31 July, 2013

Pope gives surprising in-flight press conference :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Pope gives surprising in-flight press conference :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

26 July, 2013

USA TODAY FLAGS LETTERMAN’S BIGOTRY

USA TODAY FLAGS LETTERMAN’S BIGOTRY

Pot still boils in Rome while Francis is away | National Catholic Reporter

Pot still boils in Rome while Francis is away | National Catholic Reporter

Right wing 'generally not happy' with Francis, Chaput says | National Catholic Reporter

Right wing 'generally not happy' with Francis, Chaput says | National Catholic Reporter

Parish outreach to young parents? There's an app for that :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Parish outreach to young parents? There's an app for that :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Dolan: Francis is, and isn't, what we expected | National Catholic Reporter

Dolan: Francis is, and isn't, what we expected | National Catholic Reporter

In Brazilian favela, Pope Francis becomes apostle of the slums | National Catholic Reporter

In Brazilian favela, Pope Francis becomes apostle of the slums | National Catholic Reporter

18 July, 2013

Contemplative monk creates comic book to teach (Catholic) faith

This monk is following an ancient tradition in using a comic book to explain the faith. One need only look at the stained glass windows and frescoes in European cathedrals to see the handiwork of his earlier peers. 

Contemplative monk creates comic book to teach (Catholic) faith

The Catholic Difference: A New Approach to Modern Catholic History - George Weigel defends his latest book 'Evangelical Catholicism'.

The Catholic Difference: A New Approach to Modern Catholic History | First Things

Primer on Indulgences | Another companion piece to help explain what 'plenary indulgences' are.

Primer on Indulgences | Catholic Answers

Sorry, retweeting the pope won't get you out of hell – A companion piece explaining what's wrong with the preceding article!

Sorry, retweeting the pope won't get you out of hell – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

Catholics who follow Pope’s upcoming visit to Rio on social media can qualify to have sins forgiven: Vatican | National Post

Catholics who follow Pope’s upcoming visit to Rio on social media can qualify to have sins forgiven: Vatican | National Post

13 July, 2013

Judgement Day: The UN asks the Vatican to answer for the actions of paedophile priests - Vatican Insider

Judgement Day: The UN asks the Vatican to answer for the actions of paedophile priests - Vatican Insider

Rooting for Mother Teresa - NYTimes.com

Rooting for Mother Teresa - NYTimes.com

George Weigel on Lumen Fidei |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Weigel on Lumen Fidei |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Tearful Costa Rican woman details miracle credited to Blessed John Paul

CNS STORY: Tearful Costa Rican woman details miracle credited to Blessed John Paul

Mendes on Senators: Best Alfredsson memories - Sportsnet.ca

This story is somewhat out of place here... but as a dedicated Sen's fan with a particular soft spot for Daniel Alfredsson, I wanted to post something about him. This article demonstrates in spades that he is a 'good man' as well as being a good (great?) hockey player and longtime captain of the team.


While I hope that my Sens will dominate the Red Wings in the years to come now that Detroit has moved into the same Eastern Conference division, I wish Alfie every success in what he states is to be the last year of his playing career.

Mendes on Senators: Best Alfredsson memories - Sportsnet.ca

A video from CNS on Pope Francis' first encyclical - Lumen Fidei

Click on the link below to a short video presentation of the major points addressed in Pope Francis' first encyclical - Lumen Fidei. You will find it half way down the page of the CNS site.

ihttp://www.catholicnews.com/?bcpid=871847130001&bckey=AQ~~,AAAAdgye3dk~,p0Zv3iru3vI90CY8w-dvFbaZHMMlJ_KC&bclid=870704407001&bctid=2534615116001ew video story

What Lumen Fidei Means for Catholic Youth - Living Faith - Home & Family - Catholic Online

What Lumen Fidei Means for Catholic Youth - Living Faith - Home & Family - Catholic Online

The Tablet - Rome set to end talks with SSPX

The Tablet - Rome set to end talks with SSPX

11 July, 2013

Four-season complex planned | Local | News | North Bay Nugget; the first economic good news we've had in Mattawa for a VERY LONG time! Please pray this comes to fruition! We desperately need the jobs.

Four-season complex planned | Local | News | North Bay Nugget

Pope Francis lays down the law on child sex abuse on Vatican grounds - CNN.com



I've said it before and I'll say it again... I LOVE this Pope!! Go Pope Francis Go!!!

Pope Francis lays down the law on child sex abuse on Vatican grounds - CNN.com

Should Wal-Mart have fired worker who saw dog in hot truck? - Ottawa - CBC News

Should Wal-Mart have fired worker who saw dog in hot truck? - Ottawa - CBC News

CARTOON: A Brief Catholic History of the Internet | Fr. Z's Blog



CARTOON: A Brief Catholic History of the Internet | Fr. Z's Blog

Bishop says Pope Francis' influence seen throughout encyclical :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Bishop says Pope Francis' influence seen throughout encyclical :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

10 July, 2013

ALEX SCHADENBERG, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: Quebec Euthanasia (Bill 52): a very dangerous bill.

ALEX SCHADENBERG, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: Quebec Euthanasia (Bill 52): a very dangerous bill.

Pope Francis Preference for Simplicity Leaves Much To Be Spiritually Desired

And so it begins. I wondered how long it would take for some traditionalists to begin to complain about Pope Francis' style of governance. Apparently the answer is a few months.

What do you think of our new Pontiff's style? Do you think that the concerns expressed by this column are valid?

Pope Francis’ Preference for Simplicity Leaves Much To Be Spiritually Desired…

Priest's new video series links evangelization with beauty :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Priest's new video series links evangelization with beauty :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

What's this blog all about?

I've been receiving some passionate if misguided comments lately about the types of stories I've post to this blog and it seemed appropriate to address their concerns.

First off, please remember that this blog was developed as a spot where a variety of issues could be discussed. This means that it is not my intention to only post material that promotes the Catholic faith, but rather it requires linking to articles that promote a variety of positions and attitudes about what I refer to as 'life question' issues. For example, if I post a piece that promotes something like euthanasia its purpose is to provoke thought and discussion. It does not indicate that I support such immoral acts. To put it succinctly, it's not a blog intended to preach to the choir! It's intended to promote and foster reflection and conversation on any given topic.

Others have commented that I am falsely claiming to be an 'evangelical Catholic' as evidenced by the type of articles I post. To these folks I simply say that I am always an evangelical in my work and life as a priest but that is not what this blog was intended to accomplish. (See paragraph above for its actual purpose.) Just because I am willing to address a wide panoply of issues here doesn't reflect on how I live as a Catholic or function as a priest.

To those who are expressing these concerns about the material I am presenting, may I suggest that you are living your life either with blinders on or your head is stuck in the sand if you think that I am in error in publishing such a wide variety of articles. Issues of science, morality, politics, etc. all deal with material that Catholics face every day. To refuse to acknowledge this and only ponder or promote what the Church teaches is to blind yourself to the realities of the world around us. May I politely suggest to such folks that if THEY are serious about wanting to promote Church teaching, THEY should themselves be searching out material that runs counter to what we believe. 'Know thy enemy' is the first step in discerning how to best respond to what they're promoting. 

Finally, I wish to just express my appreciation to those who visit this blog and join in the conversation. Just over 350,000 times a year someone accesses the material I am posting - a number that FAR EXCEEDS my hopes and dreams when I started this blog. Thank you all for making this blog such a Canadian success story. I promise to continue to post as much material as I can so that we can all focus on those life questions that pop up 'where the rubber hits the road'.

Fr. Tim

BIG BLUE WAVE: California wants to legalize the sale of human eggs

BIG BLUE WAVE: California wants to legalize the sale of human eggs

People losing trust in their governments after tidal waves of bribes, corruption - Politics & Policy - Catholic Online

People losing trust in their governments after tidal waves of bribes, corruption - Politics & Policy - Catholic Online

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