Monthly Archives: February 2013

He-Said/She-Said on the Next Pope

Did the WaPo set up this mismatch? Not so much a mismatch, really, as the classic Catholic conversation across the divide: liberals and conservatives talking past each other. Ashley McGuire zeroes in on the “fun stuff.” James Salt offers a list of … Continue reading

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A Coming Break

From, news from outside of Asia–it’s more pope news. From Federico Lombardi, SJ: The Constitution says that the Conclave begins between 15 and 20 days after the death of the pope, to give the Cardinals time to get to … Continue reading

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More Solar System Drama

My second Solar System science fiction book in the past four months: Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds. I first read two or three of his early novels about a decade ago. Last appearance on my bookshelf was about five … Continue reading

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Gaillardetz on B16

Commonweal turns the page back eight years to five writers who presented their hopes and expectations of the papacy of Benedict XVI, just starting that Easter of 2005. What are their thoughts today, at the conclusion of this papacy? This … Continue reading

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Once-In-A-Century Fireball

Universe Today has amazing video footage from many sources of the meteor’s encounter with Russia. This might convince a few doubters it’s a very good idea to track as much space stuff as we possibly can.

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Ending A Part of the Burke Legacy

Archbishop Robert Carlson has decided to end the fight “to the Supreme Court” to regain control of the renegade St Stanislaus Parish in his see city. This lets stand last March’s ruling, blogged about here. The tussle began years ago when … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Deuteronomy 30:15-20

It’s one of the most cited “new” Scripture passages of the past generation, “Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live.” The pro-life setting is a different context, somewhat, from the original. The lectionary gives a bit more. … Continue reading

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