31 January, 2019

People with faith tend to sleep better

A recent study shows that believing that you have a relationship with God and that you are going to be saved after death, as well as other religious beliefs and activities, help you sleep better.



People with faith tend to sleep better — Aleteia:

Vatican adviser says 'real reform,' not spin, key to recovery from abuse crisis

Vatican adviser says 'real reform,' not spin, key to recovery from abuse crisis:

30 January, 2019

It’s gut-check time for secularists as Quebec counts people affected by religious symbols ban

Chris Selley: It’s gut-check time for secularists as Quebec counts people affected by religious symbols ban | National Post:

Dallas Charter Culture and the Covington Controversy

Dallas Charter Culture and the Covington Controversy:

The Courageous Honesty of Peter Steinfels: The latest column from George Weigel on the First Things blog

The Courageous Honesty of Peter Steinfels | George Weigel | First Things:

Expert sees Asia Bibi acquittal fueling push for 'rule of law' in Pakistan

Following Tuesday’s “definitive” acquittal of Asia Bibi, an illiterate Catholic mother of four who spent almost a decade on death row on blasphemy charges, one Asia expert says the next frontier for minorities in Pakistan is the press for full equality as citizens under the law.



Expert sees Asia Bibi acquittal fueling push for 'rule of law' in Pakistan:

28 January, 2019

C. Matthew Hawkins: Encountering Christ; A Conspiracy of Love: Beale Street: Mid-70s African American Novel Gets 21st Century Cinematographic Treatment

Here's a blog post that's a review of a film currently playing in theatres titled 'Beale Street' written by a seminarian I've met here in Baltimore during my current sabbatical. Matt Hawkins is a man of tremendous passion, zeal, and intellect who has clearly dedicated his life to both promoting the Gospel of Christ and bettering the welfare of the greater American community. I suspect that we'll be hearing a great deal from this young man in the years to come within the American Church and beyond.



Check out his blog and see there just a taste of what I believe he has to offer. It has been the opportunity to meet, discuss, and debate issues of theology and social justice that I count among the great gifts this time of study at St. Mary's Seminary and University here in Baltimore has afforded me. I am truly blessed. Here's hoping we all will continue to be blessed by reading more from this insightful Catholic: Matt Hawkins in the years to come. Well done Matt.



C. Matthew Hawkins: Encountering Christ; A Conspiracy of Love: Beale Street: Mid-70s African American Novel Gets 21st Century Cinematographic Treatment:

New York, Abortion, and a Short Route to Chaos: An article from +Robert Barron

New York, Abortion, and a Short Route to Chaos | Word on Fire

Pope Francis Outlines Key Priorities for February Sex-Abuse Summit

Pope Francis Outlines Key Priorities for February Sex-Abuse Summit:

Pope reaffirms priest celibacy but makes case for exception

Pope reaffirms priest celibacy but makes case for exception | CTV News:

22 January, 2019

Nathan Phillips rally attempted to disrupt Mass at DC’s National Shrine

While chanting and playing ceremonial drums, a group of Native American rights activists reportedly led by Nathan Phillips attempted Jan. 19 to enter Washington, DC’s National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception during a Saturday evening Mass.



Nathan Phillips rally attempted to disrupt Mass at DC’s National Shrine:

Cardinal O’Connor’s Pro-Life Legacy Lives On Among Students

Cardinal O’Connor’s Pro-Life Legacy Lives On Among Students:

Ben Shapiro rips 'manufactured media lie' against Covington Catholic High School boys

Ben Shapiro rips 'manufactured media lie' against Covington Catholic High School boys - Washington Times:

Priests and pastors shoulder a huge emotional burden, but they're burning out ... alone

Priests and pastors shoulder a huge emotional burden, but they're burning out ... alone | CBC News:

5 Things to Know About World Youth Day 2019

5 Things to Know About World Youth Day 2019: The youth event in Panama starts today and ends Jan. 27.

How We Destroy Lives Today: Will the Covington Catholic High School fiasco change social media?

Opinion | How We Destroy Lives Today - The New York Times:

19 January, 2019

Who gets to decide when a 14-year-old wants to change gender? The child, the hospital, the battling parents?

Who gets to decide when a 14-year-old wants to change gender? The child, the hospital, the battling parents? | National Post: A B.C. case raises difficult questions about parental rights and about how young is too young to make medical decisions. The result is a messy ethical and legal tangle

Father Raymond J. de Souza: Canada’s police crack down on peaceful free speech

Father Raymond J. de Souza: Canada’s police crack down on peaceful free speech | National Post:

Sexual Abuse and the End of Papal Deference

Sexual Abuse and the End of Papal Deference: COMMENTARY: The Chilean bishops’ visit to Rome demonstrated the newfound willingness of bishops to push back publicly against objection...

Why I Assigned “The Kingdom” | Stephen E. Lewis

Why I Assigned “The Kingdom” | Stephen E. Lewis | First Things: Our daily blog content exclusive to the web hits on hot topics in both religion and public life and will keep you informed and entertained all week.

Five reasons the pope's clergy sex abuse meeting in Rome will fail

Five reasons the pope's clergy sex abuse meeting in Rome will fail | National Catholic Reporter:

18 January, 2019

Sojourner's Notes from a Sabbatical

Back in the day when I was still a young priest, I used to have the opportunity to augment my meagre clerical salary by filling in as a supply teacher at the local Catholic High School. One day a young lad, eager to establish his bona fides with his fellow ‘back of the classroom’ mates, decided to challenge me to prove that heaven and hell were realities we would face when we departed this mortal coil. “If they really exist” he asked, “tell me what they are really like.” After explaining that I had as yet no first hand experience of either eternal state I said that I could only answer his question by using earthly analogies that we both could relate to. “Hell” I said “was a never ending litany of wedding rehearsals while heaven was a library that held more interesting books than I could read in an eternity.” Using that paradigm, I am currently experiencing a taste of heaven as I enjoy a sabbatical at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland where I am spending many blissful hours each day in their library researching a topic I’ve given much thought to over the years: ‘Friendship as a model of the moral and religious life’.

Friendship (filial love) has long been held as the least important type of love. Christian theology holds agape love (total self-giving) as the highest form of love that believers should strive to emulate. Post-modern Western culture lifts up sexual love (eros) as that penultimate goal of human existence guaranteed to bring one fulfillment in life. But many wise sages through the years have argued that friendship stands at least as their equal as the means of living a virtuous and fulfilled life. Aristotle declared in his signature work The Nicomachean Ethics that friendship was the one essential thing that a virtuous person needed to possess a life worthy of living. Others as noteworthy as Cicero and Thomas Aquinas offered similar arguments expounding on the vital role that filial love plays in the good life. Modern philosophers and theologians from Paul Wadell, C.P., to Michael Pakaluk, and John M. Cooper have also offered a vigorous defence of this oft-denigrated mode of love. Having the luxury to be able to spend as many hours as I desire each day to read the works of such notables in the comfort of a modern university library is truly a foretaste for me of the promised New Jerusalem of paradise.

So what has this paradisiacal experience taught me about friendship? Stay tuned to the blog and I'll post whatever nuggets of wisdom I'm able to digest.

Ben Shapiro: "We are the Guardians of His Most Precious Creations," He Says in Powerful March for Life Speech

Ben Shapiro: "We are the Guardians of His Most Precious Creations," He Says in Powerful March for Life Speech | ChurchPOP:

Archbishop Naumann: The Pro-Life Movement Must Be One of Mercy

Archbishop Naumann: The Pro-Life Movement Must Be One of Mercy: Kansas City shepherd presided at the opening Mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life at the basilica in Washington.

16 January, 2019

The PA Grand-Jury Report: Not What It Seems. It’s Inaccurate, Unfair & Misleading.

The PA Grand-Jury Report: Not What It Seems | Commonweal Magazine

Why Is Jordan Peterson So Popular? The Canadian psychology professor’s stardom is evidence that leftism is on the decline—and deeply vulnerable.

Why Is Jordan Peterson So Popular? - The Atlantic: The Canadian psychology professor’s stardom is evidence that leftism is on the decline—and deeply vulnerable.

Pope Francis: What to expect in 2019

Pope Francis: What to expect in 2019: The finalization of a Curial reform process, a reshuffle in some Vatican positions, and an eventual consistory to “refill” the College of Cardinals might be among Pope Francis’ key moves in 2019.

Archbishop Lori Announces System to Report Allegations Against Baltimore Bishops

Archbishop Lori Announces System to Report Allegations Against Baltimore Bishops: Complaints made through the Ethics Point system about bishops will be routed to Baltimore’s diocesan review board.

Nothing About Us Without Us: The latest from George Weigel

Nothing About Us Without Us | George Weigel | First Things:

11 January, 2019

Cardinal Wuerl knew of allegations against McCarrick, despite earlier denials

Cardinal Wuerl knew of allegations against McCarrick, despite earlier denials

In the Pope Francis era, the Eucharist defines doctrinal tussles

In the Pope Francis era, the Eucharist defines doctrinal tussles

Here's What You Need to Know About the Final Document from the Synod of Bishops on Young People

Here's What You Need to Know About the Final Document from the Synod of Bishops on Young People – EpicPew

What is the meaning of the name 'Jesus'?

Meaning of the name 'Jesus' --Aleteia

What do these Catholic abbreviations and acronyms mean? A handy reference for Catholics.

What do these Catholic abbreviations and acronyms mean?

Opinion | The Remoralization of the Market - A column from David Brooks

Opinion | The Remoralization of the Market - The New York Times

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