31 May, 2015

Priests need prayers to deal with disillusionment

Priests need prayers to deal with disillusionment

Getting to the Point: Careful The Tale You Tell -

Why is the Church so obsessed with abortion? Why does the Church talk incessantly about homosexuality? What is this creepy Catholic obsession with sex, sex, sex all the time? Why can’t the Church be concerned about real issues—poverty, for example—instead of always being all about the pelvic issues? Why, huh, why?
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Getting to the Point: Careful The Tale You Tell:

Obama pops into Miami shrine, shocks priest | Crux

Obama pops into Miami shrine, shocks priest | Crux

It Wasn't the Gays Who Trashed Marriage in Ireland - Aleteia

It Wasn't the Gays Who Trashed Marriage in Ireland - Aleteia

Letter from a Dying Priest - Aleteia

Letter from a Dying Priest - Aleteia

29 May, 2015

Is This the Death of the Catholic Church in Ireland? | Daily News | NCRegister.com

At first glance I'd be tempted to believe that this question is 'over the top'; a bit of hyperbole that obscures more than illumines the question of the state of the Church in Ireland. Yet after reading the entire article, I'm not so sure that perhaps it is closer to the truth than I first suspected to be true. If it is the case that the Irish church is moribund, then it should stand as proof that the vivacity of the faith in any country cannot be taken for granted.



Read it yourself by clicking on the link below and coming to your own conclusion.



Is This the Death of the Catholic Church in Ireland? | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Scripture Speaks: The Most Holy Trinity

Scripture Speaks: The Most Holy Trinity

Is It Time for the Benedict Option? | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Is It Time for the Benedict Option? | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Flowchart Will Tell You When Cooperation with Evil is Immoral - EpicPew

Flowchart Will Tell You When Cooperation with Evil is Immoral - EpicPew

27 May, 2015

Men such as these: a Memorial Day reflection | George Weigel | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

Men such as these: a Memorial Day reflection | George Weigel | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

Confidential Meeting Seeks to Sway Synod to Accept Same-Sex Unions | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Confidential Meeting Seeks to Sway Synod to Accept Same-Sex Unions | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Seeking the transcendent | Crux

"Here’s my theory: The shrinking number of American Catholics isn’t just about the hierarchy’s anachronistic politics. It’s also about Catholics seeking, and not finding, an experience of the holy and transcendent — of God — in their Church."
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Seeking the transcendent | Crux

Forget the numbers. The big story is that religion has lost social influence | Crux

Forget the numbers. The big story is that religion has lost social influence | Crux

How Easy Will It Be for You to Betray Our Lord? Easier than you might think... - Aleteia

How Easy Will It Be for You to Betray Our Lord? - Aleteia

Court hearing in New York on whether chimps have rights | CTV News

Court hearing in New York on whether chimps have rights | CTV News

Why Young People are Drifting from the Church | Word On Fire

Why Young People are Drifting from the Church | Word On Fire

Netflix’s Daredevil show understands that Catholicism is the superhero’s real strength.

Netflix’s Daredevil show understands that Catholicism is the superhero’s real strength.

Planets, Priests and a Persistent Myth - WSJ

Planets, Priests and a Persistent Myth - WSJ

One priest's impact on the New York Times' David Brooks

One priest's impact on the New York Times' David Brooks

26 May, 2015

Cardinal Kasper: Francis wants a hierarchy that listens to 'sensus fidei' | National Catholic Reporter

Cardinal Kasper: Francis wants a hierarchy that listens to 'sensus fidei' | National Catholic Reporter

The pope on sleeping, crying, fearlessness, and his popularity | Crux

The pope on sleeping, crying, fearlessness, and his popularity | Crux

Irish Vote Reflects Diminished Moral Authority of Catholic Church | Religion Dispatches

Irish Vote Reflects Diminished Moral Authority of Catholic Church | Religion Dispatches

‘Massive confusion’ in wake of Vatican miscommunications, Synod requires clarification: LifeSiteNews co-founder | News | LifeSite

‘Massive confusion’ in wake of Vatican miscommunications, Synod requires clarification: LifeSiteNews co-founder | News | LifeSite

Something to ponder


“I Don’t Believe in God Anymore” - When Your Kids Reject the Faith

“I Don’t Believe in God Anymore” - When Your Kids Reject the Faith

The Dignity and Vocation of Priests

The Dignity and Vocation of Priests

The Root of all Evil is Looking Back at You in the Mirror: Inordinate self-love is perhaps the deepest source of all sin - Aleteia

The Root of all Evil is Looking Back at You in the Mirror - Aleteia

24 May, 2015

Diarmuid Martin: Catholic Church needs reality check. Church needs to ask if it has drifted from the young in wake of marriage vote, says archbishop.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Dublin Ireland
Really? Does +Martin actually believe it's the Church that has drifted away? Wow! It isn't the Church that has drifted away. It's been its membership. The Irish Church is indeed in a world of trouble if its top clerics have such a malformed view as to what is happening to it. How can one hope to fix a problem if they are unable to even identify what has happened in the first place?


I've really liked + Diamuid Martin, especially in the manner that he has addressed the Irish sex abuse scandals. But he's certainly off the mark with this issue.



Diarmuid Martin: Catholic Church needs reality check

Q&A with a death row chaplain | Crux

Q&A with a death row chaplain | Crux

Romero devotees say Francis is the pope their hero would have been | Crux

Romero devotees say Francis is the pope their hero would have been | Crux

The Fire Next Time – A Homily for Pentecost « Archdiocese of Washington

The Fire Next Time – A Homily for Pentecost « Archdiocese of Washington

A 9-Step Daily Prayer That Reveals Hidden Inner Truths - Aleteia

A 9-Step Daily Prayer That Reveals Hidden Inner Truths - Aleteia

22 May, 2015

Appeals courts shoot down Catholic groups in contraception mandate cases « Hot Air

Appeals courts shoot down Catholic groups in contraception mandate cases « Hot Air

Conference presents holistic view of Dorothy Day

Conference presents holistic view of Dorothy Day

God — or somebody — save us from silliness | Pembroke Daily Observer

God — or somebody — save us from silliness | Pembroke Daily Observer

Stone tools older than man found: Were our ancient ancestors already toolmakers before evolving into humans? | National Post

Stone tools older than man found: Were our ancient ancestors already toolmakers before evolving into humans? | National Post

Are churches failing the poor? Yes and no | Crux

Are churches failing the poor? Yes and no | Crux

Transhumanism: It's Not Just Science Fiction - Aleteia

Transhumanism: It's Not Just Science Fiction - Aleteia

21 May, 2015

Popes have seen the wind: 10 times papal vestments got caught in gusts - Photo Galleries - World - CBC News

Popes have seen the wind: 10 times papal vestments got caught in gusts - Photo Galleries - World - CBC News

David Letterman’s final show closes the book on more than just his own career in late night | National Post

David Letterman’s final show closes the book on more than just his own career in late night | National Post

Is Islam a Religion of War or Peace? Both – and Muslims Must Decide Its Direction, Priest Says | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Is Islam a Religion of War or Peace? Both – and Muslims Must Decide Its Direction, Priest Says | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Getting to the Point: The Gift of Science

Getting to the Point: The Gift of Science

Pentecost: Not Merely Observing - a meaningful take on this weekend's upcoming celebration of Pentecost

Pentecost: Not Merely Observing

Defending the Faith the Way Jesus Would - Aleteia

Defending the Faith the Way Jesus Would - Aleteia

Selling assisted suicide in California. Wordplay is not enough.

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Alex Schadenberg, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: Selling assisted suicide in California. Wordplay is not enough.

20 May, 2015

The Catholic Church’s German Crisis: One rarely finds, among German churchmen today, a sobered openness, born of the recognition that something has gone terribly wrong and that another approach to evangelization and catechesis must be found

The Catholic Church’s German Crisis | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

Edmonton Catholic School Board defers contentious washroom decision to school - Edmonton | Globalnews.ca

Catholic School Board defers contentious washroom decision to school - Edmonton | Globalnews.ca

A Nun Walks Free: The Government’s Sabotage Case Dismissed - The New Yorker

A Nun Walks Free: The Government’s Sabotage Case Dismissed - The New Yorker

Father Raymond J. de Souza: Michael Coren converts, Michael Coren complains | National Post

Father Raymond J. de Souza: Michael Coren converts, Michael Coren complains | National Post

How to see the Vatican from anywhere in the world

How to see the Vatican from anywhere in the world

The music in these monks’ lives is the glug of beer | Crux - You know it's a slow Catholic news day when this is the top story on the Crux site

The music in these monks’ lives is the glug of beer | Crux

It Takes Two to Two Step - Friendship

It Takes Two to Two Step : Catholic Stand

Pope Francis: Are You Ready for Your Final Farewell? | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope Francis: Are You Ready for Your Final Farewell? | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Temporary Inattention or Willful Blindness: Why Did Michael Coren Leave the Church? | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Temporary Inattention or Willful Blindness: Why Did Michael Coren Leave the Church? | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Cultivating Wonder in Our Daily Lives

Cultivating Wonder in Our Daily Lives

16 May, 2015

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk’s plea for liver donor answered but ethical questions raised | National Post

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk’s plea for liver donor answered but ethical questions raised | National Post

Through the 'hands of God': Brain dead teen unexpectedly awoke from coma, now a high school graduate - Marriage & Family - Home & Family - News - Catholic Online

Through the 'hands of God': Brain dead teen unexpectedly awoke from coma, now a high school graduate - Marriage & Family - Home & Family - News - Catholic Online

Father Lombardi: Eco Encyclical on Track for Expected June Publication | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Father Lombardi: Eco Encyclical on Track for Expected June Publication | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Is America losing its religion or are lines more clearly being drawn? - Post and Courier

Is America losing its religion or are lines more clearly being drawn? - Post and Courier

The Pope’s purely political Palestine puzzle | New York Post

The Pope’s purely political Palestine puzzle | New York Post

14 May, 2015

The U.S. is on the edge of rebellion, Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges warns in new book | National Post

The U.S. is on the edge of rebellion, Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges warns in new book | National Post

The Definition Of Hell For Each Myers-Briggs Personality Type | Thought Catalog

The Definition Of Hell For Each Myers-Briggs Personality Type | Thought Catalog

Decline in American Catholics Shatters Illusions, Makes Clear Need for a New Generation of Saints - Aleteia

Decline in American Catholics Shatters Illusions, Makes Clear Need for a New Generation of Saints - Aleteia

Millennials leaving church in droves, study says - CNN.com

Millennials leaving church in droves, study says - CNN.com

Francis: The powerful don’t want peace because they make a living from war - Vatican Insider

Francis: The powerful don’t want peace because they make a living from war - Vatican Insider

Catholicism’s Man-Sized Crisis | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

Catholicism’s Man-Sized Crisis | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

Francis: There is food for everyone, God will judge the earth’s powerful - Vatican Insider

Francis: There is food for everyone, God will judge the earth’s powerful - Vatican Insider

The courageous witness of Blessed Oscar Romero | National Catholic Reporter

The courageous witness of Blessed Oscar Romero | National Catholic Reporter

13 May, 2015

Richard John Neuhaus: A Life in the Public Square

Richard John Neuhaus: A Life in the Public Square

Isn't this one of the signs of the predicted apocalype?

Aesthetic properties aside, the characters in this new ABC network program entitled 'The Real O'Neals' might be an indication that we are fast approaching the predicted end of time and civilization as we know it. Or it could just be the latest in a long line of failed sitcoms that passes as entertainment on network TV. Either way, I don't think I'll be watching. If it's the former, I'll be really, really busy dealing with bigger issues. If it's the latter, there will no doubt be something more enjoyable to occupy my time than simply watching such trash. Pumping out the septic tank for just one example... or having hemroids banded. Just about anything would be an improvement over this garbage imho. 

Don't believe me? Watch the trailer and judge for yourself!

No novelty in Vatican reference to ‘State of Palestine’ | Crux

No novelty in Vatican reference to ‘State of Palestine’ | Crux

Trudeau defends abortion position after graphic flyers target Liberal leader | CTV News

Trudeau defends abortion position after graphic flyers target Liberal leader | CTV News

Castro and the Pope: A Real Conversion? George Weigel explores what such a conversion would look like.

Castro and the Pope: A Real Conversion? | National Review Online

How the Catholic poet Dante healed this ex-Catholic - CNN.com

How the Catholic poet Dante healed this ex-Catholic - CNN.com

Can Islam be Reformed? This article leans to the 'no' side of the argument. I disagree. How about you?

Can Islam be Reformed?

How the Church Has Changed the World: The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

How the Church Has Changed the World: The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

Women, respect, and the Catholic Church | Crux

Women, respect, and the Catholic Church | Crux

The Uniquely Christian Birth of Science : The Integrated Catholic Life™

I've read a couple of Fr. Jaki's books. His argument is convincing and cogent. I wish more Catholics would read him since he provides the best response to the 'religion is opposed to science' trope that's out there these days.



The Uniquely Christian Birth of Science : The Integrated Catholic Life™

Synod. The Proposal of a “Third Way”: latest from Sandro Magister

Unbending against divorce, merciful with sinners. Suggested by a French theologian. It is a new form of the sacrament of penance, following the example of the ancient Church.

Synod. The Proposal of a “Third Way”

12 May, 2015

Pew survey: Percentage of US Catholics drops and Catholicism is losing members faster than any denomination | Crux

Pew survey: Percentage of US Catholics drops and Catholicism is losing members faster than any denomination | Crux

Bishop ‘too Catholic’ to speak at Catholic school: Really? Cardinal Tim Dolan is 'too Catholic' for the students at this school?

Bishop ‘too Catholic’ to speak at Catholic school

Key advisor blasts US criticism to pope’s environmental stance | Crux

Key advisor blasts US criticism to pope’s environmental stance | Crux

Christians lose ground, ‘nones’ soar in new portrait of US religion | Crux

Christians lose ground, ‘nones’ soar in new portrait of US religion | Crux

Study: Americans becoming less Christian, more secular | Miami Herald Miami Herald

Study: Americans becoming less Christian, more secular | Miami Herald Miami Herald

IDAHO: City ordinance says pastors must “marry” homosexuals or go to jail | Fr. Z's Blog

IDAHO: City ordinance says pastors must “marry” homosexuals or go to jail | Fr. Z's Blog

In a New Letter, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Seeks Shepherds for the Whole World | Daily News | NCRegister.com

In a New Letter, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Seeks Shepherds for the Whole World | Daily News | NCRegister.com

11 May, 2015

Why Two Famous Catholic Writers, Michael Coren and Rod Dreher, Left the Church - Aleteia

Why Two Famous Catholic Writers, Michael Coren and Rod Dreher, Left the Church - Aleteia

Professional Catholics must be professional and Catholic: A response to Michael Coren's revelation that he is an Anglican

Professional Catholics must be professional and Catholic

Wayne Weible and the Papal Nuncio: A Response on the subject of Medjugorje

Wayne Weible and the Papal Nuncio: A Response

Ralph Rowe, convicted of some 60 sex crimes, deserves more prison time: victims - Thunder Bay - CBC News

What? Canada's "most prolific pedophile" was an ANGLICAN priest? I thought the accepted narrative was that pedophilia is caused by celibacy. Anglican priests are not obliged to live celibate lives. Could it be that there is NO causal relationship between priestly celibacy and child sexual abuse after all? If so, then what are all the Catholic haters going to use to castigate RC clergy and Church teaching now that their favorite canard has been demonstrated to be false?

I suspect that nothing will change their tune. Folks who parrot this falsehood remind me of a poster my older brother used to have hanging on his bedroom wall: 




'My mind's made up. Don't confuse me with the facts.'



Ralph Rowe, convicted of some 60 sex crimes, deserves more prison time: victims - Thunder Bay - CBC News

Ottawa considering hate charges against those who boycott Israel - Politics - CBC News

Granted, this is a story from the CBC so it's no doubt slanted to put the Conservatives in a bad light, but I hope it's soon refuted by the government. People of good conscience can disagree on the merits of a boycott, but it's hard to think of such an activity as an expression of 'hate speech'. What would be the alternative? Forcing people and/or organizations to purchase items from Israel to demonstrate that they don't 'hate'?

Dumb idea... dumb story... imho.




Ottawa considering hate charges against those who boycott Israel - Politics - CBC News

The Closed Door of Pope Francis: A summary of post-synodal statements from the Holy Father

The Closed Door of Pope Francis

US clergy, including five bishops, ask synod to 'stand firm' on marriage | National Catholic Reporter

US clergy, including five bishops, ask synod to 'stand firm' on marriage | National Catholic Reporter

Raul Castro: Pope Francis so impressive I might return to church: Sure. And if my aunt had testicles, she'd be my uncle. In other words, it ain't going to happen

Raul Castro: Pope Francis so impressive I might return to church | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

09 May, 2015

07 May, 2015

Philly priest uses fiction to break Catholic Church's 'wall of silence' — NewsWorks

Philly priest uses fiction to break Catholic Church's 'wall of silence' — NewsWorks

Peddling Pop Comfort Theology: Do we really think God's plan is to make things nice for us? - Aleteia

Peddling Pop Comfort Theology - Aleteia

Getting to the Point: The Real Meaning of 'Inclusive'

Getting to the Point: The Real Meaning of 'Inclusive':

(QUIZ) What religious order would you belong to if you lived in the Medieval times? | Catholic Link

I got Dominican. How about you?



(QUIZ) What religious order would you belong to if you lived in the Medieval times? | Catholic Link

John Paul II and “America” | George Weigel | First Things

John Paul II and “America” | George Weigel | First Things

Weigel neuters the climate change encyclical - Spiritual Politics

Weigel neuters the climate change encyclical - Spiritual Politics

04 May, 2015

A dog meows and sings... and you'll believe it yourself if you watch this video and see it for yourself - from Britain's Got Talent

''The Avengers: Age of Ultron'' and Friedrich Nietzsche | Word On Fire

''The Avengers'' and Friedrich Nietzsche | Word On Fire

Pro-life anxiety over Pope Francis’ looming ecological manifesto | Crux

Pro-life anxiety over Pope Francis’ looming ecological manifesto | Crux

Why women are flocking to religious orders in England and Wales

Is there a lesson here for North American religious communities?



CatholicHerald.co.uk » Why women are flocking to religious orders in England and Wales

Pope Francis: Gentleness, peace are marks of true Christians - Vatican Insider

Francis: Gentleness, peace are marks of true Christians - Vatican Insider

Francis: Christian life is getting up after you fall - Vatican Insider

Francis: Christian life is getting up after you fall - Vatican Insider

Radically Serving Christ in Costa Rica - A story about a Facebook friend!

NCRegister | Radically Serving Christ in Costa Rica

Pope says everyone is a sinner; warns not to be hypocritical - Christian News - Jerusalem Post

Pope says everyone is a sinner; warns not to be hypocritical - Christian News - Jerusalem Post

02 May, 2015

01 May, 2015

Mattawa celebrates Voyageur Days - A great party in my former assignment every year where the Mattawa and Ottawa Rivers meet!

Buy your wristbands today at local Scotiabanks and Caisse Populaires. You can also give us a call between the hours of 9am-4pm at 1-800-267-4222 to order them!

Posted by Mattawa Voyageur Days on Thursday, April 30, 2015

Thinking it’s a joke, man hangs up on the pope – twice | Crux

Thinking it’s a joke, man hangs up on the pope – twice | Crux

Fear vs. Encouragement

Fear prevents us from doing a lot of things that we want to do, ought to do. Fear divides people against one another. Fear builds walls, invisible psychological walls, between us. Sometimes we need another person to shake us out of our fear, to encourage us, to stir up the boldness that lies within.
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Fear vs. Encouragement

Euthanasia for children a step too far - Curran - Independent.ie

Euthanasia for children a step too far - Curran - Independent.ie

Pope Francis: Being Christian is service, not 'makeup' for a pretty soul | National Catholic Reporter

Pope Francis: Being Christian is service, not 'makeup' for a pretty soul | National Catholic Reporter

Religious freedom is under attack around the world | National Catholic Reporter

Religious freedom is under attack around the world | National Catholic Reporter

Ask Fr. Mike: Angry With God? Tell Him How You Feel - Aleteia

Ask Fr. Mike: Angry With God? Tell Him How You Feel - Aleteia

Fr. Robert Barron Finds God in Unexpected Places - Aleteia

Fr. Robert Barron Finds God in Unexpected Places - Aleteia

Give Us Time: A group dedicated to asking the Canadian government for more time before implementing a euthanasia law

Give Us Time

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