Statement of the German, French and Swiss Bishops on their Study Day in Rome ahead of the Family Synod

Few documents by the German Bishops' Conference have drawn as much international interest as the press release dealing with the study day of French, Swiss and German bishops in Rome on Monday of this week. The press release is available in German and French. Given the interest, I have done a (quick and dirty) translation… Continue reading Statement of the German, French and Swiss Bishops on their Study Day in Rome ahead of the Family Synod

Die zehn besten Apps für Kinder auf dem iPad und iPhone

Der richtige Umgang mit Smartphone und Tablet: Für Eltern kleiner Kinder eine Riesenherausforderung. Doch mit ein paar richtigen Apps läßt sich die Fantasie und Kreativität des Nachwuchses pflegen und fördern. Die europäisch orientierte und mehrsprachige Website "Family and Media" hat eine gute Liste zum Thema erstellt für alle, die mit iPhones und iPads unterwegs sind:… Continue reading Die zehn besten Apps für Kinder auf dem iPad und iPhone

Day 153 of the Great Big 10k Marathon Swim Adventure: Slacking off and cultivating mental toughness

If you are anything like me, you will have days when you try and find an excuse for slacking off or leaving the pool/gym/track/bike early. It's cold, it's early, there is too much work on, too many appointments, too much travel, too little sleep. On and on. Stuff that! Part of this "Great Big Swim… Continue reading Day 153 of the Great Big 10k Marathon Swim Adventure: Slacking off and cultivating mental toughness

Wimmers Woche: Ein Heiliger, den wir brauchen

Wenn Óscar Romero in wenigen Tagen selig gesprochen wird, dann ist die bis jetzt wichtigste Heiligsprechung des 21. Jahrhunderts einen Schritt weiter. Die wichtigste? Ja. In mehrfacher Hinsicht personifiziert ausgerechnet der 1980 erschossene Erzbischof von San Salvador die Kirche und ihre Zukunft, auch wie sie Papst Franziskus einfordert. Zwei besonders bemerkenswerte Aspekte dabei: Erstens kann… Continue reading Wimmers Woche: Ein Heiliger, den wir brauchen

Day 146 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: First Impressions of the Garmin Fenix3 (not just) as a swimmer’s watch

Lots happening on the Great Big Swim Adventure and I haven't had time to blog! First off, an overview of today's workout:    As you can see, I am finally able to post data from my Garmin Connect account again! Yay. No, not because I bought a new connection for my Garmin Swim watch. Instead, I… Continue reading Day 146 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: First Impressions of the Garmin Fenix3 (not just) as a swimmer’s watch

Bavarian Bishop Oster slams German Catholic lay organisation: This is no “longer biblical and attempts to instrumentalise Pope Francis”

The - by any objective standard - radical demands of the German Catholic lay organisation "ZdK" (Central Committee of Catholics) to change the definition of marriage and family, bless homosexual couples and "develop new forms of liturgy" I reported about so far have largely gone underreported and uncommented by German language media. Let that sit… Continue reading Bavarian Bishop Oster slams German Catholic lay organisation: This is no “longer biblical and attempts to instrumentalise Pope Francis”

Why Germany’s peak lay body is demanding blessings for homosexual couples ahead of the family synod in Rome – and others are attempting the opposite in a “Filial Appeal”

Although it is still a few months away, tensions are rising further ahead of the synod of the family. Today, the peak body of German lay Catholics, the aptly named "Central Committee of German Catholics" (ZDK), called for the blessing of homosexual couples. As part of a resolution about "Building bridges between the magisterium and life… Continue reading Why Germany’s peak lay body is demanding blessings for homosexual couples ahead of the family synod in Rome – and others are attempting the opposite in a “Filial Appeal”

Day 136 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: A portrait of the swimmer as a middle aged dude

Imagine you are sitting at your desk, at a window. Outside, rain is softly falling from light grey skies, soaking the grass and the road and the trees and shrubs and roofs and cars and people. A cold, wet spring day. You are stuck at your desk, working on the chapter of a forthcoming book.… Continue reading Day 136 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: A portrait of the swimmer as a middle aged dude