10 December, 2017

Famous Last Words of Famous People

Famous Last Words of Famous People

08 December, 2017

Charles Lewis: Pronouns are no big deal, right? Wrong.

Charles Lewis: Pronouns are no big deal, right? Wrong

Did Christians destroy the Classical world?

Did Christians destroy the Classical world?

This priest is going to be on The Great American Baking Show

This priest is going to be on The Great American Baking Show – Catholic World Report

The Inalienable Right to Life: An Update on Assisted Suicide in the United States and Canada

The Inalienable Right to Life: An Update on Assisted Suicide in the United States and Canada | Public Discourse

Pope Francis Proposes Change to the Wording of the "Our Father"

Pope Francis Proposes Change to the Wording of the "Our Father" | uCatholic

No single 'out of Africa' migration for humans study reports

No single 'out of Africa' migration for humans: study | CTV News

Amazon.com obviously doesn't believe Jesus was real!

07 December, 2017

Ban the niqab, keep the cross? Quebec’s next big battle over separatism will be the split between church and state

Ban the niqab, keep the cross? | National Post

The Bethlehemian Rhapsody: The nativity told as you've never seen it before

Bishop Barron’s Basics: How to Share the Faith in the Modern Culture

Bishop Barron’s Basics: How to Share the Faith in the Modern Culture

Pope Francis Makes Two Key Episcopal Appointments

Pope Francis Makes Two Key Episcopal Appointments

A little secular Christmas music to whet your holiday spirits

New study links birth control and breast cancer

New study links birth control and breast cancer—Aleteia

Canada’s Free Speech Wars

Canada’s Free Speech Wars - Crisis Magazine

When the Truth Is Unconstitutional: The US Supreme Court takes up a question about abortions and doctors offices

When the Truth Is Unconstitutional - The New York Times

06 December, 2017

Supermassive black hole from early universe is farthest ever found

Supermassive black hole from early universe is farthest ever found - Technology & Science - CBC News

Canada’s Slippery Suicide Slope: Latest column from Charles Lewis

Canada’s Slippery Suicide Slope

Lawyers call Canadian court case turning point for religious freedom

Lawyers call Canadian court case turning point for religious freedom

Pope Francis on Jerusalem: ‘I cannot keep silent my deep concern for the situation…’

Pope Francis on Jerusalem: ‘I cannot keep silent my deep concern for the situation…’: The Holy Father spoke about plans for the United States to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital—a step that has sparked controversy and concern—at the end of his General Audience Wednesday.

Have we lost touch with the Apostles?

Have we lost touch with the Apostles? | CatholicHerald.co.uk

The Three Necessary Societies by Russell Hittinger from the First Things Blog

The Three Necessary Societies by Russell Hittinger | Articles | First Things

04 December, 2017

Why trust in the clergy is plummeting

Why trust in the clergy is plummeting | CatholicHerald.co.uk

Heading closer to that 'Brave New World' we knew would be coming. The question is: Will it be utopian or a dystopic future we face by playing with the fundamental elements of DNA?

Scientists expand the genetic code by creating two artificial DNA ‘letters’ — X and Y | National Post

A woman with a transplanted uterus just gave birth — a first for the U.S.

A woman with a transplanted uterus just gave birth — a first for the U.S. | National Post

Lauer, and Franken, and Louis CK Sexual abuse: The crisis within them, and in us

Lauer, and Franken, and Louis CK Sexual abuse - Aleteia

‘What the world needs now is not love, but hope’: why Advent in our churches is different - The alternative Catholic approach to Trumpism?

Why Advent in our churches is different—Aleteia

A Fractured 2017: An insightful analysis of our times from The New York Times

A Fractured 2017 - The New York Times

01 December, 2017

Tests offer new information on date of site believed to be tomb of Christ

Tests offer new information on date of site believed to be tomb of Christ

Pope apologizes to Rohingya refugees for 'indifference of the world'

Pope apologizes to Rohingya refugees for 'indifference of the world' - World - CBC News

The Australian Church is in desperate trouble

The Australian Church is in desperate trouble | CatholicHerald.co.uk

Archdiocese of Washington Sues D.C. Metro over Christmas Advertisements

Archdiocese of Washington Sues D.C. Metro over Christmas Advertisements – EpicPew

John Paul II’s Prescient 1995 Letter to Women

John Paul II’s Prescient 1995 Letter to Women - WSJ

Pope Francis’ Problem From Hell

Pope Francis’ Problem From Hell - WSJ

29 November, 2017

What’s Changed Since Humanae Vitae? by George Weigel from the First Things

A brilliant expose on what's actually hiding behind the fears of those who reject accepting Muslim immigrants and refugees into our country. The birthrate in all of Europe has dropped below replacement rate for almost a complete lifespan of the population. Thanks to the ubiquitous contraceptive regime that's been practiced for over 50 years, nations have no choice but to open our borders to keep the population growing. This is the one undeniable fact that governments must ensure lest their social welfare and pension Ponzi schemes come crashing down upon their heads. Without an expanding tax base, no western government will be able to meet even its current commitments to its citizenry for more than a few years. The only two ways of growing a nation's population are for the birthrate to be above 2.1, or it takes in more and more new workers from other countries. Muslims make up almost 30% of the world's citizens today. It is inevitable that more and more will be counted among us in the West in the future because the wisdom of Humanae Vitae was rejected by non-believers and believers alike. Paul VI wrote that the widespread use of contraception would warp a culture in exactly the way it has turned out throughout the first world. No doubt many will wish that he had indeed been wrong. But the evidence is clear that he wasn't. And we have only ourselves to blame if we find ourselves cheek and jowl with lots people of different faith's and beliefs than our own.

On the bright side, at least virtually everyone will find that their fears of some societal take-over leading to 'the imposition of Sharia Law' will finally see first hand that the reason most Muslims leave their lands and come to places like Canada is that they are fleeing that very regime in their home nations. Why people would think that such individuals would want to recreate here something they've only recently escaped from defies logic imho. Every Muslim I've ever encountered (save for one unfortunate incident in the old city of Jerusalem 25 years ago... but that's another story in itself) has been as happy to live here as a Canadian just like the rest of us. They want nothing more or nothing less than the same rights, benefits, and responsibilities as all other citizens who live under our one Constitution. Once people come to realize this, a lot of unnecessary tension worry will finally come to an end.

But one way or the other, people are going to have to get used to it because we've left no other option for our politicians. By refusing to have enough children over the past 50 years there is no choice but to recruit people of other countries, faiths, and creeds to take their place and ensure our social benefits until we shuffle off this mortal coil (sadly once again in the face of renewed church warnings of the errors and dangers of euthanasia) in the manner and time of our choosing.




What’s Changed Since Humanae Vitae? | George Weigel | First Things

The Masterpiece Cakeshop Case Is Not About Religious Freedom

The Masterpiece Cakeshop Case Is Not About Religious Freedom - The New York Times

A virtual tour of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela that is really worth it

A virtual tour of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela that is really worth it--Aleteia

Tomb of the Holy Sepulchre: Age determined by archeologists

Tomb of the Holy Sepulchre - History - Aleteia

What Grieving People Wish You Knew at Christmas

What Grieving People Wish You Knew at Christmas | Desiring God

3 New Christmas ads guaranteed to have you in tears

3 New Christmas ads guaranteed to have you in tears--Aleteia

Pope Francis and the Youth - First Things

Pope Francis and the Youth | P. J. Smith | First Things

'You have to decide': JPII's oft used line from his days as a priest. Still a wise teaching today.

You have to decide

26 November, 2017

Saudi crown prince leads meeting promising to combat Islamic extremism

Saudi crown prince leads Islamic military alliance meeting - World - CBC News

Pope set to visit Myanmar, Bangladesh

Pope set to visit Myanmar, Bangladesh - World - CBC News

Countering Genocide: The Importance of Prayer and Aid for the Persecuted

Countering Genocide: The Importance of Prayer and Aid for the Persecuted

How to give great gifts -- just like St. Nick

How to give great gifts -- just like St. Nick -- Aleteia

Caring for the poor is our ‘passport to paradise’, says Pope Francis

Caring for the poor is our ‘passport to paradise’, says Pope Francis | CatholicHerald.co.uk

Was Hitler a Christian, an atheist, or neither? Dealing with an old trope.

Was Hitler a Christian, an atheist, or neither? – Catholic World Report

24 November, 2017

Charles Lewis: Don’t fear doubts on faith

Charles Lewis: Don’t fear doubts on faith

Ethical training for nurses in short supply, says bioethicist

Ethical training for nurses in short supply, says bioethicist

The great divide in ethics over the mystery of human life

The great divide in ethics over the mystery of human life

On 'Origin of Species' milestone, experts ponder its impact on faith

On 'Origin of Species' milestone, experts ponder its impact on faith

Pope: Immigrants not a threat, but an opportunity to build peace

Pope: Immigrants not a threat, but an opportunity to build peace

Make America grateful again

Make America grateful again | National Catholic Reporter

What to expect from Pope Francis' 2018 Peru visit?

What to expect from Pope Francis' 2018 Peru visit?

22 November, 2017

Hackers only needed a phone number to track this MP's cellphone - Politics - CBC News

This is a story that involves all of us and it's scary for two reasons. Because hackers can track, receive, and record our calls without our knowing... and so can our government. 

It's up to us to make ourselves aware and protect our right to private conversations since clearly the telephone companies we all deal with are unwilling to protect us as they can and should, especially in light of how expensive those calls and texts are in the first place. The average consumer hands over more than of our income to facilitate our various mode of communications to expect and demand that Bell, Roger's and their Canadian competitors keep them secure and private. We should demand that they spend some of their substantial profits in purchasing the necessary technology and expertise to ensure that those communications are kept safe for ALL unwanted prying eyes and ears.

Hackers only needed a phone number to track this MP's cellphone - Politics - CBC News

Hackers only needed a phone number to track this MP's cellphone: Scary stuff!! These means that not only hackers but the government now possesses the capacity to track and listen to anyone's phone call.

Hackers only needed a phone number to track this MP's cellphone - Politics - CBC News

A man is about to launch himself in his homemade rocket to prove the earth is flat - I don't think this is going to turn out well for this lad??

A man is about to launch himself in his homemade rocket to prove the earth is flat | National Post

In the UK, a Chilling Message for Christian Social Workers

In the UK, a Chilling Message for Christian Social Workers

Mexican, American bishops offer moral guidelines for NAFTA talks

Mexican, American bishops offer moral guidelines for NAFTA talks

Cardinal Tagle says there is world trend of seeing the other as a threat, especially migrants

Cardinal Tagle says there is world trend of seeing the other as a threat, especially migrants

21 November, 2017

What the Wilfrid Laurier professors got wrong about Bill C-16 and gender identity discrimination

Please take the time to check out this recording. What the professors are doing to this student is absolutely unconscionable imho. I think it sounds like something that jumped from the pages of 'Animal Farm'. Listen for yourself and come to your own conclusion. 



What the Wilfrid Laurier professors got wrong about Bill C-16 and gender identity discrimination | National Post

America's Two Catholic Churches

America's Two Catholic Churches | Fr. Dwight Longenecker

Atheists sue shelter for using Catholic priest to ‘bless’ animals

Atheists sue shelter for using Catholic priest to ‘bless’ animals | New York Post

Science is great…but it isn’t enough

Aleteia - Science

PhD student makes groundbreaking discovery that may prevent spread of cancer: Good news on the horizon?

PhD student makes groundbreaking discovery that may prevent spread of cancer | CTV News

Every Other Terrible Thing About Roy Moore: An excellent essay on the role of religion and politics

Every Other Terrible Thing About Roy Moore - The New York Times

Roy Moore Embarrassment & Museum of the Bible: The latest from George Weigel as he takes on the 'evangelicals' supporting Moore in Alabama

Roy Moore Embarrassment & Museum of the Bible | National Review

Curia reform: Pope Francis reorganizes Vatican Secretariat of State

Curia reform: Pope Francis reorganizes Vatican Secretariat of State

Book proposes a Catholic politics of mercy as an alternative way of life

Book proposes a Catholic politics of mercy as an alternative way of life

19 November, 2017

Cesium the Day! A wonderful message from a science nerd.

Cesium the Day! - The Catholic Thing

What is Happening at Mass? by +Bishop Robert Barron

What is Happening at Mass? : Integrated Catholic Life™

In this moment of crisis, the Church desperately needs good priests

In this moment of crisis, the Church desperately needs good priests | CatholicHerald.co.uk

In Mass for the poor, Pope says everyone is a 'beggar,' calls indifference a 'great sin'

In Mass for the poor, Pope says everyone is a 'beggar,' calls indifference a 'great sin'

What good is the Good News if we keep it to ourselves?

What good is the Good News if we keep it to ourselves?: Homily for 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Vatican opens a new inquiry concerning possible sexual abuse

The Vatican opens a new inquiry concerning possible sexual abuse

New revelations on the “blockages” at the Vatican: what you need to know

New revelations on the “blockages” at the Vatican: what you need to know

Saint quotes about being thankful

Saint quotes about being thankful --Aleteia

18 November, 2017

End-of-life, the Pope, “morally licit to discontinue therapeutic measures when disproportionate”

End-of-life, the Pope, “morally licit to discontinue therapeutic measures when disproportionate” - La Stampa

End of life, the Pope’s alleged “novelties” and ideological contrasts

End of life, the Pope’s alleged “novelties” and ideological contrasts - La Stampa

The Indefectibility of the Church: What's infallible and what's not?

The Indefectibility of the Church - La Stampa

Nitschke designs new euthanasia machine with detachable coffin

BioEdge: Nitschke designs new euthanasia machine with detachable coffin

BioEdge: Washington State agency endorses an endrun around euthanasia law's restrictions

BioEdge: Washington State agency endorses VSED

'Phantom' research paper cited at least 400 times by scientists: A week's worth of science stories

SECOND OPINION | 'Phantom' research paper cited at least 400 times by scientists - Health - CBC News

Euthanasia is always wrong, Pope Francis tells doctors

Euthanasia is always wrong, Pope Francis tells doctors | CatholicHerald.co.uk

3 More classic Catholic jokes: Classic? Yes. Funny? I leave that to you to decide.

3 More classic Catholic jokes--Aleteia

16 November, 2017

A quarter of Canadians think religious diversity is a bad thing

A quarter of Canadians think religious diversity is a bad thing | National Post

Married Priests and Missionary Failure: A modification in response to pastoral failure within the Latin rite would be a brand-new step.

Married Priests and Missionary Failure

Using the pop culture in order to point past it

Getting past the pop culture - Aleteia

Man undergoes first procedure to permanently change DNA

Man undergoes first procedure to permanently change DNA--Aleteia

Do you know what the pope is preparing for 1,500 guests of honor this Sunday?

1st World Day of the Poor, menu and overview of events--Aleteia

Between the markets and mercy: New book looks at the Church and neoliberalism

Between the markets and mercy: New book looks at the Church and neoliberalism

15 November, 2017

First Amendment becomes proxy for abortion rights at Supreme Court

First Amendment becomes proxy for abortion rights at Supreme Court - CNNPolitics

New Earth-like planet has temperatures favourable to life

New Earth-like planet has temperatures favourable to life | CTV News

FBI Requests Planned Parenthood Documents, Signaling Possible Investigation

FBI Requests Planned Parenthood Documents, Signaling Possible Investigation

Sins of omission – Should Catholic confession always be confidential?

Sins of omission – should Catholic confession always be confidential? | World news | The Guardian

Shakespeare, Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia, and George Weigel all blended together in one article. Well worth the read!

As the Bard Might Say . . . | George Weigel | First Things

Sexual difference runs deep, new research shows: Thousands of genes act differently in men and women.

Sexual difference runs deep, new research shows

Catholicism: “Here comes everybody,” even the annoying ones

Catholicism: developing a parish community--Aleteia

The Principled Ambivalence of Pope Francis

The Principled Ambivalence of Pope Francis | Robert P. Imbelli | First Things

14 November, 2017

Pope Francis & Pro-Life Cause Equally Affirmed By U.S. Bishops

Pope Francis & Pro-Life Cause Equally Affirmed By U.S. Bishops | National Review

‘I’m Catholic and didn’t get married in church for this reason…’

‘I’m Catholic and didn’t get married in church for this reason…’

Surgeons repair spina bifida in fetus for 1st time in Canada

Surgeons repair spina bifida in fetus for 1st time in Canada, hospitals say - Health - CBC News

The Siege Mentality Problem: An excellent column from David Brooks of the NYT

The Siege Mentality Problem - The New York Times

Pope Francis’s Reset Button

Pope Francis’s Reset Button | P. J. Smith | First Things

Physician-Assisted Suicide: A New Pascal’s Wager

Physician-Assisted Suicide: A New Pascal’s Wager - The Catholic Thing

13 November, 2017

Two Catholic Heavyweights Debate Value And Limits Of The Free Market

Two Catholic Heavyweights Debate Value And Limits Of The Free Market

Book Review: The brilliant story behind Bishop Robert Barron and “Catholicism”

Book Review: The brilliant story behind Bishop Robert Barron and “Catholicism”

Demand for euthanasia surges in the Netherlands

Demand for euthanasia surges in the Netherlands

From the Father’s Wife: A Perspective on Marriage and the Priesthood from the wife of a Catholic Priest

From the Father’s Wife: A Perspective on Marriage and the Priesthood  | Anglicanorum Coetibus Society Blog

Found In The Cosmos: The impact of a new translation of the New Testament on our thinking

Found In The Cosmos | The American Conservative

Virtual infant BabyX prompts question: how do we feel about AI that looks so much like us?

Virtual infant BabyX prompts question: how do we feel about AI that looks so much like us? - Technology & Science - CBC News

11 November, 2017

Reflections of a New Priest

More than anything, I have found that sins do not make us who we are. The priest does not see our deepest selves when he hears our confession; he sees our deepest selves when he gives us absolution. “We are not the sum of our faults,” St. John Paul II says, “we are the sum of the Father’s love for us.”
So true! 



Reflections of a New Priest – Christian Renaissance Movement

Pope reaffirms conscience as heresy debate divides church

Pope reaffirms conscience as heresy debate divides church | Religion News Service

Pope denounces 'shortsighted' human activity for climate change

Pope denounces 'shortsighted' human activity for climate change | CTV News

At Vatican summit, Nobel winners say religions are key to nuclear disarmament

At Vatican summit, Nobel winners say religions are key to nuclear disarmament

Pope names two laywomen to key positions in Vatican’s family office

Pope names two laywomen to key positions in Vatican’s family office – Catholic World Report

10 November, 2017

Hubble sees light echoes of supernova explosion in distant galaxy

Hubble sees light echoes of supernova explosion in distant galaxy - Technology & Science - CBC News

The Magisterium, Sensus Fidei and Father James Martin

The Magisterium, Sensus Fidei and Father James Martin

Can the Saudi Crown Prince Transform the Kingdom and institute a 'moderate' brand of Islam?

Can the Saudi Crown Prince Transform the Kingdom? - The New York Times

No, The Size of the Universe DoeS Not Prove God Doesn’t Exist

No, The Size of the Universe DoeS Not Prove God Doesn’t Exist – William M. Briggs

Understanding Pope Francis: the focus is on process, not results

Understanding Pope Francis: the focus is on process, not results | Catholic Culture

IRELAND: Priests told to stop calling bishops ‘spineless nerds and sycophantic half-wits’

How could I not post an article with a headline like this?  



IRELAND: Priests told to stop calling bishops ‘spineless nerds and sycophantic half-wits’ | Fr. Z's Blog

09 November, 2017

After ‘avalanche’ of emails, MPs vote to save Criminal Code section protecting religious services

After ‘avalanche’ of emails, MPs vote to save Criminal Code section protecting religious services | National Post

Pope John Paul I Moves Forward on Path to Sainthood

Pope John Paul I Moves Forward on Path to Sainthood | ncregister.com

The Difficulty of Canonizing Popes

The Difficulty of Canonizing Popes | ncregister.com

Stop taking smartphone snapshots during Mass, pope says

Stop taking smartphone snapshots during Mass, pope says | National Catholic Reporter

Papal loyalists become dissidents: A better headline might read 'The more things change, the more they stay the same'.

Papal loyalists become dissidents | National Catholic Reporter

Sacred and Super - Exploring Christianity in Science Fiction and Superhero Films

Sacred and Super - Exploring Christianity in Science Fiction and Superhero Films – EpicPew

Courts have no business reviewing religious decisions: Last week, the Supreme Court was asked to do something courts never do: review the solely religious decision of a church.

Courts have no business reviewing religious decisions | National Post

+Chaput: Controversies have obscured the 'great wisdom and beauty' of 'Amoris'

Chaput: Controversies have obscured the 'great wisdom and beauty' of 'Amoris'

Holy Smoke! Vatican to stop selling cigarettes in its shops

Holy Smoke! Vatican to stop selling cigarettes in its shops | CTV News

Parents angry schools cancelling evening Christmas concerts

Parents angry schools cancelling evening Christmas concerts | CTV News

Pope Francis meets the Great Imam of Al-Azhar for the third time

Pope Francis meets the Great Imam of Al-Azhar for the third time--Aleteia

04 November, 2017

Pope requests debate on letting married men be priests — but only in Brazil’s Amazon region

Pope requests debate on letting married men be priests — but only in Brazil’s Amazon region | National Post

Two boosts to the case for continuity between Benedict and Francis

Two boosts to the case for continuity between Benedict and Francis

Our universe should not exist, CERN antimatter study confirms: I guess 'There but by the grace of God' still has meaning even in today's scientific culture.

Our universe should not exist, CERN antimatter study confirms | National Post

All hail the Godbot: In Silicon Valley artificial intelligence isn’t just king, it’s literally a new religion

All hail the Godbot: In Silicon Valley artificial intelligence isn’t just king, it’s literally a new religion | National Post

2 Ways You Might Be Hurting Your Priest Without Even Knowing It: Leaving it all 'for Father' is the path to ruin both for him and the parish!

2 Ways You Might Be Hurting Your Priest Without Even Knowing It | ncregister.com

On the lunatic fringe, Francis is not the Pope. (Hint: Yes he is. It's the lunatics who are wrong.)

On the lunatic fringe, Francis is not the Pope | Catholic Culture

The present crisis in a nutshell – Father Ed's Blog

The present crisis in a nutshell – Father Ed's Blog

31 October, 2017

Never enough euthanasia in Québec.

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: Never enough euthanasia in Québec.

Québec Euthanasia data from the Commission on end-of-life care

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: Québec Euthanasia data from the Commission on end-of-life care

Religious groups urge MPs to keep Criminal Code prohibition on disrupting a worship service

Religious groups urge MPs to keep Criminal Code prohibition on disrupting a worship service | National Post

De Souza: The Reformation served a purpose, but unity is Christianity’s future

De Souza: The Reformation served a purpose, but unity is Christianity’s future | National Post

The Myth of Scientific Objectivity by William A. Wilson

The Myth of Scientific Objectivity by William A. Wilson | Articles | First Things

Pope Francis at "(Re)thinking Europe" COMECE conference: Europe is people, not statistics, numbers

Pope Francis at "(Re)thinking Europe" COMECE conference: Europe is people, not statistics, numbers--Aleteia

French court orders removal of cross on statue of John Paul II

French court orders removal of cross on statue of John Paul II--Aleteia