Tinker, Tailor, Hobbit, Spy

09/19/2009 Comment

London’s Telegraph is reporting that Catholic novelist J.R.R. Tolkien spent three days in training with the top-secret British Government Code and Cypher School (GCCS) in March 1939.

A respected linguist, Tolkien was sought after to crack Nazi codes in the event that Germany declared war.

Tolkien’s involvement with the war effort was revealed for the first time this week in a new exhibition at GCHQ, the new name for GCCS, the government’s spy base in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

The director of GCCS, known only as ‘Alastair G Denniston,’ drew up a list of 50 possible candidates ‘‘earmarked for service’’ in the event of war.

Denniston was given a list of names by dons at Britain’s two...READ MORE

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Notre Dame Marches Towards Life

09/18/2009 Comments (3)

Thomas Peters of the American Papist blog has posted a letter written by Notre Dame’s president, Father John Jenkins, explaining how the university plans to engage in the pro-life issue.

Among the initiatives he proposes to undertake: 1) President Jenkins plans to participate in the Jan. 22 March for Life and has invited other members of Notre Dame to join him; 2) President Jenkins has formed the Task Force on Supporting the Choice for Life, co-chaired by Professor Margaret Brinig, the Fritz Duda Family Chair in Law and associate dean for the law school, and by Professor John Cavadini, the chair of the Department of Theology and the McGrath-Cavadini Director of the Institute for Church...READ MORE

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Emma Watson Meets Her Pope

09/17/2009 Comment

Last Wednesday, 7-year-old Emma Watson of Craigmont, Idaho, finally got her wish to meet Pope Benedict XVI. Register readers will remember first meeting Emma through this story.

Nearly aborted, Emma was born with mosaic Turner syndrome and hypoplastic left heart syndrome and has undergone five open-heart surgeries for palliation of her congenital heart condition. She has wanted to meet the Pope since age 3.

Originally scheduled to meet the Pope in February, that trip had to be canceled because Emma had to be hospitalized for intestinal bleeding. The trip was made possible through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which granted 13,425 wishes to children last year.

This time around, she almost...READ MORE

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Pro-Life Advocate Shot in Michigan

09/11/2009 Comment

The The Flint Journal is reporting that longtime pro-life advocate James Pouillon was shot and killed in front of Owosso High School this morning. 

“We do not know the motive yet. But this is a time to console one another, and to renew our determination to organize peaceful protests,” said Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life. “It is no time for fear. And I am waiting to hear the abortion advocates condemn this killing.”

A suspect was taken into custody shortly after the shooting.

Contrary to secular media reports, there’s a fair amount of violence perpetrated by abortion advocates - in addition to the violence done to the unborn - against pro-life advocates....READ MORE

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Episcopal Nuns Join the Catholic Church

09/11/2009 Comments (1)

In a move described by religious scholars as unprecedented, 10 members of the Episcopal religious community All Saints Sisters of the Poor were received into the Catholic Church by Baltimore Archbishop Edwin O’Brien on Sept. 3. The community’s chaplain, Rev. Warren Tanghe, also converted with the nuns.

Members of the order had been considering conversion for seven years. “We were drifting farther apart from the more liberal road the Episcopal Church is traveling. We are now more at home in the Roman Catholic Church,” Mother Christina Christie, superior of the order, told the The Baltimore Sun. In particular, she cited the Episcopal Church’s decisions to consecrate homosexual bishops and...READ MORE

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Where the Nuns Are: 2009?

09/11/2009 Comments (1)

One of the more interesting findings from the recent CARA study on religious life was the difference in those joining orders associated with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) versus those joining the smaller Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR).

The data found that just 1% of religious orders associated with the LCWR have more than 10 women in the process of joining, whereas among the CMSWR, 28% reported having 10 or more candidates. The “Study of Recent Vocations to Religious Life” conducted by Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate was on behalf of the Chicago-based National Religious Vocation Conference.

That’s...READ MORE

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Newt Gingrich Speaks to the Register About His Conversion

09/09/2009 Comment

Former Congressman and Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich was received into the Catholic Church on March 30, 2009, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Washington. Yesterday I spoke with him about his decision to convert from being Baptist to Catholic.

Here’s part of what he had to say. To read the entire interview, you’ll have to obtain the print edition of the Register.

How does a Baptist come to be Catholic?
It was a pretty long progression. My Ph.D. is in European history. You can’t engage in understanding Europe and America without trying to understand the Bible, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, the Reformation and Counter-Reformation. From that standpoint, you inexorably have to...READ MORE

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Theology at the Fair?

09/03/2009 Comment
Tim Drake

Father Nels Gjengdall, Father Erich Rutten, and Father Ralph Talbott answer questions during "Grill a Priest." (Photo by Tim Drake)

– Tim Drake

What do you get when you combine three priests, cheese curds, and over 1 million visitors? “Grill a Priest,” part of Theology on a Stick, at the Minnesota State Fair.

Conceived by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ Cathedral Young Adult group, this is the second year that the group has brought its innovative bite-sized theology program to the state fairgrounds. Housed in the St. Bernards Bulldog Lodge and sponsored by the Catholic Aid Association, the event, held during five evenings of the fair, includes a lineup of Catholic speakers such as Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Auxiliary Bishop Lee Piche and University of St. Thomas professor Michael Naughton, “Grill the...READ MORE

Filed under archdiocese of st. paul-minneapolis, state fair, theology, theology on a stick

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Tim Drake is an award-winning writer and former journalist and radio host with the National Catholic Register/EWTN. He currently serves as New Evangelization Coordinator for the Holdingford Area Catholic Community in the Diocese of St. Cloud, Minnesota. He resides with his wife and five children in St. Joseph, Minn.