31 July, 2015

The rise and fall of the Catholic blogosphere

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Katy Perry and archbishop vs. the nuns: Judge seeks middle ground over sale of former convent | National Post

The case pits two of the five sisters against Archbishop Jose Gomez who agreed to sell the estate to Perry, the flamboyant pop singer who rose to fame with the hit “I Kissed A Girl” and has been known to shoot whipped cream out of her brassiere. 
The sisters aren’t fans — “for what should be obvious reasons coming from Catholic nuns,” they said in a filing. They claim the head of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles illegally amended the bylaws of the nonprofit that has title to the property in a “hostile takeover” so he could seal the deal with Perry against their wishes.
 For his part, Gomez cites both canon and California law as being on his side in the bid to annul the nuns’ transaction with local restaurateur Dana Hollister. She’s taken possession of the place, and has started fixing it up.
“It’s fascinating on all different levels,” said Sonia Lee, a lawyer not involved in the case. “I never thought I’d see the day when Katy Perry is in bed with the archbishop.”
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Katy Perry and archbishop vs. the nuns: Judge seeks middle ground over sale of former convent | National Post

Ask Fr. Mike: Why Does God Allow People to Commit Evil Acts? - Aleteia

Ask Fr. Mike: Why Does God Allow People to Commit Evil Acts? - Aleteia

New Video Series Contemplates the “Mystery of God” - Aleteia

New Video Series Contemplates the “Mystery of God” - Aleteia

29 July, 2015

Tragically true.


Quebec orders hospitals to cut $150 million in direct care to patients | Montreal Gazette

Of all the “optimization measures,” the most controversial is compelling doctors to stop ordering tests that the government is now considering “unnecessary” in the context of fiscal austerity. Patient-rights advocates and managers in the health system are warning that this sets a dangerous precedent, opening the door to ageism and the prospect of clinicians no longer performing tests for people above a certain age.
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Quebec orders hospitals to cut $150 million in direct care to patients | Montreal Gazette

Trailer for upcoming movie on the sex abuse scandal as it broke in Boston

Trailer: Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo Catholic Sex Drama ‘Spotlight’ | Variety

The Death of God and the Loss of Human Dignity | Daily News | NCRegister.com

The Death of God and the Loss of Human Dignity | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Is It OK to Lie to Do Good?

Is It OK to Lie to Do Good?

Sun columnist Katie Hopkins calls for ‘euthanasia vans’ as Britain has ‘far too many old people’ — RT UK

Sun columnist Katie Hopkins calls for ‘euthanasia vans’ as Britain has ‘far too many old people’ — RT UK

Jerry Berrigan of activist Berrigan brothers dies at 95 | National Catholic Reporter

Jerry Berrigan of activist Berrigan brothers dies at 95 | National Catholic Reporter

Is Your Parish Like a Convenience Store? - Aleteia

Is Your Parish Like a Convenience Store? - Aleteia

24 July, 2015

Vincent Lambert will continue to live - Vatican Insider

Vincent Lambert will continue to live - Vatican Insider

New Pluto photos from NASA reveal ‘incredible beauty’: Hazes, ice flows similar to Earth’s glaciers | CTV News

New Pluto photos from NASA reveal ‘incredible beauty’: Hazes, ice flows similar to Earth’s glaciers | CTV News

The hidden ethics battle in the Planned Parenthood fetal tissue scandal | Crux

The hidden ethics battle in the Planned Parenthood fetal tissue scandal | Crux

The pope’s ‘staycation': Opening mail, sipping mate | Crux

The pope’s ‘staycation': Opening mail, sipping mate | Crux

Dominican Fr. Thomas Doyle meets with members of pontifical commission on sex abuse | National Catholic Reporter

Dominican Fr. Thomas Doyle meets with members of pontifical commission on sex abuse | National Catholic Reporter

How US bishops can reconcile with gay marriage | Crux

How US bishops can reconcile with gay marriage | Crux

Pope Francis’ US approval rates slump sharply, led by conservative dismay | Crux

Pope Francis’ US approval rates slump sharply, led by conservative dismay | Crux

20 July, 2015

Faith in Fiction by Randy Boyagoda | Articles | First Things

Faith in Fiction by Randy Boyagoda | Articles | First Things

Trolls, Marriage, and A Modern-Day Warrior | CatholicVote.org

Trolls, Marriage, and A Modern-Day Warrior | CatholicVote.org

This sounds about right imho!


Medical Ethicist Calls Alleged Planned Parenthood Practice "Clearly Unethical" - Aleteia

Medical Ethicist Calls Alleged Planned Parenthood Practice "Clearly Unethical" - Aleteia

Sex and Religion - The Catholic Thing

Sex and Religion - The Catholic ThingThe Catholic Thing

A Prophetic Pope and the Tradition of Catholic Social Teaching |Blogs | NCRegister.com

A Prophetic Pope and the Tradition of Catholic Social Teaching |Blogs | NCRegister.com

17 July, 2015

Bishop says Russian invasion of Ukraine looks inevitable 'and only a miracle can save us'

The Tablet - News

The “trickle-down” theory the Pope frowns upon - Vatican Insider

The “trickle-down” theory the Pope frowns upon - Vatican Insider

Canadian government appoints panel to examine euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Alex Schadenberg, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: Canadian government appoints panel to examine euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Obama Spokesman on Planned Parenthood Selling Aborted Baby Parts: They Say They're "Ethical" | LifeNews.com



Obama Spokesman on Planned Parenthood Selling Aborted Baby Parts: They Say They're "Ethical" | LifeNews.com

How I became a Catholic Worker in my later life | The Villager Newspaper

How I became a Catholic Worker in my later life | The Villager Newspaper

European Court of Human Rights rejects assisted suicide case.

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Alex Schadenberg, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: European Court of Human Rights rejects assisted suicide case.

16 July, 2015

14 July, 2015

The Courage of Small Things - The New York Times

The Courage of Small Things - The New York Times

How the West Won — but "Western Civ" Lost

How the West Won — but "Western Civ" Lost

Mathew Block: It’s a bad time to be religious in Canada | National Post

Mathew Block: It’s a bad time to be religious in Canada | National Post

Finding a smile in the midst of the current debate over transsexualism - hardly a subject noted for its panoply of appropriate jibes and jollies.


Gordie Howe and John Brodie Cases Show Stem-Cell Wars Aren't Over | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Gordie Howe and John Brodie Cases Show Stem-Cell Wars Aren't Over | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Do you see the Pluto in Pluto? Walt Disney was clearly an amazing man!!


3 views of Pope Francis after the South America trip | Fr. Z's Blog

3 views of Pope Francis after the South America trip | Fr. Z's Blog

Under Francis, there’s a new dogma: Papal fallibility | Crux

Under Francis, there’s a new dogma: Papal fallibility | Crux

Three Tips For Getting More Out of the Homily - Aleteia

Find yourself tuning out during a certain part of the Mass? Here's what to do next time.
Three Tips For Getting More Out of the Homily - Aleteia

13 July, 2015

New model of sun's cycles predicts 'mini ice age' in 2030s | CTV News

New model of sun's cycles predicts 'mini ice age' in 2030s | CTV News

Vatican -- John Paul II’s Lessons Seem Forgotten Already | National Review Online

Vatican -- John Paul II’s Lessons Seem Forgotten Already | National Review Online

NASA's New Horizons data from Pluto flyby will be 'gift for the ages' - Technology & Science - CBC News

NASA's New Horizons data from Pluto flyby will be 'gift for the ages' - Technology & Science - CBC News

To understand Pope Francis, look to the global south | Crux

To understand Pope Francis, look to the global south | Crux

Robert Fulford: Sex has become pervasive and tedious | National Post

Robert Fulford: Sex has become pervasive and tedious | National Post

It Doesn't Pay to Argue on the Internet

It Doesn't Pay to Argue on the Internet

Happiness and Pleasure Are Not Synonyms, Pope Francis Reminds Paraguay’s Youth | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Happiness and Pleasure Are Not Synonyms, Pope Francis Reminds Paraguay’s Youth | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Want to Preach the Gospel Effectively? Be Welcoming, Pope Says | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Want to Preach the Gospel Effectively? Be Welcoming, Pope Says | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Understanding Cardinal Walter Kasper | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Understanding Cardinal Walter Kasper | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Four Urgent Reasons To Turn to St. Kateri - The Mohawk saint shows us how to live today

Four Urgent Reasons To Turn to St. Kateri - Aleteia

09 July, 2015

Churches’ Insurance -- Will It Cover Lawsuits for Refusing Same-Sex Weddings? | National Review Online

Churches’ Insurance -- Will It Cover Lawsuits for Refusing Same-Sex Weddings? | National Review Online

Pope Francis apparently not amused by 'communist crucifix' :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)


Gee... I wonder why the Pope didn't like it? (he says with sarcasm)
Pope Francis apparently not amused by 'communist crucifix' :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Is Religion Evil? Secularism’s Pride and Irrational Prejudice | Strange Notions

Is Religion Evil? Secularism’s Pride and Irrational Prejudice | Strange Notions

A Letter of Hope to Laura

A Letter of Hope to Laura

5 ways pets can benefit your health: a little something from someone who shares his home with two canine companions

5 ways pets can benefit your health | CTV News

08 July, 2015

Pope insists on church role in Bolivia amid efforts to limit Catholic influence | CTV News

Pope insists on church role in Bolivia amid efforts to limit Catholic influence | CTV News

Pope notes: A funny Francis goes off-script - CNN.com

Pope notes: A funny Francis goes off-script - CNN.com

To My Gay Friends: I Love You! | Courageous Priest

To My Gay Friends: I Love You! | Courageous Priest

Dutch expert: Children may be pressured by family members to die by euthanasia.

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Alex Schadenberg, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: Dutch expert: Children may be pressured by family members to die by euthanasia.

Pluto’s moon Charon could have mountains named ‘Spock,’ ‘Mordor,’ ‘Tardis’ or ‘Tatooine’ | National Post

Pluto’s moon Charon could have mountains named ‘Spock,’ ‘Mordor,’ ‘Tardis’ or ‘Tatooine’ | National Post

‘If God is real, it is the most important fact of our life’ | Crux

‘If God is real, it is the most important fact of our life’ | Crux

“The goods of the earth are meant for everyone, there is a social mortgage on them” - Vatican Insider

“The goods of the earth are meant for everyone, there is a social mortgage on them” - Vatican Insider

The Guild of Blessed Titus Brandsma: Passivity vs. Activity - When should a Catholic be passive or stand-up to authority

The Guild of Blessed Titus Brandsma: Passivity vs. Activity

Bumper Sticker Wisdom: For Catholics, Too! : Catholic Stand

Bumper Sticker Wisdom: For Catholics, Too! : Catholic Stand

Getting to the Point: R.I.P. Msgr Thomas Rowland - 1926-2015

Getting to the Point: Msgr Thomas Rowland - 1926-2015

The Next Culture War - The New York Times

The Next Culture War - The New York Times

NASA's New Horizons closing in on Pluto despite 'speed bump' | CTV News

NASA's New Horizons closing in on Pluto despite 'speed bump' | CTV News

07 July, 2015

Pope Francis appeals for more inclusive Catholic church during Ecuador visit | World news | The Guardian

Pope Francis appeals for more inclusive Catholic church during Ecuador visit | World news | The Guardian

Pope Francis defends poor, calls for unity in Latin America | Crux

Pope Francis defends poor, calls for unity in Latin America | Crux

Vatican trial for Józef Wesołowski a pivotal moment for Pope Francis | Crux

Vatican trial for Józef Wesołowski a pivotal moment for Pope Francis | Crux

What Jesus Would Say If He Were a Synod Father - from Sandro Magister

What Jesus Would Say If He Were a Synod Father

The Prospects for Polygamy - The New York Times

The Prospects for Polygamy - The New York Times

Glamorize Death and Copycat Suicides Follow | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Glamorize Death and Copycat Suicides Follow | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Against a Growing Intolerance, Christians Must Witness Christ 'for the World' | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Against a Growing Intolerance, Christians Must Witness Christ 'for the World' | Daily News | NCRegister.com

04 July, 2015

To Be American* (*or insert nationality here) or To Be Catholic -- Which Comes First? - Aleteia

The best exploration of this question that I've read was Fr. Richard J. Neuhaus's American Babylon. It was the last book he published prior to his death and consists of his reflections on the relationship between his citizenships in both the American and Christian 'kingdoms' (the best part of the book) and a long jeremiad levelled against Richard Rorty (not RJN's best by a long-shot). I look forwarding to reading it again in the week to come - the first of my summer vacation breaks at my cottage. It will be my personal sanctuary within which to hide as I'll be sharing the place with the family of a former neighbouring pastor whose friendship I encountered as we both served in the Mattawa area. My property and cottage are small and Phil and Amanda will be bringing their four young daughters and one foster daughter with them - so I cope by taking some time each day to sit alone under a tree or in a local bakery sipping coffee, reading in peace, and revelling in the quiet of the moment. 


Don't get me wrong. I love children. Visits like this week's brings joy and laughter into my life, true gifts at any time but all the more so aside a beach and river during the summer season. But I've been a bachelor my entire adult life and find the chaos of some many competing voices and demands for attention to be quiet tiring. Such experiences renews in me the amazement I possess whenever I see such excellent parents as my friends cope with such demands so successfully each and every day. Raising children (imho) is FAR HARDER and DEMANDING a life than the one I live as a priest. I think that many of the worthwhile conclusions RJN reaches in his last book were afforded him because he lived the privileged existence that comes to we Catholic clergy. He'd have never had the time (let alone the energy and capacities) to think out all his arguments and then write them down in a book if he had had a handful of kids to care for each day. I know I wouldn't have been up to the challenge!!



To Be American or To Be Catholic -- Which Comes First? - Aleteia

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