31 January, 2015

RIP Charles Townes, Brilliant Physicist, Man of Faith |Blogs | NCRegister.com

RIP Charles Townes, Brilliant Physicist, Man of Faith |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Catholic leaders attack law allowing three-parent babies | Daily Mail Online

Catholic leaders attack law allowing three-parent babies | Daily Mail Online

The 'Dark Ages'? Were they really so dark? Not according to this video.

A Victory for Religious Freedom in Canada | Mathew Block | First Things

A Victory for Religious Freedom in Canada | Mathew Block | First Things

'Sexy' Vatican video hits sour note in attempt to include women | CTV News

'Sexy' Vatican video hits sour note in attempt to include women | CTV News

30 January, 2015

Pope Francis says economy should benefit all

Pope Francis says economy should benefit all

Top Catholics, evangelicals: Gay marriage worse than divorce or cohabitation | Crux

Nine times out of ten, I find myself in agreement with the folks noted or quoted in this article. This article might be that rare time when I don't.


I think that as much as I agree that marriage (as seen from a religious perspective) is defined exclusively as a sanctified heterosexual union, does the fact that the State is using the same term in a broader context when it assesses who is eligible for government benefits not really only a semantic argument? Put in fewer words, what does it matter that the State uses the word marriage to mean something different than what Churches do? So long as the Churches are not compelled to accept the State's redefinition as being operational within their walls, is such a lexiconic brouhaha really the end of civilization as we know it? I just don't see it.


Click on the link below to read the source article and decide for yourself.



Top Catholics, evangelicals: Gay marriage worse than divorce or cohabitation | Crux

29 January, 2015

Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me, When I’m 64? A Refutation of the Latest Assisted Suicide Bill By: Msgr. Charles Pope

Who knew the Beatles would prove to be so prophetic? What was a whimsical question in the 1960's begins to sound quite different when it's listened to in the context of legislation designed to make legal the termination of someone's life. At least it does for me.


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Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me, When I’m 64? A Refutation of the Latest Assisted Suicide Bill By: Msgr. Charles Pope

Call No Man Your 'Father,' Especially on Facebook - Aleteia

Call No Man Your 'Father,' Especially on Facebook - Aleteia

New anti-terror bill could put chill on freedom of speech - Politics - CBC News

New anti-terror bill could put chill on freedom of speech - Politics - CBC News

Gordie Howe's stem cell therapy raises concerns among medical experts | CTV News

Gordie Howe's stem cell therapy raises concerns among medical experts | CTV News

Pope to dads: Play with your kids, be strong, loving, moral role models | National Catholic Reporter

Pope to dads: Play with your kids, be strong, loving, moral role models | National Catholic Reporter

351 Studies from 13 Nations Prove Benefits of Households with a Dad, a Mom and Their Kids - Aleteia

351 Studies from 13 Nations Prove Benefits of Households with a Dad, a Mom and Their Kids - Aleteia

28 January, 2015

For Lent, Pope Francis wants parishes to be ‘islands of mercy’ | Crux

For Lent, Pope Francis wants parishes to be ‘islands of mercy’ | Crux

Westminster Abbey and Charlie Hebdo | National Review Online

Westminster Abbey and Charlie Hebdo | National Review Online

This is a truth I learned from my nieces and nephews!

Getting to the Point: The Spirit of Chaos, Or Making A Mess In The World

Getting to the Point: The Spirit of Chaos, Or Making A Mess In The World

A video well worth watching: I Will Follow

Afraid in the Cosmos--Our Strange Longing for Aliens - Aleteia

Afraid in the Cosmos--Our Strange Longing for Aliens - Aleteia

A Super Bowl Ad You're Either Going to Love or Hate - Aleteia

A Super Bowl Ad You're Either Going to Love or Hate - Aleteia

Margaret Somerville: A modest proposal for respecting physicians’ freedom of conscience | National Post

Margaret Somerville: A modest proposal for respecting physicians’ freedom of conscience | National Post

The Church has always built hospitals

The Church has always built hospitals

Fr Georges LemaƮtre: Father of the Big Bang - These Stone Walls

Fr Georges LemaƮtre: Father of the Big Bang - These Stone Walls

27 January, 2015

Pope Francis and America’s shifting view of Catholics | Crux

Pope Francis and America’s shifting view of Catholics | Crux

When Pope Francis rips ‘proselytism,’ who’s he talking about? | Crux

When Pope Francis rips ‘proselytism,’ who’s he talking about? | Crux

Father Raymond J. de Souza: What is free speech for? | National Post

Father Raymond J. de Souza: What is free speech for? | National Post

Pastoral Difficulties with Recently Ordained Priests - some interesting perspectives from diocesan officials

PrayTell - Worship, Wit & Wisdom

Francis: It is first and foremost women who transmit the faith - Vatican Insider

Francis: It is first and foremost women who transmit the faith - Vatican Insider

Learning to 'get real' with Pope Francis | National Catholic Reporter

Learning to 'get real' with Pope Francis | National Catholic Reporter

E.J. Dionne: Culture wars, old and new - The Washington Post

E.J. Dionne: Culture wars, old and new - The Washington Post

Clergy to police using black men's images for target practice: #UseMeInstead | CTV News

Clergy to police using black men's images for target practice: #UseMeInstead | CTV News

5 Scientific Findings that Support Religion - PsychedCatholic

5 Scientific Findings that Support Religion - PsychedCatholic

Birth Parents are the Real Heroes of Adoption - Aleteia

Birth Parents are the Real Heroes of Adoption - Aleteia

26 January, 2015

Getting to the Point: The First of All the Creeds

Getting to the Point: The First of All the Creeds: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my so...

Getting to the Point: On The Other Hand, The Pope Is Pretty Important

Getting to the Point: On The Other Hand, The Pope Is Pretty Important

The Unbelievers - How might we dialogue with nonbelievers? Drew Christiansen, SJ, former editor in chief of America, reflects.

The Unbelievers | America Magazine

Pope Francis: God always forgives everything Vatican Radio

Pope Francis: God always forgives everything Vatican Radio

Pope Francis Wants All Annulments To Be Free

Pope Francis Wants All Annulments To Be Free

A Right to the Gospel

A Right to the Gospel

'Forming Intentional Disciples': A Must-Read for Catholics - Aleteia

'Forming Intentional Disciples': A Must-Read for Catholics - Aleteia

16 Surprising Things About the Catholic Church - Aleteia

16 Surprising Things About the Catholic Church - Aleteia

24 January, 2015

Will science prove there is a heaven? | National Catholic Reporter

Will science prove there is a heaven? | National Catholic Reporter

An interpretation from Pope Francis of the new Sign of Peace decree

PrayTell - Worship, Wit & Wisdom

National Post editorial board: Quebec’s never-ending values debate | National Post

National Post editorial board: Quebec’s never-ending values debate | National Post

Exit strategy: ‘They want a promise from their doctor, that when they don’t want to live, they can stop living’ | National Post

Exit strategy: ‘They want a promise from their doctor, that when they don’t want to live, they can stop living’ | National Post

Pope Francis: Faith a Criterion in Investigating a Marriage’s Validity | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope Francis: Faith a Criterion in Investigating a Marriage’s Validity | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Getting to the Point: The Pope Is Not That Important

Getting to the Point: The Pope Is Not That Important

23 January, 2015

Ontario authorities take action on doctors who deny birth control - The Globe and Mail

When abortions were made legal, everyone was assured that doctors would not be forced to perform them if they had moral objections to the procedure. Now that promise is gone and all physicians in Ontario must agree to perform one if requested.



Now we have euthanasia becoming legal in the country (once again starting with Quebec) with a similar 'protection' offered to both doctors and patients. Any bets on how long it will take before this protection of one's morals disappears as it now has done with abortion? I doubt it will take very long at all. Certainly not the 20+ years that it took in the earlier issue. I won't be surprised to see it come to pass within the next decade.



Ontario authorities take action on doctors who deny birth control - The Globe and Mail

Pope Francis urges families to put down their gadgets, learn to talk again | CTV News

Pope Francis urges families to put down their gadgets, learn to talk again | CTV News

Pope Francis completes new Vatican office to tackle clergy abuse | The Catholic Response to the Huffington Post

Pope Francis completes new Vatican office to tackle clergy abuse | The Catholic Response to the Huffington Post

Pope says weddings, sacraments should be free - English - ANSA.it

Pope says weddings, sacraments should be free - English - ANSA.it

Supreme Court will not hear confession confidentiality petition: Potentially another blow against the sacramental seal of the confessional

Supreme Court will not hear confession confidentiality petition

George Weigel's essential essay on the Synods of 2014 and 2015 | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

George Weigel's essential essay on the Synods of 2014 and 2015 | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

Many Have Reduced Love to Kindness, and Kindness to Mere Affirmation – A Further Reflection on the Moral Troubles of our Time

Read this article by Msgr. Charles Pope by clicking on this link

Polite Fascism in New Jersey: THE LOGIC OF A STATE “LICENSE” TO HAVE KIDS

Polite Fascism in New Jersey | Matthew J. Franck | First Things

21 January, 2015

Europe and Nothingness | George Weigel | First Things

Europe and Nothingness | George Weigel | First Things

Pope removes priest accused of abusing minor | Crux

Pope removes priest accused of abusing minor | Crux

The illusion of neutrality

The illusion of neutrality

The Blasphemy We Need - NYTimes.com

The Blasphemy We Need - NYTimes.com

Does Pope Francis’ Curial Reform Involve Sending Bishops to Dioceses? | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Does Pope Francis’ Curial Reform Involve Sending Bishops to Dioceses? | Daily News | NCRegister.com

California ‘right-to-die’ bill proposed

California ‘right-to-die’ bill proposed

German rabbit breeders: Our bunnies are chaste | Crux

It has become (painfully?) clear that one must always read the entire text of one of Pope Francis's impromptu press conferences - and the most recent as he flew home from the Philipines was no different. This time the media glommed on to his remark about responsible parents controlling their fertility and not 'breeding like rabbits'.


In response, I offer what I consider to be the perfect rejoinder to this latest brouhaha... a story about rabbit breeders complaining that the Pontiff has maligned the moral status of their stock. It seems the perfect story to highlight the inane response of much of the Western media when it come to understanding what the Pope says in these media scrums.



German rabbit breeders: Our bunnies are chaste | Crux

Islam: Religion of Peace or Font of Terror? - Aleteia

Islam: Religion of Peace or Font of Terror? - Aleteia

What Can Pro-Lifers Expect From The UN’s New Development Goals? - Aleteia

What Can Pro-Lifers Expect From The UN’s New Development Goals? - Aleteia

20 January, 2015

Dying with Dignity group stripped of charitable tax status following CRA political activity audit | CTV News

Dying with Dignity group stripped of charitable tax status following CRA political activity audit | CTV News

Pope Francis has rebooted the debate on family and sexual mores | Crux

Pope Francis has rebooted the debate on family and sexual mores | Crux

Does Quantum Mechanics Provide an Analogy for the Trinity? : Catholic Stand

Does Quantum Mechanics Provide an Analogy for the Trinity? : Catholic Stand

Protecting the unborn in a ‘throwaway culture’ | National Catholic Reporter

Protecting the unborn in a ‘throwaway culture’ | National Catholic Reporter

28 Months on Mars - Curiosity's progress exploring our neighbouring planet

28 Months on Mars - NYTimes.com

Pope says Catholics should practice ‘responsible parenthood’ and not breed ‘like rabbits’

Pope says Catholics should practice ‘responsible parenthood’ and not breed ‘like rabbits’

The world needs more truth through love, not satire: A guest column from Bishop Fred Henry (Calgary)

The world needs more truth through love, not satire: A guest column from Bishop

19 January, 2015

Full Transcript of Pope's Press Conference on Flight from Manila | America Magazine

Full Transcript of Pope's Press Conference on Flight from Manila | America Magazine

Richest 1% on track to own 50% of all wealth by 2016, Oxfam warns - Business - CBC News

Richest 1% on track to own 50% of all wealth by 2016, Oxfam warns - Business - CBC News

Pope Francis On Charlie Hebdo: 'You Cannot Insult The Faith Of Others'

Again here is another example of the media getting Pope Francis all wrong. 



He said that we 'shouldn't' insult the faith of another. He didn't say that we cannot. Nor did he say that it would be justified to use violence in response if or when one's own faith is insulted, mocked, or derided. But he did say that, just as when one insults another's mother, they shouldn't be surprised if the insult provokes an unexpectedly violent response. Put in a modern aphorism: It might be a surprise, but it shouldn't be a shock if insulting one's faith provoked a punch on the head in return. That doesn't make it right. It simply describes a common human impulse when something or someone, which is near and dear to one's heart is insulted, demeaned, or injured.



In all of this, Pope Francis is being very 'Canadian' in his teaching. Civility and respect in the public square have been the hallmark of conduct for those of us of a certain age. Decorum and decency dictated that one didn't intentionally insult anything that may be an important constituent part of another's values and virtues. It simply wasn't done! It was not the type of behaviour one expected from someone of education and a proper upbringing. To deliberately 'poke a stick in someone's eye' by belittling and disrespecting their values and beliefs was behaviour befitting a poorly raised misanthrope; boorish behaviour that will often rebound harshly against such an offensive party.



Pope Francis On Charlie Hebdo: 'You Cannot Insult The Faith Of Others'

Canadian Pro-Life Apostle in Maximum Security Prison and Only the Poles Seem to Care - Aleteia

Canadian Pro-Life Apostle in Maximum Security Prison and Only the Poles Seem to Care - Aleteia

10 Really Short Prayers to Say During the Day

10 Really Short Prayers to Say During the Day

MondayVatican – Vatican » Pope Francis: Five Revealing Details | MondayVatican

MondayVatican – Vatican » Pope Francis: Five Revealing Details | MondayVatican

Francis struggles to answer crying girl's question about suffering | National Catholic Reporter

The NCR is showing its prejudice by describing Pope Francis's response to this question as a 'struggle'. It's evident that he didn't struggle but, in fact, used who used this simple question to great catechetical advantage.



Simply put, he used the suffering in that girl's life to highlight our shared responsibility for them. Imagine, he suggested if we were so moved by compassion for her situation that we eliminated all human injustice from the world, leaving only the natural elements of creation to bring suffering into anyone's life. Imagine how much better life would be not only for that crying child before him, but for all of us as well if we could achieve such an end? In saying this, he challenges the premise of her question that God is the cause of her suffering and pain. By pointing out that it has been our lack of concern, compassion, and commitment that has multiplied her initial injury many times over, he reduces God's responsibility for her current state.  



Pope Francis did acknowledge that even this residual culpability of God for her suffering is difficult to reconcile with a belief in the existence of an all-loving God. In saying this, he is repeating an oft-used aphorism that faith is taking a step into the darkness. That faith 'lights our way' when confronting a mystery as the existence of suffering that is beyond our human capacity to fully comprehend. In this instance, we lack the capacity to see the events of our life from God's perspective which means we cannot perceive that how our suffering might indeed be for the good of all. We lack the requisite perspective needed to assess the good or evil inherent in human suffering when it is caused by non-human agents. We can use reason to aid us in such cases, (the 'Butterfly Effect' applied to salvation economy works here) but ultimately as creatures ourselves, there will always be questions beyond our comprehension where we have no choice but to walk by the light of faith, as well as reason. Therefore, he concluded it would be better to work to improve our response to addressing the suffering of others,  rather than worrying about issues that are beyond our purview to comprehend. 



That sure didn't sound like a struggling response to me. Would that every priest could be as adept at using such situations to such good effect as Pope Francis did here. We might even succeed in making the Kingdom of God a little more present in our times if we could all 'struggle' as well as our Pope in answering life's difficult questions!



Francis struggles to answer crying girl's question about suffering | National Catholic Reporter

The Search for Extraterrestrial Life: An Amazing Discovery! - These Stone Walls

The Search for Extraterrestrial Life: An Amazing Discovery! - These Stone Walls

Proposed Schedule for Pope’s U.S. Visit Revealed | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Proposed Schedule for Pope’s U.S. Visit Revealed | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Rejoice in the Work of God’s Hands - an interesting column by Mark Shea

NCRegister | Rejoice in the Work of God’s Hands

All Christians Rely on Tradition Rather than Scripture Alone - Aleteia

All Christians Rely on Tradition Rather than Scripture Alone - Aleteia

18 January, 2015

Arctic hamlet readies for mental health fallout from priest sex abuse sentencing | CTV News

Arctic hamlet readies for mental health fallout from priest sex abuse sentencing | CTV News

Pope demands greater attention to women’s voices | Crux

Pope demands greater attention to women’s voices | Crux

Pope Francis may be many things, but never a bore | Crux

Pope Francis may be many things, but never a bore | Crux

Pope Francis delivers another ‘Thrilla in Manila’ | Crux

Pope Francis delivers another ‘Thrilla in Manila’ | Crux

Vatican Spokesman Talks of Pope’s Energy, His English and His Off-The-Cuff Remarks | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Vatican Spokesman Talks of Pope’s Energy, His English and His Off-The-Cuff Remarks | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope makes emotional appeal for world's suffering children during Philippine rally - World - CBC News

Pope makes emotional appeal for world's suffering children during Philippine rally - World - CBC News

Is A Lavish Wedding a Prelude to Divorce? - Aleteia

Is A Lavish Wedding a Prelude to Divorce? - Aleteia

17 January, 2015

Faith is not alone, Scripture is not alone, Grace is not alone. We ought not separate what God has joined. By: Msgr. Charles Pope

"There are a lot of “solos” sung by our Protestant brethren: Sola Fide (saved by faith alone), Sola Scriptura(Scripture alone is the rule of faith), and sola gratia(grace alone). Generally, one ought to be suspicious and careful of claims that things work “alone.” It is our usual experience that many things work together in harmony, that things are interrelated. Very seldom is anyone or anything “alone.”


The problem of the “solos” emerges (it seems to me) in our minds, where it is possible to separate things out. But the fact is, just because we can separate something out in our mind does not mean that we can separate it out in reality."
Click here to read entire article

We Live for Others, Too – As Seen in a Touching Commercial « Archdiocese of Washington

We Live for Others, Too – As Seen in a Touching Commercial « Archdiocese of Washington

Obese woman files B.C. human rights complaint over alleged rehab denial - British Columbia - CBC News

Obese woman files B.C. human rights complaint over alleged rehab denial - British Columbia - CBC News

Answering his true calling: A Pembroke lad working hard to end human trafficking in Thailand

Answering his true calling | Pembroke Daily Observer

Video: Try To Get This Catholic Rap Song Out of your Head (Sorry in Advance) - Aleteia

Video: Try To Get This Catholic Rap Song Out of your Head (Sorry in Advance) - Aleteia

What the Pope meant when he said those who offend could ‘expect a punch’ | National Post

What the Pope meant when he said those who offend could ‘expect a punch’ | National Post

Francis braves tropical storm to offer consolation to typhoon victims | National Catholic Reporter

Francis braves tropical storm to offer consolation to typhoon victims | National Catholic Reporter

Islam’s Demotion of Reason | A book review of Robert Reilly’s 'The Closing of the Muslim Mind.'

Islam’s Demotion of Reason | Daily News | NCRegister.com

16 January, 2015

Wayne K. Spear: Islam, a religion of peace at war with itself | National Post

Wayne K. Spear: Islam, a religion of peace at war with itself | National Post

#PrayforNigeria – Massacre Reportedly Kills Thousands

#PrayforNigeria – Massacre Reportedly Kills Thousands

Gay marriage cases to be heard by U.S. Supreme Court in April - World - CBC News

Granted that as a Canadian I am not always au courant on how the States are addressing the issue of same-sex marriage, but I thought that the Supreme Court had already ruled on this issue which was why gay marriages were recognized as legal in most of America's jurisdictions today. Evidently I was mistaken. It seems the issue is not going to be settled until June 2015 when the US Supreme Court is expected to render its definitive judgement on the issue. It's expected that oral arguments will be heard this Spring. It should make for some interesting times ahead south of the border.



Gay marriage cases to be heard by U.S. Supreme Court in April - World - CBC News

Video: Fr. Robert Barron Introduces Us to The Most Influential People in Catholicism - Aleteia

Video: Fr. Robert Barron Introduces Us to The Most Influential People in Catholicism - Aleteia

Women lead in the Church, even as Catholics debate their role | Crux

Women lead in the Church, even as Catholics debate their role | Crux

Charlie Hebdo: Why the West has 'fallen out of faith' with free speech - World - CBC News

Charlie Hebdo: Why the West has 'fallen out of faith' with free speech - World - CBC News

Pope strongly defends church teaching against artificial contraception at Manila family rally | CTV News

Pope strongly defends church teaching against artificial contraception at Manila family rally | CTV News

“Listen to the voice of the poor!”: Pope calls for social justice and respect for life - Vatican Insider

“Listen to the voice of the poor!”: Pope calls for social justice and respect for life - Vatican Insider

British Columbia court denies Charter rights to pro-lifers on campus | News | LifeSite

British Columbia court denies Charter rights to pro-lifers on campus | News | LifeSite

15 January, 2015

On a winger and a prayer: Hockey-loving Quebec nun ‘likes to make her presence known’ on the ice | National Post

On a winger and a prayer: Hockey-loving Quebec nun ‘likes to make her presence known’ on the ice | National Post

The (Sexual Revolutionary) Beat Goes On |Blogs | NCRegister.com

The (Sexual Revolutionary) Beat Goes On |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Pope Francis speaks out against insulting religions after Paris attacks - World - CBC News

Pope Francis speaks out against insulting religions after Paris attacks - World - CBC News

Need to feel better? Could you use a hug? This video is a virtual expression of that need. It was voted the best video last year on Youtube. Would you agree with this assessment?

Brian Hutchinson: Free-speech rights not protected on university campus, judge tells pro-lifers | National Post

Brian Hutchinson: Free-speech rights not protected on university campus, judge tells pro-lifers | National Post

When Science is Betrayed – and What Lessons We Should Learn By: Msgr. Charles Pope

There is a great reverence for science in our culture. On the one hand, rightly so. Science has made enormous strides that have changed life as we know it. Profound discoveries have eradicated diseases, improved health, increased the world’s food supply, led to a computer revolution, drawn us higher into outer space and deeper into inner space, revealed hidden mysteries of nature, and produced technologies unimaginable to even our recent ancestors.


On the other hand, the reverence of science has tipped perhaps too far in the direction of a religious substitute.Indeed it is arguable that the robes of the priest, once admired and revered, have now been replaced in our culture’s esteem by the lab coat. Many regard the findings of science with an almost blind faith that many (often unfairly) attribute to religious believers. “Scientists say … ” has become a kind of mantra wherein all dissent must stop and a slight bow of the head might also be appropriate. The matter is settled since “scientists say … ” And while religious believers base their faith on some connection to unchanging Divine utterances, “believers” in science too often couch their belief on the utterances of mere human beings, learned to be sure, but fallible and subject to changing their theories (rightly) when new evidence comes in. Hence the sort of religious reverence that many today give to scientists is problematic, both for them and for science.


click here to read entire article

Getting to the Point: Madonna House: The Movie

Getting to the Point: Madonna House: The Movie

The New “New Orthodoxy” | Wesley Hill | First Things

The New “New Orthodoxy” | Wesley Hill | First Things

About Paris attacks, Francis says freedom of expression has certain limits | National Catholic Reporter

Pope Francis, reporters, and an airplane. What could go wrong? 



Here's the 1st article I've found that reports on what usually is a 'highlight' of any papal voyage... the impromptu airplane interview. 



About Paris attacks, Francis says freedom of expression has certain limits | National Catholic Reporter

Ecstatic crowds welcome first papal visit to Philippines in 20 years | CTV News

Ecstatic crowds welcome first papal visit to Philippines in 20 years | CTV News

Homeless People: You Want to Help But How Should You? - Aleteia

Homeless People: You Want to Help But How Should You? - Aleteia

14 January, 2015

A Film Worth Viewing About Clergy Sexual Abuse - Crisis Magazine



A Film Worth Viewing About Clergy Sexual Abuse - Crisis Magazine

POPE FRANCIS: Life is a journey to God: be attentive, untiring and courageous. - Aleteia

POPE FRANCIS: Life is a journey to God: be attentive, untiring and courageous. - Aleteia

5 Ways to Be a Courageous Catholic at Work - Aleteia

5 Ways to Be a Courageous Catholic at Work - Aleteia

Owning Our Baptism | George Weigel | First Things

Owning Our Baptism | George Weigel | First Things

New Liturgical Movement: Scientific Evidence that Going to Mass Makes You Happier?

New Liturgical Movement: Scientific Evidence that Going to Mass Makes You Happier?

'Little Boy' Trailer - Perhaps a wonderful movie to look forward to seeing

Francis says religious dialogue can't come at cost of faith | National Catholic Reporter

Francis says religious dialogue can't come at cost of faith | National Catholic Reporter

Father Samir:  ‘We Have to Help Muslims to Integrate Themselves’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Father Samir:  ‘We Have to Help Muslims to Integrate Themselves’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

More state power, not free speech, the likeliest we-are-Charlie result - World - CBC News

More state power, not free speech, the likeliest we-are-Charlie result - World - CBC News

Prophet Muhammad images draw varied reactions within Muslim community - World - CBC News

Prophet Muhammad images draw varied reactions within Muslim community - World - CBC News

Michael Den Tandt: Luminous new Charlie Hebdo cover cartoon fearlessly defiant — and hopeful | National Post





Michael Den Tandt: Luminous new Charlie Hebdo cover cartoon fearlessly defiant — and hopeful | National Post

Made in God’s image and likeness: A column from Cardinal Tim Dolan (NY)

Made in God’s image and likeness

Temptation: 12 Things to Know

Temptation: 12 Things to Know

13 January, 2015

Does Religion Really Have a 'Smart-People Problem'? | ZENIT - The World Seen From Rome

Does Religion Really Have a 'Smart-People Problem'? | ZENIT - The World Seen From Rome

Senators' problems were bigger than Jason Spezza: I know it's a sports story... but as a Sens fan from day one, I wish people would understand the point this article is making.





Senators' problems were bigger than Jason Spezza - Article - TSN

Islamophobia Is a Myth | National Review Online

Islamophobia Is a Myth | National Review Online

More state power, not free speech, the likeliest we-are-Charlie result - World - CBC News

More state power, not free speech, the likeliest we-are-Charlie result - World - CBC News

Francis cries out for end to 'true world war fought piecemeal' | National Catholic Reporter

Francis cries out for end to 'true world war fought piecemeal' | National Catholic Reporter

Religious Freedom From Constantine to Today

A book review of LET’S NOT FORGET GOD: Freedom of Faith, Culture and Politics by Cardinal Angelo Scola


NCRegister | Religious Freedom From Constantine to Today

Pope Francis blames Paris attacks on ‘deviant forms of religion’ amid new worries he may be ISIS target | National Post

Pope Francis blames Paris attacks on ‘deviant forms of religion’ amid new worries he may be ISIS target | National Post

The Devil's Lies and False Promises of This World - Aleteia

The Devil's Lies and False Promises of This World - Aleteia

12 January, 2015

Pope Francis: Fundamentalist terrorism result of 'deviant religion' | CTV News

Pope Francis: Fundamentalist terrorism result of 'deviant religion' | CTV News

Boy Trapped In Coma For 12 Years Has Nothing But His Thoughts, Finally Awakens As A Man To Tell The Story

“I hope you die,” are words whispered into his ear by his own desperate mother. She thinks she is sitting with a shell of her former son, just a body without any feelings, thoughts, or hope. However, what this mother didn’t know was that her son heard every word, his mind was alive and fully functioning, he simply couldn’t get his body to function. The boy was trapped inside his own body, fully awake in thought but unable to communicate.


If this child was a citizen of Quebec in 2015, his mother could have had her wish and he would have been euthanized since the doctors proclaimed him to be in a permanent vegetative state. 


Good thing for him that he didn't live here!



Boy Trapped In Coma For 12 Years Has Nothing But His Thoughts, Finally Awakens As A Man To Tell The Story

Conrad Black: Defending the Christian West | National Post

Conrad Black: Defending the Christian West | National Post

11 January, 2015

Francis: economy must have human person at its heart; this is not communism, but Gospel - Vatican Insider

Francis: economy must have human person at its heart; this is not communism, but Gospel - Vatican Insider

In Haiti and elsewhere, a ‘Francis effect’ could overcome donor fatigue | Crux

In Haiti and elsewhere, a ‘Francis effect’ could overcome donor fatigue | Crux

Pope Francis baptizes 33 infants in Sistine Chapel | CTV News

Pope Francis baptizes 33 infants in Sistine Chapel | CTV News

In praise of altar girls—UPDATED

In praise of altar girls—UPDATED

What to watch for as Pope Francis takes Asia by storm | Crux

What to watch for as Pope Francis takes Asia by storm | Crux

Why Are Catholics Afraid to Talk About Jesus? - Aleteia

Why Are Catholics Afraid to Talk About Jesus? - Aleteia

Five Jesuses: The Four We Invent and the One We Meet - Aleteia

Five Jesuses: The Four We Invent and the One We Meet - Aleteia

10 January, 2015

Is it OK for comedians to joke about religion? (hint: Yes it is.)

Is it OK for comedians to joke about religion? - CNN.com

Review: Snack Music - NOW Magazine: My nephew Andrew Young's latest project gets an super review



Rex Murphy: We are not Charlie Hebdo | National Post

Rex Murphy: We are not Charlie Hebdo | National Post

The shocking reality of 'no-go' zones: France has no control over Muslim-populated neighborhoods - Europe - International - News - Catholic Online

The shocking reality of 'no-go' zones: France has no control over Muslim-populated neighborhoods - Europe - International - News - Catholic Online

Pope expected to draw millions of faithful on Asian pilgrimage | CTV News

Pope expected to draw millions of faithful on Asian pilgrimage | CTV News

In Memoriam: Cardinal Avery Dulles and Fr. Richard John Neuhaus - These Stone Walls

In Memoriam: Cardinal Avery Dulles and Fr. Richard John Neuhaus - These Stone Walls

Here's How Arab Papers Reacted to the 'Charlie Hebdo' Massacre - Mic

Here's How Arab Papers Reacted to the 'Charlie Hebdo' Massacre - Mic

Pope Francis Cautions Against Hearts Hardened by Fear | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope Francis Cautions Against Hearts Hardened by Fear | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Two Things Pope Francis Will NOT Say in His Encyclical on the Environment - Aleteia

Two Things Pope Francis Will NOT Say in His Encyclical on the Environment - Aleteia

09 January, 2015

Christopher Hitchens: The case for mocking religion | National Post

Christopher Hitchens: The case for mocking religion | National Post

Chris Selley on CNN’s end-of-the-world video: Signing off (permanently) | National Post

Chris Selley on CNN’s end-of-the-world video: Signing off (permanently) | National Post

The Regensburg speech and the Paris attack - Vatican Insider

The Regensburg speech and the Paris attack - Vatican Insider

Romero’s martyrdom has been officially recognised - Vatican Insider

Romero’s martyrdom has been officially recognised - Vatican Insider

AI (Artificial Intelligence) could destroy humans, Stephen Hawking fears. Should you worry? - Technology & Science - CBC News

AI could destroy humans, Stephen Hawking fears. Should you worry? - Technology & Science - CBC News

How separate are science and religion, anyway?

How separate are science and religion, anyway?

It's time for our bishops to think outside the box about effective pastoral leadership | National Catholic Reporter

It's time for our bishops to think outside the box about effective pastoral leadership | National Catholic Reporter

Only by loving, serving others can people come to know God, pope says | National Catholic Reporter

Only by loving, serving others can people come to know God, pope says | National Catholic Reporter

Video: A Catholic Mom Demonstrates What Death With Dignity Really Means - Aleteia

Video: A Catholic Mom Demonstrates What Death With Dignity Really Means - Aleteia

Canadian Pro-Life Apostle in Maximum Security Prison and Only the Poles Seem to Care - Aleteia

Canadian Pro-Life Apostle in Maximum Security Prison and Only the Poles Seem to Care - Aleteia

08 January, 2015

Vatican astronomers unlock the mysteries of the universe…sort of :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Vatican astronomers unlock the mysteries of the universe…sort of :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Michael Voris Slanders Fr. Barron: And Mark Shea (rightly) calls him on it!

Michael Voris Slanders Fr. Barron

On Being a Curious Catholic: Catholics who never have difficulties with the faith are probably not taking it very seriously.

On Being a Curious Catholic - Aleteia

The Blasphemy We Need - A column worth reading from Ross Douthat of the NYTimes

The Blasphemy We Need - NYTimes.com

Funerals should celebrate life, but they should also retell the Gospel story | National Catholic Reporter

Funerals should celebrate life, but they should also retell the Gospel story | National Catholic Reporter

Editorial cartoonists around the world mourn slain Charlie Hebdo journalists with their pens | National Post

Editorial cartoonists around the world mourn slain Charlie Hebdo journalists with their pens | National Post

Living on the Dark Side of the Cartesian Divide – A Reflection on the Gnosticism of our Times « Archdiocese of Washington

Living on the Dark Side of the Cartesian Divide – A Reflection on the Gnosticism of our Times « Archdiocese of Washington

06 January, 2015

Pope says Jesus is everywhere, but often hidden by war and suffering | Crux

Pope says Jesus is everywhere, but often hidden by war and suffering | Crux

How can you tell that you have too much money? When you start to make decisions like this one: 'Man spends over $500 on surgery for constipated pet goldfish'

Man spends over $500 on surgery for constipated pet goldfish - Your Community

The Vatican’s going to become more active diplomatically: The pope's top diplomat says in a dangerous world, 'We can't just wait' | Crux

The Vatican’s going to become more active diplomatically | Crux

‘What Is Going on Behind the Headlines’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

‘What Is Going on Behind the Headlines’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Getting to the Point: The Papal Examen

Getting to the Point: The Papal Examen: Among the ways of ‘missing the point’ that the post-modern world specializes in, is the shortened attention span that makes it hard for us ...

Congratulations to Canada's World Junior Hockey Champions!

Overcoming Life’s Storms: A teaching from St. Paul to some storm-weary souls « Archdiocese of Washington

Overcoming Life’s Storms: A teaching from St. Paul to some storm-weary souls « Archdiocese of Washington

Does Religion Really Have a “Smart-People Problem”? | Strange Notions

Does Religion Really Have a “Smart-People Problem”? | Strange Notions

America’s Struggle with Philosophy - Truth and Charity Forum

America’s Struggle with Philosophy - Truth and Charity Forum

Possible Site of Jesus’ Trial Uncovered in Jerusalem | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Possible Site of Jesus’ Trial Uncovered in Jerusalem | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Want to see Pope Francis' vision for the church? Look at his new cardinals - Religion News Service

Want to see Pope Francis' vision for the church? Look at his new cardinals - Religion News Service

05 January, 2015

Pope Francis and atheists | Crux: Dealing with that pernicious 'quote' from Pope Francis alleging that belief in God is unnecessary.

Pope Francis and atheists | Crux

The Ephipany explained... sort of.

The pope’s new cardinals could perpetuate the system, not upend it | Crux

The pope’s new cardinals could perpetuate the system, not upend it | Crux

Abortion clinic closure an unlikely catalyst for change in New Brunswick | Toronto Star

Abortion clinic closure an unlikely catalyst for change in New Brunswick | Toronto Star

And for something a little different... "Cancer the ‘best’ way to die, says ex-editor of British Medical Journal, so stop funding research for a cure"

“You can say goodbye, reflect on your life, leave last messages, perhaps visit special places for a last time, listen to favourite pieces of music, read loved poems, and prepare, according to your beliefs, to meet your maker or enjoy eternal oblivion. This is, I recognize, a romantic view of dying, but it is achievable with love, morphine, and whisky.”
Cancer as a 'good thing' in someone's life? Talk about a tough