31 October, 2015

Letter to the Catholic Academy from Ross Douthat - The New York Times

Letter to the Catholic Academy - The New York Times

Does the Culture Rely Too Much upon Credentials? | Aleteia.org

Does the Culture Rely Too Much upon Credentials? | Aleteia.org

30 October, 2015

Praying coach’s suspension opens split on religion in school | Crux

Praying coach’s suspension opens split on religion in school | Crux

Getting to the Point: The Role of the Priest and Altar

Getting to the Point: Priest and Altar

Margaret Somerville - What the top court left out in assisted suicide decision.

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Alex Schadenberg, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: Margaret Somerville - What the top court left out in assisted suicide decision.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) Declaration on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide.

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Alex Schadenberg, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) Declaration on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide.

25 most popular articles on euthanasia & assisted suicide.

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Alex Schadenberg, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: 25 most popular articles on euthanasia & assisted suicide.

Montreal Euthanasia Symposium: Theory and Reality about Euthanasia

"Quebec has the only law in the world which attempts to coerce doctors to refer patients for euthanasia. Such pointless authoritarianism, of which we already had a taste in September, is a dangerous precedent which must be formally rejected."
Read what else these Quebec doctors have to say about the impending euthanasia law which comes into force on December 10th of this year. Just click on the link below:



Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Alex Schadenberg, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: Montreal Euthanasia Symposium: Theory and Reality about Euthanasia

29 October, 2015

Astronomers discover new component of Milky Way galaxy they never expected to find | National Post

Astronomers discover new component of Milky Way galaxy they never expected to find | National Post

Religious leaders call for better palliative care as assisted dying debate heats up - Politics - CBC News

Religious leaders call for better palliative care as assisted dying debate heats up - Politics - CBC News

Belgian Euthanasia Commission refers case for judiciary review.

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Alex Schadenberg, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: Belgian Euthanasia Commission refers case for judiciary review.

Ross Douthat and the Catholic Academy | Word On Fire

Ross Douthat and the Catholic Academy | Word On Fire

Reflections of a Catholic Scientist: Does Quantum Mechanics Speak to Catholic Teaching?

Reflections of a Catholic Scientist: Does Quantum Mechanics Speak to Catholic Teaching?

Suicidal “Dignity”:The secular progressive tactic of advocating death in the name of liberty continues | Catholic Lane

Suicidal “Dignity” | Catholic Lane

Dorothy Day and the Scandal of Mercy | Aleteia.org

Dorothy Day and the Scandal of Mercy | Aleteia.org

Massachusetts Considers New Push for Assisted Suicide | Aleteia.org

Massachusetts Considers New Push for Assisted Suicide | Aleteia.org

A God Bigger Than Science : Catholic Stand

A God Bigger Than Science : Catholic Stand

27 October, 2015

The Pope’s Mighty Fortress - WSJ

"In George Weigel, John Paul found a biographer who combines the skills of a historian, a theologian and a journalist. Mr. Weigel’s “Witness to Hope” (1999) appeared during the late pope’s lifetime and was hailed as a masterpiece worthy of its subject. This was followed by a sequel, “The End and the Beginning,” published in 2010, five years after John Paul’s death. Both these works are emphatically biographical, sympathetic but never sycophantic. 
Mr. Weigel’s “City of Saints” belongs to a different genre. The clue is in the subtitle: “A Pilgrimage to John Paul II’s Kraków.” The author wants to take readers on a journey in the papal footsteps and through the scenes of his clerical life. It is a guide to the stations on John Paul’s path and seeks to inspire us with a sense of awe that one good man could achieve so much."

Click on link below to read entire article:



The Pope’s Mighty Fortress - WSJ

Why are Catholics so afraid of change? - CNN.com

Why do some Catholics prefer the colour red? Or don't like Latin? Or are afraid of superstitions? The answer is 'just because they are people!' Catholics are a diverse lot. Some like change; others prefer stability. It says nothing about either group other than that they have personal preferences. So why is Fr. James Martin s.j. (who I usually really like reading) getting vexed over the fact that some Catholics preferred that the recent Synod on the Family calling for a more nuanced and pastoral application of Church doctrine when it comes to issues such as communion for divorced Catholics? I fear it's because he thinks that the synod didn't go far enough in the direction that he presumes is the correct direction. But don't take my opinion as being infallible. Read his article for yourself and come to your own conclusions. After all, there's no reason to be afraid of that!!



Why are Catholics so afraid of change? - CNN.com

Francis’ Pastoral Revolution rolls on with two big picks in Italy | Crux

Francis’ Pastoral Revolution rolls on with two big picks in Italy | Crux

When Health Care Plans Cover Abortion, What’s a Catholic to Do? | Aleteia.org

When Health Care Plans Cover Abortion, What’s a Catholic to Do? | Aleteia.org

26 October, 2015

Whispers in the Loggia: "The Real Scandal Is A Fear of Love" – At Synod's Close, An Unknown Road Ahead

Whispers in the Loggia: "The Real Scandal Is A Fear of Love" – At Synod's Close, An Unknown Road Ahead

Walk Beside Your People, Pope Francis Tells Bishops at Synod’s Close | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Walk Beside Your People, Pope Francis Tells Bishops at Synod’s Close | Daily News | NCRegister.com

No Big Bang? Quantum equation predicts universe has no beginning

No Big Bang? Quantum equation predicts universe has no beginning

Is Assisted Suicide Inevitable after California’s Decision? | Aleteia.org

Is Assisted Suicide Inevitable after California’s Decision? | Aleteia.org

Catholic bishops vote to soften stance toward divorcees, but stand firmly against gay marriage | National Post

Why is it that the media is claiming the Church has 'softened' her stance towards divorcees? There is NOTHING new in the Synod's closing document that wasn't part of her pastoral practice before it began. I really am befuddled by this. Anyone understand why the Synod is being presented this way? It seems to me as if it is a way to spin the results so as to paint the Church as being intolerant or abusive toward gay Catholics, putting the Bishops into the worst possible light. One can almost hear the critics saying "You changed the teaching for divorcees. Why not for gays?" But the fact is that NOTHING has changed for either group!!



Catholic bishops vote to soften stance toward divorcees, but stand firmly against gay marriage | National Post

25 October, 2015

'Today is a time of mercy,' Pope Francis says at end of divisive family synod | CTV News

'Today is a time of mercy,' Pope Francis says at end of divisive family synod | CTV News

Special Edition V | Xavier Rynne II | First Things

In this Special Edition of LETTERS FROM THE SYNOD, George Weigel argues the tremendous differences between the Instrumentum Laboris with which Synod-2015 began, and the Final Report just approved by the Fathers, illustrate just how fruitful a path the Synod walked over three sometimes-challenging weeks.



Special Edition V | Xavier Rynne II | First Things

After the synod, can Catholics put Humpty Dumpty together again? | Crux

"Humpty Dumpty"? That's a pretty harsh assessment of the consequences coming from the Synod on the Family. It sure doesn't seem to fit with the reports that I've read and posted throughout the three weeks the Bishops were meeting in Rome. 



After the synod, can Catholics put Humpty Dumpty together again? | Crux

At Vatican synod, the biggest change is to change itself - World - CBC News

At Vatican synod, the biggest change is to change itself - World - CBC News

What Is Nostra Aetate And What Does It Have To Do With Catholic-Jewish Relations?

What Is Nostra Aetate And What Does It Have To Do With Catholic-Jewish Relations?

Document from Catholic bishops supports pope's outreach on family issues | Tampa Bay Times

Document from Catholic bishops supports pope's outreach on family issues | Tampa Bay Times

24 October, 2015

Thankfully, This Year’s Synod Reflected Pope Francis’ Wishes | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Thankfully, This Year’s Synod Reflected Pope Francis’ Wishes | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Bishops: Integrate remarried Catholics into Church life | Crux

Bishops: Integrate remarried Catholics into Church life | Crux

Letter Number Twenty-Two | Xavier Rynne II | First Things

In today’s LETTERS FROM THE SYNOD, George Weigel writes: “Discerning readers of the print media and the blogosphere can cut through the static of ‘narrative’ and begin to get an idea of what has actually happened during Synod-2015 if they keep three things in mind when sifting through the chatter.”



Letter Number Twenty-Two | Xavier Rynne II | First Things

Excellent meme that describes the relationship of science and religion


Pope Francis Creates Vatican Office for Laity, Family and Life | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope Francis Creates Vatican Office for Laity, Family and Life | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Family Synod Aftermath — Expanding the Agenda | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Family Synod Aftermath — Expanding the Agenda | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Catholic and Protestant doctrinal divides: Looking for a balanced perspective | Examiner.com

Catholic and Protestant doctrinal divides: Looking for a balanced perspective | Examiner.com

Death With Dignity? | Catholic Answers

Death With Dignity? | Catholic Answers

Networks Ignore Abortionist Caught With 14 Containers of Aborted Babies in His Car | LifeNews.com

Networks Ignore Abortionist Caught With 14 Containers of Aborted Babies in His Car | LifeNews.com

23 October, 2015

Pope Francis’s enemies inside the church leaked false story that he had a brain tumour, enraged Vatican says | National Post

Pope Francis’s enemies inside the church leaked false story that he had a brain tumour, enraged Vatican says | National Post

Letter Number Twenty-One | Xavier Rynne II | First Things

In today’s LETTERS FROM THE SYNOD…

  • O. Carter Snead considers the relationship between the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, Obergefell vs. Hodges, and the work of Synod-2015.
  • George Weigel writes that the perception that the Catholic Church in the German-speaking lands is in serious trouble has intensified these past two and a half weeks.
  • Mary Eberstadt looks into the heart of darkness in pop music and finds evidence of what happens to children and teenagers when adults stop being adults.


Letter Number Twenty-One | Xavier Rynne II | First Things

Bishop Barron on Pope Francis and Mercy | Word On Fire

Bishop Barron on Pope Francis and Mercy | Word On Fire

Recovering Our Spiritual Sight: Reflecting on the Sunday Gospel | Aleteia.org

Recovering Our Spiritual Sight: Reflecting on the Sunday Gospel | Aleteia.org

22 October, 2015

Do science and religion conflict? It’s all in how you ‘see’ it | Crux

Do science and religion conflict? It’s all in how you ‘see’ it | Crux

Which is the real narrative for the riveting theatre of the synod? | Crux

Which is the real narrative for the riveting theatre of the synod? | Crux

Notes on a rollicking hump day at the 2015 Synod of Bishops | Crux

Notes on a rollicking hump day at the 2015 Synod of Bishops | Crux

Letter Number Twenty | Xavier Rynne II, ed. | First Things

In today’s LETTERS FROM THE SYNOD…

  • George Weigel recalls the teachings on the family of Pope St. John Paul II, whose memorial we celebrate today, and finds strong parallels in the pontificate of Pope Francis.
  • His Beatitude, Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Major-Archbishop of Kyiv-Halyč, draws on his experience as head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in addressing the Synod about the need for the Church to defend the family.
  • Hlib Lonchyna, Bishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Eparchy of the Holy Family in London, insists: “The Face of God Is Mercy, But Mercy Is Not Gift Wrap.”
  • Anca Maria Cernea, M.D., the president of the Association of Catholic Doctors of Bucharest, addresses the Synod in her role as Auditor of Synod-2015.


Letter Number Twenty | Xavier Rynne II, ed. | First Things

You’re Not Chesterton, And God’s Cool With That | Aleteia.org

You’re Not Chesterton, And God’s Cool With That | Aleteia.org

21 October, 2015

Scientists witness death of solar system for 1st time - Technology & Science - CBC News

Scientists witness death of solar system for 1st time - Technology & Science - CBC News

Letter Number Nineteen | Xavier Rynne II, ed. | First Things

In today’s LETTERS FROM THE SYNOD…

  • There have been a few changes to the schedule of the final week of Synod-2015.
  • Father Gerald E. Murray reflects on the discussions at the Synod and wonders, “Where are the kids?”
  • Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto explains why asserting that conscience is inviolable, while certainly true, doesn’t get us very far.
  • George Weigel reads Pope Francis’ address marking the 50thanniversary of the Synod of Bishops, connecting “Synodality” to the evangelizing mission of the Church.
  • Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver wants to know: “Do the German bishops believe that Saints Thomas More and John Fisher sacrificed their lives in vain?”


Letter Number Nineteen | Xavier Rynne II, ed. | First Things

Mind the Gap: Neuroscience, Transhumanism, and Human Nature

Mind the Gap: Neuroscience, Transhumanism, and Human Nature

Vatican denies that Pope Francis has a curable brain tumor | Crux

So, which part is the Vatican denying? That the Pope has a brain tumor or that it's curable?



And they say that the media doesn't understand Catholicism!!



Vatican denies that Pope Francis has a curable brain tumor | Crux

Synod Fathers Call For Ending “Pre-Cana” in Favor of More Intensive Marriage Preparation | Aleteia.org

While I don't doubt that this may be a good idea, it's going to be a really tough job for parish priests to sell it to engaged couples. I would be surprised if it didn't result in a great number of them choosing to forgo a Catholic marriage ceremony in favour of something 'easier'. Not so sure that this is what the Synod fathers are intending. 



Any thoughts on the subject? 



Synod Fathers Call For Ending “Pre-Cana” in Favor of More Intensive Marriage Preparation | Aleteia.org

Cardinal Napier: African Bishops Ending Synod with “Sense of Optimism” | Aleteia.org

Cardinal Napier: African Bishops Ending Synod with “Sense of Optimism” | Aleteia.org

20 October, 2015

W.W.F.S.S.? Some thoughts on Ross Douthat and doctrine | Daily Theology

W.W.F.S.S.? Some thoughts on Ross Douthat and doctrine | Daily Theology

Questions remain about Synod of Bishops’ closing document | Crux

Questions remain about Synod of Bishops’ closing document | Crux

How a 'culture of distraction' is keeping millennials from marrying :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

How a 'culture of distraction' is keeping millennials from marrying :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

15 hilarious parenting comics that are almost too real.

15 hilarious parenting comics that are almost too real.

“The Martian” and Why Each Life Matters | Word On Fire

“The Martian” and Why Each Life Matters | Word On Fire

Letter Number Eighteen | Xavier Rynne II, ed. | First Things

In today’s LETTERS FROM THE SYNOD…

  • Xavier Rynne II recalls the duties and functions of members of the College of Cardinals in light of the recent controversy over a private letter from 13 Cardinals to the Holy Father.
  • Archbishop José H. Gómez of Los Angeles offers some reflections for the final days of Synod-2015 on the theme, “Holy Spouses, Holy Families.”
  • George Weigel grades the Times of London on their capacity for “critical thinking” and finds them lacking.
  • Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. of Philadelphia discusses the work of the Synod with French Catholic magazine, Famille Chretienne.


Letter Number Eighteen | Xavier Rynne II, ed. | First Things

Trudeau wins; here’s what he promised and what he’ll face as prime minister - National | Globalnews.ca

Trudeau wins; here’s what he promised and what he’ll face as prime minister - National | Globalnews.ca

10 Things You Should Never Say to a Nun | Aleteia.org

10 Things You Should Never Say to a Nun | Aleteia.org

13 Things You Should NEVER Say to a Priest - EpicPew

13 Things You Should NEVER Say to a Priest - EpicPew

19 October, 2015

Justin Trudeau clarifies that anti-abortion Liberal incumbents would be forced to vote pro-choice | National Post

Proof positive that NO CATHOLIC in good conscience should vote for such a leader. He cannot even keep his word to existing MP's. He lacks the moral character necessary to lead his party let alone our country. I sincerely FEAR what's coming our way if the Liberals return to power under his leadership today.



Justin Trudeau clarifies that anti-abortion Liberal incumbents would be forced to vote pro-choice | National Post

Letter Number Seventeen | Xavier Rynne II, ed. | First Things

In today's LETTERS FROM THE SYNOD...

  • The calendar is set for the third and final week of Synod-2015.
  • George Weigel counters several of the less-than-helpful “narratives” coming out of Synod-2015.
  • A reader notes some of the difficulties of what has become widely known as the “Kasper Proposal.”
  • St. Ignatius of Antioch writes to the Romans on the eve of his martyrdom.


Letter Number Seventeen | Xavier Rynne II, ed. | First Things

Militant Scientism - Ignitum Today

Militant Scientism - Ignitum Today

Scholar finds earliest known draft of King James Bible wrapped in a stained piece of waste vellum | National Post

Scholar finds earliest known draft of King James Bible wrapped in a stained piece of waste vellum | National Post

Pope Francis is now effectively at war with the Vatican. If he wins, the Catholic Church could fall apart:

This story is a bit 'over the top' imho, but who knows, eh? All the more reason for Catholics the world over to continue to pray for the Bishops gathered in Rome for this synod.



Pope Francis is now effectively at war with the Vatican. If he wins, the Catholic Church could fall apart - Spectator Blogs

18 October, 2015

Are the bishops fiddling while places other than Rome burn? | Crux

Are the bishops fiddling while places other than Rome burn? | Crux

The Plot to Change Catholicism - The New York Times

The Plot to Change Catholicism - The New York Times

Pope Francis Appears to Be Discerning “Decentralization” of Authority | Aleteia.org

Pope Francis Appears to Be Discerning “Decentralization” of Authority | Aleteia.org

Transhumanism: Taking the Place of Our Creator | Catholic Lane

Transhumanism: Taking the Place of Our Creator | Catholic Lane

UN Data Backs Pope on Abortion and Contraception | Catholic Lane

UN Data Backs Pope on Abortion and Contraception | Catholic Lane

Pope Francis: New Saints Point to Humility — not Worldly Power | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope Francis: New Saints Point to Humility — not Worldly Power | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Archbishop Cupich: Conscience Decides Who Can Receive Communion | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Archbishop Cupich: Conscience Decides Who Can Receive Communion | Daily News | NCRegister.com

17 October, 2015

Take Another Look at “The Cardinal”, a Forgotten Catholic Bestseller |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Take Another Look at “The Cardinal”, a Forgotten Catholic Bestseller |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Why Richard Dawkins’ new book won’t win him many converts | Crux

Why Richard Dawkins’ new book won’t win him many converts | Crux

Special Edition IV | Xavier Rynne II, ed. | First Things

In this Special Edition of LETTERS FROM THE SYNOD, Xavier Rynne II considers two competing understandings of conscience—one exemplified by Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago, the other by Bl. John Henry Newman—which underlie many of the discussions at the Synod-2015.



Special Edition IV | Xavier Rynne II, ed. | First Things

El Nino could mean a milder, shorter winter for Canadians: From Environment Canada's lips to God's ear.... I hope!!

El Nino could mean a milder, shorter winter for Canadians | CTV News

Letter Number Sixteen | Xavier Rynne II, ed. | First Things

In today’s LETTERS FROM THE SYNOD…

  • Cardinal George Pell reflects on the Synod, compares it to past synods, and identifies who among the Synod fathers seem to you to be driving the discussion at
    Synod-2015.
  • George Weigel sums up the case against the New Gallicanism
  • Xavier Rynne II wonders St. Thomas Aquinas would think of the report from the German language group at the Synod.
  • Speaking the Angelic Doctor, both he and St. John Chrysostom reflect on Paul’s letter to the Corinthians.


Letter Number Sixteen | Xavier Rynne II, ed. | First Things

Pope Francis calls for more decentralized Catholic Church | CTV News

Pope Francis calls for more decentralized Catholic Church | CTV News

Confession and Communion Aren’t Meant to Be Carrot and Stick | Aleteia.org

Confession and Communion Aren’t Meant to Be Carrot and Stick | Aleteia.org

16 October, 2015

George Weigel: The Universal Call to Holiness is Universal: Yes... 'universal' means universal. And this is controversial how?

George Weigel: The Universal Call to Holiness is Universal |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Five reasons the synod is doomed to fail - National Catholic Reporter: 'Fail'?

Five reasons the synod is doomed to fail - National Catholic Reporter

Synod Letter Number Fifteen | Xavier Rynne II, ed. | First Things

In today’s LETTERS FROM THE SYNOD…

  • George Weigel expresses further “Doubts about Devolution”: the case that national borders somehow “make magisterium” is a hard one to sustain, given the contingency of national borders over time.
  • Father Robert P. Imbelli argues that the Synod “will be fruitful to the extent that it can provide a compelling Christological frame for the portrait and promise of family life that it paints.”
  • Questions about the reception of Holy Communion by the divorced and civilly remarried are not new to Synod-2015. It’s worth recalling what the Church has already said on the matter.


Letter Number Fifteen | Xavier Rynne II, ed. | First Things

Just in Legalized Assisted Suicide Moves Us Scarily Close to Real-Life Horror Story | Aleteia.org

Just in Legalized Assisted Suicide Moves Us Scarily Close to Real-Life Horror Story | Aleteia.org

Kirsten Powers: Suicide by any other name

Kirsten Powers: Suicide by any other name

It Makes Sense to Me: Euthanasia: The Catastrophe of Honoring "Non-Life"

It Makes Sense to Me: Euthanasia: The Catastrophe of Honoring "Non-Life"

Cardinal Urosa: ‘The Moral Teaching of the Church Is the Same Everywhere’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Cardinal Urosa: ‘The Moral Teaching of the Church Is the Same Everywhere’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Do Aliens Exist? Pope Francis Tackles This (and Other Things) in New Interview | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Do Aliens Exist? Pope Francis Tackles This (and Other Things) in New Interview | Daily News | NCRegister.com

14 October, 2015

Weigel: “The Church the Pope wants in the US already exists” - Vatican Insider

Weigel: “The Church the Pope wants in the US already exists” - Vatican Insider

Shutting down part of brain changes views on God, immigrants: study | CTV News

Is this really big news? Isn't it akin to concluding that impairing one's Achilles tendon changes one's ability to jump? It is self-evident that our thoughts, convictions, and beliefs are formulated and held within our brains. So it shouldn't come as a surprise or significant that artificially impairing one part of the brain would change how that 'muscle' functioned. 



Perhaps the new worthiness of this story rests in the discovery that the section of the brain that houses our religious belief is the posterior medial frontal cortex - but I would have thought that scientists and doctors had already mapped out the function of the brain's various components already. So this really might just be a 'dog bites man' type of story intended to reduce the phenomenon of belief to nothing more than the electrical functioning of the brain instead of being a divine gift as Christians believe. 



What do you think? Or perhaps better said... What do you believe?

Shutting down part of brain changes views on God, immigrants: study | CTV News

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Alex Schadenberg, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: Netherlands 2014 euthanasia report - another 10% increase.

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Alex Schadenberg, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: Netherlands 2014 euthanasia report - another 10% increase.

The Myth of the War Between Science and Religion | Strange Notions

The Myth of the War Between Science and Religion | Strange Notions

Letter Number Thirteen | Xavier Rynne II, ed. | First Things

In today’s LETTERS FROM THE SYNOD…

  • Xavier Rynne II notes that the work of the Synod Fathers would be made considerably easier by a clearer indication of the procedural end-game of the Synod: who will be voting on what and when.
  • Rynne considers a few of the important theological and pastoral discussions taking place outside the Synod hall—the Para-Synod.
  • George Weigel reads the life of Cardinal Ercole Consalvi and reflects on the history behind the challenge of the New Gallicanism.
  • Part three of Bishop Robert Barron’s, “Imago Dei as Privilege and Mission.”
  • Archbishop José H. Gómez of Los Angeles offers a Synod intervention on “Divine Pedagogy and Spiritual Childhood.”


Letter Number Thirteen | Xavier Rynne II, ed. | First Things

Cardinal Dolan Gives Details Re Controversial “13 Cardinals’ Letter” | Aleteia.org

Cardinal Dolan Gives Details Re Controversial “13 Cardinals’ Letter” | Aleteia.org

How Do You Grieve a Friendship When You Never Wanted to Let It Die?

How Do You Grieve a Friendship When You Never Wanted to Let It Die?

Pope’s Dormitory for Homeless is Launched | Aleteia.org

Pope’s Dormitory for Homeless is Launched | Aleteia.org

Walking the Dog: A dog supplies what is missing in a loveless world.





The Synod on the Family and ‘Accompaniment’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

The Synod on the Family and ‘Accompaniment’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Diverse Synod Groups United in Concern Over ‘Gender Ideology’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Diverse Synod Groups United in Concern Over ‘Gender Ideology’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope Francis Apologizes for Recent Scandals

Pope Francis Apologizes for Recent Scandals

13 October, 2015

Rex Murphy: In Justin Trudeau's world, Christians need not apply

Rex Murphy: In Justin Trudeau's world, Christians need not apply

Letter Number Twelve | Xavier Rynne II, ed. | First Things

In today's LETTERS FROM THE SYNOD...


  • George Weigel notes the universality of the Catholic Church fully on display at the Synod while challenging the rise of a “New Gallicanism."
  • In the latest “Model Intervention,” Vatican II shines a ray of Gospel light on the difficulties of marriage and family in the contemporary world.
  • Part two (of three) of Bishop Robert Barron’s reflection, “Imago Dei as Privilege and Mission.”
  • Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, reflects on the “art of accompaniment.”


Letter Number Twelve | Xavier Rynne II, ed. | First Things

Two quick thoughts on ‘letter-gate’ at the Synod of Bishops | Crux

Two quick thoughts on ‘letter-gate’ at the Synod of Bishops | Crux

‘Yes We Can!’ emerges as rallying cry at 2015 synod | Crux

‘Yes We Can!’ emerges as rallying cry at 2015 synod | Crux

12 October, 2015

Letters from the Synod: Day 11

In today’s LETTERS FROM THE SYNOD…
  • Xavier Rynne II clarifies a few points of confusion regarding the process of the Synod.
  • George Weigel looks at items of particular interest from the first reports of the circuli minores, the Synod’s thirteen language-based discussion groups.
  • The first part (of three) of the keynote address given by Bishop Robert Barron, auxiliary of Los Angeles, to last month’s World Meeting of Families, “Imago Dei as Privilege and Mission”
  • Archbishop Charles Chaput, of Philadelphia, delivered an intervention in the Synod’s general assembly on Saturday, October 10, on the matter of “Inclusion” and “Unity in Diversity.”
Read it all, here: http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2015/10/letter-number-eleven

Cardinals clash on doubts about process at the Synod of Bishops | Crux

Cardinals clash on doubts about process at the Synod of Bishops | Crux

11 October, 2015

If Jesus stepped in in the Synod… - Vatican Insider

If Jesus stepped in in the Synod… - Vatican Insider

Vatican’s Chief Astronomer Says You Can’t Divide the Universe Into “Kirk and Spock” | Aleteia.org

Vatican’s Chief Astronomer Says You Can’t Divide the Universe Into “Kirk and Spock” | Aleteia.org

Seeing Pope Francis as shock therapy for the Catholic Church | Crux

Seeing Pope Francis as shock therapy for the Catholic Church | Crux

Synod expresses differing thoughts on mercy, marriage indissolubility | National Catholic Reporter

Synod expresses differing thoughts on mercy, marriage indissolubility | National Catholic Reporter

From the Synod: Mercy Is Not an Abandonment of Church Teaching | Daily News | NCRegister.com

From the Synod: Mercy Is Not an Abandonment of Church Teaching | Daily News | NCRegister.com

The Impractical Catholic’s Guide to Infallibility : Catholic Stand

The Impractical Catholic’s Guide to Infallibility : Catholic Stand

Proving the First Cause is Real…and Still Exists Today | Strange Notions

Proving the First Cause is Real…and Still Exists Today | Strange Notions

10 October, 2015

Synod on the Family: the path of the Ordo Paenitentium

Synod on the Family: the path of the Ordo Paenitentium

A funny thing happened in that ‘Joke with the Pope’ contest | Crux

A funny thing happened in that ‘Joke with the Pope’ contest | Crux

A consistently pro-life ethic should include gun control | Crux - Agree?

A consistently pro-life ethic should include gun control | Crux

Embracing the Demands of Priesthood, and Demanding the Embrace of Priests - DeSales Media Group

Embracing the Demands of Priesthood, and Demanding the Embrace of Priests - DeSales Media Group

Middle-aged couple want to adopt up to three children, but family costs could cripple their finances | Financial Post

The morality that underpins the argument of this article exemplifies the ethos that's led to the demographic bomb that now threatens most Western countries: money and possessions over children and humane care for others. Perhaps it is true that money is the root of all evil. At the very least, Christ knew what he was talking about when he said that what we truly treasure is where our heart will be found.



Middle-aged couple want to adopt up to three children, but family costs could cripple their finances | Financial Post

Love, It’s What God Does - As Seen in a Commercial - Community in Mission : Community in Mission

Love, It’s What God Does - As Seen in a Commercial - Community in Mission : Community in Mission

Letters from the Synod - Special Edition II

In this second special edition of LETTERS FROM THE SYNOD…
  • George Cardinal Pell and Michael A. Casey consider the principle of subsidiarity in light of a crucial point of conversation and debate over the next two weeks is coming into clearer focus: Should the Synod affirm the proposition that national or regional conferences of bishops have the authority to make pastoral provisions for local churches that differ dramatically from the pastoral practices previously in force throughout the universal Church?
  • Saint Vincent of Lerins on the “development of religion in the Church of Christ.”

Special Edition II | Xavier Rynne II, ed. | First Things

Pope Francis: “Anesthetized Conscience is Victory for Evil One” | Aleteia.org

Pope Francis: “Anesthetized Conscience is Victory for Evil One” | Aleteia.org

09 October, 2015

Scientists Explain the Origins of Religion | Russell E. Saltzman | First Things

Scientists Explain the Origins of Religion | Russell E. Saltzman | First Things

We’ve got to accentuate the positive, synod bishops say | Crux

We’ve got to accentuate the positive, synod bishops say | Crux

Letters from the Synod

In today's LETTERS FROM THE SYNOD...
  • George Weigel asks if there isn’t something strange about the dying local churches of Europe instructing the living, vital, local churches of the developing world on how to address the various crises facing marriage and the family.
  • Xavier Rynne II reflects on how the news—especially news out of the Synod—gets “manufactured,” and how these processes are, in themselves, not exactly news.
  • Philip Egan, Bishop of Portsmouth, England, discusses how his experience as a pastor shapes his understanding of the crisis in marriage and the family, and how these experiences shape his hopes for the Synod.

With Artificial Intelligence, the Times They Are A-Changin’. Or Are They? | Aleteia.org

With Artificial Intelligence, the Times They Are A-Changin’. Or Are They? | Aleteia.org

Is Pope Francis an Ambassador of Mercy or of Scandal? | Aleteia.org

Is Pope Francis an Ambassador of Mercy or of Scandal? | Aleteia.org

08 October, 2015

What is God Asking You to Give Up?: Reflecting on the Sunday Gospel | Aleteia.org

What is God Asking You to Give Up?: Reflecting on the Sunday Gospel | Aleteia.org

Synod Notebook: The dirty little secret about media coverage | Crux

Synod Notebook: The dirty little secret about media coverage | Crux

Letter Number Nine | Xavier Rynne II, ed. | First Things

In today’s LETTERS FROM THE SYNOD…

  • Xavier Rynne II takes a closer look at a largely unnoticed proposal in the Synod’s Instrumentum Laboris, an “unexploded bomb” the Fathers would do well to defuse.
  • George Weigel reflects on the place of the suffering Church, especially the martyrs of today, in the Synod’s discussions on the family.
  • Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, archbishop of the Archdiocese for the Military Service, USA, discusses how his experience as a pastor shapes his understanding of the crisis in marriage and the family, and how these experiences shape his hopes for the Synod.


Letter Number Nine | Xavier Rynne II, ed. | First Things

Ghosts in a Secular Age - The New York Times: latest from Ross Douthat

Ghosts in a Secular Age - The New York Times

The Catholic Church Will Survive: Putting Crises in Perspective | Daily News | NCRegister.com

The Catholic Church Will Survive: Putting Crises in Perspective | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Will California’s Assisted-Suicide Law Lead to Abuse? | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Will California’s Assisted-Suicide Law Lead to Abuse? | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Venit, vidit, vicit! Now what? | National Catholic Reporter

Venit, vidit, vicit! Now what? | National Catholic Reporter

Cardinal Ruini reflects on the Magisterium’s continuity | DFWCatholic.org

Cardinal Ruini reflects on the Magisterium’s continuity | DFWCatholic.org

Archbishop Coleridge says synod 65/35 against Communion for the divorced and remarried | Crux

Archbishop Coleridge says synod 65/35 against Communion for the divorced and remarried | Crux

06 October, 2015

Contra George Weigel on the Synod | National Catholic Reporter

Contra George Weigel on the Synod | National Catholic Reporter

Christian group says the world will be permanently ‘annihilated’ on Wednesday: SIGH... When will these people ever learn?? Wonder what they'll say when they wake up Thursday morning?

Christian group says the world will be permanently ‘annihilated’ on Wednesday

From the Synod: Archbishop says Church should consider women deacons- What? Isn't the diaconate an ordained ministry? How can we say that women qualify for one such ministry but not the rest of Holy Orders?

From the Synod: Archbishop says Church should consider women deacons—UPDATED WITH VIDEO

Is Catholicism about to break into three? | Crux

Is Catholicism about to break into three? | Crux

Doctrine extends a helping hand, not a wagging finger | As the synod convenes, wisdom from Karl Rahner

Doctrine extends a helping hand, not a wagging finger | America Magazine

Governor Jerry Brown delivers death sentence to California - signs euthanasia bill legalizing assisted suicide

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Alex Schadenberg, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: Governor Brown delivers death sentence to California.

Getting to the Point: Why People Are Nervous - Fr. Denis Lemieux reflects on the Synod of the Family

Getting to the Point: Why People Are Nervous

03 October, 2015

What Francophones hear when the party leaders speak French | National Post

This story doesn't really fit within the normal parameters of material I post on this blog. But as one who has struggled to become functional (I'm admittedly far from fluent!) in speaking French, I can't help but post an article that includes the phrase "like a drunk performing a voodoo ritual" when describing how our national party leaders speak the language. Suffice it to say, I know how they feel!!



What Francophones hear when the party leaders speak French | National Post

Scorsese’s “Silence” Explores the Mystery of Faith | Aleteia.org

Scorsese’s “Silence” Explores the Mystery of Faith | Aleteia.org

Sci-Fi Thriller “The Martian” Celebrates the Dignity of (Human) Life | Aleteia.org

Sci-Fi Thriller “The Martian” Celebrates the Dignity of (Human) Life | Aleteia.org

Oregon Gunman Reported to Have Targeted Christians | Aleteia.org

Oregon Gunman Reported to Have Targeted Christians | Aleteia.org

02 October, 2015

Mexico's 'cooking nun' enters TV contest to pay order's debts | Lifestyle from CTV News

Mexico's 'cooking nun' enters TV contest to pay order's debts | Lifestyle from CTV News

Belgium’s Euthanasia Slippery Slope: Now It’s for Grief | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Belgium’s Euthanasia Slippery Slope: Now It’s for Grief | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Letter Number Four from the Synod on the Family

In today's LETTERS FROM THE SYNOD...
  • George Weigel lays out three models for how bishops might address the Synod.
  • Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln discusses how his experience as a pastor shapes his understanding of the crisis in marriage and the family, and how these experiences shape his hopes for the Synod.
  • St. Augustine reflects on the perils of timid pastors

Letter Number Four | Xavier Rynne II, ed. | First Things

Pope's meeting with Kim Davis not an endorsement, Vatican says - CNN.com

Pope's meeting with Kim Davis not an endorsement, Vatican says - CNN.com

Keep Preaching the Truth in Love, Panelists Argue | Aleteia.org

Keep Preaching the Truth in Love, Panelists Argue | Aleteia.org

01 October, 2015

Why Medjugorje matters | Crux

Why Medjugorje matters | Crux

Sad but too true...


Letter Number Three | Xavier Rynne II, ed. | First Things

In today’s LETTERS FROM THE SYNOD…

· Robert Royal recaps the serious problems that arose at last year’s Synod, and what those portend for this year’s.

· EPPC’s George Weigel argues that Walter Cardinal Kasper’s analogy—between Vatican II’s handling of religious freedom and the Syond’s handling of pastoral care for the divorced and remarried—fails completely.

· Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit discusses how his experience as a pastor shapes his understanding of the crisis in marriage and the family, and how these experiences shape his hopes for the Synod.

· In an open letter to the Synod Fathers, the Catholic Women’s Forum (directed by EPPC’s Mary Rice Hasson) express their love for Pope Francis and fidelity to the Church’s beautiful teachings on marriage.
Letter Number Three | Xavier Rynne II, ed. | First Things

What Does It Mean to Trust God? Maybe Not What You Think. - Community in Mission : Community in Mission

What Does It Mean to Trust God? Maybe Not What You Think. - Community in Mission : Community in Mission

7 Websites Every Catholic Should Visit - Ignitum Today

7 Websites Every Catholic Should Visit - Ignitum Today

Catholic Worker hopes spotlight on Dorothy Day will boost beatification efforts | National Catholic Reporter

Catholic Worker hopes spotlight on Day will boost beatification efforts | National Catholic Reporter

The Power of a Positive Pope: The best way to overcome evil is to build up that which is good, true, and beautiful! YES!!!

The Power of a Positive Pope | Aleteia.org

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