31 May, 2013

Belief Is the Least Part of Faith - NYTimes.com

This an interesting article... but strangely unsatisfying. It seems to me that the saints ably dealt with this question and we would do well to heed their counsel in these matters.

St. Augustine showed the way to dealing with deficiencies we suffer from time to time in our personal faith-life: Act as if you still believed and belief will return to you... and beg God's aid in vanquishing disbelief. St. Therese of Avila, another Church doctor counseled the same to which she knit the advice to keep one's perspective in good times and in bad with her teaching to 'when in desolation, remember prior consolations... when in consolation, remember desolation.'

Classic advice that's always worked for me.

Belief Is the Least Part of Faith - NYTimes.com

ALEX SCHADENBERG, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: Gallup: Support for assisted suicide fluctuates based on the wording of the question.

ALEX SCHADENBERG, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: Gallup: Support for assisted suicide fluctuates based on the wording of the question.

Dr. Henry Morgentaler's death highlights abortion divide - Canada - CBC News

I am posting this article in response to a comment in which I was asked why I would post a story announcing Morgentaler's death. Hopefully this story will make clear that his death has provided an opportunity to highlight the ongoing battle to protect life in our land from conception to natural death. We must all do our part to bring this about.

It has been widely accepted that the definition of a human is a being with a unique human genome. Until such time as science finally achieved the ability to demonstrate that a soul in the womb met such a standard the courts were able to decide that such a human being was not a 'person'. Since 'personhood' is indistinguishable and inseparable from the definition of 'human being', we must continue to make the case that those humans not yet born needs to be protected.

What have you done to make the pro-life case in your life?

Dr. Henry Morgentaler's death highlights abortion divide - Canada - CBC News

Poll: America losing its religion – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

Poll: America losing its religion – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

Where prayer and photography intersect | Toronto Star

Where prayer and photography intersect | Toronto Star

An afternoon with America's Capuchin heavyweights | National Catholic Reporter

An afternoon with America's Capuchin heavyweights | National Catholic Reporter

New Advent: 49 hoaxes (like the myth of "Pope Joan") that some people actually believed

New Advent: 49 hoaxes (like the myth of "Pope Joan") that some people actually believed

Why Catholics Have Failed Our Culture: The Bottom Line - U.s. - Catholic Online

Why Catholics Have Failed Our Culture: The Bottom Line - U.s. - Catholic Online

Francis could organise peace meeting between world’s three major religions, in Rome - Vatican Insider

Francis could organise peace meeting between world’s three major religions, in Rome - Vatican Insider

Big asteroid swinging by Earth has its own moon - Neat!

Big asteroid swinging by Earth has its own moon | CTV News

23 May, 2013

Catholicism in America: In Progress or Regress? | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Catholicism in America: In Progress or Regress? | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope Francis: God Redeems Atheists For 'Good Works'... Christians Must Accept Non-Believers

A note for those who question the appropriateness of accepting non-believers among us as good people. Note please that these words come from our Pope. Thus it would seem to me that those who castigate me and others on this blog for conversing and developing friendships with people of different convictions are in fact arguing with him, not just with me!!!

In the homily to his morning Mass Wednesday, Pope Francis said that Christians must stop perpetuating narrow definitions of  'good' and embrace atheists as God does -- for the work they do to make the world a better place.
Click on link to read entire article:

Pope Francis: God Redeems Atheists For 'Good Works,' Christians Must Accept Non-Believers:

Pope Francis: To Evangelize, We Must Be Open to the Action of the Spirit of God - International - Catholic Online

Pope Francis: To Evangelize, We Must Be Open to the Action of the Spirit of God - International - Catholic Online

22 May, 2013

First report by Vatican financial watchdog reveals suspicious transactions - Vatican Insider

First report by Vatican financial watchdog reveals suspicious transactions - Vatican Insider

Priests for Life: Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Most Significant Legislative Step Forward - U.s. - Catholic Online

Priests for Life: Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Most Significant Legislative Step Forward - U.s. - Catholic Online

U.S. Catholics: Overly Assimilated? - latest column from George Weigel

"With his new book, American Church: The Remarkable Rise, Meteoric Fall, and Uncertain Future of Catholicism in America, mild-mannered Russell Shaw has become the bull in the china shop of U.S. Catholic history, knocking heroes off pedestals and overturning conventional story-lines—all in aid of trying to understand why the Church in America is in a precarious position today vis-à-vis the ambient public culture and the government.

Shaw’s answer: We’re in deep trouble because of a longstanding U.S. Catholic determination to be more American than thou—to disprove ancient charges of Catholicism’s incompatibility with American democracy by assimilating so dramatically that there’s no discernible difference between Catholics (and their attitudes toward public policy) and an increasingly secularized, mainstream public opinion.

Shaw mounts an impressive case that Catholic Lite in these United States has indeed taken its cues from the wider culture, and as that culture has become ever more individualistic and hedonistic, the historic U.S. Catholic passion for assimilation and acceptance has backfired. Moreover, Shaw’s call to build a culture-reforming Catholic counterculture is not dissimilar to the argument I make about the Church and public life in Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church"

Click on link below to read entire article:


U.S. Catholics: Overly Assimilated? | First Things

Supreme Court to hear prayer case - latimes.com

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will revisit the issue of church-state separation and decide whether a town council can begin its monthly meetings with a prayer from a Christian pastor.

Supreme Court to hear prayer case - latimes.com

Did God Send the Tornado? The Problem of Natural Evils ~ Dr. Taylor Marshall | Canterbury Tales

Did God Send the Tornado? The Problem of Natural Evils ~ Dr. Taylor Marshall | Canterbury Tales

That’s one very, very poor headline about the pope

That’s one very, very poor headline about the pope

Inside the Boy Scout Battle to Repeal the Gay Ban | TIME.com

Here's an article about the US Boy Scouts trying to deal with the issue of gay leaders and members. Does anyone know how the Canadian Scouts have dealt with this issue?

Inside the Boy Scout Battle to Repeal the Gay Ban | TIME.com

BIG BLUE WAVE: When is it no longer a woman’s right to choose?

BIG BLUE WAVE: When is it no longer a woman’s right to choose?

Two Catholic Men and a Blog: Guest Post – A Close Moment in India

Two Catholic Men and a Blog: Guest Post – A Close Moment in India

Is Pope Francis an exorcist? | Holy Post | National Post

Is Pope Francis an exorcist? | Holy Post | National Post

17 May, 2013

Earthquake rattles residents in Ontario, Quebec | CTV News

A Quiet Place
YIKES! That's right down river from Mattawa. The place here certainly rattled and rolled for a few moments this morning. It must have been a lot stronger down in the Pontiac where my cottage is located near where the earthquake was centered! Happily I can report that according to my neighbors down there that there's no evident damage done to any of the properties in the area.


It's been quite the year for we folks who live along the Ottawa River. Historic high water has flooded most of we cottagers - I still have 3-4 inches of water in mine, down from 2-3 feet that flooded it for the past - and then today's shaker. It's enough to make one wonder what's coming next? A plague of locusts and the four horsemen of the Apocalypse? Good thing I believe in Christ's admonition not to be concerned if we hear of earthquakes and other disasters. If I didn't I'd be spending all my time with an eye cocked to east to see of the parousia was at hand given the run of bad luck that the folks here in the Upper Ottawa Valley have suffered through this year.
GO SENS GO!!

Still, come flood or wind, earthquakes or alike, it's still the best place to live in Canada! After all, our beloved Ottawa Senators are the only Canadian team left standing in this year's NHL playoffs. That's gotta count for something when it comes to determining just how blessed we Valley folk really are, eh!!




Earthquake rattles residents in Ontario, Quebec | CTV News

Demographics don't spell an end to the culture wars | National Catholic Reporter

Demographics don't spell an end to the culture wars | National Catholic Reporter

Pope: ‘If We Annoy People, Blessed Be the Lord’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

The Pope says that the Church needs apostolic zeal to proclaim Jesus Christ among people who do not believe. 'Blessed be the Lord, if we annoy people to introduce them to Christ" said Pope Francis during his morning Mass at the Vatican on May 16. 

Can't say that I've ever thought of it in those terms - I was raised not to annoy others (it's not very Canadian to be that impolite) - but I certainly agree with Pope Francis's desire that Catholics would exhibit more apostolic zeal in preaching the good news of Jesus. I would only add that bit of wisdom that Francis of Assisi left his followers when instructing them to share the good news: 'Preach the gospel always' he said, 'and only when necessary use words'.

Want to read more? Click on the link below to read entire source article. 

Pope: ‘If We Annoy People, Blessed Be the Lord’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Catholic Church like mafia and drug cartels - lawyer - World News - 'Mafia'? Talk about ethnic stereotyping!!

Catholic Church like mafia and drug cartels - lawyer - World News | TVNZ

16 May, 2013

End times for doomsday-linked radio network? The dangers of failing to heed Christ's admonition not to try to determine the date or time of his return.

End times for doomsday-linked radio network? – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

FILM REVIEW: Star Trek Into Darkness - One movie I will not miss this summer!!!



FILM REVIEW: Star Trek Into Darkness - The Buzz

Canadian research group sees demographic caused economic collapse of Asian nations including China | LifeSiteNews.com

Canadian research group sees demographic caused economic collapse of Asian nations including China | LifeSiteNews.com

UK politician: we should kill disabled children like we kill deformed lambs | LifeSiteNews.com

UK politician: we should kill disabled children like we kill deformed lambs | LifeSiteNews.com

Canadian pro-life heavyweight most humble, simple, and unassuming person you’ll ever see | LifeSiteNews.com

Canadian pro-life heavyweight most humble, simple, and unassuming person you’ll ever see | LifeSiteNews.com

15 May, 2013

Human embryonic stem cells are cloned - Oh oh... this is a troublesome bit of news

Human embryonic stem cells are cloned

Did you know that in Canada, you can't inform people of an abortion bubble zone in an abortion bubble zone? How weird is that?

Chris Hadfield's homage to David Bowie's 'Space Oddity'

What a remarkable video produced and sung by Commander Chris Hadfield to mark the end of his time on the ISS (International Space Station). Evidently it has already received my Youtube views that Bowie's original!!

Vatican: Cardinal O'Brien leaves Scotland to pray, atone after admitting to sexual misconduct

Vatican: Cardinal O'Brien leaves Scotland to pray, atone after admitting to sexual misconduct

Bubbles and Clouds: The Secrets of Their Physics | TIME.com

I never cease to marvel at the wonders of God's creation. Here's a neat little article that explains 'bubbles'. After reading it perhaps you might appreciate this Don Ho classic.
Bubbles and Clouds: The Secrets of Their Physics | TIME.com

Is There Such a Thing as Moral Progress? | Strange Notions

Is There Such a Thing as Moral Progress? | Strange Notions

History’s Jury Is Out: Has Gosnell Rocked Our Conscience? | Daily News | NCRegister.com

History’s Jury Is Out: Has Gosnell Rocked Our Conscience? | Daily News | NCRegister.com

14 May, 2013

5 things Chris Hadfield did that amazed us

This is a compilation of videos from Chris Hadfield during his 6 month stint on the ISS which I found on the CBC News website. Canadians were enthralled during  his time as station commander by the incredible pictures he shared with his frequent tweets and the many video conferences he participated in from orbit during which he was questioned by school children and others. From singing a song written for the occasion by Ed Robertson of the Bare Naked Ladies and his homage to David Bowie to videos where he showed off some Canadian delicacies sent to him by a re-supply ship, Hadfield's conduct fueled an authentic sense of national pride as demonstrated by his humor and civility.

Way to go Commander Hadfield... and welcome home, eh?

Two Cultures: Faith & Reason

Two Cultures: Faith & Reason

Strange Notions: A new blog where the aim is to promote discussions between believers and atheists

Click on the link below to visit a new entry into the Catholic blogosphere called 'Strange Notions'. It's creator intends for it to be a place where believers and atheists can discuss and debate issues. If you like what's offered here 'where the rubber hits the road', you might find articles of interest there as well.


Strange Notions

Meekness is not weakness. Meekness is controlled strength...




New Advent: Meekness is not weakness. Meekness is controlled strength...

6 credible allegations of sexual abuse by clergy in the USA for 2012

Given that even one offense is too many, it is heartening to see that in this era of zero tolerance and extensive protocols to protect Church members that so few are being revealed as predators. PERHAPS - just perhaps we are turning the corner on these scandals. I certainly pray that this is the case, as I'm sure all Catholics do as well.

Cardinal Dolan and America’s troubled Catholic Church

Cardinal Dolan and America’s troubled Catholic Church

Abortionist Gosnell convicted of three baby murders :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Abortionist Gosnell convicted of three baby murders :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

12 May, 2013

Pope surprises, delights 40,000 Italian pro-lifers, joins March for Life | LifeSiteNews.com

Pope surprises, delights 40,000 Italian pro-lifers, joins March for Life | LifeSiteNews.com

Moms, Imitate the Mother of God's Virtues... and HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!

Moms, Imitate the Mother of God’s Virtues: Hope, Humility, Joy, Obedience and Trust Are Keys to Loving God’s Plan

Pope Francis names hundreds of new saints - World - CBC News




Pope Francis names hundreds of new saints - World - CBC News

This week in religion history: Pope John Paul II survives an assassination attempt | Holy Post | National Post

This week in religion history: Pope John Paul II survives an assassination attempt | Holy Post | National Post

Catholic Church sex abuse scandal: Audit shows decline in abuse allegations - Long Island Catholic | Examiner.com

Catholic Church sex abuse scandal: Audit shows decline in abuse allegations - Long Island Catholic | Examiner.com

08 May, 2013

Canada's March for Life on Parliament Hill - A march to protest gendercide


This Thursday, May 9th will once again see tens of thousands of people from across the country gather on Parliament Hill in Ottawa to participate in the 2013 ‘National March for Life’,  an annual event sponsored by a coalition of Pro-Life organizations. This year’s theme is unique in that it is being expressed in feminist language:  “End Female Gendercide: ‘It’s a girl!’ should not be a death sentence.”

In some countries, abortion is being used to conduct a war on baby girls. Sadly Canada is not immune from this trend. Once thought to be a problem only in faraway lands, the Canadian Medical Association revealed in 2011 that this barbaric practice is happening in Canada, with sex-selective abortion being utilized to target baby girls in the womb. This is the ultimate form of sexist, anti-woman discrimination.

High and rising sex ratios favoring males may lead one to ask what causes parents to prefer sons over daughters?

One strand of argument emphasizes socioeconomic and institutional factors. Absent couples’ ability to save or to rely on national pensions, the poor count heavily on children for old-age support, a task that under patriarchal norms falls on sons. In India, high and rising dowry payments are argued to place families with daughters at a disadvantage, and it has also been argued that families depend on males for physical and financial support.

Yet in both India and China, countries where the practice of gendercide is endemic, sex ratios are highest in the richest areas, and for India a strong education gradient is evident, with better-educated parents favoring sons more extensively. These observations cast doubt on sex selection being the result of economic necessity alone. Clearly the economic argument does not sufficiently explain the phenomena of parents choosing sons over daughters. It certainly doesn’t apply in Canada with its universal pensions programs and extensive network of Federal and Provincial social programs. Something other than economics is obviously fueling the practice of gendercidal abortions.

Records detailing the reason for a woman choosing an abortion are not collected in Canada, so there are no available data on the number of sex-selective abortions from among the 93,755 induced abortions performed here in 2009 - the last year national data is available. Yet there is a growing belief that gender is indeed being used as a determining factor for a rising number of abortions. So what is fueling the preference for boys over girls in Canada if not a discriminatory attitude that favors male children over females?

This position, rife though it is with the contradiction that discriminates against women, seems unlikely to change despite the fact that when asked if they could have only one child, 47% of North American expresses a preference to have a boy while only 27% said they would want a girl, numbers which haven’t changed in over 60 years of Gallop polling results.

You would think that this form of gender discrimination would alarm Canadian feminist organizations, but this has not been the case.  Canadian women’s groups, rather than accepting this trend as a real and present threat to their gender, have chosen instead to prioritize a woman’s right to obtain an abortion for any reason, even if such a right now privileges the birth of male children over females.

Thankfully Pro-Life groups see the issue differently. Thursday they will march for women of all ages – from conception through to death – to be protected from death based solely upon their gender, even if organizations putatively created to protect their rights have failed to come to their defense.

The big same-sex marriage lie  - NY Daily News


Gay man who wants to become priest takes bishop to human rights tribunal for ‘discrimination’ | LifeSiteNews.com

Gay man who wants to become priest takes bishop to human rights tribunal for ‘discrimination’ | LifeSiteNews.com

SYRIA Silence still shrouds kidnapped Orthodox prelates. Bishop of Aleppo: We’re groping in the dark - Asia News

SYRIA Silence still shrouds kidnapped Orthodox prelates. Bishop of Aleppo: We’re groping in the dark - Asia News

The Uniqueness of Christianity: Twelve Objections Answered

The Uniqueness of Christianity: Twelve Objections Answered

07 May, 2013

If Fish Could Talk - Nice! Something creatively and intelligently presented

Two Catholic Men and a Blog: If Fish Could Talk

When Christians become a 'hated minority' – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

When Christians become a 'hated minority' – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

GO SENS GO!!!: 10 startling stats from a wild Game 3 between the Senators and Canadiens | Ottawa Senators Extra



Mendes: 10 startling stats from a wild Game 3 between the Senators and Canadiens | Ottawa Senators Extra

Month of May, Month of Mary: God Bearer, First Disciple and Pilgrim - International - Catholic Online



Month of May, Month of Mary: God Bearer, First Disciple and Pilgrim - International - Catholic Online

Tanzania - Suspects in Church Blast Include 4 Saudis - NYTimes.com

Tanzania - Suspects in Church Blast Include 4 Saudis - NYTimes.com

Because Gendercide Must Be Protected as a Matter of Women’s Rights | The American Catholic

Because Gendercide Must Be Protected as a Matter of Women’s Rights | The American Catholic

A Vatican cardinal pulls back the curtain

A Vatican cardinal pulls back the curtain

06 May, 2013

Top bioethicists defend killing babies after birth this week in leading medical journal | LifeSiteNews.com

Top bioethicists defend killing babies after birth this week in leading medical journal | LifeSiteNews.com

John Thavis | A Vatican cardinal pulls back the curtain

John Thavis | A Vatican cardinal pulls back the curtain

Proof that abortions are unnecessary - Two Edmonton hospitals latest to offer drop-offs for unwanted infants | CTV News

Two Edmonton hospitals latest to offer drop-offs for unwanted infants | CTV News

But Whom May We Evangelize? | Crisis Magazine

But Whom May We Evangelize? | Crisis Magazine

Pope Francis On Sexual Abuse By Priests: Catholic Church Must 'Act Decisively' (VIDEO)

Pope Francis On Sexual Abuse By Priests: Catholic Church Must 'Act Decisively' (VIDEO)

One Catholic position or many legitimate Catholic responses? | Opinion, News, The Philippine Star | philstar.com

One Catholic position or many legitimate Catholic responses? | Opinion, News, The Philippine Star | philstar.com

Pope Francis Desires to Draw Remarried People to Christ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope Francis Desires to Draw Remarried People to Christ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

03 May, 2013

Four fronts where the Vatican isn't the real problem | National Catholic Reporter

Four fronts where the Vatican isn't the real problem | National Catholic Reporter

Supreme Court agrees new trial needed in dead baby case | Some good news for the pro-life cause

Supreme Court agrees new trial needed in dead baby case | CTV News

When Did I See You Lord? : IgnitumToday




When Did I See You Lord? : IgnitumToday

First Photo of Two Popes at home in the Vatican



Douglas Todd: Catholic archbishop promotes rally to stop 'gendercide' of sex-selective abortion

Douglas Todd: Catholic archbishop promotes rally to stop 'gendercide' of sex-selective abortion

Bangladesh clothing industry: Pope Francis attacks ‘slave labour’ conditions | Holy Post | National Post



Bangladesh clothing industry: Pope Francis attacks ‘slave labour’ conditions | Holy Post | National Post

01 May, 2013

The Roman Catholic Church Declines in Europe

The Roman Catholic Church Declines in Europe

The Bishop of Rome as Christian Radical | First Things

The Bishop of Rome as Christian Radical | First Things

Pope condemns slave labor, profiteering

Pope condemns slave labor, profiteering : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Lawsuit filed by ex-Leafs GM Brian Burke draws personal attacks, online debate | Toronto Star

An interesting story that will help to define what libel is in the internet age. 

Good luck Mr. Burke. I wish you every success. As someone who's picked up and ticked off a few trolls during my time on line with this blog, I can appreciate to some degree why he is taking this action.

What do you think?

Lawsuit filed by ex-Leafs GM Brian Burke draws personal attacks, online debate | Toronto Star

Pope Francis: “A worldly Church is a weak Church” - Vatican Insider

Pope Francis: “A worldly Church is a weak Church” - Vatican Insider

What’s Killing American Catholicism – 1

What’s Killing American Catholicism – 1

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