31 March, 2019

If 50 is the new 40, should we be allowed to change our birth certificates? | National Post

A University of Oslo scholar says a moral case could be made for allowing people to legally change their age if their biological and emotional age doesn't match their chronological age.



If 50 is the new 40, should we be allowed to change our birth certificates? | National Post:

Selling people the Vatican "gets it" on abuse a challenge right now

Selling people the Vatican "gets it" on abuse a challenge right now:

Report that Pope Francis has picked a new D.C. archbishop eclipsed by doubts and conspiracy theories

The Catholic News Agency, citing anonymous sources, reported that the pope is going to appoint Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory to replace embattled D.C. Cardinal Donald Wuerl. But the news was overshadowed by suspicions about the leaks.



Report that Pope Francis has picked a new D.C. archbishop eclipsed by doubts and conspiracy theories - The Washington Post:

Questions raised about possible ‘secret archive’ of historical sex abuse records in lawsuit against B.C. ‘playboy’ priest

A lawsuit has brought fresh scrutiny upon the behaviour of Rev. Erlindo Molon at Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish in Kamloops, B.C., in the 1970s and the church's response to it.



Questions raised about possible ‘secret archive’ of historical sex abuse records in lawsuit against B.C. ‘playboy’ priest | National Post:

29 March, 2019

Vandals, arsonists target French Catholic churches

More than 10 churches have been hit since the beginning of February, with some set on fire while others were severely desecrated or damaged.



Vandals, arsonists target French Catholic churches – Catholic Philly:

Pope Francis requires immediate reporting of sex abuse in new policy

Pope Francis has issued sweeping new sex abuse legislation for Vatican personnel and Holy See diplomats overseas, requiring the immediate reporting of abuse allegations to Vatican prosecutors. (emphasis added)



Is this really a change in policy?



Pope Francis requires immediate reporting of sex abuse in new policy:

26 March, 2019

Bishop Thomas Dowd shares thoughts after Montreal priest sentenced for sexually abusing minors

Watch Bishop Thomas Dowd shares thoughts after Montreal priest sentenced for sexually abusing minors.



Bishop Thomas Dowd shares thoughts after Montreal priest sentenced for sexually abusing minors | Watch News Videos Online:

One-third of American Catholics consider leaving Church, Gallup reports

One-third of American Catholics consider leaving Church, Gallup reports : News Headlines | Catholic Culture:

Women wielding canes fend off man attacking Edmonton priest

Police are investigating after Edmonton parishioners, armed with canes, protected their priest from an unprovoked assault.



Women wielding canes fend off man attacking Edmonton priest | CBC News:

Euthanasia activist outlines expansion of euthanasia in Canada.

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: Euthanasia activist outlines expansion of euthanasia in Canada.:

Lucetta Scaraffia resigns from Vatican women's magazine over pressure

The founder of Women Church World said the magazine was surrounded by a climate of mistrust and delegitimization.



Lucetta Scaraffia resigns from Vatican women's magazine over pressure - The Washington Post:

A God Problem: Perfect. All-powerful. All-knowing. The idea of the deity most Westerners accept is actually not coherent.

Opinion | A God Problem - The New York Times:

25 March, 2019

24 March, 2019

Toronto doctors sued for allegedly ignoring veteran's wishes to stay alive

A civil trial is set to begin this week for two doctors accused of ignoring an elderly man's wishes to stay alive and allegedly imposing a "do not resuscitate" order without consulting him or his substitute decision-maker.



Toronto doctors sued for allegedly ignoring veteran's wishes to stay alive | CTV News:

Death Comes For the Archbishop: The Martyrdom of Óscar Romero

If for a second Óscar Romero had glanced through the open doors of the chapel, would he have seen the young man taking aim? Would he have been afraid? Would he have been tempted to flee?



Death Comes For the Archbishop: The Martyrdom of Óscar Romero | America Magazine:

The Danger of Conflating Sexual Abuse With Abuse of Power

The Danger of Conflating Sexual Abuse With Abuse of Power

A North American pope? Rare, leaked report from Pope Francis’s election reveals who got votes

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, from Quebec City and Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the archbishop of Boston, were two of the top four vote-getters in the 2013 papal election where Pope Francis was elected.



American pope? Rare, leaked report from Pope Francis’s election reveals who got votes - The Boston Globe:

23 March, 2019

Man charged with attempted murder in Saint Joseph's Oratory attack





In an updated statement released Saturday afternoon, Grou said he bears "no resentment" against the accused.
"I hope he has all the support he needs and that he finds peace. I am convinced that he had no personal animosity towards me but that he acted according to his own convictions," said Grou.
BRAVO Fr. Grou!
A spokesperson for Saint Joseph's Oratory said 77-year-old Father Claude Grou, likely in shock, hadn't realized he'd been hurt after the attack. (Saint Joseph's Oratory)

Pope accepts resignation of Chilean cardinal who faces abuse cover-up probe

The resignation of Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati of Chile, who is facing an investigation by local prosecutors for allegedly covering up cases of child abuse by clergy, has been accepted by the pope.



Pope accepts resignation of Chilean cardinal who faces abuse cover-up probe:

The 10 most dangerous countries for Christians

According to Open Doors’ 2019 World Watch List, these are the countries which perpetrate the greatest crimes against our brothers and sisters in Christ.



The 10 most dangerous countries for Christians:

Financial worries? Here's some powerful Scripture to help allay your fears

When times get tough, the Bible can add a lot of helpful perspective.



Financial worries? Here's some powerful Scripture to help allay your fears -- Aleteia:

21 March, 2019

Pope Francis wants Catholic priests to undergo psychological testing to prevent abuse. But will that really help?

Can a clinician actually determine who is a pedophile? Can a test predict who is cut out for a life of chastity? The church promises psychological evaluation for all new priests, despite dubious science.



Pope Francis wants Catholic priests to undergo psychological testing to prevent abuse. But will that really help? - The Washington Post:

Federal budget includes increased funding for protection of churches

Houses of worship are receiving an extra measure of security in Canada’s federal budget.



Federal budget includes increased funding for protection of churches:

Crucifix in Montreal council chambers coming down, executive committee says

Major renovations are about to get underway at City Hall, and the crucifix is being taken down for the work but will not be put back up when it's done.



Crucifix in Montreal council chambers coming down, executive committee says | CBC News:

Rome combines archaeology and technology for a digital glimpse of the past

Rome brings their history back to life with educational projections cast over their many ruins and monuments.



Rome combines archaeology and technology for a digital glimpse of the past:

Pope Francis’ Appointments: A Key Measure of His Pontificate

Pope Francis’ Appointments: A Key Measure of His Pontificate:

20 March, 2019

Templeton Prize winner believes science and spirituality are complementary

Marcelo Gleiser, a native of Brazil, became the first Latin American to be awarded the Templeton Prize. A professor of physics and astronomy at Dartmouth College, Gleiser, who is a professed agnostic, was acclaimed as a "scientist who rejects the notion that science alone can lead to ultimate truths about the nature of reality."



Templeton Prize winner believes science and spirituality are complementary | America Magazine:

FOR CARDINAL GEORGE PELL, JUSTICE DESCENDS DOWN UNDER

Across the world, Cardinal George Pell’s trial is seen as a victory for an epidemic of anti-Church sentiment. As we near Holy Week, this seems all too familiar.



FOR CARDINAL GEORGE PELL, JUSTICE DESCENDS DOWN UNDER:

A father’s rights sacrificed on the transgender altar

A court rules that parental resistance amounts to family violence.



A father’s rights sacrificed on the transgender altar:

Oberammergau Passion Play preparations begin, with a pledge

The men of Oberammergau have to make an extra sacrifice every 10 years



Oberammergau Passion Play preparations begin, with a pledge--Aleteia:

Lessons from Cardinal Pell’s 6-year jail sentence

He was convicted on the word of one person testifying behind closed doors.



Lessons from Cardinal Pell’s 6-year jail sentence:

A Tale of Two Georges - from George Weigel (Note: He's not one of the two Georges!)

A Tale of Two Georges | George Weigel | First Things:

‘You Have Searched Me’: God’s Special Friendship With Us

‘You Have Searched Me’: God’s Special Friendship With Us

16 March, 2019

Pope Francis and Papal Authority under Attack

The authority of the pope comes from Christ, and it is divinely protected. Vatican I clearly teaches that “the See of St. Peter always remains untainted by any error according to the divine promise of our Lord and Savior made to the prince of his disciples”



Pope Francis and Papal Authority under Attack - La Stampa:

The mystery of Peter: A reflection on the pontificate of Pope Francis as it starts its 7th year

At the beginning the seventh year of his pontificate, as he became the target of accusations by enemies and former supporters, Pope Francis fully embraces the mystery tied to his ministry: the task of the successor of the fisherman who was crucified upside down in the Vatican Hill area.



The mystery of Peter - La Stampa:

Analysis: What’s next for Cardinal Pell?

Analysis: What’s next for Cardinal Pell? | Catholic Herald:

Priests, other clergy would be mandatory child abuse reporters under proposed New York law

In light of horrific sex abuse scandals in the Diocese of Buffalo and across the country, a Cheektowaga lawmaker has proposed a new law that would make clergy mandated reporters of child abuse.



Priests, other clergy would be mandatory child abuse reporters under proposed New York law:

Tradition is the Democracy of the Dead

Tradition is the Democracy of the Dead:

On Lenten retreat, Pope Francis reflected on 'Gaudium et spes'

Pope Francis said Friday that he senses resistance to Gaudium et spes, a document the pope said he reflected much upon during his Lenten retreat this week.



On Lenten retreat, Pope Francis reflected on 'Gaudium et spes':

15 March, 2019

A religion? A relationship? What is Christianity?

Dear Sam, Someone told me that Christianity is not a religion. That doesn’t make sense to me. What does that mean? Is it true? If it’s not a religion, what is it?



Signed, Confused



Dear Confused, You know, I’ve heard that too... (Click on link below to read the rest of the answer.)



Inside the Issue: A religion? A relationship? What is Christianity? | Pembroke Daily Observer:

Funeral workers are finally opening up about the job's emotional toll

Dignified stoicism was the manner of operating in the industry, leaving many struggling personally. A group of Ottawa workers is tackling the issue.



Funeral workers are finally opening up about the job's emotional toll - Macleans.ca:

Basilians must search for a ‘priestly’ response to Fr. Thomas Roscia's plagiarism

Fr. Raymond J. de Souza: Basilians must search for a ‘priestly’ response:

Canadian reforms the Catholic Church needs: Not every idea is a good idea! Here's an example.

Rome could learn from an Anglican diocese in southwestern Ontario, which made history in 1857 by electing its bishop.



Canadian reforms the Catholic Church needs | The Star:

German Bishops Announce ‘Synodal Process’ on Celibacy, Sexual Morality

Cardinal Reinhard Marx said the bishops had unanimously decided on 'synodal progression' that could lead to a binding outcome.



German Bishops Announce ‘Synodal Process’ on Celibacy, Sexual Morality:

14 March, 2019

Charles Lewis: The Catholic writer has a burden of truth

Charles Lewis: The Catholic writer has a burden of truth:

Pell's prison sentence greeted with praise, grief by friends and foes

Reactions to a 6-year prison sentence for Cardinal George Pell range from caution awaiting his appeal to outrage that it wasn't longer.



Pell's prison sentence greeted with praise, grief by friends and foes:

Has the Catholic Church committed the worst crime in U.S. history?

It’s a fair question given the extent of horrifying alleged instances of sexual abuse of children and coverups.



Has the Catholic Church committed the worst crime in U.S. history? - The Washington Post:

New issues raised over Canada Summer Jobs grants

New issues raised over Canada Summer Jobs grants:

The Court and the Cross

How far is the Supreme Court willing to open the public square to more overtly religious expression? A pending case may tell us.



Opinion | The Court and the Cross - The New York Times:

13 March, 2019

A book well worth reading!


This is a book that I read this afternoon. highly recommend it! It can be purchased on Amazon.ca.

https://www.amazon.ca/Last-Homily-Conversations-Arne-Panula/dp/1949013014/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=The+Last+Homily&qid=1552516740&s=gateway&sr=8-1

The percentage of Catholics considering leaving due to the sex abuse crisis jumped by 15 percent since the early 2000′s

U.S. Catholic frustration and openness to leaving comes at a time when Americans in general are less tied to faith groups.



The percentage of Catholics considering leaving due to the sex abuse crisis jumped by 15 percent since the early 2000′s - The Washington Post:

The Holy See and Cardinal Pell - George Weigel

The Holy See and Cardinal Pell | George Weigel | First Things:

Turmoil in Rome and the Transfiguration of Christ

Moses and the Prophet Elijah are present for the Transfiguration of Jesus in the Gospel of St. Luke spanning all of Salvation History for the Second Sunday of Lent.



Turmoil in Rome and the Transfiguration of Christ:

12 March, 2019

Archbishop Smith blog post: 'Chosen and Tempted'

Archbishop Smith: Chosen and Tempted:

Flying Fathers return to Pembroke for long-term care fundraiser

The Flying Fathers put on a show in Pembroke Family Day, beating a team of Pembroke minor coaches, but the real winner was long-term care.When the dust had settled and everyone wiped the whipped cream from their faces, the Flying Fathers won by a score of 18-10, or more than a touchdown.



Flying Fathers return to Pembroke for long-term care fundraiser | Pembroke Daily Observer:

Viganò may have made it harder to get to the truth on McCarrick

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has aspired for more than a decade to be the great Vatican whistleblower, but he may actually have made it more difficult for U.S. bishops to pressure the Vatican to reveal what it knows in the Theodore McCarrick case.



Viganò may have made it harder to get to the truth on McCarrick:

11 March, 2019

Pell conviction a wake-up call: A different perspective

Pell conviction a wake-up call. The present management structure of the Church has failed us. New, more representative management is necessary to prevent further implosion.



Pell conviction a wake-up call- La Croix International:

Barron says Aquinas offers remedy to polarization, rise of ‘nones’

Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron of Los Angeles believes St. Thomas Aquinas is more relevant than ever in an era of "nones."



Barron says Aquinas offers remedy to polarization, rise of ‘nones’:

After the Vatican Abuse Summit, What Comes Next?

After the Vatican Abuse Summit, What Comes Next?: COMMENTARY:

Barron says Aquinas offers remedy to polarization, rise of ‘nones’

Barron says Aquinas offers remedy to polarization, rise of ‘nones’:

From sacred to secular: Canada set to lose 9,000 churches, warns national heritage group

As church attendance drops and building costs rise, congregations across Canada face the gut-wrenching dilemma of whether to sell, tear down or repurpose their old churches. The National Trust for Canada warns that a third of the 27,000 religious buildings in Canada will be lost over the next decade.



From sacred to secular: Canada set to lose 9,000 churches, warns national heritage group | CBC News:

09 March, 2019

Is Cardinal Pell a perpetrator or victim? Aussie media keep wavering between the two — GetReligion

Ever since Australia’s Cardinal George Pell was convicted of child abuse, the journalism folks Down Under have been split on if he’s actually guilty or whether he’s the target of a vicious anti-Catholic campaign.



Is Cardinal Pell a perpetrator or victim? Aussie media keep wavering between the two — GetReligion:

Catholic Archbishop, on His Hands and Knees, Begged for Forgiveness Over Abuse

Bishops across the country are being forced to acknowledge their failures as they face accusations of covering up facts and protecting abusers.



Catholic Archbishop, on His Hands and Knees, Begged for Forgiveness Over Abuse - The New York Times:

Here’s a Methodist congregation that’s not fixated on sex

Here’s a Methodist congregation that’s not fixated on sex - The Washington Post:

SDG Reviews ‘Captain Marvel’

SDG Reviews ‘Captain Marvel’:

Theologian: Academics must move out of theological 'comfort zones'

Theologian: Academics must move out of theological 'comfort zones':

Solidarity-era priest accused of abuse a monumental problem for Polish Church

On a day set aside for prayer and atonement for victims of sexual abuse in Poland, a statue of a Cold War-era priest was removed in the city of Gdańsk, after he was accused of abusing minors.



Solidarity-era priest accused of abuse a monumental problem for Polish Church:

Pope to Rome clergy: 'put God back at the center'

Pope to Rome clergy: 'put God back at the center' - Vatican News:

08 March, 2019

Meet the most Catholic team in the N.H.L.

Despite its explicit Catholic attributes, N.H.L. players are not known for wearing religion on their sleeves the way players do in other sports leagues, like the National Football League or the National Basketball Association.



Meet the most Catholic team in the N.H.L. | America Magazine:

As debate on married priests reignites, ordaining 'viri probati' faces hurdles

The Synod on the Amazon will be debating ordaining married men to the priesthood, but there are still several questions to be answered before the celibacy rule is relaxed.



As debate on married priests reignites, ordaining 'viri probati' faces hurdles:

Confess My Sins to a Priest? Why Can't I Just Talk to God?

Confess My Sins to a Priest? Why Can't I Just Talk to God?:

Bishop Barron: Proclaim the Gospel More Boldly in Times of Crisis

Bishop Barron: Proclaim the Gospel More Boldly in Times of Crisis:

A Catholic’s guide to drinking during Lent

We often think of Lent as the time to give up some of our favorite things, and for many of us alcohol is somewhere near the top of that list. But it was not always so. While voluntary abstinence is certainly commendable, for most of Church history Catholics during Lent were instead preoccupied with the mandatory fast, which was not the piddling two-day affair that it is now (Ash Wednesday and Good Friday) but a full forty days.



A Catholic’s guide to drinking during Lent:

6 Ways to examine your conscience for Confession

It is hard to overestimate the importance of confession. Pope Benedict XVI said “The renewal of the Church... depends on the renewal of the practice of penance.”



6 Ways to examine your conscience for Confession:

Pray this Psalm to make your confession more heartfelt

Pray this Psalm to make your confession more heartfelt --Aleteia:

Pope Francis: Abuse revelations are purifying the Church

God is purifying his Church through the painful revelations of the abuse scandals, so do not be discouraged, Pope Francis said Thursday in a meeting with the priests of the Diocese of Rome.



Pope Francis: Abuse revelations are purifying the Church:

Pope Francis is caught between crisis and collegiality

Le Moyne expert: Pope Francis is caught between crisis and collegiality (Commentary) - syracuse.com:

The Case for Reparations: An interesting column from David Brooks of the The New York Times

"One way to capture it is to say that the other divides are born out of separation and inequality, but the racial divide is born out of sin. We don’t talk about sin much in the public square any more. But I don’t think one can grasp the full amplitude of racial injustice without invoking the darkest impulses of human nature."


Opinion | The Case for Reparations - The New York Times:

06 March, 2019

Forty Days of Lent in a Church Wandering in the Desert

Forty Days of Lent in a Church Wandering in the Desert

Our Dreyfus Case by George Weigel

The conviction of Cardinal George Pell in December 2018 on charges of “historic sexual abuse” is this generation’s Dreyfus Affair.
Our Dreyfus Case | George Weigel | First Things:

Speaking candidly about racism, like Liam Neeson did, is the only way to get past our demons - The Globe and Mail

Speaking candidly about racism, like Liam Neeson did, is the only way to get past our demons - The Globe and Mail:

Psalm 104 sung in Hebrew with traditional instrumental accompaniment. Well worth it as a 4 minute 30 second meditation!

Here's why Catholics don't eat meat on Fridays during Lent

You know you are in a Catholic town when, only during Lent, every single restaurant advertises one item on their menu: fish!



Here's why Catholics don't eat meat on Fridays during Lent--Aleteia:

Welcome to Lent

05 March, 2019

The Pedophile Project: Your 7-Year-Old Is A Target

We cannot dismiss the campaign to legalize pedophilia as fringy stuff that will get nowhere. It’s real and it’s here and it’s gaining strength.



The Pedophile Project: Your 7-Year-Old Is A Target:

The purpose of Lent - by Pope Benedict XVI

The purpose of Lent:

Australian bishops respond to Cardinal George Pell verdict

Following news of Cardinal George Pell’s conviction of sexual abuse of minors, several bishops in Australia have have said they are committed to truth and justice, while declining to comment on Pell’s appeal until it has concluded.



Australian bishops respond to Cardinal George Pell verdict:

How do we make sense of the aftermath of Vatican II? This book is a clear guide.

How do we make sense of the aftermath of Vatican II? This book is a clear guide | Catholic Herald:

Congress and infanticide: The latest advance of the Culture of Death

Catholic philosopher Peter Kreeft once found himself arguing with an abortion supporter, and said to her: "Give me one argument that defends abortion that doesn't also defend infanticide."



Congress and infanticide - Catholic Standard - Multimedia Catholic News:

Australian Catholic University staff want Greg Craven disciplined over Pell support

Australian Catholic University staff want Greg Craven disciplined over Pell support | Australia news | The Guardian:

The problems with moving Confirmation to before first Communion

The problems with moving Confirmation to before first Communion:

What makes a politician ‘Catholic’? Pope Francis says it’s not a political party.

What makes a politician ‘Catholic’? Pope Francis says it’s not a political party. | America Magazine:

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