31 December, 2017

Happy New Year to all who travel 'Where the Rubber Hits the Road'.


How to make a truly successful New Year’s resolution

How to make a truly successful New Year’s resolution

27 December, 2017

San Francisco's two Jesuit parishes declared immigrant sanctuaries | National Catholic Reporter

Caring for the widow, orphan, immigrants, and strangers. This is the Church's primal obligation and her claim to be obeying Christ's teachings. To use a more modern paradigm, it's the absolute minimum one must do to claim any spiritual benefits when it comes to calling oneself a Christian come the time we all come under Christ's eyes for judgment. 

Yet people opposing the initiative of these two parishes and still think of themselves as being in good standing, exemplars perhaps of what God expects of his redeemed. Personally, I wish them luck come that day, for it's going to tough making an argument in that holds up and reconciles the differing dictates of God and Ceasar convincingly enough as the teaching in Matthew 25 to welcome the stranger into our community and homes imho.

Besides, how could one think themselves American and hold that the lesser dictates of a state supersede such a foundational Divine obligation as 'love thy neighbor' and 'love others as you love yourself'. To deny aid and sanctuary to needy migrants, widows, and orphans is pretty unrepresentative of the what's considered the best of American history?

I am not a Jesuit, nor do I claim to have been intelligent enough to have become one. But imho, those who argue that national immigration laws trumps (no pun intended) such a fundamental Christian duty as is offered to these migrants in San Fransico by the two Jesuit led parishes are wrong. (But being the Canuck that I am I repeat again... imho.) They would seem to have a poor understanding of what has historically been understood what it means to be the 'C'hurch, a.k.a., the 'Body of Christ on earth' to paraphrase St. Paul in his various Letters and Epistles. That's worrisome to as it belies that hey hold to an inflated opinion of the dictates and proclamations of princes, powers, and kings in lieu of divine commands. Clearly biblical teaching as understood for two millennia has proven the wrong place to be, in their humble opinion, of course. It seems to me that Jesus told his apostles and disciples that to believe and act in such a way as that was to stand on some pretty mealy foundations that would surely be washed away whenever a stiff enough storm passes by.


San Francisco's two Jesuit parishes declared immigrant sanctuaries | National Catholic Reporter

Expecting a bubbly Pope Francis at Christmas? Meet his Jesuit past

Expecting a bubbly Pope Francis at Christmas? Meet his Jesuit past

6 Simple spiritual goals for a happier new year

6 Simple spiritual goals for a happier new year -- Aleteia

Inside of a Dog: As someone who shares his home with two canine companions, I had to post this wonderful article from the NYT

Inside of a Dog - The New York Times

26 December, 2017

5 Top archaeological discoveries of 2017

5 Top archaeological discoveries of 2017--Aleteia

Pope Francis’ Christmas 2017 Urbi et Orbi Message

Pope Francis’ Christmas 2017 Urbi et Orbi Message

End of legal Catholic marriages? (This is something I have predicted is coming for a few years now. I think that day is FAST approaching.)

End of legal Catholic marriages? | Jersey Evening Post

Bishop Barron on 'Accompaniment" and the exhaustion of "beige Catholicism"

Bishop Barron on 'Accompaniment" and the exhaustion of "beige Catholicism" - Aleteia

Don’t put that Christmas tree away! The Christmas season has just begun.

Length of Christmas Season --Aleteia

Topless protester tries to grab baby Jesus figure at Vatican

Topless protester tries to grab baby Jesus figure at Vatican - CNN

St. Bryce Missions End  of Year Fund Raiser

St. Bryce Missions End  of Year Fund Raiser | uppontiacparishes

23 December, 2017

Cardinal Maradiaga responds to allegations of corruption

Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodriguez Maradiaga has rejected accusations of financial mismanagement and offered an explanation for allegations that he has received an excessive salary for a largely ceremonial role at the Catholic University of Honduras. In an email interview with CNA, Cardinal Maradiaga explained that “a little more than one year ago, we had to fire a manager of the university because he was stealing,” and “shortly after, an anonymous defamatory paper was spread, filled with a series of calumnies of the kind published this week.”
Click on the link below to read the entire article: 



Cardinal Maradiaga responds to allegations of corruption:

21 December, 2017

Pope upbraids Vatican bureaucracy: Serve the world, not 'degraded logic of small cliques'

Pope upbraids Vatican bureaucracy: Serve the world, not 'degraded logic of small cliques' | National Catholic Reporter

Real argument is possible: James Martin, Ross Douthat get polemical

Real argument is possible: James Martin, Ross Douthat get polemical | National Catholic Reporter

The Complete NP99: The best books of 2017

The Complete NP99: The best books of 2017 | National Post

The 17 most amazing moments in science of 2017

The 17 most amazing moments in science of 2017 | CTV News

As Boston's "Law Era" Ends, "We're Living With the Consequences"

Whispers in the Loggia: As Boston's "Law Era" Ends, "We're Living With the Consequences"

Archbishop: Ontario law banning pro-life activism threatens everyone’s freedom

Archbishop: Ontario law banning pro-life activism threatens everyone’s freedom | Opinion | LifeSite

Could this be the funniest Nativity story ever? (VIDEO)

Could this be the funniest Nativity story ever? (VIDEO) -- Aleteia

20 December, 2017

Benedict XVI on the Dialogue of Religions

Benedict XVI on the Dialogue of Religions - The Catholic Thing

Two years of euthanasia in Quebec: the facts

Two years of euthanasia in Quebec: the facts

The Crèche and the Gap: A Christmas reflection by George Weigel

The Crèche and the Gap | George Weigel | First Things

Reformation Reconsidered: Of Good Fences, Closed Communion and Reunification

Reformation Reconsidered: Of Good Fences, Closed Communion and Reunification

Early Church Grappled With ‘Temptation’ Translation Issue in Lord’s Prayer

Early Church Grappled With ‘Temptation’ Translation Issue in Lord’s Prayer

George Weigel Religious Freedom Institute Speech

George Weigel Religious Freedom Institute Speech | National Review

Meet the patron saint of hospitality: St. Meinrad

Patron saint of hospitality --Aleteia

Cardinal Bernard Law, central figure in Catholic church abuse scandal, dies at 86

Cardinal Bernard Law, central figure in Catholic church abuse scandal, dies at 86 | CTV News

Cardinal Bernard Law (R.I.P.) on the Frontier of Civil Rights

Cardinal Bernard Law on the Frontier of Civil Rights

The Year in Pictures 2017 - The New York Times

The Year in Pictures 2017 - The New York Times

The morality of having children: For the sake of the planet, should we be having fewer kids?

The morality of having children

The answer to these 4 wordless relationship questions we constantly ask

The answer to these 4 wordless questions we constantly ask -- Aleteia

19 December, 2017

John Robson: Moralizing statists play Caesar to the Catholic Church

John Robson: Moralizing statists play Caesar to the Catholic Church | National Post

Natural selection in humans is happening more than you think

Natural selection in humans is happening more than you think - Technology & Science - CBC News

Trudeau Government forced to settle with pro-life groups over denial of grant funding - and yet they try the same thing again this year!

Trudeau Government forced to settle with pro-life groups over denial of grant funding | The Bridgehead

In anticipation of seeing the latest installment of the Star Wars saga, I offer the following from Weird Al Yankovic

Vatican roundup: Pope and Islam, the Queen, a Polish legend and Padre Pio

Vatican roundup: Pope and Islam, the Queen, a Polish legend and Padre Pio

Why ‘The Last Jedi’ is a perfect Advent meditation

Why ‘The Last Jedi’ is a perfect Advent meditation

“Not differences but the lack of dialogue threatens the world” - Pope Francis

“Not differences but the lack of dialogue threatens the world” - La Stampa

The Grinch's Extraordinary Spiritual Life

The Grinch's Extraordinary Spiritual Life – EpicPew

How to build a lightsaber and power up a Death Star: The science behind Star Wars

How to build a lightsaber and power up a Death Star: The science behind Star Wars - Hamilton - CBC News

No formal complaint triggered Wilfrid Laurier teaching assistant's censure

No formal complaint triggered Wilfrid Laurier teaching assistant's censure - Kitchener-Waterloo - CBC News

18 December, 2017

Charles Lewis: It’s time Catholics put words into action

Charles Lewis: It’s time Catholics put words into action

Inside the rough-and-tumble world of papal press conferences

Inside the rough-and-tumble world of papal press conferences

5 Sayings from the Desert Fathers on how to pray

5 Sayings from the Desert Fathers on how to pray --Aleteia

“A Quiet Departure” – In Cardinal Law’s Last Days, Boston (and Rome) Braces

Whispers in the Loggia: “A Quiet Departure” – In Cardinal Law’s Last Days, Boston (and Rome) Braces

The Possibility of a Catholic Social Order

The Possibility of a Catholic Social Order | P. J. Smith | First Things

Does the Seal of Confession Help Criminals? The answer is no, and here’s why.

Does the Seal of Confession Help Criminals?

Pope Francis: The State of Reforms

MondayVatican – Vatican » Pope Francis: The State of Reforms | MondayVatican

Is Trump a Blessing or Curse for Religious Conservatives?

Is Trump a Blessing or Curse for Religious Conservatives? - The New York Times

16 December, 2017

10 Ways to Stop Gossip: #4 is my #1 suggestion!

#4. Give everyone the benefit of the doubt. Believe the best, not the worst. If you hear something bad about someone, imagine why they did that thing (if they really did) and what their good motivations might be.

10 Ways to Stop Gossip

A Christmas classic is given a unique twist from the Detroit seminarians

10 Book suggestions for last-minute Christmas gifts

10 Book suggestions for last-minute Christmas gifts - Aleteia

What is advanced humanism? What's on the table isn't "what we will do" in the future, but "what we will be."

What is advanced humanism?--Aleteia

Papal envoy backtracks on Medjugorje comments

Papal envoy backtracks on Medjugorje comments | CatholicHerald.co.uk

A wonderful Christmas song to match a beautiful winter's day

15 December, 2017

Federal government proposes new monitoring system for medical assistance in dying

Federal government proposes new monitoring system for medical assistance in dying - Politics - CBC News

Scientists mobilize for a fight over powerful gene-editing technology

Scientists mobilize for a fight over powerful gene-editing technology - Health - CBC News

Has Australian commission weakened the reformers on sex abuse?

Has Australian commission weakened the reformers on sex abuse?

Christmas on Monday means twice the Mass this year

Christmas on a Monday means eight masses in 24 hrs for me. And I only have 3 parishes. Remember to say a prayer for those priests (like my immediate neighbour who has 5) with even more churches to serve. They're going to need all the graces they can muster to survive their Christmas weekend schedule!



Christmas on Monday means twice the Mass this year--Aleteia

Australian probe into child abuse attacks Catholic celibacy

Australian probe into child abuse attacks Catholic celibacy | CTV News

14 December, 2017

CBC airs propaganda programs promoting assisted death

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: CBC airs propaganda programs promoting assisted death

Don’t argue with the Devil, he’s too clever, Pope Francis warns

Don’t argue with the Devil, he’s too clever, Pope Francis warns | National Post

Activists who want to cut off religious school funding out of step with majority

Dr. Beth Green: Activists who want to cut off religious school funding out of step with majority | National Post

Navigating the ‘post-truth’ world: Can this idea help us to understand debates over same-sex marriage and euthanasia?

Navigating the ‘post-truth’ world

Vatican communications department will soon unveil new website

Vatican communications department will soon unveil new website :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Many Elderly Retired Priests and Sisters Face An Uncertain Life - But You Can Help

Many Elderly Retired Priests and Sisters Face An Uncertain Life - But You Can Help | uCatholic

Whether Francis is a 'Reform Pope' depends on whom you ask

Whether Francis is a 'Reform Pope' depends on whom you ask

13 December, 2017

Australian bishop urges end to clericalism

I always found it somewhat disingenuous to make a headline of a cleric condemning clericalism. Is there some roving band of priests and bishops promoting its existence that it becomes headline news when one of the clergy (in this case an Australian Bishop) points out the errors of such a pattern of ministry?



This said, it's actually a pretty good article for all Catholics, lay or clergy to read. Clearly, the headline doesn't do the story justice. 



Australian bishop urges end to clericalism | National Catholic Reporter

The Catholic Church used to be like Silicon Valley. Can it be again?

The Catholic Church used to be like Silicon Valley. Can it be again? | America Magazine

'Historical Ignorance, Moral Arrogance' by Marc Barnes from First Things

Historical Ignorance, Moral Arrogance by Marc Barnes | Articles | First Things

What Jesus could teach chefs, celebrities and Trump about masculinity

What Jesus could teach chefs, celebrities and Trump about masculinity

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