31 December, 2016

Astronomical highlights of 2016

http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1026434&playlistId=1.3223200&binId=1.810401&playlistPageNum=1&binPageNum=1

Euthanasia Movement Sells Assisted Suicide to the Depressed

Euthanasia Movement Sells Assisted Suicide to the Depressed | Catholic Lane

Year in review: Mercy shaped the life of the church in 2016

Year in review: Mercy shaped the life of the church in 2016 | National Catholic Reporter

At year's end, the Top Ten Crux stories of 2016

At year's end, the Top Ten Crux stories of 2016

7 New Year's Eve traditions from around the world



I pray and wish for a happy and blessed New Year to all who visit 'Where the Rubber Hits the Road'!


7 New Year's Eve traditions from around the world – For Her

Bishop Barron: Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ and the Seaside Martyrs

Bishop Barron: Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ and the Seaside Martyrs - Top Stories - Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org

Before & After: 13 Beautiful Sanctuary Renovations Worth Celebrating

While these examples are spectacular, the transformation we underwent in our little country parish of St. Joseph on Allumette Island sure touched the hearts of parishioners.

In the wake of the liturgical renewal of Vatican II, the high altar was stripped out of the sanctuary and destroyed. It was a wound that people carried in their hearts for decades. Thanks to the power of the internet and the generosity of parishioners, we were able to find an identical one that was being removed from a church in the USA that was being torn down. It took some doing and lots of repairs, sweat, and paint, but eventually we installed it in our little church to the appreciation of all concerned. Now when you walk through the front doors, you know you've entered into a Catholic Church once again!



Before & After: 13 Beautiful Sanctuary Renovations Worth Celebrating | The Christian Review

When Christians Turn Against Freedom - An essay on the relationship of Christianity to culture, capitalism, and freedom

When Christians Turn Against Freedom | The Stream: Christians who oppose economic, political, or religious freedom in the name of the Gospel are betraying it, and imitating Dostoevsky's Grand Inquisitor.

30 December, 2016

Smudging in public schools: Reconciliation or religious act?

Smudging in public schools: Reconciliation or religious act? - Indigenous - CBC

The 'Shawshank Redemption' and its real-world version

The 'Shawshank Redemption' and its real-world version: Breaking news, headlines and analysis from around the world.

Funny ways: The year in weird politics

Funny ways: The year in weird politics - Politics - CBC News

From stunning auroras to fiery sunsets: 2016's most out-of-this-world photos

From stunning auroras to fiery sunsets: 2016's most out-of-this-world photos | CTV News

Debating ‘Amoris Laetitia’: A Look Ahead - by Fr. Raymond DeSouza

Debating ‘Amoris Laetitia’: A Look Ahead | ncregister.com

Amoris and the Dubia: The Controversies Explained

Amoris and the Dubia: The Controversies Explained - Catholic Stand : Catholic Stand

29 December, 2016

Ukraine at Christmas: A Reminder of the Importance of Civil Society - by George Weigel

Ukraine at Christmas: A Reminder of the Importance of Civil Society | National Review

Canada’s Pastoral Challenge: Ministering Faithfully in a Culture of Doctor-Assisted Death

Canada’s Pastoral Challenge: Ministering Faithfully in a Culture of Doctor-Assisted Death | ncregister.com

In circus-like atmosphere, Pope delivers an ode to hope

In circus-like atmosphere, Pope delivers an ode to hope

President wants to set up ‘Iglesia ni Duterte’: Clearly a 'hombre loco'!

President wants to set up ‘Iglesia ni Duterte’

“Any fraternal correction proposed to the Pope must be presented in camera caritatis”

“Any fraternal correction proposed to the Pope must be presented in camera caritatis” - La Stampa

Pope: Complaining to God and fighting with him is a form of praying - AMEN! Being real with God is the truest form of prayer we can sometimes offer

Pope: Complaining to God and fighting with him is a form of praying - La Stampa

From Dirty Grandpa to London Has Fallen, the top 10 worst films of 2016

From Dirty Grandpa to London Has Fallen, the top 10 worst films of 2016 | National Post

From Arrival to Hell or High Water, the top 10 films of 2016

From Arrival to Hell or High Water, the top 10 films of 2016 | National Post

At least 744 assisted-deaths in Canada since law passed

At least 744 assisted-deaths in Canada since law passed: CTV News analysis | CTV News

Amazing Grace - I know... I know. But I survived the Christmas rush and it's a beautiful new version.

Amazing Grace - cecilia - Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org

28 December, 2016

Could this save Catholic marriage prep?

Could this save Catholic marriage prep?

A “Merciless Assault on Human Dignity” by George Weigel

The archbishop of Toronto is given to deprecating himself as “just a simple country cardinal.” In my experience, though, Cardinal Thomas Collins is one of the premier leaders of the Catholic Church today. He’s a bishop of the New Evangelization who does a lot of his evangelical work retail: like treating potential seminarians to early morning pancakes at a greasy spoon—“but it’s a good greasy spoon”—a couple of blocks from his residence. Now that retail approach is being applied to another urgent matter, as Cardinal Collins works one-by-one with members of the Ontario Provincial Parliament to ensure that the conscience rights of Catholic health care providers are not compromised by Canada’s recent embrace of euthanasia.

Click on the link below to read entire article on the First Things blog:

A “Merciless Assault on Human Dignity” | George Weigel | First Things

Your 'just peace' reading list

Your 'just peace' reading list | National Catholic Reporter

Latest violence has Christians across Middle East fearing bleak future for themselves in region

Latest violence has Christians across Middle East fearing bleak future for themselves in region | National Post

The cult of Santa Muerte: Lady of Holy Death rattles Catholic church as number of devotees grows

The cult of Santa Muerte: Lady of Holy Death rattles Catholic church as number of devotees grows | National Post

Church mass for murdered Canadian mafioso Rocco Sollecito kiboshed by Catholic authorities

Church mass for murdered Canadian mafioso Rocco Sollecito kiboshed by Catholic authorities | National Post

Acts of Kindness, the Goodness of People & Lessons Learned

Acts of Kindness, the Goodness of People & Lessons Learned : The Integrated Catholic Life™

The Creative Catholic: George Weigel - An interview with the author of Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II, Evangelical Catholicism, and other books, about the art and craft of writing.

The Creative Catholic: George Weigel | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

4 Rules for criticizing with kindness : Excellent advice for anyone who participates in online debates

4 Rules for criticizing with kindness - Best of the Web - Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org

27 December, 2016

Reviews on expanding assisted dying to mature minors, those with mental illness, to begin in new year: Can you say 'slippery slope'?

Reviews on expanding assisted dying to mature minors, those with mental illness, to begin in new year | Ottawa Citizen

What's the Biggest Catholic Story of 2016?

What's the Biggest Catholic Story of 2016? Perspectives | Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation

How Canadian churches are helping restore tomb of Jesus Christ

How Canadian churches are helping restore tomb of Jesus Christ | CTV News

Looking back at 2016, the Year of Surprises: Pope Francis

Looking back at 2016, the Year of Surprises: Pope Francis

Legendary losses: Artists and entertainers who died in 2016

Legendary loss: Artists and entertainers who died in 2016 - Entertainment - CBC News

Pioneering astronomer Vera Rubin dies at 88. Award-winning scientist's discoveries lent credence to theory of dark matter.

Pioneering astronomer Vera Rubin dies at 88 - Technology & Science - CBC News

American Psychiatric Assn. stands against assisted suicide for non-terminally ill

American Psychiatric Assn. stands against assisted suicide for non-terminally ill - Top Stories - Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org

Our favorite stories of 2016 - by Elizabeth Scalia

Our favorite stories of 2016 - Spotlight - Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org

How does the Pope want to reform the Curia? We still don’t really know

How does the Pope want to reform the Curia? We still don’t really know – CatholicHerald.co.uk

Mothers of the Church: A Book Review

Mothers of the Church: A Book Review - IGNITUM TODAY : IGNITUM TODAY

26 December, 2016

RNC denies intentionally comparing Trump to Jesus in holiday memo

Just when you think that American politics can't get any weirder, the RNC proclaims the arrival of 'The Donald' as America's new king. Didn't they go to war with the British back in 1776 to get rid of that position? If they want to bring it back, let them permit us to take them over. We never gave up our ties to the monarchy, and even if we did, we sure as hell wouldn't pick Trump as the start of a new dynastic line.



RNC denies intentionally comparing Trump to Jesus in holiday memo - NY Daily News

Atheist group offers church-like gathering in Salt Lake City

Atheist group offers church-like gathering in Salt Lake City | Lifestyle from CTV News

Varieties of Religious Experience - by Ross Douthat of the NYT

Varieties of Religious Experience - The New York Times

Catholic Church struggles to find a new generation of priests in regional areas

Catholic Church struggles to find a new generation of priests in regional areas - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The Faith of Sherlock Holmes: Boxing Day is a great day for some quiet reading time!

The Faith of Sherlock Holmes | ncregister.com

24 December, 2016

Double-double of Canadiana? Man takes Zamboni through Tim Hortons drive thru: The MOST Canadian coffee run ever!

Double-double of Canadiana? Man takes Zamboni through Tim Hortons drive thru | National Post

SDG Reviews ‘Silence’

SDG Reviews ‘Silence’ | ncregister.com

A modern day Christmas meditation

God Gave His Church the Gift of Unity, Not Uniformity

God Gave His Church the Gift of Unity, Not Uniformity | ncregister.com

Knights of Malta to pope: Stay out of our internal affairs

Knights of Malta to pope: Stay out of our internal affairs

13 Things You Should NEVER Say to a Priest

13 Things You Should NEVER Say to a Priest - EpicPew

Jazzy “Silent Night” video will soothe your ears and warm your heart: A little something for Christmas Eve

Jazzy “Silent Night” video will soothe your ears and warm your heart - cecilia - Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org

23 December, 2016

'Star in a Jar’ Fusion Reactor Works and Promises Infinite Energy: Now this would be an excellent Christmas gift for the entire world!!

'Star in a Jar’ Fusion Reactor Works and Promises Infinite Energy

The risks of Pope Francis's never-ending Vatican reform

The risks of Pope Francis's never-ending Vatican reform

Beware the 'prosperity gospel' of the Trump administration

Beware the 'prosperity gospel' of the Trump administration | National Catholic Reporter

Christmas in North Korea features lights and trees but no religion

Christmas in North Korea features lights and trees but no religion | Lifestyle from CTV News

Rogue One: An Advent Story

Rogue One: An Advent Story - IGNITUM TODAY : IGNITUM TODAY

12 Songs of Christmas (from all around the world)

12 Songs of Christmas (from all around the world) - Top Stories - Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org

22 December, 2016

George Weigel: God bless Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto for kicking back against euthanasia

George Weigel: God bless Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto for kicking back against euthanasia

Pope Francis praises work in Christmas address to Vatican employees: So Pope blasts the bosses and praises the workers. I like this man more every day!

Pope Francis praises work in Christmas address to Vatican employees - La Stampa

5 quirky Canadian Christmas facts

This man was 9 years old when he saw John Paul II get shot: He speaks on the power of forgiveness

This man was 9 years old when he saw John Paul II get shot

Pope vows Vatican reform is real despite resistance

Pope vows Vatican reform is real despite resistance

Francis denounces resistance to Vatican reform in Christmas speech to curia

Francis denounces resistance to Vatican reform in Christmas speech to curia | National Catholic Reporter

“An Extraordinary Surprise”: Pope Francis calls in Live to Italy’s TV Morning Show!

“An Extraordinary Surprise”: Pope Francis calls in Live to Italy’s TV Morning Show! - Pope - Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org

The Pill That Hides Abortions From the Statisticians

The Pill That Hides Abortions From the Statisticians | ncregister.com

18 December, 2016

Virginity Linked to Greater Health in Teens, Says CDC

Virginity Linked to Greater Health in Teens, Says CDC | ncregister.com

Beautiful: See Christmas as never before, as told by children with Down Syndrome

Beautiful: See Christmas as never before, as told by children with Down Syndrome – Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org

Benedict XVI sends Pope Francis 3 mysterious gifts on his birthday: Contrary to the opinion of some, one of them was NOT a copy of the Catechism!

Benedict XVI sends Pope Francis 3 mysterious gifts on his birthday - Spotlight - Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org

For better for worse: Married couples won’t have to pledge fidelity in Italy under proposed law

For better for worse: Married couples won’t have to pledge fidelity in Italy under proposed law | National Post

The Domestic Church and the Cross of Christ

The Domestic Church and the Cross of Christ - Truth and Charity Forum

Why conservative churches grow and liberal churches shrink

Why conservative churches grow and liberal churches shrink | Commentary | Dallas News

Judge rules dogs should not be treated like kids under the law

Judge rules dogs should not be treated like kids - Saskatchewan - CBC News

17 December, 2016

Time for the Christmas quiz

Time for the Christmas quiz | Pembroke Daily Observer

10 great leadership quotes - A little something for all Church leaders to ponder

10 great leadership quotes | Pembroke Daily Observer

Climate change as seen from space

Climate change as seen from space: Bob McDonald - Technology & Science - CBC News

Centre-right presidential candidate plays religious 'threat' card in politically insecure France

Centre-right presidential candidate plays religious 'threat' card in politically insecure France - CBC News | Opinion

Pope Francis marks 80th birthday by sharing breakfast with the homeless

Pope Francis marks 80th birthday by sharing breakfast with the homeless | CTV News

Vatican official: Religion in public has never been more at risk

Vatican official: Religion in public has never been more at risk :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

New York Times editor: We just don't get (a) religion, (b) the alt-right or (c) whatever

New York Times editor: We just don't get (a) religion, (b) the alt-right or (c) whatever — GetReligion

16 December, 2016

Two churches located across the street from each... or... The battle of the message boards.

Florilegia: Two churches located across the street from each...

Resist This Compromise That Would Crush Catholics

Resist This Compromise That Would Crush Catholics - Cardinal Newman Society

Scientists reverse aging in mice — and human trials could be on the horizon within 10 years

Scientists reverse aging in mice — and human trials could be on the horizon within 10 years | National Post

Francis: Pastors should tell the truth but be understanding

Francis: Pastors should tell the truth but be understanding - La Stampa

Italian priest cancels Nativity display to avoid offending people: To quote that august philosopher, Bugs Bunny... "What a buffoon!"

Italian priest cancels Nativity display to avoid offending people :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

French Court Rules: Children with Down Syndrome Not Allowed to Smile on TV: George Orwell would be so proud of this decision!

French Court Rules: Children with Down Syndrome Not Allowed to Smile on TV | Catholic Lane

Moral Hazard: Drones & the Risks of Risk-Free War

Moral Hazard: Drones & the Risks of Risk-Free War - Providence

15 December, 2016

10 Classic Catholic Books That Would Make Good Christmas Gifts

10 Classic Catholic Books That Would Make Good Christmas Gifts | ncregister.com

Pope Francis’ 80th Birthday Plans

Pope Francis’ 80th Birthday Plans | ncregister.com

The Esolen Affair: Esteemed Providence College Professor Attacked Over ‘Diversity’

The Esolen Affair: Esteemed Providence College Professor Attacked Over ‘Diversity’ | ncregister.com

France will soon have a new crime: online obstruction of abortion

France will soon have a new crime: online obstruction of abortion | National Catholic Reporter

Charities of the Year 2016: Our annual report card on the good-deed doers worthy of your donations | Financial Post

Charities of the Year 2016: Our annual report card on the good-deed doers worthy of your donations | Financial Post

Liberal churches in decline while orthodox ones grow, says study of Protestants in Canada

Liberal churches in decline while orthodox ones grow, says study of Protestants in Canada – CatholicHerald.co.uk

'The Persecution of Professor Esolen' by George Weigel

The Persecution of Professor Esolen | George Weigel | First Things

Not all Canadian bishops take a liberal approach to Euthanasia

As a balance to the previous two articles criticising the Atlantic Canadian Bishops on their approach to offering the sacraments to those intending to be euthanised, check out this letter posted earlier on this blog by our local Pembroke Bishop (+Michael Mulhall) to the priests and laity of our diocese. It strikes a far more 'Catholic' approach.

http://frtimmoyle.blogspot.ca/2016/10/a-letter-from-bishop-michael-mulhall.html

Atlantic Canadian Bishops Baptize Euthanasia

Canadian Bishops Baptize Euthanasia | The Stream: Catholic bishops in Canada have green-lighted priests blessing euthanasia. Is this the 'Francis effect' in action? The crisis in church teaching worsens.

Three thoughts on the letter by Eastern Canadian bishops about assisted suicide | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

Three thoughts on the letter by Eastern Canadian bishops about assisted suicide | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

14 December, 2016

Barbara Kay: One gay man’s lonely fight against Ontario’s new law banning ‘mother’ and ‘father’

Barbara Kay: One gay man’s lonely fight against Ontario’s new law banning ‘mother’ and ‘father’ | National Post

Pope Warns Council of Cardinals Against Clericalism

Pope Warns Council of Cardinals Against Clericalism | ncregister.com

Why Christmas Should Bother Everybody by +Bishop Robert Barron

Why Christmas Should Bother Everybody | ncregister.com

4 ways the U.S. Federal Reserve rate hike could affect Canadians

4 ways the U.S. Federal Reserve rate hike could affect Canadians - Business - CBC News

Crèche Clash: The difference between 'Laïcité' and Secularism

Crèche Clash | Mark Movsesian | First Things

When God seems absent: finding hope and help for depression

When God seems absent: finding hope and help for depression – For Her

5 Things that make a good therapist: A little something for my friends in my former occupation before I became a priest.

5 Things that make a good therapist - Health - Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org

Christmas gift suggestions to help you finish off that list!

Christmas gift suggestions to help you finish off that list! - Top Stories - Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org

13 December, 2016

WOW. This Christmas Commercial about World War I is simply beautiful

WOW. This Christmas Commercial about World War I is simply beautiful – EpicPew

The Pope is a heretic? You can’t be serious!

MercatorNet: The Pope is a heretic? You can’t be serious!

"Medieval Science," Oxymoron? Think Again: From its beginnings to today, the Church has fostered and promoted scientific advances.

"Medieval Science," Oxymoron? Think Again - Part 1 of 3

Criticism of Pope Francis rooted in misunderstanding of Vatican II

Criticism of Pope Francis rooted in misunderstanding of Vatican II | National Catholic Reporter

Catholic Teaching on Marriage and Communion is Unambiguous

Catholic Teaching on Marriage and Communion is Unambiguous | ncregister.com

A Reading List for the 22nd Century and Beyond

A Reading List for the 22nd Century and Beyond | ncregister.com

Embryo Expert: UK Will Have First ‘Three-Parent’ Child in 2017

Embryo Expert: UK Will Have First ‘Three-Parent’ Child in 2017 | ncregister.com

Pope says answering evil with good is 'Magna Carta' of nonviolence

Pope says answering evil with good is 'Magna Carta' of nonviolence

Time for a tipping point on anti-Christian persecution

Time for a tipping point on anti-Christian persecution

Pope to pick up more stamps for the passport in 2017

Pope to pick up more stamps for the passport in 2017

‘Your parents are lying’: Santa truther risks parental wrath to take evangelical message to malls

‘Your parents are lying’: Santa truther risks parental wrath to take evangelical message to malls | National Post

Filmmaker Martin Scorsese talks about his faith, upcoming movie 'Silence'

Filmmaker Martin Scorsese talks about his faith, upcoming movie 'Silence' | National Catholic Reporter

Looking for Spiritual Reading? Here Are 8 Great Books Worth Checking Out

Looking for Spiritual Reading? Here Are 8 Great Books Worth Checking Out - IGNITUM TODAY : IGNITUM TODAY

12 December, 2016

Growing churches vs. declining churches: Canadian study says 'Theology Matters'

Growing churches vs. declining churches: Canadian study says 'Theology Matters' — GetReligion

Pope Recognizes Franciscan Friars of the Renewal as Institute of Pontifical Right

Pope Recognizes Franciscan Friars of the Renewal as Institute of Pontifical Right | ncregister.com

Franciscan Churchmanship: by George Weigel

Franciscan Churchmanship by George Weigel | Articles | First Things

Catholic Church not a force for good? 'I refute it thus'!

Catholic Church not a force for good? 'I refute it thus'!

Is it okay to shop the clearance racks for charity?

Is it okay to shop the clearance racks for charity? – For Her

Which holiday singing duo is your favorite?

Which holiday singing duo is your favorite? - cecilia - Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org

BBC admits it underestimated the Church’s opposition to Hitler

BBC admits it underestimated the Church’s opposition to Hitler – CatholicHerald.co.uk

10 December, 2016

Mexico's religious liberty problem shows in priest prosecution

Mexico's religious liberty problem shows in priest prosecution

Canada bishops address pastoral issues linked to assisted dying

Canada bishops address pastoral issues linked to assisted dying

Montreal archbishop: 'Physician-assisted suicide plants seed of death in democracy'

Montreal archbishop: 'Physician-assisted suicide plants seed of death in democracy'

Francis is a great prophet, but he also needs to be pope

Francis is a great prophet, but he also needs to be pope

Looking for something good to read? Here's the National Post's list of the 99 best books of 2016.

The Complete NP99: The best books of 2016 | National Post

Sofia Vergara is being sued by her own frozen embryos

Sofia Vergara is being sued by her own frozen embryos :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Rome’s dangerous gamble in China

Rome’s dangerous gamble in China – CatholicHerald.co.uk

07 December, 2016

“We help people because we’re Catholic, not because they’re Catholic.”

“We help people because we’re Catholic, not because they’re Catholic.” - Top Stories - Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org

'Heteronormative' Burger Family no threat to LGBT, rights tribunal says after receiving 'outrageous' complaint.

'Heteronormative' Burger Family no threat to LGBT, rights tribunal says after receiving 'outrageous' complaint | National Post

‘Arrival’ and the Unique Manner of God's Speech: By Bishop Robert Barron


'Arrival' now playing in cinemas across the country!

Books for Christmas 2016: A list from George Weigel

Notwithstanding George's Luddite anti-digital book bias, he's compiled an excellent list for consideration for the bibliophiles in your life for the Christmas season. Personally, I think they're great suggestions no matter what format you choose to read them in.



Books for Christmas 2016 | George Weigel | First Things

Vatican launches website for preventing clerical sex abuse

Vatican launches website for preventing clerical sex abuse

Head Transplant: Medicine goes one big step too far?

Head Transplant | National Post

Church Leaders Respond to the ‘Dubia’

Church Leaders Respond to the ‘Dubia’ | ncregister.com

Amoris Laetitia and Synodal Chaos! The Controversy Explained!

Amoris Laetitia and Synodal Chaos! The Controversy Explained! – EpicPew

06 December, 2016

Montreal archbishop: 'Physician-assisted suicide plants seed of death in democracy'

Montreal archbishop: 'Physician-assisted suicide plants seed of death in democracy'

An interview with Dr. Colin Kerr, publisher of 'The Catholic Review of Books'

Where The Rubber Hits the Road recently had the opportunity to interview Dr. Colin Kerr, PhD (theology) on his recent project, The Catholic Review of Books. It is a high gloss publication published from his home office in Barry’s Bay and stands as another tremendous resource emanating from the dynamic Catholic community built around Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy where he worked as a professor until 2011.

WTRHTR:  What inspired you to start the CBR?

I have long thought about this. I never thought I would be able to bring something like this to fruition. I didn’t know anything about printing and had no money. But I wanted to share my love of books. Books had done so much for me; I thought they could do things just as ideal for others. Books taught me about Jesus and His Church and the world that God has always been a part of. They fed and directed my questioning. Books by Plato and Tolstoy got me thinking about the bigger questions of life when I was in high school. Books brought me into the Catholic Church when I was just seventeen years old. And it was books like Augustine’s Confessions, The Little Flowers of St. Francis, and St. Gregory’s Life of St. Benedict that started to make me thirst for holiness. In time I came to see that God could not be figured out, but that the whole mystery of life was meant to lead us to Him. The whole world is about God and literature has a privileged place in that. Literature is the record of the world’s greatest minds and hearts thinking about the bigger picture. I wanted to share this insight with others, that it could be a blessing to them as it was for me. Now, so many years later, I have a PhD in theology and think that I have a duty to share what I’ve learned with others.

WTRHTR:  How do you see the CRB as an example of lay ecclesial leadership/involvement in the model of Pope Francis?

My papal model is Pope Benedict. He loves truth for its own sake, and so do I. He realised that all truth is from and can draw us back to Christ. His life is proof to me that bookworms have a role to play in the Church too. However, I have had to learn the hard way that lay leadership in the Church is not a given and is not all that it’s cracked up to be. You have to find your path, not presume that there is any slot prepared for you to fit into. Pope Francis gives some credibility to this. Everything in the Church doesn’t have to be clerical. “Being in the Church” means being the way God wants you to be a Christian. Pope Francis has certainly wanted us to learn this.

WTRHTR:  How do you get the reviews that are published in the CRB?

So far, I am the author of far too many of them! I love writing, but I don’t want the Review to be about me, but, as I said, the “perspectives of Catholics.” Besides those written by me, some old friends, some new friends that I made precisely through the magazine itself, and people who have only just heard of it and reached out to me, have shared their love of books in our pages. I have had scholars write reviews, stay-at-home moms, grandmas, journalists, authors and students write reviews. So far writers from Canada, the US and England have had reviews published in the CRB. I am always looking for contributions! I have only two requirements in a prospective author: they are Catholic in the broadest sense of the word and love books. You don’t have to be primarily intellectual or schooled. We talk about every kind of books – Catholic classics, new Catholic books, world literature, fiction, non-fiction, books for teens and kids. Any one, any one at all, interested in sharing their love of a certain book, series, or author should send me an email!


WTRHTR:  How does one go about obtaining a subscription and what does it cost?

You can get a subscription by going to our website: www.catholicreviewofbooks.com/subscribe. You can subscribe online, or you can mail me, or you can email me. It costs $40 for a year’s subscription (4 issues). I am hoping that the Review will become available in Catholic bookstore – please ask your favourite one to start carrying it!



Never mind the Twitter spats – Fr Spadaro just said something truly eye-opening.

Never mind the Twitter spats – Fr Spadaro just said something truly eye-opening – CatholicHerald.co.uk

Pope Francis won't attend Montreal anniversary celebrations in 2017

Pope Francis won't attend Montreal anniversary celebrations in 2017 | CTV News

Three things the Pope can’t say

Three things the Pope can’t say | Catholic Culture

19 Little-Remembered Facts About St. Nicholas

19 Little-Remembered Facts About St. Nicholas | ncregister.com

Archbishops from Syria and Iraq blocked from visiting the UK – UNBELIEVABLE!!

Archbishops from Syria and Iraq blocked from visiting the UK – CatholicHerald.co.uk

05 December, 2016

Trump’s Threat to the Constitution - From the perspective of a conservative thinker.

Trump’s Threat to the Constitution - The New York Times

The Art of Being Offended - Being offended has become an art form in our culture—something to work at, often in creative ways.

The Art of Being Offended | ncregister.com

The Myth that Religion Causes War

The Myth that Religion Causes War | Catholic Answers

No matter what anyone says, clarity on 'Amoris' remains elusive

No matter what anyone says, clarity on 'Amoris' remains elusive

Vatican ponders power, limits of artificial intelligence

Vatican ponders power, limits of artificial intelligence

A POWERFUL video for all to watch and learn from in the face of our troubled times

Sing a Little Louder from KingdomWorks Studios on Vimeo.

Euthanasia of alcoholic father sends 'dangerous' message

Euthanasia of alcoholic father sends 'dangerous' message :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

04 December, 2016

Charles Lewis: Unbiased and ethical journalists exist.

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: Charles Lewis: Unbiased and ethical journalists exist.

Most British scientists cited in study feel Richard Dawkins’ work misrepresents science

Most British scientists cited in study feel Richard Dawkins’ work misrepresents science

Double Standards on Abortion and Animal Rights

Double Standards on Abortion and Animal Rights | Public Discourse

Champlain CCAC rations patients’ personal care in their dying days

I've been predicting that in a time of financial stress to government coffers it's a bad idea to legalise euthanasia because it's cheaper to offer death in lieu of treatment. That process is clearly beginning already in Ontario. Soon we will see the same all across our country. Read Dr. Hacker's article for yourself and decide whether or not you think I'm wrong.

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Champlain CCAC rations patients’ personal care in their dying days

By: Dr. Paul Hacker
I am a General Practitioner practicing in Community Palliative Care in Ottawa. I, and several other physicians working in this field in Ottawa, see patients every day in their homes and at hospice. We care for people in the final stages of illness, to ensure comfort for them and for their families and caregivers. While our services are in constant demand, and sometimes patients have to wait for our care, I have always felt that we in Ottawa and the Champlain region provided a high level of palliative care.
For the last month or two, the Community Care Access Centre, or CCAC, has had to start rationing access to Personal Support Worker, or PSW, services, even to palliative patients. This year, they have seen an unprecedented increase in both the number and complexity of patients being referred for home care services. In order to meet their fixed budget, they have had to reduce access to Personal Support Services, such that most patients are having to be put on a wait list and wait up to weeks or even months to access this service that allows them to maintain their dignity at home by helping them get dressed and undressed, help them prepare a meal, help them bathe and use the toilet. Yet patients are being told there isn’t enough money in the budget to provide this care.
This affects even patients on the palliative caseload. It means that terminally ill patients are being denied assistance with bathing and personal care until they are so weak and unwell that they are essentially bedbound. And even then, some remain on wait lists.
Palliative patients have limited energy to use every day. If they spend it on bathing themselves, dressing themselves, etc, that means they have less energy to be awake and interact with family and friends, less energy to read or watch TV, less energy to enjoy even looking out the window. Often, their caregivers are elderly and have medical or physical issues that prevent them from assisting with personal care. Sometimes these patients live alone. Exceptions have been made, but not frequently enough. Dying patients are suffering because the government will not fund CCAC adequately. And transferring CCAC responsibilities to the Local Health Integration Networks will take these sorts of decisions even further from the patient and the bedside.
Also, hospital inpatients being discharged also join the waitlist, sometimes resulting in dangerous situations at home when patients don’t have the necessary supports. Even patients who already have PSW services may lose these if they are admitted to hospital for more than 14 days. We recently had a patient be discharged too early so that he would not lose access to his PSW, which was absolutely essential for his care.
At the same time, hospices are also stretched to the limit, causing them to tighten admission criteria.
Wait-listing introduces an unpredictable factor into end of life care planning that cannot be allowed to continue. Patients and families need to know that the support is going to be there when they need it. To do otherwise is cruel to patients and families and goes against our commitment to improve palliative care in Canada and Ontario.
The wait-listing is a result of the CCAC being overbudget on PSW services (not just palliative PSW services). This is due to three factors: PSW wages have gone up, and deservedly so; demand for PSW services has increased beyond expectations due to earlier hospital discharge and the general aging of the population; and the complexity of patients being cared for at home has increased dramatically, meaning more people at home need higher level of service to be maintained at home.
So there is currently a two-tier level of care in chronic and palliative home care. One tier for people who can afford to purchase more services to serve their needs, and another tier for people who have no choice but to wait for service, and suffer in the meantime. All because the government continues to increase bureaucracy and limit funding for patient care. Nothing in Bill 41 will alleviate the suffering of patients going without personal care in Champlain region.
My patients deserve to end their lives in comfort, in their own homes if they desire, and with the dignity of having their personal needs met. My patient who looks forward to sitting in her favorite chair, looking out her window at her garden, should not be told to just stay in bed because we can’t afford to get her the help she needs to get into that chair and back into bed. My patient who has always prided himself on getting dressed “like a normal person” each day, should not be told to stay in his pajamas because his dignity is not worth enough to our provincial government. My patient who would rather get assistance to use a bedside commode than use a diaper in bed, should be given that option as long as it remains feasible. My patients should not feel that they are an undue burden on their family by seeing them struggle with providing their care.
If we are serious and honest about improving the care of the dying and terminally ill, we must be serious about funding the personal care that palliative patients require. We must root out the waste that exists in the layers of bureaucracy, not just in the CCAC, but in the LHINs and the Ministry of Health, whose growth has well out-stripped the funding for palliative care in Ontario.

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