26 May, 2017

Massive cyclones churning over Jupiter's poles

Massive cyclones churning over Jupiter's poles | CTV News

When Did the Decline of the West Really Begin?

When Did the Decline of the West Really Begin? | ncregister.com

‘Incubator Tech’: The Brave New World of Babies

‘Incubator Tech’: The Brave New World of Babies | ncregister.com

Philippine crisis worsens

Philippine crisis worsens - The Catholic Thing

Francis’s cardinal choices: Minority voices

Francis’s cardinal choices: Minority voices

Meet the man who could define what a 'Francis bishop' means

Meet the man who could define what a 'Francis bishop' means

Charitable father's day gift ideas... in case you're looking for some inspiration for something other than a tie this year!

Charitable father's day gift ideas--Aleteia

Attack on bus in Egypt carrying Coptic Christians leaves 23 dead

Attack on bus in Egypt carrying Coptic Christians leaves 23 dead

24 May, 2017

Introducing ePaul, Aleteia’s prompt assist for World Communications Day (and beyond)

Introducing ePaul, Aleteia’s prompt assist for World Communications Day (and beyond)

Abortion opinion: On matters of human life, and human dignity, you have to make your argument and prepare to be bested, no cheating.

Abortion opinion - Aleteia

'Catholic Lite and Europe’s Demographic Suicide' by George Weigel on First Things

Catholic Lite and Europe’s Demographic Suicide | George Weigel | First Things

Pope-Trump meeting agenda: Climate change, terrorism

Pope-Trump meeting agenda: Climate change, terrorism - CNNPolitics.com

Christians, Jews and Muslims call for palliative care strategy for Canada

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops - Christians, Jews and Muslims call for palliative care strategy for Canada

20 May, 2017

Jesuit's book explores benefits, pitfalls of the internet universe

Jesuit's book explores benefits, pitfalls of the internet universe

Gingrich's appointment as Vatican ambassador gets mixed reviews: One noted expert on U.S.-Vatican relations said Gingrich would be "the most extraordinarily unqualified" ambassador to the Holy See in U.S. history.

Gingrich's appointment as Vatican ambassador gets mixed reviews | National Catholic Reporter

Are animals born with the ability to count? - A potpourri of neat science stories

SECOND OPINION | Are animals born with the ability to count? - Health - CBC News

Can owning a dog make you a better Catholic? Mine did.

Can owning a dog make you a better Catholic? Mine did. | America Magazine

Strange signals from space and black holes: Astrophysicists in Canada tackle lingering mysteries

Strange signals from space and black holes: Astrophysicists in Canada tackle lingering mysteries | National Post

It's official: Callista Gingrich to be Trump's Vatican ambassador

It's official: Callista Gingrich to be Trump's Vatican ambassador

Trump's first foreign trip shows the importance of religion

Trump's first foreign trip shows the importance of religion

The Pope: “The Christian Mission? To give people joy”

The Pope: “The Christian Mission? To give people joy” - La Stampa

What is the Holy Spirit?: Jesus promised a wind at our backs on this Sixth Sunday of Easter

What is the Holy Spirit?--Aleteia

Peter's Square is a Catholic online marketplace

Peter's Square is a Catholic online marketplace--Aleteia

The Amazing Story of the Most Daring Papal Encyclical Ever Delivered

The Amazing Story of the Most Daring Papal Encyclical Ever Delivered | ncregister.com

19 May, 2017

‘I got really nervous the day before’: Sologamy, the practice of marrying yourself, seems to be on the rise

‘I got really nervous the day before’: Sologamy, the practice of marrying yourself, seems to be on the rise | National Post

CDF head to Canadians: overturn euthanasia law

CDF head to Canadians: overturn euthanasia law - The Catholic Thing

Pope Francis profiled in Wim Wenders film

Pope Francis profiled in Wim Wenders film | Entertainment & Showbiz from CTV News

Trudeau to ask Pope to apologize over residential schools

Trudeau to ask Pope to apologize over residential schools | CTV News

Coins of the Shroud of Turin Identified

Coins of the Shroud of Turin Identified--Aleteia

Member says prudence, pastoral concern guided Medjugorje panel

Member says prudence, pastoral concern guided Medjugorje panel

Attempted Beheading of Catholic Priest Giving Communion at Mexico City’s Cathedral Suppressed by Mainstream Media

Attempted Beheading of Catholic Priest Giving Communion at Mexico City’s Cathedral Suppressed by Mainstream Media - Regina MagazineRegina Magazine

12 of the Most Awesome Memes of Pope St. John Paul II

12 of the Most Awesome Memes of Pope St. John Paul II – EpicPew

17 May, 2017

Altruism vs. self-fulfillment: Faithful in Canada are more caring, but compassion has its limits, poll finds

Altruism vs. self-fulfillment: Faithful in Canada are more caring, but compassion has its limits, poll finds | National Post

Ray Pennings: Canada is not the secular society that we thought it was, and faith plays a big role in how we see the world

Ray Pennings: Canada is not the secular society that we thought it was, and faith plays a big role in how we see the world | National Post

Religious freedom and Islamic terrorism

Religious freedom and Islamic terrorism

David Brooks: When the world is led by a child-president who hasn’t mastered three basic things every adult is supposed to

David Brooks: When the world is led by a child-president who hasn’t mastered three basic things every adult is supposed to | National Post

When Donald meets Francis: What’s in store for first meeting of Trump and Pope?

President Trump and Pope Francis--Aleteia

16 May, 2017

No more religious exemptions: Montreal is taxing churches

No more religious exemptions: Montreal is taxing churches | CTV Montreal News

Swiss Guard Offers Glimpse of Pope St. John Paul II’s Holiness and Humor

Swiss Guard Offers Glimpse of Pope St. John Paul II’s Holiness and Humor | ncregister.com

Reports say Callista Gingrich to be ambassador to the Vatican

Reports say Callista Gingrich to be ambassador to the Vatican

When a Priest Should Not Sing - A Reflection on an Often-Forgotten Rubric

When a Priest Should Not Sing - A Reflection on an Often-Forgotten Rubric - Community in Mission : Community in Mission

“Fake History” is More Dangerous Than “Fake News”

“Fake History” is More Dangerous Than “Fake News” | Public Discourse

Four Aspects of the Early Church - Community in Mission

Four Aspects of the Early Church - Community in Mission : Community in Mission

13 May, 2017

Pope says abuse survivor who quit Vatican panel was 'right on some issues'

Pope says abuse survivor who quit Vatican panel was 'right on some issues'

The Fatima Century: Lethal and Blessed - a column from Fr. Raymond deSouza

The Fatima Century: Lethal and Blessed | ncregister.com

More Parish Closings Nationwide - What Are We to Learn and Do?

More Parish Closings Nationwide - What Are We to Learn and Do? - Community in Mission : Community in Mission

Is Christianity Unfalsifiable? Is Empiricism the Only True Knowledge?

Is Christianity Unfalsifiable? Is Empiricism the Only True Knowledge?

Pope makes 2 children saints on centenary of Fatima visions

Pope makes 2 children saints on centenary of Fatima visions | CTV News

Pope Francis at Fatima Chapel of the Apparitions: “If we want to be Christian, we must be Marian”

Pope Francis Fatima Chapel of the Apparitions -- Aleteia

12 May, 2017

Some unconventional family reproductive arrangements can ‘simulate’ incest, experts warn

Some unconventional family reproductive arrangements can ‘simulate’ incest, experts warn | National Post

Pius XII and Fatima, the secret of the “miracle of the sun”

Pius XII and Fatima, the secret of the “miracle of the sun” - La Stampa

How Are We Saved? Faith Alone? Or the Way Jesus Taught?

How Are We Saved? Faith Alone? Or the Way Jesus Taught? | ncregister.com

Getting Real with Reconciliation: The Essence of Making a Good Confession

Getting Real with Reconciliation: The Essence of Making a Good Confession - Catholic Stand : Catholic Stand

Canadian Catholic School District Cancels Play Over Gender-Identity Concerns

Canadian Catholic School District Cancels Play Over Gender-Identity Concerns | ncregister.com

11 May, 2017

Celebrate Canada 150 with the Red Racer Across The Nation Collaboration (12 different craft beers from across Canada)

What a great way to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday!




Central City Brewers + Distillers | Surrey, BC Celebrate Canada 150 with the Red Racer Across The Nation Collaboration

The Fifty-Day Party: The 50 days of the Easter Season explained

The Fifty-Day Party | George Weigel | First Things

Whistleblowers group offers Cardinal Dolan support, criticism in the way the sex abuse scandals have been handled

Whistleblowers group offers Cardinal Dolan support, criticism | National Catholic Reporter

Artificial wombs: Assisting or replacing? Technology is advancing in the area of ‘ectogenesis’: The ability for a baby to develop outside of the womb.

Artificial wombs: Assisting or replacing?

The Three Necessary Societies by Russell Hittinger from First Things

The Three Necessary Societies by Russell Hittinger | Articles | First Things

Vatican Observatory Director: Science Tells Us How God Created the Universe

Vatican Observatory Director: Science Tells Us How God Created the Universe | ncregister.com

09 May, 2017

Catholic Church’s good deeds are being erased, says archbishop

Catholic Church’s good deeds are being erased, says archbishop

Roger Penrose Discusses Consciousness

Roger Penrose Discusses Consciousness

Population Control: A Solution in Search of a Problem

Population Control: A Solution in Search of a Problem | ncregister.com

Who were the Desert Fathers? Their influence can be seen throughout the Church and is even found in popular culture.

Desert Fathers - Aleteia

Face-to-face confession: Have those face-to-face encounters at reconciliation lost the people who have intimacy issues?

Face-to-face confession - Aleteia

What happens if you fall into a Black Hole? Vatican Observatory to hold scientific workshop celebrating legacy of the “Father of the Big Bang Theory”.

What happens if you fall into a Black Hole?

07 May, 2017

Comedian Stephen Fry focus of blasphemy complaint in Ireland

If the following is what passes to justify a blasphemy charge under a criminal code, then the prophet Job was have had a rough time getting into heaven. When asked in a TV interview what he would say if he encountered God 'face to face' as it were, Stephen Fry replied:

"How dare you create a world in which there is such misery that is not our fault? It's not right."
That sounds to me like a line that could be lifted straight from the pages of Job's Old Testament tome. Separate from the question of whether a state should enforce a religious law, how is what Fry said blasphemous? 

But while we're on the subject of civil responsibility in religious matters, what is a supposedly 1st world country like Ireland doing having such a charge as 'blasphemy' on the books to begin with? I hardly think that God requires the protection of the criminal law of a nation to protect his honour or privilege. Since if he exists (as I do believe that he does,) he will have the opportunity to speak for himself in such affairs when we make our big exit from this life. And if he doesn't exist (as an atheist would posit,) then speaking out against him is no more consequential than ripping into Santa or trashing the Easter Bunny and certainly undeserving of any sort of civil sanction, no matter how minor or menial. Either way, for any democracy that claims to treat all people equally under its jurisdiction, it's a stupid law to have in any criminal or legal code.


Comedian Stephen Fry focus of blasphemy complaint | Entertainment & Showbiz from CTV News

A reflection on some 'bare minimums' from an anonymous author

Here's a little tidbit I stumbled across today that might be of interest to others. It's a credal type expression of the minimums required to be considered an 'ontological', 'believing' and/or 'practicing' Christian. It actually seems pretty close to the mark imho. Anyway, it goes like this: 


Bare minimum to be an *ontological* Christian: Baptism

Bare minimum to be a *believing* Christian: Belief in the Trinity: Three Persons in One God--Father, Son, Holy Spirit. (The Son became Incarnate--Jesus Christ.)

Bare minimum to be a *practicing* Christian: Be in a state of grace, i.e., not committing mortal sin.


Think you'd qualify under these conditions?

A Christian physician may be more likely to see the patient as a whole person.

Finding a Christian doctor--Aleteia

One hundred years later, Fatima's message still echoes

One hundred years later, Fatima's message still echoes

01 May, 2017

Sask. government to use notwithstanding clause to override Catholic school ruling

Sask. to use notwithstanding clause to override Catholic school ruling - Saskatchewan - CBC News

Society of Catholic Scientists meets in Chicago for first-ever conference

Society of Catholic Scientists meets in Chicago for first-ever conference

Why All Christians Must Unite Under Christ as One Body and One Faith

Why All Christians Must Unite Under Christ as One Body and One Faith – EpicPew

Relativism’s Not Neutral: The Intolerance of ‘Tolerance’

Relativism’s Not Neutral: The Intolerance of ‘Tolerance’ | ncregister.com

50 Catholic Converts: Notable Churchgoers of the Last Century

I'm happy to see the names of a couple of friends and acquaintances on this list... although I regret that they've already checked out of this life. Still, I can anticipate meeting them come the great Parousia! 



50 Catholic Converts: Notable Churchgoers of the Last Century | ncregister.com

Which Book Did C. S. Lewis Least Enjoy Writing?

Which Book Did C. S. Lewis Least Enjoy Writing? | ncregister.com

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