31 December, 2015

Happy New Year one and all. Here is the best list of New Year's Resolutions from Fr. James Martin, s.j. I couldn't say it better myself!

New Year's Resolutions for Absolutely Everyone - by Fr. James Martin s.j.

1.) Be Kind. That means...

2.) Always give everyone the benefit of the doubt. After all, why not? Everyone is carrying around some sort of burden. Usually one that you don't even know about. So give them a break. Even if they're being unreasonable....

3.) Especially when you're talking about them with someone else. Honor the absent, as the saying goes. Spiritually speaking, it's essential. It's part of charity. Practically speaking, it makes sense too. Why? First, because you'll feel crummy about yourself afterwards. Second, because the person you're complaining to will probably see you as negative. Finally, it will inevitably get back to them. More to the point, it's mean.

4.) Don't be a jerk. There is simply no need to be. At all. Zero. Just because you're having a rotten day doesn't mean you have to pass it along your misery to someone else. It's important to share your struggles with friends. Essential. But being in a bad mood is no excuse to be a jerk. If you feel your moving into that territory, ask yourself a simple question, "Am I being a jerk?" If you're somehow unable to discern that, the look on other people's faces will tell you.

5.) Give a call, pay a visit, or send a note who you know is sick, lonely, struggling. It will cost you nothing, but will mean everything to them. Think of how you feel when someone reaches out.

6.) Release yourself from that grudge. In other words, forgive. It's ridiculous to hold onto things for so long. It eats away at you like a cancer, and it poisons the other person's life. It also, most likely, serves to turn them against you even more. You think you are justified in being mad? You probably are. People can be jerks. But there are probably people justified in holding a grudge against you, too. So just let it go.

7.) Stop being so sarcastic. A little of that goes too far. You may think you're being Oscar Wilde, but you're often just being mean. Sarcasm can be an effective antidote to pomposity, but sometimes it's just cruel.

8.) Listen patiently to someone who is long-winded, or boring, or, especially. complaining. They're usually insecure, lonely or in pain. Your listening is a gift to them. It may mean that you're the only person they have to talk to. Yes, it's hard. But God sees what you're doing. And, after all, people have to listen to you.

9.) Help someone who is really needy. A homeless person. A poor person. A refugee. A sick person. A grieving person. It's not hard to figure out how to do it. And if you don't know anyone like that, write a check. That's not so hard either. Helping doesn't require an advanced degree.

10.) Be kind. Did I mention that? It bears repeating, because if you are kind, then you'll make a lot of people happy in the New Year. Yourself too. And God.

Less travel, more reforms for Francis in 2016 - the 'Papal agenda' for the year to come

Less travel, more reforms for Francis in 2016

Even Stars Perish: Death Is the Great Equalizer | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Even Stars Perish: Death Is the Great Equalizer | Daily News | NCRegister.com

State of the Culture: 2015 - The Year We Abolished Reality

State of the Culture: The Year We Abolished Reality | The Bridgehead

30 December, 2015

N.W.T. Catholic Bishop Mark Hagemoen on the Pope and the apology - North - CBC News

+Mark Hagemoen was a year ahead of me in the Seminary. He was an upstanding person then; clearly he continues to be one as a bishop. His explanation as to why it would be good for the Holy Father to apologize again for the abuses suffered by Aboriginal students in the residential schools is the only one that makes sense to me. Framing the issue as he has, I can say that I hope and pray that it is indeed possible for Pope Francis to offer such an apology at a time and place agreeable to Canada's first nations peoples. 



N.W.T. Catholic Bishop Mark Hagemoen on the Pope and the apology - North - CBC News

The best (or worst) news media corrections of 2015

The best (or worst) news media corrections of 2015

Why Priests Are Called Father? Didn't Jesus say in the Gospel of Matthew not to call anyone your father?

Why Priests Are Called Father

Liberal Racism Bares Its Fangs | George Weigel | First Things

Liberal Racism Bares Its Fangs | George Weigel | First Things

10 major scientific breakthroughs of 2015 | CTV News

10 major scientific breakthroughs of 2015 | CTV News

These Stone Walls: The Hits and Misses of 2015 - These Stone Walls

These Stone Walls: The Hits and Misses of 2015 - These Stone Walls

Church Going … Going … Not Gone … Being a “None” certainly does not mean having no faith

Church Going … Going … Not Gone … | Aleteia.org

10 Delightful Surprises in 2015 | Aleteia.org

10 Delightful Surprises in 2015 | Aleteia.org

28 December, 2015

The countdown is on for Pope Francis’ big decision on the family | Crux

The countdown is on for Pope Francis’ big decision on the family | Crux

Pope Francis and Donald Trump are the second-most-admired men in the US: Talk about an odd couple!!

Pope Francis and Donald Trump are the second-most-admired men in the US | Crux

Tim Stanley: Even if Mother Teresa was flawed, her devotion to the needy was a miracle in itself | National Post

Tim Stanley: Even if Mother Teresa was flawed, her devotion to the needy was a miracle in itself | National Post

‘War on Christmas’: From carols to nativities, atheists threaten legal action to separate church and state | National Post

‘War on Christmas’: From carols to nativities, atheists threaten legal action to separate church and state | National Post

Five Ways to Make Your Priest Miserable

Five Ways to Make Your Priest Miserable

24 December, 2015

Merry Christmas!!

Pope outlines 24 virtues collaborators need in order to work in the Curia - La Stampa

Pope outlines 24 virtues collaborators need in order to work in the Curia - La Stampa

Christmas and a World Upside-down - A Christmas meditation by George Weigel

Christmas and a World Upside-down | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

Christmas Without Her: A Message to My Grieving Self | Aleteia.org

Christmas Without Her: A Message to My Grieving Self | Aleteia.org

Enceladus, Ceres closeups captured by NASA spacecraft - Technology & Science - CBC News

Enceladus, Ceres closeups captured by NASA spacecraft - Technology & Science - CBC News

A Crisis of Conservative Catholicism by Ross Douthat | Articles | First Things

One of the best expositions of the state of the Church since Vatican II that I have ever read. A MUST read for every serious Catholic. 

Fr. Tim

A Crisis of Conservative Catholicism by Ross Douthat | Articles | First Things

Are You Looking Down Your Nose at “Christmas and Easter Catholics”? | Aleteia.org

Are You Looking Down Your Nose at “Christmas and Easter Catholics”? | Aleteia.org

Getting to the Point: If You Can't Find Christ...

Getting to the Point: If You Can't Find Christ...

23 December, 2015

James Martin — Finding God in All Things | On Being

James Martin — Finding God in All Things | On Being

Pope Francis to Receive Prestigious Charlemagne Prize | Aleteia.org

Pope Francis to Receive Prestigious Charlemagne Prize | Aleteia.org

Jewish physicians' freedom of conscience & religion as it relates to assisted-suicide

Jewish physicians' freedom of conscience & religion

Jung’s Therapeutic Gnosticism by David Bentley Hart | Articles | First Things

Jung’s Therapeutic Gnosticism by David Bentley Hart | Articles | First Things

Dec. 25 Marks the Beginning, Not the End, of the Christmas Season |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Dec. 25 Marks the Beginning, Not the End, of the Christmas Season |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Quebec's assisted dying law will inspire other provinces, supporters say - Montreal - CBC News

Quebec's assisted dying law will inspire other provinces, supporters say - Montreal - CBC News

Pope Francis faces a real dilemma in ‘Vatileaks 2.0’ | Crux

Pope Francis faces a real dilemma in ‘Vatileaks 2.0’ | Crux

Top 5 must-read news stories of 2015 - U.s. - News - Catholic Online

Top 5 must-read news stories of 2015 - U.s. - News - Catholic Online

Pope: Jesus Is the ‘Gift of Gifts’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope: Jesus Is the ‘Gift of Gifts’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Social Media Posts Celebrate Christmas in Parts of the World Where It’s Banned | Aleteia.org

Social Media Posts Celebrate Christmas in Parts of the World Where It’s Banned | Aleteia.org

22 December, 2015

Financial misconduct in parishes is all too common | Crux

Indeed, it is all too common! This is why I've always refused to have anything to do with handling the collections or making financial decisions in any parish where I've served. The only way to guarantee that money is correctly handled is to establish a system of transparency and accountability with multiple lay people handling the financial affairs. It should be this way in every parish.



After all, a priest is only in a parish for a limited period of time but the laity will live there for most of their lives - at least, that's the case in this corner of the Catholic world. So why should the priest get to make decisions in lieu of the people who are going to have to live with the consequences in the long term?



Financial misconduct in parishes is all too common | Crux

Quebec government wins challenge on dying-in-dignity law | CTV News

Quebec government wins challenge on dying-in-dignity law | CTV News

Pope Francis’ Own Listicle of “Needed Virtues”: Year of Mercy gives Pontiff jumping off point for recommendations in spiritual improvement

Pope Francis’ Own Listicle of “Needed Virtues” | Aleteia.org

The Incarnation Through Time and Space | Aleteia.org

The Incarnation Through Time and Space | Aleteia.org

21 December, 2015

How C.S. Lewis made Christianity seem like common sense | National Post

How C.S. Lewis made Christianity seem like common sense | National Post

Nine reasons to oppose “Death with Dignity” laws - CNA Blog

Nine reasons to oppose “Death with Dignity” laws - CNA Blog

Bishop: ‘Separation of Biological and Social Gender Is Basic Error of Gender Theory’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Bishop: ‘Separation of Biological and Social Gender Is Basic Error of Gender Theory’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Despite a rough year, Pope Francis vows it’s full steam ahead | Crux

Despite a rough year, Pope Francis vows it’s full steam ahead | Crux

Jean Vanier’s comfort and joy: ‘Find the places of hope’ - The Globe and Mail

Jean Vanier’s comfort and joy: ‘Find the places of hope’ - The Globe and Mail

Pope Francis taps an American as spokesman in communications shakeup | Crux

Pope Francis taps an American as spokesman in communications shakeup | Crux

Dignitatis Humanae: Teaching for a Vanishing World - The Catholic Thing

Dignitatis Humanae: Teaching for a Vanishing World - The Catholic Thing

Growing Opposition to Prayer in Public Life - Crisis Magazine

Growing Opposition to Prayer in Public Life - Crisis Magazine

Looking Back at Mother Teresa’s “Dark Night”: The Dark Night of the Soul is not about doubt; it is about enduring, faithful, slavish love

Looking Back at Mother Teresa’s “Dark Night” | Aleteia.org

20 December, 2015

One of my favorite Christmas carols sung by one of my favorite singers: Silent Night, sung by Stevie Nicks

BOOK REVIEW: Science Was Born of Christianity by Stacy Trasancos - OnePeterFive

BOOK REVIEW: Science Was Born of Christianity by Stacy Trasancos - OnePeterFive

Trudeau: You Know the Church Apologized, Right?

Trudeau: You Know the Church Apologized, Right?

An answer to the charge that religion is the cause of most wars in the world



Source:  Encyclopedia of Wars

The Seductive Siren Song of Genetic Enhancement

The Seductive Siren Song of Genetic Enhancement | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Is Real Knowledge Only Scientific Knowledge? | Strange Notions

Is Real Knowledge Only Scientific Knowledge? | Strange Notions

19 December, 2015

How the Catholic Church Chooses a Saint - WSJ

How the Catholic Church Chooses a Saint - WSJ

Children’s most touching letters to Francis to be published in a book - La Stampa

Children’s most touching letters to Francis to be published in a book - La Stampa

Subsidiarity : Love of God and Neighbor Freely Given | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Subsidiarity : Love of God and Neighbor Freely Given | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Youtube banned this powerful pro-life music video. Then the artist sued. | News | Lifesitenews

Youtube banned this powerful pro-life music video. Then the artist sued. | News | Lifesitenews

Mercy in the Mall: Priests Hear Confession in an Unexpected Place | Aleteia.org

Mercy in the Mall: Priests Hear Confession in an Unexpected Place | Aleteia.org

America First -- or World War III – Patrick J. Buchanan

Pat Buchanan rings the warning bell for those who think the West needs to become more robust in its military interventions in the Middle East. I don't always agree with his politics, but on this point, I think he could be right.



America First -- or World War III – Patrick J. Buchanan - Official Website

A haunting version of an old classic - The Sound of Silence

“How Does This Happen to Me?”: Homily for December 20, 2015, 4th Sunday of Advent | Aleteia.org

“How Does This Happen to Me?”: Homily for December 20, 2015, 4th Sunday of Advent | Aleteia.org

18 December, 2015

Thoughts on the countdown to sainthood for Mother Teresa | Crux

Thoughts on the countdown to sainthood for Mother Teresa | Crux

An artist for God despite the hardship: the truly inspiring story of Michael O’Brien | News | LifeSite

Michael O'Brien from Barry's Bay, Ontario is without a doubt the greatest Canadian Catholic novelist and writer of his time. I have read every one of his books and can honestly say that there isn't a dud in the bunch. In fact, his 'Father Elijah' is the book I power-read at the start of every annual retreat I make up in the woods of northern Quebec. The themes in that book set the agenda of a healthy priestly retreat without fail.

This article is an account of his adult life. I am not at all surprised to discover that it is as inspirational as are his books and paintings. Hopefully, you will find it so as well. 



An artist for God despite the hardship: the truly inspiring story of Michael O’Brien | News | LifeSite

Mash-Up of “Amazing Grace” and “Fight Song” Performed in the Scottish Highlands (Video) | Aleteia.org




Jean Vanier, L’Arche Founder: “The Most Rejected Lead Us to God” | Aleteia.org

Jean Vanier, L’Arche Founder: “The Most Rejected Lead Us to God” | Aleteia.org

Why We Cannot Reach Compromise | Wesley J. Smith | First Things

Why We Cannot Reach Compromise | Wesley J. Smith | First Things

It's official! Mother Teresa is going to be canonized :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

It's official! Mother Teresa is going to be canonized :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

17 December, 2015

An open letter to our Member of Parliament, Mr. Will Amos

Mr. Amos: As a parish priest in your riding (Chapeau/St. Joseph's/Sheenboro) I am puzzled and offended by the Prime Minister's recent statement that he would be asking Pope Francis to apologize for the Catholic Church's involvement in the residential schools. Perhaps he is unaware that Pope Benedict XVI issued a formal apology in 2009? Or could it be that he does know this but just couldn't pass up an opportunity to cast the Catholic Church in as poor a light as possible? That is one of the trumpeted 'Quebec values' the preached about during the election, isn't it? The denigration of the Catholic Church and all institutions of faith? Right up there with the killing infants in the womb and old people in the beds? Fear not though sir. I will do my utmost to ensure that as many people as possible in our area are made aware of the fact that either our Prime Minister's staff lacks the competence to appreciate that they are asking for something they have already received, or they are more concerned with insulting the Church to which we all belong and practice in.

In case you doubt that the Pope actually did apologize in 2009, I am including a link at the bottom of this message to a CTV news story of the event.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/pope-apologizes-for-abuse-at-native-schools-1.393911



Fr. Tim Moyle, p.p.


c.c. justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca

Science and faith: Bridging the gap through education | Crux

Science and faith: Bridging the gap through education | Crux

Andrew Coyne: The absurd logic of assisted suicide | National Post

Andrew Coyne: The absurd logic of assisted suicide | National Post

SDG Reviews ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

SDG Reviews ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

A Christmas meditation in the midst of these crazy days of preparation.

The Mercy Journal: Mercy Has a Name | Aleteia.org

The Mercy Journal: Mercy Has a Name | Aleteia.org

Polyamorists build their movement - Don't say we didn't warn you this was coming!

Polyamorists build their movement

It’s Official: Voyager 1 Is Now In Interstellar Space » Universe Today

It’s Official: Voyager 1 Is Now In Interstellar Space » Universe Today

30 “Little Reasons” Why We Love Pope Francis on His Birthday! | Aleteia.org

30 “Little Reasons” Why We Love Pope Francis on His Birthday! | Aleteia.org

16 December, 2015

ISIS announces systematic killing of children with Down Syndrome — but they’re not the only ones | CatholicVote.org

ISIS announces systematic killing of children with Down Syndrome — but they’re not the only ones | CatholicVote.org

Proposal to extend euthanasia to children ‘is very, very dangerous,’ top medical ethicist says | National Post

Proposal to extend euthanasia to children ‘is very, very dangerous,’ top medical ethicist says | National Post

Anti-Christian persecution isn’t all about Islam | Crux

Anti-Christian persecution isn’t all about Islam | Crux

How government-funded IVF is turning into a baby lottery - or as another blogger puts it... "When governments think they're God"

How government-funded IVF is turning into a baby lottery | Toronto Star

Star Wars: The Force Awakens review: J.J. Abrams crafts loving homage to original saga | National Post

Certain films are just meant to be viewed on a big screen. The latest installment of this saga is clearly one such movie. I'll be lining up asap to fork over my money and see this in the theatre... something I haven't done in quite a few years!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens review: J.J. Abrams crafts loving homage to original saga | National Post

The Gods of Atheism - Crisis Magazine

The Gods of Atheism - Crisis Magazine

Calendar shows surprising face of Orthodox Church: Cat-loving priests

Calendar shows surprising face of Orthodox Church: Cat-loving priests | Lifestyle from CTV News

15 December, 2015

VIDEO: Modernity, Religion and Morality: A Conversation with George Weigel and Yoram Hazony - Ethics & Public Policy Center

During last month’s Advanced Institute in Jerusalem, “God, Politics, and the Future of Europe,” Tikvah hosted a conversation on “Modernity, Religion and Morality” to discuss the decline of Western Civilization and to probe some of the reasons behind it. What happens when faith in the God of the Bible deteriorates? How does that affect faith in reason and are the values of liberalism enough to sustain a society?

The panel featured prominent intellectuals, George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow and William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and Yoram Hazony, President of the Herzl Institute. The evening’s discussion was moderated by Daniel Johnson, founder and editor of Standpoint Magazine. Click on the link below to watch the presentation.

VIDEO: Modernity, Religion and Morality: A Conversation with George Weigel and Yoram Hazony - Ethics & Public Policy Center

Ontario Government euthanasia report seeks to protect physicians but not patients.

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Alex Schadenberg, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: Ontario Government euthanasia report seeks to protect physicians but not patients.

ISIS Beheads Imams in Iraq | Aleteia.org

ISIS Beheads Imams in Iraq | Aleteia.org

Britain is no longer a Christian country and should stop acting as if it is, says judge - Telegraph

Britain is no longer a Christian country and should stop acting as if it is, says judge - Telegraph

Experts say Vatican financial reform needs prosecutions and sanctions | Crux

Experts say Vatican financial reform needs prosecutions and sanctions | Crux

Pope reaffirms annulment reforms as they come into effect

CatholicHerald.co.uk » Pope reaffirms annulment reforms as they come into effect

Pardon Me, Would You Put On This Mind of Mercy? | Aleteia.org

Pardon Me, Would You Put On This Mind of Mercy? | Aleteia.org

14 December, 2015

Get ready Ontario citizens. Thanks to Kathleen Wynne and her Liberal minions... soon 'Death Really is Coming to Town!'

Here below are a few of the 'highlights' from the report of committee empaneled by the Ontario government in response to the Euthanasia issue. 

It begins by stating up front that the government should make such a 'service' available to its citizens - a stand in keeping with the recent Supreme Court decision from February 2015 mandating its legalization in the spring of 2016.  Primary among its recommendations is the removal of a physician's conscience rights not to participate in the process by requiring a doctor to refer a patient to another physician who will actually directly kill the patient.
"Doctors, the report recommends, should be able to object to helping someone die, but it would then be their responsibility to transfer the patient to a doctor willing to accommodate such a request."
They then get down to the business of determining who should be able to demand to be killed by their doctor. They suggest it be open to those who have:
"A very severe or serious illness, disease or disability that cannot be alleviated by any means acceptable to the patient." (emphasis added) 
Essentially then, if you think that life is too burdensome to carry on, the State will put you out of your misery at the tax payers expense.

The committee was gracious enough to state that young minors should not have the right to demand to be euthanized of their own volition unless:
"A patient's capacity to make an informed decision should guide who qualifies. Young children, therefore, would be considered incapable of forming a competent decision, though it's possible a "mature minor" could." (emphasis added)
 So I guess it wouldn't necessarily be a kids advantage to be thought of as being mature for their age if such a label opens them up to the possibility of being put down like the family pet or some farm animal or livestock before they can even get their own driver's license!

And I guess the Catholic Healthcare institutions in the province won't be able to count on any right to abstain from being counted as an abattoir of this death fetish either given that the report recommends:

"that publicly funded health institutions not issue a blanket objection to providing physician-assisted suicide."
Oh Canada... I don't think that even the most jaded amongst us ever thought we would so soon sink so deeply into the moral morass that passes as our legal system today when we started down this path of permitting personal autonomy to become the only lens through which we would determine what would be legal or illegal in the 1960's. Death used to be something we strove to push off as long as possible and our healthcare system worked to achieve that end. Soon the right to die will be our only surety guaranteed by the government and we will find ourselves having to fight just for the privilege to live. We've come a long way as a country. I just wish that it hadn't led us to as dark and dangerous a place as we find ourselves today.  


Physician-assisted death should be based on decision-making capacity, not age: Ontario report - Toronto - CBC News

O Brother, Who Art Thou?: New Vatican document gives religious brothers a moment in the sun | Crux

O Brother, Who Art Thou? | Crux

Top US Catholic bishop denounces anti-Islam backlash to shootings | Crux

Top US Catholic bishop denounces anti-Islam backlash to shootings | Crux

Washington Bioethics Summit Considers the Ethics of Gene-Editing | Aleteia.org

Washington Bioethics Summit Considers the Ethics of Gene-Editing | Aleteia.org

A Christmas Group Therapy Session - a little holiday something for all my old social work compatriots


RIP: Father Stephen Somerville, Priest who formally renounced his work with I.C.E.L., died in Toronto on December 12 | None | Catholic Family News

RIP: Father Stephen Somerville, Priest who formally renounced his work with I.C.E.L., died in Toronto on December 12 | None | Catholic Family News

How to Help Priests Smell Like their Sheep | Aleteia.org

How to Help Priests Smell Like their Sheep | Aleteia.org

Christmas Carols for the Psychologically Challenged!


13 December, 2015

Are We Finally Witnessing The Death Of Christianity In America? | Zack Hunt

"For a while now, declining Church attendance, the rise of the nones, and an increasingly secular society have all seemed like the biggest threats to the future of Christianity in America. 
But that is not where the existential danger comes from.
The future of Christianity in this country isn't threatened by shifting demographics.
The Christian faith in America is on life support because far too many of us have simply stopped living like Jesus."

Too true...

Are We Finally Witnessing The Death Of Christianity In America? | Zack Hunt

Iraq: Sanctuary to killing field | Crux

Iraq: Sanctuary to killing field | Crux

Syria: ‘An endless Calvary’ | Crux

Syria: ‘An endless Calvary’ | Crux

Globally, religious persecution is Christian persecution | Crux

Globally, religious persecution is Christian persecution | Crux

Pope Francis continues push to speed up annulments | Crux

Pope Francis continues push to speed up annulments | Crux

Vatican: Council of Cardinals to focus next on "decentralization" of Catholic church - National Catholic Reporter

Vatican: Council of Cardinals to focus next on ‘decentralization’ of Catholic church - National Catholic Reporter

Are We Heading Toward ‘Catholic Divorce’? | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Are We Heading Toward ‘Catholic Divorce’? | Daily News | NCRegister.com

String of protests keep Las Vegas Catholic church worshippers on edge | Fox News

String of protests keep Las Vegas Catholic church worshippers on edge | Fox News

12 December, 2015

Ten Gifts Ideas for Religious Priests, Sisters, Etc.

Ten Gifts Ideas for Religious Priests, Sisters, Etc

Eucharistic Miracle? ‘Bleeding Host’ Phenomenon Reported in Dioceses Worldwide | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Eucharistic Miracle? ‘Bleeding Host’ Phenomenon Reported in Dioceses Worldwide | Daily News | NCRegister.com

David Blankenhorn: Pope Francis is an example of how to ignore culture wars | Deseret News

David Blankenhorn: Pope Francis is an example of how to ignore culture wars | Deseret News

Are the Works of Mercy Ever Obligatory? | Catholicism.org

Are the Works of Mercy Ever Obligatory? | Catholicism.org

Reflections of a Catholic Scientist: Did Neanderthals have a soul?

Reflections of a Catholic Scientist: Did Neanderthals have a soul?

How I Didn't Become A Conservative - an interesting read in these times

How I Didn't Become A Conservative

20 quotes of charity and love for the holiday season | Deseret News

20 quotes of charity and love for the holiday season | Deseret News

11 December, 2015

The new annulment process went into effect this week :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

The new annulment process went into effect this week :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

‘Bless me, Father, for I have sinned…. It’s a big one. Abortion’: Why I confessed, 25 years later | National Post

‘Bless me, Father, for I have sinned…. It’s a big one. Abortion’: Why I confessed, 25 years later | National Post

Why a Celibate Priesthood? |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Why a Celibate Priesthood? |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Germany just switched on a revolutionary nuclear fusion machine - ScienceAlert

Germany just switched on a revolutionary nuclear fusion machine - ScienceAlert

Financial Post’s Charities of the Year report card 2015: The top 25 worthy of your donations — and the red flags | Financial Post

Financial Post’s Charities of the Year report card 2015: The top 25 worthy of your donations — and the red flags | Financial Post

The Challenge of Our Lady of Guadalupe | Word On Fire

The Challenge of Our Lady of Guadalupe | Word On Fire

Moneyval approves Vatican’s new anti-money laundering report - La Stampa

Moneyval approves Vatican’s new anti-money laundering report - La Stampa

On Climate Change, Pope Francis Builds on His Predecessors’ Positions | Daily News | NCRegister.com

On Climate Change, Pope Francis Builds on His Predecessors’ Positions | Daily News | NCRegister.com

The Danger of 'Theocratic Majoritarianism' - Crisis Magazine

The Danger of 'Theocratic Majoritarianism' - Crisis Magazine

12 Gifts Ideas to Show Your Priest You Appreciate Him This Christmas | Aleteia.org

12 Gifts Ideas to Show Your Priest You Appreciate Him This Christmas | Aleteia.org

10 December, 2015

Catholics should not try to convert Jews, Vatican says in landmark document - Christian News - Jerusalem Post

Catholics should not try to convert Jews, Vatican says in landmark document - Christian News - Jerusalem Post

Vatican Light Show: What Did We Just See? | Aleteia.org

Vatican Light Show: What Did We Just See? | Aleteia.org

Assisted-dying law: Quebec court gives government the OK to appeal injunction | CTV News

Assisted-dying law: Quebec court gives government the OK to appeal injunction | CTV News

Belgian doctors call for end to euthanasia for mental suffering

Belgian doctors call for end to euthanasia for mental suffering

Group Claiming to be Former Muslims Disrupts Masses Around Nevada | Aleteia.org

This activity would be illegal in Canada where the law prohibits the disrupting of a religious service. But it does point out that the assumptions of civility between and within churches seems to be wearing away these days, in the US at least. I hope it's not a trend that spreads north of the border any time soon.



Group Claiming to be Former Muslims Disrupts Masses Around Nevada | Aleteia.org

“Outgrowing Christianity” and Discovering … What? | Aleteia.org

“Outgrowing Christianity” and Discovering … What? | Aleteia.org

07 December, 2015

Canada's Minister of Justice asks Supreme Court for extension on assisted suicide legislation.

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Alex Schadenberg, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: Canada's Minister of Justice asks Supreme Court for extension on assisted suicide legislation.

University criticized for memo about holiday parties - Crux

"It also says holiday celebrations should not play games with religious themes such as Secret Santa, and the selection of decor and refreshments should be “general, not specific to any religion or culture.” 
“Ensure your holiday party is not a Christmas party in disguise,” the memo says."
Seriously?

What’s that Jubilee Year of Mercy the pope keeps talking about? | Crux

What’s that Jubilee Year of Mercy the pope keeps talking about? | Crux

54 Ways to Be Merciful During the Jubiliee Year of Mercy | Aleteia.org

54 Ways to Be Merciful During the Jubiliee Year of Mercy | Aleteia.org

Taking Aim at Francis | William Doino Jr. | First Things

Taking Aim at Francis | William Doino Jr. | First Things

What Is the Difference Between a Friar, a Monk and a Priest? (Not the opening line of a Catholic joke!)

What Is the Difference Between a Friar, a Monk and a Priest? | Aleteia.org

05 December, 2015

Getting to the Point: God Fixes Everything

Getting to the Point: God Fixes Everything

Confession Settlement that could halt the Sacrament of Confession in the Catholic Church: Pope Francis’ Missionary of Mercy complains | ARISE! LET US BE GOING!

This is a difficult article to read - not the content but the way that long commentary into the original text  - but it's an important issue to be addressed nonetheless. If priests can be sued for asking simple questions in the confessional, then we've really reached a point where some of us will end up going to jail or suffering other sanctions so that we can keep safe the seal of the confessional. IMHO, this case makes it all the more clear that confessions should ALWAYS be hear in a confessional or in a situation where there can be no question raised about inappropriate conduct on the part of either party to the confession. It's going to be the only type of protection priests can have in cases like this one... and even in this case where there is no allegation of inappropriate touching or contact, it was insufficient to protect the confessor from prosecution.



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Confession Settlement that could halt the Sacrament of Confession in the Catholic Church: Pope Francis’ Missionary of Mercy complains | ARISE! LET US BE GOING!

Two Mass Shootings, Two Media Narratives |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Two Mass Shootings, Two Media Narratives |Blogs | NCRegister.com

“Missionaries of Mercy”: What Does Pope Francis Mean By Them? | Aleteia.org

“Missionaries of Mercy”: What Does Pope Francis Mean By Them? | Aleteia.org

A Year of Mercy, and Some Surprises, Outlined by Vatican | Aleteia.org

A Year of Mercy, and Some Surprises, Outlined by Vatican | Aleteia.org

04 December, 2015

We know how to reform Islam – it's time to actually do it, Muslims say :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

We know how to reform Islam – it's time to actually do it, Muslims say :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

A Catholic dilemma: Should IVF embryos be adopted? | Crux

A Catholic dilemma: Should IVF embryos be adopted? | Crux

A major shift is happening in the meaning of death: From ineffable destiny to legislated human right | National Post

A major shift is happening in the meaning of death: From ineffable destiny to legislated human right | National Post

14 Psychologists Were Asked: "What Is The Most Profound Thing A Patient Has Ever Said To You?"

As someone who has sat on both sides of a therapist's desk, I found these saying to be very illuminating. Perhaps they'll be for you too.



14 Psychologists Were Asked: "What Is The Most Profound Thing A Patient Has Ever Said To You?"

1,052 mass shootings in 1,066 days: this is what America's gun crisis looks like | US news | The Guardian

Given that the definition of a 'mass shooting' is four individuals shot and/or killed by one assailant, I can't help but ask in the face of this statistic:  

'How's that 2nd amendment right working out for you Americans these days?' 

It looks decidedly like a mixed blessing from this side of the border.

1,052 mass shootings in 1,066 days: this is what America's gun crisis looks like | US news | The Guardian

An Eye-Opening Weekend At Retrouvaille | Aleteia.org

I was honored to be a priest/chaplain at three Retrouvaille weekends and witnessed amazing things. For some, it was an experience that helped confirm their decision that their marriage was indeed beyond saving. For others, it provided the grace required to continue the fight to stay together. For a few more it was the launch pad into the union they had desired from the very beginning but somehow just couldn't achieve on their own. Before any Catholic/Christian couple makes the irrevocable decision to head to the divorce lawyers, I highly recommend searching for the closest Retrouvaille weekend they can find. After all, once they've reached that point in a marriage... what have they got to lose?



An Eye-Opening Weekend At Retrouvaille | Aleteia.org

Elderly Dad Stages His Death to Gather Family Together (Video) | Aleteia.org

Elderly Dad Stages His Death to Gather Family Together (Video) | Aleteia.org

02 December, 2015

‘We’re not expecting hordes of patients’: Quebec health minister on historic bill to legalize euthanasia | National Post

‘We’re not expecting hordes of patients’: Quebec health minister on historic bill to legalize euthanasia | National Post

Gravitational waves: How LISA Pathfinder will help detect ripples in space-time - Technology & Science - CBC News

Gravitational waves: How LISA Pathfinder will help detect ripples in space-time - Technology & Science - CBC News

Gene Editing: What Is It Good For? | MIT Technology Review

The explosion of gene-editing methods is transforming medicine, agriculture, and possibly the future of the human species. I ask you... Does it get any more real than this?



Gene Editing: What Is It Good For? | MIT Technology Review

Québec euthanasia regulations are as clear as mud.

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Alex Schadenberg, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: Québec euthanasia regulations are clear as mud.

Colorado Springs Pro-Life Advocates: We’re Not Responsible for Planned Parenthood Murders | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Colorado Springs Pro-Life Advocates: We’re Not Responsible for Planned Parenthood Murders | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Was Robert Lewis Dear inspired by the Planned Parenthood videos? So what if he was? - LA Times

Was Robert Lewis Dear inspired by the Planned Parenthood videos? So what if he was? - LA Times

Pope Francis-Islamic State Plot: Four Arrested In Italy For Planning ISIS Attack On Pontiff Following Paris Terrorism

Pope Francis-Islamic State Plot: Four Arrested In Italy For Planning ISIS Attack On Pontiff Following Paris Terrorism

How 15 Minutes of Prayer Can Change Your Life: What would happen if you dedicated just one percent of your life every day to God?

How 15 Minutes of Prayer Can Change Your Life | Aleteia.org

Parisian Who Lost Wife in Bataclan Attack Has Personal Approach for Defeating ISIS | Aleteia.org

Parisian Who Lost Wife in Bataclan Attack Has Personal Approach for Defeating ISIS | Aleteia.org

Conscience and Objectivity - The Catholic Thing: The goodness of conscience is ultimately judged by the applications made.

Conscience and Objectivity - The Catholic Thing

01 December, 2015

Galvanized by a scandal, Pope Francis orders unprecedented audit of Vatican’s wealth | National Post

Galvanized by a scandal, Pope Francis orders unprecedented audit of Vatican’s wealth | National Post

Québec Superior Court decision prevents December 10 launch of Québec euthanasia law.

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Alex Schadenberg, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: Québec Superior Court decision prevents December 10 launch of Québec euthanasia law.

Pope Francis condemns Catholic 'fundamentalists' and hints at support for use of condoms against Aids - Spectator Blogs

Pope Francis condemns Catholic 'fundamentalists' and hints at support for use of condoms against Aids - Spectator Blogs

An interview with George Weigel on his most recent book and last October's Synod on Family Life

Pope Holds Presser En Route to Rome | Aleteia.org

Pope Holds Presser En Route to Rome | Aleteia.org

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