13 October, 2019

Book review: "Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World"

Book review: "Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World" | Entertainment | roanoke.com:

Catholic Church: Why young men are still choosing to be priests

Why are young men still choosing to become Catholic priests? It’s a fair enough question to ask any trainee priest in the current Australian climate: who, today, is choosing to devote their entire lives to the Catholic Church?



Catholic Church: Why young men are still choosing to be priests:

A little sunshine for this Thanksgiving Day!

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

05 September, 2019

Montreal man accused of stabbing pregnant wife, killing unborn baby, pleads guilty to 2nd-degree murder

Montreal man accused of stabbing pregnant wife, killing baby, pleads guilty to 2nd-degree murder | CBC News

Pope Francis Acknowledges Critics in U.S. Catholic Church

Pope Francis Acknowledges Critics in U.S. Catholic Church | Time

The Buffalo Abuse Cover-Up Allegations: Will ‘Vos Estis’ Be Applied?

The Buffalo Abuse Cover-Up Allegations: Will ‘Vos Estis’ Be Applied?

Euthanasia isn’t about being free; it’s about being reduced to a dollar sign, says Pope Francis

Euthanasia isn’t about being free; it’s about being reduced to a dollar sign, says Pope Francis

This ancient Judaean fortress became a Byzantine monastery… but only for a while.

This ancient Judaean fortress became a Byzantine monastery… but only for a while.

03 September, 2019

Astrophysics and The Society of Jesus

Fr. Adam Hincks, SJ, is one of 22 newly ordained priests to The Society of Jesus community. Convivium's Hannah Marazzi sits down with him to discuss his background in science and the journey that brought him to become a Jesuit priest.

Astrophysics and The Society of Jesus | Convivium Magazine

Religion Or Reason? Why cultures and people have opposed abortions through the ages.

If opposition to abortion is rooted in natural law, one should be able to show that such opposition existed in societies devoid of Christian influence. The evidence is overwhelming.

Religion Or Reason? | Convivium Magazine

Archaeologists may have identified Emmaus

Archaeologists may have identified Emmaus--Aleteiaa

Pope Francis: euthanasia falsely promotes personal freedom

Pope Francis: euthanasia falsely promotes personal freedom | ROME REPORTS

Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian 'influencers'

Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian 'influencers' - Religion News Service

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