29 June, 2017

You can always count on Willie to call us to our better angels who enjoy all the peace and prosperity our planet can offer

The seven capital sins of the Internet

The seven capital sins of the Internet

Chastity and the double standard among Christians

Catholicism, Chastity and Homosexuality - Aleteia

Cardinal George Pell -- Vatican Bank Reform & His Persecution

Cardinal George Pell -- Vatican Bank Reform & His Persecution | National Review

Physicians Without Chests: On the Call to End Conscientious Objection in Medicine

Physicians Without Chests: On the Call to End Conscientious Objection in Medicine | Public Discourse

Recommended online reading at “These Stone Walls”

We have been celebrating a Mass each week for the intentions of Fr. Gordon McCrea in our parishes. Why? Click on the link below and you will discover the answer. Please join in our prayer crusade so that he might see justice in his life sooner rather than later. 



Recommended online reading at “These Stone Walls” | Fr. Z's Blog

28 June, 2017

The Summer Reading List | George Weigel | First Things

The Summer Reading List | George Weigel | First Things

Vatican cardinal on a quest for the soul inside the machine

Vatican cardinal on a quest for the soul inside the machine

Three Hard Sayings of Jesus that Challenge Modern Sensibilities

Three Hard Sayings that Challenge Modern Sensibilities - Community in Mission : Community in Mission

The Real Presence in the Eucharist: If We Got it Wrong, We Got it Wrong From the Beginning (hint: we didn't get it wrong!)

If We Got it Wrong, We Got it Wrong From the Beginning - Catholic Stand : Catholic Stand

1,600-year-old basilica found underwater in what was ancient Nicaea

Underwater Byzantine basilica--Aleteia

Will the next phase of “human evolution” include immortality?

Immortality and technology--Aleteia

27 June, 2017

Andrew Coyne: Michelle Carter case is the next step in the increasing normalization of suicide.

I have said it before and I shall say it again. The legalization of euthanasia has coarsened public morals to the point where people are being deliberately allowed to die of a secondary and treatable condition because, in the view of his doctors, it was better to die now than have to suffer death later of an admittedly advancing cancer. I celebrated the funeral today for a man whose stated wish (until he was sedated with a drug to which we wore the hospital wristband indicating he was allergic to it. He was no longer lucid after that point in his 'care' to insist that his wishes be respected) was to be treated and cured of the secondary infection, and that request was denied him. His wife and young adult children were left alone to fight for her husband's right to live. He soon died from his lack of care in a hospital bed as they struggled to find a doctor to save his life. 


YET no one seems to care! In fact, many are angered that I would even question the morality of the manner of his death. But I ask you to answer the following: If it were your wish, even in the face of an unconquerable illness such as cancer, to be treated for something that could easily be cured with antibiotics, would you not demand be respected? Would you not expect those who love you most in life, and who most deeply know your heart, to fight for you to be granted what you needed to survive if denied you by doctors who claim to know better, regardless of your express wishes. Especially with the end result of an immediate death if your desire to be treated is refused? I believe each and every one should answer with a resounding YES! 

If you believe in the right to kill yourself (which the courts and government now say you possess, along with the right to public aid and assistance in accomplishing that end), then logically you must also demand that the right to life for those who choose to live (even under conditions you yourself would not want to face) must be respected as well. So why are we not up in arms at this dangerous affront to our right to decide how we live and die? 


The right to live is as important (and allegedly guaranteed) under the current law that enshrines the 'right to die' at the time of our choosing. We must diligently and with fervor defend and guard against the latter throwing so much shade on the former that it eventually shrivels away into dust, leaving the decision as to whether we live or die ultimately in the hands of medical doctors paid for by the government. 


Please note that while I would never countenance or counsel suicide no matter the situation, nor would I ask to be euthanized personally, my now deceased parishioner would have been within both his legal and moral rights to have refused treatment had that been his wish. And in this particular case, it wasn't. He wanted to live and was instead hastened to death. My beliefs and foibles aside, it was wrong for this man to die and that his death this week should alarm us all.  

One is not obliged to accept treatment in the face of a life-threatening illness. But one must never silently stand by when such person asks to be cured while he still can, and is refused that right. And no matter how anyone wants to frame this argument, at its core lies the same sordid truth: an innocent man was brought to his death against his will and expressly stated wishes.


Doctors would not have acted this way if we hadn't abolished prohibition against their right to kill people. It has warped their collective conscience. They are beginning to demonstrate that they are taking on to themselves the right to decide who lives or dies. Who or what gives them such a right? It seems to come from their sense of entitlement to know what's best for others. But how is what they are doing any different than what happened in the Wettlaufer case in southern Ontario? The only difference I can see is that Wettlaufer was one woman who killed a number of innocent sick and aged against their wishes, whereas in this case, it was a team of doctors who decided to kill a single person under similar circumstances. In both cases, the agent of death was a medical professional who took a life that wasn't theirs to take. The number of medical participants bringing about such a death is really an irrelevant factor, isn't it? Dead is dead from the point of view of the victim. 

That's the real danger with this particular issue. In these situations, the patient doesn't get to stick around to register his or her complaint against being denied a necessary medical procedure regularly given to anyone else who needed it but denied to them. Convenient for the doctors perhaps. Devastatingly tragic for their patient.

And if the death of one man at the hands of a few is OK in the zeitgeist of today, how many need to be killed before we think they've gone too far. Ten? A hundred? Six Million? I suspect it will be when such a violation of a patient's right to self-determination happens to someone near and dear. But by then, it will most likely be too late to save them because the killing of patients will be considered 'standard procedure' in terms of modern medical care.


I deeply regret that some of my parishioner's family and neighbors have taken offense that I am ringing this alarm bell so loudly and so quickly after the man's death. I sincerely hope and pray that they will understand the deep sense of danger I feel that's coming our way if we continue down this road. It is so great that I would even be willing to take the risk that I might be complicating their bereavement to raise the alarm to the best of my ability. I never intend to cause anyone unnecessary pain and suffering. It goes against my nature. But the fight for the protection of life AND individual rights is too important to remain silent. I would not be a true 'pastor' if I didn't cry alarm when the flock is threatened. And if these past few days have proven anything to me, it's that the threat to life is real and at the door, even if I wished it weren't so.


Click on the link below to see a column from Andrew Coyne of the National Post that makes a similar case to mine above.




Andrew Coyne: Michelle Carter case is the next step in the increasing normalization of suicide | National Post

“You need not read horoscopes, but trust in God’s surprises” - The Pope in Santa Marta: true Christians do not trust fortune-tellers

“You need not read horoscopes, but trust in God’s surprises” - La Stampa

Judge Says Doctors Can Euthanize Woman With Osteoarthritis

Judge Says Doctors Can Euthanize Woman With Osteoarthritis | LifeNews.com

21 June, 2017

Canadian cardinal spent 9 years in a Colombian war zone. Now he serves a new periphery... Quebec City.

Canadian cardinal spent 9 years in a Colombian war zone. Now he serves a new periphery. | America Magazine

Canadian cardinal spent 9 years in a Colombian war zone. Now he serves a new periphery.

Canadian cardinal spent 9 years in a Colombian war zone. Now he serves a new periphery. | America Magazine

Rise of the radical nuns: A feature piece from the National Post

Rise of the radical nuns | National Post

Yearning for New Physics at CERN, in a Post-Higgs Way

Yearning for New Physics at CERN, in a Post-Higgs Way - The New York Times

It's Howdy Doody Time!: A column by George Weigel lamenting priests who 'stylize' their celebration of the liturgy instead of following the rubrics

It's Howdy Doody Time! | George Weigel | First Things

Barbara Kay: Doctors who conscientiously object to providing euthanasia referrals should not be forced to do so

Barbara Kay: Doctors who conscientiously object to providing euthanasia referrals should not be forced to do so | National Post

'If you don't think Francis is the cure, you don't grasp the disease,' CL head says

'If you don't think Francis is the cure, you don't grasp the disease,' CL head says

The Importance of ‘Humanae Vitae’ — a Testimony to the Truth: a column from +Archbishop Charles Chaput

The Importance of ‘Humanae Vitae’ — a Testimony to the Truth | ncregister.com

The Islamic Crisis of Reason

The Islamic Crisis of Reason | http://undergroundthomist.com

Conscience is our constant companion, leading us to Heaven or Hell

Conscience is our constant companion, leading us to Heaven or Hell

19 June, 2017

NASA telescope finds 10 more planets that could have life

NASA telescope finds 10 more planets that could have life | CTV News

What’s popular in Catholic circles? 7 Trends shaping the Church

Catholic trends - Aleteia

Fertility doctor offering to blend eggs from two women to make ‘three-parent’ babies

Fertility doctor offering to blend eggs from two women to make ‘three-parent’ babies | National Post

The Use and Abuse of ‘Information’ in Biology

The Use and Abuse of ‘Information’ in Biology - The New Atlantis

Does the free market corrode moral character? No! And, well, yes.

Does the free market corrode moral character? No! And, well, yes. - The Catholic Thing

Is Religion Really Responsible for Most Wars?

Is Religion Really Responsible for Most Wars? | ncregister.com

18 June, 2017

Crackdowns on Islamic radicalism can boomerang on the Church

Crackdowns on Islamic radicalism can boomerang on the Church

Why do Catholics call priests “father”?

Priest Father Meaning --Aleteia

The march to assisted-death grows stronger and stronger despite the clear danger it presents

The previous two articles I've posted below are proof positive that those who are promoting this culture of death will stop at nothing until every institution (and eventually every health care professional) is forced to start killing patients. We are falling down a slippery slope more rapidly than I believe even the death advocates would have believed possible. I can't help but think of that famous quote from Martin Niemöller: 



First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

The time has arrived for people to speak out before we arrive at a place where no institution or health care professional will be safe from the predations of the death movement.

Catholic Health Corp. stacks St. Boniface Hospital board to stop assisted dying

Catholic Health Corp. stacks St. Boniface Hospital board to stop assisted dying - Manitoba - CBC News

One year after Canada's medically assisted dying law, patients face uneven access

One year after Canada's medically assisted dying law, patients face uneven access - Health - CBC News

Shaping the Image of God: Thoughts about Fatherhood

Shaping the Image of God: Thoughts about Fatherhood - Catholic Stand : Catholic Stand

Replies to Atheists' & Skeptics' Garden Variety Objections

Replies to Atheists' & Skeptics' Garden Variety Objections

17 June, 2017

We live in dangerous times... at least that is if you're sick enough to need hospitalization

We live in dangerous times. Dangerous that is if you fall seriously ill and have to go to a hospital in my corner of Quebec. Dangerous because you just might run into a physician who decides that it’s better for you to die than to be treated.

Why would I make such an allegation? Let me explain.

Tonight I am preparing to celebrate a funeral for someone (let's call him 'H' to protect his privacy) who, while suffering from cancer, was admitted to hospital with an unrelated problem, a bladder infection.  H's family had him admitted to the hospital earlier in the week under the assumption that the doctors there would treat the infection and then he would be able to return home. To their shock and horror, they discovered that the attending physician had indeed made the decision NOT to treat the infection. When they demanded that he change his course of (in)action, he refused, stating that it would be better if 'H' died of this infection now rather than let cancer take its course and kill him later. Despite their demands and pleadings, the doctor would not budge from his decision. In fact, he deliberately hastened 'H’s end by ordering large amounts of morphine ‘to control pain’ which resulted in him losing consciousness as his lungs filled up with fluid. In less than 24 hrs., 'H' was dead. 

Let me tell you a bit about 'H'. He was 63 years old. He leaves behind a wife and two daughters who are both currently working in universities towards their undergraduate degrees. We are not talking here about someone who was advanced in years and rapidly failing due to the exigencies of old age. We are talking about a man who was undergoing ongoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments. We are talking about a man who still held on to hope that perhaps he might defy the odds long enough to see his daughters graduate. Evidently and tragically, in the eyes of the physician tasked with providing the care needed to beat back the infection, that hope was not worth pursuing.

Again let me make this point abundantly clear: It was the express desire of both the patient and his spouse that the doctor treat the infection. This wish was ignored by a doctor who believed he alone and not his patient possessed the authority to determine whether or not he deserved to live or die. For the life of me, I cannot comprehend how someone who professes to follow the Hippocratic Oath could presume to take such a life and death decision from the hands a patient… even more so in a case like this where the patient and his spouse both made it clear that they wanted him to live, and where no 'extraordinary means' were demanded or asked for.  All that they wanted was the application of sufficient antibiotics to defeat the infection. And their wish was denied, and the patient paid the cost of that decision with his life.

This is happening more and more frequently in this new age of legalized ‘doctor-assisted death’ where the prohibition against taking an innocent life has been abrogated. Doctors such as the one I am talking about in this case apparently assume that they alone possess the right and capacity to determine the timing and manner of a patient's death. In these days of overcrowded and underfunded hospitals, this is happening far more frequently than you might have imagined and this is something that should concern us all.

As a pastor of three parishes with significant senior populations, I have seen this situation play out in more and more cases. It must not be allowed to go unchallenged lest we soon arrive at a place where health care professionals and institutions fully take unto themselves the sole role of being the arbiters of someone's life or death. 

We are indeed living in dangerous time, that is until some hospitalization brings us face to face with a physician who chooses to take unto him or herself the right to determine whether our 'quality of life' warrants treatment or death. 

Be afraid, people. Be very, very afraid. We are indeed living in very dangerous times.

‘You can’t just pick and choose’: Alberta Christian school fights board request to remove ‘offensive’ scripture

‘You can’t just pick and choose’: Alberta Christian school fights board request to remove ‘offensive’ scripture | National Post

Looking at Martin Luther with fresh eyes: by Bishop Robert Barron

Martin Luther - Aleteia

BeDADitudes, Encouragement for Fathers

BeDADitudes, Encouragement for Fathers - Aleteia

8 Awesome Father's Day Gifts for Catholic Dads

8 Awesome Father's Day Gifts for Catholic Dads – EpicPew

7 QT: Seven Sizzling Books for Summer

7 QT: Seven Sizzling Books for Summer - Jean M. Heimann

15 June, 2017

Father Raymond J. de Souza: Our history with aboriginals has too much darkness. But don’t ignore the light.

Father Raymond J. de Souza: Our history with aboriginals has too much darkness. But don’t ignore the light | National Post

Are We Experiencing a Catholic Marriage Vocations Crisis?

Compared to two decades ago, the number of American Catholics getting married every year has been cut in half—that’s according to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate. If that does not constitute a marriage crisis, it would be hard to imagine what would. And it’s worth wondering if part of the problem lies in our presentation of marriage.

Are We Experiencing a Catholic Marriage Vocations Crisis? | ncregister.com

In latest meetings, cardinal advisors continue forward with reform

In latest meetings, cardinal advisors continue forward with reform

Can a scientist be Catholic?

Can a scientist be Catholic?

Canada just weathered the first gust of the baby boomer demographic storm, but the worst is yet to come

Colby Cosh: Canada just weathered the first gust of the baby boomer demographic storm, but the worst is yet to come | National Post

Life in Ancient Israel: Archaeologists have been able to paint a fairly clear portrait of life in 1200-1000 BC.

Life in Ancient Israel--Aleteia

The Catechism is right, we do not need limbo

The Catechism is right, we do not need limbo | CatholicHerald.co.uk

14 June, 2017

A scientist explains how being bilingual makes your brain more robust - Business Insider

I know this to be true. When I suffered a small stroke last summer I suddenly couldn't understand people who spoke to me in English but didn't have the same trouble when someone spoke to me in French which I learned as an adult. It only lasted a short few minutes but it proved to me that I use different parts of my brain for each language... something I was very grateful for last June.



A scientist explains how being bilingual makes your brain more robust - Business Insider

Continuing the Reconciliation of Evolution with Revelation - Catholic Stand : Catholic Stand

Continuing the Reconciliation of Evolution with Revelation - Catholic Stand : Catholic Stand

Way beyond the New Atheist Nonsense: the latest from George Weigel on the First Things blog

Way beyond the New Atheist Nonsense | George Weigel | First Things

Delve into the Milky Way in this 3.3 gigapixel image of clouds of gas and dust

Delve into the Milky Way in this 3.3 gigapixel image of clouds of gas and dust - Technology & Science - CBC News

Philosopher who backs legal abortion appointed to Vatican pro-life academy: Say what???

Philosopher who backs legal abortion appointed to Vatican pro-life academy | CatholicHerald.co.uk

Ruling allows students to opt out of religious classes at Catholic school

Ruling allows students to opt out of religious classes at Catholic school | CTV News

Cardinal warns immigrants: 'Show respect if you want welcome'

Cardinal warns immigrants: 'Show respect if you want welcome'

'Kathy Griffin and the Vanishing of Argument' by Bishop Robert Barron

Kathy Griffin and the Vanishing of Argument | Word On Fire

Let's stop using "conscience" as a mere excuse for a lazy immorality

Let's stop using "conscience" as a mere excuse for a lazy immorality

10 June, 2017

PopeWatch: Que? – I don't see an issue.

How about interpreting what Pope Francis said through a Christological lens? God and man are united in the person of Jesus therefore it would be to deny his very existence without his full and complete possession of his humanity. That’s the way I understood what he said. I think that LifeSite is the one who's misunderstanding what the Pope said. What do you think?

PopeWatch: Que? – The American Catholic

Pope tells Nigerian priests accept bishop or be suspended

Pope tells Nigerian priests accept bishop or be suspended | National Catholic Reporter

Exposing Porn’s Lies: A book review

Exposing Porn’s Lies | ncregister.com

How Millennials Are Reinventing the Priesthood

How Millennials Are Reinventing the Priesthood | Time.com

Muslim imams refuse to pray for terrorists: This has been an unprecedented condemnation.

Muslim imams refuse to pray for terrorists--Aleteia

If angels do indeed sing, then this boy must have been touched by an angel indeed.

Scientists find baby bird trapped in 99-million-year-old amber

Scientists find baby bird trapped in 99-million-year-old amber - Technology & Science - CBC News

Three 'Culture of Death' Tipping Points

Three Culture of Death Tipping Points | Wesley J. Smith | First Things

The Future of the West: Christian or Pagan? by ARCHBISHOP CHARLES J. CHAPUT, O.F.M. CAP.

The Future of the West: Christian or Pagan? - Crisis Magazine:

A Priest Found Blasphemous Graffiti on His Church & His Reaction Is Going Viral

A Priest Found Blasphemous Graffiti on His Church & His Reaction Is Going Viral | ChurchPOP

09 June, 2017

Catholic Church sent paedophile priests to be fixed. It didn't work out the way it hoped.

Catholic Church sent paedophile priests to be fixed | Daily Mail Online

The abuse crisis made Catholicism confront its dark side. Terrorism should do the same for Islam

The abuse crisis made Catholicism confront its dark side. Terrorism should do the same for Islam | CatholicHerald.co.uk

The Brave New World of IVF

The Brave New World of IVF | Catholic Answers

Unprecedented Gathering of US Church Will Discuss Evangelization

Unprecedented Gathering of US Church Will Discuss Evangelization | ncregister.com

Making Sense of the Founders: Politics, Natural Rights, and the Laws of Nature

Making Sense of the Founders: Politics, Natural Rights, and the Laws of Nature | Public Discourse

Jerusalem fifty years after the Six Day War

Jerusalem fifty years after the Six Day War

08 June, 2017

US Supreme Court Unanimous in Its Defense of Advocate Health Care

Supreme Court Unanimous in Its Defense of Advocate Health Care | ncregister.com

What will be Pope Francis's 'summer surprise'?

What will be Pope Francis's 'summer surprise'?

Dare to call God ‘Father,’ Pope Francis says at audience

Dare to call God ‘Father,’ Pope Francis says at audience

Irish bishops praise court ruling recognizing the dignity of work

Irish bishops praise court ruling recognizing the dignity of work

9 ways to be a terrible cottage guest: A little something to read to ensure repeat invitations to visit a friend at their cottage

9 ways to be a terrible cottage guest | Cottage Life

Biobags: A remarkable new device may hold the potential to rescue the tiniest of preterm babies – and that’s a win for the culture of life.

Biobags: Artificial Wombs Could Save Premies--Aleteia

'Tu Misericordia': South American nuns are so musical.

Tu Misericordia - Comunicadoras Eucarísticas - Aleteia

04 June, 2017

Artificial intelligence - wonderful and terrifying - will change life as we know it

Artificial intelligence - wonderful and terrifying - will change life as we know it - Home | The Sunday Edition | CBC Radio

Shock and outrage surround theft of St. John Bosco's brain

Shock and outrage surround theft of St. John Bosco's brain

Once rare, cremation is becoming the new norm

Once rare, cremation is becoming the new norm

A Catholic ecologist’s take on climate change, the Paris agreement

A Catholic ecologist’s take on climate change, the Paris agreement – Catholic World Report

Need some help communicating? Take cues from these heroes of the Church

Need some help communicating? Take cues from these heroes of the Church

Are Things What You Think They Are? Denying objective truth.

Are Things What You Think They Are? - The Catholic Thing

03 June, 2017

Cardinal Müller's defense of 'Amoris Laeitia' reads it in Church tradition

Müller's defense of 'Amoris Laeitia' reads it in Church tradition

Children of sin: Quebec and Irish orphans share stories of abuse under care of Catholic Church

Children of sin: Quebec and Irish orphans share stories of abuse under care of Catholic Church - Montreal - CBC News

Meanwhile on the north pole of the planet... "The faces of climate change: How a rapidly warming Arctic is destroying a way of life"

The faces of climate change: How a rapidly warming Arctic is destroying a way of life - Technology & Science - CBC News

Massive iceberg set to break off from Antarctic ice shelf... but don't tell Donald Trump. He doesn't believe climate change is real.

Massive iceberg set to break off from Antarctic ice shelf | CTV News

Strange Gods Before Me: Do Catholics Worship Saints and Statues?

Strange Gods Before Me: Do Catholics Worship Saints and Statues?

Wonder Woman Review: This Wonder Woman’s power lies in her heart, not her fists

Wonder Woman Review--Aleteia

02 June, 2017

Robert Fulford: The West can barely rouse itself over the worldwide terrorization of Christians

Robert Fulford: The West can barely rouse itself over the worldwide terrorization of Christians | National Post

Forget 'Left v. Right' -- look for 'bright' and 'Catholic,' cardinal says

Forget 'Left v. Right' -- look for 'bright' and 'Catholic,' cardinal says

Rome's 'city under the city' reveals the pioneers of the faith

Rome's 'city under the city' reveals the pioneers of the faith

3rd gravitational wave detected, opening 'new window on the universe'

3rd gravitational wave detected, opening 'new window on the universe' - Technology & Science - CBC News

New U.S. Study says Gay People are not ‘Born that Way’, Sexual Orientation Not Fixed

New U.S. Study says Gay People are not ‘Born that Way’, Sexual Orientation Not Fixed

Catholic Star Wars Fans: You Must Read This

Catholic Star Wars Fans: You Must Read This | ncregister.com

01 June, 2017

Christie Blatchford: Abortion clinics no longer need such sweeping protection

Christie Blatchford: Abortion clinics no longer need such sweeping protection | National Post

This Farmer Won’t Host Same-Sex Weddings at His Orchard. Now a City Has Banned Him From Its Farmers Market.

This Farmer Won’t Host Same-Sex Weddings at His Orchard. Now a City Has Banned Him From Its Farmers Market. | The Stream

While part of life, transitions not easy for priests

While part of life, transitions not easy for priests

Vatican in brief: Cardinals Sarah, Caffarra, Müller to mark 10th anniversary of ‘Summorum Pontificum’

Vatican in brief: Cardinals Sarah, Caffarra, Müller to mark 10th anniversary of ‘Summorum Pontificum’

Pentecost and the Holy Spirit: How to prepare for Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost and the Holy Spirit--Aleteia

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