30 October, 2019

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27 October, 2019

Roman Catholic bishops propose opening priesthood to married deacons in the Amazon region

The plan seeks to address a priest shortage in the Amazon region. But it touches on core traditions of the church.



Roman Catholic bishops propose opening priesthood to married deacons in the Amazon region - The Washington Post:

B.C. man is one of the first Canadians with dementia to die with medical assistance

When Canada's medical assistance in dying law was passed in 2016, the widespread assumption was that it excluded those with a dementia diagnosis. But Gayle Garlock decided to challenge that assumption and to test the limits of the law.



B.C. man is one of the first Canadians with dementia to die with medical assistance | CBC Radio:

Researchers cast spotlight on euthanasia for dementia in the Netherlands

Dutch EAS doctors use past statements to determine what demented patients want.



Researchers cast spotlight on euthanasia for dementia in the Netherlands:

Russian biologist still plans to edit human genome

The journal Nature has been following Rebrikov’s experiments closely.



BioEdge: Russian biologist still plans to edit human genome:

Texas divorce case opposes two views of child transgenders

BioEdge: Texas divorce case opposes two views of child transgenders:

26 October, 2019

Lack of Eucharistic Belief: Faithful Affected by Secularism’s Strong Pull

What the Pew Survey Reveals About Belief in the Real Presence.



Lack of Eucharistic Belief: Faithful Affected by Secularism’s Strong Pull:

Participant says debate on ordination distracted synod from more important issues

Participant says debate on ordination distracted synod from more important issues

New complaint filed against Indianapolis archdiocese in gay marriage case

New complaint filed against Indianapolis archdiocese in gay marriage case

Movie Review: 'By the Grace of God' explores France's Catholic Church scandal

François Ozon's coolly devastating drama 'By the Grace of God' follows survivors of sexual abuse by a Catholic priest in Lyon, France.



Review: 'By the Grace of God' explores France's Catholic Church scandal - Los Angeles Times:

Losing Our Faith in Political History by Raymond J. de Souza

About the election, three observations: one about history, another about campaigns, and the third about religion.



Losing Our Faith in Political History by Raymond J. de Souza - Convivium Magazine:

23 October, 2019

Letters From the Synod-2019: #8

It made a great difference to the future of Christianity that the first Christians turned left rather than right when leaving the Holy Land on mission.



Letters From the Synod-2019: #8 | Xavier Rynne II | First Things:

18 October, 2019

Click to Pray eRosary: Vatican releases 'official prayer app of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network'

Click to Pray eRosary: Vatican releases 'official prayer app of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network' - The Washington Post:

Amazon synod reports support, dissent on married priests and women deacons

 Judging from Friday’s reports, the Oct. 6-27 Synod on the Amazon, there’s overwhelming consensus on most points, such as Pope Francis’s call for an “integral ecology.” Yet even within that climate of basic harmony, there were also scattered notes of dissent on two hot-button questions: Married priests and women deacons.



Amazon synod reports support, dissent on married priests and women deacons:

Letters From the Synod-2019: #6 - Xavier Rynne II

The conversation at Synod-2019 drinks more deeply from the wells of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Margaret Mead than from the living waters of biblical revelation.



Letters From the Synod-2019: #6 | Xavier Rynne II | First Things:

In synod's married priests debate, somebody finally names elephant in the room

If the Catholic Church were Microsoft or Walmart, it would have implemented a plan a long time ago to shift personnel to where its markets are growing. Instead, it’s effectively doing the opposite.



In synod's married priests debate, somebody finally names elephant in the room:

In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace

The religious landscape of the United States continues to change at a rapid clip, with both Protestantism and Catholicism experiencing losses of population share.



In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace | Pew Research Center:

15 October, 2019

Barbara Kay: Stop the conspiracy theories about Canadian Catholics in government

Peddling the idea that any Christian pro-life group has the will to undemocratically infiltrate our government is irresponsible journalism.



Barbara Kay: Stop the conspiracy theories about Canadian Catholics in government | National Post:

Pope Francis and the Catholic church continue to look towards science, and that can only be a good thing

Pope Francis continues to champion the importance of science in our world. Having the head of the Catholic Church support various scientific movements is a win for us all.



Pope Francis and the Catholic church continue to look towards science, and that can only be a good thing:

New “secret” documents expose Justin Trudeau’s role in barring children’s camps from Canada Summer Jobs grants

New “secret” documents expose Justin Trudeau’s role in barring children’s camps from Canada Summer Jobs grants - Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms | Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms:

From dementia to medically assisted death: A Canadian woman’s journey, and the dilemma of the doctors who helped

To give Alzheimer’s patient Mary Wilson the death she sought, her physicians had to make a tough decision in a short time – and risked going to prison if they got it wrong. Now they’ve been cleared of wrongdoing in a decision that could have wide-reaching implications for tens of thousands of Canadians.
Wide reaching implications indeed! This is another step down that infamous 'slippery slope' diminishing the value of life. Why? Because with this decision life has now been reduced to one's cognitive capabilities. That should worry all Canadians a great deal imho. Alas though, I doubt that it will.



From dementia to medically assisted death: A Canadian woman’s journey, and the dilemma of the doctors who helped - The Globe and Mail:

Vatican Inculturation Document Sets Limits on Amazonian Rite Proposal

Vatican Inculturation Document Sets Limits on Amazonian Rite Proposal:

Lonely voice in Brazilian episcopate speaks against synod document

Bishop José Luís Azcona is among the minority of Brazilian prelates to raise concerns about the synod, calling the Vatican meeting’s preparatory document “weak and inconsistent.”



Lonely voice in Brazilian episcopate speaks against synod document:

Pope says Newman an example of everyday sainthood at canonization Mass

Pope says Newman an example of everyday sainthood at canonization Mass:

Head of Vatican security resigns following news leak connected to internal financial investigation

Domenico Giani resigned after being unable to identify the source of a leak of a confidential Vatican security notice connected to ongoing financial investigations.



Head of Vatican security resigns following news leak connected to internal financial investigation | America Magazine:

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.



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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:

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