30 June, 2014

Fr. Robert Barron's Word On Fire - Secular Similitude or Objective Beauty

Fr. Robert Barron's Word On Fire - Secular Similitude or Objective Beauty

N.T. Wright has a new book out | Foolishness to the world

N.T. Wright has a new book out | Foolishness to the world

POPE FRANCIS: Have communists stolen the flag of Christianity? - Living Faith - Home & Family - News - Catholic Online

POPE FRANCIS: Have communists stolen the flag of Christianity? - Living Faith - Home & Family - News - Catholic Online

Marieanne Minor acquitted in Ontario murder retrial two years after she got life sentence for killing husband | National Post

This is big news in the town of Mattawa where I served as pastor before returning to Allumette Island. 



Marieanne Minor acquitted in Ontario murder retrial two years after she got life sentence for killing husband | National Post

Tired-looking Pope Francis soldiers on during Vatican audiences despite health concerns - NY Daily News

Tired-looking Pope Francis soldiers on during Vatican audiences despite health concerns - NY Daily News

Supreme Court rules in favor of Hobby Lobby - NY Daily News

Supreme Court rules in favor of Hobby Lobby - NY Daily News

Ten Thousand Places: The Monday Psalter

Ten Thousand Places: The Monday Psalter: Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat...

28 June, 2014

A Tale of Different Funerals | Wesley J. Smith | First Things

A Tale of Different Funerals | Wesley J. Smith | First Things

Doctor on duty ‘will not prescribe the birth control pill,’ reads sign at Calgary walk-in clinic | National Post

Doctor on duty ‘will not prescribe the birth control pill,’ reads sign at Calgary walk-in clinic | National Post

The Sacred Page: "Upon this rock": The readings for the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul

The Sacred Page: "Upon this rock": The readings for the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul

MICHELANGELO AND THE HAND OF GOD: A TSW PREQUEL

MICHELANGELO AND THE HAND OF GOD: A TSW PREQUEL

10 Questions about our home and native land- Take the Canada Day quiz and see how much you know about our fair land

10 Questions about our home and native land- CBCNews.ca

Fr. Robert Baron comments on Bill Maher's take on the Bible and other religious topics

Letter gives us a sneak peak at what to expect during October synod - Living Faith - Home & Family - News - Catholic Online

Letter gives us a sneak peak at what to expect during October synod - Living Faith - Home & Family - News - Catholic Online

Studies: Religious Identity May Hurt Job Applicants’ Chances | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Studies: Religious Identity May Hurt Job Applicants’ Chances | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Vatican Releases Working Document for October Synod | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Vatican Releases Working Document for October Synod | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Supreme Court strikes down ‘buffer zones’ at abortion clinics | Catholic Telegraph

Supreme Court strikes down ‘buffer zones’ at abortion clinics | Catholic Telegraph

NCRegister | More Good Reads for Summer

NCRegister | More Good Reads for Summer

Ten Thousand Places: What Does the Word 'Pastoral' Mean, Anyway?

Ten Thousand Places: What Does the Word 'Pastoral' Mean, Anyway?

26 June, 2014

What god does to your brain: Controversial science of neurotheology aims to find out why people have faith | National Post

What god does to your brain: Controversial science of neurotheology aims to find out why people have faith | National Post

A Day of Victory at the Supreme Court | US Constitution, American Center for Law and Justice ACLJ

A Day of Victory at the Supreme Court | US Constitution, American Center for Law and Justice ACLJ

Of Astrophysics and Atheism: Wherefore Religion in the Space Age? | Public Discourse

Of Astrophysics and Atheism: Wherefore Religion in the Space Age? | Public Discourse

Francis Returns to the Quote Heard Round the World: “Who Am I To Judge?”

Francis Returns to the Quote Heard Round the World: “Who Am I To Judge?”

Monsignor Vincent Foy Celebrates 75th Anniversary of Priesthood at Age 99 | ZENIT - The World Seen From Rome

Monsignor Vincent Foy Celebrates 75th Anniversary of Priesthood at Age 99 | ZENIT - The World Seen From Rome

Francis, the comic strip | National Catholic Reporter

Francis, the comic strip | National Catholic Reporter

A good question!

Pope’s Mafia ‘Excommunication’ Is a Call to Conversion | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope’s Mafia ‘Excommunication’ Is a Call to Conversion | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Holy See Bolsters Financial Transparency in Agreement With Argentina | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Holy See Bolsters Financial Transparency in Agreement With Argentina | Daily News | NCRegister.com

This is why I occasionally post stories about astronomy... Pope Francis addresses young astronomers

Vis: Vatican Information Service

The Little Way of St Benedict

The Little Way of St Benedict

Vatican: Many Catholics ignore core teaching on sex - This is news to the Vatican? Really?

Vatican: Many Catholics ignore core teaching on sex | CTV News

Ten Thousand Places: An Open Letter To All My Brother Priests, On Human...

Ten Thousand Places: An Open Letter To All My Brother Priests, On Human...: And now, beloved sons, you who are priests, you who in virtue of your sacred office act as counselors and spiritual leade...

25 June, 2014

Marriage, Divorce, and Communion: An Interview with Cardinal Thomas Collins

Fr. Robert Barron's Word On Fire - Marriage, Divorce, and Communion: An Interview with Cardinal Thomas Collins

» North Korea Publicly Executes 80 for Possessing Bibles

» North Korea Publicly Executes 80 for Possessing Bibles

First the Bait, Then the Hook – a Sober Meditation on Temptation « Archdiocese of Washington

First the Bait, Then the Hook – a Sober Meditation on Temptation « Archdiocese of Washington

French doctor acquitted after helping patients die; U.K. court questions assisted-suicide ban | CTV News

French doctor acquitted after helping patients die; U.K. court questions assisted-suicide ban | CTV News

Pope’s Angelus address: Make your life a gift for others

Pope’s Angelus address: Make your life a gift for others

Francis, Pope of Tradition: Latest from Sandro Magister

Francis, Pope of Tradition

Australian scientists claim that time travel is possible - Really?

Australian scientists claim that time travel is possible - Technology - News - Catholic Online

Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi, Lex Vivendi: Worship, Belief and Life are One - U.s. - News - Catholic Online

Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi, Lex Vivendi: Worship, Belief and Life are One - U.s. - News - Catholic Online

All mobsters are automatically excommunicated from the Catholic Church, Pope Francis says | National Post

All mobsters are automatically excommunicated from the Catholic Church, Pope Francis says | National Post

God is a Four Letter Word

God is a Four Letter Word

The Good of Government by Roger Scruton | Articles | First Things

The Good of Government by Roger Scruton | Articles | First Things

'Vatican II' priests meet, express new hope | National Catholic Reporter

'Vatican II' priests meet, express new hope | National Catholic Reporter

Hate Group’s Presence Shocks Attendees at Priest’s Funeral | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Hate Group’s Presence Shocks Attendees at Priest’s Funeral | Daily News | NCRegister.com

23 June, 2014

The science of the perfect vacation: 4 keys to making it memorable | CTV News

The science of the perfect vacation: 4 keys to making it memorable | CTV News

‘Health scare’ confirms Pope Francis as church’s indispensable man - World - The Boston Globe

‘Health scare’ confirms Pope Francis as church’s indispensable man - World - The Boston Globe

Vatican denies reports that Pope Francis is ill – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

Vatican denies reports that Pope Francis is ill – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

Facets of a Faithful Father – A meditation on the role of a priest at the Feast of Corpus Christi. « Archdiocese of Washington

Facets of a Faithful Father – A meditation on the role of a priest at the Feast of Corpus Christi. « Archdiocese of Washington

Scientists unravel how chronic stress leads to heart attacks, strokes | CTV News

As one who's suffered both a heart attack and a stroke attributed to 'stress', this article caught my eye. I post it for those who have suffered either event themselves.



Scientists unravel how chronic stress leads to heart attacks, strokes | CTV News

Montreal Fringe Festival: Winners of the 2014 Frankie Awards - My nephew's directorial debut wins major award at the Montreal Fringe Festival!

Montreal Fringe Festival: Winners of the 2014 Frankie Awards

On Hearing God Speak

On Hearing God Speak

21 June, 2014

20 June, 2014

Catholic Register hits OECTA for joining ‘X-rated rolling orgy’ | The Pulse | Lifesitenews

Catholic Register hits OECTA for joining ‘X-rated rolling orgy’ | The Pulse | Lifesitenews

CNN accused of 'fat-shaming' Pope Francis - Your Community

CNN accused of 'fat-shaming' Pope Francis - Your Community

Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking sound alarm about robots, artificial intelligence - World - CBC News

Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking sound alarm about robots, artificial intelligence - World - CBC News

Francis... or... the Diplomacy of the Impossible

Francis: Or, the Diplomacy of the Impossible

What Did Francis Say Now? Words of the Bishop of Rome to His Diocese Offer Insight into this Pontificate - U.s. - News - Catholic Online

What Did Francis Say Now? Words of the Bishop of Rome to His Diocese Offer Insight into this Pontificate - U.s. - News - Catholic Online

Peacemaker-in-Chief - When it comes to war, Pope Francis counsels 'Just say NO'.

Peacemaker-in-Chief - Aleteia

There is a hunger that money, success and vanity cannot satisfy - Vatican Insider

There is a hunger that money, success and vanity cannot satisfy - Vatican Insider

Theology of Sport | Peter J. Leithart | First Things

Theology of Sport | Peter J. Leithart | First Things

Bishop Athanasius Schneider: ‘We are in the fourth great crisis of the Church’ | CatholicHerald.co.uk

Bishop Athanasius Schneider: ‘We are in the fourth great crisis of the Church’ | CatholicHerald.co.uk

Religious freedom prevails in Tennessee | Palladium-Item | pal-item.com

Religious freedom prevails in Tennessee | Palladium-Item | pal-item.com

Pope Francis condemns 'evil' marijuana - Washington Times

Pope Francis condemns 'evil' marijuana - Washington Times

17 June, 2014

Catholic parishioner not allowed to minister: A somewhat confusing story.

Catholic parishioner not allowed to minister

Why the Catholic faith is shutting down in so much of Europe and North America: Do You Suffer From This Theological Disease? - Aleteia

Do You Suffer From This Theological Disease? - Aleteia

Does Pope Francis Support Conscious Evolution?

Does Pope Francis Support Conscious Evolution?

The Irish Children's Scandal - a Followup

The Irish Children's Scandal - a Followup

Many Conservatives Have Gone The Way Of Satan - Charlotte exopolitics | Examiner.com

Many Conservatives Have Gone The Way Of Satan - Charlotte exopolitics | Examiner.com

'Humble charity' overcomes corruption, Pope Francis preaches :: EWTN News

'Humble charity' overcomes corruption, Pope Francis preaches :: EWTN News

16 June, 2014

Court backs Spain in contract row with married with children Catholic priest | HUMANERIGHTSEUROPE

Court backs Spain in contract row with married with children Catholic priest | HUMANERIGHTSEUROPE

Underground 'ocean' 400 miles beneath Earth's surface may unlock mysteries of planet's creation - Technology - News - Catholic Online

Underground 'ocean' 400 miles beneath Earth's surface may unlock mysteries of planet's creation - Technology - News - Catholic Online

In Praise of Metaphysics: Beyond Natural Science and the Humanities | Public Discourse

In Praise of Metaphysics: Beyond Natural Science and the Humanities | Public Discourse

Pope Francis: Marriage and things Jesus does not like | Fr. Z's Blog

Pope Francis: Marriage and things Jesus does not like | Fr. Z's Blog

Full Text of Pope Francis’ Interview With ‘La Vanguardia’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Full Text of Pope Francis’ Interview With ‘La Vanguardia’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

ANGELUS: IT IS CONTRADICTORY TO IMAGINE CHRISTIANS WHO HATE EACH OTHER

Vis: Vatican Information Service

Be afraid... Be very afraid... if you're a great white shark that is!

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Ex-RCMP officer co-invents marijuana breathalyzer | CTV News

This is positive news. IMHO impaired is impaired. It doesn't matter if it's via alcohol, lack of sleep or drugs. Once the State possesses the means of determining impairment for cannabis ensuring safety on the roads, it will be time to legalize it rather than continuing to fruitlessly spend billions trying to maintain its prohibition. I hope this technology both works and soon finds it's way into the hands of the police tasked to keep our roads safe.



Ex-RCMP officer co-invents marijuana breathalyzer | CTV News

Church Attendance Decline & What to do About It

Church Attendance Decline & What to do About It

13 June, 2014

Sweethearts Seeking Sanctity : Why God Exists - A Rational Proof

Sweethearts Seeking Sanctity : Why God Exists - A Rational Proof: Anthony here again. With all the discussion about evolution I've been having here and elsewhere, I thought it might be useful to actuall...

Communion for the Remarried Still a Heated Debate - The latest from Sandro Magister

Communion for the Remarried Still a Heated Debate

John Allen’s Take on the Catholic Church - Catholic Culture

John Allen’s Take on the Catholic Church - Catholic Culture

Internet privacy decision by Supreme Court comes today - Technology & Science - CBC News

Internet privacy decision by Supreme Court comes today - Technology & Science - CBC News

News anchor loses it while reporting on a cat weight loss program. Just something to put a smile on your face on this Friday the 13th!

Priest killed at Phoenix church was a grad of Our Lady Seat of Wisdom

Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College is a Catholic institution situated in our Diocese of Pembroke. The quality of their graduates is second to none! It is indeed a tragic time for the staff, students, and graduates of OLSW that one of their own has lost his life in such a terrible manner.



Priest killed at Phoenix church was a grad of Our Lady Seat of Wisdom

God of the Second Chance

God of the Second Chance

12 June, 2014

One priest killed, another injured at Catholic church in Phoenix – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

One priest killed, another injured at Catholic church in Phoenix – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

Don't read this if you enjoy shrimp -- and hate slavery - Business & Economics - News - Catholic Online

Don't read this if you enjoy shrimp -- and hate slavery - Business & Economics - News - Catholic Online

Are you one of the growing number of 'Nones'? | Pembroke Daily Observer

Are you one of the growing number of 'Nones'? | Pembroke Daily Observer

RCMP continue to 'maintiens le droit' | Pembroke Daily Observer

RCMP continue to 'maintiens le droit' | Pembroke Daily Observer

Most Canadians say Trudeau wrong to exclude anti-abortion candidates: poll | CTV News

Most Canadians say Trudeau wrong to exclude anti-abortion candidates: poll | CTV News

The Imagination in Prayer

The Imagination in Prayer

11 June, 2014

Archbp. Carlson was purposely maligned. Archd. St. Louis set’s record straight.

Archbp. Carlson was purposely maligned. Archd. St. Louis set’s record straight.

Male MPs shouldn't be able to take away 'woman's right' to choose: Trudeau - Another reason to vote against the Liberals... Gendercide!

Male MPs shouldn't be able to take away 'woman's right' to choose: Trudeau | CTV News

The Curse of Mono Vision Ideologues

The Curse of Mono Vision Ideologues

«Arms manufacturers, corrupt and slavers will respond to God» - Vatican Insider

«Arms manufacturers, corrupt and slavers will respond to God» - Vatican Insider

John Paul and Francis at Yad Vashem | Web Exclusives | Daily Writings From Our Top Writers | First Things

John Paul and Francis at Yad Vashem | Web Exclusives | Daily Writings From Our Top Writers | First Things

Father's Day in Prison Consoling the Heart of Jesus

Father's Day in Prison Consoling the Heart of Jesus

Being Sent Like Jesus

Being Sent Like Jesus

The Dining Room Altar

The Dining Room Altar

10 June, 2014

Horst Thuemen - Obituaries:

Horst Thuemen was the organist at the Cathedral in Pembroke for many years; probably the most talented organist I've ever had the privilege of knowing. His passion for music was matched only by his faith and commitment to his family. He will be missed on earth... but heaven will no doubt sound a little more glorious with his presence. 



Rest in Peace Horst... and thank you for the incredible gift of music you shared.



Horst Thuemen - Obituaries - Pembroke, ON - Your Life Moments

Irish babies in a septic tank? Here’s why it’s a hoax |

Irish babies in a septic tank? Here’s why it’s a hoax |

How to Share the Gospel With People Who Don’t Care

How to Share the Gospel With People Who Don’t Care

Catholic Fire: Pope Francis: The Beatitudes are a Program for Holiness

Catholic Fire: Pope Francis: The Beatitudes are a Program for Holiness

Vatican: 'Nothing to worry about' as tired Pope Francis cancels meetings - Remember to pray for Pope Francis!

Vatican: 'Nothing to worry about' as tired Pope Francis cancels meetings | National Catholic Reporter

Churching the ‘Unchurched’

NCRegister | Churching the ‘Unchurched’

Russian supercomputer emulates teen to pass 'Turing Test,' marking big step for artificial intelligence | CTV News

Russian supercomputer emulates teen to pass 'Turing Test,' marking big step for artificial intelligence | CTV News

09 June, 2014

The Eponymous Flower: Anti-Catholic Media Watch: 800 Children Were NOT D...

The Eponymous Flower: Anti-Catholic Media Watch: 800 Children Were NOT D...: What has upset, confused and dismayed her in recent days is the speculative nature of much of the reporting around the story, particular...

Is the Internet killing religion? – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

Is the Internet killing religion? – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

Do Christians, Muslims and Jews worship the same God? – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

Do Christians, Muslims and Jews worship the same God? – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

Catholics Should Lead a New Discussion on the Role of Good Government - U.s. - News - Catholic Online

Catholics Should Lead a New Discussion on the Role of Good Government - U.s. - News - Catholic Online

Is America about to goosestep? Richard Mourdock warns about some unseemly trends in U.S. life - U.s. - News - Catholic Online

Is America about to goosestep? Richard Mourdock warns about some unseemly trends in U.S. life - U.s. - News - Catholic Online

The Tuam tank: another myth about evil Ireland | spiked

The Tuam tank: another myth about evil Ireland | spiked

07 June, 2014

Bishop Athanasius Schneider: ‘We are in the fourth great crisis of the Church’ | CatholicHerald.co.uk

Bishop Athanasius Schneider: ‘We are in the fourth great crisis of the Church’ | CatholicHerald.co.uk

The Pro-Life Daily: LifeCanada ED Natalie Sonnen debates euthanasia on...

The Pro-Life Daily: LifeCanada ED Natalie Sonnen debates euthanasia on...:   Go to the interview here: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Politics/ID/2462778280/

Ten Thousand Places: On Taming Toddlers So That They Work For You

Ten Thousand Places: On Taming Toddlers So That They Work For You: The right and lawful ordering of birth demands, first of all, that spouses fully recognize and value the true blessings o...

The Pope's modest 'prayer meeting' for the Middle East - World - CBC News

The Pope's modest 'prayer meeting' for the Middle East - World - CBC News

Inspiring Through Artwork: Meet the artist who sculpted the piece knows as 'Homeless Jesus'

NCRegister | Inspiring Through Artwork

‘What are you thinking?’: Ontario Catholic teachers draw heat from clergy over planned Pride march | National Post

‘What are you thinking?’: Ontario Catholic teachers draw heat from clergy over planned Pride march | National Post

05 June, 2014

Ten Thousand Places: B..b..but - It's Hard! Surely That Can't Be Right!...

Ten Thousand Places: B..b..but - It's Hard! Surely That Can't Be Right!...: Our words would not be an adequate expression of the thought and solicitude of the Church, Mother and Teacher of all peop...

Time to care for our jaded priests

Here's an article sent to me from a brother priest. Given that I'm laid out again with a health issue while still trying to serve as pastor for three parishes it seemed to have some resonance for me today. I've decided to post it even though I expect my in-box to fill up with nasty comments accusing me of whining and feeling sorry for myself. (They usually follow any article which suggests that priests live anything other than the 'easy life'. You know...'the one day work-week with no heavy lifting' stereotype.) Yet as our numbers continue to fall the realities being faced by the Irish priests is something that we've been dealing with for almost 20 years here in Canada - so I know that the author is correct in his conclusions.

Hopefully though, they will make better use of the talents and skills presented to the Church by her faithful lay members than we have. We still have too many priests who are killing themselves with stress simply because they think that they are indispensible and close themselves off to the laity taking responsible for ministries that are well within their competence to accomplish.


Time to care for our jaded priests

03 June, 2014

Vatican Diary / Cuts and consolidations in the curia. Here's where

Vatican Diary / Cuts and consolidations in the curia. Here's where

US: 500 juveniles sentenced to life imprisonment write to the Pope - Vatican Insider

US: 500 juveniles sentenced to life imprisonment write to the Pope - Vatican Insider

Will the Vatican step up and hold bishops accountable? | National Catholic Reporter

Will the Vatican step up and hold bishops accountable? | National Catholic Reporter

Pope Francis Encourages Married Couples | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope Francis Encourages Married Couples | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Ten Thousand Places: If You Were a Tree, What Kind of Tree Would You Be...

Ten Thousand Places: If You Were a Tree, What Kind of Tree Would You Be...: The water I shall give him will become in him a fountain of living water, welling up into eternal life. This is a new kin...

02 June, 2014

Should the Pope Tweet? Why not?

Should the Pope Tweet? - Aleteia

Without Gloss: Francis of Assisi and Western Catholicism - Crisis Magazine

Without Gloss: Francis of Assisi and Western Catholicism - Crisis Magazine

Historic Council of Nicaea Celebration Between Pope and Patriarch on the Table | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Historic Council of Nicaea Celebration Between Pope and Patriarch on the Table | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Oh, Canada! Ce que l'enfer qui s'est passé pour vous? - Detroit Traditionalist Catholic | Examiner.com

Oh, Canada! Ce que l'enfer qui s'est passé pour vous? - Detroit Traditionalist Catholic | Examiner.com

Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Morality Show, Game Show, and New Reality Series Highlight New Fall Season at CatholicTV

A reality TV show on a Catholic network? Really? Won't you think that's a little 'low class' for a network striving to promote Catholicism? Sometimes I think we try a little too hard to be hip with the gospel message. This might just be one such example.





Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Morality Show, Game Show, and New Reality Series Highlight New Fall Season at CatholicTV

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