31 October, 2013

NASA releases eight never-before-seen images of Cosmic Apocalypse - Technology - Catholic Online

NASA releases eight never-before-seen images of Cosmic Apocalypse - Technology - Catholic Online

Becoming Who We Are: A COMMENTARY: ‘One of the reasons we celebrate All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day one day after the other is a reminder that all souls are called to be saints.’

Becoming Who We Are | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Shunned, then fired: A priest’s tale of what happened when he discussed sex abuse | National Post

This story echoes allegations made by Fr. Matthew Despard in his book 'Priesthood in Crisis' - which sadly for him has resulted in a number of law suits and canonical actions all claiming defamation of character from priests that he named as being unfaithful to their religious vows. At least the priest in this article has another career to fall back on as he's a university professor as well as being a priest. Fr. Matthew is not so lucky. The fact is that priests are loathe to report other brother priests who have abused or failed in their religious obligations. I (unfortunately) know from first hand experience that doing so can result in the severing of contact with other priests who believe that our reporting on others brings shame on all of us. 

Happily though, this is slowly breaking down as more and more priests are indeed reporting to all the appropriate authorities whenever we are told of any incidents of abuse because they understand that the greater damage is done to the Church and the faith of believers by remaining silent.

Shunned, then fired: A priest’s tale of what happened when he discussed sex abuse | National Post

What the Bible says about money from 'Money News' (with H/T to Financial Post)

Financial Pundit Explains How the Bible Helps Him Invest

Forbes ranks Francis as 4th most powerful person in the world - Vatican Insider

Forbes ranks Francis as 4th most powerful person in the world - Vatican Insider

29 October, 2013

The Knots of the Pastor Bergoglio -Sandro Magister's latest column

The Knots of the Pastor Bergoglio

‘How’s the Joy in Your Home?’ Pope Asks Families | Daily News | NCRegister.com

‘How’s the Joy in Your Home?’ Pope Asks Families | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Anglican Scholar, Catholic Theologian Awarded Ratzinger Prize | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Anglican Scholar, Catholic Theologian Awarded Ratzinger Prize | Daily News | NCRegister.com

CDC official: It is now too late, the age of antibiotics is over - Health & Wellness - Catholic Online

CDC official: It is now too late, the age of antibiotics is over - Health & Wellness - Catholic Online

Fifty years later, C.S. Lewis' legacy shines in US, not his homeland | Religion News Service

Fifty years later, C.S. Lewis' legacy shines in US, not his homeland | Religion News Service

26 October, 2013

Pope Francis Reminds Us We Live in an Increasingly Cold World, Catholic Theologian George Weigel Says

Pope Francis Reminds Us We Live in an Increasingly Cold World, Catholic Theologian George Weigel Says

How We Die Now: ‘Respecting this process of life and death’ | National Post

How We Die Now: ‘Respecting this process of life and death’ | National Post

Pope Francis: “The family is the engine of the world and history” - Vatican Insider

Francis: “The family is the engine of the world and history” - Vatican Insider

Divorced and Remarried. Müller Writes, Francis Dictates

Divorced and Remarried. Müller Writes, Francis Dictates

Vatican Diary / How the new curia is taking shape

Vatican Diary / How the new curia is taking shape

Hackett interview; Gotti Tedeschi; Lefebvrists; and speaking dates - the latest from John Allen

Hackett interview; Gotti Tedeschi; Lefebvrists; and speaking dates | National Catholic Reporter

Roman Catholic Church on justice, ethics - Letters - Jamaica Gleaner - Friday | October 25, 2013

Roman Catholic Church on justice, ethics - Letters - Jamaica Gleaner - Friday | October 25, 2013

Reformation Sunday 2013: Exploring "evangelical Catholicism" - Jackson Presbyterian | Examiner.com

Reformation Sunday 2013: Exploring "evangelical Catholicism" - Jackson Presbyterian | Examiner.com

25 October, 2013

An Atheist, a Jew, and a Catholic Battle on Fox Over ‘Concerns About Religious Freedom’ | Mediaite

An Atheist, a Jew, and a Catholic Battle on Fox Over ‘Concerns About Religious Freedom’ | Mediaite

The rabbi who spoke to Rome | New York Post

The rabbi who spoke to Rome | New York Post

Pets falling ill, dying from jerky treats imported from China - Health & Wellness - Catholic Online


A warning from Mateo to all his four-legged friends!
Mateo: On his favourite cottage perch


George Weigel awarded Blessed John Paul II Award | Daily News | NCRegister.com

George Weigel awarded Blessed John Paul II Award | Daily News | NCRegister.com

POPE FRANCIS: LET US BE CLOSE TO ALL FAMILIES, ESPECIALLY THOSE IN DIFFICULTY

Vatican City, 25 October 2013 (VIS) - “The family is a community of life with its own consistency. It is not the sum of the persons by whom it is constituted, but rather a 'community of persons'”, said Pope Francis, quoting Blessed John Paul II's encyclical “Familiaris consortio”, in an address to participants in the twenty-first plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Family taking place in Rome during these days, whom he received in audience this morning.
The family, continued the Pontiff, is “the place where we learn to love, the natural centre of human life”. … Each one of us builds his or her own personality within the family. … It is there that we learn the art of dialogue and interpersonal communication”. For this reason “the community-family … asks to be recognised as such, even more nowadays, when the protection of individual rights prevails”.
“The family is based on marriage. Through an act of free and faithful love, Christian couples give witness that marriage, as a sacrament, is the foundation upon which they base their family and strengthens the conjugal union and mutual self-giving. … Conjugal and familiar love also clearly demonstrate the vocation of the person to love in a unique and everlasting way, and show that the trials, sacrifices and crises in the lives of couples, as in the family as a whole, represent stages of growth in goodness, truth and beauty. … It is an experience of faith in God and of reciprocal trust, profound freedom, and holiness, because holiness presupposes self-giving with trust and sacrifice every day throughout life!”.

Click on link below to read entire article:

Vis: Vatican Information Service

“A bishop is to serve, not dominate” - Vatican Insider

“A bishop is to serve, not dominate” - Vatican Insider

24 October, 2013

Is the Catholic Church still the world's moral authority? | Fox News - I know it's Fox News and all... but it's still a valid question, eh?

Is the Catholic Church still the world's moral authority? | Fox News

Secretary Recalls Final Months of Benedict XVI’s Pontificate | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Secretary Recalls Final Months of Benedict XVI’s Pontificate | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Parti Québécois: Public loves our values charter so much we may toughen it | National Post

WHAT!!!!!!! Are they insane??? I sure picked a fun time to be transferred back into Québec!

Parti Québécois: Public loves our values charter so much we may toughen it | National Post

The New Papal Program - Aleteia

The New Papal Program

Yes, the media has gotten some of what Pope Francis has said wrong, but they're right about this: he's setting the Church on a new path. Get ready for an exciting ride.


The New Papal Program - Aleteia

Sinners Are Close to the Heart of God, Pope Reflects | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Sinners Are Close to the Heart of God, Pope Reflects | Daily News | NCRegister.com

23 October, 2013

A papal canonization doubleheader October 23rd, 2013 By George Weigel

'A papal canonization doubleheader'  By George Weigel

Catholic San Francisco

Everyday life is 'mission territory' for Catholics to share their faith, author says

Everyday life is 'mission territory' for Catholics to share their faith, author says

The Mass Is What We Do

The Mass Is What We Do

Most dangerous words in the world: ‘It’s a girl’

Most dangerous words in the world: ‘It’s a girl’

Pope removes Germany's 'luxury bishop' from diocese - World - CBC News - more detailed report on this story

Pope removes Germany's 'luxury bishop' from diocese - World - CBC News

Pope Francis tells 'luxury bishop' to go for unspecified period - BuenosAiresHerald.com

Pope Francis tells 'luxury bishop' to go for unspecified period - BuenosAiresHerald.com

Pope Francis tells 'luxury bishop' to go for unspecified period - BuenosAiresHerald.com

Pope Francis tells 'luxury bishop' to go for unspecified period - BuenosAiresHerald.com

19 October, 2013

No to Proselytism. Yes to Mission: Pope Francis on the true meaning of our missionary call as Catholics

No to Proselytism. Yes to Mission

Germany; Lefebvrists; papal cold calls; Legionaries; and Lampedusa | National Catholic Reporter

The latest column from John Allen. He's always worth reading!

Germany; Lefebvrists; papal cold calls; Legionaries; and Lampedusa | National Catholic Reporter

It's time to redefine 'Normal' Christianity | Pembroke Daily Observer

It's time to redefine 'Normal' Christianity | Pembroke Daily Observer

Whispers in the Loggia: At the Waldorf, "Catholic Thanksgiving" – On the Night That Smith Built, Dolan and Colbert's Round Two

Whispers in the Loggia: At the Waldorf, "Catholic Thanksgiving" – On the Night That Smith Built, Dolan and Colbert's Round Two

Ultra-rare, Green Comet ISON on track to light up skies this November - Technology - Catholic Online

Ultra-rare, Green Comet ISON on track to light up skies this November - Technology - Catholic Online

Cardinal Dolan: humor comes from faith in providence | The Catholic Response to the Huffington Post

Cardinal Dolan: humor comes from faith in providence | The Catholic Response to the Huffington Post

16 October, 2013

U.S.: Conservative Catholics not convinced by Bergoglio's approach - Vatican Insider

This is a strange story. The source article speaks about 'traditionalist' and 'conservative' Catholics being upset with Pope Francis but fails to provide any evidence to support the claim. The only named reference is a Robert Royal from a conservative Washington think-tank. One person being annoyed hardly qualifies as being representative of an entire wing of the Church!

Yet, that original article from the Washington Post is popping up all over the internet as 'evidence' of a 'split' caused by the Pope's style of address despite failing to offer anything beyond the opinion of its authors to justify its conclusions. (sigh) Such is life in this internet age... and proof positive that it is important for Church members to speak truth in the face of such nonsense. 

U.S.: Conservative Catholics not convinced by Bergoglio's approach - Vatican Insider

Limburg Bishop scandal:Now it’s Rome’s turn to straighten things out - Vatican Insider

Limburg Bishop scandal:Now it’s Rome’s turn to straighten things out - Vatican Insider

Historian: Catholic Church Played Pivotal Role in Rescue of Roman Jews | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Historian: Catholic Church Played Pivotal Role in Rescue of Roman Jews | Daily News | NCRegister.com

04 October, 2013

Quebec's values charter forcing rethink of Catholicism, religious identity - CBC News - Latest Canada, World, Entertainment and Business News

Quebec's values charter forcing rethink of Catholicism, religious identity - CBC News - Latest Canada, World, Entertainment and Business News

Popes of the soul, the head & the heart - Cardinal Tim Dolan writes in the New York Post about his impression of Pope Francis

Popes of the soul, the head & the heart | New York Post

The Francis Transformation - the latest from Sandro Magister

The Francis Transformation

Council of Cardinals; pope interviews; Assisi; Francis the mystic; and war on Christians | National Catholic Reporter

Council of Cardinals; pope interviews; Assisi; Francis the mystic; and war on Christians | National Catholic Reporter

True Peace Comes by Embracing the Cross, Pope Says at Assisi | Daily News | NCRegister.com

True Peace Comes by Embracing the Cross, Pope Says at Assisi | Daily News | NCRegister.com

BishopAccountability.org EXPOSED, Anne Barrett Doyle, Terry McKiernan

BishopAccountability.org EXPOSED, Anne Barrett Doyle, Terry McKiernan

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, SNAP, David Clohessy, anti-Catholic

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, SNAP, David Clohessy, anti-Catholic

Laurie Goodstein UNCOVERED : An Anti-Catholic Agenda Exposed

Laurie Goodstein UNCOVERED : An Anti-Catholic Agenda Exposed

Putting Families First at Top of Pope’s Curia Reform Agenda | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Putting Families First at Top of Pope’s Curia Reform Agenda | Daily News | NCRegister.com

SDG Reviews 'Gravity': A review from the Catholic Register on the new Sandra Bullock/George Clooney film

SDG Reviews 'Gravity' | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Sandro Magister on the Gap Between Pope Francis and Popes Benedict and John Paul II | The American Catholic

Sandro Magister on the Gap Between Pope Francis and Popes Benedict and John Paul II | The American Catholic

03 October, 2013

PACEM IN TERRIS, STILL CURRENT AFTER FIFTY YEARS: Vatican Information Service

Vis: Vatican Information Service

Mother of Belgian man euthanized after botched sex change feels ‘no sorrow, no doubt or remorse’ | National Post

Mother of Belgian man euthanized after botched sex change feels ‘no sorrow, no doubt or remorse’ | National Post

The Brave New World of Three-Parent Babies | Daily News | NCRegister.com

The Brave New World of Three-Parent Babies | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope Francis takes vision of church for poor to Assisi | Toronto Star

Pope Francis takes vision of church for poor to Assisi | Toronto Star

Saskatoon shifts to non-specific religious prayer, but fight not over for atheist who made complaint | National Post

Saskatoon shifts to non-specific religious prayer, but fight not over for atheist who made complaint | National Post

Viewpoint: Pope John Paul II's Canonization Wasn't Too Fast | TIME.com

Viewpoint: Pope John Paul II's Canonization Wasn't Too Fast | TIME.com

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