Live-blogging the funeral if blogger will allow it

5:20 AM I am so glad that CNN has John Allen. He really is excellent. And how reverent, now is this Liturgy of the Eucharist.5:00 AM Not a bad homily from Ratzinger. I DO love all the chanting - particularly the chanting of the Gospel in Latin, and I thought the priest chanted it very well. I recall once visiting an Orthodox church, Latin rite, and pretty much the whole Mass was chanted. Between the icons, the chanting...for an hour it felt like we'd left earth and gone to heaven.4:45 AM In the … [Read more...]

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Doh! Forgot about Noonan

You have probably read it already, but if you haven't go read her assessment on JPII's part in bringing down communism.Then, I have linked to this already, back when I was live-blogging last weekend, but if you missed it you really MUST read it. Noonan's very moving and exceedingly well-written piece on a a papal audience she attended 'way back in 2002. It's an absolute gem.And this is NOT by Noonan, but by Susan Vigilante, and it's a small, charming piece of a work in progress a book I must get … [Read more...]

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The Polish Seminarian and the Jewish Girl he Saved

I'd heard this story but never heard it told before by a member of Edith Zierer's family. It is the very touching account of what happened when a young Jewish girl, released from Nazi prison and cold, hungry, too ill to walk, encountered a Polish Catholic named Karol Wojtyla, a year before his ordination. In January 1945, at 13, she emerged from a Nazi labor camp in Czestochowa, Poland, a waif on the verge of death. Separated from her family, unaware that her mother had been killed by the … [Read more...]

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John Paul II and Women

It's funny, but Dr. Charles Krauthammer, a Democrat and secular Jewish fellow who says he is "not much of a believer" seems to "get" John Paul II so very well.We'll be seeing and reading a lot about how "Catholic women are dissatisfied" with the church, and that JPII did not do enough. Please keep in mind that the folks making these claims are not speaking for all Catholic women. There is authentic and thoughtful teaching behind all of the issues which critics say the church "MUST bring into the … [Read more...]

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Just how vehemently DID John Paul oppose the Iraq war?

Are the media presenting this issue fairly or accurately?It's a good question. Last night we heard CNN's Christiane Amanpour, among others, say approximately 7,392 times that Pope John Paul II "deeply opposed President Bush's Iraq war..."Sometimes we got the addendum, "...although he was supportive of Americas Just War in the Balkans, under President Clinton."I don't know about that second part - this article seems to suggest otherwise.Pope John Paul II, in the midst of a talk on the newly … [Read more...]

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JPII on Christ’s love – Youth Day, 2000

A friend, Theresa, a Benedictine nun, had put together a prayer vigil service for her community which contained excerpts from some of JPII's speeches. She writes this to me:One section John Paul wrote on Eucharist was so beautiful-it was to the young people at World Youth Day in 2000. JP writes: "The Eucharist is the presence of Christ who gives himself to us because he loves us. He loves each of us in a unique way in our practical daily lives: in our families, among our friends, at study and … [Read more...]

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THE comprehensive JPII read, by the great John Allen

This is a keeper. It's got everything and John Allen is probably the most reliable American reporter to write about the Vatican in an unstinting but fair manner. Thanks to my brother, Thom. … [Read more...]

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Live blogging the Lion’s last breath…

"I have looked for you, now, you come to me." (John Paul II, April 2, 2005 in extremis)I love that. It is rich, packed with meaning. I love this picture, too.Much of the coverage we are seeing on the cable networks has been wonderful, and much of it is very good, still. But we are seeing, now, little things, like Chris Matthews screaming at a young priest that celibacy is (basically) stupid (how come Buddhists never have to deal with that crap? Everyone calls them enlightened! ) As I said, most … [Read more...]

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“Do Not Be Afraid,” John Paul called out to the world.

Last night, I was driving my son, Buster to his job and we had the radio on and tuned to talk radio. Buster was a little annoyed that I wasn't allowing him to listen to a CD, but I told him - "You can listen to ELO anytime you want, right now the Pope is dying..." Buster has a vague appreciation of John Paul II. A few years ago he had to write a report on a global figure and he skimmed through enough of George Weigel's excellent biography Witness to Hope to have respect for the man's story, and … [Read more...]

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Ignorant. Foul. Adolescent. Idiotic. Offensive. Ugly.

So - Matt Taibbi thinks he's found fifty ways the pope's impending death/death is funny.I won't link to it - it's such a waste of time.For my delicate readers, please skip this post, because not only am I going to quote this tawdry, pathetic asshole, but I'm going to use the word asshole, too.I guess I'm just not sophisticated enough to enjoy this dweeb's "humor." A few samples of what passes for sophisticated "wit" from this member of the "tolerant left."49.After beating for the last time, … [Read more...]

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