Saturday, August 3

I'm working on two articles these days:

First off, there's what I call the "mean girls" piece. It's a review of three books: Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls

Queen Bees and Wannabees: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence

and

The Secret Lives of Girls: What Good Girls Really Do--Sex Play, Aggression, and Their Guilt with an analysis suitable and helpful to the
OSV reader.

The other piece I'm calling Is Catholic Pacifism Dead?

Any thoughts on either subject welcome, as usual.

I've just posted links to four columns at my regular old website. You can find them under "August 3 - 4 New Columns!," of all places.
Weirdness in Cyprus:

Cypriot Bishop snapped in the nude

A Cypriot bishop who campaigned against corruption in church circles has been snapped in the nude by a paparazzi photographer.The bishop, Chrysostomos of Paphos, charged that the photographs and accompanying video were circulated in order to defame him because of his anti-corruption drive.Only one newspaper, a Paphos weekly, published a photograph on Thursday. The same picture was screened by the television channel of state-owned Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation. The photograph showed the bishop, naked from the waist up, next to his car. Many other newspapers published the story, but without photographs. 'I shall not be intimidated by this character assassination' The 65-year-old bishop said he was secretly photographed as he was changing from his swimming trunks into clothes after his daily morning dip on a south Cypriot beach.

I am risking tremendous wrath in asking this...but...wasn't there a similar photo of one Karol Wotyla circulated in the late 1970's?

Okay, I'm receiving reports that the picture of JBD at the beach is, indeed visible, so let me tell you why I asked - this will be of interest only to fellow bloggers, hosted on blogspot, who have wondered about linking photos.

The two major free website hosts are Geocities and Tripod, neither of which allow linking of images to domains that are not their own. I've had my website at Geocities for years, and really didn't want to move, so I was unable to link photos here (thank goodness, you're thinking....). But a few months ago I upgraded my Geocities account to whatever their cheapest non-free plan is and got my own domain as a result. What I just now discovered was that since it's amywelborn.com and not geocities.com/amywelborn/yada/yada.html, even though it's still Geocities-hosted, the pics can be linked to external domains. Hah. So - it's not free, but if you have a Geocities page anyway and are looking for a way to link photos, that one-step up upgrade might be the way to go.

And why do I have all of this time on a Saturday? Because Michael's down at Indianapolis, immersed in racing for the day. Joseph and I went last year - little Joseph, all of four months old, with big ol' earplugs stuffed in his tiny years - we ended up buying a pack of band-aids at the CVS and binding the earplugs in his ears with those. He looked like he should have been in front of Notre Dame Cathedral, begging for alms or something. But this year, my other kids are around, and I really didn't feel like leaving them and hauling Joseph down there for the day, so Michael's enjoying himself on his own. And I'm blogging and trying to update my regular webpage, although I've made no progress on the latter task as of yet.

I had a discussion wtih an editor yesterday on the subject of the apparition at LaSalette, France in 1846. I had mentioned it in something I'd written, and the editor suggested I should use another apparition as evidence for my point because LaSalette wasn't one of the approved apparitions. I said, yes, I thought it was. He said no.

Aha! I was right. I knew it was because, quite frankly, it's not exactly my favorite apparition, (not that it matters...don't lecture me on that. I know)... so it's always annoyed me that it was "approved" by the episcopal authorities. I think of that today, because tomorrow is the memorial of St. John Vianney, or the Cure d'Ars, who, my husband tells me, was not crazy about the LaSalette apparition either. Can anyone confirm this?

Anyway, since St. John Vianney is the patron saint of priests, it's a good time to offer prayers for the good, hardworking, self-giving priests who serve us.

Remember, too, that St. John Vianney was the inspiration for George Bernanos' Diary of a Country Priest. Here's a link to the reportedly great film based on the novel - never seen it myself, so I can't testify. I'm sure that one of you will take up the slack, though!

Here's a link to a prayer to John Vianney, asking his intercession for priests.

A few days ago, I posted a link to an article about one Fr. DeVita and his meticulous planning for his farewell liturgy. Fr. Rob Johansen disagreed with my views on the matter and at HMS Blog, Greg Popcak summarized the discussion, including links to Mark. I'm with Greg.
Peter Vere has good observations on VOTF
Let me know if you can see the photo at the top right above. I'm experimenting. Two or three comments should let me know...thanks. When the comments start working again, that is.
A look at Faux Catholics for Faux Choice from Fox News. As K-Lo pointed out in The Corner, it's much more objective than most treatments of the group in the secular media.
The following was posted to the VOTF message board at 4:44 am today:

The board has been hit with what David Alexander calls "The Haffner Wars." David has recruited members of his blogspot websites to register and post on our messageboard. Many of these posts are caustically sarcastic, discourteous, and opposed to a speaker at the VOTF conference.
The whole thread for one of David's topics, has been moved to the delete board. Posts in regard to this messageboard decision will not be accepted. Inquiries to admin. about this thread will not be answered. The board may go on view only for an extended period of time. The possibility of shutting the board down is being seriously considered

David, David, David. What were you thinking?

From Green Bay, an article following one woman's path to religious life. She's the first novice in this particular community since 1995. I bet they'll be nice to her.
The challenges of ministering to Alzheimer's patients.
From the LATimes: (LRR) A traveler's account of a trip to La Chambon, the French village responsible for hiding thousands of Jews during WWII
An LATimes story (LRR) about the Carmelite Sisters of Indianapolis who run the Pray the News website.

Since http://praythenews.com was launched in March 2001, the site has logged more than 12 million hits. Many readers return once a week to read Sister Betty's take on the Taliban or see what Sister Joanne has to say about Iraq. Virtual visitors from around the globe have e-mailed prayer requests to the Light a Candle page. Those prayers have opened the nuns' eyes to the struggles they left behind when they took their vows of poverty, obedience and chastity. So many asking for help finding jobs, Sister Ruth murmurs. So many asking for help finding love.More than three dozen women have contacted Sister Joanne online to talk about Carmelite life, including eight who seem genuinely drawn. One woman explained that the Web site had awakened the same joyous feeling she felt when she prayed at the monastery years before. "It made me wonder once again," she wrote, "whether I am called to religious life."

[I have to wonder - does the LATimes have a special Indiana correspondent? They seem to run articles on Indiana phenomena with some regularity....this one...one a few weeks back on the Dan Quayle Museum in Huntington (also the headquarters of Our Sunday Visitor, which was, for some strange reason, not mentioned)...LA..do you have the Indiana blues or something?]

An amusing piece by Peter Steinfels on what folks involved in religion should do to make their interest more palatable to the elites:

The lesson is obvious. Those who study, articulate or propound the beliefs and practices by which most of humanity tries to place itself in relationship with the transcendent should post themselves. They should simply drop that old-fashioned word "religion." What they are about, they should announce, is "postsecularism." Doesn't distinguished professor of religion sound more than a little musty, while distinguished professor of postsecularism has the zing of the new? The university that now balks at having a department of religious studies would probably rush to establish a department of postsecular studies. In addition, the foundations that are notoriously shy about supporting things religious would probably rush to finance research in postsecularism.

(NYTimes....LRR)

Religious professionals live longer, study shows
The Boston Globe discuss the plenary council idea.
I wish they'd stop protecting sexual predators.....the public school system that is...

NY teacher who abused boys found to be HIV-positive

McFarlane, who was arrested last year and has been fired, had been disciplined after two boys accused him of sexual misconduct in 1998, but was allowed to remain in the classroom.Some of the allegations against him were never reported to police, the Board of Education discovered after his arrest and one school investigator has been fired.

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