28 February, 2014

What the Book of Ecclesiastes has to Say About the Foolishness of our Times « Archdiocese of Washington

What the Book of Ecclesiastes has to Say About the Foolishness of our Times « Archdiocese of Washington

Rediscovering the Martyrology - latest from George Weigel

Rediscovering the Martyrology - Aleteia

27 February, 2014

Is Pope Francis an Evangelical Catholic? Yes he is!!

Is Pope Francis an Evangelical Catholic?

Ten Thousand Places: Beyond Capitalism and Socialism

Ten Thousand Places: Beyond Capitalism and Socialism

NASA's Kepler telescope finds 715 new planets outside solar system | CTV News

NASA's Kepler telescope finds 715 new planets outside solar system | CTV News

Charlie Angus, MP (NDP) wants to kickstart conversation on a national palliative care plan

Angus wants to kickstart conversation on a national palliative care plan

PBS Frontline: Secrets of the Vatican – a secular review of the symptoms of error | The Bellarmine Forum

PBS Frontline: Secrets of the Vatican – a secular review of the symptoms of error | The Bellarmine Forum

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: Dr Tom Mortier's mother was killed by Belgium's leading euthanasia doctor in 2012. An official complaint has now been launched against this doctor with Belgian medical authorities.

ALEX SCHADENBERG, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: Dr Tom Mortier's mother was killed by Belgium's leading euthanasia doctor in 2012. An official complaint has now been launched against this doctor with Belgian medical authorities.

Pope Benedict moves to quash anti-Francis backlash - World - The Boston Globe

Pope Benedict moves to quash anti-Francis backlash - World - The Boston Globe

Facebook’s Shift on Gender Draws Catholic Criticism | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Facebook’s Shift on Gender Draws Catholic Criticism | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Vatican II on Atheism: The Sources of Atheism | Strange Notions

Vatican II on Atheism: The Sources of Atheism | Strange Notions

Facebook’s Shift on Gender Draws Catholic Criticism | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Facebook’s Shift on Gender Draws Catholic Criticism | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Trappist Monks’ Spirituality Praised as Key to Business Success | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Trappist Monks’ Spirituality Praised as Key to Business Success | Daily News | NCRegister.com

26 February, 2014

Try this one weird trick for ending the war on women

Try this one weird trick for ending the war on women

The Time of the Sacred Encounter: The latest from Fr. Denis Lemieux of Madonna House

Ten Thousand Places: The Time of the Sacred Encounter

The Two Synods, Real and of the Media: The latest from Sandro Magister

The Two Synods, Real and of the Media

Zircon crystal declared oldest known fragment found on Earth - Technology - Catholic Online

Zircon crystal declared oldest known fragment found on Earth - Technology - Catholic Online

Ethicists Warn Against ‘Three-Parent’ Reproductive Technology | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Ethicists Warn Against ‘Three-Parent’ Reproductive Technology | Daily News | NCRegister.com

The Shroud of Turin is Real?-- Three New Dating Methods Point to the 1st Century

The Eponymous Flower: The Shroud of Turin is Real! -- Three New Dating Methods Point to the 1st Century

Francis to families: Give prayer, help to October synod | National Catholic Reporter

Francis to families: Give prayer, help to October synod | National Catholic Reporter

Former pope Benedict denies he was pressured to resign - World - CBC News

Former pope Benedict denies he was pressured to resign - World - CBC News

SPLUUURT! A Huge Flare Explodes from the Sun - ImaGeo | DiscoverMagazine.com

SPLUUURT! A Huge Flare Explodes from the Sun - ImaGeo | DiscoverMagazine.com

The 'Right' to Happiness?

The 'Right' to Happiness

Francis kisses 'mini-me' pope as children in Carnival costumes flock to Vatican | CTV News

Francis kisses 'mini-me' pope as children in Carnival costumes flock to Vatican | CTV News

25 February, 2014

Millionaire Gay Couple Sues to Force Church Wedding

Millionaire Gay Couple Sues to Force Church Wedding

Catholic bishops in Alberta, NWT latest to apologize for residential schools | CTV News

Catholic bishops in Alberta, NWT latest to apologize for residential schools | CTV News

Francis creates central Vatican office for economy, appoints Pell head | National Catholic Reporter

Francis creates central Vatican office for economy, appoints Pell head | National Catholic Reporter

For the ‘Pope of the Poor,’ personnel is policy - World - The Boston Globe

For the ‘Pope of the Poor,’ personnel is policy - World - The Boston Globe

Recovering Pascal’s Wager | Strange Notions

Recovering Pascal’s Wager | Strange Notions

Private Revelation:  There's a Weirdness in God's Mercy |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Private Revelation:  There's a Weirdness in God's Mercy |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Pope Francis statement on euthanasia.

ALEX SCHADENBERG, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: Pope Francis statement on euthanasia.

New reality in Vatican: Surprise, it’s the pope! - World - The Boston Globe

New reality in Vatican: Surprise, it’s the pope! - World - The Boston Globe

Financial reform shows crafty political side of pope - World - The Boston Globe

Financial reform shows crafty political side of pope - World - The Boston Globe

24 February, 2014

Stephen Colbert ˜nasty' for skewering Facebook over 56 gender choices: LGBT activist | LifeSiteNews.com

Stephen Colbert ‘nasty’ for skewering Facebook over 56 gender choices: LGBT activist | LifeSiteNews.com

The Foundation of All Human Reality: What Moral Law can teach us... and what it can't

Ten Thousand Places: The Foundation of All Human Reality

Astronomers map the LMC, what is says about us may be the greatest thing - Technology - Catholic Online

Astronomers map the LMC, what is says about us may be the greatest thing - Technology - Catholic Online

Sola Shea: An author (Mark Shea) reviews his own book entitled 'By What Authority? An Evangelical Discovers Catholic Tradition'

Sola Shea | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

What Would a Class-A Parish Look Like?

What Would a Class-A Parish Look Like?

What Every Catholic Should Know | Crisis Magazine

What Every Catholic Should Know | Crisis Magazine

MondayVatican – Vatican » Pope Francis on the path of reforms | MondayVatican

MondayVatican – Vatican » Pope Francis on the path of reforms | MondayVatican

Under Benedict’s eye, Francis tells cardinals to be peacemakers | National Catholic Reporter

Under Benedict’s eye, Francis tells cardinals to be peacemakers | National Catholic Reporter

22 February, 2014

Great Lakes nearly freeze over for first time in decades | CTV News

Great Lakes nearly freeze over for first time in decades | CTV News

NCRegister | Would God Have a ‘Bucket List’? - Sure! If he wanted one, he'd have one. He is God after all! Still it's an interesting thought as evidenced by this column from the NCRegister

NCRegister | Would God Have a ‘Bucket List’?

The Game Changed in Venezuela Last Night – and the International Media Is Asleep At the Switch | Caracas Chronicles

The Game Changed in Venezuela Last Night – and the International Media Is Asleep At the Switch | Caracas Chronicles

Mocking Compassion: Euthanasia Beyond Belgium | Crisis Magazine

Mocking Compassion: Euthanasia Beyond Belgium | Crisis Magazine

Under Benedict’s eye, Francis tells cardinals to be peacemakers | National Catholic Reporter

Under Benedict’s eye, Francis tells cardinals to be peacemakers | National Catholic Reporter

Pope Francis: ‘Faith Is a Meeting With Jesus Christ’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope Francis: ‘Faith Is a Meeting With Jesus Christ’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

The Law Of Talons Versus The Law Of Love | The Catholic Response to the Huffington Post

The Law Of Talons Versus The Law Of Love | The Catholic Response to the Huffington Post

21 February, 2014

The Devil's Double-cross, For and Against Pope Francis: The latest from Sandro Magister

The Devil's Double-cross, For and Against Pope Francis

Francis on euthanasia: “Bad health is never a reason to eliminate a life” - Hey Québec Government! Are you listening?

Francis on euthanasia: “Bad health is never a reason to eliminate a life” - Vatican Insider

Council of Cardinals Presents Proposals to Pope | Daily News | NCRegister.com

The group of eight cardinals heard presentations from two separate commissions devoted to Curia reform and the Vatican Bank and passed their recommendations on to Pope Francis.

Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/council-of-cardinals-presents-proposals-to-pope#ixzz2txnO5bPC

Pope Francis: Acknowledge the Beautiful, True and Good of Family Life | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope Francis: Acknowledge the Beautiful, True and Good of Family Life | Daily News | NCRegister.com

EXTRAORDINARY CONSISTORY ON THE FAMILY BEGINS

Vis: Vatican Information Service

‘Their faith keeps them clean’: Homeless people who go to church better resist addiction, B.C. study finds | National Post

‘Their faith keeps them clean’: Homeless people who go to church better resist addiction, B.C. study finds | National Post

19 February, 2014

Below Freezing in Hell: MSW Agrees with Weigel | National Catholic Reporter

Below Freezing in Hell: MSW Agrees with Weigel | National Catholic Reporter

RIP Father Tait | Pembroke Daily Observer

RIP Father Tait | Pembroke Daily Observer

How Long To Nap For The Biggest Brain Benefits | Spirit Science and Metaphysics

How Long To Nap For The Biggest Brain Benefits | Spirit Science and Metaphysics

The world is definitely a strange place these days when a giraffe is more important than a child


Faith and Science in Context - Catholic Stand : Catholic Stand

Faith and Science in Context - Catholic Stand : Catholic Stand

Children and Euthanasia: Belgium Votes to Remove All Age Limits on ‘Mercy Killing’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Children and Euthanasia: Belgium Votes to Remove All Age Limits on ‘Mercy Killing’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope opens critical week for reform, family issues - Worcester Telegram & Gazette - telegram.com

Pope opens critical week for reform, family issues - Worcester Telegram & Gazette - telegram.com

17 February, 2014

Big week for Francis may float compromise on divorce - World - The Boston Globe

Big week for Francis may float compromise on divorce - World - The Boston Globe

Quebec's 'dying with dignity' law would set new standards - a terrifying standard IMHO!

Quebec's 'dying with dignity' law would set new standards - Canada - CBC News

The Reason for Our Hope: Setting Us Up for Success - A meditation from + Smith of Edmonton

The Reason for Our Hope: Setting Us Up for Success: This is an expression I learned from our Catholic school teachers. Regularly, they strive to "set their students up for success" b...

The Romance of Religion: An Interview with Fr Dwight Longenecker on His New Book - U.s. - Catholic Online

The Romance of Religion: An Interview with Fr Dwight Longenecker on His New Book - U.s. - Catholic Online

Bringing the Church Into the World of Sports | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Bringing the Church Into the World of Sports | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope Francis: Gossip Is Poisonous | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope Francis: Gossip Is Poisonous | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Youth-anasia? LA Times Backs Mercy Killing for the Kids, Just Like Belgium | NewsBusters

Youth-anasia? LA Times Backs Mercy Killing for the Kids, Just Like Belgium | NewsBusters

16 February, 2014

When Bergoglio warned: we cannot betray the people with the illuminist mentality - Vatican Insider

When Bergoglio warned: we cannot betray the people with the illuminist mentality - Vatican Insider

NCRegister | Papal Economics Condensed

NCRegister | Papal Economics Condensed

Dare We Hope All Are Saved? When Do We Abandon Hope? - Living Faith - Home & Family - Catholic Online

Dare We Hope All Are Saved? When Do We Abandon Hope? - Living Faith - Home & Family - Catholic Online

John L. Allen Jr.: Legionaries of Christ are Pope Francis’ problem now - World - The Boston Globe

John L. Allen Jr.: Legionaries of Christ are Pope Francis’ problem now - World - The Boston Globe

NCRegister | Jesus, Love and the Law

NCRegister | Jesus, Love and the Law

A Slide Show of Sanctity – A Homily for the 6th Sunday of the Year « Archdiocese of Washington

A Slide Show of Sanctity – A Homily for the 6th Sunday of the Year « Archdiocese of Washington

Ten Thousand Places: Thinking About Not Thinking

Ten Thousand Places: Thinking About Not Thinking: You dream of a hermitage. But you already have your hermitage, here and now! Sit still and call out: ‘Lord have mercy.’ When you...

15 February, 2014

Applying 'logic' to the question of the existence of God?


The wind of the Second Vatican blows over the Legionaries - Vatican Insider

The wind of the Second Vatican blows over the Legionaries - Vatican Insider

Archbishop Sean O'Malley Talks To Globe On His Terms | WGBH News

Archbishop Sean O'Malley Talks To Globe On His Terms | WGBH News

Fr. Pat Tait, Diocese of Pembroke R.I.P.

Fr. Pat Tait

I ask you please to take a moment today and pray for the soul of Fr. Pat Tait, latterly pastor of Our Lady of Grace and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parishes of our diocese. Fr. Pat died this morning after a short battle with cancer. He was 66 years of age.

Fr. Pat had been the rector of St. Columbkille's Cathedral in Pembroke for many years and served as Diocesan Administrator during the months before the ordination of Bishop M. Mulhall as our local ordinary. His body will lay in state in the Cathedral on Wednesday February 19th from 3 pm til 7 pm and from 9:30 am to 10:30 am on Thursday February 20th. His funeral mass will then be celebrated at 11 am with +Mulhall presiding.

The Pembroke diocese has lost a great priest and brother of the presbyterate. May God grant him eternal rest in peace from his good labours. 

Encountering the Grace of God Beyond the Sacraments | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Encountering the Grace of God Beyond the Sacraments | Daily News | NCRegister.com

The Morality of Economic Sanctions

NCRegister | The Morality of Economic Sanctions

THE POPE MEETS TEN THOUSAND ENGAGED COUPLES IN ST. PETER'S SQUARE

Vis: Vatican Information Service

Papal obsession: Pope Francis and the pro-life movement

Papal obsession: Pope Francis and the pro-life movement

14 February, 2014

Bishop Fred Henry (Calgary): Unclear language clouds push for euthanasia

"Many people of my vintage developed in high school a working knowledge of basic Latin grammar, and we read and translated classical texts such as Cicero’s De Oratore.

“Just as some women are said to be handsomer when unadorned — this very lack of ornament becomes them — so the plain style gives pleasure when unembellished ... All noticeable ornament, pearls as it were, will be excluded; not even curling irons will be used. All cosmetics, artificial white and red, will be rejected. Only elegance and neatness will remain. The language will be pure Latin, plain and clear; propriety will always be the chief aim.”

Despite Cicero’s own linguistic elegance, he encouraged speech or writing that was simple, direct, clear, brief, sincere and unambiguous. Cicero would not be pleased with our modern day over-usage and misusage of euphemisms, e.g. “infected obstetrics” (botched abortion), “misstatement” (lie), “program misuse” (fraud), “collateral damage” (civilian death), and “gaming” (gambling).

These usages of language are the opposite of “calling a spade a spade” or simply speaking the truth. They can cover up, mask, soften, smooth over important facts, and lessen responsibility. Euphemisms can be used deceptively and misleadingly to hide the truth. “Spin” is becoming a large part of modern-day life and we can even hire “spin doctors” to aid us in massaging “the truth.”

A classic illustration of such abuse can be seen in the Quebec government’s proposed Bill 52 — An Act Respecting End-of-Life Care.

“End-of-life care” is defined as “palliative care provided to persons at the end of their lives, including terminal palliative sedation, and medical aid in dying.”

This definition changes what is meant by palliative care. The terms “terminal palliative sedation” and “medical aid in dying” are purposefully misleading. They are euphemisms for euthanasia. We need some plain speech.

Euthanasia is the intentional killing of someone, with or without his or her consent, either by act or omission. By killing the person, one seeks to eliminate all aspects of that person’s life including pain, suffering or humiliation of being in need of help. The person who commits euthanasia must intend, for whatever reason, to kill the other and must cause their death."

Click on link below to read entire article:

Henry: Unclear language clouds push for euthanasia

The most powerful pro-life ad you’ve ever seen…was created by a lingerie company! (VIDEO) | LifeSiteNews.com

The most powerful pro-life ad you’ve ever seen…was created by a lingerie company! (VIDEO) | LifeSiteNews.com

How to Enter into the Time and Space of God

How to Enter into the Time and Space of God

What Remains of the Christians of the East

What Remains of the Christians of the East

Vatican's doctrinal congregation isn't so supreme anymore | National Catholic Reporter

Vatican's doctrinal congregation isn't so supreme anymore | National Catholic Reporter

Street Evangelization Group Finds Success in Personal Encounters | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Street Evangelization Group Finds Success in Personal Encounters | Daily News | NCRegister.com

13 February, 2014

ALEX SCHADENBERG, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: 24 Hours in Emergency: Is the Quebec Healthcare system ready for euthanasia? NO!!!!!

ALEX SCHADENBERG, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: 24 Hours in Emergency: Is the Quebec Healthcare system ready for euthanasia?

Respect for Life High School Student Leadership Conference 2014: A great conference for youth interested in the Pro-Life Movement in Canada

Respect for Life High School Student Leadership Conference 2014 | Toronto Right to Life

Turning the Tables on Conventional Thinking For Better Evangelization. « Archdiocese of Washington

Turning the Tables on Conventional Thinking For Better Evangelization. « Archdiocese of Washington

Watch: Texas Sportscaster Gives Best Response to Michael Sam’s Coming Out Ever | DemoNews.org

Watch: Texas Sportscaster Gives Best Response to Michael Sam’s Coming Out Ever | DemoNews.org

We are now more likely to make alien discoveries than not within the next two decades. Here's how. - Technology - Catholic Online

We are now more likely to make alien discoveries than not within the next two decades. Here's how. - Technology - Catholic Online

New theory from scientists now say that Turin Shroud could be REAL - International - Catholic Online

New theory from scientists now say that Turin Shroud could be REAL - International - Catholic Online

Synod of Bishops: Europe overwhelmingly in favour of remarried divorcees - Vatican Insider

Synod of Bishops: Europe overwhelmingly in favour of remarried divorcees - Vatican Insider

“Clericalism is bad for priests and laity” - Vatican Insider

“Clericalism is bad for priests and laity” - Vatican Insider

The Pun is Mightier than the Sword - Groan... Didn't this author know that the pun is the lowest form of humor? (smile)

The Pun is Mightier than the Sword - The Imaginative Conservative

Why Easy Stem Cells Raise Hard Ethical Questions | Public Discourse

Why Easy Stem Cells Raise Hard Ethical Questions | Public Discourse

Faith leaders wrestle over growing support for marijuana | National Catholic Reporter

Faith leaders wrestle over growing support for marijuana | National Catholic Reporter

Editorial: The tide is turning on the death penalty: Are the Americans FINALLY going to change and leave behind their 'eye for an eye' morality?

Editorial: The tide is turning on the death penalty | National Catholic Reporter

Courage Head Sees Christ in Pope’s ‘Non-Judgment’ Remarks on Homosexuality | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Courage Head Sees Christ in Pope’s ‘Non-Judgment’ Remarks on Homosexuality | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Benedict’s Abdication, One Year Later | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Benedict’s Abdication, One Year Later | Daily News | NCRegister.com

POPE FRANCIS: THE DIGNITY OF THE PERSON REMAINS INTACT EVEN IN THE WEAK AND NEEDY

Vis: Vatican Information Service

12 February, 2014

U.N. Committee’s Effort ‘to Teach Theology to the Holy See Caught Us by Surprise’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

U.N. Committee’s Effort ‘to Teach Theology to the Holy See Caught Us by Surprise’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

ALEX SCHADENBERG, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: Belgian Child euthanasia bill will likely go to a vote on February 13

ALEX SCHADENBERG, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: Belgian Child euthanasia bill will likely go to a vote on February 13

So it begins: federal judge strikes down Utah polygamy law - Marriage & Family - Home & Family - Catholic Online

So it begins: federal judge strikes down Utah polygamy law - Marriage & Family - Home & Family - Catholic Online

A church divided: Survey of worldwide Catholics shows sharp disagreements on abortion, contraception - International - Catholic Online

A church divided: Survey of worldwide Catholics shows sharp disagreements on abortion, contraception - International - Catholic Online

An Essay on Natural Family Planning – Homiletic & Pastoral Review

An Essay on Natural Family Planning – Homiletic & Pastoral Review

God’s Law is Personal « Archdiocese of Washington

God’s Law is Personal « Archdiocese of Washington

Love Unleashed through Suffering | Web Exclusives | First Things

Love Unleashed through Suffering | Web Exclusives | First Things

Pope Francis: Call me John? It might have been, RNS says | Deseret News

Pope Francis: Call me John? It might have been, RNS says | Deseret News

Looking Back at Benedict XVI’s Fateful Decision | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Looking Back at Benedict XVI’s Fateful Decision | Daily News | NCRegister.com

11 February, 2014

Pope Francis Sends Tweet Asking Prayers for Benedict XVI | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope Francis Sends Tweet Asking Prayers for Benedict XVI | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Vatican on Syria: ‘Don’t go in if you can’t get out’ - World - The Boston Globe

Vatican on Syria: ‘Don’t go in if you can’t get out’ - World - The Boston Globe

How should a Catholic respond to the awful abuse scandal? | CatholicHerald.co.uk

How should a Catholic respond to the awful abuse scandal? | CatholicHerald.co.uk

A Catholic Showdown Worth Watching | The American Conservative

A Catholic Showdown Worth Watching | The American Conservative

Pope’s global survey reveals more Catholics support abortion, divorce than previously thought | National Post

Pope’s global survey reveals more Catholics support abortion, divorce than previously thought | National Post

National Post columnists read the comments: A hilarious illustration of why the comments section that accompany online articles are held in such low regard by their authors

National Post columnists read the comments | National Post

Catholic Fire: Fr. Barron answers: How Should I Discern the Priesthood?

Catholic Fire: Fr. Barron answers: How Should I Discern the Priesthood?

Another Poll, Another Poor Understanding of the Nature and Purpose of the Church « Archdiocese of Washington

Another Poll, Another Poor Understanding of the Nature and Purpose of the Church « Archdiocese of Washington

08 February, 2014

What is a priest who has been convicted of a crime entitled to from his diocese?

In the wake of the tragic number of clergy who have been found guilty of crimes in recent years, a visitor to the blog sent me a question about what support such priests were entitled to receive from the Church after their conviction.


In looking for the answer to that question I found a couple of articles that shed light on canon 281 of the Code of Canon Law which reads as follows:


Can. 281 §1. Since clerics dedicate themselves to ecclesiastical ministry, they deserve remuneration which is consistent with their condition, taking into account the nature of their function and the conditions of places and times, and by which they can provide for the necessities of their life as well as for the equitable payment of those whose services they need.
§2. Provision must also be made so that they possess that social assistance which provides for their needs suitably if they suffer from illness, incapacity, or old age.
§3. Married deacons who devote themselves completely to ecclesiastical ministry deserve remuneration by which they are able to provide for the support of themselves and their families. Those who receive remuneration by reason of a civil profession which they exercise or have exercised, however, are to take care of the needs of themselves and their families from the income derived from it.
The first is an article from 'America Magazine'. The link is listed directly below:



A Bum Rap | America Magazine



The second is taken from a commentary on the Code and is more explicit in its detail. Again the link is directly below:


http://www.jgray.org/docs/remuneration.html



In summary, these articles explain that a suspended or convicted cleric is entitled to sufficient support such as is necessary to live. This can include providing accommodations for said priest if he is unable to afford it on his own. There seems therefore to be some 'wiggle room' or latitude that a Bishop can employ in determining what salary and/or support that a suspended cleric is entitled to receive so long as he remains within the clerical state. The situation changes if this same priest is expelled from Holy Orders as punishment following a Church trial. (Note: Such trials are now mandatory in all cases where a cleric has been credibly found guilty by a civil court, a procedure set in place by Pope B16 and which continues under the reign of Pope Francis.)

Fr. Robert Barron's Word On Fire - Fr. Barron's New and Upcoming Projects!

Fr. Robert Barron's Word On Fire - Fr. Barron's New and Upcoming Projects!

Professor Grayson’s Crusade | Web Exclusives | First Things

J. Paul Grayson, a sociology professor at York University in Toronto, received a request from a male student asking to be excused from participating in a group assignment, in which the student would have been obliged to converse with female students. 
Grayson said no to the student but decided to use his request to test York University’s administration—beginning with his Dean—to see how they would deal with it. The administrators in fact decided that since no rights of female students were being withheld, the student’s request could be accommodated.
At that point, Grayson seized the opportunity that the administration’s response afforded him and leaked the details of this case to the media, dragging half of Canada into a proverbial tempest in a teapot that centered on the looming supposed dangers of religious accommodation.
The Quebec government—which is in the throes of proposing legislation intended to prevent people who wear religiously significant clothing from working in the public sector—was absolutely delighted. As reported by Toronto’s Globe and Mail , Grayson had already tipped off secularists when he came out in support of Quebec’s so-called Charter of Values. An affront to religious freedom , this Charter is designed to bully minorities, and especially Muslim immigrants, into assimilation in Canada’s mostly French-speaking, largely lapsed Catholic province.
What to make of this bewildering feeding frenzy? Three things, to start with.
Click link below to read rest of article:



Professor Grayson’s Crusade | Web Exclusives | First Things

Raising the minimum wage an economic and moral necessity | National Catholic Reporter

Raising the minimum wage an economic and moral necessity | National Catholic Reporter

If the church isn't about Jesus, it isn’t about anything | National Catholic Reporter

If the church isn't about Jesus, it isn’t about anything | National Catholic Reporter

Women’s-Rights Advocate Among ‘Top 10’ of Vatican Magazine | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Women’s-Rights Advocate Among ‘Top 10’ of Vatican Magazine | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Adult Stem-Cell Advancements Evoke Hope, Caution | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Adult Stem-Cell Advancements Evoke Hope, Caution | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Two ex-SCOC judges offer conflicting views on proposed secular charter

Two ex-SCOC judges offer conflicting views on proposed secular charter

07 February, 2014

Soaring NASA Video Captures the Sun's Magnetic Power - D-brief | DiscoverMagazine.com

Soaring NASA Video Captures the Sun's Magnetic Power - D-brief | DiscoverMagazine.com

An old man's reaction to hearing "his" music. [VIDEO] - What a powerful demonstration of the power of music to lift our souls!!!

An old man's reaction to hearing "his" music. [VIDEO]

Synod at the Crossroads, on Second Marriages

Synod at the Crossroads, on Second Marriages

WOW! What a great gift for any child! A 'Magical' time-lapse video of a lad's progression from infancy to the cusp of being a teenage.

CTV News | News Video - Top National News Headlines - News Videos

UK scientists claim footprints found in England are oldest found outside of Africa | CTV News

UK scientists claim footprints found in England are oldest found outside of Africa | CTV News

Vatican hits back at UN committee for abuse report, says UN discredited by prejudiced claims | CTV News

Vatican hits back at UN committee for abuse report, says UN discredited by prejudiced claims | CTV News

Gravity: It's Only a Theory - An amazing bit of satire that pokes fun at creationists who keep refuting scientific discoveries (like evolution for example) by calling them only a 'theory'. H/T to David Driver for posting it on Facebook

Gravity: It's Only a Theory | NCSE

Pope reflects on mystery of death and legacy of Christian witness

Pope reflects on mystery of death and legacy of Christian witness

Four-Year-Old Girl Asks Belgian King to Block Euthanasia of Children | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Four-Year-Old Girl Asks Belgian King to Block Euthanasia of Children | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Teacher fired from Catholic school after in vitro procedure disputes role of church doctrine (2/6/14 5:47 pm)

Teacher fired from Catholic school after in vitro procedure disputes role of church doctrine (2/6/14 5:47 pm)

Pope's Harley smashes expectations at Paris auction | PressReleasePoint

Pope's Harley smashes expectations at Paris auction | PressReleasePoint

Pope pressured to act on abuse after UN rebuke



VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis came under new pressure Wednesday to punish bishops who covered up for pedophile priests when a U.N. human rights panel accused the Vatican of systematically protecting its reputation instead of looking out for the safety of children.
In a scathing report that thrilled victims and stunned the Vatican, the United Nations committee said the Holy See maintained a "code of silence" that enabled priests to sexually abuse tens of thousands of children worldwide over decades with impunity.
Among other things, the panel called on the Vatican to immediately remove all priests known or suspected to be child molesters, open its archives on abusers and the bishops who covered up for them, and turn the abuse cases over to law enforcement authorities for investigation and prosecution.
The committee largely brushed aside the Vatican's claims that it has already instituted new safeguards, and it accused the Roman Catholic Church of still harboring criminals.
Click link below to read entire article:



CadillacNews.com

Anti-Catholic Agenda of United Nations in the Report on the Convention on the Rights of a Child - U.s. - Catholic Online

Anti-Catholic Agenda of United Nations in the Report on the Convention on the Rights of a Child - U.s. - Catholic Online

06 February, 2014

UN report on Vatican and sex abuse may hurt reform cause - World - The Boston Globe

UN report on Vatican and sex abuse may hurt reform cause - World - The Boston Globe

MESSAGE FOR 29TH WORLD YOUTH DAY

Vis: Vatican Information Service

Bishop: Pop culture's take on Pope an opening for conversion :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Bishop: Pop culture's take on Pope an opening for conversion :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

A Baby Was Left Alone With A Dog for One Minute…And This Happened - Is there anything that can lift one's spirits better than a baby's laughter? I think not. This is the video for you then if you need a lift today!

A Baby Was Left Alone With A Dog for One Minute…And This Happened | PetFlow Blog - The most interesting news for pet parents around the world.

Fr. Robert Barron's Word On Fire - Fr. Barron's New and Upcoming Projects!

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Symbol of Catholic Church scandals apologizes, picks new leader - World - The Boston Globe

Symbol of Catholic Church scandals apologizes, picks new leader - World - The Boston Globe

Bill Nye the ‘Science Guy’ debates head of Kentucky Creation Museum on evolution, Earth’s origin | National Post

Bill Nye the ‘Science Guy’ debates head of Kentucky Creation Museum on evolution, Earth’s origin | National Post

Ten Thousand Places: What It's Really All About - A reflection on a teaching from Catherine de Hueck Doherty

I think we should jump into God’s mercy, so to speak, as if it is a bottomless sea. It is not necessarily unpainful, because there is a mercy there, which I don’t even try to fathom, but it comes to me every time, because I am a Russian and his mercy means so much to me. But at the same time, every time I plunge into that mercy, somehow, somewhere, someplace, I find justice.

The mercy always unbinds the hands of the justice, but the justice is there, and you kind of realize without realizing the depth of this mercy because it can untie the hands of his justice. It comes from the depths of his heart! Because if we were judged by his justice, we wouldn’t have a chance, let’s face it! But he unbinds the hands of his justice, like Peguy says, and opens the hands of his mercy, and you go deeper and deeper and it is bottomless, and somewhere the justice is going to show his mercy and the two will show his infinite love.

And you kind of go into both and you stand there and thus know... a hope springs into you like a sort of - or from you, or passes through you, or gets at you - with such a power that you almost begin to sense what it is, because hope is a very elusive virtue. It might be a theological one, but it is awfully difficult... But when you’re touched by it, you kind of see that this mercy is bottomless, that there is no bottom to it, and that always it binds the hands of his justice and things fall into the rhythm of love.

And as years go by, God’s love overwhelms you, and that is what seems to call forth from you the most incredible hope that you can be a saint. I think that is the biggest hope for us to really think about... anyhow for me it is.


Catherine de Hueck Doherty, Unpublished talk, March 3, 1970
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Queen Elizabeth II will visit Pope Francis in the Vatican on 3 April - Vatican Insider

Queen Elizabeth II will visit Pope Francis in the Vatican on 3 April - Vatican Insider

A date to remember | Web Exclusives | First Things - a column by George Weigel

A date to remember | Web Exclusives | First Things

Pope Francis: 'Harley Davidson motorcycle belonging to head of the Catholic Church' to go up for auction today - Mirror Online

Pope Francis: 'Harley Davidson motorcycle belonging to head of the Catholic Church' to go up for auction today - Mirror Online

05 February, 2014

Jamaican bobsled team arrives at Sochi Games without luggage and equipment | News and Blogs - CTV News at Sochi 2014

Jamaican bobsled team arrives at Sochi Games without luggage and equipment | News and Blogs - CTV News at Sochi 2014

Vatican Diary / The new CEI has a president: Bergoglio - the latest from Sandro Magister

Vatican Diary / The new CEI has a president: Bergoglio

Bill Nye the 'Science Guy' debates creation museum founder on evolution | CTV News

Bill Nye the 'Science Guy' debates creation museum founder on evolution | CTV News

$100K raised for Dylan Benson whose pregnant wife is on life-support | CTV News

$100K raised for Dylan Benson whose pregnant wife is on life-support | CTV News

Thoughts on UN report blasting Vatican | John Allen on All Things Catholic

Thoughts on UN report blasting Vatican | John Allen on All Things Catholic

Catholic Fire: Fr. Barron answers: How Should I Discern the Priesthood?

Catholic Fire: Fr. Barron answers: How Should I Discern the Priesthood?

Do Not Justify Sin by Using Other People, Pope Warns | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Do Not Justify Sin by Using Other People, Pope Warns | Daily News | NCRegister.com

WARSAW, Poland: Hero or traitor? Pope's aide in Polish controversy | Celebrities | SanLuisObispo.com

WARSAW, Poland: Hero or traitor? Pope's aide in Polish controversy | Celebrities | SanLuisObispo.com

Scathing U.N. report demands Vatican act against child sex abuse - Courant.com

Scathing U.N. report demands Vatican act against child sex abuse - Courant.com

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Catholic sex abuse facts :: Fast Facts from TheMediaReport.com

Catholic sex abuse facts :: Fast Facts from TheMediaReport.com

Ten Thousand Places: On the Virtues of Being Snowed In - a little something from Fr. Denis Lemieux which I post in honor of my sister

A road gets plowed in my sister's neighborhood after a recent storm. The gentleman on the bottom is 6'1" and that lady up top is 5'9". THANK GOD I don't live where she does!!
Ten Thousand Places: On the Virtues of Being Snowed In

Scientists Claim They Can Obtain Embryonic Stem Cells Without Killing the Embryonic Person - Health & Wellness - Catholic Online

Scientists Claim They Can Obtain Embryonic Stem Cells Without Killing the Embryonic Person - Health & Wellness - Catholic Online

When the Church of Rome Forgave Second Marriages: from Sandro Magister

Sandro Magister
When the Church of Rome Forgave Second Marriages

Francis keen to visit US for the World Meeting of Families in 2015 - Vatican Insider

Francis keen to visit US for the World Meeting of Families in 2015 - Vatican Insider

Our Obligations to Animals | Public Discourse

Our Obligations to Animals | Public Discourse

Italian police find John Paul II relic discarded by thieves | Bangkok Post: news

Italian police find John Paul II relic discarded by thieves | Bangkok Post: news

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