Given that the NC Reporter has portrayed B16 in this light from the moment of his election, it's not hard to see that they are taking recent events and are spinning them to fit their agenda. Lets look at some of the points they raised: 1. The Vatican has properly pointed out that the American Conference of Women Religious has been promoting heterodox propositions such as denying the necessity of salvation through Jesus Christ. Was the Vatican supposed to remain silent in the face of such errors being promulgated by a Catholic institution? Is it not proper that the CDF would point out these grievous errors? After all, that is their raison d'être for existing? 2. Same goes for the Irish priests. Note too that they were being sanctioned not for their personal beliefs or even for what they say or do in their parishes. It is because they were priests who had significant media connections as columnists in newspapers and electronic media ostensibly representing what the Church tea
Here's more evidence of the persecution of the Church. Perhaps the idiots who post stupid comments here denying this process think that their little corner of North America is the entire Church. Of course, they tend not to be interested in facts. They prefer to play in mud and insult instead. It's much easier for such anonymous posters when they don't have to deal with such meddlesome details like facts. Africa, a Sunday of bloodshed for Christians - Vatican Insider
Here's something interesting. It might enlighten some of the fools who post idiotic comments making light of the fact that the Church is becoming more and more threatened in the public square. It probably won't - they have not even got the courage to put their name behind their foolishness - but I am a hopeful soul. Maybe... just maybe, they might actually be able to see past their bigotry and bile to see that there is truth in the persecution proposition. Anti-Bullying Tzar Bullies Christians During Anti-Bullying Speech | The American Catholic
Given that the UK shares the same common law legal tradition as Canada, how can it be that the Church would not be able to give the same guarantees to be able to act in accordance with its teachings as we enjoy here? Something doesn't seem right about this story. Any thoughts? UK: Could the Church be forced to celebrate gay weddings? - Vatican Insider
Roy Payne, the performer who wrote and sings this song is a Canadian Country Music star from the 1970's and 1980's. He toured extensively with Waylan Jennings and Willie Nelson and was recently inducted in the East Coast Music Association Hall of Fame as a composer and performer. Among his platinum and gold hits one can find this little gem called 'Drinking Beer With Jesus. I asked him what his inspiration was for this song and he shared with me that throughout his long career he had battled the demon of alcohol abuse. One day he found himself sitting along in a bar and noticed that in his stupor, he was actually having a conversation with God. He told me that this was who most drunks sitting alone at a bar were in fact talking to as they attempted to drown their pain and sorrows with alcohol. With Roy's permission, I put together this little video to accompany his words and music. I intend to use it as part of a parish mission that I'll be offering in Elliot La
This author may indeed be wrong. Advances in scientific understanding (especially in the field of quantum mechanics) seems to be groping its way to providing a scientific explanation for how God works in the universe. Michio Kaku, a noted physicists, author, a regular presenter in NOVA presentations on cosmology and physics recently wrote this in his latest book, 'Physics of the Impossible': Christian theologians, at a loss to explain where heaven might be located, have often speculated that perhaps God lives in a higher dimensional plane. Surprisingly, if higher dimensions did exist, many of the properties ascribed to the gods might become possible. A being in a higher dimension might be able to disappear and reappear at will or walk through walls—powers usually ascribed to deities. Check out the article yourself by clicking on the link below to be taken to the Scientific American website. Science Will Never Explain Why There’s Something Rather Than Nothing | Cross-
A fellow poster in the threads of the Holy Post blog (Nostromo) made reference to this article in a discussion over there regarding whether or not B16 is revealing himself at last to be 'God's Rottweiler' in the Vatican's recent declaration regarding the American Woman's Religious Conference. Like him, I believe that this First Things article gives a far better perspective from which to situate the Pope's recent decision. If B16 has proven anything, it's that he is intent on bringing as many souls as possible under the Catholic tent - granting rights and privileges to diverse groups as the Anglicans and the Lefrevites which allow them to celebrate the sacraments according to their own rites under the authority of the Chair of Peter. Remember too that his first act as Pontiff was to meet with Hans Kung to start discussions to find a way to bring him back into good standing with the Church. That's far from being a Rottweiler... he's far more like
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I do not agree with this writer's take on this issue, but if this blog is to really be a place 'where the rubber hits the road', it's an appropriate article to post here. What's your 'take'? My Take: Catholic bishops against the common good – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs
"A former priest ordered to be retried for a decades-old sexual offence is taking his case to the Supreme Court. Charles Picot was acquitted last year on a 1975 charge of indecent assault on a 13-year-old boy. Picot was parish priest at St-Jean Baptiste Roman Catholic Church in Dalhousie, N.B., at the time. But the Crown appealed the decision, and the province's Court of Appeal earlier this year ordered a new trial in a split decision: Judges Richard Bell and Kathleen A. Quigg ruled in favour, but Judge J.C. Marc Richard dissented, indicating that he would have let the acquittal stand. Picot has now filed notice to take the matter to the Supreme Court of Canada. Earlier this year, Picot was found guilty on another indecent assault charge, this one dating back to 1978, and sentenced to eight months in jail. He also served seven months in jail after a 1993 conviction on charges of sexual assault and indecent assault." (Source: Toronto Sun) The SCC has set
Never a bad idea at any time... But if you're going to publicly criticize your boss and company policy, you had most assuredly better have reflected long and hard before expressing yourself. I appreciate that the comparison is crass and commercial, but if you're working for Coke you should know better than to publicly express your preference for Pepsi. This priest knew what the Church's doctrine was before ordination. If he so strongly objects to these doctrines, why did he proceed to accepting to be ordained as a Catholic priest?
AMEN! I've experienced this closing example that Fr. Z offers at the end of this well written exposition of the orthodox teaching regarding confessions in general and general absolution in specific. Perhaps you will relate to it or another. Click below to read the source article. QUAERITUR: Too many people for confession. Priest gives General Absolution. | Fr. Z's Blog – What Does The Prayer Really Say?
While I do not share the same conclusions as the Bishop has, his argument calling for a re-examination of Catholic doctrine does have some merit. Much has changed in the world since the 1960's. An argument can be made that both Church and society would benefit from the exchange. Bishop Geoffrey Robinson: Total Re-examination Of Catholic Faith, Culture Needed
Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: Knowing when to come in out of the rain; - Why the ea rly bird gets the worm; - Life isn't always fair; - and maybe it was my fault. Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge). His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition. Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for