28 February, 2015

Conrad Black: Alarm bells must ring in response to the government’s new anti-terror bill | National Post

Conrad Black: Alarm bells must ring in response to the government’s new anti-terror bill | National Post

Vatican approved 'pay to pray' order angers Catholics in Germany

This is wrong on so many levels! But at its base, when did financial support become a prerequisite for belonging to the Church? Yes, I know that people share a moral obligation to support the Church if they are members, but when did that support necessarily come with a dollar sign?





Vatican approved 'pay to pray' order angers Catholics in Germany

German Bishops: ‘We Are Not Just a Subsidiary of Rome’

Uhh... yes you are a subsidiary of Rome. We all are! That's what defines us as Roman Catholics! The German Bishops don't understand this? Glad I'm not living in Germany.



German Bishops: ‘We Are Not Just a Subsidiary of Rome’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

7 Things Not to Do For Lent - Catholic Stand : Catholic Stand

7 Things Not to Do For Lent - Catholic Stand : Catholic Stand

The Catholic's Survival Guide to Internet Trolls - EpicPew

The Catholic's Survival Guide to Internet Trolls - EpicPew

God is Near 3 Minute Retreat: 'How to deal with fear' by Fr. James Martin s.j.

God is Near 3 Minute Retreat

Dear Prudence: My 12-year-old kicks and screams his way to church. Should I stop making him go? | National Post

Dear Prudence: My 12-year-old kicks and screams his way to church. Should I stop making him go? | National Post

Down with the Struggle or Up with the Cross? A Word to Priests, Catechists, and Parents « Archdiocese of Washington

Down with the Struggle or Up with the Cross? A Word to Priests, Catechists, and Parents « Archdiocese of Washington

When to have the sex talk? | Pembroke Daily Observer - more on the new proposed sex ed curriculum for Ontario schools

When to have the sex talk? | Pembroke Daily Observer

Why Canada isn't ready to talk about ‘3-parent’ babies - Health - CBC News

Why Canada isn't ready to talk about ‘3-parent’ babies - Health - CBC News

Andrew Coyne: The problem with so-cons: Why can’t they just be more like pundits? | National Post

Andrew Coyne: The problem with so-cons: Why can’t they just be more like pundits? | National Post

Need a little 'pick me up'? Here's a video that did it for me this morning! I hope it does the same for you.

Barbara Kay: Ontario’s new sex ed curriculum teaches young children too much, too soon | National Post

Barbara Kay: Ontario’s new sex ed curriculum teaches young children too much, too soon | National Post

Triumph is Born of Struggle – An Important Truth, as Seen in a Movie Outtake « Archdiocese of Washington

Triumph is Born of Struggle – An Important Truth, as Seen in a Movie Outtake « Archdiocese of Washington

27 February, 2015

No need for Harper government to enact new assisted-suicide legislation: professor | National Post

No need for Harper government to enact new assisted-suicide legislation: professor | National Post

‘You are not suitably dressed': Quebec judge refused to hear single mother’s case because of hijab | National Post

‘You are not suitably dressed': Quebec judge refused to hear single mother’s case because of hijab | National Post

Renfrew County council stands by prayer | Pembroke Daily Observer

Renfrew County council stands by prayer | Pembroke Daily Observer

Pope Francis: An Agenda Behind his Back?

MondayVatican – Vatican » Pope Francis: An Agenda Behind his Back? | MondayVatican

Faithful Fishing: A men's retreat for the opening of fishing season 2015

So here's the question: Would there be eight to twelve Catholic men who would want to come together for a 4 day/3 night fishing trip at a quality exclusive rights outfitter (Dumoine Lake Cottages) for a reasonable price for the opening of the walleye season 2015?
I would be onsite as cook & chaplain. I will celebrate mass each day and anyone is welcome to participate if they choose. I will provide everything required for three square meals a day, a clean and warm cabin, and God will no doubt provide the fish. (Climate is entirely within the domain of Mother Nature though so there's no guarantee of good weather. It's been a long time since the Church could tell any woman what to do, so when it comes to staying warm and dry outside, it's every man for himself.) All you would need to bring are your clothes, sleeping bag, fishing equipment, personal flotation device, personal libations and snacks.
The cabin we would be using is a two-storey log building that can comfortably sleep 8+ men. It comes equipped with two washrooms (flush toilets, showers, sinks), spacious screened in front porch, and safe clean wood and gas stoves and lighting. If the optional Provincial Park licence is purchased, spectacular spring walleye fishing is a 20-minute boat trip from base cabin. Otherwise it's a 40-minute jaunt from home. In either case, the owner and/or guide will instruct where to find the best place to throw a hook in the water... and spending half and hour in a boat is a hell of a lot more enjoyable than putting in the same time commuting to work all winter!! Boat, motor, gas, and Quebec licence, and all applicable taxes are included (two men per 14' aluminum boat with 15 hp Yamaha motors). There’s also offer a free internet hotspot on the lake so you can upload photos of the days catch to make your buds and bro's turn green with envy… or to check for their emails in reply!)


Faithful Fishing:  A fishing retreat for Catholic men  -  May 15-18, 2015
Dumoine Lake Cottages, QC.
The cost for the excursion package is as follows:
Basic: $650 
Basic w/Provincial Park Licence: $700
(Included: cabin, boat package, American Plan meal package, daily mass.)
(Not included: transportation to Dumoine Lake Parking Depot.)
Dates: Friday May 15 – 18, 2015
For more information, contact Fr. Tim at:
Phone:  819-689-5232
Email: frtimmoylepp@gmail.com


Billy Graham’s Surprising TED Talk - Aleteia

Billy Graham’s Surprising TED Talk - Aleteia

26 February, 2015

Human head transplants coming soon, doctor believes | CTV News

Human head transplants coming soon, doctor believes | CTV News

Pope grants prized plot to homeless man who was well known in St. Peter’s Square | National Post

Pope grants prized plot to homeless man who was well known in St. Peter’s Square | National Post

A Message in Blood: ISIS and the Meaning of the Cross | Word On Fire

A Message in Blood: ISIS and the Meaning of the Cross | Word On Fire

Ryerson Students’ Union bans pro-life club | Ryersonian.ca

Ryerson Students’ Union bans pro-life club | Ryersonian.ca

Catherine Doherty and my return to the Church | Crux

Catherine Doherty and my return to the Church | Crux

Wynne says homophobia fuelling some sex ed protesters: report | CTV News

Homophobia? Really? So the premier believes that parents who are objecting to the province implementing this new sex-ed curriculum for teaching kids about homosexuality and that gender is a 'changeable social construct' in Gr. 3, and the details of how to practice anal and oral sex and masturbation by the time they leave elementary school are being homophobic?


Perhaps this is just a desperate allegation made by a politician trying to deflect attention from the fact that the author of this inappropriate curriculum is now facing gay child pornography charges in court. Does she think that the sex crimes her highly paid consultant has been charged with are also fueled by a homophobic police force?



Wynne says homophobia fuelling some sex ed protesters: report | CTV News

Astronomers discover brightest black hole of early universe | CTV News

Astronomers discover brightest black hole of early universe | CTV News

Number of Christians abducted by Islamic State is rising, activists say | CTV News

Number of Christians abducted by Islamic State is rising, activists say | CTV News

New In The Wall Street Journal: The Father Gordon MacRae Case - These Stone Walls

New In The Wall Street Journal: The Father Gordon MacRae Case - These Stone Walls

25 February, 2015

Is There a Link Between Priestly Celibacy and Sexual Abuse? | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Is There a Link Between Priestly Celibacy and Sexual Abuse? | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Getting to the Point: The Perils of Living a Double Life

Getting to the Point: The Perils of Living a Double Life: It is Wednesday, and time then for our weekly journey through the ‘papal examen’, the Pope’s Christmas talk to the Roman Curia that is such...

Prison release of former priests raises questions for Catholic church : Lifestyles

Prison release of former priests raises questions for Catholic church : Lifestyles

Pope poised to decide the future of his financial reform | Crux

Pope poised to decide the future of his financial reform | Crux

Thomism in the 21st Century: Q&A with Father Romanus Cessario, O.P. | America Magazine

Thomism in the 21st Century: Q&A with Father Romanus Cessario, O.P. | America Magazine

Getting Dead in Canada - The Catholic ThingThe Catholic Thing

Getting Dead in Canada - The Catholic ThingThe Catholic Thing

'This week in jihad': a column from Fr. Raymond De Souza

This week in jihad

African Archbishop Lays Down "Daring" Challenge for Synod on the Family - Aleteia

African Archbishop Lays Down "Daring" Challenge for Synod on the Family - Aleteia

Fasting: Dad's Root Beer and Potato Chips

Fasting: Dad's Root Beer and Potato Chips

21 February, 2015

Getting to the Point: You Know, It Turns Out That We're NOT Supposed to ...

Getting to the Point: You Know, It Turns Out That We're NOT Supposed to ...: O Lord, Master of my life, grant that I may not be infected with the spirit of slothfulness and faint-heartedness, of ambition and vain talk...

Bill C-51: Political battle lines drawn over anti-terror bill as election nears - Politics - CBC News

Bill C-51: Political battle lines drawn over anti-terror bill as election nears - Politics - CBC News

Prayer up for debate | Pembroke Daily Observer

Prayer up for debate | Pembroke Daily Observer

The Coming of Medical Martyrdom | Wesley J. Smith | First Things

The Coming of Medical Martyrdom | Wesley J. Smith | First Things

'Selma' captures the true experience of a prophet | National Catholic Reporter

'Selma' captures the true experience of a prophet | National Catholic Reporter

February 2015: Top 12 Movies About Faith Now Streaming on Netflix - Aleteia

Here's an excellent Lenten activity: watching movies that help to strengthen the values that underpin faith! As a priest, I'd add one more to this list... 'Calvary'. 







February 2015: Top 12 Movies About Faith Now Streaming on Netflix - Aleteia

Pope: Love of God and Neighbor Are Inseparable: YES! Loving God IS loving neighbour and loving neighbour IS loving God!

Pope: Love of God and Neighbor Are Inseparable | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Be Fruitful, Responsibly: A commentary on Pope Francis' recent comments about parenthood and families

NCRegister | Be Fruitful, Responsibly

Video: Do You Know How Loved You Are? This Song Will Remind You - Aleteia

Video: Do You Know How Loved You Are? This Song Will Remind You - Aleteia

19 February, 2015

A Star Passed Through the Solar System Just 70,000 Years Ago: Holy Maurading Stars Batman! 70,000 year ago?? That's like yesterday in geologic time!



A Star Passed Through the Solar System Just 70,000 Years Ago

Is Religion Responsible for the World's Violence? | Shameless Popery

Is Religion Responsible for the World's Violence? | Shameless Popery

College Students Are Abandoning Religion In Record Numbers

College Students Are Abandoning Religion In Record Numbers

Bill C-51: Political battle lines drawn over anti-terror bill as election nears - Politics - CBC News

Bill C-51: Political battle lines drawn over anti-terror bill as election nears - Politics - CBC News

“Their blood confesses Christ”: Pope Francis on the murder of Egyptian Christians by ISIS *UPDATED* | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

“Their blood confesses Christ”: Pope Francis on the murder of Egyptian Christians by ISIS *UPDATED* | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

Medjugorje: A Clarification and Disobedience : Catholic Stand

Medjugorje: A Clarification and Disobedience : Catholic Stand

Bishop of Ars Removes Blessed Sacrament From All Parishes: I can't believe that we've come to such a state as this that it is necessary to remove the Blessed Sacrament from RC Churches

Bishop of Ars Removes Blessed Sacrament From All Parishes | Daily News | NCRegister.com

The Islamic State’s Apocalyptic Death Wish | Daily News | NCRegister.com

The Islamic State’s Apocalyptic Death Wish | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Richard John Neuhaus: A Life in the Public Square - Aleteia

Richard John Neuhaus: A Life in the Public Square - Aleteia

Richard John Neuhaus: A Life in the Public Square - Aleteia

Richard John Neuhaus: A Life in the Public Square - Aleteia

18 February, 2015

Marni Soupcoff: Tories vs. religious freedom | National Post

Marni Soupcoff: Tories vs. religious freedom | National Post

What ISIS Really Wants - The Atlantic

What ISIS Really Wants - The Atlantic

God isn't found on a computer screen but in restless hearts, Pope says :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

God isn't found on a computer screen but in restless hearts, Pope says :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

4 Myths About the Crusades - Aleteia

4 Myths About the Crusades - Aleteia

New mosques should be investigated prior to opening according to Quebec leader: Really? Is this not just prejudice and bigotry?

New mosques should be investigated prior to opening: Quebec leader | CTV News

Getting to the Point: Ash Wednesday

Getting to the Point: Ash Wednesday: Today is Ash Wednesday, of course, and the beginning of Lent. Happy Lent to you all, and may it help us all grow closer to the Lord, to rep...

17 February, 2015

The 2015 Ultimate Lenten Resource Guide | Daily News | NCRegister.com

The 2015 Ultimate Lenten Resource Guide | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Hard truths about the survival of Christianity in the Middle East | Crux

Hard truths about the survival of Christianity in the Middle East | Crux

Ten Tips for the Best Lent

Ten Tips for the Best Lent

The Simpsons: Catholic vs. Protestant Heaven - gloria.tv

The Simpsons: Catholic vs. Protestant Heaven - gloria.tv

Twelve Things to Remember If You Keep Falling Into the Same Sin

Twelve Things to Remember If You Keep Falling Into the Same Sin

Look at What These Babies are Doing in the Womb! Amazing 3D Photos - Aleteia

Look at What These Babies are Doing in the Womb! Amazing 3D Photos - Aleteia

11 Tips for Winning Lent—the Loser's Way - Aleteia

11 Tips for Winning Lent—the Loser's Way - Aleteia

7 Ways to Have A Really Good Lent - Aleteia

7 Ways to Have A Really Good Lent - Aleteia

16 February, 2015

Conrad Black: Supreme Court on the loose | National Post

Conrad Black: Supreme Court on the loose | National Post

3 Big and Beautiful Benefits of Lent - Aleteia

3 Big and Beautiful Benefits of Lent - Aleteia

Snow Days: A reflection on one of the great joys of any child's life... a free day off from school

Snow Days

The Great Reformer: A book review on the latest biography of Pope Francis

Back to the Gospel | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope Francis Slams 'Prejudiced Mentality' Of Believers Who Fearfully Cling To Religious Laws

Pope Francis Slams 'Prejudiced Mentality' Of Believers Who Fearfully Cling To Religious Laws

Getting to the Point: The Prayer of the Innocent Man

Getting to the Point: The Prayer of the Innocent Man: Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the Lord without wavering. Prove me, O Lord, and try me;...

15 February, 2015

Pope Francis: Cardinals are servants of the Church - the homily of Pope Francis at the consistory

Pope Francis: Cardinals are servants of the Church

Will the real Pope Francis please stand up? | Crux

If you're confused by the seemingly contradictory things Francis says, understand that he is a master of the time-honored distinction in Catholicism between doctrine and the pastoral application of doctrine.

Saddle-Up your High Horse! Time to Shoot Down Myths about the Crusades, the Inquisition & the War on Women - Aleteia

Saddle-Up your High Horse! Time to Shoot Down Myths about the Crusades, the Inquisition & the War on Women - Aleteia

New Report: Mexico worst in Roman Catholic priests and lay leaders killings

'and Paddy with his words at will.': New Report: Mexico worst in Roman Catholic priests and lay leaders killings

Five New Ideas On How To Select Bishops: the latest from Sandro Magister

Five New Ideas On How To Select Bishops

Catholics Fight Rising Tide of Suicide | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Catholics Fight Rising Tide of Suicide | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Church of England vanquishes Satan: References to Devil removed from services to make them ‘accessible’ | National Post

Church of England vanquishes Satan: References to Devil removed from services to make them ‘accessible’ | National Post

14 February, 2015

Andrew Coyne: Supreme Court euthanasia ruling marks the death of judicial restraint | National Post

Andrew Coyne: Supreme Court euthanasia ruling marks the death of judicial restraint | National Post

The Supreme Court of Canada got it wrong! | Pembroke Daily Observer

The Supreme Court of Canada got it wrong! | Pembroke Daily Observer

Oscar special! Every Best Pic nominee in 60(ish) seconds! Priests in film! More! |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Oscar special! Every Best Pic nominee in 60(ish) seconds! Priests in film! More! |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Why Catholics Don't Know What They are Talking About |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Why Catholics Don't Know What They are Talking About |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Pope delivers tough love message to new cardinals | CTV News

Pope delivers tough love message to new cardinals | CTV News

13 February, 2015

Euthansia: From War Crime to Act of Compassion - Studio OStudio O

Euthansia: From War Crime to Act of Compassion - Studio OStudio O

Theology of the Body vs. Fifty Shades of Grey

Theology of the Body vs. Fifty Shades of Grey

Pope Francis is poised to change Catholicism forever | Crux

Pope Francis is poised to change Catholicism forever | Crux

Top Ten Books to Give Fallen Away Catholics - Aleteia

Top Ten Books to Give Fallen Away Catholics - Aleteia

A paean to love to put people in the mood for Valentine's Day

Francis strongly criticizes gender theory, comparing to nuclear arms | National Catholic Reporter

Francis strongly criticizes gender theory, comparing to nuclear arms | National Catholic Reporter

12 February, 2015

Cardinals hear plan for pope’s Vatican overhaul | Crux

Cardinals hear plan for pope’s Vatican overhaul | Crux

The Vatican on homilies: Keep it short, and don’t be boring | Crux

The Vatican on homilies: Keep it short, and don’t be boring | Crux

The case of Tom Mortier shows how euthanasia advocates will never stop at the terminally ill - Telegraph

The case of Tom Mortier shows how euthanasia advocates will never stop at the terminally ill - Telegraph

What are the theological criteria to reform the Church and the Roman Curia? :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

What are the theological criteria to reform the Church and the Roman Curia? :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

MercatorNet: The “no difference” theory is dead: A US study finds that opposite-sex parents are better than same-sex parents. Wait for the fireworks.

MercatorNet: The “no difference” theory is dead

Lent, Day by Day | George Weigel | First Things

Lent, Day by Day | George Weigel | First Things

Supreme Court of Canada orders legalization of physician assisted suicide - AND euthanasia: a legal analysis of the case decided by the SCC

Supreme Court of Canada orders legalization of physician assisted suicide - AND euthanasia

Pope Francis: Reformer or Renewer? - Aleteia

Pope Francis: Reformer or Renewer? - Aleteia

10 February, 2015

Freedom misunderstood: Catholic Democrats and abortion | Crux

Freedom misunderstood: Catholic Democrats and abortion | Crux

Surprising new find at the centre of the Earth could hold the key to how our planet evolved | National Post

Surprising new find at the centre of the Earth could hold the key to how our planet evolved | National Post

BIG BLUE WAVE: Fighting Assisted Suicide's Coat Hanger Argument

BIG BLUE WAVE: Fighting Assisted Suicide's Coat Hanger Argument

What Should I Do For Lent? Pope Francis’ 10 Tips - FOCUS Blog

What Should I Do For Lent? Pope Francis’ 10 Tips - FOCUS Blog

Why legalized euthanasia as established by the Canadian Supreme Court scares me.

Here is the answer I offered to a friend of many years when he posited on my Facebook account that Legalized Euthanasia was logical and a good for our society.
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Larry: But of course you're correct! But I believe you stacked the deck to make it so. Your conclusion depends upon your initial contention that our psyche is comprised in such a manner as you suggest(head/ego/heart). And while I believe that there is much truth in what you write, that formulation suffers because it conflates ego with prudence. And it's prudence that I think is required when faced with as substantial a change to our societal morality as euthanasia will turn out to be in the not too distant future (imho).


Think of the argument from this perspective. Doctor assisted suicide and euthanasia are ontologically an act by which one person deliberately ends the life of another person. Strip away all extraneous elements; the intention, means, end, or morality, and this is what we are talking about. At its essence, the Supreme Court has ordained that the termination of life by another person be made legal all across the country within the next twelve months. Effectively, it is the empowering of the State by the Court with the faculties and rights to terminate a citizen's life for reasons other than high crimes or treason. In establishing this the SCC blew past a prohibition that heretofore was considered essential in a liberal democracy: the taking of an innocent life. Why do I say State? I do so because in 99% of the countries of the developed world have taken to themselves the management and dispensation of medical services. We access these services with a government-issued card. It is a necessary pre-requisite if one is to participate in a state-run health care system. Doctors and hospitals are paid for from the public purse in accordance with government policy. So to try to frame health care services as being somehow something separate from government policy/service is to stand on a difference that, in fact, makes no difference at all!


This scares the hell out of me. I think it should for most of us. We have not allowed this in times past not because we wanted to inflict pain and suffering on the dying. We've maintained it because history has taught that such a power cannot be vouched in the hands of the State since the State has not proven capable of wielding such power safely.


Fr. Tim

Vatican: Homily should not be an abstract or moralist sermon - Vatican Insider

Vatican: Homily should not be an abstract or moralist sermon - Vatican Insider

Francis: We find God by setting out on a journey, not sitting in front of a computer - Vatican Insider

Francis: We find God by setting out on a journey, not sitting in front of a computer - Vatican Insider

Canada’s Supreme Court Instructs Doctors: Thou Shalt Kill | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Canada’s Supreme Court Instructs Doctors: Thou Shalt Kill | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Alex Schadenberg: A very dangerous euthanasia ruling | National Post

Alex Schadenberg: A very dangerous euthanasia ruling | National Post

The First Cause Argument by Peter Kreeft

The First Cause Argument by Peter Kreeft

07 February, 2015

Dear Prudence: Help! I’m dying of cancer and I don’t want my siblings to speak at my funeral | National Post

Dear Prudence: Help! I’m dying of cancer and I don’t want my siblings to speak at my funeral | National Post

Father Raymond J. de Souza: Our euthanasia point of no return | National Post

Father Raymond J. de Souza: Our euthanasia point of no return | National Post

Andrew Coyne: Crossing the Rubicon, Supreme Court seems eerily complacent about ramifications of assisted suicide ruling | National Post

Andrew Coyne: Crossing the Rubicon, Supreme Court seems eerily complacent about ramifications of assisted suicide ruling | National Post

St. John Paul II’s Seven Lessons for Statesmen (and Sinners) | Daily News | NCRegister.com

St. John Paul II’s Seven Lessons for Statesmen (and Sinners) | Daily News | NCRegister.com

The Half-Truths of Materialist Evolution | Daily News | NCRegister.com

The Half-Truths of Materialist Evolution | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Vatican sex abuse commission meets amid new hopes, old concerns | Crux

Vatican sex abuse commission meets amid new hopes, old concerns | Crux

Canada's Supreme Court Reverses Its Earlier Ruling on Assisted Suicide - Aleteia

Canada's Supreme Court Reverses Its Earlier Ruling on Assisted Suicide - Aleteia

Top 75 Inspiring Quotes from Pope Francis - Aleteia

Top 75 Inspiring Quotes from Pope Francis - Aleteia

05 February, 2015

Michael Den Tandt: Supreme Court forces Ottawa’s hand on debate over death | National Post

Michael Den Tandt: Supreme Court forces Ottawa’s hand on debate over death | National Post

Ukraine conflict: Why U.S. arms could lead to 'serious trouble' - World - CBC News

Ukraine conflict: Why U.S. arms could lead to 'serious trouble' - World - CBC News

Thinking morally about vaccinations: My turn! - Catholic Culture

Thinking morally about vaccinations: My turn! - Catholic Culture

It’s official: Pope Francis will address the US Congress | Crux

It’s official: Pope Francis will address the US Congress | Crux

My Top Ten Favorite Excuses That People Give For Not Going To Church (and my snarky responses to those excuses)

My Top Ten Favorite Excuses That People Give For Not Going To Church (and my snarky responses to those excuses)

Why Priests Are Called Father

Why Priests Are Called Father

UK Parliament Okays "Three-Parent Babies." Is US Next? - Aleteia

UK Parliament Okays "Three-Parent Babies." Is US Next? - Aleteia

04 February, 2015

Evangelical Challenges for Vatican Diplomacy | George Weigel | First Things

Evangelical Challenges for Vatican Diplomacy | George Weigel | First Things

MercatorNet: Why does Pope Francis keep dropping hints about a century-old dystopian novel?

MercatorNet: Why does Pope Francis keep dropping hints about a century-old dystopian novel?

Barbara Kay: No one really wants euthanasia. Suffering people want an end to their pain | National Post

Barbara Kay: No one really wants euthanasia. Suffering people want an end to their pain | National Post

Pope Francis decrees that Oscar Romero was a martyr — pushing the slain archbishop closer to sainthood | National Post

Pope Francis decrees that Oscar Romero was a martyr — pushing the slain archbishop closer to sainthood | National Post

Getting to the Point: How Not To Waste Your Life

Getting to the Point: How Not To Waste Your Life: We continue to read through the Pope’s talk to the Curia from December, taking it not simply as a criticism of people we don’t know and who...

Why Islam Is More Violent Than Christianity: An Atheist's guide

Why Islam Is More Violent Than Christianity

Nonsense on ‘Sixty Minutes’: This is the source article for a NCR piece I published yesterday

Nonsense on ‘Sixty Minutes’ - Denver Catholic

The Real Dutch Disease: Euthanasia is so accepted that doctors must now justify prolonging a life.

The Real Dutch Disease

Fortunately, You're Not Religious: Christians don't believe in "religion": they believe in Jesus Christ

Fortunately, You're Not Religious - Aleteia

03 February, 2015

Pope declares Oscar Romero, hero to liberation theology, a martyr | Crux

While I disagree with the proposition that Archbishop +Oscar Romero was an inspiration to the Liberation Theology movement, I am thrilled with the overall thrust of this story. 

+Romero was in favor of human and religious rights within the context of a legitimately elected democratic government. Romero was not an advocate of class warfare. He was a passionate and effective spokesman for the weak and powerless in El Salvador, who were being killed and bullied by the government and moneyed land interests of the day. One need not be an advocate of LT to have been moved by the plight the poor and defenseless during those terrible times of civil war and unrest. 

Many good souls were lost to us across Central and South America by violent means for doing nothing more than speaking for those who had no voice. Put another way, their martyrdom came to them because they continued to speak 'truth to power'... something the Church is always supposed to do. Alas, the very fact that it has taken so long for +Romero even to be officially declared a martyr is evidence enough that 'power' has more than its fair share of advocates within the walls of the Church. 

I am grateful to Pope Francis for taking this important step on the path to the eventual canonization of this brave and faithful priest of Jesus Christ and a genuine shepherd bishop of the flock entrusted to his care.



Pope declares Oscar Romero, hero to liberation theology, a martyr | Crux

Forecast: 2015 Synod of Bishops will be just as stormy as last time | Crux

Forecast: 2015 Synod of Bishops will be just as stormy as last time | Crux

Getting to the Point: An Anatomy of Good and Evil

Getting to the Point: An Anatomy of Good and Evil

UK Mother of Six Could Be Sterilized |Blogs | NCRegister.com

UK Mother of Six Could Be Sterilized |Blogs | NCRegister.com

20 Cool Things About Nuns in Habits - EpicPew

20 Cool Things About Nuns in Habits - EpicPew

10 Common Catholic Church Myths That Critics BelieveEquipping Godly Women

10 Common Catholic Church Myths That Critics BelieveEquipping Godly Women

Keith A Fournier: Why I Will Not Give Up On Politics - Politics & Policy - News - Catholic Online

Keith A Fournier: Why I Will Not Give Up On Politics - Politics & Policy - News - Catholic Online

Three Methods of Prayer That Will Change Your Life | Philip Kosloski

Three Methods of Prayer That Will Change Your Life | Philip Kosloski

Does ‘Never Again’ Have Any Meaning? Human Rights After the Holocaust | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Does ‘Never Again’ Have Any Meaning? Human Rights After the Holocaust | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pray to God in Secret

Pray to God in Secret

02 February, 2015

George Weigel, '60 Minutes,' and nonsense | National Catholic Reporter

George Weigel, '60 Minutes,' and nonsense | National Catholic Reporter

Who Is the Pope? by Eamon Duffy | The New York Review of Books

Who Is the Pope? by Eamon Duffy | The New York Review of Books

Video: Did You See This Pro-Life Superbowl Ad? - Aleteia

Video: Did You See This Pro-Life Superbowl Ad? - Aleteia

Getting to the Point: Who is This King of Glory? No, Seriously, Who?

Getting to the Point: Who is This King of Glory? No, Seriously, Who?: The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein,   for he has founded it upon the seas an...

Residents near center for troubled priests worry about property values | National Catholic Reporter

Residents near center for troubled priests worry about property values | National Catholic Reporter

Thou shalt not tweet in anger: Archbishop of Canterbury warns people to think twice before posting online | National Post

Thou shalt not tweet in anger: Archbishop of Canterbury warns people to think twice before posting online | National Post

01 February, 2015

A Very IMPORTANT announcement that Mateo (my faithful canine companion) and I wish to share with you

Ladies and Gentlemen, friends, family and visitors here to this blog: May I present to you, Hobbs, soon to be the newest addition to my home here in Western Quebec and a new younger brother to annoy Mateo! 
Hobbs at 4 weeks of age


Hobbs'  arrival is expected sometime around the first part of April... or perhaps a little sooner if we're lucky. I imagine that after such a long flight, this little gaffer's going to need some peace and quiet to rest up from the trip. That is if this photo is indicative of a sleepy temperment.
'Must keep my eyes open... Must keep my ... zzzz'


No doubt though that once he gets his feet firmly planted, he'll be ready to carve a place into our lives... space which Mateo and I are only too happy to share with another plucky spirit like ourselves. 
Where am I going to live? Québec???
Tabernac!' But I'm a Prarie dog ain't I? 


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