30 September, 2014

Liberalism, Choice and Compulsion - Crisis Magazine

Liberalism, Choice and Compulsion - Crisis Magazine

Pope’s most important step on sex abuse may come in Kansas City | Crux

Pope’s most important step on sex abuse may come in Kansas City | Crux

History of Religion: A fascinating animated map showing how major world religions spread across the span of 5000+ years of history



History of Religion

Five Ways Parents Can Engage Children in the Faith

Five Ways Parents Can Engage Children in the Faith

Commitment to Marriage: An open letter to Pope Francis and Bishops participating in upcoming Synod on Family Life

Commitment to Marriage

More couples are living together before marriage. What’s the Church to do? | Crux

More couples are living together before marriage. What’s the Church to do? | Crux

You Are What You Read: How Spiritual Reading is The Healthier Option - Seton Magazine

You Are What You Read: How Spiritual Reading is The Healthier Option - Seton Magazine

Upcoming Synod of Bishops is about more than just marriage and family | National Catholic Reporter

Upcoming Synod of Bishops is about more than just marriage and family | National Catholic Reporter

Pope Francis: Satan Seduces Us by Disguising Evil as Good | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope Francis: Satan Seduces Us by Disguising Evil as Good | Daily News | NCRegister.com

First woman appointed to a Vatican congregation joyful | The Catholic Response to the Huffington Post

First woman appointed to a Vatican congregation joyful | The Catholic Response to the Huffington Post

Ten Thousand Places: The Leaves That Are Green Turn to Gold

Ten Thousand Places: The Leaves That Are Green Turn to Gold: Margaret, are you grieving Over Goldengrove unleaving? Leaves, like the things of man, you With your fresh thoughts care for, can you...

29 September, 2014

Francis and opposition in the Church - Vatican Insider

Francis and opposition in the Church - Vatican Insider

The Tide of the Culture War Shifts - NYTimes.com

The Tide of the Culture War Shifts - NYTimes.com

The Erosion of Marriage | Daily News | NCRegister.com

The Erosion of Marriage | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Robert Fulford: A world with many crises, zero leadership: Not counting Pope Francis that is IMHO. Moral leadership counts for at least as much as its political variant.

Robert Fulford: A world with many crises, zero leadership | National Post

THE  CORRUPTION  OF  THE  OATH OF  HIPPOCRATES

THE  CORRUPTION  OF  THE  OATH OF  HIPPOCRATES

Hey, Remember What that 'Nutjob' Santorum Said? Turns out he probably was right! So who's the 'nutjob' now?

Hey, Remember What that Nutjob Santorum Said?

The Theology of Dad: Some Unexpected Ways in which I've Changed from City to Country

The Theology of Dad: Some Unexpected Ways in which I've Changed from City to Country

Catholic.net - Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

Catholic.net - Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

Ten Thousand Places: Where Can We Find Justice?

Ten Thousand Places: Where Can We Find Justice?

28 September, 2014

A beautiful rendition of Amazing Grace by Il Divo. A perfect way to end a gorgeous Sunday.

http://sfglo.be/dQw

Kasper’s response to cardinals’ protests against communion for remarried divorcees - Vatican Insider

Kasper’s response to cardinals’ protests against communion for remarried divorcees - Vatican Insider

Francis and Benedict celebrate old age with 40,000 elderly | Crux

Francis and Benedict celebrate old age with 40,000 elderly | Crux

Australian cardinal faces the Vatican’s law of the jungle | Crux

Australian cardinal faces the Vatican’s law of the jungle | Crux

The NHL's West really is best: 11 Days and Counting to the Start of the Regular Season!

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The NHL's West really is best - Sportsnet.ca

Rex Murphy: The case for revoking the citizenship of Canadian terrorists | National Post

Rex Murphy: The case for revoking the citizenship of Canadian terrorists | National Post

Spiritualdirection.com | Catholic Spiritual Direction | The Devil: Is He For Real? Why Does God Let Him Hang Around? Catholic Spiritual Direction

Spiritualdirection.com | Catholic Spiritual Direction | The Devil: Is He For Real? Why Does God Let Him Hang Around? Catholic Spiritual Direction

At U.N., Vatican Secretary of State Condemns Terrorism’s Use of Religion | Daily News | NCRegister.com

At U.N., Vatican Secretary of State Condemns Terrorism’s Use of Religion | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope Francis, Catholic Unity and the Synod on the Family | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope Francis, Catholic Unity and the Synod on the Family | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Roman Catholic bishop resigns in shame - Bognor Regis Observer

Roman Catholic bishop resigns in shame - Bognor Regis Observer

A “Catholic” environmentalism… | The American Catholic

A “Catholic” environmentalism… | The American Catholic

26 September, 2014

WOW! Another incredible find to brighten your day. 'Attraction' ... A Shadow Troupe

Carrie Underwood and Vince Gill perform 'How Great Thou Art'. A beautiful song for a magnificent day!! Happy Friday to everyone. May this performance brighten your day no matter where you are.

The Rev. James Martin on the attraction of Jesus – and Francis: The official Colbert Report Chaplain shares some wisdom worth heeding for those involved in the New Evangelization

The Rev. James Martin on the attraction of Jesus – and Francis | Crux

Free money for all could jumpstart the economy: Don Pittis - Business - CBC News

Free money for all could jumpstart the economy: Don Pittis - Business - CBC News

Michael Lewis: How Wall Street corrodes your soul | National Post

Michael Lewis: How Wall Street corrodes your soul | National Post

Mutual Enrichment and the Coexistence of Varying Models of Liturgy in the Church

The Chant Café: Mutual Enrichment and the Coexistence of Varying Models of Liturgy in the Church

First ISIS, Now Winter Threatens Christians in Kurdistan | Daily News | NCRegister.com

The members of our three small rural parishes have been busily working raising funds, collecting clothing and supplies to aid in the sheltering of refugees fleeing the wars in Iraq, Syria, and other places around the globe where religious persecution is running rampant. These initiatives I am please to say have not come to fruition by my hand or suggestion, but have been initiatives started and sustained by parishioners in the wake of seeing news stories such as this one. There are numerous organizations who are willing to transport these goods to countries where they are most needed... all they need is the support and efforts of people of good will to join with them in reaching out to those in need.


So if three small parishes in a tucked away corner of Québec can do their part to aid these unfortunate souls who've been stripped of even the essentials of life by living in war torn regions of the world, are you willing to step up and search for ways that you or your religious community can do the same? It's often said in churches that 'many hands make light work'. Encourage your clergy and fellow parishioners to join in and discover ways to meet the needs of our brothers and sisters around the globe. Doing so is little more than obeying the Gospel command to love our neighbour, especially those most in need.


Fr. Tim 

(proud pastor of the Catholic Parishes of the Upper Pontiac)



First ISIS, Now Winter Threatens Christians in Kurdistan | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope sacks bishop accused of protecting abuser | News24

Pope sacks bishop accused of protecting abuser | News24

Spanish bishop: Pope says he will not change Communion rule :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Spanish bishop: Pope says he will not change Communion rule :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Scripture Speaks: What Should We Do?

Scripture Speaks: What Should We Do?

25 September, 2014

God has put the timeless in our Hearts – A meditation on a Saying from Ecclesiastes « Archdiocese of Washington

God has put the timeless in our Hearts – A meditation on a Saying from Ecclesiastes « Archdiocese of Washington

Einstein's "Time Dilation" Prediction Verified - Scientific American

Einstein's "Time Dilation" Prediction Verified - Scientific American

Ten Thousand Places: What is the Point of Religion?

Ten Thousand Places: What is the Point of Religion?

Ireland 2014: A Challenging Landscape for the Church | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Ireland 2014: A Challenging Landscape for the Church | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Is it morally OK to buy luxury items?

Is it morally OK to buy luxury items?

Eugenics and the “Hitler Card” - Catholic Stand : Catholic Stand

Eugenics and the “Hitler Card” - Catholic Stand : Catholic Stand

Explosive Business in North Dakota | George Weigel | First Things

Explosive Business in North Dakota | George Weigel | First Things

Vatican Arrests Former Archbishop on Pedophilia Charge: Pope francis demonstrates that he means business!

Vatican Arrests Former Archbishop on Pedophilia Charges

Couragio! A brief refutation of our cultural fear of being against things « Archdiocese of Washington

Couragio! A brief refutation of our cultural fear of being against things « Archdiocese of Washington

24 September, 2014

George Weigel on Pope Benedict XVI, Regensburg, and the Future of Islam - Ethics & Public Policy Center

George Weigel on Pope Benedict XVI, Regensburg, and the Future of Islam - Ethics & Public Policy Center

A little humour for a serious message

One of the things that drives me nuts as a parish priest is the recent phenomena of people posting inappropriate things on social media sites such as Facebook.

What's inappropriate you might ask? 

Top of the list would be people who post accident pictures et al and announce to the world that someone has been seriously injured or killed before the family finds out about. This has happened WAY TOO MANY times in recent years to the shock and detriment of family members. It doesn't matter if you were a 'close friend' or even present when the accident or death occurred. It is WRONG for the news to be released to the public before the family is notified and makes it public themselves.

Next on the list would be personal and/or defamatory comments posted to embarrass people. While I have never been the object of such an attack I know people who have - and they never appreciate having their own 'dirty laundry' aired in such a public forum. So if you have a fight with a friend or neighbour, keep it between yourselves. No one looks good when a private spat spills out into a public forum.

One other example would be any post, no matter how humourous that is self-deprecating or filled with inappropriate language. People should soon come to realize that things posted online lives forever and that something posted while drunk, stoned, or during a fit of rage will come back to hurt them when they go to apply for a job etc. One of the first things that a potential employer will do these days is Google search a prospective employee. If they find material that reflects poorly upon the judgement of the applicant it is not likely that they will be offered a position of employment.

Got any other example that should make my list? Feel free to post them in the comments. Just remember that the reason these comments are moderated is to keep just such types of offensive nonsense from public view. So mind your manners!  (smile)

Fr. Tim

CBS’ ‘Madam Secretary’ dares to be (a little) Catholic | Crux

CBS’ ‘Madam Secretary’ dares to be (a little) Catholic | Crux

Ten Thousand Places: Forgetting Ourselves

Ten Thousand Places: Forgetting Ourselves

The Father Gordon MacRae Case: Bombshells and Black Ops

The Father Gordon MacRae Case: Bombshells and Black Ops

The Father Gordon MacRae Case: Bombshells and Black Ops

The Father Gordon MacRae Case: Bombshells and Black Ops

23 September, 2014

This song fits the way this day has gone so far. Now I head off to Ottawa for a night in the hospital for the last of a series of tests. Hopefully that will go better than the way has gone to this point!

Bishops are going to focus on Natural Family Planning | Crux

Bishops are going to focus on Natural Family Planning | Crux

Ten Thousand Places: All Things Without God

Ten Thousand Places: All Things Without God

Maybe Francis isn’t after a lurch to the left, but a new balance | Crux

Maybe Francis isn’t after a lurch to the left, but a new balance | Crux

Pope Francis asks new bishops to avoid self-promotion, to love their congregations instead - Living Faith - Home & Family - News - Catholic Online

Pope Francis asks new bishops to avoid self-promotion, to love their congregations instead - Living Faith - Home & Family - News - Catholic Online

The New Archbishop of Chicago is no Moderate: How some conservatives are confusing a call to practice 'civility' with weakness in doctrine

Archbishop Elect Blaise Cupich




The annulment argument: a quick guide to the two sides | In the Light of the Law

The annulment argument: a quick guide to the two sides | In the Light of the Law

An answer to the question: What is faith?

Someone asked me the other day to define what I meant by ‘faith’. Strangely enough, there is a great deal of confusion on the subject. Some hold to classic definitions such as ‘faith is a step into the dark’ or ‘believing something in the absence of evidence’. While each of these captures part of the essence of the concept, they fail to express its fullness to my satisfaction.

For me, faith is a conviction arrived at when all the evidence has been examined, assessed, or studied. It is far from something that is opposed to the dictates of reason as some suggest, but is ultimately the fruit of the application of reason that apprehends the truth of something when not all of the evidence can be studied, gathered, or known to provide a definitive answer. After all, if we can know something completely then there is no need to have faith in it. Complete knowledge negates the need for faith. Put in a religious context, if God revealed himself in such self-evident manner that doubt in his existence could not be refuted there would be no need of faith since we would all know that He exists. Since this is not the case, faith and belief are required if one holds to the proposition that God is indeed real. But this does not mean that it is impossible to rationally support a belief in his existence.

For example, my faith in the existence of God is founded upon my acceptance of the logical deductive reasoning of theologians such as Thomas Aquinas as well the modern arguments of scholars such as Fr. Robert Spitzer who recently published a series of books examining the question from the perspective of scientific discoveries in physics of the last century. Such argumentation leads me to rationally conclude that there had to be a ‘first mover, unmoved’ or a ‘first cause, uncaused’. In other words, for creation to exist requires that there first had to be a Creator who established it with the requisite rules to sustain its continued existence. David Bentley Hart, in a recent book, ‘The Experience of God’ explores in some depth the ubiquitous theistic convictions in exists within cultures and religions the world over. The totality of all these arguments can bring me to the starting point of believing in the reality of Gods’ existence.

In fact, were I to believe in the absence of rationally sustainable reasons in the existence of God, I would be guilty of committing a heresy, namely ‘fideism’. This was declared a heresy by the Church and condemned even by the early Church fathers. Simply put, fideism maintains that faith is independent of reason, or that reason and faith are hostile to each other and faith is superior at arriving at particular truths. In the Christian tradition, faith and reason are both essential for all believers.

Another definition of faith that appeals to me, albeit in a more Christian sense of the word, is as follows: Faith is the ‘substance of hope’. Substance here carries its original Greek meaning, which is to say it’s something that ‘stands under’ or supports the Christian virtue of hope. To clarify even further, ‘hope’ stands for more than just one’s wish or desire for something. Hope is defined in the Catholic Catechism as the theological virtue by which we desire the kingdom of heaven and eternal life as our happiness, placing our trust in Christ's promises and relying not on our own strength, but on the help of the grace of the Holy Spirit. Thus faith for Christians is seen then as the structure that lifts up and sustains our trust that the promises of Christ will be fulfilled for us as individuals and for the greater world in general.
 
So the question needs to be asked… How do we obtain faith?  The answer to this is both simple and complex.


While Catholics hold that faith is a gift from God, it would be wrong to say that it comes directly from God and thus is possessed by all who are created in His image and likeness. While it is true that God desires for all to believe and offers sufficient grace for us to accomplish this end, it is necessary for us to do our part to bring this gift to fruition. We must be open to using the gifts we’ve been given, gifts such as our rationality, logic, and intellect as well as the spiritual gifts of prayer, an openness to grace and a steadfastness of spirit to develop and sustain that life-giving faith that undergird our hope and desire. It is something that not everyone will be successful in attaining, but this is not indicative of some failing on God’s part. If we do not do our part in apprehending faith for ourselves, it will not likely take root and grow as an integral part of our life. God opens the door for us, but it is up to us to accept his invitation and to enter into a relationship with him… a relationship of faith, hope, and love.  Faith thus is sustained and nurtured through the practice of a religious life, one that is fed by the grace of the sacraments, prayer, and the merits of living as a disciple of Christ.

22 September, 2014

Do Fathers Matter? New books says, 'Yes' | Lifestyle from CTV News

Do Fathers Matter? New books says, 'Yes' | Lifestyle from CTV News

Justin Trudeau's abortion policy keeps people talking - Politics - CBC News

Justin Trudeau's abortion policy keeps people talking - Politics - CBC News

Multitudes in the Valley of Decision! A Meditation on the Dramatic Battle in Which We Live « Archdiocese of Washington

Multitudes in the Valley of Decision! A Meditation on the Dramatic Battle in Which We Live « Archdiocese of Washington

Arguably the funniest skit from TV history

If Nuns Ruled the World | Crux

If Nuns Ruled the World | Crux

Ten Thousand Places: Answering Hate

Ten Thousand Places: Answering Hate

The Synod and the Real Crisis of Marriage

The Synod and the Real Crisis of Marriage

21 September, 2014

Francis rejects clericalism which turns faith into a set of rules and instructions - Vatican Insider

Francis rejects clericalism which turns faith into a set of rules and instructions - Vatican Insider

Ten Thousand Places: Living As If God Exists

Ten Thousand Places: Living As If God Exists

Ancient Monastery Discovered In Israel

Ancient Monastery Discovered In Israel

Pope Francis in Albania, denounces extremists who 'pervert' religion to justify violence - World - CBC News

Pope Francis in Albania, denounces extremists who 'pervert' religion to justify violence - World - CBC News

Vatican announces commission to streamline marriage process | The Catholic Response to the Huffington Post

Vatican announces commission to streamline marriage process | The Catholic Response to the Huffington Post

Spinning the Synod | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

Spinning the Synod | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

20 September, 2014

NCRegister | Family Guide to Vocations

NCRegister | Family Guide to Vocations

Don’t! It’s a trap! A Moral Lesson from a Commercial « Archdiocese of Washington

Don’t! It’s a trap! A Moral Lesson from a Commercial « Archdiocese of Washington

The liturgical reform, as seen by one of its protagonists :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

The liturgical reform, as seen by one of its protagonists :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

A good thought to contemplate this weekend


Bodily resurrection is key to Christian identity, Pope reminds :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Bodily resurrection is key to Christian identity, Pope reminds :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Standing Against the Human “Dignity Deniers” | Wesley J. Smith | First Things

Standing Against the Human “Dignity Deniers” | Wesley J. Smith | First Things

A graphic as a primer on the Pope's upcoming visit to Albania this weekend


“Whiny old white men” | The Bertha Wilson Motion - a pithy rebuke to Justin Trudeau's heavy handed decision to ban pro-life voices from the Liberal Party

“Whiny old white men” | The Bertha Wilson Motion

Editorial: A universal synod

Editorial: A universal synod What’s often overlooked is that the bishops at the synod will be addressing family challenges through a worldwide lens.



Editorial: A universal synod

Pope: No 'magic wand'; evangelizing takes hard work, trust in God | National Catholic Reporter

Pope: No 'magic wand'; evangelizing takes hard work, trust in God | National Catholic Reporter

Interfaith Council statement on ISIS - San Jose interfaith | Examiner.com

Interfaith Council statement on ISIS - San Jose interfaith | Examiner.com

Vatican Shrugs Off Warning of IS Plot

Vatican Shrugs Off Warning of IS Plot

Cardinal Francis George led flock through rough times - Chicago Tribune

Cardinal Francis George led flock through rough times - Chicago Tribune

Vatican astronomer: No surprise when we find life elsewhere | Crux

Vatican astronomer: No surprise when we find life elsewhere | Crux

New Chicago archbishop Blase Cupich: A moderate voice | Crux

New Chicago archbishop Blase Cupich: A moderate voice | Crux

19 September, 2014

15 Tips for Surviving Mass With Little Ones - Catholic Stand : Catholic Stand

I've always said that if we believe in the scripture that tells us the angels of children stand before God in heaven, we would see children as holy beings and not a distraction of nuisance at mass. In fact, they have more right to be there than we with grey hair since they have yet to develop into sinners as we are. Still this is a helpful list of tips for parents who bring their kids to church for anything that keeps kids out of that 'kiddy prison' called the 'Cry Room' is a good thing in my opinion.



15 Tips for Surviving Mass With Little Ones - Catholic Stand : Catholic Stand

There is so much at stake at next month’s family synod | CatholicHerald.co.uk

There is so much at stake at next month’s family synod | CatholicHerald.co.uk

Abboud: To speak about religious war is to play the terrorists’ game - Vatican Insider

Abboud: To speak about religious war is to play the terrorists’ game - Vatican Insider

10 Things I Learned From the Jesuits: Having never been taught by Jesuits I don't know if all 10 of these point are true, but they are worth a read at the very least!

10 Things I Learned From the Jesuits | RealClearReligion

Pope Francis on ISIS persecution of Christians: ‘We are in World War Three’ | National Post

Pope Francis on ISIS persecution of Christians: ‘We are in World War Three’ | National Post

Fear and loathing in the Vatican » Spectator Blogs

Fear and loathing in the Vatican » Spectator Blogs

Justin Trudeau hits back at 'old men' over abortion stance criticism - Politics - CBC News

Justin Trudeau hits back at 'old men' over abortion stance criticism - Politics - CBC News

18 September, 2014

High-ranking cardinals debate marriage before crucial Vatican meeting | CTV News

High-ranking cardinals debate marriage before crucial Vatican meeting | CTV News

Catholic women's conference refreshes moms, forges friendships :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Did you know that there is a Canadian conference with the same goal? Google 'Dynamic Women of Faith Conference' to find out more or check it out here on Facebook. This annual conference is held in the GTA and is organized by Dorothy Pilarski, an exceptional Catholic speaker and author in her own right. 



Catholic women's conference refreshes moms, forges friendships :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

ISIS has plan to assassinate Pope Francis and plant jihadi flag on top of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City | National Post

ISIS has plan to assassinate Pope Francis and plant jihadi flag on top of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City | National Post

Alberta will soon topple B.C. as Canada’s third most populous province, and nine other things you need to know about our growing population | National Post

Alberta will soon topple B.C. as Canada’s third most populous province, and nine other things you need to know about our growing population | National Post

Pope’s advisers start to overhaul the Vatican bureaucracy | Crux

Pope’s advisers start to overhaul the Vatican bureaucracy | Crux

Cardinal Pell rules out change on Communion for divorced, remarried | Crux

Cardinal Pell rules out change on Communion for divorced, remarried | Crux

Regensburg Vindicated | George Weigel | First Things

Regensburg Vindicated | George Weigel | First Things

God is an Artist

God is an Artist

17 September, 2014

Cardinal Pell rules out change on Communion for divorced, remarried | National Catholic Reporter

Cardinal Pell rules out change on Communion for divorced, remarried | National Catholic Reporter

Does the Islamic State Want to Assassinate the Pope? 5 Things Catholics Need to Know

Does the Islamic State Want to Assassinate the Pope? 5 Things Catholics Need to Know

Retired Montreal Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte in hospital | CTV News

Retired Montreal Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte in hospital | CTV News

Pope travels to former battlefields where grandfather fought in the First World War as a tribute to all war victims | World War I

Pope travels to former battlefields where grandfather fought in the First World War as a tribute to all war victims | World War I

The Wounds of Padre Pio, the Cyrenian Priest - These Stone Walls

The Wounds of Padre Pio, the Cyrenian Priest - These Stone Walls

Worshipping Mammon: A column from Fr. Dwight Longenecker

Worshipping Mammon

Jonathan Kay: From French beaches to Canadian bedrooms, rolling back the excesses of the Sexual Revolution | National Post

Jonathan Kay: From French beaches to Canadian bedrooms, rolling back the excesses of the Sexual Revolution | National Post

Life Affirming Choices - YouTube: Euthanasia - "It's Different When It's Your Mother!"

Life Affirming Choices - YouTube

A Tale of Two Churches: Cardinal George (Chicago) opines on Church/State relations in the USA

A Tale of Two Churches

16 September, 2014

Weigel speaks of John Paul II’s path to canonizationbr and the road ahead for Christians

Weigel speaks of John Paul II’s path to canonizationbr and the road ahead for Christians

Why the coming ‘rates rage’ will wreak havoc across the globe | Financial Post

Why the coming ‘rates rage’ will wreak havoc across the globe | Financial Post

Patient in vegetative state for 16 years reacts to suspenseful Alfred Hitchcock show: A cautionary tale for those who promote the euthanization of people in a 'permanent vegetative state'

Patient in vegetative state for 16 years reacts to suspenseful Alfred Hitchcock show | National Post

Francis: When will we learn our lesson from war? - Vatican Insider

Francis: When will we learn our lesson from war? - Vatican Insider

Theology Through Friendship | Bianca Czaderna and J. David Nolan | First Things

Theology Through Friendship | Bianca Czaderna and J. David Nolan | First Things

Francis and Sin | National Catholic Reporter

Francis and Sin | National Catholic Reporter

New Jersey nun beatification set for next month in Newark | National Catholic Reporter

New Jersey nun beatification set for next month in Newark | National Catholic Reporter

Pope Francis to Couples: Let the Cross Illuminate Your Marriage | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope Francis to Couples: Let the Cross Illuminate Your Marriage | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Vatican weddings a signal of “progressivism” at upcoming synod? « Hot Air

Vatican weddings a signal of “progressivism” at upcoming synod? « Hot Air

15 September, 2014

Our new high altar has been installed in St. Joseph's Parish. Thank you to all who contributed to the completion of this great project. The injury suffered by the building in the 1960's has finally been healed!


Pastor named Edmonton’s top comic says he’s found the funny side of the Bible | National Post

Pastor named Edmonton’s top comic says he’s found the funny side of the Bible | National Post

Freedom Through Truth: The Parable of the Prisoner

Freedom Through Truth: The Parable of the Prisoner

Five Ways to Be Catholic at Work | CatholicVote.org

Five Ways to Be Catholic at Work | CatholicVote.org

Aurora Borealis: A late summer light show | One of the compensations we Canuck get for having to suffer winter in our northern land. At least we get some impressive light shows at night!

Aurora Borealis: A late summer light show | CTV News

Would Atheists and Believers both be successful in fundraising for the same cause? A fascinating video that explores this question.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YROimcT_4bk&feature=youtu.be

Can Atheists be Moral? How can we (or they) know? « Archdiocese of Washington

Can Atheists be Moral? How can we (or they) know? « Archdiocese of Washington

Pope Francis marries couples who have cohabited, had children | FaithWorld

Pope Francis marries couples who have cohabited, had children | FaithWorld

Parents put off by Mass timings but have strong Catholic identity

The Tablet - News

14 September, 2014

Travesty of Justice: The Ordeal of Fr. Gordon MacRae

Travesty of Justice: The Ordeal of Fr. Gordon MacRae

The Wisdom and Power of the Cross – A Homily for the Exaltation of the Holy Cross « Archdiocese of Washington

The Wisdom and Power of the Cross – A Homily for the Exaltation of the Holy Cross « Archdiocese of Washington

A Church with verve is at risk in Ukraine / Plus: Pope Francis goes to Turkey, the vision behind Crux, and women in the Church | Crux

A Church with verve is at risk in Ukraine / Plus: Pope Francis goes to Turkey, the vision behind Crux, and women in the Church | Crux

Pope marries 20 couples, including one bride already a mother | CTV News

Pope marries 20 couples, including one bride already a mother | CTV News

Can celebrity atheist author Sam Harris become a spiritual figure? | National Post

Can celebrity atheist author Sam Harris become a spiritual figure? | National Post

The Paradox Of The Cross

ANN/Groong -- The Paradox Of The Cross

Pope Francis: World War III Has Started On Piecemeal - International Business Times

Pope Francis: World War III Has Started On Piecemeal - International Business Times

12 September, 2014

The best cover of a Johnny Cash song ever!!

Former Arctic priest Eric Dejaeger found guilty on sex charges | CTV News

Former Arctic priest Eric Dejaeger found guilty on sex charges | CTV News

Regensburg redux: Was Pope Benedict XVI right about Islam? | National Catholic Reporter

Regensburg redux: Was Pope Benedict XVI right about Islam? | National Catholic Reporter

Panel focuses on Pope Francis during launch of new Boston Globe Catholic website, Crux - Metro - The Boston Globe

Panel focuses on Pope Francis during launch of new Boston Globe Catholic website, Crux - Metro - The Boston Globe

Woman born without a cerebellum baffles doctors | CTV News

I'm not so impressed with her not having a cerebellum... I'm blown away that the headline writers at CTV think that she was born a 'woman'!! Wow!! That's awesome! No puberty or awkward adolescence to suffer through. Although one would have to naturally pity her poor mother. Can you imagine giving birth to a fully grown woman? One would think that in itself would baffle the entire medical community!



Woman born without a cerebellum baffles doctors | CTV News

11 September, 2014

Freedom Through Truth: From Fear and Humility to Hope and Love

Freedom Through Truth: From Fear and Humility to Hope and Love

Petitions call for return of naked ‘Penis Satan’ after Vancouver removes lewd statue from park | National Post

Petitions call for return of naked ‘Penis Satan’ after Vancouver removes lewd statue from park | National Post

We Must Fight ISIS with More than Missiles | Thomas F. Farr | First Things

We Must Fight ISIS with More than Missiles | Thomas F. Farr | First Things

Communion for the Remarried? Francis Has a Yes "In Pectore": The latest from Sandro Magister

Communion for the Remarried. Francis Has a Yes "In Pectore"

Dawkins and Down Syndrome: Rants and Reason | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Dawkins and Down Syndrome: Rants and Reason | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Legal Group: Belgium’s Assisted Suicide Law Failed a Depressed Woman | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Legal Group: Belgium’s Assisted Suicide Law Failed a Depressed Woman | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Archbishop Aquila's 9/11 Reminder: Love of God Linked to Love of Man | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Archbishop Aquila's 9/11 Reminder: Love of God Linked to Love of Man | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project reveals buried ancient monuments - Technology & Science - CBC News

Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project reveals buried ancient monuments - Technology & Science - CBC News

10 September, 2014

Travesty of Justice: The Ordeal of Fr. Gordon MacRae - These Stone Walls

Travesty of Justice: The Ordeal of Fr. Gordon MacRae - These Stone Walls

Pastor With a Punch - Video - NYTimes.com

Pastor With a Punch - Video - NYTimes.com

Three divorced Catholics, three viewpoints | Crux

Three divorced Catholics, three viewpoints | Crux

Why I’m Catholic | Crux

Why I’m Catholic | Crux

Why I’m Catholic | Crux

Why I’m Catholic | Crux

Regensburg Revisited: Faith, Reason and the Islamic State

Regensburg Revisited: Faith, Reason and the Islamic State

Regensburg Revisited: Faith, Reason and the Islamic State

Regensburg Revisited: Faith, Reason and the Islamic State

09 September, 2014

Francis makes final nominations for Synod: It will be varied and include married couples - Vatican Insider

Francis makes final nominations for Synod: It will be varied and include married couples - Vatican Insider

Parish fights city to guard dignity of Baltimore's homeless, poor

Parish fights city to guard dignity of Baltimore's homeless, poor

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

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

As For Me and My House: A companion piece that describes the political migration of conventional Christians like me

As For Me and My House

Are changes in American culture pushing out Catholics? | Crux

I don't know if this is happening in the States, but it certainly is in Canada. We only need to look at Justin Trudeau's decision to bar pro-life candidates from the Liberal party to see this clearly. This means that two out of three political parties have now turfed out practicing Catholics. (The NDP did this before the Liberals.) Given that Catholics have traditionally found a home in these centre-left parties, it leads one to wonder if they will follow their pro-life convictions and vote for the Conservative Party or whether their historic political allegiances will trump their faith. I know that as a Catholic priest, I now find it impossible to support either the Liberals or the NDP since they have slammed the door shut on my pro-life convictions.



Are changes in American culture pushing out Catholics? | Crux

The old debate on divorce and Communion has a new wildcard: Francis | Crux

The old debate on divorce and Communion has a new wildcard: Francis | Crux

08 September, 2014

A request for prayers for a woman who provides a great service for our Catholic Church in Canada

I would like to ask the readers of my blog to please keep Sylvia of Sylvia's Site fame in your prayers. Not only is her husband facing some significant medical challenges in the next few days, but she recently fell and broke her arm, injured her leg as well as her foot. Sylvia published a post earlier today on her blog if you are interested in reading the gory details.



I do not always agree with some of her positions but I have never doubted the sincerity of her convictions when it comes to working towards the protection of all children within the Catholic Church, as well as helping to rid the church of predatory clergy who abuse them. The work she does on her blog in this regard has been called by some a national treasure and it's hard to disagree with that. 

Get well soon Sylvia and Michael. You are in the prayers of many people who appreciate your good work.

Christianity and Islam: A Side by Side Comparison

Christianity and Islam: A Side by Side Comparison

Father Barron Tackles a New Series — ‘Catholicism: The Pivotal Players’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Father Barron Tackles a New Series — ‘Catholicism: The Pivotal Players’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope accepts resignation of head of Ireland Church, accused of silence over child sex abuse

Pope accepts resignation of head of Ireland Church, accused of silence over child sex abuse

What is Ecclesiology and Why is It So Important Today? « Archdiocese of Washington

What is Ecclesiology and Why is It So Important Today? « Archdiocese of Washington

ISIS vs. mainstream Muslims: The media war – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

ISIS vs. mainstream Muslims: The media war – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

ISIS vs. mainstream Muslims: The media war – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

ISIS vs. mainstream Muslims: The media war – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

5 ways America changed God – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

5 ways America changed God – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

Francis: “Insulting is not Christian! Even words kill” - Vatican Insider

Here's a column that anyone who participates in online comment threads should read!



Francis: “Insulting is not Christian! Even words kill” - Vatican Insider

07 September, 2014

Freedom Through Truth: Unchained Melody: Hope in the Hoosegow

Freedom Through Truth: Unchained Melody: Hope in the Hoosegow

The Shawshank Redemption and the Crime of Innocence - These Stone Walls

The Shawshank Redemption and the Crime of Innocence - These Stone Walls

The Synod of Bishops in October could be “Must-See TV” | Crux

The Synod of Bishops in October could be “Must-See TV” | Crux

Conscience and Coercion by Thomas Pink | Articles | First Things

Conscience and Coercion by Thomas Pink | Articles | First Things

A church that embraces the cross must embrace politics | National Catholic Reporter

A church that embraces the cross must embrace politics | National Catholic Reporter

SDG Reviews ‘Calvary’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

SDG Reviews ‘Calvary’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

NCRegister | The Uncomfortable Conversation

NCRegister | The Uncomfortable Conversation

06 September, 2014

Francis: We are all Church, not just the bishops and the Pope - Vatican Insider

Francis: We are all Church, not just the bishops and the Pope - Vatican Insider

Conrad Black: Waiting for an Arab Thermidor | National Post

Conrad Black: Waiting for an Arab Thermidor | National Post

The Covenant of Marriage | George Weigel | First Things

The Covenant of Marriage | George Weigel | First Things

The Call to Fraternal Correction – A Homily for the 23rd Sunday of the Year « Archdiocese of Washington

The Call to Fraternal Correction – A Homily for the 23rd Sunday of the Year « Archdiocese of Washington

Mother Teresa 17th death anniversary: 7 lesser known facts about the legendary nun | Latest News & Gossip on Popular Trends at India.com

Mother Teresa 17th death anniversary: 7 lesser known facts about the legendary nun | Latest News & Gossip on Popular Trends at India.com

Supreme Court asked to defend Seal of Confession in La. case | The Catholic Response to the Huffington Post

Supreme Court asked to defend Seal of Confession in La. case | The Catholic Response to the Huffington Post

05 September, 2014

For the first time, our region of the universe has a map and a name | National Post

For the first time, our region of the universe has a map and a name | National Post

A haunting film about the ‘martyr of Auschwitz’ | Crux

A haunting film about the ‘martyr of Auschwitz’ | Crux

Book Review: Descartes' Bones: A Skeletal History of the Conflict between Faith and Reason

(This is the first and what I hope will be a series of short book reviews of material that I have read over the past few months. I will rate each book on a scale of 1 to 5 lightbulbs depending upon how illuminating the work.)

Author: Russell  Shorto
Publisher: Doubleday
Copyright: 2008

Descartes’s Bones, written by Russell Shorto examines the impact of a man who is arguably the most influential philosopher in the modern age.  He was seen by many of his contemporaries as someone who laid the intellectual foundation for the entire modern program which grounds everything from morality to law, politics and social organization on reason and the individual. Man became the truth agent of discovery instead of god as the revealer of truth. Instead of seeing creation as an example of God’s handiwork it became an object of study unto itself. His “I think therefore I am” revolutionized not only the study of philosophy which until that time was founded upon the Aristotelian categories, and replaced it with the rational method. 

This change, though seemingly insignificant or self evident to us today, led to an explosion of new knowledge in the fields of science, philosophy, politics, and theology. Alas it lead to the expulsion of God as the first and final cause of creation and replaced it with the edicts of pure physicalism or materialism, systems of thought that leave no place for supernatural or teleological ends. Lost was the belief that creation worked towards a higher purpose of revealing God and we were left with the conviction that the material world was little more than the random amalgamation of smaller parts  evolving on it’s own to greater and greater complexity.

By following the path of Descartes’s remains from Sweden where it was first interred in 1650 to their translation to France during the French Revolution Shorto demonstrates the implications of Descartes’s radical new philosophy using the philosophers bones as a metaphor for its promulgation throughout the world.

One of the interesting facets of this corporeal journey is the fact that Descartes’s remains became separated over the years with the skull and at least one finger failing to make the journey from Sweden to France with the rest of his bones. The skull, which today held in the Musée de l’homme in Paris, has had a particularly unique journey. It has been inscribed with the names of its various owners who ranged from the pedantic (a bar owner) to the learned and powerful who each desired to possess part of ‘le grand philosophe’. What’s more appropriate Icon of the founder of rationalism could they possess other than the skull which encapsulated the brain of the man who launched such a profound revolution that today he is credited as the inspiration for everything from modern technology, medical science, and indeed democracy itself.

A must read for anyone interested in philosophy and its impact on our society.

 Rating:  five bulbs!