31 January, 2014

Women; the old guard; pope v. pope; graffiti; and All Things Catholic | National Catholic Reporter

Women; the old guard; pope v. pope; graffiti; and All Things Catholic | National Catholic Reporter

All Press is Good Press: Pope Francis and the Cover of Rolling Stone Magazine - U.s. - Catholic Online

All Press is Good Press: Pope Francis and the Cover of Rolling Stone Magazine - U.s. - Catholic Online

Francis: “When you lose the sense of sin, you lose the sense of the Kingdom of God" - Vatican Insider

Francis: “When you lose the sense of sin, you lose the sense of the Kingdom of God" - Vatican Insider

5 Dumb Things People Say About Truth : matt fradd

5 Dumb Things People Say About Truth : matt fradd

Pope Francis to Emphasize ‘Human Ecology’ in Forthcoming Document, Says Theologian | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope Francis to Emphasize ‘Human Ecology’ in Forthcoming Document, Says Theologian | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope will make mark on US church through Chicago

Pope will make mark on US church through Chicago

30 January, 2014

Ten Thousand Places: The Narrowness of the Internet - today's offering from Fr. Denis Lemieux of Madonna House

Ten Thousand Places: The Narrowness of the Internet

Neanderthal DNA hides in genes dictating our hair, skin - Technology & Science - CBC News

Neanderthal DNA hides in genes dictating our hair, skin - Technology & Science - CBC News

Ancient pottery may confirm Old Testament stories about King David and King Solomon - International - Catholic Online

Ancient pottery may confirm Old Testament stories about King David and King Solomon - International - Catholic Online

Keeping the Moral Law and Staying Human - Living Faith - Home & Family - Catholic Online

Keeping the Moral Law and Staying Human - Living Faith - Home & Family - Catholic Online

The John Paul II difference in 1989 | Web Exclusives | First Things

The John Paul II difference in 1989 | Web Exclusives | First Things

Chastity: The Forgotten Virtue

NCRegister | Chastity: The Forgotten Virtue

Private Revelation: Disagreements Among Christians About Modern Miracles |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Private Revelation: Disagreements Among Christians About Modern Miracles |Blogs | NCRegister.com

The Hat-Swapping Pope - Aleteia

The Hat-Swapping Pope - Aleteia

'Jesus Tattoo' group claims LISD violated free speech rights, lawsuit shows | Lubbock Online | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

'Jesus Tattoo' group claims LISD violated free speech rights, lawsuit shows | Lubbock Online | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Articles: Theology vs. Spin

Articles: Theology vs. Spin

Francis taps reformer for financial clean-up | National Catholic Reporter

Francis taps reformer for financial clean-up | National Catholic Reporter

29 January, 2014

Inside Stephen Hawking: PBS Documentary Explores Famed Scientist's Life Tonight | LiveScience

Inside Stephen Hawking: PBS Documentary Explores Famed Scientist's Life Tonight | LiveScience

Pope Francis’ ecumenism - Vatican Insider

Pope Francis’ ecumenism - Vatican Insider

Superpope graffiti pops up in Vatican City - World - CBC News

Superpope graffiti pops up in Vatican City - World - CBC News

Grammy Awards Reveal Collapsing Culture and the Christian Mission in a Pre-Christian Nation - U.s. - Catholic Online

Grammy Awards Reveal Collapsing Culture and the Christian Mission in a Pre-Christian Nation - U.s. - Catholic Online

Francis: “You shout when your team scores a goal but you don’t sing praises to the Lord?” - Vatican Insider

Francis: “You shout when your team scores a goal but you don’t sing praises to the Lord?” - Vatican Insider

A Brief Meditation on Mystery by Msgr. Charles Pope

A Brief Meditation on Mystery « Archdiocese of Washington

Francis puts usury into mix of social justice concerns | National Catholic Reporter

Francis puts usury into mix of social justice concerns | National Catholic Reporter

Pope Francis Makes the Cover of Rolling Stone

Pope Francis Makes the Cover of Rolling Stone

Pope Francis Calls Catholics To Learn and Practice the Prayer of Praise - International - Catholic Online

Pope Francis Calls Catholics To Learn and Practice the Prayer of Praise - International - Catholic Online

Ten Thousand Places: How To Be a Good Pagan

Ten Thousand Places: How To Be a Good Pagan: There is one broad fact about the relations of Christianity and Paganism which is so simple that many will smile at it, bu...

Muslim group serves Prime Minister's Office with libel notice | CTV News

Muslim group serves Prime Minister's Office with libel notice | CTV News

Norway nominates Edward Snowden for Nobel Peace Prize | CTV News

Norway nominates Edward Snowden for Nobel Peace Prize | CTV News

BIG BLUE WAVE: Looking Forward To Pope Francis' Next Encyclical

BIG BLUE WAVE: Looking Forward To Pope Francis' Next Encyclical

28 January, 2014

New App Aims to Enliven and Boost Access to Holy Scriptures | Daily News | NCRegister.com

New App Aims to Enliven and Boost Access to Holy Scriptures | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Francis thanks the many holy priests who give their lives in the anonymity of their daily service - Vatican Insider

Francis thanks the many holy priests who give their lives in the anonymity of their daily service - Vatican Insider

Deep freeze strikes from Saskatchewan to Quebec - I'd scream at Mother Nature in the wake of this news... if I could stop shivering and shaking every time I go outside!

Deep freeze strikes from Saskatchewan to Quebec - Canada - CBC News

Pete Seeger, U.S. folk singer and political activist, dies at 94 - R.I.P.

Pete Seeger, U.S. folk singer and political activist, dies at 94 | Entertainment & Showbiz from CTV News

Vatican Diary / The Cardinals Who Hold the Purse Strings - the latest from Sandro Magister

Vatican Diary / The Cardinals Who Hold the Purse Strings

Tension over Maciel legacy complicates Legion election - a column from John Allen

Tension over Maciel legacy complicates Legion election | National Catholic Reporter

'Pope And Mussolini' Tells The 'Secret History' Of Fascism And The Church | WBFO

'Pope And Mussolini' Tells The 'Secret History' Of Fascism And The Church | WBFO

The obfuscation of the New Evangelization

The obfuscation of the New Evangelization

Daily Kos: When the “Family Values” Agenda Includes Child Sex Abuse

Daily Kos: When the “Family Values” Agenda Includes Child Sex Abuse

27 January, 2014

That Attack on the Pope's Doves

That Attack on the Pope’s Doves

Iranian news agency says the U.S. is secretly run by Nazi space aliens. Really!: Evidently the Iranian news agency is populated with more flakes and nuts than a box of cereal!!!

Iranian news agency says the U.S. is secretly run by Nazi space aliens. Really.

Ukraine’s crackdown singling out Catholics, Canada’s religious-freedom envoy says - The Globe and Mail

Ukraine’s crackdown singling out Catholics, Canada’s religious-freedom envoy says - The Globe and Mail

Fr. Robert Barron's Word On Fire - New Evangelization Reading List

Fr. Robert Barron's Word On Fire - New Evangelization Reading List

Atheism And Its Problem Of Evil | William M. Briggs

Atheism And Its Problem Of Evil | William M. Briggs

Pope Francis vows to be very tough on pedophile priests - Living Faith - Home & Family - Catholic Online

Pope Francis vows to be very tough on pedophile priests - Living Faith - Home & Family - Catholic Online

STATEMENT OF CLERGY AND FAITHFUL ON THE SITUATION IN UKRAINE :: MONKROCK

STATEMENT OF CLERGY AND FAITHFUL ON THE SITUATION IN UKRAINE :: MONKROCK

Pope Francis vows to be very tough on pedophile priests - Living Faith - Home & Family - Catholic Online

Pope Francis vows to be very tough on pedophile priests - Living Faith - Home & Family - Catholic Online

Is the Bible dictating Canadian policy? | Local Columnists | Kelowna Daily Courier

Is the Bible dictating Canadian policy? | Local Columnists | Kelowna Daily Courier

Adolf Hitler's religious beliefs - Philadelphia Ghosts, Angels & Demons | Examiner.com

Adolf Hitler's religious beliefs - Philadelphia Ghosts, Angels & Demons | Examiner.com

26 January, 2014

Ten Thousand Places: The Problem of the Selfie

Ten Thousand Places: The Problem of the Selfie: Pride is a weakness in the character; it dries up laughter, it dries up wonder, it dries up chivalry and energy… It is not...

Black crows attack peace doves freed from Vatican window | CTV News

Black crows attack peace doves freed from Vatican window | CTV News

Pope Francis makes a special plea! Are Catholics deaf or will they listen? - Living Faith - Home & Family - Catholic Online

Pope Francis makes a special plea! Are Catholics deaf or will they listen? - Living Faith - Home & Family - Catholic Online

Pope preparing major statement on ecology, Vatican says | Reuters

Pope preparing major statement on ecology, Vatican says | Reuters

Pope wants 'capillary and incisive' role for women in church | National Catholic Reporter

Pope wants 'capillary and incisive' role for women in church | National Catholic Reporter

NCRegister | Jesus’ (and Our) Three Tasks of Love

NCRegister | Jesus’ (and Our) Three Tasks of Love

25 January, 2014

Women should have greater presence in the church: Pope Francis | CTV News

Women should have greater presence in the church: Pope Francis | CTV News

RDFRS: 10 Cliches Christians should stop saying - Despite the fact this comes from an atheist website, it's pretty good advice for we Christians! H/T to 'Deep Diver' for sending it to me.

RDFRS: 10 Cliches Christians should stop saying

Overnight explosion and bomb threat temporarily paralyze St. Peters Square - Video - Catholic Online

Overnight explosion and bomb threat temporarily paralyze St. Peters Square - Video - Catholic Online

Ten Thousand Places: How To Become a Mediocre, Cynical Coward (Or Not, If You Prefer)

Ten Thousand Places: How To Become a Mediocre, Cynical Coward (Or Not, If You Prefer)

The Opening of the Scientific Mind | Strange Notions

The Opening of the Scientific Mind | Strange Notions

Toronto Catholic group has shepherded thousands of refugees to a new life in Canada | National Post

Toronto Catholic group has shepherded thousands of refugees to a new life in Canada | National Post

Andrew Coyne: Who will speak up for minority rights in Quebec? | National Post

Andrew Coyne: Who will speak up for minority rights in Quebec? | National Post

“In Sickness and in health,” as seen in a powerful cartoon. « Archdiocese of Washington

“In Sickness and in health,” as seen in a powerful cartoon. « Archdiocese of Washington

A CHURCH WHO WISHES TO COMMUNICATE

VIS news - Holy See Press Office: A CHURCH WHO WISHES TO COMMUNICATE

24 January, 2014

Vatican sources: Pope Francis intends to visit US in 2015 | National Catholic Reporter

Vatican sources: Pope Francis intends to visit US in 2015 | National Catholic Reporter

Truisms in Catholic life and a rundown of Rome news | National Catholic Reporter

Truisms in Catholic life and a rundown of Rome news | National Catholic Reporter

Ukraine video shows riot police abusing protester stripped naked in freezing cold | National Post

Ukraine video shows riot police abusing protester stripped naked in freezing cold | National Post

What do the Stages of Starvation have to teach us about the demise of the West? « Archdiocese of Washington

What do the Stages of Starvation have to teach us about the demise of the West? « Archdiocese of Washington

The Thousands of Jews Saved in Churches and Convents: the latest from Sandro Magister

The Thousands of Jews Saved in Churches and Convents

Issues of Life and Getting Back to the Basics | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Issues of Life and Getting Back to the Basics | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope to media: 'For God's sake, slow down!' | National Catholic Reporter

Pope to media: 'For God's sake, slow down!' | National Catholic Reporter

POPE'S MESSAGE FOR THE 48TH WORLD DAY OF SOCIAL COMMUNICATIONS

Vis: Vatican Information Service

P.E.I. turns to India for new priests - Prince Edward Island - CBC News

P.E.I. turns to India for new priests - Prince Edward Island - CBC News

Tolerance has no place in liberalism | Amarillo Globe-News

Goldberg:Tolerance has no place in liberalism | Amarillo Globe-News

Pope Francis says the Internet is a 'gift from God' - latimes.com

Pope Francis says the Internet is a 'gift from God' - latimes.com

23 January, 2014

Legionaries to critics: 'Give us a chance': latest from John Allen

Legionaries to critics: 'Give us a chance' | National Catholic Reporter

Ukraine’s war zone: Opposition sets 24-hour election deadline to end fiery protests that killed at least two people | National Post

Ukraine’s war zone: Opposition sets 24-hour election deadline to end fiery protests that killed at least two people | National Post

Ten Thousand Places: Silent Night, Unholy Night

Ten Thousand Places: Silent Night, Unholy Night

Fr. Robert Barron on anti-Catholic prejudice in a YouTube video

Barbara Kay: The PQ’s war against faith | National Post

Barbara Kay: The PQ’s war against faith | National Post

Grim News from Ukraine | National Review Online

Grim News from Ukraine | National Review Online

U.S. man who donated sperm to lesbian couple must pay child support: judge | CTV News

U.S. man who donated sperm to lesbian couple must pay child support: judge | CTV News

22 January, 2014

Accelerating Catholic Reform: George Weigel's latest column on the (revamped) First Things website

Accelerating Catholic Reform | Web Exclusives | First Things

Does Vatican Insider have the inside scoop on Medjugorje? 11 things to know and share |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Does Vatican Insider have the inside scoop on Medjugorje? 11 things to know and share |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Comfortable in His Catholic Skin: The Ecumenical Courage of Cardinal Seán Patrick O'Malley - U.s. - Catholic Online

Comfortable in His Catholic Skin: The Ecumenical Courage of Cardinal Seán Patrick O'Malley - U.s. - Catholic Online

Under the same roof: An article on the true spirit of ecumenism from Osservatore Romano, a Vatican newspaper

Under the same roof

The Reason for Our Hope: What's Gone Wrong? An interesting reflection from Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton

The Reason for Our Hope: What's Gone Wrong?

The stock market will crash and it will happen in minutes - a warning not to put our trust in God but in God if we wish to be truly rich

The stock market will crash and it will happen in minutes

Father Schall: Pleasure Is Part of the Moral Life - a book review

Father Schall: Pleasure Is Part of the Moral Life | Daily News | NCRegister.com

21 January, 2014

Church on Trial. The Defense Speaks: the latest from Sandro Magister

Church on Trial. The Defense Speaks

It's cardinal v. cardinal on divorced and remarried Catholics | National Catholic Reporter

It's cardinal v. cardinal on divorced and remarried Catholics | National Catholic Reporter

Due for major earthquake, Israel seeks to keep Holy Land's ancient treasures standing | CTV News

Due for major earthquake, Israel seeks to keep Holy Land's ancient treasures standing | CTV News

The Catholic Church: The Last Institution - U.s. - Catholic Online

The Catholic Church: The Last Institution - U.s. - Catholic Online

Obama to visit Pope Francis in March | Politics - Home

Obama to visit Pope Francis in March | Politics - Home

Pope Francis: accept the surprises of God :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Pope Francis: accept the surprises of God :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

20 January, 2014

Daughter defends Quebec couple's controversial testimony on values charter; says they're not racist | CTV News

My favorite line in this article is where, in arguing that her parents are not racist, she states that even her daughter is 'dating a black man'. Is this not just another version of the 'I've don't hate ______ (add minority group here). Some of my best friends are _______!'



This proposed Charter is doing nothing more than creating division and strife. But it works to the PQ's goal of playing up the xenophobic traces that run through the Francophone majority in the province, hopefully (in their opinion) boosting their chances at being re-elected in the next provincial election expected this spring.





Daughter defends Quebec couple's controversial testimony on values charter; says they're not racist | CTV News

Scientists baffled by mystery rock that 'just plain appeared' on Mars | CTV News

Scientists baffled by mystery rock that 'just plain appeared' on Mars | CTV News

The Doctor is In – A Reflection on a Sermon of Dr. Martin Luther King refuting Atheist Materialism « Archdiocese of Washington

The Doctor is In – A Reflection on a Sermon of Dr. Martin Luther King refuting Atheist Materialism « Archdiocese of Washington

Neil deGrasse Tyson opines that faith and science cannot be reconciled.

While deGrasse Tyson raises some valid points, ultimately I do not agree because he is misinterpreting what the Bible is. It is not a book of science but a book revelation containing religious truth. Still, his argument is important to understand irrespective of where you stand on this issue.

What do you think?




We WILL discover life beyond Earth within 15 years - Here's HOW and WHY - Technology - Catholic Online

We WILL discover life beyond Earth within 15 years - Here's HOW and WHY - Technology - Catholic Online

Francis: “Even the greatest sins can be forgiven” - Vatican Insider

Francis: “Even the greatest sins can be forgiven” - Vatican Insider

Weekend roundup from John Allen: The immigrant pope, Pius XII, the 'gay lobby', and a baby named Francis | National Catholic Reporter

Weekend roundup: The immigrant pope, Pius XII, the 'gay lobby', and a baby named Francis | National Catholic Reporter

'Dignity: The Moral Compass' | A book review from the National Catholic Register

Dignity: The Moral Compass | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope won’t be lenient with predator priests: ex-prosecutor | TheGazette

Pope won’t be lenient with predator priests: ex-prosecutor | TheGazette

18 January, 2014

Return of the polar vortex: Arctic air to bring bitterly cold sub-zero temperatures to much of Canada | National Post

'Stay longer'? Dear God.... Noooo. The last visit of this weather phenomenon resulted in an oil bill that topped $13,200 for the three churches that make up my current assignment. Another that might last for most of a month will bankrupt us!

Sigh... I guess Mother Nature really doesn't take instruction from her 'higher-ups' when it comes to making it easy on we poor country parishes. C'est la vie. 

Time to lower the thermostats again and break out the sweaters.

Return of the polar vortex: Arctic air to bring bitterly cold sub-zero temperatures to much of Canada | National Post

In Stunning Homily Pope Francis Ties Abuse Scandal to Clergy who have No Relationship with God - International - Catholic Online

In Stunning Homily Pope Francis Ties Abuse Scandal to Clergy who have No Relationship with God - International - Catholic Online

Sex-Selection in the West | Catholic Lane

Sex-Selection in the West | Catholic Lane

Vatican continues full-court press on Syria | National Catholic Reporter

Vatican continues full-court press on Syria | National Catholic Reporter

Pope to Youth: ‘Christians Were Not Chosen by the Lord for Small Things’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope to Youth: ‘Christians Were Not Chosen by the Lord for Small Things’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

From Battery Life To Real Life. An Allegory about Dying and Rising in a touching Cartoon « Archdiocese of Washington

From Battery Life To Real Life. An Allegory about Dying and Rising in a touching Cartoon « Archdiocese of Washington

17 January, 2014

Pope Benedict defrocked nearly 400 priests for molesting kids: AP | CTV News

Pope Benedict defrocked nearly 400 priests for molesting kids: AP | CTV News

Riveting theater in Geneva; the pope's rabbi on Jewish/Catholic relations | National Catholic Reporter

Riveting theater in Geneva; the pope's rabbi on Jewish/Catholic relations | National Catholic Reporter

Church wants to model 'best practice' on fighting abuse, Vatican says | National Catholic Reporter

Church wants to model 'best practice' on fighting abuse, Vatican says | National Catholic Reporter

Buffer Zones and Comfort Zones | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Buffer Zones and Comfort Zones | Daily News | NCRegister.com

An Image of Grace and the Church in a Paul Simon Song « Archdiocese of Washington

An Image of Grace and the Church in a Paul Simon Song « Archdiocese of Washington

How many of your favorite New Testament books were popular among the early Christians?

How many of your favorite New Testament books were popular among the early Christians?

16 January, 2014

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: Canadians with Disabilities Feel Threatened by SCC Decision to Allow Appeal on Assisted Suicide

ALEX SCHADENBERG, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: Canadians with Disabilities Feel Threatened by SCC Decision to Allow Appeal on Assisted Suicide

How Contemporary Physics Points to God | Strange Notions

How Contemporary Physics Points to God | Strange Notions

Francis shakes up Commission of Cardinals for the IOR : our new Pope continues to sweep out the curia and get the Vatican house in order

Francis shakes up Commission of Cardinals for the IOR - Vatican Insider

Church wants to model 'best practice' on fighting abuse, Vatican says | National Catholic Reporter

Church wants to model 'best practice' on fighting abuse, Vatican says | National Catholic Reporter

Pope Francis: ‘Our Faith Is Not an Ornament’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope Francis: ‘Our Faith Is Not an Ornament’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Vatican officials face U.N. on sexual abuse | National News - WCVB Home

Vatican officials face U.N. on sexual abuse | National News - WCVB Home

Top secret: State reps denied request to see Planned Parenthood's graphic sex-ed curriculum | LifeSiteNews.com

Top secret: State reps denied request to see Planned Parenthood’s graphic sex-ed curriculum | LifeSiteNews.com

Ten Thousand Places: Under the Surgeon's Knife

Ten Thousand Places: Under the Surgeon's Knife: How can you be poor unless you are obedient? Obedience is a surgeon’s knife that prunes that self that remains even after ...

ST. PAUL OF THEBES :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

As pastor of a parish named after this saint, this is happy day for me and all the parishioners in Sheenboro.

St. Paul the Hermit... Pray for us.

ST. PAUL OF THEBES :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

15 January, 2014

Blessed are the poor: An excellent exposition of Pope Francis' teachings on capitalism written by Michael Coren

Blessed are the poor

From pot to prostitution: A look at the Liberal's next legalization debate | CTV News

From pot to prostitution: A look at the Liberal's next legalization debate | CTV News

Ukrainian government threatens to rescind legal status of the Greek Catholic Church - Vatican Insider

Ukrainian government threatens to rescind legal status of the Greek Catholic Church - Vatican Insider

Editorial: Francis' advice is good for the church | National Catholic Reporter

Editorial: Francis' advice is good for the church | National Catholic Reporter

Graeme Hamilton: From armchair theologian to ‘evolutionary psychologist,’ everyone has an opinion at the Quebec values charter hearings | National Post

Graeme Hamilton: From armchair theologian to ‘evolutionary psychologist,’ everyone has an opinion at the Quebec values charter hearings | National Post

IQ, Big Bang, evolution on list of incomplete or outdated ideas scientists suggest are ready to be ‘retired’ | National Post

IQ, Big Bang, evolution on list of incomplete or outdated ideas scientists suggest are ready to be ‘retired’ | National Post

Teen felt ‘degraded’ after teacher backed aikido student’s request to avoid touching females on religious grounds | National Post

Teen felt ‘degraded’ after teacher backed aikido student’s request to avoid touching females on religious grounds | National Post

Pope Francis: Be True Witnesses, Not ‘Pure Legalists’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope Francis: Be True Witnesses, Not ‘Pure Legalists’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Holy hog: Pope selling Harley-Davidson for charity | 104.9 The Fox – Jonesboro, AR

Holy hog: Pope selling Harley-Davidson for charity | 104.9 The Fox – Jonesboro, AR

Ten Thousand Places: Something At the Very Belly Button - the latest blog post from Fr. Denis Lemieux from Madonna House in Combermere

Ten Thousand Places: Something At the Very Belly Button

14 January, 2014

Husband of pregnant, brain-dead woman sues hospital for keeping her on life support | CTV News

This story is wrong on so many levels. First off, what will the effects be on the unborn child of being kept alive inside his/her dead mother's womb. Has there ever been a case where a child was born after such a case where the mother has been dead for weeks?

Next, while I appreciate the Church's stance on euthanasia, it would seem to me that the husband is well within his rights to take this action if his wife left a specific wish not to be kept 'alive' by artificial means. People are allowed to refuse extraordinary medical care so her wish should be respected.

Finally, the ethics of denying such a right to a citizen by the state is very troubling since it seems to me to be an inappropriate use of state power. Should the state have such a right? I don't believe so. It virtually reduces this woman to being little more than a state controlled 'baby machine'.

Like I said, a sad story on so many levels.

Agree? Disagree?

Click on the link below to read the article:

Husband of pregnant, brain-dead woman sues hospital for keeping her on life support | CTV News

When, if ever, should the church refuse to bury someone? | CatholicHerald.co.uk

When, if ever, should the church refuse to bury someone? | CatholicHerald.co.uk

Did Pope Francis baptize a baby whose parents aren’t married? (Yes he did... and props for doing so!!) 12 things to know and share |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Did Pope Francis baptize a baby whose parents aren’t married? 12 things to know and share |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Four new echoes in 'Francis revolution' - a John Allen column

Four new echoes in 'Francis revolution' | National Catholic Reporter

Jahi McMath Case Renews Moral Debate Over Brain Death Diagnoses | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Jahi McMath Case Renews Moral Debate Over Brain Death Diagnoses | Daily News | NCRegister.com

13 January, 2014

Protesters denounce Quebec's charter of values as province gears up for hearings | CTV News

Protesters denounce Quebec's charter of values as province gears up for hearings | CTV News

A warning for those who read the Bible! | Pembroke Daily Observer

A warning for those who read the Bible! | Pembroke Daily Observer

Secular reasoning on proposed Oklahoma Satan statue - Wilmington Conservative | Examiner.com

Secular reasoning on proposed Oklahoma Satan statue - Wilmington Conservative | Examiner.com

Scientist: Cats think you are just a big, stupid cat | Crave - CNET

"Where's my breakfast?"
This story put me in mind of a poster I had when I used to share my house with a couple of cats. It read: 
  
'Dogs have owners. Cats have staff'. 

I have no doubt that this scientist is spot on with his conclusions.

Scientist: Cats think you are just a big, stupid cat | Crave - CNET

Pope Francis encourages breastfeeding in Sistine Chapel - World - CBC News

Pope Francis encourages breastfeeding in Sistine Chapel - World - CBC News

To Mean Well is Not To Do Well. « Archdiocese of Washington

To Mean Well is Not To Do Well. « Archdiocese of Washington

12 January, 2014

B.C. scientists baffled by sudden deaths of thousands of starfish | CTV News

B.C. scientists baffled by sudden deaths of thousands of starfish | CTV News

Pope Francis names Canadian among 19 men to be made cardinals next month | CTV News

Pope Francis names Canadian among 19 men to be made cardinals next month | CTV News

With few words on abortion, Pope Francis shows a new way to be pro-life | National Catholic Reporter

With few words on abortion, Pope Francis shows a new way to be pro-life | National Catholic Reporter

Evangelization Made Simple | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Evangelization Made Simple | Daily News | NCRegister.com

This week in church history: January 7, 367 - Jackson Presbyterian | Examiner.com

This week in church history: January 7, 367 - Jackson Presbyterian | Examiner.com

A look at Pope Francis’ possible choices for February consistory | The Catholic Response to the Huffington Post

A look at Pope Francis’ possible choices for February consistory | The Catholic Response to the Huffington Post

Adorable 2 Year-Old Retells David & Goliath - The Cutest Thing - Cute Video

Adorable 2 Year-Old Retells David & Goliath - The Cutest Thing - Cute Video

Pope Francis baptizes 32 infants in Sistine Chapel; tells mothers it's okay to feed them | CTV News

Pope Francis baptizes 32 infants in Sistine Chapel; tells mothers it's okay to feed them | CTV News

11 January, 2014

PQ minister defends Values Charter in New York Times op-ed | CTV Montreal News

PQ minister defends Values Charter in New York Times op-ed | CTV Montreal News

On The Problem of Rash Judgments as Seen in a Cartoon: Latest column from Msgr. Charles Pope

On The Problem of Rash Judgments as Seen in a Cartoon. « Archdiocese of Washington

Why Goodness Depends on God: An excellent column from Fr. Robert Barron

Why Goodness Depends on God | Strange Notions

Conservatism, Evangelii Gaudium, and the Social Market | First Things

Conservatism, Evangelii Gaudium, and the Social Market | First Things

Five Keys to Understanding Pope Francis - Aleteia

Five Keys to Understanding Pope Francis - Aleteia

“CATHOLICISM: The New Evangelization” DVD Giveaway! | BrandonVogt.com

“CATHOLICISM: The New Evangelization” DVD Giveaway! | BrandonVogt.com

10 January, 2014

The clergy trade; Melady; pope-watch; and The Boston Globe | the latest from John Allen

The clergy trade; Melady; pope-watch; and The Boston Globe | National Catholic Reporter

Ruminating on the Natural Revelation Argument |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Ruminating on the Natural Revelation Argument |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Scripture Matters, But Only Science Disproves Science : IgnitumToday

"As I sat up in our Youth Lounge listening to some of the youth group kids rehearse their lines for an upcoming play, I was appalled at the indoctrination I was witnessing. The play was Inherit the Wind, which recalls an early twentieth century trial over the teaching of evolution in school. The debacle sets up a false dichotomy between science and faith, between evolution and the Bible. And these young high school students now think they must choose between the two, with the obvious answer being evolution since the trial depicts the alternative to be an irrational, close-minded and naïve, blind leap of faith. 
I’d like to scold the schools for promoting such ignorance of thought, but it’s no less the fault of well-intentioned but ignorant Christians. This is not, mind you, an argument for evolution. I simply want to convey the calm, level-headed position the Catholic Church has always held (at least officially), as well as my personal frustration that so few otherwise bright men and women seem to be willing to listen to the reasonableness of the claim. 
Here’s the problem. Scientists are using scientific discoveries to disprove religious conviction, and believers are using Scripture to disprove scientific discovery. Both sides are being dishonest."

Click on link below to read entire article:

Scripture Matters, But Only Science Disproves Science : IgnitumToday

Permit for statue of Satan at Oklahoma State Capitol submitted - U.s. - Catholic Online

Permit for statue of Satan at Oklahoma State Capitol submitted - U.s. - Catholic Online

Open Doors NGO reports sharp increase in anti-Christian violence - Vatican Insider

Open Doors NGO reports sharp increase in anti-Christian violence - Vatican Insider

Five Marks of a Catholic Family - Catholic Exchange

Five Marks of a Catholic Family - Catholic Exchange

Number of Christian Martyrs Increased Sharply in 2013 | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Number of Christian Martyrs Increased Sharply in 2013 | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Christian Baker Files Religious-Freedom Appeal in Wedding-Cake Ruling | Daily News | NCRegister.com

I post this as a companion story to the one before. I find it bizarre that on the one hand someone can be granted an exemption from having to work with women (while it's not stated I assume that he was a Muslim) but this baker is ordered to provide a commercial service for a gay couple.

It put me in mind of the Duck Dynasty brouhaha where everyone was screaming about his 'homophobic' (aka biblical) comments but virtually no one raised the fact that he also spit out some incredibly racist comments about African Americans at the same time.

I guess the 'constabulary' of this new age of morality believe that consistency is 'the hobgoblin of a small mind'.


Christian Baker Files Religious-Freedom Appeal in Wedding-Cake Ruling | Daily News | NCRegister.com

York University defends policies after religious accommodation controversy | CTV News

York University defends policies after religious accommodation controversy | CTV News

09 January, 2014

The Coming Demographic Winter | Crisis Magazine

The Coming Demographic Winter | Crisis Magazine

Rejecting the False Dichotomy of Love and Truth

Ten Thousand Places: Rejecting the False Dichotomy of Love and Truth

Christopher Hitchens: What would he his commentary on Pope Francis, Catholic Church comeback?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter: Christopher Hitchens: What would he his commentary on Pope Francis, Catholic Church comeback?

Man of Science, Man of Faith | Currents Feature | Tucson Weekly

"To Christopher Corbally, science and religion do not conflict. Period. 

He holds degrees in physics and astronomy. He has studied the structure of galaxies, classified stars, worked as a vice director at a famous observatory and been an active member of international astronomy associations. And he is a Roman Catholic priest.
 

"If through scientific method we find out about the truth in the universe, then that truth, the source of that truth, is the creator," the Rev. Christopher Corbally says in his UA office.
 

Two colorful images of stars decorate an office wall. A book titled Evolution sits next to his computer.

"You might find apparent conflict, in which case the questions get interesting," he says comfortably. "But fundamentally, there's not going to be."

Click on link to read entire article:

Man of Science, Man of Faith | Currents Feature | Tucson Weekly

08 January, 2014

A man of the year, but a Church for all time: a recent column from Fr. Raymond DeSouza

A man of the year, but a Church for all time

Morality and Its Interconnections: An interesting column on the relationship between morality, law, and religion

Morality and Its Interconnections

BRACE YOURSELF PLANET EARTH: Geomagnetic storm to engulf planet within 24 hours! - Technology - Catholic Online

BRACE YOURSELF PLANET EARTH: Geomagnetic storm to engulf planet within 24 hours! - Technology - Catholic Online

The Poorest of the Poor | A column by George Weigel from the First Things website

The Poorest of the Poor | First Things

What? The press overlooked key Catholic stories in 2013?

What? The press overlooked key Catholic stories in 2013?

If Atheism Is True, Does Life Still Have Meaning? | Strange Notions

If Atheism Is True, Does Life Still Have Meaning? | Strange Notions

Study: Birth-Control Pill and Abortion Spike Breast-Cancer Risk | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Study: Birth-Control Pill and Abortion Spike Breast-Cancer Risk | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope Francis: The Path of Humility Leads Christians to Jesus | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope Francis: The Path of Humility Leads Christians to Jesus | Daily News | NCRegister.com

The Russian Veto Against Francis and Bartholomew

The Russian Veto Against Francis and Bartholomew

Rise in new city churches bucks secular trend - Canada - CBC News

Rise in new city churches bucks secular trend - Canada - CBC News

07 January, 2014

Hubble captures photos of ancient, faraway galaxies never seen before | CTV News

Hubble captures photos of ancient, faraway galaxies never seen before | CTV News

NCR suspends comments on website: Another sad demonstration of John Gabriel's 'Dickwad Theory of the Internet'.

Alas, here's another example to prove that John Gabriel was right in formulating his 'Dickwad Theory' of the Internet which goes as follows:

'Normal Person + Anonymity + Audience = a Dickwad'

This is something I've never really understood since I was raised to believe that civility is a requirement in any discussion/debate/conversation and that offensive invective and insults are never appropriate. I guess not everyone was raised with such an understanding of what's appropriate or not. 

This is also the reason why I always post under my real name, no matter what the site or forum. Comments offered under the guise of anonymity are no different to me than an unsigned letter. If you're not willing to put your name to what you write, then (as a general rule and IMHO) there is little reason to bother reading what you have to say. Thankfully there are exceptions (folks like Rationalist, Deep Diver etc. who post here are good examples) - but these are the exceptions that seem to prove the rule! It is indeed a sad state of affairs though when sites need to close their comment threads because of trolls who use them to do nothing more than insult others and their beliefs.

Fr. Tim

NCR suspends comments on website | National Catholic Reporter

The Crusdades: Urban Legends and Truth | Strange Notions

Catholics who have taken up the job of defending the faith often have the Crusades thrown up at them as a sign of the 'evil' wrought by the Church through the ages. Here's an article that gives a more accurate report of what they were really all about. 

The Crusdades: Urban Legends and Truth | Strange Notions

06 January, 2014

Pope Francis reaches out to fallen Catholics on Epiphany, says he respects them and God is waiting | CTV News

I post this for Rationalist1, a friend of the blog who objected to the use of the word 'fallen' by the Pope to describe those who have ceased to practice their faith. Here's another report on Pope Francis's Ephiphany comments which reports that he was reaching out to 'indifferent' Catholics - not 'fallen' Catholics as was reported by another news source. I suspect the difference can be explained as a 'translation' issue.

Camping, Crowe and the second coming of Christ | Pembroke Daily Observer

Camping, Crowe and the second coming of Christ | Pembroke Daily Observer

St. Andre Bessette - Saints & Angels - A Canadian saint's day!

St. Andre Bessette - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Vatican Diary / The new cardinals Francis has in mind: The latest from Sandro Magister

Vatican Diary / The new cardinals Francis has in mind

A Monsignor Reflects on the Restriction of the Title “Monsignor.” « Archdiocese of Washington

A Monsignor Reflects on the Restriction of the Title “Monsignor.” « Archdiocese of Washington

Pope Francis reaches out to fallen Catholics on Epiphany, says he respects them and God is waiting | CTV News

Pope Francis reaches out to fallen Catholics on Epiphany, says he respects them and God is waiting | CTV News