30 November, 2013

Vatican astronomer: science opens the door to dialogue :: EWTN News

Vatican astronomer: science opens the door to dialogue :: EWTN News

Pope Francis: Use intelligence to understand signs of the times :: EWTN News

Pope Francis: Use intelligence to understand signs of the times :: EWTN News

1st Sunday of Advent: 12 things to know and share |Blogs | NCRegister.com

1st Sunday of Advent: 12 things to know and share |Blogs | NCRegister.com: Advent not only prepares us for the birth of Jesus Christ (his first advent), it also prepares us… 

The Dogmas of Secularism | Daily News | NCRegister.com

The Dogmas of Secularism | Daily News | NCRegister.com

29 November, 2013

Comet ISON may have survived sun encounter - Technology & Science - CBC News

Comet ISON may have survived sun encounter - Technology & Science - CBC News

When control becomes a fixation in the Church - Vatican Insider

When control becomes a fixation in the Church - Vatican Insider

Let’s Listen to Pope Francis on Economics | First Things

Let’s Listen to Pope Francis on Economics | First Things

Francis and a church that breathes with both lungs | National Catholic Reporter

Francis and a church that breathes with both lungs | National Catholic Reporter

'Evangelii Gaudium' amounts to Francis' 'I Have a Dream' speech | National Catholic Reporter

'Evangelii Gaudium' amounts to Francis' 'I Have a Dream' speech | National Catholic Reporter

Opinion: Radical individualism and the march toward legalized euthanasia | National Post

Opinion: Radical individualism and the march toward legalized euthanasia | National Post

26 November, 2013

Vatican Diary / The "Bergoglio effect" on the bishops of Italy and Spain

Vatican Diary / The "Bergoglio effect" on the bishops of Italy and Spain

Francis decentralizes the Church: More power to Bishops’ Conferences - Vatican Insider

Francis decentralizes the Church: More power to Bishops’ Conferences - Vatican Insider

Why Does God Allow Sin and Suffering? : A perennial question if ever there was one! Jimmy Akins takes a crack at it.

Why Does God Allow Sin and Suffering? | Strange Notions

Pope venerates apostle's relics, urges people focus on Christ | National Catholic Reporter

Pope venerates apostle's relics, urges people focus on Christ | National Catholic Reporter

Make God’s Priorities Your ‘Bucket List,’ Author Says | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Make God’s Priorities Your ‘Bucket List,’ Author Says | Daily News | NCRegister.com

SYNTHESIS OF THE APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION “THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL”

Vis: Vatican Information Service

Pope attacks 'tyranny' of markets, urges renewal

Pope attacks 'tyranny' of markets, urges renewal

25 November, 2013

Pope Francis: He's Popular But Not Boosting U.S. Church Attendance | TIME.com

Pope Francis: He's Popular But Not Boosting U.S. Church Attendance | TIME.com

Even the Pope Critiques Himself. And Corrects Three Errors: the latest from Sandro Magister

Even the Pope Critiques Himself. And Corrects Three Errors

Vatican abuse prosecutor says Rome 'well aware' of accountability problem | National Catholic Reporter

Vatican abuse prosecutor says Rome 'well aware' of accountability problem | National Catholic Reporter

The Human Person and Morality |Blogs | NCRegister.com

The Human Person and Morality |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Pope Concludes Year of Faith Preaching ‘Centrality of Christ’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope Concludes Year of Faith Preaching ‘Centrality of Christ’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

‘Bones of St Peter’ shown to public for first time since disputed relics were discovered in the 1940s | National Post

‘Bones of St Peter’ shown to public for first time since disputed relics were discovered in the 1940s | National Post

24 November, 2013

Best coin ever spent - A gift after a busy weekend

Musical Flash Mobs produce some amazing videos. Here's one to lift your spirits. It sure lifted mine! 

In my youth I played in such a symphony orchestra in Sudbury, Ontario as well as in a few concert & blues bands (some of the BEST moments of my life!!) and this is the closest experience I think anyone who hasn't shared such a joy of playing as part of a large musical group could hope to have which replicates the wonderful experience of being 'among the notes' as it were.

Thanks to Fr. Mitch Beachy up there in my old stompin' ground of Mattawa for pointing me in the right direction to find this gem. I hope you'll like it too.



Best coin ever spent.

Intelligent Design vs. the Argument from Design |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Intelligent Design vs. the Argument from Design |Blogs | NCRegister.com

A King With a Cross as Throne | ZENIT - The World Seen From Rome

A King With a Cross as Throne | ZENIT - The World Seen From Rome

23 November, 2013

The economy gains through solidarity - Vatican Insider

The economy gains through solidarity - Vatican Insider

U.S./Vatican ties; Francis as Deng Xiaoping; and witchcraft | National Catholic Reporter

U.S./Vatican ties; Francis as Deng Xiaoping; and witchcraft | National Catholic Reporter

C.S. Lewis: No mere Christian | National Post

C.S. Lewis: No mere Christian | National Post

John F. Kennedy and C.S. Lewis: Where Are They Now? | Daily News | NCRegister.com

John F. Kennedy and C.S. Lewis: Where Are They Now? | Daily News | NCRegister.com

THE CHURCH'S SOCIAL DOCTRINE: A GUIDE TO UNMASKING THE IDOL OF MONEY

VIS news - Holy See Press Office: THE CHURCH'S SOCIAL DOCTRINE: A GUIDE TO UNMASKING THE IDOL OF MONEY

21 November, 2013

It's a 'monster': astronomers witness huge cosmic explosion | CTV News

It's a 'monster': astronomers witness huge cosmic explosion | CTV News

The Awesome Power of the Five-Step "Lectio Divina" Method to Scripture

Shameless Popery: The Awesome Power of the Five-Step "Lectio Divina" Method to Scripture

The CDF has done something about Medjugorje – finally! | CatholicHerald.co.uk

The CDF has done something about Medjugorje – finally! | CatholicHerald.co.uk

Priests Must Exercise ‘Humility and Mercy’ to Hear Confessions, Pope Says | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Priests Must Exercise ‘Humility and Mercy’ to Hear Confessions, Pope Says | Daily News | NCRegister.com

The Jewish Press » » Interfaith Group Founder Defending ‘Hitler’s Pope’

The Jewish Press » » Interfaith Group Founder Defending ‘Hitler’s Pope’

Rome program aims to better priests' engagement with media - this is a course all we priests could benefit for attending!

Rome program aims to better priests' engagement with media :: EWTN News

Church is 'depository' of God’s forgiveness, Pope says :: EWTN News

Church is 'depository' of God’s forgiveness, Pope says :: EWTN News

20 November, 2013

Anatomy of the International Space Station: Take a virtual tour of the ISS!!

International Space Station - Interactive - CBC.ca

And the winner of the worst pro-women's ordination article of all time is... | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

And the winner of the worst pro-women's ordination article of all time is... | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

Special report details Catholic religious workers martyred in 2012 - Living Faith - Home & Family - Catholic Online

Special report details Catholic religious workers martyred in 2012 - Living Faith - Home & Family - Catholic Online

Nixon and Kennedy: The myths and reality: Here's a column written by Pat Buchanan looking back at the Kennedy effect on society

Nixon and Kennedy: The myths and reality

Atheism, Catholicism, and Evangelization | BrandonVogt.com

Atheism, Catholicism, and Evangelization | BrandonVogt.com

“Ecumenism from the bottom up: Now Vatican II is coming into effect” - Vatican Insider

“Ecumenism from the bottom up: Now Vatican II is coming into effect” - Vatican Insider

Targeting People for Death: An essay on assisted suicide from the First Things web blog

Targeting People for Death | First Things

T-shirt said 'no to fracking,' but did Francis? | National Catholic Reporter

T-shirt said 'no to fracking,' but did Francis? | National Catholic Reporter

Students for Life of America’s Planned Parenthood Project Creates Dialogue | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Students for Life of America’s Planned Parenthood Project Creates Dialogue | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Domestic Church Key in Evangelization, Supreme Knight Says | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Domestic Church Key in Evangelization, Supreme Knight Says | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Christianity "is on the brink of extinction" - Archbishop: Actually he's predicting the demise of the Anglican community, but by extension he intuits a real danger to all communions

Christianity "is on the brink of extinction" - Archbishop | Religion 2013-11-19

19 November, 2013

Vatican Diary / In the United States everybody with Francis, rightly or wrongly: latest from Sandro Magister

Vatican Diary / In the United States everybody with Francis, rightly or wrongly

When the Church takes its faithful seriously - Vatican Insider

When the Church takes its faithful seriously - Vatican Insider

NCRegister | The Path to Peace in Four Little Words

NCRegister | The Path to Peace in Four Little Words

MORE CHRISTIANS PERSECUTED THAN IN THE FIRST CENTURIES - words from Pope Francis

Vis: Vatican Information Service

The two Jacks: Contrasting takes on C.S. Lewis and JFK's public and private faiths | Religion News Service

The two Jacks: Contrasting takes on C.S. Lewis and JFK's public and private faiths | Religion News Service

18 November, 2013

Year of Faith closes with Apostolic Exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium” - Vatican Insider

Year of Faith closes with Apostolic Exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium” - Vatican Insider

Fear of the Lord: The Beginning of Wisdom | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Fear of the Lord: The Beginning of Wisdom | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Evangelize With Honey, Not Vinegar, Cardinal Dolan Says | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Evangelize With Honey, Not Vinegar, Cardinal Dolan Says | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Last Conclave's secrets - Vatican Insider

Last Conclave's secrets - Vatican Insider

What the Frack? Why is the Pope Talking About Environmental Issues?

What the Frack? Why is the Pope Talking About Environmental Issues?

The Christian Intellectual | First Things

The cultural climate today isn’t very congenial for men and women of faith. Graduate students tell me they need to be very careful. There are religious colleges and universities, to be sure, but for the most part institutions of higher education are dominated by an aggressively secular culture hostile to faith. These days the love of God often seems to be the one love that cannot speak its name.
How, then, should the Christian intellectual proceed? What should be our approach to higher education and academic work? More broadly, how should we view our distinctive vocation as intellectuals?
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The Christian Intellectual | First Things

The Passionate Preacher: Words of wisdom for all who preach from Fr. Dwight Longenecker

NCRegister | The Passionate Preacher

16 November, 2013

In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan: the science of why we donate during disasters | CTV News

In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan: the science of why we donate during disasters | CTV News

The Cross Vs. The Swastika | The American Conservative

The Cross Vs. The Swastika | The American Conservative

We are in the greatest tribulation-time in Christian history by Dr. Eowyn

The Catholic concept of the "Church Suffering" refers to Christians being martyred for their faith.

George Weigel writes for First Things, Oct. 30, 2013, that alas, few Christians in the West seem aware of the Suffering Church, much less have it weigh on their Christian conscience.

Christians today live in the greatest tribulation-time in Christian history. More Christians were killed for fidelity to Christ in the 20th century than in the previous nineteen centuries of Christian history combined.

Wiegel cites the following examples of persecution from a recent issue ofTouchstone:

Some 1,200 Protestants are being imprisoned in shipping containers in Eritrean desert camps where "torture is routine".

Mostafa Bordbar, a 27-year-old Christian convert, was arrested and charged with "illegal gathering and participating in a house church" in Iran.

Kazakh Christians, many of them converts from Islam, are "encouraged," by the arrest and imprisonment of their pastors, to refrain from evangelism.

A Muslim leader in central Nigeria regularly abducts Christian girls and women and holds them captive in his home, to compel their conversion (or reversion) to Islam.

In Syria and Egypt, Christians live in daily fear for their lives where it's open season on Christians.

Wiegel would not say it. But as you can see from the examples above, Muslims are doing many of the persecution.

Wiegel warns that at the rate Christians are being persecuted and martyred in the Middle East, within two decades, perhaps less, Christianity may well cease to be a living ecclesial reality in many of the places where Christianity was born, not to mention the cities where sub-apostolic and patristic Christianity developed.

The sole exception to this pattern throughout the Middle East and North Africa is Israel.

Thus Tom Holland, a popular historian and author of The Forge of Christendom (an intriguing book exploring the ways the late first millennium's expectation of an imminent End Time shaped the West's triumph in the second millennium), said recently at a London press briefing that "In terms of the sheer scale of the hatreds and sectarian rivalries" afoot in the Middle East today, "we are witnessing something on the scale of horror of the European Thirty Years War."
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VirtueOnline - News

How 15 Minutes of Prayer Can Change Your Life

NCRegister | How 15 Minutes of Prayer Can Change Your Life

Dolan's farewell; women; Russia; stuff you can't make up; and pope watch | latest column from John Allen

Dolan's farewell; women; Russia; stuff you can't make up; and pope watch | National Catholic Reporter

Comet Ison viewing may be at its best - Technology & Science - CBC News

Comet Ison viewing may be at its best - Technology & Science - CBC News

Prosecutor: Pope faces threat from the mafia – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

Prosecutor: Pope faces threat from the mafia – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

15 November, 2013

Charles Lewis: Still trying to get Quebec’s charter of values | National Post

Charles Lewis: Still trying to get Quebec’s charter of values | National Post

Looks Like The Pope Is Against Fracking | Yet another reason to like and appreciate Pope Francis!

Looks Like The Pope Is Against Fracking | Crooks and Liars

Catholics in the Public Square - Washington DC Catholic | Examiner.com

Catholics in the Public Square - Washington DC Catholic | Examiner.com

The first Roman Catholic president | Pembroke Daily Observer

The first Roman Catholic president | Pembroke Daily Observer

Comet ISON has an outburst, flares to near naked-eye visibility! Here's where to look

Comet ISON has an outburst, flares to near naked-eye visibility! Here's where to look - Technology - Catholic Online

Did Pope Francis just tip his hand on Medjugorje? (10 things to know and share) |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Did Pope Francis just tip his hand on Medjugorje? (10 things to know and share) |Blogs | NCRegister.com

13 November, 2013

U.S. bishops adjust to Francis by choosing pragmatic leaders - Vatican Insider

U.S. bishops adjust to Francis by choosing pragmatic leaders - Vatican Insider

Is There a New Direction for US Catholic Church Under the Influence of Pope Francis? - U.s. - Catholic Online

Is There a New Direction for US Catholic Church Under the Influence of Pope Francis? - U.s. - Catholic Online

Rome sabbatical aims to renew priests through prayer, formation :: EWTN News

Rome sabbatical aims to renew priests through prayer, formation :: EWTN News

INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE IN THE TEACHING OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

VIS news - Holy See Press Office: INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE IN THE TEACHING OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

St. Peter’s relics to be officially exhibited for the first time - Vatican Insider

Peter’s relics to be officially exhibited for the first time - Vatican Insider

12 November, 2013

Let’s talk about life

Canadians can’t stop talking about the appropriateness of allowing the weakest and sickest members of society to be killed.


In Quebec, legislation has been tabled to legalize medical euthanasia. Last month in Ontario, after a popular doctor died from a brain tumour his family released an emotional video promoting assisted suicide for the terminally ill. And most recently in British Columbia, an appeals court reversed a lower court decision and ruled that assisted suicide is still illegal in Canada.

The confluence of these events has intensified calls for a national debate on end-of-life issues. The way things are heading, it seems inevitable that euthanasia and assisted suicide will once again be argued in the Supreme Court of Canada. Before that, however, Canadians would be better served if the matter of life and death came to Parliament for a full and public airing.

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Let’s talk about life

World's biggest economies being sustained by help from central banks that carries risks | CTV News

World's biggest economies being sustained by help from central banks that carries risks | CTV News

Sun's pending magnetic flip has physicists on edge - Technology & Science - CBC News

Sun's pending magnetic flip has physicists on edge - Technology & Science - CBC News

A Synod As Francis Commands - the latest from Sandro Magister

A Synod As Francis Commands

"Be Witnesses" – As Francis Looms Large, The Nuncio Upstages Elvis

Whispers in the Loggia: "Be Witnesses" – As Francis Looms Large, The Nuncio Upstages Elvis

A Rose is Just a Rose Except in Canada : Catholic Stand

A Rose is Just a Rose Except in Canada : Catholic Stand

“Müller cannot stop discussions” relating to remarried divorcees - Vatican Insider

“Müller cannot stop discussions” relating to remarried divorcees - Vatican Insider

Papal Nuncio: ‘The Holy Father Wants Bishops in Tune with their People’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Papal Nuncio: ‘The Holy Father Wants Bishops in Tune with their People’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

11 November, 2013

Atheist ‘mega-churches’ are now a thing in the U.S as popularity spreads from U.K. | National Post

Congregational worship for atheists? Really? 

Kind of reminds me of that old 'ecumenical' joke. 'Q) What do you get if you cross a Jehovah's Witness with a Unitarian? A) Someone who knocks on your door for no apparent reason.' It just doesn't seem to make sense on the face of it. After all, isn't one of the big benefits of tossing aside a traditional faith practice that you get to do what you want on Sunday mornings? Wouldn't coming together as a congregation when Christians gather in churches kind of take all the fun out of being able to stay in bed and read the Sunday papers with a hot mug of coffee on the bedside table and a comfortable duvet to snuggle in?

I'm just sayin'...
Atheist ‘mega-churches’ are now a thing in the U.S as popularity spreads from U.K. | National Post

John Paul II’s 1983 Visit to Poland: Anniversary Reflections | Crisis Magazine

John Paul II’s 1983 Visit to Poland: Anniversary Reflections | Crisis Magazine

Remembrance Day ceremonies to include Afghanistan veterans - Canada - CBC News

Thank you to all who step forward to serve in the defence of our country. May those who lost their life to protect our freedoms be granted a merciful judgment and a place among the saints in heaven.

Remembrance Day ceremonies to include Afghanistan veterans - Canada - CBC News

The Catechism of Hockey | CatholicMom.com

The Catechism of Hockey | CatholicMom.com

All Gave Some: Veterans Day 2013 | First Things

All Gave Some: Veterans Day 2013 | First Things

Papal Anxiety? With Francis, It’s a Case of Style More Than Substance - The latest column from Fr. Raymond DeSouza

NCRegister | Papal Anxiety?

09 November, 2013

19 Shockingly Simple Ways to Live Your Crazy Catholic Life - Catholic Sistas

19 Shockingly Simple Ways to Live Your Crazy Catholic Life - Catholic Sistas

Vatican Advises U.S. Bishops About Medjugorje Apparitions | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Vatican Advises U.S. Bishops About Medjugorje Apparitions | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Caring for the poor is natural Catholic territory – let’s not give it up | CatholicHerald.co.uk

Caring for the poor is natural Catholic territory – let’s not give it up | CatholicHerald.co.uk

The synod turns sexy; statistics in a global war | latest from John Allen

The synod turns sexy; statistics in a global war | National Catholic Reporter

Gregorian University to hold conferences on the origins and end of the universe - Vatican Insider

Gregorian University to hold conferences on the origins and end of the universe - Vatican Insider

08 November, 2013

'Catholic with Capes': Creative Minority Report take a romp through some classic comic book characters to figure out which ones are Catholic. Any article that includes the line ""I figured Daredevil must be Catholic because only a Catholic could be both an attorney and a vigilante." is worth the read.

Creative Minority Report: Catholic with Capes

Asteroid with 6 comet tails puzzles astronomers - Technology & Science - CBC News

Asteroid with 6 comet tails puzzles astronomers - Technology & Science - CBC News

What is ‘Roman Catholic Political Philosophy’? | Acton PowerBlog

What is ‘Roman Catholic Political Philosophy’? | Acton PowerBlog

NYC Mayor-Elect De Blasio Promises to Wipe Out Crisis Pregnancy Centers

NYC Mayor-Elect De Blasio Promises to Wipe Out Crisis Pregnancy Centers

Vatican Diary / A ticket to Argentina for the pope, but no hurry - The latest column from Sandro Magister

Vatican Diary / A ticket to Argentina for the pope, but no hurry

So our galaxy is teeming with habitable worlds, but what does it all really mean? - Technology - Catholic Online

So our galaxy is teeming with habitable worlds, but what does it all really mean? - Technology - Catholic Online

He Kindled a Fire that Never Died Away – How I Met Jesus « Archdiocese of Washington

He Kindled a Fire that Never Died Away – How I Met Jesus « Archdiocese of Washington

When the Church takes its faithful seriously - Vatican Insider

When the Church takes its faithful seriously - Vatican Insider

The End of Protestantism: Really?

The End of Protestantism | First Things

07 November, 2013

Drinking Beer With Jesus: Finding Jesus in the most unexpected places

Pope Francis has earned a great deal of acclaim and praise since his election as Pope thanks to his emphasis on the mercy of God instead of a strict adherence to God's law. I believe this emphasis is rooted in a piece of wisdom that was shared with me by a priest at the time of my ordination. 

He stated that every priest (like every other person) will fail to perfectly live the Christian life as taught to us by Jesus. That despite our best efforts, we will at times fail resulting in us falling into a state of sin. Therefore, he said I should decide then at the start of my priestly ministry whether I think it best to be too generous with God's mercy or too strict with God's law. To help me make such an important decision he told me to read the Bible accounts of how Christ dealt with those guilty of violating the commandments and model myself after his example. Hopefully I've been more or less successful in doing so.

But it was during that exercise that I began to reflect upon the lengths that God would go to to bring the lost sheep back into the fold which led me to ask myself whether or not I could find Him in a bar. I decided the answer was a definite yes! 

That thought came to my mind again when I first heard this song, written and performed by Roy Payne (The Goofy Newfie) which he called 'Drinking Beer with Jesus'. I thought it might be an opportune time to repost this YouTube video of that song which I put together for a parish mission a year or so ago. Hopefully it might serve to open our eyes to find Jesus waiting for us in unexpected places.


Good grief!!! Here's a short video clip of a gay activist arguing that, since the planet is 'over populated', women should be forced to abort their children for the next 30 years!! One assumes he's talking facetiously... at least I hope so.

Meet the Vatican webmaster: Here’s how the Pope’s love goes digital - Vatican Insider

Meet the Vatican webmaster: Here’s how the Pope’s love goes digital - Vatican Insider

Will there be an earthquake at the Extraordinary Synod? (12 things to know and share) |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Will there be an earthquake at the Extraordinary Synod? (12 things to know and share) |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Does Objective Morality Depend Upon God? | Strange Notions

Does Objective Morality Depend Upon God? | Strange Notions

Some questions and truths at the heart of the “New” Evangelization « Archdiocese of Washington

Some questions and truths at the heart of the “New” Evangelization « Archdiocese of Washington

Vatican Advises U.S. Bishops About Medjugorje Apparitions | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Vatican Advises U.S. Bishops About Medjugorje Apparitions | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Balthasar, Universal Salvation, and Ralph Martin’s “Will Many Be Saved?” |

Balthasar, Universal Salvation, and Ralph Martin’s “Will Many Be Saved?” |

Pope Francis, a disfigured man and an embrace that went viral - CNN.com

Pope Francis, a disfigured man and an embrace that went viral - CNN.com

05 November, 2013

Pope Francis’ Vatican Seminar Tackles Human Trafficking | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope Francis’ Vatican Seminar Tackles Human Trafficking | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Here is the document that Vatican has sent out to gather information for the upcoming synod to discuss family life

Vis: Vatican Information Service

Pope Francis: Find Strength, Hope in the Mercy of God | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope Francis: Find Strength, Hope in the Mercy of God | Daily News | NCRegister.com

The Unfinished Symphony of the Composer Francis

The Unfinished Symphony of the Composer Francis

Teodolfo Mertel and the spoof story about the appointment of women cardinals - Vatican Insider

Teodolfo Mertel and the spoof story about the appointment of women cardinals - Vatican Insider

The side of Ratzinger "Ratzingerians" forgot about - Vatican Insider

The side of Ratzinger "Ratzingerians" forgot about - Vatican Insider

04 November, 2013

St. Charles Borromeo - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Charles Borromeo has a special place in my heart as the first parish in which I was assigned as a pastor was named in his honour. His feast day is always a joyful one for me to celebrate - as I hope it is for all the members of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Otter Lake, Qc.

St. Charles Borromeo - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Catholicism and Free Thought: latest column from Fr. Dwight Longnecker

Many people believe that Catholicism, because it is a dogmatic religion, stifles free thought and free speech. “How nice for you,” some will say to a Catholic convert, “Now that you’re a Catholic, you won’t have to think anymore.” Or, “It must be nice to be a Catholic and have such ‘certainty.’” This is said with a snuffling, cynical laugh because by ‘certainty’ they often mean that one has become a mindless robot—a Kool Aid drinking cult member following the demands of his leader in white, without thinking.

Another jab Catholic converts often hear is, “Of course there are some folks who need that kind of certainty.” The subtext here is, “You’re not really smart enough to think things through for yourself, and you are probably emotionally and socially insecure and immature so you need to belong to a mutual self-love group which offers its members certainty in all things.”

Like any criticism leveled against the Church, this one is partially true. There certainly are cults that offer their members mind-numbing ‘certainty’. There are emotionally insecure and immature people who need to belong to such cults. We have to admit that there are some Catholics like that, and that there are, sadly, some Catholic sub-groups, religious orders, and movements in which members have sometimes behaved like this.

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Catholicism and Free Thought | Strange Notions

Our fascination with death: A column from Fr. Raymond DeSouza

Our fascination with death

Clergy Sexual Abuse and the Church: Views From Rome and Washington | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Clergy Sexual Abuse and the Church: Views From Rome and Washington | Daily News | NCRegister.com

03 November, 2013

Romanian Catholic priest gets two years in prison for money theft | National Catholic Reporter

I posted this article not because of the issues specific to it but out of wonder that this priest who stole money is given a 2 year jail sentence whereas many priests who stole the innocence from children by sexually abusing them often get off with a far lighter sentence. Which is really more important: money or children? This story seems to indicate that the court system (just like Bishops who covered up for predator priests) has their priorities all mixed up.

How painfully sad.


Romanian Catholic priest gets two years in prison for money theft | National Catholic Reporter

Review of The Transforming Power of Faith by Pope Benedict XVI



02 November, 2013

Rare hybrid solar eclipse to appear Sunday - Technology & Science - CBC News

Rare hybrid solar eclipse to appear Sunday - Technology & Science - CBC News

Tocqueville on the Individualist Roots of Progressivism | The American Conservative








Tocqueville on the Individualist Roots of Progressivism | The American Conservative

Vatican Diary / Bishops under fire in Italy, the United States, and Spain

Vatican Diary / Bishops under fire in Italy, the United States, and Spain

Time to change the clocks: How to make it work for your sleep routine | CTV News

Don't forget to put your clocks back one hour tonight (unless you live in Saskatchewan) to start our journey through Standard Time. You wouldn't want to miss mass tomorrow by arriving too early!!

Time to change the clocks: How to make it work for your sleep routine | CTV News

Comet ISON passes Earth, nobody notices - Technology - Catholic Online

Comet ISON passes Earth, nobody notices - Technology - Catholic Online

SATURDAY HOMILY: All Souls Day - Joining Them on the Journey - Year Of Faith - Catholic Online

SATURDAY HOMILY: All Souls Day - Joining Them on the Journey - Year Of Faith - Catholic Online

"Saints are not supermen, everyone can be a saint" - Vatican Insider

"Saints are not supermen, everyone can be a saint" - Vatican Insider

The English and Welsh bishops consult Catholics ahead of Synod on the Family - Vatican Insider

The English and Welsh bishops consult Catholics ahead of Synod on the Family - Vatican Insider

In A Church Built On Tradition, The Pope Likes Spontaneity

In A Church Built On Tradition, The Pope Likes Spontaneity

New Archbishop of Winnipeg brings lifetime of learning to archdiocese - Winnipeg Free Press

New Archbishop of Winnipeg brings lifetime of learning to archdiocese - Winnipeg Free Press

01 November, 2013

Playin' church with Francis; the 'Bergoglio of Saskatchewan'; and Iraq | National Catholic Reporter

Playin' church with Francis; the 'Bergoglio of Saskatchewan'; and Iraq | National Catholic Reporter

Charles Lewis: Will our religious leaders have the courage to lead? | National Post

Charles Lewis: Will our religious leaders have the courage to lead? | National Post

Why Are We So Afraid?

NCRegister | Why Are We So Afraid?

The feast of all saints day - Sacramento Young Catholic | Examiner.com

The feast of all saints day - Sacramento Young Catholic | Examiner.com

Vatican Asks Catholics for Input on Family

Vatican Asks Catholics for Input on Family

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

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

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