28 February, 2019

Married priests will be on agenda for the Amazon synod, theologian says

Asked if during an October Synod of Bishops on the Amazon the ordination of viri probati, meaning mature, married men strong in their faith and usually considered as candidates to be ordained deacons will come up, Taborda said “that’s what this is about.”



Married priests will be on agenda for the Amazon synod, theologian says:

Melbourne archbishop notes “surprise” at Pell verdict; Vatican agrees

Melbourne archbishop notes “surprise” at Pell verdict; Vatican agrees:

The world's smallest baby boy grows big enough to leave hospital

Born at just 9.45oz, five months in intensive care has this baby ready to face the world. This little tyke weighed in at a scant 5.25oz less than my brother did 61 years ago when he was born. He turned out great despite early predictions of doom and gloom at the time of his birth. With advances in medical technology today, no doubt this latest tiny tot will thrive as well. The will to live is an amazing drive in God's children... for which we should all be most thankful.



The world's smallest baby boy grows big enough to leave hospital:

Is it okay to ask God for a sign?

Is it okay to ask God for a sign? --Aleteia:

Systematically Exterminating the Disabled

Most of us are here to learn but those with Down syndrome are here to teach. Tragically too many folks have forgotten this truth. We are all a little worse off as a result.



Systematically Exterminating the Disabled:

Have Dark Forces Been Messing With the Cosmos?

Axions? Phantom energy? Astrophysicists scramble to patch a hole in the universe, rewriting cosmic history in the process.



Have Dark Forces Been Messing With the Cosmos? - The New York Times:

24 February, 2019

Montreal man found guilty of manslaughter in death of wife with late-stage Alzheimer’s

Jurors were told their deliberations would not consider the laws around medically assisted death, the quality of care provided in long-term care centres, or the potential sentence



Montreal man found guilty of manslaughter in death of wife with late-stage Alzheimer’s | National Post:

Minors and Majors

The Vatican synod currently underway has as its theme the ‘protection of minors’, a category that in our current intellectual milieu triggers a vivid emotional response; for what comes to mind are little children and, if one is of a religious persuasion, the condemnation of Our Lord of those who scandalize such vulnerable souls. Yet …



Minors and Majors « Catholic Insight:

The Lustful Elephant in the Room

The Lustful Elephant in the Room « Catholic Insight:

Catholic Church destroyed records to hide sex abuse, top cardinal alleges

German Cardinal Reinhard Marx detailed at the unprecedented Vatican summit how the Catholic Church would silence sex abuse victims — while shielding the perpetrators.



Catholic Church destroyed records to hide sex abuse, top cardinal alleges - Vox:

Pope Francis’ Concluding Address to Participants of Vatican Summit on Child Protection

Pope Francis’ Concluding Address to Participants of Vatican Summit on Child Protection:

23 February, 2019

Why Celibacy Matters

Opinion | Why Celibacy Matters - The New York Times:

Why Laws Forcing a Breach in the Confessional Seal Are in No One’s Best Interest

Why Laws Forcing a Breach in the Confessional Seal Are in No One’s Best Interest:

Letters from the Vatican: #5 - Xavier Rynne II

Letters from the Vatican: #5 | Xavier Rynne II | First Things:

Nevada's Life Support Bill Will Push Patients Off Wanted Life Support

Let's hope that the Nevada Legislature rejects this awful bill.



Nevada's Life Support Bill Will Push Patients Off Wanted Life Support | National Review:

Dogs Are Better Than Cats Because They Are a Reflection of God's Love

Dogs Are Better Than Cats Because They Are a Reflection of God's Love – EpicPew:

Catholic Church Abuse Scandals: Pope Francis Cover-Up Is Atrocious

Catholic Church Abuse Scandals: Pope Francis Cover-Up Is Atrocious | National Review:

22 February, 2019

Will Vatican snatch defeat from jaws of victory at anti-abuse summit?

There have already been hints during this week’s high-profile summit on clerical sexual abuse that the Vatican may find ways to take our eyes off the prize.



Will Vatican snatch defeat from jaws of victory at anti-abuse summit?:

Country that doesn't kill killers OK with killing depressed

A study of Belgium prisoners, who were killed at their own request, has revealed tragic irony in a country with liberal euthanasia laws.



Country that doesn't kill killers OK with killing depressed:

Don’t expect ‘one size fits all’ reforms from abuse summit

As Catholic leaders from every country gather in Rome to discuss clerical sexual misconduct, local remedies will vary widely in effectiveness. But George Weigel thinks the world can learn much from the American experience.



Don’t expect ‘one size fits all’ reforms from abuse summit – Catholic Philly:

Letters from the Vatican: #4 - Xavier Rynne II

Letters from the Vatican: #4 | Xavier Rynne II | First Things:

Vatican summit on sex abuse focuses calls for accountability

Cardinals attending Pope Francis' summit on preventing clergy sex abuse called Friday for a new culture of accountability in the Catholic Church to punish bishops and religious superiors when they fail to protect their flocks from predator priests.



Vatican summit on sex abuse focuses calls for accountability | CTV News:

21 February, 2019

California bill would require Catholic priests to report child sex abuse revealed in confession

California state lawmakers are introducing a bill that would strip priests of their legal protection for the Catholic Church's sacrament of confession when it comes to child sexual abuse.



California bill would require Catholic priests to report child sex abuse revealed in confession | Fox News:

Pope offers 21 proposals to fight abuse at start of summit

Pope Francis opened a landmark sex abuse prevention summit by offering senior Catholic leaders 21 proposals to punish predators and keep children safe, warning that the faithful are demanding concrete action and not just words.



Pope offers 21 proposals to fight abuse at start of summit | CTV News:

Opening summit, Pope urges 'concrete, effective measures' on abuse

Pope Francis opened a keenly anticipated summit on the clerical abuse scandals on Thursday by saying the People of God want "concrete and effective measures," not just "simple condemnations."



Opening summit, Pope urges 'concrete, effective measures' on abuse:

Why fasting was previously forbidden on Thursdays in the Catholic Church --Aleteia

Why fasting was previously forbidden on Thursdays in the Catholic Church --Aleteia:

85-year-old Florida woman in legal battle over image of "Our Lady of Guadalupe"

An elderly woman is being taken through the courts over a mural of the Blessed Virgin which she installed over a window in her own home. As the manufactured home park claims improper materials were used, this woman calls it religious discrimination.



85-year-old Florida woman in legal battle over image of "Our Lady of Guadalupe":

Letters from the Vatican: #3 | Xavier Rynne II

Letters from the Vatican: #3 | Xavier Rynne II | First Things:

20 February, 2019

Sex hormones for gender transitioning hike risk of stroke, heart attacks, study finds

Nearly 4,000 Dutch trans women and trans men given hormones during their gender transition had an elevated risk for strokes, heart attack and blood clots.



Sex hormones for gender transitioning hike risk of stroke, heart attacks, study finds | National Post:

“Synodality” and the Rome Abuse Summit

“Synodality” and the Rome Abuse Summit | George Weigel | First Things:

The Last Full Measure of Devotion: Love Your Enemies

The Gospel for the 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time lays out one of the more ominous truths of Sacred Scripture: ‘The measure with which you measure will be measured out to you.’



The Last Full Measure of Devotion: Love Your Enemies:

Sights and sounds from 'Super Bowl week' in Rome: A collection of some of the voices and events in and around Pope Francis's anti-abuse summit opening on Thursday.

Sights and sounds from 'Super Bowl week' in Rome:

Letters from the Vatican: #2 by Xavier Rynne II

Letters from the Vatican: #2 | Xavier Rynne II | First Things:

19 February, 2019

In Canada, a Hockey Revival: The Flying Fathers are back!

In Canada, a Hockey Revival - The New York Times

What Catholics and Southern Baptists can learn from each other about sex abuse crisis

What Catholics and Southern Baptists can learn from each other about sex abuse crisis | National Catholic Reporter:

Pray for your bishop with this short prayer

Pray for your bishop with this short prayer --Aleteia:

A Nation of Weavers: The social renaissance is happening from the ground up.

Opinion | A Nation of Weavers - The New York Times:

Pope Francis lifts suspension on Nicaraguan priest, poet

MANAGUA, Nicaragua — Pope Francis has lifted the suspension imposed in 1983 on Nicaraguan priest and poet Ernesto Cardenal, the Vatican’s ambassador to Nicaragua said in a statement Monday.



Pope Francis lifts suspension on Nicaraguan priest, poet | National Post:

18 February, 2019

Church's credibility hangs in balance ahead of sex abuse summit

Pope Francis called for prayers ahead of an unprecedented summit designed to tackle sexual abuse in the priesthood, a persisting problem that has shaken the faith of Catholics globally and that Francis on Sunday called "the urgent challenge of our time."



Church's credibility hangs in balance ahead of sex abuse summit | CBC News:

Maybe summit can't do everything, but it better deliver something

Most reformers and experts have treated accountability for the cover-up as well as the crime as the end game of the process, but it's actually essential to the beginning.



Maybe summit can't do everything, but it better deliver something:

'Where Peter Is' does a nice job… The start of a series looking at the theology of Pope Francis.

...of introducing us to the theology of Pope Francis: In God’s gift of faith, a supernatural infused virtue, we realize that a great love has been offered us, a good word has been spoken to us, and that when we welcome that word, Jesus Christ the Word made flesh, the Holy Spirit transforms us, lights up our way to the future and enables us joyfully to advance along that way on wings of hope.

Pope Francis, Lumen Fidei



Where Peter Is does a nice job… | Mark Shea:

11 February, 2019

Cardinal Kasper: Cardinal Müller’s Manifesto Spreads ‘Confusion and Division’

Cardinal Walter Kasper released criticism of four-page public testimony of fellow cardinal. (Wow! I wonder if Cardinal Kasper even read Müeller's Manifesto. I sure can't see anything objectionable in it.)



Cardinal Kasper: Cardinal Müller’s Manifesto Spreads ‘Confusion and Division’:

Ahead of pope's abuse summit, expert warns there's no 'one size fits all' fix

A leading expert in the field of child protection has said that while one goal of the upcoming Vatican summit on abuse prevention is to get the world’s bishops on the same page, a uniform solution to the clerical abuse issue doesn’t exist.



Ahead of pope's abuse summit, expert warns there's no 'one size fits all' fix:

06 February, 2019

Catholics have faith, tools to repair a broken world, says archbishop

Catholics have faith, tools to repair a broken world, says archbishop – Catholic Philly

Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Joseph Goebbels In ‘The Reckoning’

Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Joseph Goebbels In ‘The Reckoning’

The Moral Depravity of Andrew Cuomo & Friends

The Moral Depravity of Andrew Cuomo & Friends | George Weigel | First Things:

If religious freedom's a process, why not name the elephant in the room?

If religious freedom's a process, why not name the elephant in the room?:

What About Mechanical Ventilation of ALS Patients?

If someone tells you that ventilator support for ALS patients always is or is not a morally proportionate alternative, get a second opinion.



What About Mechanical Ventilation of ALS Patients?:

05 February, 2019

Science and Christian Theology Mutually Inform One Another

Science and Christian Theology Mutually Inform One Another - Crisis Magazine:

On excommunicating Andrew Cuomo for heresy

Now as soon as anyone claims that under the 1983 Code the application of a sanction, let alone of excommunication, indeed a latae sententiae excommunication, is available by a “straightforward application” of the law, canonical warning bells should go off. But does Governor Cuomo's actions in supporting and signing the recent abortion rights bill perhaps warrant such an excommunication on the grounds of heresy. In this article, Ed Peters, a noted canonist, looks at the possibility.



On excommunicating Andrew Cuomo for heresy | In the Light of the Law:

Catholic Clergy: Making themselves irrelevant in so many ways.

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Trump Administration Moves to Protect Religious Adoption, Foster-Care Providers

Trump Administration Moves to Protect Religious Adoption, Foster-Care Providers:

Study shows religion and spirituality are beneficial for those at risk of depression

Study shows religion and spirituality are beneficial for those at risk of depression:

Pope becomes parish priest of Catholics on Arabian Peninsula

Pope becomes parish priest of Catholics on Arabian Peninsula:

Italian protesting clerical abuse arrested in front of the Vatican

Italian protesting clerical abuse arrested in front of the Vatican:

04 February, 2019

Pope Francis to world’s religious leaders: We build the future together or there will be no future

“There is no alternative: We either build the future together or there will not be a future,” Pope Francis said frankly in an important keynote address to participants at the high-level inter-religious meeting in Abu Dhabi on Feb. 4. “Religions, in particular, cannot renounce the urgent task of building bridges between peoples and cultures,” he told the 700 representatives of Islam, Christianity, Judaism and other religions at an open-air gathering at the memorial to the founding father of the United Arab Emirates.



Pope Francis to world’s religious leaders: We build the future together or there will be no future | America Magazine:

The Church and the Abortion Capital: How Catholicism's decline increased partisan polarization on abortion.

Opinion | The Church and the Abortion Capital - The New York Times:

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