for the adult formation task force. It felt like St Blog’s Live, though with a 60-40 prog tilt rather than 25-75. Some people said some articulate things. Some people said … Continue reading

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Homosexuality and the Priesthood

“Homosexuals, even those who are celibate, will be barred from becoming Roman Catholic priests under stricter rules soon to be released,” the newspapers tell us. (Perhaps it has already happened as you read this.) I’m sure that my two or … Continue reading

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AA11: On Marriage and Family

In AA 11, the Church reiterates its teaching that marriage and the family unit form both the “the beginning and basis” of society. As Paul advised the Ephesians, Christ has blessed it in a unique way, serving as metaphor for … Continue reading

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Recovery: Something Difficult

The bishops are feeling the heat. NPR gives us a story on Levada from his Portland days that dogs him still. Apparently, diocesan lawyers tried to blame the mother of a seminarian’s love child because she didn’t practice contraception. It … Continue reading

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So Articulate

I love third graders. I especially love my daughter. Innocent still, yet able to speak wisdom. The other week, Brittany shared this gem: I’m not a woman yet, but I am a young lady.

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AA 9 and 10: The Various Fields of the Apostolate

Chapter 3 of AA (Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity, Vatican II) leads off with this: The laity carry out their manifold apostolate both in the Church and in the world. In both areas there are various opportunities for … Continue reading

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SF for the Uninitiated

Frequent guest Brigid asked about Dune when her turn at the SF author quiz turned up that tome’s creator, Frank Herbert. On occasion I run across someone nearly or totally uninitiated to the world of science fiction and they ask … Continue reading

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Christian Paideia

This is from a sermon preached by the Rev Dr Nicholas Sagovsky, Canon of Westminster Abbey, at Matins on August 28. The main text was Revelation 3:14-end. Dr Sagovsky, I might mention, is also an Anglican member of the Anglican-Roman … Continue reading

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Creeds Compared

Rock posted the latest ICEL incarnation of the Creed. Compare to the authentic Latin version on the left. Maybe you’d like to take your own crack at translating it. Who knows? ICEL may give you a call. I believe in … Continue reading

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The Burden of the Gospels

The following, from Wendell Berry‘s forthcoming The Way of Ignorance: And Other Essays, is an excerpt of an excerpt published in the September 20, 2005 issue of The Christian Century: I think Jesus recommended the Samaritan’s loving-kindness, what certain older … Continue reading

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Church as Hobby

Frequent visitor Fred asked me what I thought of Anthony Esolen’s piece in Crisis. Fred wrote, “I liked the beginning, but felt that the conclusion was a bit overstated.” That was exactly my take on it. Esolen does well for … Continue reading

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