31 March, 2015

Directives from Supreme Court must be enforced: Many Canadians do not recognize the full extent to which existing rules around end-of-life decision-making are not serving as appropriate barriers to inappropriate conduct, says Toronto health and human rights lawyer

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Alex Schadenberg, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: Directives from Supreme Court must be enforced.

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James Lunney leaving Conservative caucus | CTV News

Vancouver Island MP James Lunney quits his Conservative caucus after 15 years in favour of his Christian faith. His statement:

Leaders of the faith community were in Ottawa on March 25th to express their alarm at increasing and unprecedented attempts to stifle freedom of religion, conscience and expression in Canada (http://bit.ly/1ErDN48) They identify deliberate attempts to suppress a Christian world-view from professional and economic opportunity in law, medicine, and academia. I share these concerns. I believe the same is true in the realm of politics at senior levels.


In the past month a few words exchanged on social media, words like: science, managing assumptions and theory or fact related to (macro) evolution. My remarks were inflated by media, blended with other unrelated but alleged heretical statements and became a top story on national media creating a firestorm of criticism and condemnation. Since two other politicians in Ontario and Alberta were targeted during the same period, it is clear that any politician or candidate of faith is going to be subjected to the same public scrutiny in coming elections.

In a society normally proud of embracing difference, the role of the media and partisan politics in inciting social bigotry and intolerance should be questioned. Such ignorance and bigotry cloaked in defence of science is as repugnant as bigotry of any other origin. It is based in a false construct from another century and is a flagrant violation of a society that is multicultural, multi-racial and multi faith and strives to be accepting of differences.

Today I am announcing that I have asked the speaker to assign me a seat as an independent MP. I will seek an opportunity to address the House in defence of my beliefs and the concerns of my faith community.

I am withdrawing from the CPC caucus voluntarily; the decision is entirely my own. Given the circling trolls, I do not intend to entangle the most multi-racial, multicultural and multi-faith caucus in parliamentary history in my decision to defend my beliefs.

I have no intentions of betraying my promise to my constituents and will continue to vote alongside my colleagues in the Conservative caucus.

Freedom of Religion is foundational to democracy; if we don’t get that right, it always leads to persecution.


James Lunney leaving Conservative caucus | CTV News

Christian leaders say faith under attack in Canada by governments, regulators - Politics - CBC News

Christian leaders say faith under attack in Canada by governments, regulators - Politics - CBC News

Americans’ muddled morality about the unborn | Crux

Americans’ muddled morality about the unborn | Crux

Why the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario is wrong in trying to deny doctors the right to refuse to participate in the procurement of procedures that contravenes their conscience

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) in their recently published revised policy on ‘Professional Obligations and Human Rights’ of March 2015 states:


“Where physicians are unwilling to provide certain elements of care for reasons of conscience or religion, an effective referral to another health-care provider must be provided to the patient.”

Effectively this policy crushes the conscience rights of doctors and puts at risk the safety of their patients. By stripping from physicians the ability to care for their patients in a respectful and moral manner independent of government edicts, patients lose an essential ally dedicated to their care. Put plainly, who can patients best trust to ensure the security of their life? A politicians or their physician?

By bowing to the pressures of various government agencies such as provincial human rights commissions and tribunals the CPSO has allowed their membership to be disarmed in using their best medical and moral judgement in pursuing what they hold to be in the best interests of their patients. 

The CPSO document quite correctly points out that a physician may not, under any circumstances, discriminate against a patient based on their 'race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, family status or disability.'  There can be no dispute that to discriminate against a patient on any of these grounds is both illegal and immoral and any health care professional that did so should be firmly sanctioned by the College. But this is not what the reformed policy affects. Nor is it even its intent to address this type of discrimination, although the College of Physicians and Surgeons would have you believe that it is, since they use this argument as a figleaf to cover their naked political promotion of abortion and euthanasia.

The refusal of a physician to either personally perform or refer a patient for a procedure that contravenes their informed conscience is an issue of the morality of the act itself. It has nothing to do with the status of the person requesting that act. She/he is simply exercising their right to act in accordance with their conscience in determining the best course of action for their patients. It's not the status of the patient that is the determining factor in their decision. It is the morality of the act itself.

But should a physician have such a right to refuse a patient's request? Wouldn’t such a doctor be culpable of trying to force their values upon their patient? Is this not just a case of something thinking that their ‘religious beliefs’ are more important that the health and welfare of a patient? This is the position taken by the CSPO. But it is the wrong position because they conflate ‘religious belief’ with ‘freedom of conscience’. Given the panoply of religious beliefs among the world’s populations a doctor could find one to justify refusing to perform a procedure. 

But one’s religious conviction serves only to inform their conscience. It is but one component that an individual uses to come to a fully formed moral decision. For this is the sole purpose of the human conscience: to be the final arbiter of the rightness or wrongness of any act.  The conscience needs far more than simple religious conviction to accomplish such an important task. One also requires reason to come to a truly moral decision, particularly if that decision affects the welfare of another. Freedom of conscience thus requires both faith AND reason to be legitimate. For this reason, it has a greater standing in the pantheon of human rights that informs and animates public morality than does simple religious belief.

So why would the CSPO make such a simple category error as conflating or confusing freedom of religion and freedom of conscience? They are doing so in a deliberate attempt to force physicians and surgeons to act in a manner that contravenes their basic human rights as outlined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights. But they are accomplishing this end by using a logical fallacy, in this case, a Straw Man argument. For this reason, they are logically (and by extension morally) wrong in trying to force their members to act in contravention of their conscience since such a fallacy ultimately renders their argument useless. Let me explain why this is so.

Since toleration plays a key role in our multicultural society, giving too much credence to any one religious system of beliefs is a recipe for cultural confusion and conflict within the public square. Thus attacking a doctor’s conscience decision as being little more than an expression of personal religious belief renders that decision moot when balanced off against their fiduciary responsibility to attend to the health and welfare of their patients. This allows the College (in its opinion) to negate a doctor’s right of conscience as guaranteed by both legislation and court precedent by reducing it little more than a personal religious belief. Clearly the CPSO is wrong in this belief as it fails the test of rationality itself through its use of a logical fallacy. Their position might make for good rhetoric… but it clearly fails to meet the standard required to abrogate the fundamental right of an individual to act in accordance with their conscience.

Since the traditional taboo against the taking of an innocent life has now been abrogated by recent decisions of Canadian courts and parliaments it is more essential now than ever that physicians be allowed the maximum degree of personal autonomy possible in deciding whether such acts contravene their conscience. The CPSO decision is clearly a step in the wrong direction. 

(Note: This column is a work in progress. I inadvertently posted it before completing its editing and don't know how to get it back into my draft folder. My apologies to you, the reader. Check in again in the next day or two and hopefully it will make for a more coherent read.)

Dumbing Down Cardinal Burke: Evidently he didn't say that gays, those in invalid marriages and murderers are all the same.

Dumbing Down Cardinal Burke

A Crash Course on the Crusades - Something to help respond to charges against the Church

A Crash Course on the Crusades - OnePeterFive

Morality, Facts, and Opinions - The Catholic ThingThe Catholic Thing

Morality, Facts, and Opinions - The Catholic ThingThe Catholic Thing

Ten Ways to Meditate on Christ's Passion

Ten Ways to Meditate on Christ's Passion

Killing Newborns No Different Than Abortion, So Why Not, Ethicists Argue - Aleteia

Killing Newborns No Different Than Abortion, So Why Not, Ethicists Argue - Aleteia

Would You Baptize An Alien? Maybe, If They Exist - Aleteia

Would You Baptize An Alien? Maybe, If They Exist - Aleteia

Apologetics 101: Why Do Catholics Keep Christ on the Cross? - Aleteia

Apologetics 101: Why Do Catholics Keep Christ on the Cross? - Aleteia

30 March, 2015

First Century Copy of Gospel of Mark Found in Mummy Mask

First Century Copy of Gospel of Mark Found in Mummy Mask

For Holy Week, here’s how you can match your Myers-Briggs personality type to a patron saint - The Washington Post

For Holy Week, here’s how you can match your Myers-Briggs personality type to a patron saint - The Washington Post

Why ‘left v. right’ is a category mistake for the Church in Africa | Crux

Why ‘left v. right’ is a category mistake for the Church in Africa | Crux

Atheists open up: What they want you to know - CNN.com

Atheists open up: What they want you to know - CNN.com

Cloistered life in the age of social networks - Vatican Insider

Cloistered life in the age of social networks - Vatican Insider

Pope Francis: Humility is the 'only way' of life for Christians - Vatican Insider

Francis: Humility is the 'only way' of life for Christians - Vatican Insider

Are You Ready for the Blood Moon? Me neither!

Are You Ready for the Blood Moon?

British priests have canonical rights, too | In the Light of the Law

British priests have canonical rights, too | In the Light of the Law

Preacher and pope compelled by the Spirit | National Catholic Reporter

Preacher and pope compelled by the Spirit | National Catholic Reporter

The Schism Nobody Sees Coming |Blogs | NCRegister.com

The Schism Nobody Sees Coming |Blogs | NCRegister.com

A powerful message from a modern poet - well worth the few minutes it takes to watch and listen

Fr. Barron's Brilliant Commentary on that Cornerstone of Morality: the Ten Commandments | ChurchPOP

Fr. Barron's Brilliant Commentary on that Cornerstone of Morality: the Ten Commandments | ChurchPOP

Jibo: Will You Adopt Your First Family Robot? - Aleteia

Jibo: Will You Adopt Your First Family Robot? - Aleteia

Honor These 4 Dying Wishes of St. John Paul - Aleteia

Honor These 4 Dying Wishes of St. John Paul - Aleteia

29 March, 2015

John Moore: The new atheist just doesn’t care | National Post

John Moore: The new atheist just doesn’t care | National Post

Richard John Neuhaus, Influential Catholic | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Richard John Neuhaus, Influential Catholic | Daily News | NCRegister.com

New Brunswick deaths topped births for first time last year - New Brunswick - CBC News

New Brunswick deaths topped births for first time last year - New Brunswick - CBC News

The Shroud: Not a Painting, Not a Scorch, Not a Photograph | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

The Shroud: Not a Painting, Not a Scorch, Not a Photograph | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

Pope Francis and the ambivalence of popularity | Crux

Pope Francis and the ambivalence of popularity | Crux

Sacrificing Priests on the Altar of Insurance

Sacrificing Priests on the Altar of Insurance

28 March, 2015

Papal ecology: Protecting all God’s creatures, respecting God’s plan | Crux

Papal ecology: Protecting all God’s creatures, respecting God’s plan | Crux

Facebook Page Proves Germanwings Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz Converted to Islam?

It may be circulating on Facebook and elsewhere, but according to Snopes it is probably not true! We need to stop spreading such stories that do little more than stoke people's bigotry and biases with fear and lies. Using the same tactics as people who are actually trying to do us harm only serves to lower us to the same level as them. It is the path of never-ending conflict rather than one that leads to peaceful co-existence. 

 



Facebook Page Proves Germanwings Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz Converted to Islam?

Drink your coffee with confidence - daily java proven to prevent liver cancer - Health & Wellness - News - Catholic Online

Drink your coffee with confidence - daily java proven to prevent liver cancer - Health & Wellness - News - Catholic Online

Estranged parents in legal fight over daughter’s measles vaccination | CTV News

Estranged parents in legal fight over daughter’s measles vaccination | CTV News

Ban Ki Moon: “An action plan against religious extremism” - Vatican Insider

Ban Ki Moon: “An action plan against religious extremism” - Vatican Insider

St. Teresa of Avila at 500

NCRegister | St. Teresa of Avila at 500

Celebrating Teresa of Avila, a Prayerful Saint | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Celebrating Teresa of Avila, a Prayerful Saint | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Cardinal Müller to Cardinal Marx: Bishops’ Conferences Are Not the Magisterium | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Cardinal Müller to Cardinal Marx: Bishops’ Conferences Are Not the Magisterium | Daily News | NCRegister.com

What I Wish More People Understood About Losing A Child

What I Wish More People Understood About Losing A Child

27 March, 2015

Safeguards do little to control euthanasia in Belgium.

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Alex Schadenberg, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: Safeguards do little to control euthanasia in Belgium.

Cardinal Burke: Gays, remarried Catholics, and murderers are all the same | Crux: What??? Did he actually say that???

Cardinal Burke makes the argument that all mortal sins are the same. While I accept that from the perspective of their effect upon one's soul this argument has some merit... but somehow I just can't my head around accepting that invalidly married couple, sexually active gays, and murderers are all the same. Is there no room for consideration of intent and causation in his moral calculations? Don't get me wrong. I am not advocating situational ethics. But it cannot be as black and white a situation as Cardinal Burke paints it to be.



Cardinal Burke: Gays, remarried Catholics, and murderers are all the same | Crux

Pope Francis may be nearing a tipping point on sexual abuse | Crux

Pope Francis may be nearing a tipping point on sexual abuse | Crux

Catholic leaders ask the faithful to help defeat suicide bills | Crux

Catholic leaders ask the faithful to help defeat suicide bills | Crux

Human embryo modifications must be halted, scientists urge - Health - CBC News

Human embryo modifications must be halted, scientists urge - Health - CBC News

Jesus' House and the Willful Misunderstanding of Atheists: Now who's not rational? - Aleteia

Jesus' House and the Willful Misunderstanding of Atheists - Aleteia

Miscarried at 19 Weeks, Baby Walter's Life is Changing the Abortion Debate - Aleteia

Miscarried at 19 Weeks, Baby Walter's Life is Changing the Abortion Debate - Aleteia

Members of Vatican abuse commission question Francis' inaction in Chile | National Catholic Reporter

Members of Vatican abuse commission question Francis' inaction in Chile | National Catholic Reporter

Some early data suggest the 'Francis effect' could be real | National Catholic Reporter

Some early data suggest the 'Francis effect' could be real | National Catholic Reporter

Ukraine: What's the Role of Religion in Post-Maidan Milieu? | Nikolas Kozloff

Ukraine: What's the Role of Religion in Post-Maidan Milieu? | Nikolas Kozloff

26 March, 2015

The Strange Case of Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society Appeal of the TWU Ruling | CCCC News & Blogs

The Strange Case of Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society Appeal of the TWU Ruling | CCCC News & Blogs

How Parents are Stealing the Gift of the Mass from their Children - Aleteia

How Parents are Stealing the Gift of the Mass from their Children - Aleteia

The Indomitable and Effective Cardinal Pell | George Weigel | First Things

The Indomitable and Effective Cardinal Pell | George Weigel | First Things

Christian leaders say faith under attack in Canada by governments, regulators - Politics - CBC News

Christian leaders say faith under attack in Canada by governments, regulators - Politics - CBC News

The value of natural family planning | National Catholic Reporter

The value of natural family planning | National Catholic Reporter

'Evangelium Vitae' Turns 20 | Daily News | NCRegister.com

'Evangelium Vitae' Turns 20 | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Religion isn't dying. It may be rising from the grave.

Religion isn't dying. It may be rising from the grave.

25 March, 2015

Egypt and the complexities of keeping Christians safe | Crux

Egypt and the complexities of keeping Christians safe | Crux

The Doctor Death Nightmare - Ville Marie Online

The Doctor Death Nightmare - Ville Marie Online

The Dangers of Living in a Catholic Bubble: How serious is too serious?- Aleteia

The Dangers of Living in a Catholic Bubble - Aleteia

500 Priests in England and Wales Just Signed A Letter That Everyone Should Read | CatholicVote.org

500 Priests in England and Wales Just Signed A Letter That Everyone Should Read | CatholicVote.org

Getting to the Point: I've Got a Blank Space, Baby!

Getting to the Point: I've Got a Blank Space, Baby!: Arise — go! Sell all you possess. Give it directly, personally to the poor. Take up My cross (their cross) and follow Me, going to the poor...

Catholic leaders: Fears of 'slippery slope' of euthanasia in Europe are justified | National Catholic Reporter

Catholic leaders: Fears of 'slippery slope' of euthanasia in Europe are justified | National Catholic Reporter

Apostolate of Death by Aaron Kheriaty | Articles | First Things

Apostolate of Death by Aaron Kheriaty | Articles | First Things

Dismantling the Cross by Patricia Snow | Articles | First Things

Dismantling the Cross by Patricia Snow | Articles | First Things

Is conscience really an illusion?

Is conscience really an illusion?

Walking the walk of peace with Jean Vanier

Walking the walk of peace with Jean Vanier

24 March, 2015

Are we all nuts? | An interesting letter to the editor from the local newspaper here in Pembroke

Are we all nuts? | Pembroke Daily Observer

Physician-Assisted Suicide Endangers the Weak, Corrupts Medicine, Compromises the Family, and Violates Human Dignity and Equality

Physician-Assisted Suicide Endangers the Weak, Corrupts Medicine, Compromises the Family, and Violates Human Dignity and Equality

The ‘African moment’ in global Catholicism gathers steam | Crux

The ‘African moment’ in global Catholicism gathers steam | Crux

Woman Recovers from Coma Saying She Heard Talk of Pulling Plug - Aleteia

Woman Recovers from Coma Saying She Heard Talk of Pulling Plug - Aleteia

Book of Revelation: Who are the Beasts and the Whore of Babylon? | Taylor Marshall

Book of Revelation: Who are the Beasts and the Whore of Babylon? | Taylor Marshall

A Priest's Journey: Depression and Suicide : Catholic Stand

A Priest's Journey: Depression and Suicide : Catholic Stand

Apologetics 101: Is "Once Saved, Always Saved" in the Bible? - Aleteia

Apologetics 101: Is "Once Saved, Always Saved" in the Bible? - Aleteia

23 March, 2015

Bogged Down in Lent? Here Are Five Prayer Pointers

Bogged Down in Lent? Here Are Five Prayer Pointers

Pope Francis: In the Church, Where There Is No Mercy, There Is No Justice - Aleteia

Pope Francis: In the Church, Where There Is No Mercy, There Is No Justice - Aleteia

Getting to the Point: Let Your Heart Take Courage

Getting to the Point: Let Your Heart Take Courage

The Vision of Father Neuhaus | William Doino Jr. | First Things

The Vision of Father Neuhaus | William Doino Jr. | First Things

Pope Francis's 10 Principles for Making Good Priests--No "Little Monsters" - Aleteia

Pope Francis's 10 Principles for Making Good Priests--No "Little Monsters" - Aleteia

Pope Francis swarmed by a superfluity of nuns, forcing Archbishop to intervene: ‘They are going to eat him’ | National Post

Pope Francis swarmed by a superfluity of nuns, forcing Archbishop to intervene: ‘They are going to eat him’ | National Post

7 endangering myths Christians believe about other Christians - Living Faith - Home & Family - News - Catholic Online

7 endangering myths Christians believe about other Christians - Living Faith - Home & Family - News - Catholic Online

For the first time in over 150 years -- Blood of St. Januarius liquefies during Francis' visit to Naples - Living Faith - Home & Family - News - Catholic Online

For the first time in over 150 years -- Blood of St. Januarius liquefies during Francis' visit to Naples - Living Faith - Home & Family - News - Catholic Online

The New Pharisees: Who Today is Putting up Obstacles to Evangelization? - OnePeterFive

The New Pharisees: Who Today is Putting up Obstacles to Evangelization? - OnePeterFive

Get out there today and make a difference!!


Canadian driving vs driving elsewhere

In some countries they drive on the left of the street...









Meanwhile in Canada, we drive on what's left of the street!

Anti-gay activist Bill Whatcott says he left Canada because his views made him unemployable: ‘I was forced out’ | National Post

I commented on Facebook that I was glad Mr. Whatcott had left the country - and was promptly attacked for being a 'poor excuse for a priest'. My point is that he didn't stand and publicly condemn other mortal sins such as adultery, missing mass, swearing, or theft but primarily went around condemning homosexuality. IMHO, that demonstrates that he is a homophobe and doesn't really belong in our country and has more in common with the Westboro Baptist Church than he does with the Catholic Church.

Agree or disagree?

Anti-gay activist Bill Whatcott says he left Canada because his views made him unemployable: ‘I was forced out’ | National Post

Niqab controversy: Stephen Harper, Justin Trudeau wade into culture war over the veil - Politics - CBC News

Niqab controversy: Stephen Harper, Justin Trudeau wade into culture war over the veil - Politics - CBC News

22 March, 2015

Francis tells Christians to practice what they preach - Vatican Insider

Francis tells Christians to practice what they preach - Vatican Insider

Getting to the Point: Kill The Brain, Kill The Zombie

Getting to the Point: Kill The Brain, Kill The Zombie: Once upon a time, in a village in Eastern Europe, there arose an unusual problem. A curious disease afflicted many of the townspeople. It w...

Scientific-Sounding Excuses for Promiscuity - Aleteia

Scientific-Sounding Excuses for Promiscuity - Aleteia

Why a ‘Peace Pope’ may (reluctantly) back force against ISIS | Crux

Why a ‘Peace Pope’ may (reluctantly) back force against ISIS | Crux

Pope Francis in Naples: Meeting with clergy and religious -Joyless lives can't be hidden by priests and religious

If a priest or a sister is not living a joyful life, "people can smell it!" Pope Francis said yesterday to priests and men and women religious in Naples. It was part of a remarkable off-the-cuff speech, of which we only have snippets, of the type we call a "ferverino." "I prepared a speech," the pope said at the beginning of his talk, "but speeches are boring!"

He twitted priests and religious who live affluent lives, hang out with the rich, fail to live joyful lives, and forget to make Christ the center of their lives. These are invitations for all of us, not just priests and religious. Be sure to read the trenchant story of the woman religious and the 100-peso note.


Pope Francis in Naples: Meeting with clergy and religious

Pope Francis the Protector - A book review of 'Bergoglio's List', an account of his actions during Argentina's 'dirty war'

NCRegister | Pope Francis the Protector

The Day - Physician-assisted suicide: Pro vs. con - News from southeastern Connecticut

The Day - Physician-assisted suicide: Pro vs. con - News from southeastern Connecticut

21 March, 2015

I think winter has gone on for too long and I may be suffering from cabin fever... but this struck me as too good not to share


St. Gennaro’s Blood Relic Miraculously Liquefies In The Presence Of Pope Francis In Naples - Aleteia

St. Gennaro’s Blood Relic Miraculously Liquefies In The Presence Of Pope Francis In Naples - Aleteia

Conrad Black: The shabby, shallow world of the militant atheist | National Post

Brilliantly argued and written! Once again Mr. Black proves why he stands among the greats of today's intellectual class of Canadians.
Conrad Black: The shabby, shallow world of the militant atheist | National Post

Eupocrisy: A column from Mark Shea

One of the dividing lines between believers is their attitude towards who is saved and who is damned. Personally I find that there are far too many concerned with the latter while not enough are oriented by the first. I have always believed that God will be far more generous with his gift of salvation than many here give him credit for. This short column by Mark Shea touches on this issue in a way that resonates with me. I hope it does the same for you.



Eupocrisy |Blogs | NCRegister.com

For Credibility of the Church, Should Francis Reconsider Barros Appointment?

For Credibility of the Church, Should Francis Reconsider Barros Appointment?

Loyola's Victory Lap - Ville Marie Online

Loyola's Victory Lap - Ville Marie Online

Video: Being Different is Normal - Aleteia

Video: Being Different is Normal - Aleteia

There are six bizarre things going on in global markets right now | Financial Post

There are six bizarre things going on in global markets right now | Financial Post

'World's happiest playlist' unveiled by UN for International Day of Happiness - Arts & Entertainment - CBC News

'World's happiest playlist' unveiled by UN for International Day of Happiness - Arts & Entertainment - CBC News

13 Things You Should NEVER Say to a Priest - Or instead of a gift, how about a kind word!

13 Things You Should NEVER Say to a Priest - EpicPew

Guide to Giving Gifts to Clergy - It's not the gift giving season... but this seems like some good advice nevertheless!

Guide to Giving Gifts to Clergy - Epic Pew

20 March, 2015

We’re much closer to midnight than we think | Remember the Doomsday clock of the Cold War. Well it's back!

We’re much closer to midnight than we think | Pembroke Daily Observer

Pope says nothing can justify death penalty | CTV News

Pope says nothing can justify death penalty | CTV News

New study: Euthanasia represents 4.6% of all death according

Taken from the March 2015 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine about a survey of Holland's physicians regarding their practice of Euthanasia.

"A significant and continuous problem is the number of hastened deaths without explicit request from the patient in Belgium.

In 2007, 1.8% of all deaths were hastened deaths without explicit request while in 2013, 1.7% of all deaths were hastened deaths without explicit request.

Since there are 58000 deaths each year in Belgium, therefore approximately 1000 deaths are hastened each year without request."

So in a country with approximately half as many people as Canada, 1000 people per year are euthanized without asking to be killed. That would translate to about 2200 people per year in Canada or approximately 6 people per day dying at the hands of the state. Still think that those of who are loudly ringing out warning that following the Netherlands example is a threat to us all are exaggerating?






Alex Schadenberg, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: New study: Euthanasia represents 4.6% of all death...:

What it’s like to be a Muslim living in Canada: ‘People act as if I’m the spokesperson for ISIS’ | National Post

What it’s like to be a Muslim living in Canada: ‘People act as if I’m the spokesperson for ISIS’ | National Post

To Judge or Not to Judge? | Daily News | NCRegister.com

I think Pope Francis would approve of this internet meme... at least if this article is correct.





To Judge or Not to Judge? | Daily News | NCRegister.com

The First to Throw a Stone: A 3 Minute Retreat

The First to Throw a Stone 3 Minute Retreat

In rare step, Scottish prelate caught in sex scandal quits as cardinal | Crux

In rare step, Scottish prelate caught in sex scandal quits as cardinal | Crux

Think the Pill is Safe? Think Again, Say Scientists - Aleteia

Think the Pill is Safe? Think Again, Say Scientists - Aleteia

Graeme Hamilton: A secular fundamentalism has taken root in Quebec | National Post

Graeme Hamilton: A secular fundamentalism has taken root in Quebec | National Post

The 3D information in the image on the Shroud of Turin - Vatican Insider

The 3D information in the image on the Shroud of Turin - Vatican Insider

Niqab debate necessary — but the hysteria surrounding it needs to go - Politics - CBC News

Niqab debate necessary — but the hysteria surrounding it needs to go - Politics - CBC News

Is the Bible Inspired and Without Error? | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Is the Bible Inspired and Without Error? | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Flannery O’Connor’s Spiritual Children Are Alive and Well | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Flannery O’Connor’s Spiritual Children Are Alive and Well | Daily News | NCRegister.com

19 March, 2015

Father Raymond J. de Souza: A little theology on St. Patrick’s Day | National Post

Father Raymond J. de Souza: A little theology on St. Patrick’s Day | National Post

Christian disciples united by legacy of John Paul II

Christian disciples united by legacy of John Paul II

Why détente between Rome and traditionalists was always a pipe dream | Crux

Why détente between Rome and traditionalists was always a pipe dream | Crux

Thousands of viable embryos in limbo if Quebec changes IVF program - Montreal - CBC News

Thousands of viable embryos in limbo if Quebec changes IVF program - Montreal - CBC News

Does your dog really love you? New study focuses on the 'cuddle hormone' in animals - Marriage & Family - Home & Family - News - Catholic Online

Does your dog really love you? New study focuses on the 'cuddle hormone' in animals - Marriage & Family - Home & Family - News - Catholic Online

Supreme Court to rule on Catholic school and Quebec religion, ethics course | CTV News

Supreme Court to rule on Catholic school and Quebec religion, ethics course | CTV News

Is the World Overpopulated? : Catholic Stand

Is the World Overpopulated? : Catholic Stand

Marin Mersenne: A Priest at the Heart of the Scientific Revolution : Catholic Stand

Marin Mersenne: A Priest at the Heart of the Scientific Revolution : Catholic Stand

Pope Francis recognizes miracle needed to declare French couple saints | National Catholic Reporter

Pope Francis recognizes miracle needed to declare French couple saints | National Catholic Reporter

New Hampshire Priest Continues the Long Road to Clear His Name | Daily News | NCRegister.com

New Hampshire Priest Continues the Long Road to Clear His Name | Daily News | NCRegister.com

NCRegister | St. Teresa of Avila: St. Joseph, Wonder-Worker, Is Waiting to Bless You

NCRegister | St. Teresa of Avila: St. Joseph, Wonder-Worker, Is Waiting to Bless You

Five things to know about upcoming Supreme Court ruling on Quebec’s mandatory religion course | National Post

Five things to know about upcoming Supreme Court ruling on Quebec’s mandatory religion course | National Post

Of Human Dignity: The Declaration On Religious Liberty At 50

ANN/Groong -- Of Human Dignity: The Declaration On Religious Liberty At 50

18 March, 2015

Jacques Delisle, ex-judge convicted of wife's murder, says he didn't do it - Montreal - CBC News

Most people think that the Supreme Court of Canada 'legalized' assisted-suicide with its recent ruling this February. In fact, the justices with the 9-0 ruling did something more. As a result, this judge who had been convicted of his wife's murder, might actually be able to go free.


You see, what the Court actually did was strike down a section of the Criminal Code which read:
No person is entitled to consent to have death inflicted on him, and such consent does not affect the criminal responsibility of any person by whom death may be inflicted on the person by whom consent is given.

This means that it is now legal to use 'I did it because they wanted to die' as a defense. This is more than just legalizing Doctor-Assisted Suicide. It's the enactment of full-on euthanasia with the concomitant risk that people will be killed without their consent - with the legal blessings of the highest court in the land.

At the risk of being accused of being an alarmist, may I suggest that this is but the first 'step' on what will turn out to be a very slippery slope to enforced mortality. 


Look at it like this: 


a) In the 1930's, Canada enacted legislation that legalized and opened up the path to divorce. It was intended to be something available for extreme cases and was predicted to be very sparingly used in the country. 50 years later, we had no-fault divorce and a marriage failure rate approaching 50%.


b) In 1967/68 Pierre Elliot Trudeau, then the Canadian Justice Minister introduced legislation permitting the legalization of abortions under strict conditions, with guarantees and safeguards to ensure that abortions were legal but rare, only to be used in cases where the life and welfare of the mother were at risk. By the late 1980's all restrictions on abortion were swept away by the Supreme Court and now somewhere between 20 -30% of all pregnancies end in an abortion in North America. We are only now beginning to feel the effects of the demographic bomb that exploded with this ruling meaning that we have had to dramatically increase the rates of immigration into our country to ensure a growing workforce to pay for our social and pension programs.


c) In 2015 the Supreme Court of Canada removes the restriction in the Criminal Code which forbade the killing of another person who asked to have their life ended. A restriction is put in place stating that the death can be effected by a physician for a patient enduring 'intolerable suffering'. How long to do you think it will be before 'suffering' gets redefined into irrelevancy and wholesale euthanasia is practiced in our country? Given the progress of the other two great social innovations listed above, it should probably come to pass before the life of the last 'boomer' is snuffed out. I'd bet my life on it. Thanks to this misguided decision of the SCC, I'll probably have no choice but to participate in the death lottery that's coming.


If history is any form of teacher, we have good reason to be very, very afraid of what will most likely soon become common practice in our country.



Jacques Delisle, ex-judge convicted of wife's murder, says he didn't do it - Montreal - CBC News

Concerns about Cremation: Some Very Strange Practices Are Emerging « Archdiocese of Washington

Concerns about Cremation: Some Very Strange Practices Are Emerging « Archdiocese of Washington

France's 'Deep Sleep' Bill is Euthanasia in Disguise - Aleteia

France's 'Deep Sleep' Bill is Euthanasia in Disguise - Aleteia

Ross Douthat: Science is not always the answer | National Post

Ross Douthat: Science is not always the answer | National Post

Introducing Hobbs... the newest member of my household here in the Upper regions of Pontiac Co., QC.!

(Paddy) Hobbs at 10 weeks of age

The photo above is of my new puppy, Hobbs (or 'Paddy-Hobbs' since he arrived on St. Patrick's Day).  He is a 10 week old Bearded Collie (a Beardie) who was bred and born in Saskatoon and was flown to Ottawa yesterday to take up residence here with Mateo and I.

He is of the same breed as Mateo and will no doubt be a spitting image of his big 'brother', at least if their resemblance as puppies is any indication.

Mateo at 10 weeks of age
Here's hoping that Mateo will be up to the task of helping to housetrain his little brother so that we won't have too many nights like last night when I took Hobbs outside MANY times as he cried and barked only to have him return to his kennel without producing so much as a spurt or a sprinkle!!

Who Are Pope Francis's Critics? - NYTimes.com

Who Are Pope Francis's Critics? - NYTimes.com

Natural Law and the Unity and Truth of Sexual Ethics: A Reply to Gary Gutting

Natural Law and the Unity and Truth of Sexual Ethics: A Reply to Gary Gutting

An Open Letter to All Catholic Bloggers and Publishers : Catholic Stand

An Open Letter to All Catholic Bloggers and Publishers : Catholic Stand

17 March, 2015

The Simplest, Most Direct Argument for God’s Existence | Word on Fire

The Simplest, Most Direct Argument for God’s Existence | Word on Fire

Happy St. Paddy's Day to all!


The Fifth Commandment: The Slippery Slope of Euthanasia - Catholic Stand : Catholic Stand

The Fifth Commandment: The Slippery Slope of Euthanasia - Catholic Stand : Catholic Stand

If God so Loves the World, Why is There a Hell? | Catholic Lane

If God so Loves the World, Why is There a Hell? | Catholic Lane

Pope Francis: Do You Know That God Is In Love With You? - Aleteia

Pope Francis: Do You Know That God Is In Love With You? - Aleteia

An Inside Look at the Life of a Cloistered Nun - Aleteia

An Inside Look at the Life of a Cloistered Nun - Aleteia

Sin and the Internet: 4 Frightening Lessons - Aleteia

Sin and the Internet: 4 Frightening Lessons - Aleteia

Is exorbitant CEO pay a form of tyranny? Thomas Aquinas thinks so | National Catholic Reporter

Is exorbitant CEO pay a form of tyranny? Thomas Aquinas thinks so | National Catholic Reporter

Who was St. Patrick? 5 fast facts about the patron saint of Ireland | AL.com

Who was St. Patrick? 5 fast facts about the patron saint of Ireland | AL.com

Quebec charter left a legacy of religious, racial tension

Coastal Courier, coastalcourier.com – news and sports for Fort Stewart, Hinesville and Ludowici

What is Sloth? It is More Subtle and Devilish Than Mere Laziness « Archdiocese of Washington

What is Sloth? It is More Subtle and Devilish Than Mere Laziness « Archdiocese of Washington

16 March, 2015

Victim: Bishop tapped for higher post enjoyed watching abuse | The Chronicle Herald

This appointment is a mistake. A BIG mistake. No one who has had a credible allegation made about them should be appointed anywhere as a bishop. The fact that three separate victims all claim that this priest watched as they were abused by his superior should be sufficient to erase his name from consideration to run ANY diocese. Period.


In this day and age, any benefit of the doubt must be given to the Church - meaning if there's even the slightest doubt that a candidate for the episcopacy might be compromised in these scandals, he should be rejected out of hand.


I love Pope Francis and believe he is a true gift for the Church. But I believe he's made a big mistake with this appointment in Chile - even if he personally believes that this candidate isn't personally guilty of what is alleged by the victims of his former superior.



Victim: Bishop tapped for higher post enjoyed watching abuse | The Chronicle Herald

Sacrificing Priests on the Altar of Insurance

Sacrificing Priests on the Altar of Insurance

'Going Down to the River' by Doug Seegers

If your heart beats with the blues, then you have GOT to take a few minutes and listen to this song. The fact that it's written and performed by someone who lived 17 years on the streets only serves to give it an authenticity that will leave you breathless.

I don't often post songs on this blog (outside of the Advent /Christmas season that is) but this is one you've got to hear.


Freedom Through Truth: Father Gordon MacRae, the Sorrowful Mysteries and the Big Picture

Freedom Through Truth: Father Gordon MacRae, the Sorrowful Mysteries and the Big Picture

Ottawa coach takes priest's goaltending advice - Sportsnet.ca

Ottawa coach takes priest's goaltending advice - Sportsnet.ca

This 'corrugated' view of the Milky Way just made our home galaxy a LOT bigger - The Weather Network

Insider Insights: Articles - This 'corrugated' view of the Milky Way just made our home galaxy a LOT bigger - The Weather Network

LIQUID BREAD: THE TOP 5 BOCK BEERS FOR LENT!

Beer for Lent? Now there's an idea I could really get behind! I wish I had thought of that before I opted for my usual 'no dessert Lent' promise. 

This story reminded me of that old meme: 

Beer is made from hops...
Hops are plants...
Therefore, beer qualifies as a salad!





The Catholic Gentleman

One day late... but maybe it's just his Irish spirit that's to blame!!


Well, today was supposed to be the day that Hobbs arrived to live with Mateo and I, but alas there was a screw-up with WestJet so his trip has had to be postponed until tomorrow (Tuesday).

Such is life I guess. Poor lad was all washed and dressed for the trip and now he's got no place to go! Still, he's going to arrive here on St. Paddy's Day... and that will give us another great reason to celebrate this year. (As if we needed more reasons in this corner of the globe!) I'll have to pick him up a green collar to make sure he's going to feel like fitting in with the festivities!

My sincere thanks to Meaghen Bobryk for all her hard work and super pictures in raising Hobbs to this point in life! If every dog breeder communicates and cares for her animals like she does, canines the world over would be a happy and blessed lot!

Pope Francis brings a forceful new tone on sexual abuse cases | Miami Herald Miami Herald

Pope Francis brings a forceful new tone on sexual abuse cases | Miami Herald Miami Herald

Bishops lash out at Italian newspaper for sending reporter out in guise of parishioner - Europe - International - News - Catholic Online

Bishops lash out at Italian newspaper for sending reporter out in guise of parishioner - Europe - International - News - Catholic Online

Church bombings: Pakistan observes day of mourning - newkerala news #31749

Church bombings: Pakistan observes day of mourning - newkerala news #31749

Is dialogue with Islam possible? - Yes it is!!!

Is dialogue with Islam possible? | National Catholic Reporter

Georgetown and the Death of Moral Discourse | Carl R. Trueman | First Things

Georgetown and the Death of Moral Discourse | Carl R. Trueman | First Things

Vancouver residents invite Pope Francis to tour Downtown Eastside and First Nations reserves | National Post

Vancouver residents invite Pope Francis to tour Downtown Eastside and First Nations reserves | National Post

15 March, 2015

Pope demands that the world stop ‘hiding’ anti-Christian persecution | Crux

Pope demands that the world stop ‘hiding’ anti-Christian persecution | Crux

Speaking the truth in love–some Lenten reflections | Foolishness to the world

Speaking the truth in love–some Lenten reflections | Foolishness to the world

Will Wrongly Convicted Fr. Gordon MacRae Finally Go Free?

Will Wrongly Convicted Fr. Gordon MacRae Finally Go Free?

10 Signs Christianity Is on the Rise - Aleteia

10 Signs Christianity Is on the Rise - Aleteia

Pope Francis and the politics of a (maybe) short papacy | Crux

Pope Francis and the politics of a (maybe) short papacy | Crux

It Looks Like A Pile Of Trash At First, But Wait Until The Camera Moves - Daily Megabyte

It Looks Like A Pile Of Trash At First, But Wait Until The Camera Moves - Daily Megabyte

14 March, 2015

George Weigel Interviewed on the Second Anniversary of Pope Francis's Election - Ethics & Public Policy Center

George Weigel Interviewed on the Second Anniversary of Pope Francis's Election - Ethics & Public Policy Center

Pope Francis on Being Pope: Inner Peace Fueled by the Rosary | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope Francis on Being Pope: Inner Peace Fueled by the Rosary | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Spring is around the corner you say? Is it because there's no corners on a globe that it's having such a hard time finding its way here?


Two Steps for Beginning Your Examination of the Catholic Church | Shameless Popery

Two Steps for Beginning Your Examination of the Catholic Church | Shameless Popery

What Are YOU Doing for Lent? This Infographic Explains the Penitential Season | ChurchPOP

What Are YOU Doing for Lent? This Infographic Explains the Penitential Season | ChurchPOP

Two Catholic Men and a Blog: The Obligation to Live and Give

Two Catholic Men and a Blog: The Obligation to Live and Give: A recent post on this blog dealt with the potential creep of the Right to Die movement  morphing into the "Obligation to Die" via...

13 March, 2015

PHOTOS: Highlights of Pope Francis’ first two years | Crux

PHOTOS: Highlights of Pope Francis’ first two years | Crux

Vatican backs military force to stop ISIS ‘genocide’ | Crux

Vatican backs military force to stop ISIS ‘genocide’ | Crux

Catholics supporting Archbishop Cordileone on school identity feel silenced, pressured - Washington Times

Catholics supporting Archbishop Cordileone on school identity feel silenced, pressured - Washington Times

Pope Francis predicts papacy will only last 4-5 years | CTV News

Pope Francis predicts papacy will only last 4-5 years | CTV News

Pope Francis Announces Holy Year of Mercy - Aleteia

Pope Francis Announces Holy Year of Mercy - Aleteia

Journalist blasted for lying in confessional, recording priests answers

Journalist blasted for lying in confessional, recording priests’ answers

There’s No Middle Ground on the Path to Heaven, Pope Francis Says | Daily News | NCRegister.com

There’s No Middle Ground on the Path to Heaven, Pope Francis Says | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Here are five Francis forecasts for Año Tres | Crux

Here are five Francis forecasts for Año Tres | Crux

How did Jesus really feel about money? - Living Faith - Home & Family - News - Catholic Online

How did Jesus really feel about money? - Living Faith - Home & Family - News - Catholic Online

Out-of-this-world images from NASA's JPL

Out-of-this-world images from NASA's JPL

'What Mercy Is' by Daniel P. Moloney | Articles | First Things

What Mercy Is by Daniel P. Moloney | Articles | First Things

ECT (Evangelicals and Catholics Together) at Twenty: A Joint Witness to the Gospel | Thomas G. Guarino | First Things

ECT at Twenty: A Joint Witness to the Gospel | Thomas G. Guarino | First Things

“First Human” Discovered in Ethiopia: What It Means For Catholics : The Integrated Catholic Life™

“First Human” Discovered in Ethiopia: What It Means For Catholics : The Integrated Catholic Life™

Francis: 'First commandment' of parish life is closeness to people | National Catholic Reporter

Francis: 'First commandment' of parish life is closeness to people | National Catholic Reporter

For Pope Francis, Personnel Is Policy - US News

For Pope Francis, Personnel Is Policy - US News

An Act of Love: Stations of the Cross for Priests & Laity

An Act of Love: Stations of the Cross for Priests & Laity

12 March, 2015

Pope enters year 3 amid popular praise, internal dissent | CTV News

Pope enters year 3 amid popular praise, internal dissent | CTV News

NP Explainer: What’s the difference between a hijab, a niqab and a burka? | National Post

NP Explainer: What’s the difference between a hijab, a niqab and a burka? | National Post

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

Archbishop Romero Beatification Set for May 23 | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Archbishop Romero Beatification Set for May 23 | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Don’t Kill the Disabled — Maryland Lawmakers Warned Against Assisted Suicide Bill | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Don’t Kill the Disabled — Maryland Lawmakers Warned Against Assisted Suicide Bill | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope Francis has history, but not time, on his side | Crux

Pope Francis has history, but not time, on his side | Crux

Of Astronomy and a Jesuit Brother - IgnitumToday : IgnitumToday

Of Astronomy and a Jesuit Brother - IgnitumToday : IgnitumToday