02 April, 2020

Australian High Court to issue Cardinal Pell decision next week

The Australian High Court announced Thursday that a decision would be issued in the case Pell v. The Crown on April 7 at 10 am.



Australian High Court to issue Cardinal Pell decision next week:

Celebrating Holy Week With Your Family During Quarantine

Celebrating Holy Week With Your Family During Quarantine:

30 March, 2020

Why Catholics Can Believe in Evolution: Adam and Eve Were Given Souls

St. Augustine, Pope Benedict XVI: the Bible is not a science textbook. Popes Pius XII, St. John Paul II: ensoulment, critical in creation of Adam and Eve.



Why Catholics Can Believe in Evolution: Adam and Eve Were Given Souls:

Why Catholics Can Believe in Evolution: Part I: God's Gift of the Periodic Table - Catholic Stand

“A common-sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a super-intellect has monkeyed with physics, as well as with chemistry and biology and that there are no blind forces worth speaking about in nature. The numbers one calculates from the facts seem to me so overwhelming as to put this conclusion almost beyond question.” 



Why Catholics Can Believe in Evolution: Part I: God's Gift of the Periodic Table - Catholic Stand:

29 March, 2020

Jesus is resolute in the face of death. Are we?

Nothing is more certain than death. Yet normally, nothing is more hidden from our view. We do most everything that we can to not look death in the face.



Jesus is resolute in the face of death. Are we? | America Magazine:

25 March, 2020

What does the Bible say about quarantine?

In recent weeks, the Jewish community has been hit hard by the novel coronavirus. The good news is, we’re old hands at dealing with quarantines. COVID -19 seen from a Jewish perspective. Remember folks, those who don't remember history are doomed to repeat its failures. We'd do well to consider their understanding of how to successfully defeat a plague. They know wherefore they speak on this subject. We should listen.



What does the Bible say about quarantine? – The Forward:

Finding the ‘Common Good’ in a Pandemic

The Harvard political philosopher Michael Sandel offers his take.



Opinion | Finding the ‘Common Good’ in a Pandemic - The New York Times:

24 March, 2020

A pastoral letter from +Michael Mulhall, Archbishop of Kingston and Apostolic Administrator of Pembroke

Pastoral letter from Archbishop Mulhall
Fourth Sunday of of
March 22, 2020
My dear faithful from the Archdiocese of Kingston and the diocese of Pembroke,
I'm writing to you on the fourth Sunday of Lent. In each of our dioceses, provinces, countries and continent, Sunday Mass was celebrated privately by our priests. This Sunday was a unique experience as we feel the absence of a Sunday mass together. Many other ordinary activities in our communities have been cancelled while citizens are invited to stay at home as much as possible. It is becoming increasingly aware that this state of affairs could continue for some time.
With this letter, I would like to ask you your prayers for all those who work in all areas and aspects of health care. The vocation of health care has always been dear to the ministry of the Church and these people will be invited to give themselves generously to treat those who are likely to be infected with the virus. Let us also pray for those in public office and for those who hold positions of authority in homes, homes, religious institutions, parish and dioceses as they fight many challenges, including health and financial care of all of them. These are unprecedented moments in our lives, and we pray that the wisdom of the Lord is abundantly granted.
The speed at which these events have developed is breathtaking. The most disturbing and disturbing aspect of last week has been the feeling of uncertainty and insecurity that has created. In the face of the perspective of living in such uncertainty for a while, we each experience the anxiety of the unknown. Knowing that no simple answer is available, it is vital that we ask the Lord to grant the grace to heal this anxiety with a true sense of consolation. Let us first be grateful to the Lord for his continued blessings and never stop singing his praise. And let us pray for the grace to place our absolute trust in providence and in the hands of the Lord. We know with faith that He wishes us to receive His abundant gifts. We also know that it is difficult to accept such gifts unless humble in His presence. I warmly invite you to pray with me the psalm given to us this week in the Sunday liturgy, the well-known and beloved Psalm 23
What a paradoxical gift to be faced with this reality in the heart of Lent! This season of grace offers a blessed opportunity to experience our total dependence on the Lord, as well as form a true religious feeling of petition. May this feeling of petition be strong and pure. Let this be the petition of the people of Nineveh so beautifully supported by the Lord in the Gospels. With such grace, there can be no room for division. May our communion be strong, our constant charity and humility a scented offering to the Lord.
The cancellation of our public Easter celebrations is difficult to imagine; yet, it is a clause that will most likely be in effect. Our Holy Father has provided guidance and assistance for the life of our faith in these days. The bishops of Ontario will continue to help each other and the Archdiocese / diocese will provide guidance in the coming days and weeks for the life of faith, as well as the financial concerns of our parishes.
My dear faithful, please know my blessings and prayers on these difficult days.
+ Michael Mulhall
Archbishop of Kingston
Apostolic Admin of Pembroke
Psalm 22 (23)
The Lord is my shepherd: I have no lack of anything. * *
On fresh grass, he makes me rest. He leads me to the quiet waters
and makes me relive; * he leads me by the right path for the honour of his name.
If I go through the ravines of death, I fear no evil, * for you are with me: your stick guides and reassures me.
You prepare the table for me in front of my enemies; * you spread the perfume on my head, my cup is full.
Grace and happiness accompany me all the days of my life; * I will live in the house of the Lord for the duration of my days.

20 March, 2020

Praying the Stations of the Cross Amidst COVID-19

The Stations of the Cross are a beautiful expression of our faith, which is that Jesus Christ is Emmanuel (Matt 1:23)—God with us. In praying the Stations we accompany the Lord on his journey to Calvary.



Praying the Stations of the Cross Amidst COVID-19:

18 March, 2020

Charitable Canadians unite under “caremongering” movement

Charitable Canadians unite under “caremongering” movement

Churchmanship: George Weigel

Churchmanship | George Weigel | First Things

Churches, other non-profit organizations look for help as they prepare for COVID-19 donation crunch | National Post

As a pastor of three rural parishes, I know all too well how much of a financial crisis the suspension of Church services will affect us. We still need to pay our bills but we have no revenue coming in to pay them with. While we have some limited savings to draw upon, these will soon be exhausted if this suspension lasts more than a few weeks.
Perhaps the answer lies in setting up something like a GoFundMe campaign so that parishioners can provide some financial support. Or perhaps asking parishioners to make electronic transfers will be the way to go. But either way, we will need to come up with an answer... and soon!
Your feedback here will be greatly appreciated in helping decide which way to proceed.
Thank you.
Fr. Tim Moyle
Parishes of the Upper Pontiac


Churches, other non-profit organizations look for help as they prepare for COVID-19 donation crunch | National Post

On the coronavirus, rapid aging, falling fertility and Humanae Vitae

On the coronavirus, rapid aging, falling fertility and Humanae Vitae

15 March, 2020

My thoughts in these difficult times.

On January 27th, Canada had its first confirmed coronavirus case. That number rose slowly but steadily to where it stood at 93 last Thursday. Since then the numbers have started to explode exponentially both in terms of confirmed cases and those requiring hospitalization. It stood at 313 this morning. If you plot the numbers on a graph, it looks just like what transpired in Italy and Spain with the number projected to double every day or two. Unfortunately for we Canadians, it's going up even faster in our neighbours to the south. So the threat is real and present from within and without our borders. These figures were taken from the WHO website and are easily available for anyone to read. If you want to know the facts, I highly recommend checking their site out.
I post this not to try to gin up anymore panic or stress for people, but only to try to reinforce just how dire our potential future looks if we ALL don't get with the program and hunker down in our homes until we are told it's safe to come out. If we do so, it will not only be to our individual benefit by keeping us away from any chance of contracting the virus, it will benefit our communal task of stunting the current exponential growth rate of those who are infected and in need of medical assistance. It's the approach that worked in China which now only has a handful of people infected. It will work here too.
So folks, keep calm and carry on! Check-in by phone on your neighbours, friends, and family and reach out to others for help if you are in need and believe it too much of a risk to venture out into the public square. I KNOW there are many people who are able and willing to help those in need. All they need is to be asked. Don't be afraid to reach out if you're in need. Contact me if we are local to each other you don't know who to call. If I don't know who right away, I can soon find out quick enough and get someone to help you out.
Above all people, pray and be safe. There's no reason that any of us need to search out an early ticket to the next life prematurely. Together, we're stronger than any bug!
You are all in my prayers. I trust you will offer the same in return. Thanks.
Fr. Tim


Help Flatten the COVID-19 Curve with Faith and Reason

Help Flatten the COVID-19 Curve with Faith and Reason

For Italians, this may be among Pope Francis's finest pastoral moments

For Italians, this may be among Pope Francis's finest pastoral moments

Pope to celebrate Holy Week without the presence of the faithful

Pope to celebrate Holy Week without the presence of the faithful

05 February, 2020

Euthanasia law survey prompts backlash from Canadian bishops

 The Canadian government is coming under increasing fire from critics for how quickly it is moving to change the regulations around assisted suicide.



Euthanasia law survey prompts backlash from Canadian bishops:

04 February, 2020

01 February, 2020

Catholic bishops urge Trudeau to scrap changes to assisted dying legislation

The president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to voice "very serious concern" about proposed changes to medical assistance in dying legislation.



Catholic bishops urge Trudeau to scrap changes to assisted dying legislation | CTV News:

28 January, 2020

As coronavirus spreads, churches outside China take preventive measures

The Chinese respiratory coronavirus has spread to almost every province in mainland China, which extended its Spring Festival holiday by three days to delay travel by up to 500 million people.



As coronavirus spreads, churches outside China take preventive measures:

15 January, 2020

Losing our Religion: America becoming 'pagan' as Christianity cedes to culture

Losing our Religion: America becoming 'pagan' as Christianity cedes to culture - Washington Times

The Two Popes: Baloney, Brilliantly Acted

The Two Popes: Baloney, Brilliantly Acted | George Weigel | First Things

Did Astronomers Just Discover Black Holes from the Big Bang?

Did Astronomers Just Discover Black Holes from the Big Bang? - Scientific American

Convent's closure marks end of an era

Many thanks, prayers of gratitude, and best wishes to this beautiful community of women who so ably served in virtually every corner of our diocese throughout the past 100 years. I am saddened to see them have to take this step, but it is understandable given their current situation. May the Good Lord grant them the fullness of his abundant grace as they transition to what appears to be their last mission among us here in the Pembroke Diocese.



Convent's closure marks end of an era | CBC News

Pope Francis: Authority is not in commanding but in consistent witness

Pope Francis: Authority is not in commanding but in consistent witness | ICN

13 January, 2020

Black holes, quantum quibbles, and a climate in breakdown: A science year in review

Black holes, quantum quibbles, and a climate in breakdown: A science year in review - Inside The Perimeter

'I'd Rather Give My Life than Change the Law on Celibacy,' Pope Francis Citing Paul VI

'I'd Rather Give My Life than Change the Law on Celibacy,' Pope Francis Citing Paul VI - ZENIT - English

Feds to delete near-death requirement but could impose new limits to assisted death

Feds to delete near-death requirement but could impose new limits to assisted death | CTV News

Obsession with sexual morality

Obsession with sexual morality - La Croix International

Pope Emeritus Benedict, Cardinal Sarah author new book on priesthood, celibacy

Pope Emeritus Benedict, Cardinal Sarah author new book on priesthood, celibacy – Catholic World Report

07 January, 2020

China Announces New Crackdown on Religious Freedom

China Announces New Crackdown on Religious Freedom: The new “Administrative Measures for Religious Groups ” will control every aspect of religious activity within China, and will mandate that all religions and believers in China comply with regulations issued by the Chinese Communist Party, which must be acknowledged as the higher authority.

Morality of drone warfare questioned after attack on Iranian general

Catholics working to shape public policy in favor of peace, collaboration and nonviolent alternatives to war expressed concerns that the drone strike killing Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani likely will fuel an escalating tit-for-tat series of responses that would engulf the Middle East in war.



Morality of drone warfare questioned after attack on Iranian general:

How war bypasses morality

Ironically, it is in times of crisis when we can be least likely to step back and compare our words and actions against our moral convictions.



How war bypasses morality - Religion News Service:

God rested. Why can't clergy take a break?

As someone who was fortunate enough to have been able to take a few months last year for a sabbatical to go study for a semester at a Seminary/Pontifical Institute in Baltimore, MD... St. Mary's. It is not much of an exaggeration to say that the experience saved my vocation as a functional parish pastor as after 30+ years of ministry, I was running on fumes. Since my return, my spiritual 'gas tank' has been replenished and I am truly enjoying my ministry as I did when I began.



This article makes the argument that sabbaticals are an essential tool that needs to be offered to all clergy so that they can properly and fruitfully work in God's vineyard. It's well worth the read!!



God rested. Why can't clergy take a break? - Religion News Service:

05 January, 2020

Are Targeted Drone Strikes Allowed Under Just-War Theory?

Are Targeted Drone Strikes Allowed Under Just-War Theory?: On Tuesday the U.S. embassy in Baghdad was stormed by a crowd of thousands of protesters and Iran’s head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, Qasem Suleimani was alleged to have been behind the attacks.

03 January, 2020

Media coverage about Andrew Scheer’s faith hurt him with voters: Angus Reid poll

Media coverage about Andrew Scheer’s faith hurt him with voters: Angus Reid poll | National Post

Take-Aways from the Pope's "Great Swat" of New Year's 2020

Take-Aways from the Pope's "Great Swat" of New Year's 2020

Over 200 Members of Congress Urge Supreme Court to Reconsider Roe v. Wade

Over 200 Members of Congress Urge Supreme Court to Reconsider Roe v. Wade

Pope Francis: Solidarity, Subsidiarity Needed to Provide Medical Care to All

Pope Francis: Solidarity, Subsidiarity Needed to Provide Medical Care to All

Pope Francis begins the most important year of his pontificate

Pope Francis begins the most important year of his pontificate - La Croix International

Pope Francis apologizes for slapping woman's hand: I set 'bad example'

Pope Francis apologizes for slapping woman's hand: I set 'bad example' - Washington Times

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