22 August, 2019

'The Australian Disgrace' by George Weigel

The Australian Disgrace | George Weigel | First Things

Designer babies are on the way. We're not ready.

Designer babies are on the way. We're not ready (Opinion) - CNN

Most complete collection of Newman writings to go online

Most complete collection of Newman writings to go online--Aleteia

Despite Losing His Appeal, Cardinal Pell ‘Maintains His Innocence’

Despite Losing His Appeal, Cardinal Pell ‘Maintains His Innocence’

Pope Francis shares cryptic tweet as he breaks his silence on George Pell's failed bid for freedom

Pope Francis shares cryptic tweet as he breaks his silence on George Pell's failed bid for freedom | Daily Mail Online

Trump again plays on Messianic claims as he embraces ‘King of Israel’ title

Trump again plays on Messianic claims as he embraces ‘King of Israel’ title - The Washington Post

Aussie headaches on Pell case could be child’s play compared to Rome’s

Aussie headaches on Pell case could be child’s play compared to Rome’s

07 August, 2019

Extraordinary Coincidence, Contemporary Lesson: The latest from George Weigel

Extraordinary Coincidence, Contemporary Lesson | George Weigel | First Things:

JPII Institute VP Warns: ‘More Here at Stake Than Just an Institution’s Survival’

Father José Granados discusses the controversy over changes with the Pontifical John Paul II Institute’s new statutes.



JPII Institute VP Warns: ‘More Here at Stake Than Just an Institution’s Survival’:

Kerfuffle over John Paul II's legacy, plus Pope Francis's JV team

Two Vatican developments have occurred over the last week, neither of
which on its own amounts to a thunderclap, but each of which, in its own
way, is still noteworthy.



Kerfuffle over John Paul II's legacy, plus Pope Francis's JV team:

Prison Journal: A Decade of Writing at These Stone Walls

In August, 2009, a wrongly imprisoned priest was asked by Cardinal Avery
Dulles to add his voice to the volume of Christian literature from
those unjustly in prison.



Prison Journal: A Decade of Writing at These Stone Walls:

Dear God, Are You There?

We are in a deep spiritual crisis that can’t be relieved by politics, or philosophy.



Opinion | Dear God, Are You There? - The New York Times:

Americans' faith knowledge tested by Pew

Americans' faith knowledge tested by Pew--Aleteia

02 August, 2019

Groups seeking to suspend Quebec religious symbols law granted leave to appeal

Groups seeking to suspend Quebec religious symbols law granted leave to appeal | National Post

Here’s why everything you thought you knew about gravity is wrong - and why I love physics!

Here’s why everything you thought you knew about gravity is wrong | National Post

At Napa, Lindsey Graham praises Trump, despite administration 'chaos'

At Napa, Lindsey Graham praises Trump, despite administration 'chaos' | National Catholic Reporter

St. Peter Julian Eymard: Receive Christ as a Friend in Communion



St. Peter Julian Eymard: Receive Christ as a Friend in Communion: ≈

Rural Mexico a gut check for Catholic Church on religious freedom

Rural Mexico a gut check for Catholic Church on religious freedom

Uruguay bishops divided on transsexual referendum vote

May God help us all if the Church's bishops are divided on something as straightforward as transgenderism.



Given that it's predicated on two false premises: (1) That God mistakenly puts a different gendered soul into the wrong body at conception, and (2) That gender is something that is divorced from its physical expression, I cannot see how the Church's shepherds can fail to see that it stands clearly in opposition to the Church's teaching and theology. To acknowledge this in no way diminishes or discriminates against people who suffer from what heretofore was called 'gender dysphoria'. It simply accurately describes the true nature of their illness for what it is and dispels the false notion that somehow we are little more than divorced or independent spirits trapped inside an inconsequential body.



Uruguay bishops divided on transsexual referendum vote

31 July, 2019

Can Western civilization be brought back from the brink?

Can Western civilization be brought back from the brink? - Religion News Service

New York Times columnist, chief Washington correspondent warn Catholic ‘mafia’ has infiltrated the Supreme Court

New York Times columnist, chief Washington correspondent warn Catholic ‘mafia’ has infiltrated the Supreme Court

Poetic Justice: Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth

Poetic Justice: Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth

Ambrose, St. Bernard dog and evangelist, was a great grace to many people

I don't agree with much that Michael Sean Winter writes about the Church. But when it comes to dogs, we are clearly on the same page! I'll bet he likes Wendy Francisco's opus on the same subject too.




Ambrose, St. Bernard dog and evangelist, was a great grace to many people | National Catholic Reporter

Here are St. Ignatius' rules for decluttering your home

Here are St. Ignatius' rules for decluttering your home --Aleteia

What are the different types of Catholicism? The Catholic Church has 24 particular "types" or "branches" that have roots in 3 ancient Christian communities.

What are the different types of Catholicism? --Aleteia

25 July, 2019

Sick of hearing about scandals in the Church? You should be. (Part I)

I have called people like Mr. Lawler modern-day Catherine of Siennas. In Canada, we have Sylvia MacEachern (http://www.theinquiry.ca/wordpress/) who has done the same for many years. The only true disinfectant for these sordid scandals is the light of day and they bring it... big time! They literally put their own souls in danger by dealing in the squalor of these affairs, not for glory or praise, but because they truly, deeply, and authentically love their Church. All Catholics of good faith and heart owe them a great debt of gratitude. I know that there are times in which they might be wrong in presuming that this priest or that bishop is guilty. But their batting average is in the stratosphere and can be forgiven the occasional mistake. Please pray for these good souls. We would still be knee-deep and blind to the predations of criminal clerics and feckless bishops were it not for their hard work and dedication.



Sick of hearing about scandals in the Church? You should be. (Part I) | Catholic Culture

What is the annual salary of Pope Francis?

What is the annual salary of Pope Francis? --Aleteia

Can Morality Be Grounded in Science? Sam Harris, noted champion of the New Atheist movement thinks so.

Can Morality Be Grounded in Science? - Crisis Magazine

Five truths Jean Vanier learned living in community with the mentally disabled

Five truths Jean Vanier learned living in community with the mentally disabled | OneLife LA

19 July, 2019

Is it possible to find peace and calm in a world of chaos and confusion? The idea of being a peacemaker is difficult, but also a relief.

Spacious Graciousness | Convivium Magazine

70 Catholics arrested in D.C. protest over Trump immigration policies.

70 Catholics arrested in D.C. protest over Trump immigration policies - The Washington Post

This is just too funny not to post! Man tells dog he's getting a kitten.

774 Ontario euthanasia deaths in the first 6 months of 2019.

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: 774 Ontario euthanasia deaths in the first 6 months of 2019.

Why so many moon craters are named for Jesuits

Why so many moon craters are named for Jesuits--Aleteia

Pope Francis Names Matteo Bruni As Director of Holy See Press Office

Pope Francis Names Matteo Bruni As Director of Holy See Press Office

What Has Changed at Catholic Seminaries?

What Has Changed at Catholic Seminaries?

Notre-Dame came far closer to collapsing than people knew. This is how it was saved.

Notre-Dame came far closer to collapsing than people knew. This is how it was saved. - The New York Times

11 July, 2019

Rev. Gordon MacRae of New Hampshire in the Wall St. Journal

Rev. Gordon MacRae New Hampshire in the Wall St. Journal

The Theological Importance of Humor

The Theological Importance of Humor – IGNITUM TODAY

Icons on ammo boxes

Icons on ammo boxes – Catholic Philly

Power of abandonment to divine providence

Power of abandonment to divine providence--Aleteia

The difference between abbey beers and Trappist beers

The difference between abbey beers and Trappist beers

Did Pope Francis give the relics of St Peter away?

Did Pope Francis give the relics of St Peter away? - The Irish Catholic

Defeat of California's attempt to break seal of confession a victory for religious liberty

Defeat of California's attempt to break seal of confession a victory for religious liberty

Experts engage lay movements in fight against abuse

Experts engage lay movements in fight against abuse

07 July, 2019

Calling card for Catholic Laughs duo is love of wholesome comedy

Calling card for Catholic Laughs duo is love of wholesome comedy

The Greatest Time to be a Priest

The Greatest Time to be a Priest – Complete Christianity

McCarrick: Many Grave Additional Questions

McCarrick: Many Grave Additional Questions - The Catholic Thing

Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen to Be Beatified

Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen to Be Beatified

+Viganò Criticizes Pope Francis' Handling of Abuse Allegations

Viganò Criticizes Pope Francis' Handling of Abuse Allegations

Could Pope Francis deliver yet another 'July surprise'?

Could Pope Francis deliver yet another 'July surprise'?

‘Tsunami’ of elderly and euthanasia are not a good mix, say Queensland doctors

BioEdge: ‘Tsunami’ of elderly and euthanasia are not a good mix, say Queensland doctors

More evidence that people in ‘vegetative states’ may be aware

BioEdge: More evidence that people in ‘vegetative states’ may be aware

Is ‘autonomy’ the central issue in the Vincent Lambert debate?

BioEdge: Is ‘autonomy’ the central issue in the Vincent Lambert debate?

30 June, 2019

You know the one about the Franciscan, the Carmelite, and the Jesuit on retreat?

You know the one about the Franciscan, the Carmelite, and the Jesuit on retreat?--Aleteia

Opinion | The Worm That Nearly Ate the Internet - The New York Times

Opinion | The Worm That Nearly Ate the Internet - The New York Times

Race to militarize cyberspace poses challenge for Just War theory

Race to militarize cyberspace poses challenge for Just War theory

Allowing priests to marry would ensure church future

A century of living a faithful, practicing Catholic life of private piety and public witness to her faith merits the writer of this letter the unqualified right to the assumption of good intentions. I stand in awe and respect for her Christian and Catholic life and am confident that her efforts will stand in good stead before God in any future judgment. But I respectfully suggest that her conclusion isn't supported by the evidence.



Putting to the side all the religious justifications and explanations in favor of a celibate clergy, there is a simple error in fact in her argument that she overlooks. It's simply this: If celibacy is what's causing the shortage of clergy in our Roman Church, to what would she ascribe the same deficiencies in Protestant Churches like the Anglicans and Lutherans? Their numbers have dropped throughout the 1st World right along with what we've experienced with Catholic priests and clerics over the past 50 years. I am afraid to say it, but just allowing our priests to marry would not result in a sustained wave of candidates into the seminaries of Europe or North America. If it did, then it would also be happening already where celibacy has not been a requirement.

Agree? Disagree? What say you, eh?



Allowing priests to marry would ensure church future | Opinion | oswegocountynewsnow.com

French court orders severely disabled man be disconnected from food, water

French court orders severely disabled man be disconnected from food, water | Catholic Herald

28 June, 2019

Canada's population clock shows demographic changes in real time

Canada's population clock shows demographic changes in real time | CTV News

Dutch doctors blackmailed and pressured in euthanasia requests.

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: Dutch doctors blackmailed and pressured in euthanasia requests.

Bishop Barron to a Suffering Church: The Church’s Reformation Depends on You Becoming a Saint

Bishop Barron to a Suffering Church: The Church’s Reformation Depends on You Becoming a Saint

A court fight over an attempted forced abortion shows need for better laws

A court fight over an attempted forced abortion shows need for better laws

Here's how you can buy a hovercraft from the Canadian government (LOL)

Here's how you can buy a hovercraft from the Canadian government | CTV News

Enthrone the Sacred Heart in Your Domestic Church

Enthrone the Sacred Heart in Your Domestic Church

Curial reform focuses on mission because so much of world no longer Christian

Curial reform focuses on mission because so much of world no longer Christian