23 June, 2018

How the Church Influenced (and Still Can) Western Civilization

How the Church Influenced (and Still Can) Western Civilization

Ex-president of Ireland says baptism creates "infant conscripts"

Ex-president of Ireland says baptism creates "infant conscripts"

Documents detail Vatican crackdown in troubled Indian archdiocese

Documents detail Vatican crackdown in troubled Indian archdiocese

The scandal of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and why no major media outed him

The scandal of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and why no major media outed him — GetReligion

16 June, 2018

Catholic Bishops, Franklin Graham, Denounce Separation of Illegal Immigrant Families

Catholic Bishops, Franklin Graham, Denounce Separation of Illegal Immigrant Families

Catholic leaders 'willing to go to jail' to uphold seal of confession and not report child sex abuse

Catholic leaders 'willing to go to jail' to uphold seal of confession and not report child sex abuse - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Wish dad Tom describes how a wish affects the entire family





Parishioners of St. Alphonsus Parish in Chapeau (one of the three parishes I serve as pastor), this family has lived under the cloud of their daughter Aspyn's cancer diagnosis for more than nine months. During that entire time, they have lived in Ottawa at Ronald McDonald House to stay at her side. Tom, Aspyn's father explains in this short video the gift that the Children's Wish List brings to children like her. Please take a moment to watch it, and if the Spirit so moves you as it did me, why not make a donation to this wonderful cause. Children like Aspyn the world over deserve it.

QUIZ: Can you identify these sacramentals?

QUIZ: Can you identify these sacramentals? --Aleteia

UK Church puts spotlight on human trafficking to mark Day for Life

UK Church puts spotlight on human trafficking to mark Day for Life

SDG Reviews ‘Incredibles 2’

SDG Reviews ‘Incredibles 2’

15 June, 2018

'We won't break the seal of confession': acting Adelaide Catholic head

'We won't break the seal of confession': acting Adelaide Catholic head

Catholic leader calls separating mothers and children at border ‘immoral’

Catholic leader calls separating mothers and children at border ‘immoral’ | WPMT FOX43

LGBT rights vs. religious freedom: top court ruling on Trinity Western case today

LGBT rights vs. religious freedom: top court ruling on Trinity Western case today | CBC News

Archaeological evidence of Pontius Pilate and his station corroborates Gospel

Archaeological evidence of Pontius Pilate and his station corroborates Gospel

Love of science can be a “foretaste” of divine love, says Pope Francis

Love of science can be a “foretaste” of divine love, says Pope Francis

Personalism: The Philosophy We Need - from David Brooks of The New York Times

Opinion | Personalism: The Philosophy We Need - The New York Times

09 June, 2018

The #MeToo Moment: Second thoughts on the Sexual Revolution

The #MeToo Moment: Second thoughts on the Sexual Revolution

Restriction on summer jobs funding not the first time religious rights in Canada have been trampled on

Restriction on summer jobs funding not the first time religious rights in Canada have been trampled on | National Post

Atheists and Their Beliefs

Atheists and Their Beliefs | K. E. Colombini | First Things

Justice Clarence Thomas, The Rosary, and His First Homily as Priest

The rosary story begins at 19:22 of the video.



Justice Clarence Thomas, The Rosary, and His First Homily as Priest - All Roads Lead to Rome

Catholics Don't Hate Science (And Six Other Myths About the Church)

Catholics Don't Hate Science (And Six Other Myths About the Church)

The suicide epidemic and a message for a hopeless world

The suicide epidemic and a message for a hopeless world

Pope Francis ready to minister in outer space!

Pope Francis ready to minister in outer space!

16 May, 2018

Chronically ill man's lawyer calls for moratorium on assisted deaths in Canada

“Persons suffering with severe disabilities require necessary health care, assistance and compassion,” Berger wrote. “These crucial services are not always provided at times of most need or in such a way that relieves suffering; instead, persons with disabilities are being assisted to their death rather than being assisted with life.” Foley, who suffers from an incurable neurological disease called cerebellar ataxia, recently filed a landmark lawsuit against a London hospital, several health agencies, the Ontario government and the federal government. He alleges that health officials will not provide him with an assisted home care team of his choosing, instead offering, among other things, medically assisted death.
Foley said that although his disorder qualifies him for medically assisted death, he simply wants to live at home.

Chronically ill man's lawyer calls for moratorium on assisted deaths in Canada | CTV News

A Teenager Starting Over in Canada

Here's a short article with a video from the NYTimes on why it's important to keep our national borders open to refugees. I offer it as a tonic for those who wrongly believe that such refugees as Ibraheem are desiring nothing more an easy life or to cause us harm.



Opinion | A Teenager Starting Over in Canada - The New York Times

Saving Ryan's chaplain

Saving Ryan's chaplain - Angelus News - Multimedia Catholic News

For Those Who Look at the Stars and See Only Stars

For Those Who Look at the Stars and See Only Stars

Protestants in US declining while "nones" on the rise

Protestants in US declining while "nones" on the rise--Aleteia

Glory To God, That There May Be Peace on Earth. A Never-Before-Published Text From Pope Benedict

Glory To God, That There May Be Peace on Earth. A Never-Before-Published Text From Pope Benedict - Settimo Cielo - Blog - L’Espresso

7 Catholic symbols from the early Church that we still use today

The meaning of Catholic symbols--Aleteia

05 May, 2018

George Weigel and 'The Fragility of Order: Catholic Reflections on Turbulent Times'

OTJ: George Weigel and 'The Fragility of Order: Catholic Reflections on Turbulent Times' | MRCTV

Alfie Evans: Catholic Teaching Supported His Parents’ Wishes

Alfie Evans: Catholic Teaching Supported His Parents’ Wishes | National Review

Consult the laity, Vatican theological commission says

Consult the laity, Vatican theological commission says | National Catholic Reporter

R.I.P. Someone Else

Someone Else: Our church was saddened to learn this week of the death of one of our most valued members, Someone ElseSomeone's passing creates a vacancy that will be difficult to fill. 
Else has been with us for many years and for every one of those years, Someone did far more than a normal person's share of the work. 
Whenever there was a job to do, a class to teach, or a meeting to attend, one name was on everyone's list, "Let Someone Else do it." 
Whenever leadership was mentioned, this wonderful person was looked to for inspiration as well as results; "Someone Else can work with that group." 
It was common knowledge that Someone Else was among the most liberal givers in our church. 
Whenever there was a financial need, everyone just assumed Someone Else would make up the difference. 
Someone Else was a wonderful person; sometimes appearing superhuman. 
Were the truth known, everybody expected too much of Someone Else
Now Someone Else is gone! We wonder what we are going to do. 
Someone Else left a wonderful example to follow, but who is going to follow it? 
Who is going to do the things Someone Else did? 
When you are asked to help in your church this year, remember -- they can't depend on Someone Else anymore. 
Many hands make little work!

Not everything technically possible is ethical, pope emphasizes

Not everything technically possible is ethical, pope emphasizes

In Praise of True Evangelizers: A response from +Charles Chaput of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: In Praise of True Evangelizers – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Resist outsourcing evangelization: The editorial from the National Catholic Reporter

Editorial: Resist outsourcing evangelization | National Catholic Reporter

02 May, 2018

Give Protestants a Taste of Catholic Communion, German Bishops Tell Vatican

Give Protestants a Taste of Catholic Communion, German Bishops Tell Vatican | News & Reporting | Christianity Today

The Catholic League Stood by Me Even When Others Fled - By Fr. Gordon McCrea of 'These Stone Walls' blog

The Catholic League Stood by Me Even When Others Fled

Etiquette and the Common Good

Etiquette and the Common Good - The Catholic Thing

Did King David's United Monarchy exist? Naked molerats uncover monumental evidence

Did King David's United Monarchy exist? Naked molerats uncover monumental evidence - Haaretz.com

Here’s what the 7 deadly sins look like in the modern world





Here’s what the 7 deadly sins look like in the modern world

Priests Appeal to World’s Bishops to Address ‘Pastoral Crisis’ in the Church

Priests Appeal to World’s Bishops to Address ‘Pastoral Crisis’ in the Church

30 April, 2018

Legal fight over summer jobs abortion-rights clause escalates as new challenges are filed

Legal fight over summer jobs abortion-rights clause escalates as new challenges are filed | National Post

An Object of Detestation - Stephen White joins the Alfie debate

An Object of Detestation - The Catholic Thing

Opinion | Alfie Evans and the Experts - A column from Ross Douthat of the NYTimes

Opinion | Alfie Evans and the Experts - The New York Times

Be Open to God in All Things

Be Open to God in All Things

Do Catholics Preach About Salvation? | Answering a Protestant Reader

Do Catholics Preach About Salvation? | Answering a Protestant Reader

New hospice offers palliative care to Toronto's homeless

New hospice offers palliative care to Toronto's homeless | CTV News

26 April, 2018

Police files, historical documents show link between Catholic hierarchy and residential schools

Proof positive that the CBC has no idea how the Catholic Church is structured as they claim that these documents 'prove' that the Vatican is indeed responsible for the abuses committed in the Residential Schools.

Yes, some of these documents were indeed sent to Rome, but to the head of the Oblate Order. Just because a church organization has its head office in Rome doesn't mean that it's not independent from the offices of the Vatican! It's like saying that the government in Toronto would be aware of what's happening in a branch of an organization just because it is headquartered in the same city. Just because something is sent to the head of the Oblate order does not mean that members of the hierarchy in the Vatican would be aware of its existence let alone its contents. These documents do not prove what the author of this article seems to think it does.



Police files, historical documents show link between Catholic hierarchy and residential schools | CBC News

The Internet Troll Quiz: Answer these questions to find out if you’re guilty

The Internet Troll Quiz: Answer these questions to find out if you’re guilty

25 April, 2018

Alfie Evans ‘breathing unaided’ after life support removed

Alfie Evans ‘breathing unaided’ after his life support removed - and still, the UK courts refuse to let the parents take him to another hospital that is willing to try and treat the child's underlying medical condition. Why? What possible harm is there in letting little Alfie be transferred to the hospital in Italy which has offered to treat him? If they fail to succeed in curing him, then he will die as assuredly as he will in England. But if they succeed, then not only Alfie and his family wins a medical miracle, so will any future children who might be afflicted with a similar illness. What is the upside in refusing his parents this request when measured against such positive possible outcomes? I very honestly cannot fathom why the British courts are ruling the way that they are in these children's cases. It makes no sense to me.



It would be one thing if we were talking about an adult who left instructions (or told more than one or two people) that they wouldn't want such extreme efforts made to prolong their life. But an infant cannot make such a request. It's up to his or her parents to make it on their behalf. Yet here we have the courts ruling that the authority to make such a medical decision doesn't rest in the parent's hands but rather is held by the State. Thus the State takes to itself the right to make that final decision of life or death of any innocent child, for if they can do it to Alfie, they can do it to any other child in similar circumstances. Perhaps even to a child within your own family.



So let me ask you: If Alfie was your child and a world-renowned hospital offers even the faint hope of a possible treatment, how would you react if your government presumed to tell you that you could not take her or him there? If instead, the government orders the immediate cessation of all life support, prohibiting you from giving your child something to eat or drink to ensure they die asap, how would you feel? Unless you are seriously psychotic, I believe you would move heaven and earth to give your child every possible chance to be treated and recover so long as there was some hope for success. It's something that speaks to us on such a primal level: to protect our progeny is part of who were are as a species. It is not something that should ever be so capriciously and wrongfully violated by a State as has been wrought on Alfie and his parents by the courts in the UK.



Hell, Italy has granted him full citizenship in a bid to convince British authorities to transfer his custody and medical care to them so that he can at least have a chance at life. If a whole country (Italy), a crotchety old priest (me), and any normal parent (you?) can see it's right to give him that chance, don't you think that at least one competent British jurist would see the same thing and grant the parent's request to take Alfie to Rome for treatment asap?



Why must Alfie die?







Alfie Evans ‘breathing unaided’ after life support removed | CatholicHerald.co.uk

'Baseball and Synod 2018' by George Weigel

Baseball and Synod 2018 | George Weigel | First Things

Abuse survivor praises papal panel for hearing victims' 'pain and anger'

Abuse survivor praises papal panel for hearing victims' 'pain and anger'

Will California Go from Banning Religious Books to Burning Them?

Will California Go from Banning Religious Books to Burning Them? | The Stream

23 April, 2018

Bishop Tobin: Spiritual Guidance Belongs in Politics

Bishop Tobin: Spiritual Guidance Belongs in Politics

Pope Francis, here are the reforms still under discussion

MondayVatican – Vatican » Pope Francis, here are the reforms still under discussion | MondayVatican

These saints were influential astronomers who wed science and faith together

Saints who were astronomers --Aleteia

Opinion | What Fuels the Saudi Rivalry With Iran? - The New York Times

A little insight into what is fueling the civil war between the two major branches of Islam.



Opinion | What Fuels the Saudi Rivalry With Iran? - The New York Times

Francis reveals a secret fault religious people often have: Gnosticism

Pope Francis and gnosticism--Aleteia

Why pets are good for our mental health





Why pets are good for our mental health--Aleteia