While these examples are spectacular, the transformation we underwent in our little country parish of St. Joseph on Allumette Island sure touched the hearts of parishioners. In the wake of the liturgical renewal of Vatican II, the high altar was stripped out of the sanctuary and destroyed. It was a wound that people carried in their hearts for decades. Thanks to the power of the internet and the generosity of parishioners, we were able to find an identical one that was being removed from a church in the USA that was being torn down. It took some doing and lots of repairs, sweat, and paint, but eventually we installed it in our little church to the appreciation of all concerned. Now when you walk through the front doors, you know you've entered into a Catholic Church once again! Before & After: 13 Beautiful Sanctuary Renovations Worth Celebrating | The Christian Review
When Christians Turn Against Freedom | The Stream : Christians who oppose economic, political, or religious freedom in the name of the Gospel are betraying it, and imitating Dostoevsky's Grand Inquisitor.
The archbishop of Toronto is given to deprecating himself as “just a simple country cardinal.” In my experience, though, Cardinal Thomas Collins is one of the premier leaders of the Catholic Church today. He’s a bishop of the New Evangelization who does a lot of his evangelical work retail: like treating potential seminarians to early morning pancakes at a greasy spoon—“but it’s a good greasy spoon”—a couple of blocks from his residence. Now that retail approach is being applied to another urgent matter, as Cardinal Collins works one-by-one with members of the Ontario Provincial Parliament to ensure that the conscience rights of Catholic health care providers are not compromised by Canada’s recent embrace of euthanasia. Click on the link below to read entire article on the First Things blog: A “Merciless Assault on Human Dignity” | George Weigel | First Things
Just when you think that American politics can't get any weirder, the RNC proclaims the arrival of 'The Donald' as America's new king. Didn't they go to war with the British back in 1776 to get rid of that position? If they want to bring it back, let them permit us to take them over. We never gave up our ties to the monarchy, and even if we did, we sure as hell wouldn't pick Trump as the start of a new dynastic line. RNC denies intentionally comparing Trump to Jesus in holiday memo - NY Daily News
As a balance to the previous two articles criticising the Atlantic Canadian Bishops on their approach to offering the sacraments to those intending to be euthanised, check out this letter posted earlier on this blog by our local Pembroke Bishop (+Michael Mulhall) to the priests and laity of our diocese. It strikes a far more 'Catholic' approach. http://frtimmoyle.blogspot.ca/2016/10/a-letter-from-bishop-michael-mulhall.html
Canadian Bishops Baptize Euthanasia | The Stream : Catholic bishops in Canada have green-lighted priests blessing euthanasia. Is this the 'Francis effect' in action? The crisis in church teaching worsens.