31 March, 2013

Why God doesn’t go away – Global Public Square - CNN.com Blogs

Why God doesn’t go away – Global Public Square - CNN.com Blogs

On Being Catholic - NYTimes.com

On Being Catholic - NYTimes.com

Pope Francis prays for peace in Syria, Korea at Easter mass | CTV News

BIG BLUE WAVE: Under Canadian Law, a Fetus is a Child

BIG BLUE WAVE: Under Canadian Law, a Fetus is a Child

Happy Easter to all who travel 'where the rubber hits the road'.

He is risen...

He is risen indeed!

Happy Easter to one and all.

Fr. Tim

30 March, 2013

Mysterious Shroud of Turin makes rare TV appearance | CTV News

Mysterious Shroud of Turin makes rare TV appearance | CTV News

Alberta's 'King Ralph' remembered - Calgary - CBC News

Love him or hate him as Alberta premier... Ralph Klein was 'one of a kind' indeed. 


Rest in peace old cowboy.

Alberta's 'King Ralph' remembered - Calgary - CBC News

Can Francis Bring the Church Back From the Dead? - By Andrew Chesnut | Foreign Policy

Can Francis Bring the Church Back From the Dead? - By Andrew Chesnut | Foreign Policy

4-Billion-Pixel Panorama From Curiosity Rover Brings Mars to Your Computer Screen | Wired Science | Wired.com

4-Billion-Pixel Panorama From Curiosity Rover Brings Mars to Your Computer Screen | Wired Science | Wired.com

Dear Rightwing Catholic Islamophobes: Pope Francis just washed the feet of a Poor Muslim | Informed Comment

I post this article as a counter-weight to the article about the Christian pastor arrested in Iran. A substantial conversation was inspired by that first article and it seemed appropriate to present an article that presents a second perspective on the issue of Muslim/Christian relations.

Your thoughts?

Dear Rightwing Catholic Islamophobes: Pope Francis just washed the feet of a Poor Muslim | Informed Comment

'Resurrection' of Catholic Church coincides with holy season | Fox News Video

'Resurrection' of Catholic Church coincides with holy season | Fox News Video

29 March, 2013

What is Pope Francis really saying? | Fr. Z's Blog (olim: What Does The Prayer Really Say?)

What is Pope Francis really saying? | Fr. Z's Blog (olim: What Does The Prayer Really Say?)

Pope Francis and the Reform of the Priesthood | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope Francis and the Reform of the Priesthood | Daily News | NCRegister.com: COMMENTARY
If there were any doubt that Pope Francis was elected by the cardinals to lead the… 

Is this *ideal spiel* real? « Neal Obstat Theological Opining

Is this *ideal spiel* real? « Neal Obstat Theological Opining

Pope Francis's Easter services could hint at Vatican reform - World - CBC News

Pope Francis's Easter services could hint at Vatican reform - World - CBC News

New book heralds a 'Catholic Moment' | Deseret News

New book heralds a 'Catholic Moment' | Deseret News

28 March, 2013

Wife of imprisoned pastor speaks out – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

Saeed Abedini, a U.S. citizen of Iranian birth, was arrested and charged in Iran last June during a visit. Abedini, 32, converted to Christianity from Islam and then became a pastor, living in Boise, Idaho. He has reportedly been detained in Tehran's notorious Evin Prison since late September. In the Islamic Republic of Iran, a Muslim who converts to another faith can face the death penalty.
"They've charged him with Christian gatherings, and they're saying it is a threat to the national security," Naghmeh Abedini said.
Saeed Abedini and his wife, Naghmeh Abedini
and children in happier times
Evidently Rev. Abedini has been sentenced to 8 years in an Iranian prison. This, for the crime of serving as pastor for the Christian community in that country. This is not something that can be tolerated by civilized countries.

The tiny Christian communities in Iran and Iraq can trace their roots back to the earliest days of the faith. It was the apostles themselves who journeyed to those lands in response to Jesus' command to bring his gospel to every corner of the world. Surely to God a community of faith that predates any other faith currently practiced in the Persian region must be granted the right to worship and pray as a pre-condition of Iran being allowed to participate in international organizations. 

To fail to stand up now on issues such as this will create great problems for us down the road as a society. While Catholics are currently the fastest growing Church worldwide, it is not the case in North America and Europe when demographic trends have reversed what was the 'baby boom' into a baby bust. To maintain the economic capacity to fund our social and medical programs, these western countries are importing more and more Islamic followers as additional taxpayers. If trends hold as they are now, countries like France and England will count a majority of Muslims among their citizens. If we fail to negotiate now the appropriate set of rules for dealing with minority rights for countries to follow, it will be too late when we find ourselves among that minority in a generation or two.

So, do you want your kids and grandkids to have the same rights and freedoms that we enjoy now as the majority group? Then pick up a pen, a phone, or hit the keyboard and demand that the Canadian government intervene on Saeed Abedini's behalf.

Thank you.
Wife of imprisoned pastor speaks out – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

Christians must resist 'dark joy' of gossiping, pope says

CNS STORY: Christians must resist 'dark joy' of gossiping, pope says

7 Things You Can’t Say in Canada | Reader's Digest

While I may agree with one or two of the points Margaret Wente makes with this list, at the end I couldn't help wondering... who would want to even discuss most of her subjects offered! 

What do you think?

7 Things You Can’t Say in Canada | Reader's Digest

The Last Supper Before the Last Supper : IgnitumToday

The Last Supper Before the Last Supper : IgnitumToday

Sex-selective abortion motion blocked again - Politics - CBC News

Sex-selective abortion motion blocked again - Politics - CBC News

Doubters of Darwin, here's your evidence - Technology - Catholic Online

Doubters of Darwin, here's your evidence - Technology - Catholic Online

Ten Thousand Places: Holy Thursday at Madonna House

Ten Thousand Places: Holy Thursday at Madonna House

Pope Francis on how priests should be - Vatican Insider

Pope Francis on how priests should be - Vatican Insider

Homily of Pope Francis at Chrism Mass Challenges Priests to Mediate Grace Not Manage - International - Catholic Online

Homily of Pope Francis at Chrism Mass Challenges Priests to Mediate Grace Not Manage - International - Catholic Online

Fr. James Martin puts out an ebook for Catholics who want to make a 'retreat'

Pope Francis seems reluctant to be pope, preferring title bishop of Rome in hint of priorities

Pope Francis seems reluctant to be pope, preferring title bishop of Rome in hint of priorities

BIG BLUE WAVE: VIDEO: Fr. Raymond Gravel's Lawsuit Against LSN (LifeSiteNews)

BIG BLUE WAVE: VIDEO: Fr. Raymond Gravel's Lawsuit Against LSN

26 March, 2013

"The Shroud is not a fake" - Vatican Insider


Pope stays put in St. Martha’s House - Vatican Insider

Pope stays put in St. Martha’s House - Vatican Insider

Abortion debate: Conservative MPs say Harper muzzling them | Canadian Politics | Canada | News | National Post

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May said Warawa’s point of privilege is one of the most important she has heard.
“It cuts to the core of what is wrong with parliamentary democracy,” said May.
“We are not here as teams. The principle of Westminster parliamentary democracy is that we are here are representatives of our constituencies and our constituents. Incidentally, we are merely members of political parties.”

Abortion debate: Conservative MPs say Harper muzzling them | Canadian Politics | Canada | News | National Post

Pope App Tops iTunes Charts | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope App Tops iTunes Charts | Daily News | NCRegister.com

New experiments on Shroud show it’s not medieval - Vatican Insider

New experiments on Shroud show it’s not medieval - Vatican Insider

Giles Fraser is wrong to say that evangelicals miss the point of the Cross | CatholicHerald.co.uk

Giles Fraser is wrong to say that evangelicals miss the point of the Cross | CatholicHerald.co.uk

23 March, 2013

Atheist Thomas Nagel branded a ‘heretic’ for daring to question Darwinism | Holy Post | National Post

Atheist Thomas Nagel branded a ‘heretic’ for daring to question Darwinism | Holy Post | National Post

Kernels of Wisdom: The man most like Jesus | Column | Opinion | Pembroke Daily Observer

Kernels of Wisdom: The man most like Jesus | Column | Opinion | Pembroke Daily Observer

Pope Francis’ Poverty Will be Forgotten: Fr. Dwight Longenecker predicts dark days ahead for Pope Francis

Pope Francis’ Poverty Will be Forgotten

Embarrassing pro-contraception plea gives NRO a Black eye | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

Embarrassing pro-contraception plea gives NRO a Black eye | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

God Has a Sense of Humor — Do you? : IgnitumToday

God Has a Sense of Humor — Do you? : IgnitumToday

The most honest three and a half minutes of television, EVER... (warning: includes foul language - but it's worth watching anyway)

The most honest three and a half minutes of television, EVER...

On meeting his predecessor, Pope Francis says 'We are brothers' | CTV News

On meeting his predecessor, Pope Francis says 'We are brothers' | CTV News

Cartoon: The World’s Reaction to Pope Francis | Truth & Charity The Intersection of Faith & Life

Cartoon: The World’s Reaction to Pope Francis | Truth & Charity The Intersection of Faith & Life

22 March, 2013

Pope Francis says the 'nones' can be allies for the church ... YES!!! Thanks to GN for passing along the link. ('Nones' are atheists and agnostics of good heart and mind)

Pope Francis says the 'nones' can be allies for the church | Religion News Service

Five tests of whether Pope Francis' reform of the Vatican could be real | National Catholic Reporter

Five tests of whether Pope Francis' reform of the Vatican could be real | National Catholic Reporter

Pope, Bishops, Curia. The Reforms That Are Coming

Pope, Bishops, Curia. The Reforms That Are Coming

A summary of the challenges facing the new Pope by the secular trends in the West

Mary Eberstadt, of the EPPC think-tank in Washington reflects upon the challenges that Pope Francis faces from secularist mentality in the West.

Click on the following link to read her article:

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Another interview with my friend George Weigel on the election of Pope Francis

LOPEZ: People are asking me: "So when do Vatican heads roll"? It that the wrong way to look at this? The wrong question to ask?

WEIGEL: Change in personnel is essential and it's coming: The most important decision the new pope has made thus far is to extend the terms of the heads of Vatican departments only provisionally -- meaning, I assume, that he is going to assess the situation carefully and then make serious changes. When I spoke at some length with Cardinal Bergoglio in Buenos Aires last May, he had a very clear idea of what was wrong in the curia, and what needed to be changed so that the many good people who work there can make the contribution they want to make to the new evangelization.
Just as important, though, is a change in institutional culture in the Church's Roman engine room. On several occasions since his election, Pope Francis has warned against the dangers of clerical careerism. If he brings that concern to the reform of the curia, things will look very different over time -- and not only in terms of structure and personnel, but of organizational culture. I know a lot of good people in the curia, and they are eager to make their contributions to the evangelical Catholicism of the future. I'm hopeful that this pontificate will unleash that energy even as it swabs the deck in the engine room and changes more than a few of the chief petty officers who have been in charge.
Click on following link to read entire article:

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Pope Francis, in the words of Cardinal Ouellet - The Globe and Mail

Pope Francis, in the words of Cardinal Ouellet - The Globe and Mail

20 March, 2013

Photo Montage of Pope Francis's Inaugural Mass |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Photo Montage of Pope Francis's Inaugural Mass |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Some thoughts on conclave leaks | In the Light of the Law

Some thoughts on conclave leaks | In the Light of the Law

Get Ready for Catholicism 2.0

Interview of George Weigel by Michael Novak on the subject of George's latest book, Evangelical Catholicism.

Get Ready for Catholicism 2.0

Mary Hynes: What do you believe? - Canada - CBC News

Mary Hynes: What do you believe? - Canada - CBC News

Are we living in post-religious times? - Canada - CBC News

Are we living in post-religious times? - Canada - CBC News

Could Óscar Arnulfo Romero be beatified soon? - Vatican Insider

Could Óscar Arnulfo Romero be beatified soon? - Vatican Insider

Buddhist, Jewish, Wiccan, Muslim and Sikh prisoners sue over lack of non-Christian chaplains in federal prisons | Holy Post | National Post

Buddhist, Jewish, Wiccan, Muslim and Sikh prisoners sue over lack of non-Christian chaplains in federal prisons | Holy Post | National Post

16 March, 2013

Francis drops first hint that reform may be real | National Catholic Reporter

Francis drops first hint that reform may be real | National Catholic Reporter

Pope Francis would like to see ‘a poor church and a church for the poor’ | World | News | National Post

What do you know? Finally Mattawa is ahead of the curve! We've been a poor parish ever since the collapse of the local logging industry about five years ago.

Somehow though, I think that this isn't entirely what Pope Francis means when he calls for a 'poor church'. Still, it's nice to be in the vanguard for a change!

Pope Francis would like to see ‘a poor church and a church for the poor’ | World | News | National Post

In prison, there's nowhere to hide | Column | Opinion | Pembroke Daily Observer

In prison, there's nowhere to hide | Column | Opinion | Pembroke Daily Observer

Pope Tells Argentinians to Help Poor Instead of Coming to Rome | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope Tells Argentinians to Help Poor Instead of Coming to Rome | Daily News | NCRegister.com

When nothing else will work, accuse a Catholic prelate of NSO | In the Light of the Law

When nothing else will work, accuse a Catholic prelate of NSO | In the Light of the Law

Pope Francis charms journalists in first meeting with press | CTV News

Pope Francis charms journalists in first meeting with press | CTV News

14 March, 2013

Francis: “Walking, building, confession: these are the Church’s three tasks” - Vatican Insider

Francis: “Walking, building, confession: these are the Church’s three tasks” - Vatican Insider

Pope's future vision for church expected to bind simple style with 'complexity' | CTV News

Pope's future vision for church expected to bind simple style with 'complexity' | CTV News

The First American Pope - George Weigel - National Review Online

The First American Pope - George Weigel - National Review Online

God particle found: Higgs Boson discovered, scientists say | World | News | National Post

God particle found: Higgs Boson discovered, scientists say | World | News | National Post

'Humble' Pope Francis picks up his luggage, pays hotel bill | CTV News

'Humble' Pope Francis picks up his luggage, pays hotel bill | CTV News

13 March, 2013

Interview with Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio by Sefania Falasca, written in 2007

30Giorni | What I would have said at the Consistory (Interview with Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio by Sefania Falasca)

New pope chosen: Argentine Jorge Mario Bergoglio who becomes Pope Francis I | CTV News

“This is a man who goes into the shantytowns and cooks with the people," said Gerard O’Connell, CTV Vatican specialist. "I think the world is going to discover a very new style of being pope."
THANK YOU HOLY SPIRIT!!!

New pope chosen: Argentine Jorge Mario Bergoglio who becomes Pope Francis I | CTV News

Addendum: 


Bergoglio often rode the bus to work, cooked his own meals and regularly visited the slums that ring Argentina’s capital. He considers social outreach, rather than doctrinal battles, to be the essential business of the church.
He accused fellow church leaders of hypocrisy and forgetting that Jesus Christ bathed lepers and ate with prostitutes.
“Jesus teaches us another way: Go out. Go out and share your testimony, go out and interact with your brothers, go out and share, go out and ask. Become the Word in body as well as spirit,” Bergoglio told Argentina’s priests last year.
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Bergoglio may be basically conservative on many issues, but he's no defender of clerical privilege, or insensitive to pastoral realities. In September 2012, he delivered a blistering attack on priests who refuse to baptize children born out of wedlock, calling it a form of "rigorous and hypocritical neo-clericalism."
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He's also seen as a successful evangelist.
"We have to avoid the spiritual sickness of a self-referential church," Bergoglio said recently. "It's true that when you get out into the street, as happens to every man and woman, there can be accidents. However, if the church remains closed in on itself, self-referential, it gets old. Between a church that suffers accidents in the street, and a church that's sick because it's self-referential, I have no doubts about preferring the former."
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YES!!! Thank you Holy Spirit indeed!!

Pope Francis I: Who is Jorge Mario Bergoglio? | Holy Post | National Post

Pope Francis I: Who is Jorge Mario Bergoglio? | Holy Post | National Post

Pope Francis elected pontiff, formerly Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina | Holy Post | National Post

Pope Francis elected pontiff, formerly Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina | Holy Post | National Post

The Genius of John Henry Newman - a review

The Genius of John Henry Newman - a review

The Dynamics of Conclave 2013 | First Things

The Dynamics of Conclave 2013 | First Things

The Roman Catholic Church: facts and figures

The Roman Catholic Church: facts and figures

12 March, 2013

Whispers in the Loggia: "This Isn't Politics" – An Elector's Parting Word

Whispers in the Loggia: "This Isn't Politics" – An Elector's Parting Word

Is Faith Objective or Subjective? : Catholic Stand

Is Faith Objective or Subjective? : Catholic Stand

Curiosity rover finds the right ingredients for life on Red Planet | CTV News

Curiosity rover finds the right ingredients for life on Red Planet | CTV News

Curiosity rover finds the right ingredients for life on Red Planet

Curiosity rover finds the right ingredients for life on Red Planet | CTV News

A guide to the Papal election: the rituals and the aftermath | Holy Post | National Post

A guide to the Papal election: the rituals and the aftermath | Holy Post | National Post

The Roman Catholic Church is more than the pope - latimes.com

The Roman Catholic Church is more than the pope - latimes.com

Papabili who just missed the cut | National Catholic Reporter

Papabili who just missed the cut | National Catholic Reporter

Paging 'Peter the Roman': Debunking the Prophecy of St. Malachy - International - Catholic Online

Paging 'Peter the Roman': Debunking the Prophecy of St. Malachy - International - Catholic Online

This week in religion history...a few days late!

http://life.nationalpost.com/2013/03/10/this-week-in-religion-history-religion-and-satire-do-not-get-along/

Do countries lose their religion as they grow richer?

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2013/03/05/f-religion-economic-growth.html

Comet posing beside crescent moon in cool photo op | CTV News

Comet posing beside crescent moon in cool photo op | CTV News

11 March, 2013

R.I.P. Fr. R. Murray Tardiff - Diocese of Pembroke

I ask your prayers for the repose of soul of Fr. Murray Tardiff of our Pembroke Diocese. Murray has been a good friend for almost 30 years and his death has come as a surprise. He replaced me in Mattawa during my vacation over the past two weeks - and upon returning home, he went to the doctor as he was feeling under the weather. Evidently he was suffering for an advance cancer that had metastasized throughout his body and died three days after being admitted to the hospital last week.

Please keep his sister and brother in your prayers during this time of bereavement.

Fr. Tim

08 March, 2013

As conclave nears, tactics get more aggressive :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

As conclave nears, tactics get more aggressive :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Who woulda thunk it? The Americans are folk heroes | National Catholic Reporter

Who woulda thunk it? The Americans are folk heroes | National Catholic Reporter

Vatican: conclave to elect next pope will likely start next week | CTV News

Vatican: conclave to elect next pope will likely start next week | CTV News

Flocks and shepherds As a conclave gathers to elect a pope, many in the Catholic church want change

http://www.economist.com/news/international/21573105-conclave-gathers-elect-pope-many-catholic-church-want-change-flocks-and

Atheist Defends Pope

Atheist Defends Pope

Vatican Battles To Maintain Secrecy Ahead Of Conclave - International Business Times

Vatican Battles To Maintain Secrecy Ahead Of Conclave - International Business Times

06 March, 2013

George Weigel speaks on the disorienting effect of the 'sede vacantei' for Catholics



http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/342004/isede-vacantei-george-weigel

A credible candidate for Pope who understands how to use cultural references as a medium for evangelization.

A credible candidate for Pope who understands how to use cultural references as a medium for evangelization. Cardinal Scola reminds me of Alberto Luciani who was elected as John Paul I who, even though pontiff for only one month demonstrated the efficacy of using such a pastoral approach. If the future Bishop of Rome chosen by the Cardinals in upcoming conclave has any hope of stemming the tide currently running against the Church in the West, he will need to be able to preach and teach in a manner that resonates with them. On the whole, they are bereft of any catechetical instruction and unable to comprehend the heavily theological laden teachings of recent popes. The capacity to reformulate the truths of faith using modern cultural references would seem to be the only way to reach those who have turned away from the Church.

http://www.wtop.com/289/3241459/Scola-reaches-youth-through-Kerouac-and-McCarthy

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