30 April, 2014

The Surprising Pope Francis | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

The Surprising Pope Francis | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

Dangerous 'post-antibiotic era' coming, WHO warns | CTV News

Dangerous 'post-antibiotic era' coming, WHO warns | CTV News

NBA Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Rips BOTH SIDES in Donald Sterling ‘Scandal’ | Top Right News

NBA Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Rips BOTH SIDES in Donald Sterling ‘Scandal’ | Top Right News

Religion’s Social Goods: A growing number of legal scholars question whether a justification exists for protecting religion as its own category.

Religion’s Social Goods | First Thoughts | First Things

Vatican Diary / The new Annuario Pontificio is already old: the latest from Sandro Magister

Vatican Diary / The new Annuario Pontificio is already old

“There’s no room for power struggles, envy and gossip among Christians” - Vatican Insider

“There’s no room for power struggles, envy and gossip among Christians” - Vatican Insider

The Difference Easter Makes:by George Weigel

The Difference Easter Makes | Web Exclusives | Daily Writings From Our Top Writers | First Things

Justina Pelletier Case: Is the State Protecting the Child or Denying Parental Rights? | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Justina Pelletier Case: Is the State Protecting the Child or Denying Parental Rights? | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Two Saints for ‘La Belle Province’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Two Saints for ‘La Belle Province’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

United Nations: Gordon MacRae: Cholera in Haiti, the United Nations and Vatican

United Nations: Gordon MacRae: Cholera in Haiti, the United Nations and Vatican

29 April, 2014

More Catholic Than the Pope? - NYTimes.com - NYTimes.com

More Catholic Than the Pope? - NYTimes.com - NYTimes.com

Council of Cardinals Now Meeting for Fourth Session | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Council of Cardinals Now Meeting for Fourth Session | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Finally... a decent role for drones and robots!

Just an Ordinary Word…or is it? On the Mystical Root of the word “consider.” « Archdiocese of Washington

Just an Ordinary Word…or is it? On the Mystical Root of the word “consider.” « Archdiocese of Washington

St. Catherine of Siena: Strong Woman of God, Model for a New Missionary Age - Christian Saints & Heroes - News - Catholic Online

This is the feast day of a great woman saint, Catherine of Siena who called the Papacy back from the brink, challenging the Church's leadership to fulfill its mandate of guiding the faithful from Rome. It reminds me that in every age there have been voices which have fulfilled the same role. One such voice today belongs to Sylvia MacEacheran who hosts a blog which deals with the issues of abuse within the Church in Canada. I don't always agree with Sylvia in particular cases, but I have always supported her goal of demanding the Bishops act justly in addressing their obligation in protecting the faithful from the predations of criminal clergy. 



Please take a moment today to offer a prayer for this good woman. The task she has taken upon herself is to a large degree thankless, especially for somone who is a faithful and practicing Catholic.  



Good St. Catherine... guide and protect Sylvia in her ministry. Help her to keep our greatest of all gifts, our children, safe and the Church pure.



St. Catherine of Siena: Strong Woman of God, Model for a New Missionary Age - Christian Saints & Heroes - News - Catholic Online

The Canonizations, the Council and the Hermeneutic of Continuity - U.s. - News - Catholic Online

The Canonizations, the Council and the Hermeneutic of Continuity - U.s. - News - Catholic Online

C8 becomes C9 and sets to work on Curia reform - Vatican Insider

C8 becomes C9 and sets to work on Curia dossier - Vatican Insider

Conscience and Coercion by Thomas Pink: Vatican II’s teaching on Religious Freedom changed policy, not doctrine

Conscience and Coercion by Thomas Pink | Articles | First Things

Clearing the Waters: How St. JPII helped to properly interpret Vatican II

Clearing the Waters | Web Exclusives | Daily Writings From Our Top Writers | First Things

Is God Dead? Have We Killed Him? | Crisis Magazine

Is God Dead? Have We Killed Him? | Crisis Magazine

27 April, 2014

A fitness regime that just might be fun! It's a cross between walking and dancing... or 'DanceWalking'. Personally I would have picked 'Walking on Sunshine' by Katrina and the Waves as my tune to DanceWalk to! What would be your choice?

Pope Francis' Homily at Canonization Mass - Full Text

Pope Francis' Homily at Canonization Mass - Full Text |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Grasping Vatican II: A book review of the latest tome from +Cardinal Marc Ouellet

NCRegister | Grasping Vatican II

Origin of the Universe | Dead Philosophers Society

Origin of the Universe | Dead Philosophers Society

Sainthood for John Paul II and John XXIII, as throngs pack St. P - 12 News KBMT and K-JAC. News, Weather and Sports for SE Texas

Sainthood for John Paul II and John XXIII, as throngs pack St. P - 12 News KBMT and K-JAC. News, Weather and Sports for SE Texas

Francis accents unity with halos for superstar popes - World - The Boston Globe

Francis accents unity with halos for superstar popes - World - The Boston Globe

+O’Malley reflects on popes’ canonizations - World - The Boston Globe

O’Malley reflects on popes’ canonizations - World - The Boston Globe

26 April, 2014

“Attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” A brief meditation on spiritual growth, as seen in a video. « Archdiocese of Washington

“Attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” A brief meditation on spiritual growth, as seen in a video. « Archdiocese of Washington

Benedict XVI will concelebrate Sunday’s double canonization with Francis - Vatican Insider

Benedict XVI will concelebrate Sunday’s double canonization with Francis - Vatican Insider

Without gloss: Francis of Assisi and Western Catholicism - U.s. - News - Catholic Online

Without gloss: Francis of Assisi and Western Catholicism - U.s. - News - Catholic Online

Atheists: Our Moral and Intellectual Superiors? (spoiler alert! The answer is no.)

Atheists: Our Moral and Intellectual Superiors

Steps along the road to sainthood graphic: How Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII became saints | National Post

Steps along the road to sainthood graphic: How Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII became saints | National Post

John XXIII and John Paul II: A look at two soon-to-be saints | CTV News

John XXIII and John Paul II: A look at two soon-to-be saints | CTV News

The Theology of Human Love: John Paul II Presented Dramatic New Insights on Church Teaching

NCRegister | The Theology of Human Love: John Paul II Presented Dramatic New Insights on Church Teaching

Pope John XXIII Through The Years: A Look Back At The Progressive Post-War Pope (PHOTOS)

Pope John XXIII Through The Years: A Look Back At The Progressive Post-War Pope (PHOTOS)

How the Catholic Church canonizes saints | Entertainment - KETV Home

How the Catholic Church canonizes saints | Entertainment - KETV Home

25 April, 2014

Pope emphasizes 'indissolubility of Christian matrimony' :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Pope emphasizes 'indissolubility of Christian matrimony' :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

John Paul II and the Clergy Abuse Crisis: Can Saints Make Mistakes?: Yes they can!!

John Paul II and the Clergy Abuse Crisis: Can Saints Make Mistakes? |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Scripture Speaks: Divine Mercy Sunday

Scripture Speaks: Divine Mercy Sunday

Stephen Colbert and the Death of Protestant America

Shameless Popery: Stephen Colbert and the Death of Protestant America

Freedom Lived Nobly: The Social Magisterium of John Paul II

NCRegister | Freedom Lived Nobly: The Social Magisterium of John Paul II

Want to watch the canonization ceremony of JPII and John XXIII? Here's a link to EWTN's live streaming of the event.

EWTN Live Streaming link for the Papal Canonization Ceremony

Mother tells of ‘miraculous’ recovery from an inoperable brain aneurysm that made John Paul II a saint | National Post

Mother tells of ‘miraculous’ recovery from an inoperable brain aneurysm that made John Paul II a saint | National Post

Faith Needs Philosophy: A Primer on the Relationship between Reason and Revelation – Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Faith Needs Philosophy: A Primer on the Relationship between Reason and Revelation – Homiletic & Pastoral Review

24 April, 2014

George Weigel on John Paul II's understanding of fatherhood, priesthood | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

George Weigel on John Paul II's understanding of fatherhood, priesthood | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

Where the Rubber Hits the Road passes another milestone

Keep 'er between the ditches folks!
It almost slipped past me without my noticing! I pay about as much attention to the stats that this blog generates as I do the odometer in my car - which is to say occasionally at best. But something made me check this morning and what did I discover... but that the blog has passed the 500,000 visit to the site!

It's heart warming to realize that it is of interest to so many folks. It's my pledge to do all I can to keep it as a place where you can find articles from a variety of perspectives on the questions facing the Church today for your reflection, edification, and comment.

So thank you to everyone who visits this blog. May it help you keep firmly attached to the road of faith in your life... or at least serve to keep you from crashing into the ditches our faith calls us to avoid lest we fail to complete our journey to God.

A Prayer for Death: A reflection on death through the lens of the 'Our Father' prayer

A Prayer for Death | Web Exclusives | Daily Writings From Our Top Writers | First Things

Pope phones divorcee ‘living in sin’ to tell her she can take Holy Communion | National Post

I love the line "Some priests are more papist than the Pope." Even if this is not exactly what the Pontiff said, it's true none the less. If you doubt this, watch for the various blog posts that will pop-up on line from guys decrying the Pope's instruction to this woman. They should be fun to read.



Understand this please: This is NOT the Pope pronouncing on the question of divorce in the Catholic Church. This IS an example of the Pope reminding this woman that she is an adult, responsible for her own spiritual decisions. If she believes in her heart, mind, and soul that there is nothing wrong with her taking communion, then she has the right to do so. It's not up to a priest to judge her as being unworthy. That decision belongs to God alone. The priest was correct in pointing out that she was not living in accord with Church teaching, but he was wrong in then denying her communion for what is essentially a personal matter between her and God.



Further, this is different than the case of politicians who promote issues like abortion or same-sex marriage. They are committing a public offense by bringing scandal to the community when they come to the communion table. This is NOT the case with a person living in an invalid marriage.



So once again I state: I LOVE THIS POPE! He gets it! He understands the pastoral obligations that he carries as a priest in God's Kingdom and does not concern himself with keeping people away from the communion table... he's more concerned with administering God's mercy to those who do!



Pope phones divorcee ‘living in sin’ to tell her she can take Holy Communion | National Post

How to Help Cohabiting Couples – Homiletic & Pastoral Review

How to Help Cohabiting Couples – Homiletic & Pastoral Review

John XXIII and John Paul II : The latest offering from George Weigel

John XXIII and John Paul II | Web Exclusives | Daily Writings From Our Top Writers | First Things

Did Pope Francis tell a divorced and civilly remarried woman she could receive Holy Communion? |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Did Pope Francis tell a divorced and civilly remarried woman she could receive Holy Communion? |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Science and theology both reveal splendor of our natural world | National Catholic Reporter

Science and theology both reveal splendor of our natural world | National Catholic Reporter

Pope's call to woman raises questions on divorced and remarried | National Catholic Reporter

Pope's call to woman raises questions on divorced and remarried | National Catholic Reporter

Pope phones 'sinner' to tell her she can take communion

Pope phones 'sinner' to tell her she can take communion

Historic canonization of popes brings joy, controversy | WIXY.com

Historic canonization of popes brings joy, controversy | WIXY.com

The Charity of Cheerfulness

The Charity of Cheerfulness

22 April, 2014

Catholic teachers union blasted for WorldPride Parade plans

Catholic teachers union blasted for WorldPride Parade plans

Think Pope Francis is a Liberal? I Don't Think You're Paying Attention - Aleteia

Think Pope Francis is a Liberal? I Don’t Think You’re Paying Attention - Aleteia: Recommendation: don't get your theology from the secular media.

Alabama Supreme Court Recognizes Child in the Womb Has Fundamental Rights - U.s. - News - Catholic Online

Alabama Supreme Court Recognizes Child in the Womb Has Fundamental Rights - U.s. - News - Catholic Online

Crowd overflows from St. Peter’s Square for Pope’s Easter Mass under sunny skies | National Post

Crowd overflows from St. Peter’s Square for Pope’s Easter Mass under sunny skies | National Post

The Dignity of Dying | Truth & Charity The Intersection of Faith & Life

The Dignity of Dying | Truth & Charity The Intersection of Faith & Life

New Survey Shows Secularist Pull Among the West’s Educated Elites | Daily News | NCRegister.com

New Survey Shows Secularist Pull Among the West’s Educated Elites | Daily News | NCRegister.com

The Gospel of Francis: An opinion piece on the significance of the two upcoming Papal Canonizations

The Gospel of Francis

Sainthood for John Paul II stirs debate - World News | IOL News | IOL.co.za

Sainthood for John Paul II stirs debate - World News | IOL News | IOL.co.za

Seek the Lord's Will, Even in Uncertainty

Seek the Lord's Will, Even in Uncertainty

21 April, 2014

Easter proclamation abolishes papacy: Sure. And I also believe that the Easter Bunny is real!

These folks make even the St. Pius X heretics look like liberals!! Still, if they actually could disestablish the Church, that would mean I could retire, take my pension and wile away the hours my cottage and contemplate my future during the coming summer months. I could think of worse fates than that!!  


Thankfully these lunatics can't do any of the things shout about, so my job and its attendant duties still lie ahead of me. Since the legitimate ministry & worship of Christ at any time is fruitful, but all the more so in the Easter celebrations which were a real boost to the Spirits (in every sense of the word!) for all concerned. This common witness to the faith sustains and vivifies my vocation and make me incredibly glad that God called me to serve as a parish priest.


So I guess this story is a 'Win-Win' situation for we priests. I'm certain it is for me graced as I am by living among such good people of faith as I do here in the Ottawa Valley. They know how to celebrate a 'feast', both spiritually and around the dining room table. I am a supremely lucky priest. It's important to remember this when encountering times of desert and dust - for it is good be remember the good times when sometimes face the daily doldrum of our regular tasks and routines. It is a powerful tonic, this faith of the people during the High Feasts; sufficient to take away any vocational virus or flu a priest might be feeling after a long and hard season of Lent. 


May God bless us all during this celebratory period of the Easter Octave. May he bless the Church in Pembroke with happy clergy and an laity bent on building the Kingdom of mercy and love in the here and now as well as in anticipation of the final version in the Parousia. And may he continue to bless our Pope and the Churches under his protection, care, and leadership as Peter in our times.







Easter proclamation abolishes papacy - Detroit Traditionalist Catholic | Examiner.com

Two Justices Say High Court Will Likely Rule On NSA Programs: A topic that by its very nature defines 'Where the Rubber Hits the Road'.

Two Justices Say High Court Will Likely Rule On NSA Programs: Two members of the Supreme Court indicated on Thursday night that the court will ultimately have to decide the legality of National Security Agency surveillance activities. The two justices, Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, made the comments during a public event at the National Press Club in Washington. They were responding to questions posed by journalist Marvin Kalb about whether the court would take up cases arising from the recent disclosures about NSA surveillance, most notably by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Scalia, a leading conservative justice, said the court was not the best body to decide major national security issues because of its lack of expertise.

Pope Francis' Easter Urbi et Orbi Address |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Pope Francis' Easter Urbi et Orbi Address |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Catholics reflect on Pope’s example as he continues to make his mark on the Church.






Catholics reflect on Pope’s example | WAVY

18 April, 2014

Failing and Falling - I’m reminded of our failing and falling whenever I walk through the Stations of the Cross: The latest from Fr. Dwight Longenecker

NCRegister | Failing and Falling

Holy Thursday. Self-portrait of Fr. Jorge (aka Pope Francis): The latest from Sandro Magister

Holy Thursday. Self-portrait of Fr. Jorge

St. John XXIII, patron saint of Christian unity? - Vatican Insider

St. John XXIII, patron saint of Christian unity? - Vatican Insider

Yale’s Agony Over Social Justice: Pro-Life group denied membership in student organization

Yale’s Agony Over Social Justice | Web Exclusives | Daily Writings From Our Top Writers | First Things

Motherhood, the Cross, and Easter

Motherhood, the Cross, and Easter

What Catholic Social Teaching is About | CatholicVote.org

What Catholic Social Teaching is About | CatholicVote.org

Kepler Team Announces Discovery of Earth-Sized Planet in Habitable Zone

Kepler Team Announces Discovery of Earth-Sized Planet in Habitable Zone | I Fucking Love Science

17 April, 2014

These Nonbiblical Movies Have to Stop!

These Nonbiblical Movies Have to Stop!

10 things you need to know about Holy Thursday |Blogs | NCRegister.com

10 things you need to know about Holy Thursday |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Ten Thousand Places: It's Always About Love

Ten Thousand Places: It's Always About Love

Doublethink: When an Attack on Speech ‘Reflects Diversity’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Doublethink: When an Attack on Speech ‘Reflects Diversity’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Woman pregnant with another couple’s twins after fertility clinic mix-up | LifeSiteNews.com

Woman pregnant with another couple’s twins after fertility clinic mix-up | LifeSiteNews.com

From ‘Passion of the Christ’ to ‘Noah’: A Look Back at the Seven Most Controversial Films with Biblical Reference - International Business Times

From ‘Passion of the Christ’ to ‘Noah’: A Look Back at the Seven Most Controversial Films with Biblical Reference - International Business Times

Priests must anoint others with oil of gladness, Pope reflects :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

The key to this is that one cannot give what they haven't got! So here's hoping and praying that priests might be infused with gladness these days so that they will have lots to spread around. I know I've got lots. That's why I awake each morning with praise on my lips and a smile on my face! And it's all thanks to God's great gift of the priesthood to which he called an unworthy soul like mine to participate in. It proves he's not too fussy about who he shares his gifts with.



Thank You God! Hallelujah indeed!! 



Priests must anoint others with oil of gladness, Pope reflects :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

ALEX SCHADENBERG, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: People with disabilities don't want your pity and we don't want your death.

ALEX SCHADENBERG, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: People with disabilities don't want your pity and we don't want your death.

A comedian's take on atheists

Easter Version of ‘Hallelujah’ Will Give You Chills - Music Videos

Easter Version of ‘Hallelujah’ Will Give You Chills - Music Videos

16 April, 2014

We may have witnessed the birth of a new Saturn moon | National Post

We may have witnessed the birth of a new Saturn moon | National Post

The Joys and Sorrows of Francis's Magisterium: by Sandro Magister

The Joys and Sorrows of Francis's Magisterium

Easter with Flannery O’Connor: An essay from George Weigel

Easter with Flannery O’Connor | Web Exclusives | Daily Writings From Our Top Writers | First Things

Historically Hopping Down the Bunny Trail of Easter Eggs | PennLive.com

Historically Hopping Down the Bunny Trail of Easter Eggs | PennLive.com

Blogger found guilty of violating judge’s publication ban | Sylvia's Site

Blogger found guilty of violating judge’s publication ban | Sylvia's Site

Euthanasia off the table in Quebec — for now

Euthanasia off the table in Quebec — for now

Top 10 Reasons You Should Go To The Canadian March For Life

Top 10 Reasons You Should Go To The Canadian March For Life

Jew Bashing: The New Anti-Semitism - Vision TV Channel Canada

Jew Bashing: The New Anti-Semitism - Vision TV Channel Canada

“For Worldly Sorrow Brings Death.” A Meditation on the Sad End of Judas and What Might Have Been. « Archdiocese of Washington

“For Worldly Sorrow Brings Death.” A Meditation on the Sad End of Judas and What Might Have Been. « Archdiocese of Washington

Ten Thousand Places: The Buried Treasure of the World

Ten Thousand Places: The Buried Treasure of the World

15 April, 2014

Pope Francis apologizes for abuse scandal, says Church deserves to pay - Living Faith - Home & Family - News - Catholic Online

Pope Francis apologizes for abuse scandal, says Church deserves to pay - Living Faith - Home & Family - News - Catholic Online

Whats expected from the Popes visit to South Korea? - Video - Catholic Online

Whats expected from the Popes visit to South Korea? - Video - Catholic Online

Francis’ message to seminarians: If the priesthood’s not for you, seek another path - An excellent piece of advice!

Francis’ message to seminarians: If the priesthood’s not for you, seek another path - Vatican Insider

31 Hilarious Examples Of Irony - These Ironic Photos Are The Best

31 Hilarious Examples Of Irony - These Ironic Photos Are The Best

Conjugal Fidelity is Creative Fidelity : A reflection on being faithful to commitments based on my FAVORITE Catholic philosopher, Garbriel Marcel

Conjugal Fidelity is Creative Fidelity : Stacy Trasancos

Pope: During Holy Week, ask which Gospel character you resemble | National Catholic Reporter

Pope: During Holy Week, ask which Gospel character you resemble | National Catholic Reporter

Supreme Act of Mercy: Giving the Living Water to the Thirsty -Connecting the Dots: A Register series on the corporal works of mercy.

Supreme Act of Mercy: Giving the Living Water to the Thirsty | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Grant Us Breathing Space | Vultus Christi

Grant Us Breathing Space | Vultus Christi

Record-breaking cold day ahead, Ottawa: OK. It's official. Yesterday +23C. Today -20C and a snowstorm. Mother Nature has gone senile.

Record-breaking cold day ahead, Ottawa | Ottawa & Region | News | Ottawa Sun

Ten Thousand Places: A Difficult Beauty, An Uncomfortable Truth

Ten Thousand Places: A Difficult Beauty, An Uncomfortable Truth

14 April, 2014

Papyrus that suggests Jesus was married is genuine, but it still doesn't prove much - Christmas / Advent - Catholic Online

Papyrus that suggests Jesus was married is genuine, but it still doesn't prove much - Christmas / Advent - Catholic Online

‘Pay for it yourself’: Canadian Catholics fighting renewed push for single publicly funded school system | National Post

‘Pay for it yourself’: Canadian Catholics fighting renewed push for single publicly funded school system | National Post

Pope ignores prepared Palm Sunday homily, speaks off-the-cuff before posing for selfies | National Post

Pope ignores prepared Palm Sunday homily, speaks off-the-cuff before posing for selfies | National Post

Total lunar eclipse, Mars close approach tonight - Technology & Science - CBC News

Total lunar eclipse, Mars close approach tonight - Technology & Science - CBC News

On Catholic History – Homiletic & Pastoral Review

On Catholic History – Homiletic & Pastoral Review

The Miserable Science Meets the Divine Science | Web Exclusives | Daily Writings From Our Top Writers | First Things

The Miserable Science Meets the Divine Science | Web Exclusives | Daily Writings From Our Top Writers | First Things

‘You Cared for Me’: Organizations Offer Lessons on Practicing the Corporal Works of Mercy

NCRegister | ‘You Cared for Me’

Belgium euthanasia: accelerating down the slippery slope

ALEX SCHADENBERG, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: Belgium euthanasia: accelerating down the slippery slope

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: This woman needed help not assisted suicide.

ALEX SCHADENBERG, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: This woman needed help not assisted suicide.

The Social Consequences of Doing Anything: Political correctness taken to the extreme! It's good for a chuckle.

12 April, 2014

Zinc can reduce the length of common cold: study: Now they tell us... Now that the winter cold season comes to an end!

Zinc can reduce the length of common cold: study | CTV News

SGN - Seattle Gay News - Page 14 - Argentine Catholic Church baptizes child of Lesbian couple - President Kirchner is godmother - Friday, April 11 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 15

The diversity of sites that Yahoo gathers with its digital 'clipping service' continues to amaze me. So do controversies such as this one.


Since we Catholics believe that baptism is required for salvation, why would there be any consideration of refusing it to a child based upon the sexual orientation or marital status of his or her parents? Is the priority of the great commission not to offer salavation to all? Why hold the child of parents of different moral, ethical, or political convictions be held as a virtual hostage, potentially endangering his or her eternal soul for something s/he has absolutely no control over whatsoever? How is that Christian??


Yes indeed this child should have been baptised... and it should hardly rate as news in any paper, magazine, or website if we took seriously our religious obligations to follow in Christ's footsteps. I pray that soon it will be true in every corner of of our fair earth and that children are not held libel in some way for the beliefs (or lack thereof) of their parents.


It's up to Christ to judge... not us. Our role in the Church is to bring as many into his grace as possible... not judge and condemn them in his stead. We can preach and teach what we believe to be the proper way to live, but we have no right to impose it on anyone. Refusing to baptize a child is akin to locking them outside the gates of salvation. Christ would never approve of such an act.


Fr. Tim





SGN - Seattle Gay News - Page 14 - Argentine Catholic Church baptizes child of Lesbian couple - President Kirchner is godmother - Friday, April 11 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 15

Pope asks forgiveness for child abuse 'evil' | Stuff.co.nz

Pope asks forgiveness for child abuse 'evil' | Stuff.co.nz

Pope for a Day Series: 'Temptations' (con't)

11 April, 2014

Need a lift after a long, hard week? If this doesn't do it... you just might be dead!

Toronto trustees reject Pride Parade nudity motion | Toronto Star

I have three issues with this story. First I don't understand why it is that if a person walks down the street naked by themselves they will be charged with public nudity (and likely carried off to the looney bin to boot) but when it happens in a parade it's OK.



Next, the fact that the trustees voted down a resolution on requiring police checks for all their volunteers because it would make some of them feel uncomfortable is ludicrous! So are they not concerned that if a pervert volunteers and assaults a student, that child might feel 'uncomfortable' or is that OK with these Toronto Trustees?



Finally, no one... and I am sure I mean NO ONE, wants to see the arse-end of someone as wide as the 'gentleman's' derrière in the photo accompanying this story. It's disgusting and sensationalistic. 



So be forewarned if you choose to click on the link below. You might just lose your lunch!





Toronto trustees reject Pride Parade nudity motion | Toronto Star

Pope for the Day Series: Temptation (continued)

The Experiment: An interesting study on how to get monkeys to beat each other up... or a valid explanation of how violence spreads in a society. Check it out and decide for yourself.

The Experiment | True Activist

When People Make Mistakes (But Not You!) : Oops. I guess the internet caught me being judgemental about the previous stories posted today.

I guess no one (and that would include me) is perfect. It's either that, or somebody slipped some LSD into the world's drinking water. How else can we explain the weirdness online about the Church today? Time I guess to pour some more water into the coffee machine and join the party.
Beam me up Scotty. There's no intelligent life down here!

When People Make Mistakes (But Not You!) - IgnitumToday : IgnitumToday

Controversial papyrus referring to ‘Jesus’ wife’ likely an ancient document and not a modern forgery, scientists say: ...And there you have it! It's now official. The world (or at least the internet) has gone NUTS!!!

OMG! Jesus is already taken!! Now I'll be a spinster forever!!





Controversial papyrus referring to ‘Jesus’ wife’ likely an ancient document and not a modern forgery, scientists say | National Post

Conspiracies & Catholicism: Easter Special: Now hold on a minute.Easter isn't where Easter is supposed to be on the calendar? Now we're just moving in crazy bat sh*t territory. What's next? I suppose someone's going to claim that Jesus had a wife, eh?

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you!




Conspiracies & Catholicism: Easter Special - Catholic Stand : Catholic Stand

How Is the Date of Easter Calculated?

How Is the Date of Easter Calculated?

Universe, you really let me down: astronomers disappointed after observation doesn't fit model - Technology - News - Catholic Online

Universe, you really let me down: astronomers disappointed after observation doesn't fit model - Technology - News - Catholic Online

‘The Principle’: Geocentrism is What Real Biblical Literalism Looks Like: OK. It's official... Is the entire world going crazy. I must have missed the memo!





‘The Principle’: Geocentrism is What Real Biblical Literalism Looks Like - The Daily Beast

Francis meets former sex slaves on second day of conference against human trafficking - Vatican Insider

Francis meets former sex slaves on second day of conference against human trafficking - Vatican Insider

Pope, US, Canadian, European leaders in court for murder, trafficking children: Seriously? The Pope, Prince Philip, and Canadian & American politicians being tried for Satanic acts and trafficking children? Has the entire world gone crazy???





Pope, US, Canadian, European leaders in court for murder, trafficking children - Provo child abuse | Examiner.com

The Paradox of Suffering

The Paradox of Suffering

10 April, 2014

Pope for the Day Series: Temptation (continued)

The attitude-adjustment derby:Can hot-button topics be discussed rationally, or have media and the blogosphere dragged everybody into an unending screaming match?

I've been having a chat this morning with a lad who seems upset about a video making its way around the net of a priest singing a personalized version of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' to a newly married couple. In his first comment he launches off with profanity as he decried the priest's singing as an 'abuse of the liturgy'. When I asked him if he didn't think that he was vitiating his argument about a liturgical abuse by using abusive language, he replied that the use of profanity is indeed appropriate when condemning the priest for singing the song. I guess comprehending irony is not his strong suit.


Any way, this article from today's NCR blog seems to hit the same themes I was trying to raise with him. Check it out and see if you agree.


The attitude-adjustment derby | National Catholic Reporter



Here's a link as well to the priest's musical gift to the married couple.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-26957527

Ten Thousand Places: God Gives Us the Bad Example

Ten Thousand Places: God Gives Us the Bad Example

09 April, 2014

Pope for the Day Series: Temptations (continued)

How to Pray When the Words Won't Come

How to Pray When the Words Won't Come

Fr. Dwight Longenecker on The Absurdity of Evil - U.s. - News - Catholic Online

Anyone familiar with this blog knows that I'm a fan of the writings of Fr. Dwight Longenecker. However I do have some questions about his sense of fashion. While I usually wear a clerical shirt with a roman collar when I am working or out and about, his tastes seem to me to come out of an episode of  "Game of Thrones'. I mean... cassock and cape???  Really? And is that a biretta in his hand?




Sorry. I just had to get that one off my chest. I usually like and appreciate what he writes... but he really should try to move his 'fashion sense' out of the Middle Ages... don't you think?



Fr. Dwight Longenecker on The Absurdity of Evil - U.s. - News - Catholic Online

HANG ON TOTO! Astronomers calculate the speed of the Universe's expansion - Technology - News - Catholic Online

HANG ON TOTO! Astronomers calculate the speed of the Universe's expansion - Technology - News - Catholic Online

Easter Glory in a Roman Jewel Box: George Weigel's latest from the First Things website OR Another great reason to buy 'Roman Pilgrimage: The Station Churches

Easter Glory in a Roman Jewel Box | Web Exclusives | Daily Writings From Our Top Writers | First Things

How much is a bishop worth? | National Catholic Reporter

How much is a bishop worth? | National Catholic Reporter

All Things Catholic: Immigration reform becomes a Catholic ‘pro-life’ cause: The latest column by John Allen

All Things Catholic: Immigration reform becomes a Catholic ‘pro-life’ cause - World - The Boston Globe

Seven Principles of Catholic Social Teaching

Seven Principles of Catholic Social Teaching

By Way of Love: A new book about Mother Teresa

By Way of Love

Bishop McGrattan succeeds Bishop DeAngelis in Peterborough Diocese | Catholic Canada



Congratulations to Bishop Bill McGrattan. He was in the class ahead of me in the Seminary and was an outstanding lad even then. Peterborough is a lucky diocese!



Bishop McGrattan succeeds Bishop DeAngelis in Peterborough Diocese | Catholic Canada

08 April, 2014

Pope for the Day Series: Temptations (con't)

“How Great Thou Art” Will Completely Cover You With Goosebumps - FaithTap

A touching and beautiful rendition of a gospel classic by Carrie Underwood and Vince Gill. Just a little something to listen to in the midst of the chaos of your day. Here's hoping it brings you peace.





“How Great Thou Art” Will Completely Cover You With Goosebumps - FaithTap

Universe, you really let me down: astronomers disappointed after observation doesn't fit model - Technology - News - Catholic Online

I am always interested in science stories and often post some on this blog. But this seems to be to be a somewhat troubling story. Not the conclusions that the astronomers is disturbing, but rather the fact that they could be 'disappointed' with the fact that the universe isn't working the way they wanted it to.



Sounds just a touch arrogant or self-centered don't you think? "Damn universe! Why won't you be the way I want you to be?" I mean, come on fellows! I'm ticked that after finally seeing the winter snows start to melt around here that I woke up to heavy snow falling afresh from the sky. But I'm not disappointed with the fact that in Canada it snows.



But maybe I should cut these guys some slack. After all, if the snow gets to be too much for me I can always jump in my car and drive south to where it's warm. Where can you go if you're ticked with the universe?



Universe, you really let me down: astronomers disappointed after observation doesn't fit model - Technology - News - Catholic Online

Father wins right to have son exempted from all religious programs at Ontario Catholic high school | National Post

I've got to ask: If you didn't want your child to participate in any Catholic activities or courses, why would you enroll them in a Catholic school? Am I missing something here?



Father wins right to have son exempted from all religious programs at Ontario Catholic high school | National Post

A question about the dead: Mark Shea on the relationship between us and our deceased loved ones

A question about the dead |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Poverty and Property: An interesting reflection of Christian asceticism by Fr. Dwight Longnecker

Poverty and Property

4 Things Catholics Do that Rightly Scandalize Non-Catholics - Aleteia

4 Things Catholics Do that Rightly Scandalize Non-Catholics - Aleteia

Mother Teresa's Little Way

Mother Teresa's Little Way

07 April, 2014

The Pope's Third Embodiment: Sandro Magister reviews a book on the emergence of Benedict XVI as 'Pope Emeritus'

The Pope's Third Embodiment

Saying goodbye to the 'big' and the 'small' of the comedy world

Media reports that two people who made us laugh in life have died in the past 24 hours. While they both shared the 'comedic gene' (if such a thing exists), it was their physical stature that identified each of them in the public consciousness.

The first is Mickey Rooney who passed away yesterday at the age of 92.

Rooney started his career in his parents' vaudeville act while still a toddler, and broke into movies before age 10. He was still racking up film and TV credits more than 80 years later - a tenure likely unmatched in the history of show business.

"I always say, 'Don't retire -- inspire,'" he told The Associated Press in March 2008. "There's a lot to be done."

Among his roles in recent years was a part as a guard in the smash 2006 comedy "A Night at the Museum."

Rooney won two special Academy Awards for his film achievements, and reigned from 1939 to 1942 as the No. 1 moneymaking star in movies, his run only broken when he joined the Army.

At his peak, he was the incarnation of the show biz lifer, a shameless ham and hoofer whom one could imagine singing, dancing and wisecracking in his crib, his blond hair, big grin and constant motion a draw for millions. He later won an Emmy and was nominated for a Tony.


Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/entertainment/legendary-hollywood-actor-mickey-rooney-dies-at-age-93-1.1763983#ixzz2yCZUuW00


The second man mined his large girth as rich source of comedy. John Pinette died at the age of 50, at the very pinnacle of his comedic career.

Pinette died of natural causes Saturday at a hotel in Pittsburgh, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office said Sunday evening. Pinette's agent confirmed his death.

The portly Pinette was a self-deprecating presence on stage, frequently discussing his weight on stand-up specials "Show Me the Buffet," "I'm Starvin'!" and "Still Hungry."

Pinette had been working on another stand-up project when he died, his agent, Nick Nuciforo, said.

"He should be celebrated for the amazing comedian he was," Nuciforo said.







May God be kind to them both and bring them to his bosom in heaven for they will surely put a smile on his face.

15 Hilarious Catholic Memes: Something to put a smile on your face... even if it's a few days late. After all, humour is timeless!

15 Hilarious Catholic Memes to Get Your April Fools' Day Started Off Right - Aleteia

What Mozilla Has Taught Us: An examination from a Catholic perspective of the firing of the CEO of Mozilla for the 'offense' of supporting the traditional definition of marriage during the California Prop 8 debate with personal donation of $1000 in 2008

Articles: What Mozilla Has Taught Us

Demographers examine parish challenges of the 21st century | National Catholic Reporter

Demographers examine parish challenges of the 21st century | National Catholic Reporter

What CATegory are you in? A Meditation on why the Lord “needs” our faith. « Archdiocese of Washington

What CATegory are you in? A Meditation on why the Lord “needs” our faith. « Archdiocese of Washington

06 April, 2014

Pope for the Day Series: Temptation (continued)

Wisdom for a Sunday morning


Biggest game of the year one of Leafs worst - Sportsnet.ca

If misery indeed loves company (and as a Ottawa Sen's fan this has indeed been a miserable year) then at least I can take comfort that our arch-enemy the Toronto Maple Leafs seemed destined to have missed the play-offs as well.



See you on the golf course guys. Hope your golf handicaps are better than your winning percentages were this year!!



Biggest game of the year one of Leafs worst - Sportsnet.ca

Hello Enceladus! Forget Mars, here's where extraterrestrial life can be found in the solar system - Technology - News - Catholic Online

Hello Enceladus! Forget Mars, here's where extraterrestrial life can be found in the solar system - Technology - News - Catholic Online

Disgraced cardinal's archdiocese subject of Vatican investigation | National Catholic Reporter

On the one hand it's difficult to see this news story as 'good news', but if it is a sign of Pope Francis moving to deal decisively with the issues of feckless and immoral clerics in the hierarchy of the Church, then it is good news indeed. It could mean that he understands that the greater damage done to the Church through all of the sex abuse clergy scandals has not been wrought by the predators themselves (as horrid and terrible as they have been in themselves) but by the fact that their predations have been enabled and abetted by the Bishops et al who have failed to deal justly and properly with these criminals.



So maybe, just maybe this is indeed a good news story. Let's pray that it turns out that way as I believe that dealing with the issue of the cover-ups MUST BE dealt with if we hope to win back the trust and confidence of Catholics who have abandoned the Church (if not the faith) in the wake of twenty five years of these sordid revelations.



Disgraced cardinal's archdiocese subject of Vatican investigation | National Catholic Reporter

Mary, Martha and Lazarus: Blessed Are the Mourners

NCRegister | Mary, Martha and Lazarus: Blessed Are the Mourners

Blaze destroys iconic Ukrainian Catholic church in Brampton | Toronto Star

What seems strange about this fire is that it's the third Catholic Catholic Church damaged or destroyed in Brampton in the last two years. Earlier a Coptic/Orthodox Church was set ablaze when a Molotov cocktail was thrown through a window and a Roman Church was damaged with a pipe bomb. Now this one is burned to the ground yesterday.



Either Christian Churches are running into a terrible string of bad luck... or something more nefarious is happening in Brampton. Hopefully, if it's the latter, the police will soon be able to arrest the offender/s and bring this carnage to an end. 



One thing I know for sure is that the insurance rates we have to pay on our buildings is about to skyrocket as all Catholic Churches in Ontario (and this little corner of Québec) are all covered under one co-op insurance plan. 



Blaze destroys iconic Ukrainian Catholic church in Brampton | Toronto Star

What We Do About It When Faced With Enemies in Our Sight... A reflection from Psalm 23

What We Do About It

05 April, 2014

Pope for the Day Series: 'Temptations' (continued)

Matt Gurney: The PQ comes clean: "Any member of the civil service, be it a brain surgeon or filing clerk, would be fired if he or she insisted on wearing a veil, kippa or turban at work."

Matt Gurney: The PQ comes clean | National Post

Sister Jane, Cowardly Clergy and Martin Niemoller Moments

Sister Jane, Cowardly Clergy and Martin Niemoller Moments

Pope Says ‘Poor Are the Center of the Gospel of Jesus’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope Says ‘Poor Are the Center of the Gospel of Jesus’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Cameroon abduction involves capture of 2 Italian priests, Canadian nun - World - CBC News

Cameroon abduction involves capture of 2 Italian priests, Canadian nun - World - CBC News

Pope: OK to fight with God, hold him to his promise, remember his love

Pope: OK to fight with God, hold him to his promise, remember his love

The caption with this picture says it all!


Ten Thousand Places: Knowing God in the Biblical Sense of the Word

Ten Thousand Places: Knowing God in the Biblical Sense of the Word

Why is the surprise end to this video so shocking? It ought to disturb you; but why? « Archdiocese of Washington

Why is the surprise end to this video so shocking? It ought to disturb you; but why? « Archdiocese of Washington

04 April, 2014

Weigel, Popes, Presidents and the Desk | National Catholic Reporter

Weigel, Popes, Presidents and the Desk | National Catholic Reporter

Letterman retiring from late night as an elder statesman of comedy: Well, there goes the last reason I had to stay up late at night...

Scott Stinson: Letterman retiring from late night as an elder statesman of comedy | National Post

This Week’s Best in Catholic Apologetics: An interesting site I've just discovered

This Week’s Best in Catholic Apologetics

Can we prove that God exists? A YouTube video from University of Notre Dame

Pope for the Day Series: Temptations (continued)

God, the Tomb Robber: A reflection on the rising of Lazarus by Christ - this Sunday's gospel reading

God, the Tomb Robber

What if the Prodigal Son Had No Father to Return to? - These Stone Walls

What if the Prodigal Son Had No Father to Return to? - These Stone Walls

Astroboffins conclude Moon was formed by primordial impact with another planet! - Technology - News - Catholic Online

Astroboffins conclude Moon was formed by primordial impact with another planet! - Technology - News - Catholic Online

Election gut check for Quebec's Pauline Marois: Monday night can't come fast enough to see the end of this vitriolic campaign

Election gut check for Quebec's Pauline Marois - Quebec Votes 2014 - CBC

Two Quebecers among new saints named by Pope Francis | CTV News

Two Quebecers among new saints named by Pope Francis | CTV News

The Catholic Review of Books | Catholic Chapter House Blog

The Catholic Review of Books | Catholic Chapter House Blog

A meditation on the teaching of Jesus that we are stubborn of heart and slow to believe « Archdiocese of Washington

A meditation on the teaching of Jesus that we are stubborn of heart and slow to believe « Archdiocese of Washington