06 December, 2019

Taking the Role of All the Baptized in Church Leadership Seriously

Taking the Role of All the Baptized in Church Leadership Seriously | Church Life Journal | University of Notre Dame

05 December, 2019

We can’t wait for Christmas, not even at the Vatican

We can’t wait for Christmas, not even at the Vatican

04 December, 2019

Boy born to mothers who carried baby in both wombs

Boy born to mothers who carried baby in both wombs - BBC News:

Surge of new abuse claims threatens church like never before

At the end of another long day trying to sign up new clients accusing the Roman Catholic Church of sexual abuse, lawyer Adam Slater gazes out the window of his high-rise Manhattan office at one of the great symbols of the church, St. Patrick's Cathedral.
"I wonder how much that's worth?" he muses.
"It's not a cash grab," he said. "They want to have a voice. They want to help other people and make sure it doesn't happen again."I haven't had one person ask me about the money yet."
Clearly, the Church is not the only hypocritical party in these affairs. Sadly, it's the actual victim's interests that are being neglected yet again.


Surge of new abuse claims threatens church like never before - Religion News Service: (AP) —

Venerable Fulton Sheen’s Beatification Postponed

Venerable Fulton Sheen’s Beatification Postponed:

A Last Chance for Australian Justice

The highest judicial authority in Australia will review the Cardinal George Pell case in 2020.



A Last Chance for Australian Justice | George Weigel | First Things:

“I utterly reject Bergoglio, so how can I remain a Catholic?” Fr. Z’s rant and beatdown.

An EXCELLENT response to someone who is thinking of leaving the Church because they do not accept Pope Francis as being a valid or legitimate Pope from someone who is certainly NOT one of the Pope's fans!



ASK FATHER: “I utterly reject Bergoglio, so how can I remain a Catholic?” Fr. Z’s rant and beatdown. | Fr. Z's Blog

Buffalo Bishop Resigns After Scandal Over Secret List of Abusive Priests

Bishop Richard J. Malone “had become the lightning rod for all that was wrong,” a lay leader said.



Buffalo Bishop Resigns After Scandal Over Secret List of Abusive Priests - The New York Times:

30 November, 2019

Celebrating the Novus Ordo as It Ought to Be

As the Roman Catholic Church marks the golden jubilee, it is a good time to separate the ‘substance’ of its reforms from the ‘accidents’ of its historical context and implementation.



Celebrating the Novus Ordo as It Ought to Be:

See the Site in Jerusalem That May Be Jesus’ Tomb

Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre stands on the site of a Jewish cemetery dating to the time of Jesus. Was this Jesus’ tomb?



See the Site in Jerusalem That May Be Jesus’ Tomb:

29 November, 2019

'Questioning the Outrage-Apology Cycle' by Peter Stockland

In its very particularity, the flap over St. Francis Xavier University’s apology to a former student for a plaque honouring Brian Mulroney has general application to what seems a deep error of our day.



Questioning the Outrage-Apology Cycle by Peter Stockland - Convivium Magazine:

27 November, 2019

'The Reformed Liturgy, 50 Years Later': An interesting column from George Weigel | First Things

Fifty years ago, the Catholic Church marked the First Sunday of Advent with the universal implementation of the revised Roman Rite of the Mass. The liturgy wars have not abated since.



The Reformed Liturgy, 50 Years Later | George Weigel | First Things:

26 November, 2019

Italian bishops face blowback for opening to divorced/remarried Catholics

Two Italian bishops are currently making waves after issuing public statements allowing divorced and remarried Catholics to receive the sacraments and apologizing for having “ignored” these couples in parish life, insisting that their decisions are in line with Pope Francis’s own view.



Italian bishops face blowback for opening to divorced/remarried Catholics:

25 November, 2019

Double standard applied to Andrew Scheer's social conservative views sends wrong message

Andrew Scheer has been scrutinized for his personal beliefs while other federal party leaders have not, and this is simply wrong in a democratic nation, writes Maria Harrison.



Double standard applied to Andrew Scheer's social conservative views sends wrong message | CBC News:

As data shows most Catholics don't accept transubstantiation, new book seeks to help

Brett Salkeld is Archdiocesan Theologian for the Archdiocese of Regina in Canada. He is responsible for deacon formation. His latest book, 'Transubstantiation: Theology, History, and Christian Unity' was published this year.



As data shows most Catholics don't accept transubstantiation, new book seeks to help:

20 November, 2019

06 November, 2019

Fearlessness and the American Bishops in Rome from George Weigel

For all its faults, the Catholic Church in the United States lives the New Evangelization better than any other local Church in the developed world.



Fearlessness and the American Bishops in Rome | George Weigel | First Things:

Canada’s State Religion

Those maintaining standards of life and behavior at odds with the religion of human rights are increasingly treated as dissenters and pressured to conform.



Canada’s State Religion | David T. Koyzis | First Things:

Father James Martin’s Exercise in Fallacy

It’s not enough to simply be outraged by these accusations; we need to know how to intellectually combat them.



Father James Martin’s Exercise in Fallacy:

03 November, 2019

Why Biden being denied Communion is a big deal for people of faith

There was controversy this week over a Catholic priest refusing to let Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden receive Holy Communion because of his support for abortion.



Why Biden being denied Communion is a big deal for people of faith | Fox News:

27 October, 2019

Roman Catholic bishops propose opening priesthood to married deacons in the Amazon region

The plan seeks to address a priest shortage in the Amazon region. But it touches on core traditions of the church.



Roman Catholic bishops propose opening priesthood to married deacons in the Amazon region - The Washington Post:

B.C. man is one of the first Canadians with dementia to die with medical assistance

When Canada's medical assistance in dying law was passed in 2016, the widespread assumption was that it excluded those with a dementia diagnosis. But Gayle Garlock decided to challenge that assumption and to test the limits of the law.



B.C. man is one of the first Canadians with dementia to die with medical assistance | CBC Radio:

Researchers cast spotlight on euthanasia for dementia in the Netherlands

Dutch EAS doctors use past statements to determine what demented patients want.



Researchers cast spotlight on euthanasia for dementia in the Netherlands:

Russian biologist still plans to edit human genome

The journal Nature has been following Rebrikov’s experiments closely.



BioEdge: Russian biologist still plans to edit human genome:

Texas divorce case opposes two views of child transgenders

BioEdge: Texas divorce case opposes two views of child transgenders:

26 October, 2019

Lack of Eucharistic Belief: Faithful Affected by Secularism’s Strong Pull

What the Pew Survey Reveals About Belief in the Real Presence.



Lack of Eucharistic Belief: Faithful Affected by Secularism’s Strong Pull:

Participant says debate on ordination distracted synod from more important issues

Participant says debate on ordination distracted synod from more important issues

New complaint filed against Indianapolis archdiocese in gay marriage case

New complaint filed against Indianapolis archdiocese in gay marriage case

Movie Review: 'By the Grace of God' explores France's Catholic Church scandal

François Ozon's coolly devastating drama 'By the Grace of God' follows survivors of sexual abuse by a Catholic priest in Lyon, France.



Review: 'By the Grace of God' explores France's Catholic Church scandal - Los Angeles Times:

Losing Our Faith in Political History by Raymond J. de Souza

About the election, three observations: one about history, another about campaigns, and the third about religion.



Losing Our Faith in Political History by Raymond J. de Souza - Convivium Magazine:

23 October, 2019

Letters From the Synod-2019: #8

It made a great difference to the future of Christianity that the first Christians turned left rather than right when leaving the Holy Land on mission.



Letters From the Synod-2019: #8 | Xavier Rynne II | First Things:

18 October, 2019

Click to Pray eRosary: Vatican releases 'official prayer app of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network'

Click to Pray eRosary: Vatican releases 'official prayer app of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network' - The Washington Post:

Amazon synod reports support, dissent on married priests and women deacons

 Judging from Friday’s reports, the Oct. 6-27 Synod on the Amazon, there’s overwhelming consensus on most points, such as Pope Francis’s call for an “integral ecology.” Yet even within that climate of basic harmony, there were also scattered notes of dissent on two hot-button questions: Married priests and women deacons.



Amazon synod reports support, dissent on married priests and women deacons:

Letters From the Synod-2019: #6 - Xavier Rynne II

The conversation at Synod-2019 drinks more deeply from the wells of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Margaret Mead than from the living waters of biblical revelation.



Letters From the Synod-2019: #6 | Xavier Rynne II | First Things:

In synod's married priests debate, somebody finally names elephant in the room

If the Catholic Church were Microsoft or Walmart, it would have implemented a plan a long time ago to shift personnel to where its markets are growing. Instead, it’s effectively doing the opposite.



In synod's married priests debate, somebody finally names elephant in the room:

In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace

The religious landscape of the United States continues to change at a rapid clip, with both Protestantism and Catholicism experiencing losses of population share.



In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace | Pew Research Center:

15 October, 2019

Barbara Kay: Stop the conspiracy theories about Canadian Catholics in government

Peddling the idea that any Christian pro-life group has the will to undemocratically infiltrate our government is irresponsible journalism.



Barbara Kay: Stop the conspiracy theories about Canadian Catholics in government | National Post:

Pope Francis and the Catholic church continue to look towards science, and that can only be a good thing

Pope Francis continues to champion the importance of science in our world. Having the head of the Catholic Church support various scientific movements is a win for us all.



Pope Francis and the Catholic church continue to look towards science, and that can only be a good thing:

New “secret” documents expose Justin Trudeau’s role in barring children’s camps from Canada Summer Jobs grants

New “secret” documents expose Justin Trudeau’s role in barring children’s camps from Canada Summer Jobs grants - Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms | Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms:

From dementia to medically assisted death: A Canadian woman’s journey, and the dilemma of the doctors who helped

To give Alzheimer’s patient Mary Wilson the death she sought, her physicians had to make a tough decision in a short time – and risked going to prison if they got it wrong. Now they’ve been cleared of wrongdoing in a decision that could have wide-reaching implications for tens of thousands of Canadians.
Wide reaching implications indeed! This is another step down that infamous 'slippery slope' diminishing the value of life. Why? Because with this decision life has now been reduced to one's cognitive capabilities. That should worry all Canadians a great deal imho. Alas though, I doubt that it will.



From dementia to medically assisted death: A Canadian woman’s journey, and the dilemma of the doctors who helped - The Globe and Mail:

Vatican Inculturation Document Sets Limits on Amazonian Rite Proposal

Vatican Inculturation Document Sets Limits on Amazonian Rite Proposal:

Lonely voice in Brazilian episcopate speaks against synod document

Bishop José Luís Azcona is among the minority of Brazilian prelates to raise concerns about the synod, calling the Vatican meeting’s preparatory document “weak and inconsistent.”



Lonely voice in Brazilian episcopate speaks against synod document:

Pope says Newman an example of everyday sainthood at canonization Mass

Pope says Newman an example of everyday sainthood at canonization Mass:

Head of Vatican security resigns following news leak connected to internal financial investigation

Domenico Giani resigned after being unable to identify the source of a leak of a confidential Vatican security notice connected to ongoing financial investigations.



Head of Vatican security resigns following news leak connected to internal financial investigation | America Magazine:

06 October, 2019

Pope Francis Prays for ‘Daring Prudence’ During Amazon Synod

'Daring Prudence'? That's one of those oxymorons like 'Jumbo Shrimp'. It will be interesting to see how the Synod responds to such a confusing paradigm to work out.



Pope Francis Prays for ‘Daring Prudence’ During Amazon Synod:

02 October, 2019

At Vatican, Pompeo says authoritarian regimes see God as a threat

"At the Vatican on Wednesday, United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denounced authoritarian regimes and autocrats, naming Cuba, Iran, China and Syria as the roots of religious repression, because they fail to acknowledge a power higher than their own."
I was with him until he said Iran. Maybe someone should explain the good Secretary that Iran is a full-fledged theocracy! It's because they believe that their God is the higher than the non-Islamic nations that they have organized their country into a 20/21st century version of 'Christendom' - a worldview long eschewed  by the Christian faith. Such theocracies are in dire need of their own 'Enlightenment' if they truly want to respect the full panoply of human rights and freedoms that exist in most of the world today.



At Vatican, Pompeo says authoritarian regimes see God as a threat:

The Model New Evangelization Bishop: Archbishop Charles Joseph Chaput’s work has been a glowing embodiment of the “Church permanently in mission.”

The Model New Evangelization Bishop | George Weigel | First Things:

20 September, 2019

Archbishop Chaput Warns Catholics Against Father Martin’s ‘Pattern of Ambiguity’

Archbishop Chaput Warns Catholics Against Father Martin’s ‘Pattern of Ambiguity’: '

George Pell: Choirboy can be believed - and Pell freed, Cardinal's lawyers say

George Pell: Choirboy can be believed - and Pell freed, Cardinal's lawyers say: Can the choirboy be believed and George Pell cleared of all charges? The Cardinal's lawyers say yes.
I just came across this stunning quote in an article called Thomism for The New Evangelization:
"We live in an age where there is a profound antipathy to the Catholic faith in the public square and in the media, and for good reason. There is an innate recognition among the advocates of secularism that the Catholic religion is the single most serious adversary to a secular view of the world. They sense that the depth of Catholic teaching regarding human personhood, moral realism, the reality of God, and divine revelation all challenge the status quo at a deep level. Those who take on the Church do so in an attempt to banish one of the most serious enemies to a perennial secularism."
Click on the link below if you want to read the entire article.

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/7822970b3e83d8bc284f4eb57/files/10b4c7f2-7f33-4b07-9697-d6ca1750a6ba/Thomism_for_the_New_Evangelization.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1KW3bdStnMa2XZDPYwMjevSQT7DfhpK5GVK9_4qpMk5GonRcL1w2thyRc

15 September, 2019

She had a son at 47. Was that selfish — or great?

She had a son at 47. Was that selfish — or great? - The Washington Post

What Should Physicians and Chaplains Do When a Patient Believes God Wants Him to Suffer?

What Should Physicians and Chaplains Do When a Patient Believes God Wants Him to Suffer? | Journal of Ethics | American Medical Association

A judge loosens Canada’s euthanasia belt another notch or two

BioEdge: A judge loosens Canada’s euthanasia belt another notch or two

When children are separated from their parents their genetics change

When children are separated from their parents their genetics change

Beyond the US, the Top Five countries for beefs with the Pope

Beyond the US, the Top Five countries for beefs with the Pope

The bizarre research that took home awards at Ig Nobels

The bizarre research that took home awards at Ig Nobels | CTV News

11 September, 2019

Quebec judge overturns parts of federal, provincial laws on medically assisted dying | CBC News

Be careful what you wish for... as the previous post should make all too clear.



Quebec judge overturns parts of federal, provincial laws on medically assisted dying | CBC News

Dutch court clears doctor in landmark euthanasia trial

"To carry out the euthanasia, the physician drugged the patient's coffee without her knowledge and then had family members physically restrain the woman while delivering the fatal injection."
And yet the judgement was not guilty! We do indeed live in dark times.



Dutch court clears doctor in landmark euthanasia trial | CTV News

Pope Francis' in-flight press conference: full text

Pope Francis' in-flight press conference: full text - Vatican News

Visual timeline project traces ‘underlying Islamophobia’ in war on terror

Visual timeline project traces ‘underlying Islamophobia’ in war on terror - Religion News Service

Pastor, author and mental health advocate Jarrid Wilson dies by suicide

Pastor, author and mental health advocate Jarrid Wilson dies by suicide - Religion News Service

Pope Francis shrugs off critics, calling schism part of church's history

Pope Francis shrugs off critics, calling schism part of church's history - Religion News Service

08 September, 2019

George Weigel Traces the Church’s Engagement With Modernity

A review of George Weigel's latest book,  The Irony of Modern Catholic History: How the Church Rediscovered Itself and Challenged the Modern World to Reform (Basic Press, 2019)



George Weigel Traces the Church’s Engagement With Modernity

Has Our Lady left us another image of herself, besides Guadalupe?

Has Our Lady left us another image of herself, besides Guadalupe?

Boston Globe reporter who exposed sex abuse is now on AP global religion team

Boston Globe reporter who exposed sex abuse is now on AP global religion team--Aleteia

Thinking about Africa, Pope Francis: While seeing through eyes of BBC and The New York Times

Thinking about Africa, Pope Francis: While seeing through eyes of BBC and The New York Times — GetReligion

An estimated one million faithful turn out for Pope Francis mass in Madagascar

An estimated one million faithful turn out for Pope Francis mass in Madagascar

For Christians, the real battle isn't, and never has been, body v. soul

For Christians, the real battle isn't, and never has been, body v. soul

The Gift of the Elderly: Honoring the Aged Through Fellowship

The Gift of the Elderly: Honoring the Aged Through Fellowship