31 December, 2012

Rev. James Martin, S.J.: 12 Things I Wish I Knew at 25: Spiritual Learnings on My 50th Birthday

Rev. James Martin, S.J.: 12 Things I Wish I Knew at 25: Spiritual Learnings on My 50th Birthday

29 December, 2012

Les Miserables: Some powerful lesson about our human response in the face of trial and suffering



Rachel over at 'Movie Thoughts' offers an insightful review of Hollywood's latest production of 'Les Miserable' in which she explores our human response to suffering. If you're not interested in her opinion regarding the quality of the singing in this movie, skip down to her second point and read from there.

Les Miserables

Is Anybody There? In Hell That Is. Speaking personally, I hope not but I fear I may be disappointed.

Is Anybody There?…In Hell That Is.

22 December, 2012

Charles Krauthammer: The roots of mass murder - The Washington Post

Charles Krauthammer: The roots of mass murder - The Washington Post

Will God Still Be Able to Find Me? A Meditation based on an endearing Canadian Tire Christmas Commercial | Archdiocese of Washington

Children often have problems with generalization and conceptualization. For example, when I was very young I was told that Jesus lived in the tabernacle. Fine I thought, then that must mean there is furniture and stuff in there. So when the priest opened the tabernacle up on the high altar, I earnestly looked for the furniture and perhaps the little stair case going to a second floor, much like my sister’s dollhouse was set up.
But then the Nuns threw me for a loop in Sunday School when they asked “Where is God?” And then they supplied the answer, “Everywhere.” But wait a minute, I thought they said he lived in the tabernacle. And thus I could not generalize and specify very well with my 6 year old brain
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Will God Still Be Able to Find Me? A Meditation based on an endearing Christmas Commercial | Archdiocese of Washington

Catholic bishops call for gun control, mental health reforms - The Hill's Healthwatch

Catholic bishops call for gun control, mental health reforms - The Hill's Healthwatch

GEORGE WEIGEL COLUMN - A pastoral opportunity lost?

Dec. 26, 2012 - At their annual November meeting, the U.S. bishops failed to approve a pastoral message on the economy.  “The Hope of the Gospel in Difficult Economic Times” was approved by a clear majority of the bishops voting, but objections raised in large part by retired bishops were sufficient to deny the document the supermajority it needed.

All of which strikes me as a lost opportunity.


No doubt the draft document could have been improved; any ecclesial document can be improved (if you doubt that, try reading Vatican II’s Decree on the Means of Social Communication without taking a long winter’s nap). What was so striking about “The Hope of the Gospel in Difficult Economic Times,” however, was that it was different: it was the work of pastors, not policy wonks; it anchored its reflections in the Gospel, not in the dismal science; and in a public environment becoming ever more secular, it used terms like “sin” and “virtue” to describe our present circumstances, what led us into them, and what might lead us into a better future.


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GEORGE WEIGEL COLUMN

19 December, 2012

The Church and the Mandate - George Weigel - National Review Online

The Church and the Mandate - George Weigel - National Review Online

Voice, in the Wilderness - Canadian teenager speaks with the voice of the pro-life community

Voice, in the Wilderness

Christmas: Cure for Cynicism and Irony | First Things

Christmas: Cure for Cynicism and Irony | First Things

Spectacular Space Images from 2012 | CTV News

Spectacular Space Images from 2012 | CTV News

People ‘unaffiliated’ with a religion third largest group worldwide after Christians, Muslims | Holy Post | National Post

People ‘unaffiliated’ with a religion third largest group worldwide after Christians, Muslims | Holy Post | National Post

New Evidence Suggests Biblical Great Flood of Noah's Time Happened, Archaeologist Says - ABC News... WOW! Didn't see this one coming.

New Evidence Suggests Biblical Great Flood of Noah's Time Happened, Archaeologist Says - ABC News

12 December, 2012

Will the world end in 2012? Definitely not, says Vatican astronomer | World | News | National Post

Will the world end in 2012? Definitely not, says Vatican astronomer | World | News | National Post

The Pope, Now on Twitter, Posts His First Message - NYTimes.com

The Pope, Now on Twitter, Posts His First Message - NYTimes.com

‘American Bible Challenge’ Vs. ‘Take It All’ - Game shows as an indicator of a society's health?

‘American Bible Challenge’ Vs. ‘Take It All’ - NYTimes.com

Pope sends first tweet from personal account - Technology & Science - CBC News

Pope sends first tweet from personal account - Technology & Science - CBC News

The Decline of the Church in Britain

The Decline of the Church in Britain

The Abuse Plague Is Universal | First Things - The latest column from George Weigel

The Abuse Plague Is Universal | First Things

09 December, 2012

Science Confirms Pope Was Right on Contraception/Abortion Link

Creative Minority Report: Science Confirms Pope Was Right on Contraception/Abortion Link

You can’t cut a little kid in half | Column | Opinion | Pembroke Daily Observer

You can’t cut a little kid in half | Column | Opinion | Pembroke Daily Observer

Canada’s witch trials: Fake sorcerers and sham psychics abound despite hundred-year-old law | Holy Post | National Post

Canada’s witch trials: Fake sorcerers and sham psychics abound despite hundred-year-old law | Holy Post | National Post

This week in religion history: Gay marriage comes to Canada | Holy Post | National Post

This week in religion history: Gay marriage comes to Canada | Holy Post | National Post

BIG BLUE WAVE: Babies Recognize Language in the Womb: Study

BIG BLUE WAVE: Babies Recognize Language in the Womb: Study

08 December, 2012

Will the world end in 2012?: One in 10 Canadians anticipating the apocalypse before New Year’s - These 1 in 10 are SILLY PEOPLE!! The world will not end on Dec 21st!!!!!

Will the world end in 2012?: One in 10 Canadians anticipating the apocalypse before New Year’s | Canada | News | National Post

The Reawakening of the Church of France

The Reawakening of the Church of France

Why aren’t we calling it the ‘royal fetus’? | LifeSiteNews.com

Why aren’t we calling it the ‘royal fetus’? | LifeSiteNews.com

Quebec court forces Catholic school to teach 'neutral' course on religion and morality | LifeSiteNews.com

Quebec court forces Catholic school to teach 'neutral' course on religion and morality | LifeSiteNews.com

George Weigel reflects on the “Catholic Endgame” : Christopher's Apologies

George Weigel reflects on the “Catholic Endgame” : Christopher's Apologies

07 December, 2012

God willing, we shall return, with peace and hope | Column | Opinion | Pembroke Daily Observer




God willing, we shall return, with peace and hope | Column | Opinion | Pembroke Daily Observer

Theo Fleury seeks to empower victims and achieve 'transference of shame' - This is a most worthy initiative! Congratulations to Theo for undertaking this responsibility

Fleury seeks to empower victims and achieve 'transference of shame' | CTV News

Here's an excellent YouTube video in which one of Canada's preeminent ethicists explains the dangers of letting doctors kill their patients under the guise of 'treatment'

Dr. Margaret Somerville on YouTube discussing doctor assisted suicide as killing

In Praise of the Modern Atheist : IgnitumToday

In Praise of the Modern Atheist : IgnitumToday

The Separation of Church and State Is a One-Way Street |Blogs | NCRegister.com

The Separation of Church and State Is a One-Way Street |Blogs | NCRegister.com

The Real St. Nicholas – Not Fat and Not Very Jolly Either. | Archdiocese of Washington

The Real St. Nicholas – Not Fat and Not Very Jolly Either. | Archdiocese of Washington

04 December, 2012

Eighteen billion kilometres from Earth, Voyager 1 has encountered a brand new region of space | News | National Post

Eighteen billion kilometres from Earth, Voyager 1 has encountered a brand new region of space | News | National Post

The Birthrate and America’s Future - Dropping birth rate seen as indicator of cultural decadence

The Birthrate and America’s Future - NYTimes.com

Pope Calls on Bishops to Run Charities Better | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope Calls on Bishops to Run Charities Better | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Reporter who broke Savita story admits: there may have been no request for a ‘termination’ | LifeSiteNews.com

Reporter who broke Savita story admits: there may have been no request for a ‘termination’ | LifeSiteNews.com

Catholic priest to ‘Fox & Friends’: ‘Silly’ for you to be ‘so angry about this war on Christmas’ | The Raw Story

Catholic priest to ‘Fox & Friends’: ‘Silly’ for you to be ‘so angry about this war on Christmas’ | The Raw Story

"To Hell With It" - The Motu Proprio | National Catholic Reporter

"To Hell With It" - The Motu Proprio | National Catholic Reporter

24 November, 2012

‘No nativity scene will give up its ox and donkey’ but they don’t belong, Pope says | Holy Post | National Post

‘No nativity scene will give up its ox and donkey’ but they don’t belong, Pope says | Holy Post | National Post

12 women died from abortion complications in 2008, double previous year: CDC | LifeSiteNews.com

QUICK! Time to mount up and rally to demand that abortions be outlawed! Time to protest, yell, and profane governments which permit such an outrage to occur!!! 12 women have died!!!

No?

Then why is this the proper response when one woman dies in Ireland because (in the opinion of her non-medically trained husband) her request to terminate a pregnancy was refused... especially when medical opinion states that performing an abortion would not necessarily have saved her life? Surely it's not because this tragedy is being used by some to promote a particular agenda is it?

12 women died from abortion complications in 2008, double previous year: CDC | LifeSiteNews.com

20 November, 2012

Whispers in the Loggia: Facebook Est – At Long Last, A Cardinal of the Social Media Church

Whispers in the Loggia: Facebook Est – At Long Last, A Cardinal of the Social Media Church

Why is the Church Political? | The American Catholic

Why is the Church Political? | The American Catholic

The Sad End of the Priestly Ministry of Mr. Roy Bourgeois - U.s. - Catholic Online

The Sad End of the Priestly Ministry of Mr. Roy Bourgeois - U.s. - Catholic Online

Leafs fan buys used dressing room toilet from the team for $5,300 - sportsnet.ca

A Leaf fan's dream possession?
It's just way too easy to come up with reasons why this fan has purchased the PERFECT ICON of his team. In charity, I leave it to you, gentle reader, to come up with your own thoughts or suggestions. Feel free to share them if you'd like. :-)

Given the state of the NHL today with half a season already flushed away in this stupid lockout, it might be the best symbol for the entire league.

BTW, who was it that thought that the best way to work out a deal between players and owners of a professional hockey league was to give the job to a pint sized basketball lawyer and a large-headed baseball lawyer? Can you picture Betman playing point guard on any basketball team you've ever played on after leaving grade school?  And seriously, don't you think that maybe Fehr got out of baseball because people kept thinking he was the Met's team mascot?  



Leafs fan buys dressing room toilet for $5,300 - sportsnet.ca

Church of England votes against women bishops | Holy Post | National Post

It is understandable that a church founded on an apostolic leadership model would be wary of making this change. 

Women as priests is much less of an issue since a priest is theologically viewed as being subordinate to a bishop. An argument can be made, as it has already within the Anglican communion that priests could analogously be compared to the 'disciples', of which there were both men and women in biblical times. (It doesn't work for Catholics because of the 'in persona Christi' issue, but that's not at issue here.) 

However, using the same analogy bishops are seen as the successors to the 12 apostles whom Christ placed at the head of the Church to fulfill the three roles of leadership, sacramental ministry, and teaching/evangelization. While it is clear that women were among his closest followers, some of whom even used their own wealth to support Jesus and his ministry, it is just as certain that among the 12 Christ only chose men.

Theologically it is very difficult to reconcile the fact that Christ clearly and without question chose only men as apostles, endowed with charisms and responsibilities to lead his church, with today's ethos of blinding ourselves to gender differences among individuals. I can appreciate that this is a difficult circle for the Anglicans to try and square.


Church of England votes against women bishops | Holy Post | National Post

More on clerical garb, this time from the Secretary of State | Fr. Z's Blog – What Does The Prayer Really Say?

More on clerical garb, this time from the Secretary of State | Fr. Z's Blog – What Does The Prayer Really Say?

Catholic teachings had no part in Savita tragedy – bishops - National News - Independent.ie

Catholic teachings had no part in Savita tragedy – bishops - National News - Independent.ie

San Francisco set to vote on ban on public nudity, except at ‘gay pride’ events | LifeSiteNews.com

San Francisco set to vote on ban on public nudity, except at ‘gay pride’ events | LifeSiteNews.com

Archbishop Chaput says Year of Faith holds solution to relativism :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Archbishop Chaput says Year of Faith holds solution to relativism :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

17 November, 2012

16 November, 2012

In Canada, a 'watershed' religious freedom win - News with a Christian Perspective

Baptist Press - In Canada, a 'watershed' religious freedom win - News with a Christian Perspective

Just Before Organ Harvesting, Comatose Patient Recovers | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Just Before Organ Harvesting, Comatose Patient Recovers | Daily News | NCRegister.com

VIDEO: POLITICO Playback: The best lines from last night's comedy lines on American politics

VIDEO: POLITICO Playback

The tragic death of Savita Halappanavar should not be exploited to sweep away Irish abortion law, under which she could legally have been saved | CatholicHerald.co.uk

The tragic death of Savita Halappanavar should not be exploited to sweep away Irish abortion law, under which she could legally have been saved | CatholicHerald.co.uk

Doctor: acceptance of euthanasia heightens patients’ distrust of medical profession

MercatorNet: A matter of trust

14 November, 2012

Some first thoughts on Weigel’s call to reconsider civil consequences for Catholic weddings « In the Light of the Law

Some first thoughts on Weigel’s call to reconsider civil consequences for Catholic weddings « In the Light of the Law

The Crisis of a Second Obama Administration | First Things



George Weigel examines the consequences of the 2nd Obama election for the RC Church.

The Crisis of a Second Obama Administration | First Things

Cardinal Dolan to Brother Bishops: 'Engage Christ First' | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Cardinal Dolan to Brother Bishops: 'Engage Christ First' | Daily News | NCRegister.com

LINEN ON THE HEDGEROW: "Facebook is the new parish hall"

LINEN ON THE HEDGEROW: "Facebook is the new parish hall"

Catholic bishops fail to agree on statement on the economy

Religion News Service | Faith | Leaders & Institutions | Catholic bishops fail to agree on statement on the economy

Quo Vadis — O, Bishops?

Quo Vadis — O, Bishops?

Life in the 'Kingdom of Whatever'

Life in the 'Kingdom of Whatever'

Desiccated Christianity

Mother Teresa was once asked how she could go on, day after day, year after year, caring for the sick and dying and poor and offering them so much comfort.



Desiccated Christianity

10 November, 2012

What do we render to Caesar? | Truth & Charity

What do we render to Caesar? | Truth & Charity

Four years later, Vatican takes a different approach toward Obama

CNS STORY: Four years later, Vatican takes a different approach toward Obama

Freedom Through Truth: Lest We Forget

Freedom Through Truth: Lest We Forget

A living legacy for the soldiers who sacrificed | Local | News | Pembroke Daily Observer

A living legacy for the soldiers who sacrificed | Local | News | Pembroke Daily Observer

Vatican II Turns Fifty - Part II: Catholics and Culture Collide

Vatican II Turns Fifty - Part II: Catholics and Culture Collide

Romney’s Abandonment of Social Issues Contributed to His Defeat | Crisis Magazine

Romney’s Abandonment of Social Issues Contributed to His Defeat | Crisis Magazine

09 November, 2012

Vatican Radio - Pope: The ordered complexity of the Universe

Vatican Radio - Pope: The ordered complexity of the Universe

Take heed of the prophetic, not the political, Chicagoan - a column by Fr. Raymond DeSouza

Take heed of the prophetic, not the political, Chicagoan

New 'super-Earth' found in six-planet system - CBC News - WAY COOL!

New 'super-Earth' found in six-planet system - CBC News

Catholic vote results show need for teaching the faith :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Catholic vote results show need for teaching the faith :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Sifting Through the Wreckage - George Weigel - National Review Online

Sifting Through the Wreckage - George Weigel - National Review Online

Planned Parenthood spent $15 million on 2012 election | LifeSiteNews.com

Planned Parenthood spent $15 million on 2012 election | LifeSiteNews.com

07 November, 2012

Is it Time to Abandon Social Issues? » First Thoughts | A First Things Blog

Is it Time to Abandon Social Issues? » First Thoughts | A First Things Blog

Watchdog group accuses Catholic bishops of campaigning for Romney, wants IRS to investigate | Holy Post | National Post

Watchdog group accuses Catholic bishops of campaigning for Romney, wants IRS to investigate | Holy Post | National Post

More people opting for ‘The Green Goodbye’ | CTV British Columbia News

More people opting for ‘The Green Goodbye’ | CTV British Columbia News

U.S. Election Results 2012: Mitt Romney concedes the race | World | News | National Post

U.S. Election Results 2012: Mitt Romney concedes the race | World | News | National Post

U.S. Election Results 2012: Barack Obama thanks Americans in victory speech | World | News | National Post

U.S. Election Results 2012: Barack Obama thanks Americans in victory speech | World | News | National Post

04 November, 2012

A great commercial that any Catholic will appreciate. I bet you can't guess the product before the big reveal at the end!!

Waiting for Godot to Leave: Intimacy vs. Friendship

Waiting for Godot to Leave: Intimacy vs. Friendship

Constantine and Campaign 2012 - National Review Online

Constantine and Campaign 2012 - National Review Online

Freedom Through Truth: Do You Ever Wonder What is Going on in this Crazy World?

Freedom Through Truth: Do You Ever Wonder What is Going on in this Crazy World?

+Archbishop Chaput discusses secularism

This week in religion history: The embryonic stem cell debate starts | Holy Post | National Post

This week in religion history: The embryonic stem cell debate starts | Holy Post | National Post

31 October, 2012

Faith is never a purely private matter, Pope tells audience : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Faith is never a purely private matter, Pope tells audience : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Boo! 9 surprising facts about Halloween in Canada - Business - CBC News

Happy Halloween! Be generous and kind to all the ghosts, goblins, and other various monsters who knock on your door tonight! And, please be careful if you're driving around tonight so as to keep all those costumed kids safe.

Boo! 9 surprising facts about Halloween in Canada - Business - CBC News

Meeting over school’s second cancelled Christmas concert turns heated

Meeting over school’s second cancelled Christmas concert turns heated

My Take: God not in whirlwinds of Sandy, presidential race – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

My Take: God not in whirlwinds of Sandy, presidential race – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

How would the conversation go if Frederich Nietzsche met St. Thérèse of Lisieux?

How would the conversation go if Frederich Nietzsche met St. Thérèse of Lisieux?

How to think about Halloween as a Catholic

How to think about Halloween as a Catholic