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The Lost Art of Reading

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As we rush into another week of blogging, posting, texting, and tweeting, consider David Ulin on “the lost art of reading” : Reading is an act of contemplation, perhaps the only act in which we allow ourselves to merge with the consciousness of another human being. We possess the books . . . . Continue Reading »

When Twitter went down.

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In May 2009 the Bishop of Paisley, Rt Rev Philip Tartaglia, issued a pastoral letter — read aloud to every parish in Scotland — cautioning Catholics against an obsessive reliance upon new technology : “In dialogue with others we need to be wary of the inane chatter that can go on . . . . Continue Reading »

Awaiting Pope Benedict’s Caritas in Veritate

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The Vatican has announced that Benedict XVI’s new encyclical, titled Caritas in Veritate, will be released Tuesday, July 7:Pope Benedict XVI - Caritas in Veritate

Those participating in Tuesday’s conference will be: Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino and Bishop Giampaolo Crepaldi, respectively president and secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace; Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes, president of the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum,” and Stefano Zamagni, professor of political economy at the University of Bologna, Italy and consultor of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

Signed by the Holy Father on June 29th, the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, and released in time for the G8 international summit in L’Aquila, Italy (July 8-10), Caritas in Veritate will be the first social encyclical to be written in almost two decades. There has been much speculation as to what the encyclical will say.

Fortunately, the Pope himself has given several helpful indications… . Continue Reading »

Re: Kinkade’s Cottage Fantasy

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Fascinating examination of Thomas Kinkade, Joe . I was unaware of (and impressed with) his earlier work—which of course prompts the question: what happened? This “60 Minutes” interview/profile of Kincade is quite revealing, as an artist seduced by mammon : “There’s over . . . . Continue Reading »