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

27 June, 2019

France’s mandatory teen service program draws serious religious freedom concerns

France’s mandatory teen service program draws serious religious freedom concerns

NASA's $1 Billion Jupiter Probe Just Sent Back Stunning New Photos Of Jupiter

NASA's $1 Billion Jupiter Probe Just Sent Back Stunning New Photos Of Jupiter | Beauty of Planet Earth

Book aims to fill legal vacuum surrounding resigned popes





Book aims to fill legal vacuum surrounding resigned popes

Rules for the road to help Romans like (papal) Wednesdays again

Planning to visit Rome and the Vatican this year? Here are a few tips to make your trip more comfortable for all concerned.



Rules for the road to help Romans like (papal) Wednesdays again

Bishop Barron offers free online course

Bishop Barron offers free online course--Aleteia

4 Clues to life's purpose hidden in 'Toy Story 4'

4 Clues to life's purpose hidden in 'Toy Story 4'-- Aleteia

26 June, 2019

The Summer Reading List from George Weigel

The Summer Reading List | George Weigel | First Things

NHS forces mentally challenged Catholic woman to have an abortion

NHS forces mentally challenged Catholic woman to have an abortion – Acton Institute PowerBlog

7 Books every Catholic woman should read this summer

7 Books every Catholic woman should read this summer -- Aleteia

Quebec religious symbols law 'dangerous and un-Canadian,' says Manitoba premier

Quebec religious symbols law 'dangerous and un-Canadian,' says Manitoba premier | CBC News

The best books to read at every age, from 1 to 100

The best books to read at every age, from 1 to 100 - Washington Post

The Serenity Prayer: When All Else Fails, Change Yourself

The Serenity Prayer: When All Else Fails, Change Yourself

Finish the Transgender Argument

Finish the Transgender Argument - Crisis Magazine

This 15th-century Russian icon is a window into the Holy Trinity

This 15th-century Russian icon is a window into the Holy Trinity | Blogs | LifeSite

The Power of One Confession

The Power of One Confession

Pope presides over Council of Cardinals meeting on Curial reform

Pope presides over Council of Cardinals meeting on Curial reform - Vatican News

Vaticanista Valentina Alazraki tells all about interview with Pope Francis

Vaticanista Valentina Alazraki tells all about interview with Pope Francis

18 June, 2019

Rosica resigns from Salt and Light in wake of plagiarism revelations

Rosica resigns from Salt and Light in wake of plagiarism revelations

Andrew Coyne: Will leaders tolerate religious segregation just because it’s Quebec?

Andrew Coyne: Will leaders tolerate religious segregation just because it’s Quebec? | National Post

Understanding the debate over married priests at the Amazon synod

Understanding the debate over married priests at the Amazon synod

Survey results: Are Catholics dog or cat people?

Survey results: Are Catholics dog or cat people?--Aleteia

Figuring Out Social Isolation

Figuring Out Social Isolation | Convivium Magazine

Harvard’s False Path to Wisdom: Sometimes sin is an opportunity for redemption.

Opinion | Harvard’s False Path to Wisdom - The New York Times

Is the Religious Right Privileged?

Opinion | Is the Religious Right Privileged? - The New York Times

17 June, 2019

Fears of 'secularism police' raised by CAQ's last-minute changes to religious symbols bill

Fears of 'secularism police' raised by CAQ's last-minute changes to religious symbols bill | CBC News

Purity culture: Its collapse has left a void for those of us looking for guidance in our intimate lives.

Opinion | How Should Christians Have Sex? - The New York Times

Quebec adopts secularism bill that bans religious symbols for state workers

Quebec adopts secularism bill that bans religious symbols for state workers | National Post

Blue ribbon Canadian panel proposes guidelines for euthanasia and organ donation

BioEdge: Blue ribbon Canadian panel proposes guidelines for euthanasia and organ donation

Russian scientist plans to edit human genes in embryos

BioEdge: Russian scientist plans to edit human germline

15 June, 2019

Fathers Day in the Land of Nod

Fathers Day in the Land of Nod

Retired Bishop of Alberta's Powerful Talk to Scholars on Keeping Faithful in a Post-Christian Society

Catholic News World : Retired Bishop of Alberta's Powerful Talk to Scholars on Keeping Faithful in a Post-Christian Society

On Religion: Anger in Catholic pews

On Religion: Anger in Catholic pews – Times-Standard

10 steps US Catholic bishops promise to take to finally end sexual abuse crisis

10 steps US Catholic bishops promise to take to finally end sexual abuse crisis | | kctv5.com

Clergy Sex Abuse Has Changed Since 2000 — and Why It Matters

Clergy Sex Abuse Has Changed Since 2000 — and Why It Matters

Pope Francis is wrong to rewrite the Lord’s Prayer

Pope Francis is wrong to rewrite the Lord’s Prayer | Coffee House

What is a seminary and who goes there?

What is a seminary and who goes there? --Aleteia

12 June, 2019

Worsening priest shortage signals another challenge for Catholic Church

Worsening priest shortage signals another challenge for Catholic Church

Catholic Church should focus on getting 'nones' back, Bishop Barron says

Catholic Church should focus on getting 'nones' back, Bishop Barron says

Southern Baptists vote overwhelmingly to amend their constitution to address sex abuse

Southern Baptists vote overwhelmingly to amend their constitution to address sex abuse - The Washington Post

Faith: Should churches be a safe place?

Faith: Should churches be a safe place? | Pembroke Daily Observer

U.S. bishops will consider several actions for combating sex abuse. But will Pope Francis get in the way again?

U.S. bishops will consider several actions for combating sex abuse. But will Pope Francis get in the way again? - The Washington Post

Tim Busch, conservative activist-philanthropist, rejects anti-Francis label

Tim Busch, conservative activist-philanthropist, rejects anti-Francis label | National Catholic Reporter

Harvard Study Reveals Religious Upbringing Better for Kids’ Health, Well-Being

Harvard Study Reveals Religious Upbringing Better for Kids’ Health, Well-Being | The Stream

A Documentary Interview with Father Gordon MacRae

A Documentary Interview with Father Gordon MacRae

Amazon Prime's 'Good Omens': God is conspicuous in his absence

Amazon Prime's 'Good Omens': God is conspicuous in his absence

10 June, 2019

Sex abuse crisis the focus as US Catholic bishops convene

Sex abuse crisis the focus as US Catholic bishops convene

Vatican Rejects Notion That Gender Identity Can Be Chosen

Vatican Rejects Notion That Gender Identity Can Be Chosen - The New York Times

Her Evangelical Megachurch Was Her World. Then Her Daughter Said She Was Molested by a Minister.

Her Evangelical Megachurch Was Her World. Then Her Daughter Said She Was Molested by a Minister. - The New York Times

Reading Into Changes To The Lord's Prayer

Reading Into Changes To The Lord's Prayer : NPR

Archbishop Viganò called on Pope Francis to resign. Now he's in an undisclosed location.

Archbishop Viganò called on Pope Francis to resign. Now he's in an undisclosed location. - The Washington Post

The Museum of the Bible brings to live biblical sites in VR

The Museum of the Bible brings to live biblical sites in VR

08 June, 2019

Pentecost: God's gift of friendship

On Pentecost, we celebrate the promised gift made by Christ to his disciples, and by extension to the entire Church, of the Holy Spirit.   A divine presence that would remain with us until his return in glory to help us remember, comprehend, and fulfill our obligation of love to God and between each other. In other words, the Holy Spirit is the continuation of the incarnation of God, except this time instead of taking the form of one human man, he enters into each one of us through the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. In this way, God extends a great act of friendship to those who claim and desire redemption through Christ. So to understand the awesome power of Pentecost, we need to comprehend what is a ‘friendship’ so that we can better take advantage of this great gift.

Friendship is defined as a relationship with ‘another self.’ It is a relationship, or better put a variety of relationships in which we find another who resonates with the same frequency that vibrates within us. Since we are all individuals who march to the beat of our unique drummer, it isn’t possible for us to say that everyone is our ‘friend’ even though we strive to be ‘friendly’ with all.  The fact is that not all vibrations are harmonious with others.  Some are downright discordant when they come together.

As a pastor, I live this reality all the time. So do all the lay members of our Church.  Most parishioners are old enough to have been served by different clergy over the years, some of whom they liked better than others. This difference has little to do with the talent or skill of the pastor so much as it’s about with how we connected with something in their character; some admirable quality that we could admire and want to emulate in our own lives.  Just as we are pleased when we happen to have a pastor who fits that bill, so too can we become discouraged when one arrives who doesn’t. In either case, it’s not the pastor that is the critical partner in that assessment. Instead, it’s how he resonates with each parishioner that is the determining factor. And for better or for worse the fact remains that parishioners have virtually no say in who is to be their pastor. Even the priest has very little influence in that decision. The authority to make that decision rests exclusively with the Bishop. Thus in every parish, the pastor and his parishioners must strive to do the best they can to arrange their different unique vibrations to produce the ‘music’ that is pleasing to God and each other.

Thankfully, we don’t have to make this music entirely thanks to the gift of the Holy Spirit first poured upon believers at Pentecost. When we accept his direction, he becomes the conductor who helps us to produce spiritual music pleasing to God. Just as choir directors lead and keep the various members of a choir singing harmoniously and productively, the Holy Spirit guides us in singing God’s praises both when we gather together and when we leave the Church to return to our daily lives.

There is however an important question that needs to be asked: If we have God himself as our spiritual conductor, why do we so often sound more like some amateur garage grunge bad that produces little more than loud, unpleasant noise instead of the beautiful strains of the celestial music he desires us to create? I believe that the answer has to do how we see and respond in friendship to the Holy Spirit and with each other. Do we insist that everyone has to sing to our tune or are we more concerned with the respecting the notes coming from our spiritual friends, ‘our other selves’? Are we willing to let our friend lead us, or do we insist that we have the right to sing in whatever key we think is most pleasing to our ear? God gives us the power to accept or reject his guidance in making that decision.

Aelred of Rievaulx, a 12th-century monk, took it upon himself to write a short book (Spiritual Friendship) in which he instructed his brother monks on this subject. Drawing upon earlier works by Cicero, Aristotle, and Augustine, he explained that there were three types of friendship, but only one that correctly cooperated with the direction of the Holy Spirit. The two that failed he called ‘carnal friendships’ and ‘friendships of utility.’ The former is a relationship that leads both parties to self-satisfaction and mutual sin (think of two alcoholics who regularly go out drinking together) whereas the latter is a relationship in which each party is concerned only with what the other can do for them. Neither one of these friendships is capable of bringing us closer to God, and he warned his fellow monks to be wary of becoming deluded into thinking they were of any real benefit.

But the third type of friendship, which he called ‘spiritual friendship,’ is one in which both parties are primarily concerned with helping the other attain salvation by cooperating with God in their lives. This type of relationship is one where one is not afraid to offer correction to a friend since the goal of such counsel is for the highest good of the other. Thus, if the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is God’s great act of friendship to us, it would serve us well to be willing to heed the prompts of conscience he inspires that keep us from sin. It is by striving to grow in ever more profound friendship with the Spirit that we can be brought back into a correct harmony and play our proper role in God’s symphony of life.

How public opinion on gay rights moved so far so fast

Stonewall at 50: How public opinion on gay rights moved so far so fast - The Washington Post

Pope Francis Forgets?

Pope Francis Forgets | Dan Hitchens | First Things

Cardinal Pell Supporters Optimistic About Appeal Hearing

Cardinal Pell Supporters Optimistic About Appeal Hearing

Cardinal Pell awaits the result of his appeal

Cardinal Pell awaits the result of his appeal

05 June, 2019

Restoring, and strengthening, episcopal credibility

Restoring, and strengthening, episcopal credibility | George Weigel | First Things:

House Committee Debates Ban on Editing Human Genes

House Committee Debates Ban on Editing Human Genes

In Opening Arguments, Cardinal Pell’s Lawyers Set Out Case for Appeal

In Opening Arguments, Cardinal Pell’s Lawyers Set Out Case for Appeal

Pro-Life Laws Are ‘Extremist Hate,’ UN Official Says

Pro-Life Laws Are ‘Extremist Hate,’ UN Official Says

Planned Parenthood’s false stat: ‘Thousands’ of women died every year before Roe

Planned Parenthood’s false stat: ‘Thousands’ of women died every year before Roe - The Washington Post

22 Ways to Respond to Common Abortion Questions

22 Ways to Respond to Common Abortion Questions

Father Gordon MacRae: The Heart of a Priest in Hindsight

Father Gordon MacRae: The Heart of a Priest in Hindsight

04 June, 2019

Dutch girl, 17, legally ends her own life at euthanasia clinic

Dutch girl, 17, legally ends her own life at euthanasia clinic | Daily Mail Online

Catholic & Evangelical Divide in Conservatism

Catholic & Evangelical Divide in Conservatism | National Review

Argentina gripped by abuse crisis, Gaucho saint row and pope visit buzz

Argentina gripped by abuse crisis, Gaucho saint row and pope visit buzz

Pope's latest press conference a study in the dog that didn't bark

Pope's latest press conference a study in the dog that didn't bark

Pope Francis Approves Change To Lord’s Prayer

Pope Francis Approves Change To Lord’s Prayer | Daily Wire

JP II’s biographer: Viganò told me 6 years ago he had advised Pope Francis on McCarrick

JP II’s biographer: Viganò told me 6 years ago he had advised Pope Francis on McCarrick | News | LifeSite

03 June, 2019

Francis criticizes traditionalist Catholics who 'safeguard the ashes' of the past

Francis criticizes traditionalist Catholics who 'safeguard the ashes' of the past | National Catholic Reporter

The crusading bloggers exposing sexual assault in Protestant churches

What do you know, eh?  We Catholics weren't the only denomination guilty of mishandling sex abuse cases that are reported to them. It appears some of 'separated sister' churches have had some problems exposed in public just as happened to us.



While 'misery does love company,' I'd rather that none of us, Catholic, Protestant, or of whatever creed were guilty of such crimes and horrors.



God knows that those of us who profess to strive for a 'better way' have wrought more than enough misery to far too many people throughout the years to our eternal shame. One can only hope the bromide that was often given to we Catholics that 'light is the antiseptic cure for evil acts' works for them, and that justice is obtained by any and all legitimate victims. 



The crusading bloggers exposing sexual assault in Protestant churches - The Washington Post

Bishop faces backlash after tweet about Pride Month

Bishop faces backlash after tweet about Pride Month

One Year After McCarrick’s Fall: A Status Report on Bishop Accountability

One Year After McCarrick’s Fall: A Status Report on Bishop Accountability

Here’s What We Know About Cardinal McCarrick, Pope Francis And The Figueiredo Report

Accusations that higher-ups in the Vatican have known about sexual misconduct accusations for years are raising concerns about accountability within the clergy.



Here’s What We Know About Cardinal McCarrick, Pope Francis And The Figueiredo Report | The Daily Caller:

01 June, 2019

Father Raymond J. de Souza: The defeat of evil empires can take different forms

Father Raymond J. de Souza: The defeat of evil empires can take different forms | National Post

Is +Cardinal George Pell a Martyr?

Is Pell a Martyr? | Commonweal Magazine

‘A more open way of being’: Catholics in Kenya rebel against celibacy vow for priests

‘A more open way of being’: Catholics in Kenya rebel against celibacy vow for priests - The Washington Post

Calling the Pope a Liar?

Calling the Pope a Liar | Philip Lawler | First Things

The Ascension is a celebration of two promises

The Ascension is a celebration of two promises

Here's why the Catholic Church loves philosophy: Faith and reason are a happy couple in the Church's intellectual life.

Here's why the Catholic Church loves philosophy --Aleteia

Have guests arrived? Take a page from Abraham and Sarah on how to be a good host

Have guests arrived? Take a page from Abraham and Sarah on how to be a good host

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