31 January, 2017

Does a Pig-Man Have the Right to Life?On the Genetic Modification of Human and Animal Embryos

Reflections of a Catholic Scientist: Does a Pig-Man Have the Right to Life?On the Genetic Modification of Human and Animal Embryos

PopeWatch: Hemorrhage: Pope Francis notes that the Church is losing clergy

PopeWatch: Hemorrhage – The American Catholic

Catholic bishop punched in face during mass in front of 100-strong congregation in shocking video

Catholic bishop punched in face during mass in front of 100-strong congregation in shocking video - Mirror Online

Some of the U.S.’s most important Catholic leaders are condemning Trump’s travel ban

Some of the U.S.’s most important Catholic leaders are condemning Trump’s travel ban - The Washington Post

'Words can be knives': Premier urges Quebecers to cool the rhetoric

'Words can be knives': Premier urges Quebecers to cool the rhetoric - Montreal - CBC News

Culture alone cannot be blamed for drop in vocations, pope says

Culture alone cannot be blamed for drop in vocations, pope says

US Bishops, Others Oppose Trump Executive Order Addressing Refugee Admissions

US Bishops, Others Oppose Trump Executive Order Addressing Refugee Admissions | ncregister.com

Pope Francis sends condolences to Canada following attack on Quebec City mosque

Pope Francis sends condolences to Canada following attack on Quebec City mosque - Vatican - Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org

Pope Francis on welcoming migrants and refugees with both generosity and prudence

Pope Francis on welcoming migrants and refugees with both generosity and prudence - Top Stories - Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org

30 January, 2017

Inconvenient truth is that white Christian men are Canada's mass shooters

Inconvenient truth is that white Christian men are Canada's mass shooters: Neil Macdonald - CBC News | Opinion

Dutch Doctor Has Family Hold Down Grandma to be Euthanized

Dutch Doctor Has Family Hold Down Grandma to be Euthanized

A Physicist Talks God And The Quantum

A Physicist Talks God And The Quantum

Newark's Archbishop assails Trump immigration orders

Newark's Archbishop assails Trump immigration orders

Words have consequences. This is something we should never forget.

Alas, the media is now reporting that the shooter at the Quebec City mosque was an anti-Muslim Quebecer, family name Bissonnette. He was well known for his vitriolic posts condemning Islamic immigrants into our country. No doubt his paranoia, anger, and hatred were fueled by comments demonizing Muslim immigrants to our country. I wish people would come to realize that words and comments have consequences... sometimes fatal consequences which bring great harm to others. I know that I will continue to do my best to counter statements of bigotry with facts and those of hatred with Christian love. I thank those of you who share my concern for doing the same.

Quebec City mosque shooting kills six people: ‘We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims,’ PM says

Quebec City mosque shooting kills six people: ‘We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims,’ PM says | National Post

Bernard Lonergan drew a map of theology for a new era

Bernard Lonergan drew a map of theology for a new era | National Catholic Reporter

“No Core Identity”? - Is Canada a country without a soul? by David T. Koyzis of 'First Things'

“No Core Identity”? | David T. Koyzis | First Things

28 January, 2017

Pope Francis: You can’t defend Christianity by being ‘against refugees and other religions’

Pope Francis: You can’t defend Christianity by being ‘against refugees and other religions’ – CatholicHerald.co.uk

We Are Perishing For Want of Wonder, Not For Want of Wonders

We Are Perishing For Want of Wonder, Not For Want of Wonders | ncregister.com

The strangely hidden reality of the near-miraculous victory in the war on poverty

Robert Fulford: The strangely hidden reality of the near-miraculous victory in the war on poverty | National Post

Consensus among hockey elite contend Gordie Howe was a cut above the rest among NHL’s all-time best: My father must be smiling in heaven!

Consensus among hockey elite contend Gordie Howe was a cut above the rest among NHL’s all-time best | National Post

Reacting to difference: Fight, flight or love: A possible meditation for those who fear immigrants

Reacting to difference: Fight, flight or love | National Catholic Reporter

Pope Francis has ordered a review of the new Mass translation

Pope Francis has ordered a review of the new Mass translation - La Stampa

27 January, 2017

Top 10 absurd bureaucratic policies win 2017’s Paperweight Awards: The bureaucrat's Darwin Awards

Top 10 absurd bureaucratic policies win 2017’s Paperweight Awards | Financial Post

Canada to increase reproductive health funding in response to Trump decision

Granny can't get her hip replacement surgery because of financial constraints on the health care system, but we can pump millions into overseas organizations that kill unborn children. (Calling abortion 'reproductive health care' is a euphemism that would make George Orwell blush imho.) Where's the logic in this? 



Canada to increase reproductive health funding in response to Trump decision - Home | As It Happens | CBC Radio

Anti-abortion groups hold triumphant rally after Obama years

Anti-abortion groups hold triumphant rally after Obama years | CTV News

Much ado about nothing?

I posted the following text on my Facebook page and it's generating a lot of comments. What do you think? Am I wrong in asserting that fears that we are being over-run by Muslim immigrants bent on destroying our culture and country are baseless?

One theme that's writ large today in our country is a fear of Muslim immigrants. Here's a quote that seems to capture that zeitgeist perfectly.

"Now, what do we find in all our large cities? Entire sections containing a population incapable of understanding our institutions, with no comprehension of our national ideals, and for the most part incapable of speaking the English language. Foreign language information service gives evidence that many southern Europeans resent as an unjust discrimination the quota laws and represent America as showing race hatred and unmindful of its mission to the world. The reverse is true. America’s first duty is to those already within her own shores."


May I point out that this is a quote from the early 20th century decrying the immigration of Irish refugees into America. Fear of immigrants with different values is common throughout our history. But it proved to be an unfounded fear back then just as it will be found to be baseless today.

The Catholic Church is Home to the Tasteful and the Tacky, the Sinners and the Saints.

The Catholic Church is Home to the Tasteful and the Tacky, the Sinners and the Saints | ncregister.com

Revisit the beautiful science of life ‘In the Womb’ - This ground-breaking up-close view of unborn children uncovers what happens before birth.

Revisit the beautiful science of life ‘In the Womb’ - Top Stories - Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org

Cardinal Etchegaray's retirement means the end of an era

Cardinal Etchegaray's retirement means the end of an era

7 Challenging Quotes to Catholics Involved in Politics

7 Challenging Quotes to Catholics Involved in Politics – EpicPew

26 January, 2017

The Catholic old guard faces a mortal threat. It’s called Pope Francis.

The Catholic old guard faces a mortal threat. It’s called Pope Francis | Joanna Moorhead | Opinion | The Guardian

Scientists create a part-human, part-pig embryo — raising the possibility of interspecies organ transplants

Scientists create a part-human, part-pig embryo — raising the possibility of interspecies organ transplants - The Washington Post

The State Department’s entire senior management team just resigned - This can't be a good sign for things to come.

The State Department’s entire senior management team just resigned - The Washington Post

A little bit of humour to inspire we preachers to keep our sermons short and to the point!


North Carolina 'Church in Exile' battles restorationists

North Carolina 'Church in Exile' battles restorationists | National Catholic Reporter

Christian Unity: Reconciliation requires sacrifice, pope says

Christian Unity: Reconciliation requires sacrifice, pope says

Will the Vatican finally “Render unto Caesar” and pay Italian taxes?

Will the Vatican finally “Render unto Caesar” and pay Italian taxes?

A Crisis of Reason? Whatever!

A Crisis of Reason? Whatever! - Crisis Magazine:

In the womb, two babies debate matters of facts and faith: “Nonsense,” said the first. “There is no life after delivery..."

In the womb, two babies debate matters of facts and faith - Religion - Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org

The happiest, most inspiring, pro-life story you’ll read today: Sometimes the best thing you can do for the pro-life cause is just to "smile and walk out into the world."

The happiest, most inspiring, pro-life story you’ll read today - Spotlight - Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org

25 January, 2017

Supermassive black hole spotted tearing star to shreds: study

Supermassive black hole spotted tearing star to shreds: study | Cosmos

Pope takes control of ancient Catholic order amid condom scandal

Pope takes control of ancient Catholic order amid condom scandal - CBS News

“SNAP announces director named in lawsuit has resigned” & related articles

Long time readers of this blog know that I hold Sylvia McEacheran in the highest regard. Her blog, Sylvia's Site is the best compendium of articles of the various sex abuse scandals that have hit the Catholic Church in Canada. I've had the opportunity to sit down with her on one occasion for an afternoon-long conversation and know that her activities and her blog grow from her deep love of the Church and a desire to see it cleansed of predators and their enablers.

In this latest post from her blog, she proves once again the purity of her motives. With it, she posts a series of articles about a scandal that has engulfed SNAP (Survivors’ Network of those Abused by Priests) containing allegations by a former employee that they participated in a program of kickbacks from lawyers, and that the organization was animated by a deep-seated "personal and ideological animus against the Catholic Church." In her commentary after the compendium of articles on this case, Sylvia expresses her long-held discomfort with SNAP and makes clear that her own blog has never had any formal relationship with them. This was a point that she made quite clear to me when we met.



So kudos to Sylvia for highlighting this story about an organization that seems to have gone off the rails as evidenced by the resignation of SNAP's executive director... and for her continued dedication to providing both a sight which keeps people aware of the ongoing state of affairs in these matters within the Canadian Catholic Church while providing a safe place for victims to be able to network and find support in their efforts to find healing, peace, and justice. May her prayers that these goals be attained for those broken by sexual abuse at the hands of clergy come to fruition, sooner rather than later.


“SNAP announces director named in lawsuit has resigned” & related articles | Sylvia's Site

How an unusual lawsuit could affect a Catholic hospital's religious liberty

How an unusual lawsuit could affect a Catholic hospital's religious liberty :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Theology isn’t Math; but it is Theology: The latest from George Weigel on the First Things blog

Theology isn’t Math; but it is Theology | George Weigel | First Things

Batten the hatches — China and the U.S. poised to clash as never before

Michael Den Tandt: Batten the hatches — China and the U.S. poised to clash as never before | National Post

Parsing Pope Francis's puzzling take on religion in China

Parsing Pope Francis's puzzling take on religion in China

Role of women a priority for Irish bishops during Vatican talks

Role of women a priority for Irish bishops during Vatican talks

Did God ever lie to you? - How to deal with the pain and possibilities of disappointment.

Did God ever lie to you? - Top Stories - Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org

Is Pope Francis campaigning for married priests?

Is Pope Francis campaigning for married priests? | National Catholic Reporter

Knights of Malta leader resigns, capping tense month for historic Catholic order

Knights of Malta leader resigns, capping tense month for historic Catholic order - National Catholic Reporter:

The trouble with appealing to ‘a well-formed conscience’ – What it is and what it isn't

The trouble with appealing to ‘a well-formed conscience’ – CatholicHerald.co.uk

24 January, 2017

Dare we admit there’s a war against Christians? It's time to resist our denial, despair and distraction.

Dare we admit there’s a war against Christians? - World - Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org

Part of a great series on Catholicism on YouTube

Chick Webster, Thought to Be N.H.L.’s Oldest Ex-Player, Stays Wry at 96

I used to see Chick almost daily during my time in Mattawa. He is a classy man, filled with wonderful stories. It's great to see him honoured this way in the New York Times for being the oldest living N.H.L. player! May he live to see 100 yrs!



Chick Webster, Thought to Be N.H.L.’s Oldest Ex-Player, Stays Wry at 96 - The New York Times

7 Pro-life quotes from people you wouldn’t expect: You'll find atheists, agnostics, and people of all religions who recognize the sanctity of life.

7 Pro-life quotes from people you wouldn’t expect - Top Stories - Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org

23 January, 2017

Sperm donor sued for support almost 20 years after donation argues new Ontario law protects him

Sperm donor sued for support almost 20 years after donation argues new Ontario law protects him | National Post

Doctor-assisted suicide could save Canada up to $139 million each year, Alberta study suggests

I've said from the outset of this debate that it would not take long before government officials would make the argument that euthanizing the elderly and terminally ill would be a more cost efficient means of providing 'health care'. Here's the first bit of concrete evidence that I was correct in my prediction. 



The second point I made was that once this logic became established in the public consciousness that the 'option' of euthanasia would inevitably morph into the 'obligation' to be euthanized. I wonder how long this next step will take before it takes root as well.



God help us all.



Doctor-assisted suicide could save Canada up to $139 million each year, Alberta study suggests | National Post

Québec euthanasia report: 14% non compliance rate with the law.

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: Québec euthanasia report: 14% non compliance rate with the law.

7 Ways to increase your commitment to the sacredness of life

7 Ways to increase your commitment to the sacredness of life - Top Stories - Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org

22 January, 2017

Amoris Laetitia: Where Truth and Mercy Embrace

Amoris Laetitia: Where Truth and Mercy Embrace - La Stampa

In Quebec, fear of religious discrimination as zoning rules used to clamp down on mosques

In Quebec, fear of religious discrimination as zoning rules used to clamp down on mosques | National Post

This is just too good not to share!


Two missed opportunities for real reform on sex abuse

Two missed opportunities for real reform on sex abuse

Social doctrine is about solidarity, Catholic leaders insist

Social doctrine is about solidarity, Catholic leaders insist

Russia set to move closer to decriminalize domestic violence

Russia set to move closer to decriminalize domestic violence | CTV News

Pope Francis on Trump: ‘We will see how he acts. Being afraid or rejoicing beforehand is unwise’

Pope Francis on Trump: ‘We will see how he acts. Being afraid or rejoicing beforehand is unwise’ – Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org

WATCH: A classic you should read to boost your spiritual life

WATCH: A classic you should read to boost your spiritual life - Arts / Entertainment - Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org

21 January, 2017

The Puzzling Backstory to Controversial Maltese Directive

I have no problem with the directive that the Maltese bishops have offered to their priests. In fact, it fits exactly into my own logic on the topic which goes as follows.

1) It is the responsibility of the pastor of people who are in any invalid relationship to make them aware of the teaching of the Church. This must be done clearly and without equivocation, expressing the reasoning behind the Church's position and how it accords with the teachings we find in sacred scripture.

2) We must instruct such individuals to pray sincerely for guidance from God with an openness to concluding to live in accordance with the Church's teaching: either in perfect continence together as a couple or as separate individuals.


3) If after doing so either party still wishes to receive the Eucharist and assuming that it will not cause a scandal or weaken the faith of others, trusting within themselves that what they do is indeed acceptable to God and being willing to accept the responsibility and consequences if they are wrong when they stand before him at the time of their death, then as adults in the faith I must respect their decision and offer to them the sacrament.

This is what the Maltese bishops have stated. There is nothing wrong imho with their saying it.



The Puzzling Backstory to Controversial Maltese Directive | ncregister.com

Formerly Suicidal Man's Sight is Restored Through Adult Stem Cells

Formerly Suicidal Man's Sight is Restored Through Adult Stem Cells | ncregister.com

The important questions: Should we be allowed masturbation breaks during the work day? : Another step closer to the abyss.

The important questions: Should we be allowed masturbation breaks during the work day? | National Post

Cardinal O’Malley Is Newest Member of Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Cardinal O’Malley Is Newest Member of Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith | ncregister.com

Prayer Request for a sick priest

Please remember Fr. Michael Costello, recently retired to his residence in Sheenboro, in your prayers. He has suffered a stroke and is currently in the ICU in the Pembroke Regional Hospital. Fr. Mike has been tremendously generous in assisting our parishes and his gentle spirit and humour have been a true gift to our parishes in the short time he has been among us. We pray, hope, and anticipate that his recovery will be swift and soon he’ll be back in his house in Sheen again.

Pope Francis meets with Irish Bishops on ad limina visit to Rome

Pope Francis meets with Irish Bishops on ad limina visit to Rome - Pope - Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org

20 January, 2017

Pope Francis’s popularity in the U.S. on the rise, Pew finds

Pope Francis’s popularity in the U.S. on the rise, Pew finds

As Trump takes office, he and Francis share a Russia problem: Evidently diplomacy like politics makes for strange bedfellows too

As Trump takes office, he and Francis share a Russia problem

Canadians appear to be more hateful online. Here's what you can do about it

Canadians appear to be more hateful online. Here's what you can do about it - Canada - CBC News

Update: How to Read Your Way to Heaven

Spiritualdirection.com | Catholic Spiritual Direction | Update: How to Read Your Way to Heaven Now Available SpiritualDirection.com / Catholic Spiritual Direction

When 300% growth is not enough: the measure of African evangelization

When 300% growth is not enough: the measure of African evangelization | Catholic Culture

Screwtape’s guide for Catholics leaving the church parking lot after Mass

Screwtape’s guide for Catholics leaving the church parking lot after Mass - Top Stories - Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org

19 January, 2017

Bioethics in 2017 by Wesley J. Smith of 'First Things'

Bioethics in 2017 | Wesley J. Smith | First Things

Doctrinal chief dismisses idea of 'fraternal correction' of pope

Doctrinal chief dismisses idea of 'fraternal correction' of pope

Remembering a man of peace and conscience

Remembering a man of peace and conscience

Scientists say your “mind" isn’t confined to your brain, or even your body

Scientists say your “mind" isn’t confined to your brain, or even your body — Quartz

Sex abuse advocacy group SNAP sued by former employee

A former employee of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests is suing the advocacy group, claiming she was fired after she learned that SNAP's principal officers collude with attorneys representing sex abuse survivors and that SNAP accepts financial kickbacks for referring abuse victims to attorneys.
Sex abuse advocacy group SNAP sued by former employee | National Catholic Reporter

Cardinal Pell's office dismisses attacks as opposition to reform

Cardinal Pell's office dismisses attacks as opposition to reform

Donald Trump ‘could send America into the next Great Crash’ warns Nobel laureate Robert Shiller

Donald Trump ‘could send America into the next Great Crash’ warns Nobel laureate Robert Shiller | Financial Post

What we learned from a special reddit ‘Ask Me Anything’ episode of Leah Remini’s Scientology series

What we learned from a special reddit ‘Ask Me Anything’ episode of Leah Remini’s Scientology series | National Post

95-year-old Betty White's best life advice

95-year-old Betty White's best life advice – For Her

The shocking Nebraska law that barred a nun from teaching

The shocking Nebraska law that barred a nun from teaching :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Does defunding Planned Parenthood really threaten women's health?

Does defunding Planned Parenthood really threaten women's health? :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Fake History - George Weigel

A British writer claims Pope Francis “steadily filling the College of Cardinals with moderate pastors rather than doctrinal ideologues.” This is, of course, a standard journalistic trope. It’s also fake history.

Fake History | George Weigel | First Things

17 January, 2017

Vatican fights attempt to discredit Knights of Malta probe

Vatican fights attempt to discredit Knights of Malta probe

The real argument over 'Amoris' is an old one over conscience

The real argument over 'Amoris' is an old one over conscience

Eucharistic prayer in the 21st century: One of the greatest liturgical challenges in the 21st century is making it meaningful to people in a post Darwin, post-Einstein, post-Hubble world

Eucharistic prayer in the 21st century | National Catholic Reporter

With moustache-twirling and church intrigue aplenty, when The Young Pope is bad, it is epically bad

With moustache-twirling and church intrigue aplenty, when The Young Pope is bad, it is epically bad | National Post

Doctor hits the road to deliver palliative care to Toronto's homeless

Doctor hits the road to deliver palliative care to Toronto's homeless - Health - CBC News

The (Population) Bomb That Never Detonated

The Bomb That Never Detonated | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

‘Conscience in Residency’ Project Supports Pro-Life Doctors in Training

‘Conscience in Residency’ Project Supports Pro-Life Doctors in Training | ncregister.com

Pope Francis: Beyond the Submerged Schism

MondayVatican – Vatican » Pope Francis: Beyond the Submerged Schism | MondayVatican

10 Ways to find true union with God amid the chaos: Is your relationship with God getting lost in the flurry of your life? Try these tips!

10 Ways to find true union with God amid the chaos - Top Stories - Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org

16 January, 2017

Stark inequality: Oxfam says 8 men as rich as half the world

Stark inequality: Oxfam says 8 men as rich as half the world | CTV News

The Civilization That Is Catholic

The Civilization That Is Catholic - The Catholic Thing

What liberal intellectuals get wrong about transgenderism

Long read: What liberal intellectuals get wrong about transgenderism – CatholicHerald.co.uk

4 Things you can do today to help hasten the vision of MLK: Racism is a polarizing issue but we can all do our own part to make it a thing of the past

4 Things you can do today to help hasten the vision of MLK - Society - Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org

MLK reminds us of the power of — and the need for — great oratory

MLK reminds us of the power of — and the need for — great oratory - Top Stories - Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org

14 January, 2017

A little inspiration to those of us facing a tough day ahead

If the Beer Truck Runs Over You Tomorrow, Is Your Soul Ready? Part Two

If the Beer Truck Runs Over You Tomorrow, Is Your Soul Ready? Part Two - Catholic Stand : Catholic Stand

If the Beer Truck Runs Over You Tomorrow, Is Your Soul Ready? Part One

If the Beer Truck Runs Over You Tomorrow, Is Your Soul Ready? Part One - Catholic Stand : Catholic Stand

5 Myths About the Papacy That Too Many People Still Believe (Maybe Even You!)

5 Myths About the Papacy That Too Many People Still Believe (Maybe Even You!) | ChurchPOP

3 ways the movie 'Silence' can challenge your thinking about faith

3 ways the movie 'Silence' can challenge your thinking about faith – For Her

Pope Francis sends letter to young Catholics: “Discover God’s plan in your life”

Pope Francis sends letter to young Catholics: “Discover God’s plan in your life” - Pope - Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org

13 January, 2017

Media censorship of unrest in Mexico continues, but why?

Media censorship of unrest in Mexico continues, but why? - Americas - International - News - Catholic Online

How condoms in Myanmar started a Catholic court battle in Rome

How condoms in Myanmar started a Catholic court battle in Rome | World | Dallas News

Young people to be more than study subjects in upcoming synod

Young people to be more than study subjects in upcoming synod

What should replace the 'Pro-Life/Pro-Choice' binary?

What should replace the 'Pro-Life/Pro-Choice' binary?

Pope Francis still hasn't responded to the 'dubia'. He has good reason not to.

Pope Francis still hasn't responded to the dubia. He has good reason not to. | America Magazine

One of the Obamas' greatest legacies is their strong marriage

One of the Obamas' greatest legacies is their strong marriage – For Her

How Barack Obama Fundamentally Transformed the United States: He did it by changing the culture.

How Barack Obama Fundamentally Transformed the United States | ncregister.com

12 January, 2017

Cardinal Dolan contemplates selling NY chancery in biting letter to priests

Cardinal Dolan contemplates selling NY chancery in biting letter to priests | National Catholic Reporter

Susan Bradley: How trans activists are unethically influencing autistic children to change genders

Susan Bradley: How trans activists are unethically influencing autistic children to change genders | National Post

Where Francis' Statesmanship Trumps Burke's Doubt: The disagreement between Francis and Burke is not one of vision but one of strategy.

Where Francis' Statesmanship Trumps Burke's Doubt - Ethika Politika

Pope Francis: Hope in God Blesses and Saves Us: Holy Father warns against false idols in Jan. 11 audience.

Pope Francis: Hope in God Blesses and Saves Us | ncregister.com

Religious freedom, meaningless without truth

Religious freedom, meaningless without truth | Catholic Culture

Holidays caught Pope Francis in a 'damn the torpedoes!' mood

Holidays caught Pope Francis in a 'damn the torpedoes!' mood

A template for real Catholic reform in 2017

A template for real Catholic reform in 2017

Priest sues diocese alleging persecution for reporting abuse

Priest sues diocese alleging persecution for reporting abuse

Some Canadian Bishops Pull Punches on Euthanasia

Some Canadian Bishops Pull Punches on Euthanasia - Crisis Magazine: Euthanasia is the next front in the culture of death’s juggernaut, and Canada represents one of its biggest wins. The Supreme Court of Canada has declared an entire “right” to “physician assisted death” from protections for life in Canada’s Charter of Rights, and the incumbent government is set, with the same single-mindedness with which it defends …

On the Dylann Roof sentence: ‘All human life is sacred, even for…the most heinous of crimes’

On the Dylann Roof sentence: ‘All human life is sacred, even for…the most heinous of crimes’ – Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org

7 Great tips from Pope Francis to moms: The Holy Father offers these suggestions, along with his thanks for being the “strongest antidote to the spread of self-centered individualism”

7 Great tips from Pope Francis to moms - Family - Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org

11 January, 2017

Lessons from an Era of Confusion - the latest from George Weigel on the First Things blog

Lessons from an Era of Confusion | George Weigel | First Things

Religious freedom in the crosshairs of European court

Religious freedom in the crosshairs of European court

Catholics should be open but wary on brave new techno-world

Catholics should be open but wary on brave new techno-world

How Prudent Public Policy Staves Off Leviathan

How Prudent Public Policy Staves Off Leviathan - Crisis Magazine

The Dark Benedict Option

The Dark Benedict Option | The American Conservative

Capitalism, Community, & Christianity

Capitalism, Community, Christianity | The American Conservative

09 January, 2017

Vatican doctrine czar sees no need for 'fraternal correction' of Pope

Vatican doctrine czar sees no need for 'fraternal correction' of Pope

Pope throws down gauntlet to religions: No killing in God's name - I REALLY LOVE this Pope!

Pope throws down gauntlet to religions: No killing in God's name

‘If they cry because they are hungry, breastfeed them, don’t worry,’ Pope tells mothers at Sistine Chapel - I LOVE this Pope!!

‘If they cry because they are hungry, breastfeed them, don’t worry,’ Pope tells mothers at Sistine Chapel | National Post

Students demand Plato, Descartes and other white philosophers be dropped from curriculum - This from an institute of 'higher learning'? What insanity!

Students demand Plato, Descartes and other white philosophers be dropped from curriculum | National Post

B.C. won't cover hepatitis C drug that's possible cure for woman infected with tainted blood

B.C. won't cover hepatitis C drug that's possible cure for woman infected with tainted blood - British Columbia - CBC News

The Tyranny Of Transgender Ideology

The Tyranny Of Transgender Ideology | The American Conservative

Scientists discover that your mind is not confined to your brain (or your body)

Scientists discover that your mind is not confined to your brain (or your body) - Best of the Web - Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org

08 January, 2017

New documentary explores Christian responses to persecution

New documentary explores Christian responses to persecution

Let's face it: There's nothing unbiased about secularism (at least not as defined by this column...)

Let's face it: There's nothing unbiased about secularism

Reframing Pope Francis

MercatorNet: Reframing Pope Francis

WATCH: Wheel of Fortune contestant makes sure everyone walks away with something

WATCH: Wheel of Fortune contestant makes sure everyone walks away with something – Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org

Disorder in the Order of Malta

Disorder in the Order of Malta | ncregister.com

Scott Hahn Explains the Creed - A book review.

Scott Hahn Explains the Creed | ncregister.com

A.I. expert David Levy says a human will marry a robot by 2050

A.I. expert David Levy says a human will marry a robot by 2050 - Home | Day 6 | CBC Radio

Proof of the Human Soul?

Two Catholic Men and a Blog: Proof of the Human Soul?

05 January, 2017

Transgender Man Says Surgery Denied at Catholic Hospital - 'He' was born with a uterus... and wants it removed. What did 'he' expect from a Catholic hospital?

Transgender Man Says Surgery Denied at Catholic Hospital - ABC News

An old anti-Catholic law has resurfaced in Georgia

An old anti-Catholic law has resurfaced in Georgia

Pope Francis could face key choices on bishops in 2017

Pope Francis could face key choices on bishops in 2017

Outspoken bishop steps down after almost two decades leading Calgary’s Catholics, cites health reasons

While this article doesn't do +Henry the justice he is due, I post it to note his retirement. He was one of my professors back in the Seminary and I have admired his, faith, intellect, and (for lack of a better word) 'gumption' then and now. His positions were always rational and well explained; his fidelity to Church teaching, solid and clear. He is the type of cleric that I have admired and attempted to emulate during my years as a priest. I wish him a happy retirement, hopefully somewhere warmer in January than Alberta!



His replacement, +Bill McGratton was someone I studied with as he was two years ahead of me in the Seminary. He shares many if not all of the same characteristics of personality that I admire in Bishop Henry - albeit at a somewhat 'lower volume' when it comes to public pronouncements. Calgary's gain is Peterborough's loss. But any successor to +Fred Henry will have big shoes to fill. + Bill McGratton will fit the bill quite nicely.



Outspoken bishop steps down after almost two decades leading Calgary’s Catholics, cites health reasons | National Post

New Year’s wishes for some Catholic brethren: It's time to start talking!!

New Year’s wishes for some Catholic brethren | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

An Internal Reformation – Not an External Revolution

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Seeking Signs During The Times

Seeking Signs During The Times | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

03 January, 2017

Can Pope Francis's legacy be rolled back? Well, yes and no.

Can Pope Francis's legacy be rolled back? Well, yes and no

Office of Congressional Ethics gutted by Republicans

So... the first step in 'Draining the Swamp' is getting rid of the Ethics department? This can't be good.



Office of Congressional Ethics gutted by Republicans - CNNPolitics.com

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Canada's top CEOs earn 193 times average worker's salary

Canada's top CEOs earn 193 times average worker's salary - Business - CBC News

Stem cells offer new hope for scleroderma patient - and no baby had to be sacrificed to offer up its stem cells!

Stem cells offer new hope for scleroderma patient | CTV News

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The Euthanasia Deception: A New Film, An Old Lie - Crisis Magazine: A middle-aged man wheels his disabled daughter through a public park. They have enjoyed their visit there. The young woman likes to look at the flowers. For a moment, their shared pleasure of the beauty all around unites them. This is especially precious given her limited ability to communicate. In recent years, however, the visits …

The practical pro-lifer: What you should give to your local crisis pregnancy center in 2017

The practical pro-lifer: What you should give to your local crisis pregnancy center in 2017 - Culture - Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org

02 January, 2017

‘What would Jesus do?’: B.C. church faces backlash for putting up fence to curb drug use, loitering

‘What would Jesus do?’: B.C. church faces backlash for putting up fence to curb drug use, loitering | National Post

Pope to bishops: Maintain 'zero tolerance' for child abuse

Pope to bishops: Maintain 'zero tolerance' for child abuse | CTV News

Pope Francis to World’s Bishops: Have Courage to Protect the Innocent

Pope Francis to World’s Bishops: Have Courage to Protect the Innocent | ncregister.com

'Save the Storks' aims to re-imagine the pro-life movement

'Save the Storks' aims to re-imagine the pro-life movement

A is for Alt-right, B is for Brexit: Gary Clement’s A to Z look at 2016, the year of ‘unpresidented’ disaster

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Seasons of Grace: A Year of Mercy, of Misery, of Mystery

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Religious Liberty Under Trump: Christians, Muslims, LGBT Rights, and More

Religious Liberty Under Trump: Christians, Muslims, LGBT Rights, and More - The Atlantic

Sometimes, Bald is a Color: The so-called "new atheism" is not simply not believing in God.

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Pope Francis, Trump and the media: The Holy Father identifies four temptations our media fall into

Pope Francis, Trump and the media - Spotlight - Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org

01 January, 2017

'M.A.S.H.' actor William Christopher dies at 84 - R.I.P. Father Mulcahy

'M.A.S.H.' actor William Christopher dies at 84 | Entertainment & Showbiz from CTV News

Lawmaker's solution to marriage row: Get the state out of it

This legislator is on to something, but I think he has it backwards. I've argued for years that we churches should get out of registering 'marriages' for the State. In effect, we should adopt the practice of most European nations. Want a religious ceremony of marriage/matrimony? Go to a church. Then go register your union in a separate civil process at city hall. This would free up churches to practice in accord with their beliefs free from the interference of the State.



Lawmaker's solution to marriage row: Get the state out of it

Argue to Explain, Not to Win

Argue to Explain, Not to Win | Catholic Answers

There’s a Patron Saint for That?

There’s a Patron Saint for That? - Crisis Magazine

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