17 April, 2018

Enjoy Scotch Whisky? Thank the Catholic Monk Who Invented It

Enjoy Scotch Whisky? Thank the Catholic Monk Who Invented It | uCatholic

Vatican astronomer says studying cosmos is 'worship'

Vatican astronomer says studying cosmos is 'worship'

'Biggest obstacle to the Catholic Church is itself', claims bishop

'Biggest obstacle to the Catholic Church is itself', claims bishop - BBC News

At 91, Benedict’s mind still strong, says secretary

At 91, Benedict’s mind still strong, says secretary

Crying little boy asks pope if his atheist dad could be in heaven

Crying little boy asks pope if his atheist dad could be in heaven

When Is a Church Not a Church?

Opinion | When Is a Church Not a Church? - The New York Times

16 April, 2018

Ross Douthat’s Take on Where Pope Francis Is Taking the Church

Wonder what's happened to our Catholic Church? Ross Douthat's book provides the best analysis I've read on the subject. I highly recommend it if you want to know how to address the challenges we face today.



Ross Douthat’s Take on Where Pope Francis Is Taking the Church

Last three popes pioneer new dogma of papal fallibility

In the past, an apology from a pope was considered unseemly and unregal. During the last three papacies, it's become routine.

Last three popes pioneer new dogma of papal fallibility

'Schryer 150' made for a very lucky Friday the 13th (20 photos)

Louis Schryer is my next door neighbor at my cottage. As a result, I often get to listen to many 'riverside' performances by Louis and his musical family and friends. This must have been a great concert! Wish I could have been there in the Sault for this one!



'Schryer 150' made for a very lucky Friday the 13th (20 photos) - SooToday.com

As courts weigh life and death, pope urges prayer for Alfie Evans, Vincent Lambert

As courts weigh life and death, pope urges prayer for Alfie Evans, Vincent Lambert

11 April, 2018

Pope admits he made 'grave errors' in Chile sex abuse case

Pope admits he made 'grave errors' in Chile sex abuse case

Pope Francis Puts Caring for Migrants and Opposing Abortion on Equal Footing

Pope Francis Puts Caring for Migrants and Opposing Abortion on Equal Footing - The New York Times

President of France Calls on Catholics to Engage Politically

President of France Calls on Catholics to Engage Politically

In multiple ways, Pope Francis lays out a spirituality of the ordinary

In multiple ways, Pope Francis lays out a spirituality of the ordinary

French President Macron to bishops: 'Give us wisdom, not solutions'

French President Macron to bishops: 'Give us wisdom, not solutions'

Why do we need religion in a globalized world?

Why do we need religion in a globalized world?

14 March, 2018

R.I.P. Stephen Hawking


Perspective needed on abortion - An excellent article from the Winnipeg Sun

Perspective needed on abortion | Winnipeg Sun

Happy Pi Day! What you might not know about the number that never ends

Happy Pi Day! What you might not know about the number that never ends - Technology & Science - CBC News

Synod tiptoes into digital age, but are bishops thinking big enough?

Synod tiptoes into digital age, but are bishops thinking big enough?

Minnesota Archbishop: Catholics Belong in the Public Square

Minnesota Archbishop: Catholics Belong in the Public Square

Interview with Fr. Charles K. Samson, biblical archaeologist: ‘A Catholic Guide to the Holy Land’

Interview with Fr. Charles K. Samson, biblical archaeologist--Aleteia

Pentatonix covers a John Lennon's classic: Imagine

R.I.P. Stephen Hawking: Renowned scientist dies at 76

Stephen Hawking, renowned scientist, dies at 76 - CNN

Pope Francis at five years: How the 'humble pope' sparked a conservative resistance

Pope Francis at five years: How the 'humble pope' sparked a conservative resistance - CNN

09 March, 2018

Quebec man ordered to stand trial on murder charge in death of baby his pregnant partner was carrying

Quebec man ordered to stand trial on murder charge in death of baby his pregnant partner was carrying | National Post

B.C. judge rejects challenge in polygamy case

B.C. judge rejects challenge in polygamy case | CTV News

Decision to be released in constitutional challenge of polygamy law

Decision to be released in constitutional challenge of polygamy law | CTV News

This cow explains Catholic religious orders and congregations better than most textbooks



This cow explains Catholic religious orders and congregations better than most textbooks

CNN’s new series, ‘Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History,’ commits sins of omission

CNN’s new series, ‘Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History,’ commits sins of omission

University of Notre Dame Becomes a Bit Less Catholic

Notre Dame Becomes a Bit Less Catholic - WSJ

08 March, 2018

'Dog-speak' can help forge bond with man's best friend: study

'Dog-speak' can help forge bond with man's best friend: study | Lifestyle from CTV News

Pope Francis to the priests “Do not charge for the Mass”

Pope Francis to the priests “Do not charge for the Mass” - La Stampa

NASA discovers massive clusters of cyclones — each one thousands of km across — churning over Jupiter’s poles





NASA discovers massive clusters of cyclones — each one thousands of km across — churning over Jupiter’s poles | National Post

The covenant and the courts: Inside a Christian university’s law school crusade

The covenant and the courts: Inside a Christian university’s law school crusade | National Post

The Priest Who Started #CelibacyMatters: Father Harrison Ayre is utilizing social media, to spread the good news about what priestly celibacy really communicates.

The Priest Who Started #CelibacyMatters

Will Pan-Amazonian Synod Result in End to Clerical Celibacy?

Will Pan-Amazonian Synod Result in End to Clerical Celibacy?

Netherlands 2017 euthanasia deaths increase by another 8%

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: Netherlands 2017 euthanasia deaths increase by another 8%

Women activists make strategic choice to steer debate past priesthood

Women activists make strategic choice to steer debate past priesthood

Signs suggest a turning point on the role of women in the Church

Signs suggest a turning point on the role of women in the Church

07 March, 2018

+Prendergast: Current mindsets reflect a return of two ancient heresies, letter explains

Prendergast: Current mindsets reflect a return of two ancient heresies, letter explains | Ottawa Sun

Pope Francis still popular, but conservative opposition rises, survey shows

Pope Francis still popular, but conservative opposition rises, survey shows - CNN

U.S. Catholics' political leanings affect their approval ratings of pope

U.S. Catholics' political leanings affect their approval ratings of pope | Catholic News & Multimedia | Diocese of Rochester - Catholic Courier

How Cosmic Existence Reveals God’s Reality

How Cosmic Existence Reveals God’s Reality : Strange Notions

The Choice of Assisted Suicide is an Illusion

The Choice of Assisted Suicide is an Illusion

Here’s Proof That Not Every Protestant Doctrine is Biblical

Here’s Proof That Not Every Protestant Doctrine is Biblical

Parsing the “T” - George Weigel opines on the 'Transgenderism' craze

Parsing the “T” | George Weigel | First Things

Marriage and Family Life Cannot be Privatized

Marriage and Family Life Cannot be Privatized | Public Discourse

06 March, 2018

In art, science and liturgy alike, light offers 'a revelation ... an epiphany'

In art, science and liturgy alike, light offers 'a revelation ... an epiphany'

Vatican confirms that canonization of Paul VI set for October

Vatican confirms that canonization of Paul VI set for October

How to Help Teens Learn Their Faith

How to Help Teens Learn Their Faith

To Change the Church: Ross Douthat Tackles the 21st Century

To Change the Church: Ross Douthat Tackles the 21st Century

Irish saints names for boys: A tribute to some Irish names as we begin our approach to St. Patrick's Day!

Irish saints names for boys--Aleteia

4 Common myths about the devil

4 Common myths about the devil

On Vatican hackathon: “The Church has always embraced innovation”

On Vatican hackathon: “The Church has always embraced innovation”

05 March, 2018

Canada Summer Jobs controversy could affect charitable status, warns Raitt

Canada Summer Jobs controversy could affect charitable status, warns Raitt

The Age of Travesties

The Age of Travesties | City Journal

Has Pope Francis boxed himself in over Bishop Barros?

Has Pope Francis boxed himself in over Bishop Barros? | CatholicHerald.co.uk

Pope Francis, does the new CDF document signal a shift in the discussion?

MondayVatican – Vatican » Pope Francis, does the new CDF document signal a shift in the discussion? | MondayVatican

A demur on the AOW document implementing Amoris laetitia |

A demur on the AOW document implementing Amoris laetitia | In the Light of the Law

Where is God's Will?

Where is God's Will? - Catholic Stand : Catholic Stand

Best Gospel Music in Film: Need a lift today? This should do the trick!

Best Gospel Music in Film--Aleteia

04 March, 2018

The courts keep inventing new rights, turning our Charter on its head | National Post

This article makes clear the hypocrisy that passes as legal logic by Canadian courts.



On one hand, a doctor who refers a woman to a doctor to undergo female genital mutilation procedures is criminally responsible for the procedure if it occurs. Why? Because in the eyes of the courts, the relationship of referral agent and end service provider renders both morally guilty of the end act. Yet the court applies the exact opposite assessment regarding the relationship between two doctors when it comes to decisions on any of the 'life' questions. (Abortion, Euthanasia, etc.) There they claim that no moral relationship exists between the referrer and end provider thus there exists no need to protect the former's conscience issues from the actions of the actual service provider.



Oh well. I guess those folks that say 'consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds' must have been thinking about those who act as judges in Canada's court system because a consistency of logic sure is absent from their decision making when it comes to these issues of conscience and morality.



The courts keep inventing new rights, turning our Charter on its head | National Post

3 Reasons to Study Theology in Rome

3 Reasons to Study Theology in Rome

3 Ways to live like St. Francis while still being yourself

3 Ways to live like St. Francis while still being yourself

03 March, 2018

The next great move of God: A hopeful column from Rev. Eric Strachan

The next great move of God | Pembroke Daily Observer

The Problematic Theologians of the ‘New Paradigm’

The Problematic Theologians of the ‘New Paradigm’

National Geographic's "Tomb of Christ experience" brings faith and science together

National Geographic's "Tomb of Christ experience" brings faith and science together

Pope Francis institutes new celebration of Mary, Mother of the Church

Pope Francis institutes new celebration of Mary, Mother of the Church

#MeToo meets the Catholic Church as Vatican magazine slams treatment of ‘exploited’ nuns

#MeToo meets the Catholic Church as Vatican magazine slams treatment of ‘exploited’ nuns | National Post

Father Raymond J. de Souza: Jerusalem’s mayor picks a fight with Christianity — and loses fast

Father Raymond J. de Souza: Jerusalem’s mayor picks a fight with Christianity — and loses fast | National Post

Your Mind Uploaded in a Computer Would Not Be You

Your Mind Uploaded in a Computer Would Not Be You | Wesley J. Smith | First Things

01 March, 2018

We need more palliative care, says Vatican

We need more palliative care, says Vatican

Like reading? Why not tackle some of Pope Francis' favourite books?

Looking for something new to read to make the rest of this season of Lent a spiritually enriching and productive one? Or are you just looking for a good book? In either case, you may want to consult the Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church, to find out what books have influenced his spiritual life, inspired and simply entertained him. For Pope Francis, a former literature professor who never watches television, books have been and continue to be an important part of his life's journey. Fortunately, you don’t need a private audience with Pope Francis to get his reading recommendations. The Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera has published an 11-volume series of the pope’s favorite books. The website Favobook.com has also gone through his speeches, interviews, and his writing, to help us come up with this tidy 10-booklist of Pope Francis’ recommended reading which will take you well beyond Lent.



Pope Francis’ favorite books--Aleteia:

In understanding religions, experts say, no one key opens all doors

Religious leaders and experts met in Rome to foster dialogue and peace.



In understanding religions, experts say, no one key opens all doors:

Vatican revives fine art of smacking down heresy, this time in modern guise

A document published March 1 by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith expands on Pope Francis's criticism of modern forms of two ancient heresies.



Vatican revives fine art of smacking down heresy, this time in modern guise:

A song for all of we 'grammar cops' who like to write...

How and what secularists misunderstand about Faith and Reason

It is often claimed that religious faith is mere simplistic credulity and that theology is verbosity that tries to affirm things that cannot be proven. Although these beliefs are very common, they are still wrong.



Faith and Reason – Carlos Caso-Rosendi:

The Joy of Being Catholic

The Joy of Being Catholic - Catholic Stand : Catholic Stand:

28 February, 2018

Astronomers glimpse cosmic dawn, when the stars switched on

After the Big Bang, it was dark and cold. And then there was light. Now, for the first time, astronomers have glimpsed that dawn of the universe 13.6 billion years ago when the earliest stars were turning on the light in the cosmic darkness.



Astronomers glimpse cosmic dawn, when the stars switched on | CTV News:

Rethinking “Mission Territory” by George Weigel

Rethinking “Mission Territory” | George Weigel | First Things:

Catholic social doctrine sheds light on how to combat gun violence

Catholic social doctrine sheds light on how to combat gun violence | National Catholic Reporter:

Trudeau's Troubling Insistence That Charities Pick A Side On Abortion: One of the differences between a free society and a repressive regime is the right to remain silent.

Trudeau's Troubling Insistence That Charities Pick A Side On Abortion:

Reflections on Francis and the deconstruction of the 'Imperial Papacy'

Reflections on Francis and the deconstruction of the 'Imperial Papacy':

The Pope and the Vatican’s top power broker

For the first time in my life, I find myself in substantial agreement with Robert Mickens, who now covers Vatican affairs for La Croix. In his most recent column there, Mickens examines the enormous and enduring influence of Cardinal Angelo Sodano. It’s an eye-opener. 


The Pope and the Vatican’s top power broker | Catholic Culture:

The Jordan Peterson Phenomenon: Jordan Peterson’s new book, an elaboration of 12 basic psychological rules for life, makes for bracing and satisfying reading

The Jordan Peterson Phenomenon

Why Does God Allow Natural Disasters?

Why Does God Allow Natural Disasters? : Strange Notions

How is Lent observed around the world?

How is Lent observed around the world?

Catholics Need Faith and Reason, Not a New Paradigm: Recovering the discipline of good Catholic moral reasoning is urgent, Philadelphia shepherd says.

Catholics Need Faith and Reason, Not a New Paradigm:

26 February, 2018

How to play our proper role in the drama that is our life - Fr. Tim Moyle

+Bishop Robert Barron is quoted in a recent book co-authored by John Allen entitled To Light A Fire On Earth: Proclaiming the Gospel in a Secular Age as offering three principles for Catholics to keep their lives in harmony with God’s stage directions in lieu of being mired in the unwanted drama that afflicts our peace when we choose our own preferred method of acting. Essentially they are:
a) Find the center of your life as determine what’s occupying that space.
b) Know yourself for who you are: a sinner.
c) Repeat often: It’s not about me.
 Finding the center of your life means to do exactly and simply that: locate those value, needs, and wants that are primordial to your path in life. Then make the firm decision to install Christ in that place of honor and power. For example, if what really drives you or floats your boat are things like friends, reputation, material comforts, power, pleasure, or prestige, you can be 100% certain that rancor, stress, and disharmony will never be far from the surface of your life. When we utilized our own ego in determining what we believe with make us happy, chaos, fear, and conflict will inevitably result in a clash with the wants of others. But if we make the choice to give Christ the first and final word in making our decisions by using his metric of love, we will find our lives enjoying our role in his direction in life’s theater. Rather than taking to social media or wherever to lament the latest ‘insult’ or ‘injustice’ we believe has been offered against honor or values, living by the teachings of Christ instead we will walk in the peace and security knowing we’re taking lessons from the one true ‘master of love’.
Knowing yourself as a sinner might seem counter-intuitive if one is searching for happiness in life since such contemplations tend to engender disquiet in the mind and soul as they wrestle with our infamous ‘Catholic guilt’ as a consequence for our transgressions. But actually accepting one’s moral and religious practices as irredeemably flawed is life-changing in a positive direction in a few ways.
First, on a purely human level, recognizing that we are all sinners both levels the playing field when it comes to any subjective appraisal of our own moral rectitude or expectation of the benefit of the doubt when it comes to the opinion of others about ourselves. It also impels us to grow in our ability and desire to offer the most charitable and loving interpretation possible of them if are suffering as a result of their failings. These are admirable qualities for all people to strive for and are indeed essential to any peaceful and harmonious life and society as would no doubt be acknowledged by both secularists and religious folk alike. Empathy is essential to living a harmonious life in peace with others.
But empathy grows best in the strong clear light of love and faith that comes from seeing each other as equal in the sight of God and each other. Christian faith is our being all sinners aids in growing more empathetic.
It’s not about me is a mantra that keeps us focused not on our own desires and cravings but focuses us on our concern for God and others. Urs von Balthasar, a theologian of note from the mid-20th century expressed it best when he stated that all people live within their own life’s drama. But he argues that we can choose whether to make it an ‘ego-drama’ piece of theatre in which we insist on playing the central role or a ‘theo-drama’ in which we establish God as our director and those he brings onto the stage of our life as the legitimate stars of the play.

Three Crises – and Three Opportunities

Robert Royal on the ongoing, radical recasting of marriage and the Church’s understanding of the Eucharist . . . and her very self.



Three Crises – and Three Opportunities - The Catholic Thing:

Francis’ Fifth: A Pontificate of Footnotes

The heart of the current pontificate is understood more in the footnotes than the main text.



Francis’ Fifth: A Pontificate of Footnotes:

‘The New Paradigm,’ Conscience and the Death of Catholic Morality

The Vatican secretary of state’s recent comments on Amoris Laetitia elevates conscience to a degree that relativizes the objectivity of the moral law.



‘The New Paradigm,’ Conscience and the Death of Catholic Morality

LifeSiteNews does harm with stories like 'Vatican financial scandal'

LifeSiteNews does harm with stories like 'Vatican financial scandal' | National Catholic Reporter:

Church of Holy Sepulchre shut down

Church of Holy Sepulchre shut down—Aleteia

25 February, 2018

24 February, 2018

Researchers say they have discovered Prophet Isaiah’s ‘signature’

This could be the first 'extra-biblical' reference to the prophet who foretold the birth of Jesus some 700 years in advance, and for whom the Book of Isaiah is named.



Researchers say they have discovered Prophet Isaiah’s ‘signature’ | National Post:

How focusing on Catholicism’s beauty can lead people to the faith

Bishop Robert Barron believes once people are hooked on beauty, they are more receptive to the truths of the faith.



How focusing on Catholicism’s beauty can lead people to the faith | CatholicHerald.co.uk:

Faith and Culture: An essay by Joseph Pearce

Faith and culture are inextricably connected because a culture is always an expression of the faith which informs it. If a culture is animated by a belief in the triune splendour of the good, the true, and the beautiful, it will shine forth goodness, truth, and beauty.



Faith and Culture - The Imaginative Conservative:

Of Space Aliens and the Catholic Faith

Of Space Aliens and the Catholic Faith

Hippocrates on Social Justice

Hippocrates was more than the first scientist of medicine but also the founder of medical ethics and Social Justice.



Hippocrates on Social Justice | Augustines Alley: