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Police files, historical documents show link between Catholic hierarchy and residential schools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Police files, historical documents show link between Catholic hierarchy and residential schools | CBC News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

17 April, 2018

Enjoy Scotch Whisky? Thank the Catholic Monk Who Invented It

Enjoy Scotch Whisky? Thank the Catholic Monk Who Invented It | uCatholic

Vatican astronomer says studying cosmos is 'worship'

Vatican astronomer says studying cosmos is 'worship'

'Biggest obstacle to the Catholic Church is itself', claims bishop

'Biggest obstacle to the Catholic Church is itself', claims bishop - BBC News

At 91, Benedict’s mind still strong, says secretary

At 91, Benedict’s mind still strong, says secretary

Crying little boy asks pope if his atheist dad could be in heaven

Crying little boy asks pope if his atheist dad could be in heaven

When Is a Church Not a Church?

Opinion | When Is a Church Not a Church? - The New York Times

16 April, 2018

Ross Douthat’s Take on Where Pope Francis Is Taking the Church

Wonder what's happened to our Catholic Church? Ross Douthat's book provides the best analysis I've read on the subject. I highly recommend it if you want to know how to address the challenges we face today.



Ross Douthat’s Take on Where Pope Francis Is Taking the Church

Last three popes pioneer new dogma of papal fallibility

In the past, an apology from a pope was considered unseemly and unregal. During the last three papacies, it's become routine.

Last three popes pioneer new dogma of papal fallibility

'Schryer 150' made for a very lucky Friday the 13th (20 photos)

Louis Schryer is my next door neighbor at my cottage. As a result, I often get to listen to many 'riverside' performances by Louis and his musical family and friends. This must have been a great concert! Wish I could have been there in the Sault for this one!



'Schryer 150' made for a very lucky Friday the 13th (20 photos) - SooToday.com

As courts weigh life and death, pope urges prayer for Alfie Evans, Vincent Lambert

As courts weigh life and death, pope urges prayer for Alfie Evans, Vincent Lambert

11 April, 2018

Pope admits he made 'grave errors' in Chile sex abuse case

Pope admits he made 'grave errors' in Chile sex abuse case

Pope Francis Puts Caring for Migrants and Opposing Abortion on Equal Footing

Pope Francis Puts Caring for Migrants and Opposing Abortion on Equal Footing - The New York Times

President of France Calls on Catholics to Engage Politically

President of France Calls on Catholics to Engage Politically

In multiple ways, Pope Francis lays out a spirituality of the ordinary

In multiple ways, Pope Francis lays out a spirituality of the ordinary

French President Macron to bishops: 'Give us wisdom, not solutions'

French President Macron to bishops: 'Give us wisdom, not solutions'

Why do we need religion in a globalized world?

Why do we need religion in a globalized world?

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