30 April, 2013

Cardinal Timothy Dolan draws praise at evangelical gathering - Washington Times

Cardinal Timothy Dolan draws praise at evangelical gathering - Washington Times

Guest Opinion: Is the Kermit Gosnell Trial Much Ado About Nothing? The Jury is out - U.s. - Catholic Online

Guest Opinion: Is the Kermit Gosnell Trial Much Ado About Nothing? The Jury is out - U.s. - Catholic Online

World's oldest experiment ready for a drop of excitement - Talk about patience!!

World's oldest experiment ready for a drop of excitement - CNN.com

Five takeaways from Pew’s comprehensive study on Islam – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs



Canada’s team? Oh, really? Typical bias from a Toronto based mainstream media outlet

Toronto Maple Leafs as Canada's hockey team? When pigs can fly!! It's arrogance like that expressed in the this column (link at bottom of page if you want to read it) that alienates Canadians in Ottawa, Montreal, and Vancouver - not to mention fans of the Canadian 'also rans' for this years playoffs: the Oilers, Flames, and Jets.

All I've got to say is....



...Go Sens Go!

Pope Francis on sin, the virtue of feeling shame, and confession | Fr. Z's Blog (olim: What Does The Prayer Really Say?)

Pope Francis on sin, the virtue of feeling shame, and confession | Fr. Z's Blog (olim: What Does The Prayer Really Say?)

Quote for the New Evangelization: Loyalty & Family

"The strength of a family is measured in the loyalty of its members."

As baptized Catholics, we are all members of a number of families to which we owe and are owed loyalty. First and foremost is our membership in God's family, made so through His adoption of humanity in the life and passion of Jesus. We can always count on the loyalty of God, both to walk with us through the joys and trials of life and to bring us to the life to come.

We are also members of the Catholic family. Given its human membership it's a family that comes with all the good and bad we can see in any extended family: mostly good and loving folks with a few bad apples mixed in that others try to ignore and never want to acknowledge as being related to them. Thankfully the majority of those who carry the appelation 'Catholic' recognize the obligation to preserve and pass on the good reputation that family name which our ancestors passed on to us.

Finally, there's our own biological and social families. We count on their love and support in surmounting the chores of our daily lives. Loyalty to family and friends is rooted in the relationship of love that exists between people mutually committed to each other in a common purpose. It's a relationship that's marked with reciprocity of care and understanding members, however it's one that slips into dysfunction and destruction when too many members neglect their obligations to others.

In terms of the New Evangelization, this quote should remind us of what we owe to all the 'others' in our own various families. John the Evangelists tells us that others will be won for the kingdom by witnessing by the way that we 'love one another' as Jesus loved his apostles and disciples - the socio-religious 'family' with whom he lived and moved with during the years of his public ministry. He ably demonstrated his loyalty to them (and by extension us too) by accepting (and ultimately defeating) death during the holy days of that first Easter morning. We owe a similar love to our families as well. All Catholics should regularly measure just how loyal and faithful we have been with a firm resolve to make repairs where ever needed when we discover a flaw in our love of God, Church, or each other.

To God we owe our best effort to live as he has called us to, each in the manner appropriate to our individual calling by spending time with him in prayer and acting as his 'arms and legs' in serving the people around us. To the Church we owe the obligation to learn and adhere to her teachings, to regularly practice of faith so as to sustain the community with the witness of their presence, and to take up the appropriate task of the laity to promote the faith through a virtuous and loving life at home and in the community. To our biological and social families we owe our loving and consistent support in good times and in bad as well living in such a manner so as to not bring disrepute or shame to our family name.

26 April, 2013

BIG BLUE WAVE: Banned from the Mall for Opposing SSM

I like the way that Suzanne ends this post: 

"If Christians have to accommodate gays in the Bed and Breakfasts, then gays have to accommodate opponents of same-sex marriages on their premises. 

One law for all.

BIG BLUE WAVE: Banned from the Mall for Opposing SSM

The Church and Science: The Right Place at the Right Time | Daily News | NCRegister.com

The Church and Science: The Right Place at the Right Time | Daily News | NCRegister.com: Vatican stem-cell conference sheds light on ‘hand of God’ and dignity of life and Catholic… 

How to See the New Pope in Rome - NYTimes.com



Pope Francis and the risk of overheated expectations | National Catholic Reporter

Francis and the risk of overheated expectations | National Catholic Reporter

Assisted suicide debate reignited with death of Canadian in Switzerland

Assisted suicide debate reignited with death of Canadian in Switzerland

24 April, 2013

Via terror plot suspect says Criminal Code 'not a holy book' - Canada - CBC News

Via terror plot suspect says Criminal Code 'not a holy book' - Canada - CBC News

Religion Clause: Missouri House of Worship Protection Act Upheld

Religion Clause: Missouri House of Worship Protection Act Upheld

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva demonstrates why militant Islam is dangerous - International - Catholic Online

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva demonstrates why militant Islam is dangerous - International - Catholic Online

Kidnapped Syrian bishops still missing: church sources | Reuters

Kidnapped Syrian bishops still missing: church sources | Reuters

Pope warns against careerism in the Church - Vatican Insider

Pope warns against careerism in the Church - Vatican Insider

Pope John Paul II and murdered El Salvador archbishop move closer to sainthood: WONDERFUL NEWS on both fronts!

Pope John Paul II                                                                 Archbishop Oscar Romero


Pope John Paul II and murdered El Salvador archbishop move closer to sainthood | Holy Post | National Post

15 April, 2013

John Thavis | Pope Francis passes a curious milestone

John Thavis | Pope Francis passes a curious milestone

Video of starving North Korean boy goes viral - International - Catholic Online

Video of starving North Korean boy goes viral - International - Catholic Online

Today's quote for the New Evangization


As we daily search for ways to impliment the New Evangelization, we should keep in mind that most of those who've been lost to the faith once were warmed by the fires of faith in their lives. For many, be it by neglect or tragic event, that fire has been extinguished in their lives. Today's quote from Albert Schweitzer offers a way to perhaps rekindle the spark of faith for others: by loving them as authentically and completely as we can so as to help them find again the consoling warmth of faith in God who is love itself.

In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.



U.S. Supreme Court looks at who should own DNA | CTV News

U.S. Supreme Court looks at who should own DNA | CTV News

Pope tells priests: practice what you preach : News

Pope tells priests: practice what you preach : News

'Gay marriage' and the breakdown of moral argument - By Father Robert Barron

'Gay marriage' and the breakdown of moral argument - By Father Robert Barron

13 April, 2013

#Gosnell trends on Twitter as 23,600 tweets protest media blackout in one hour | LifeSiteNews.com

#Gosnell trends on Twitter as 23,600 tweets protest media blackout in one hour | LifeSiteNews.com

Massive statue of John Paul II unveiled in Poland | CTV News

Massive statue of John Paul II unveiled in Poland | CTV News

Catholic-Hierarchy News: Cardinal Group to study government of the universal Church

Here are the names of the Cardinals that Pope Francis has chosen as advisers in governing the universal Church, with particular emphasis on developing a plan for reforming the Curia. It`s an interesting group of names who should produce an interesting plan. It`s pretty inclusive of the panoply of popular Catholic theologies without sacrificing the outside objective view point needed to some needed reforms. It`s also indicative of Pope Francis implementing structures that reflect those within each of the dioceses around the world where Canon Law mandates similar such bodies to advise the local Ordinary. Put another way, this seems to reflect Francis` decision to see his pontifical mission as truly being a `first among equals`among his brother bishops. More `Bishop of Rome`rather than Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church. 

If nothing else, it demonstrates a commitment to substantive consultation from other bishops (a Vatican II directive) and an acknowledgement that something has gone wrong within the bureaucracy of the Vatican that needs to be fixed. These are both GOOD things!

Catholic-Hierarchy News: Cardinal Group to study government of the universal Church

Catholic versus the secular | The Detroit News | detroitnews.com

In Margaret Nutting Ralph's first book, "And God Said What?: An Introduction to Biblical Literary Forms" (Paulist Press, $18.95), published in 1986, Ralph wrote from the standpoint of a Bible-studying "contextualist" within the Roman Catholic Church. She put Scripture into its historical and moral context, considering overall directives of the Scripture in addition to specific historical mandates.
Her new book, "Why the Catholic Church Must Change: A Necessary Conversation" (Rowan & Littlefield, $34), examines various topics not just of the secular culture — abortion, marriage annulment and social justice — but of the Catholic culture and focuses on how the church can change.
In addition to her writing, Ralph, a Catholic, is director of the pastoral studies master's program at Lexington Theological Seminary in Kentucky and teaches in the permanent deacon program at St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in St. Meinrad, Ind.
She discussed her new book:

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Catholic versus the secular | The Detroit News | detroitnews.com

Jonathan Winters obituary: Jonathan Winters, comic genius of improvisation, dies at 87 - latimes.com

Jonathan Winters obituary: Jonathan Winters, comic genius of improvisation, dies at 87 - latimes.com

Pope Francis names advisers to revamp Vatican bureaucracy | CTV News

Pope Francis names advisers to revamp Vatican bureaucracy | CTV News

12 April, 2013

I can feel you pain Puss, I can feel you pain. 20cm of snow and ice pellets here today. Where the hell is the Spring those famous rodents promised in February???


Cardinal Kasper: Pope Francis has launched 'new phase' on Vatican II

Cardinal Walter Kasper has an important piece in today’s Osservatore Romano, saying that Pope Francis, with his focus on poverty and social justice issues, has launched a new phase of implementation of the Second Vatican Council.
Cardinal Kasper makes a strong argument that the council’s journey of renewal is not over and that the decades of discussion over its teachings should lead to new “practical consequences.”
Pope Francis, he said, has pointed the way with his emphasis on a church that becomes poor and serves the poor.
“In this sense, Pope Francis from the first day of his pontificate has given what I would call his prophetic interpretation of the council, and has inaugurated a new phase of its reception. He has changed the agenda: at the top are the problems of the Southern hemisphere,” Cardinal Kasper wrote.
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Hard questions about Francis in Argentina and a lesson from Chile | National Catholic Reporter

Hard questions about Francis in Argentina and a lesson from Chile | National Catholic Reporter

50th anniversary of John XXIII’s Pacem in Terris : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

50th anniversary of John XXIII’s Pacem in Terris : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Catholic Church is Leading the Way on Ethical Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine - International - Catholic Online

Catholic Church is Leading the Way on Ethical Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine - International - Catholic Online

Seven More Deadly Sins of Catholic Blogging | The American Catholic

Seven More Deadly Sins of Catholic Blogging | The American Catholic

11 April, 2013

If I Speak, But Have Not Respect | Cardus Blog

If I Speak, But Have Not Respect | Cardus Blog

Pope Emeritus Benedict’s health is deteriorating, says Vatican | World | News | National Post

Pope Emeritus Benedict’s health is deteriorating, says Vatican | World | News | National Post

Third Argument Against Existence of God Discovered


St. Thomas, who always tried to be thorough and fair, surveyed the whole history of human thought and could only come up with two really decent arguments against the existence of God. For all of history up to the present, all really good atheist arguments boil down to one or both of these, repeated and elaborated up with varying emotional appeals, illustrations, and putdowns. All the *other* atheist “arguments” boil down to fallacious crap, emoting, grandstanding, posturing, non sequiturs, blather, and sneering. That atheism so often moves past the two good arguments and lards on fallacious crap is one of the telling tics that gives away the fact that atheists aren’t as confident of their case as they often insist they are.However, thanks to modern biological research, we may have a third argument that can help the atheist case: really big scary spiders.Some of my readers will argue that this spider is a restatement of the Problem of Evil. Let me explain it in the manner of reddit.atheism: SHUT UP! BIG SCARY SPIDERS! ARE YOU BLIND *AND* STUPID? NO GOD! SHEESH!

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Third Argument Against Existence of God Discovered

Today`s quote of the day`for the New Evangelization

``A small good deed accomplished means more than a planned great deed.``

Cardinal Tom Collins (Toronto) bars priest promoting radical agenda from talking in Catholic facilities.


TORONTO, April 10, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Archdiocese of Toronto is taking flak this week after barring a priest known for opposing Church teaching from speaking in the diocese.

Franciscan Fr. Michael Crosby, a self-styled reformer who calls for women’s ordination and acceptance of homosexuality, among other things, as part of a top-down overhaul of the Church, will be the speaker at the Canadian Forum on Theology and Education from April 22-23. He will offer seven talks over the two days.

Franciscan Fr. Michael Crosby

The event was originally scheduled to take place at the office of the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, but has been moved to a non-Catholic venue in the Diocese of Hamilton after the Toronto Archdiocese said the event did not meet its protocol for talks by visiting clergy and laity, which requires that they be “theologically sound” and “support Catholic teaching on faith and morals.”


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LifeSiteNews.com

Canadian bishops: To protect environment we must first defend human life from conception | LifeSiteNews.com

Canadian bishops: To protect environment we must first defend human life from conception | LifeSiteNews.com

Vatican seeks to rebrand its relationship with science - CNN.com

Vatican seeks to rebrand its relationship with science - CNN.com

CNS STORY: Demographic shifts mean Europe no longer Catholic Church's center

CNS STORY: Demographic shifts mean Europe no longer Catholic Church's center

10 April, 2013

Go to Church, Live Longer - Jerry Newcombe - Page 1

Go to Church, Live Longer - Jerry Newcombe - Page 1

Teaching Our civilization's 'great code'

Teaching Our civilization's 'great code'

Harper’s so-con problem | LifeSiteNews.com Like much from LifeSiteNews a bit over the top... but the argument bears some consideration.

Harper’s so-con problem | LifeSiteNews.com

Was Thatcherism Catholic? - Aleteia

Was Thatcherism Catholic? - Aleteia

Reasonable & Responsible: Reflections from a great new book by Fr. Robert Spitzer on new proofs of God's existence

 Continuing some reflections from the book “New Proofs for the Existence of God” by Fr. Robert Spitzer, let’s consider the significance of infinite vs. finite past time and why the discussion might matter.

Most scientists accept and that our universe is 13.7 billion years old and that the big bang actually happened as the beginning point. When Fr. Spitzer refers to “the universe”, he does not mean only our universe as in one of many, he means ALL physical reality (time, space, matter, energy, etc.); anything that is not nothing.

There are several speculative scenarios about the universe where “something” was supposed to have happened or physically existed before the big bang, so the big bang is not really the beginning of the universe or the beginning of time. These scenarios are called Past-Extended Big Bang models or PBBM’s. In the book, Fr. Spitzer runs through many arguments for the Standard Big Bang model as the most reasonable & responsible model; where the big bang IS the beginning of time and of all physical reality (you’ll need to read the book for all the excruciating details).
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Two Catholic Men and a Blog: Reasonable & Responsible

On the Problem of False Dichotomies Advanced by those who oppose the Faith. « Archdiocese of Washington

If we are to be successful in this age of the New Evangelization, we need to understand how our opponents work. 'Know thy enemy' is always the first task before engaging in debate just at it is in the art of war. To that end, here's something from Msgr. Charles Pope with something to consider as part of our preparations for our part in the task of re-evangelization.

On the Problem of False Dichotomies Advanced by those who oppose the Faith. « Archdiocese of Washington

Impoverished Spirits | Thoughts by George Weigel on Pope Francis

"Certain ritual encounters have now become standard operating procedure for a new pope. In each of these meetings, Pope Francis has done something surprising, in his low-key, gentle way.

In a Mass celebrated in the Sistine Chapel with the College of Cardinals on the day after his election, the Holy Father raised cautions about clerical ambition—a yellow warning flag that reflected the concerns he had expressed during the papal interregnum about “spiritual worldliness” corrupting the Church, and an unmistakable call to a more energetically evangelical exercise of the priesthood and the episcopate."

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Impoverished Spirits | First Things

Someone you know ill? Watch what you say, and to whom - latimes.com

Someone you know ill? Watch what you say, and to whom - latimes.com

04 April, 2013

A local groups heads to March for Life 2013 in Ottawa - I'll be there. Will you?

March for Life Thursday May 9, 2013
 North Bay Right to Life is organizing our annual bus trip to the March for Life in Ottawa. There will be MORE than 20,000 people at the March this year!  If you can't walk the route, bring a lawn chair and spend the time on Parliament Hill with others.  Help us show the country that respect for all life is essential.
For more information, call the Right to Life office at 474-3666. Tickets are $20. and available in advance only.

Roger Ebert, Film Critic, Dies - NYTimes.com

Roger Ebert, Film Critic, Dies - NYTimes.com

St. Francis, Christian Love, and the Biotechnological Future

The New Atlantis » St. Francis, Christian Love, and the Biotechnological Future

How a Catholic Saint Gave the World Whiskey | Whiskey Catholic

How a Catholic Saint Gave the World Whiskey | Whiskey Catholic

My Take: What real persecution looks like – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

My Take: What real persecution looks like – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

Incredible 3D scans allow parents to see foetus SMILING and MOVING in stunning detail | Mail Online

Incredible 3D scans allow parents to see foetus SMILING and MOVING in stunning detail | Mail Online

Pope Francis prays at John Paul II's tomb on anniversary :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Pope Francis prays at John Paul II's tomb on anniversary :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Pope Francis says women have special mission in Church

Financial Mirror dot com - Pope Francis says women have special mission in Church

03 April, 2013

Jim Rogers: Major Crash Ahead For U.S. Investors

Here's an article I found predicting an imminent major economic and social collapse in the USA and Europe. I sure hope that it's wrong because the consequences will be devastating if it's correct. 

Click on the link below to read the full article.

Money Morning

Women, first witnesses to the Resurrection, show how to spread faith, Pope tells audience : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Women, first witnesses to the Resurrection, show how to spread faith, Pope tells audience : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Dark matter hints detected in space station experiment - Technology & Science - CBC News

Dark matter hints detected in space station experiment - Technology & Science - CBC News

Top 10 Treats for Summer Astronomy : Discovery News

Top 10 Treats for Summer Astronomy : Discovery News

Cleaning Up the Engine Room | First Things

If the conclave of 2005 was about continuity—extending the legacy of John Paul II by electing his closest theological advisor as his successor—the conclave of 2013 was about governance.

The College of Cardinals came to Rome convinced that the incapacities of the Roman Curia over the previous eight years had become a serious obstacle to the Church’s evangelical mission; their experience in the General Congregations prior to the conclave hardened that view. So the cardinals elected a proven reformer whose age on assuming the papacy meant that he wouldn’t have to play a long game, but could move swiftly to repair what needs repairing in what Blessed John Henry Newman allegedly referred to as the “engine room” of the Barque of Peter.

What needs repairing, down there below decks?
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Cleaning Up the Engine Room | First Things

Pope Francis begins spring cleaning at the Vatican, starting with the bank - International - Catholic Online

Pope Francis begins spring cleaning at the Vatican, starting with the bank - International - Catholic Online

02 April, 2013

Where the hell am I?? Problems with the 'on-ramp' to where the rubber hits the road

Regulars readers may have had an unexpected shock when they visited this site these past few days. Evidently, someone hacked in and infected the blog with malware that directed visitors to WTRHTR someplace they didn't expect or want to be.

Blogger has removed the offending code so there should not be any more problems... but please contact me if you encounter any difficulties.

I almost feel honored... someone thought the blog worthy of hacking! If I wasn't making progress for the cause no one would bother it. Still, hopefully the repairs by 'road crew' at Blogger will make for a smooth road for all.

Thank you for your patience.

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