21 January, 2018

Charles Lewis: A reflection on the priesthood

Charles Lewis: Priests take the plunge into a heroic mission

How the Canada Summer Jobs program became a freedom-of-religion controversy

There’s an article published on the National Post website that supplies a ‘play-by-play’ analysis of how we have come to the situation which led to my recent foray into the public forum. I bring to your attention the paragraph posted below this commentary. It should explain why I decided we had nothing to lose by my speaking out. When I read ‘(N)o such organization will receive funding from any constituencies represented by Liberal MPs.’, there really was no other option. Who knew that we would be punished for voting in a member of the government’s party in the last election? Evidently, he represents a party that has no comprehension of the concept of respecting ‘issues of conscience’.


'The story was picked up by iPolitics in April 2017 and, in response, Employment Minister Patty Hajdu’s office put out a statement that said: “Any funding provided to an organization that works to limit women’s reproductive rights last summer was an oversight … That’s why this year we fixed the issue and no such organizations will receive funding from any constituencies represented by Liberal MPs.”'

I trust people understand that other than the moral issue, I have no interest in the politics of the situation. No doubt it is difficult for Liberal MP's across the country who have to deal with the fallout from this crisis. I believe that William Amos would much prefer to be handing out summer student grants to churches and religious groups as he has done the past two summers, but he is caught in a situation of his own party's making. I wish him luck if he is able to change its mind on this issue and remove this ill-thought-out obligation to profess one's support for abortion rights as a condition of application.This said, there's no chance in hell of proceeding peaceably and participating in the Student job program unless this stupid decision to demand an attestation is reversed. I can see no way that a Catholic priest would ever be able to 'tick off' that box without running a very considerable risk of 'ticking-off' the ultimate boss who commanded us to love Him and neighbour, from the pre-born to the naturally deceased. I know that can't... and I won't.


How the Canada Summer Jobs program became a freedom-of-religion controversy | National Post

Cardinal O’Malley: Pope’s Words ‘Source of Great Pain’ for Abuse Survivors

Cardinal O’Malley: Pope’s Words ‘Source of Great Pain’ for Abuse Survivors

Catholics need to be a people of life, from womb to tomb

Catholics need to be a people of life, from womb to tomb

Retired Archbishop Couture of Quebec dies

Retired Archbishop Couture of Quebec dies

How can you get families to come to Mass? Here's what one parish tried.

How can you get families to come to Mass?—Aleteia

Visitors to Jesus' baptism site are warned: watch out for mines YIKES!

Visitors to Jesus' baptism site are warned: watch out for mines--Aleteia

Can a Faithful Catholic Believe in Science? - Of course they can!

Can a Faithful Catholic Believe in Science? - Catholic Stand : Catholic Stand

Montreal priest's new calling: fixing shoes for the homeless

Montreal priest's new calling: fixing shoes for the homeless | CTV News

20 January, 2018

Trudeau government stands firm in clash with faith-based groups over summer jobs

Trudeau government stands firm in clash with faith-based groups over summer jobs - Macleans.ca

Opinion: Public funding should be religion-neutral

Opinion: Public funding should be religion-neutral | Montreal Gazette

BONOKOSKI: Trudeau edict ‘aborts’ missions to secure summer jobs

BONOKOSKI: Trudeau edict ‘aborts’ missions to secure summer jobs | Toronto Sun

NP View: Trudeau uses ‘alternative facts’ on abortion to discriminate against people of faith

NP View: Trudeau uses ‘alternative facts’ on abortion to discriminate against people of faith | National Post

Trudeau’s stubbornness over summer jobs application defies common sense

John Ivison: Trudeau’s stubbornness over summer jobs application defies common sense | National Post

Justin Trudeau... The acceptable face of hardline secularism

The acceptable face of hardline secularism | CatholicHerald.co.uk

Vatican adviser: pray for Justin Trudeau’s conversion over abortion policy

Vatican adviser: pray for Justin Trudeau’s conversion over abortion policy | CatholicHerald.co.uk

Ross Douthat: Europe is Sort of a Museum of Catholicism

Ross Douthat on Narrative and Religion (Ep. 32) – Conversations with Tyler – Medium

Um, no — it's not OK to shame parents for having 'too many' kids

Um, no — it's not OK to shame parents for having 'too many' kids | CBC News

Peace be with you, but no touching: Flu season altering Mass

Peace be with you, but no touching: Flu season altering Mass | CTV News

The March for Life Through the Eyes of a Millennial

The March for Life Through the Eyes of a Millennial

The thirty-year silent Holocaust

The thirty-year silent Holocaust | Pembroke Daily Observer

Pope's corruption rhetoric in Peru may seem rebuke to ruling class

Pope's corruption rhetoric in Peru may seem rebuke to ruling class

How science is discovering what religion has known all along about forgiveness

Why forgiveness is a gift to yourself--Aleteia

19 January, 2018

Editorial: Trudeau, Trump and abortion: Bravo Ottawa Citizen... Bravo

Editorial: Trudeau, Trump and abortion | Ottawa Citizen

No summer jobs for you! And other decrees from Bishop Trudeau

Rex Murphy: No summer jobs for you! And other decrees from Bishop Trudeau | National Post

No rest for Francis in Peru, where a divided society and church await

No rest for Francis in Peru, where a divided society and church await

Thoughts on a mid-air marriage | In the Light of the Law

Thoughts on a mid-air marriage | In the Light of the Law

Father Raymond J. de Souza: Trudeau’s love of dictatorships is showing again at home

Father Raymond J. de Souza: Trudeau’s love of dictatorships is showing again at home | National Post

The Pope marries a couple on the papal airplane. Hmmm.

“ 'The Pope married someone on an airplane!   Why won’t you, Father, marry us right now here at the zoo?'  
What do you want to bet that sort of thing will pop up for priests after this?"
That was exactly the thought that came to my mind when I read what Pope Francis did. I pray it doesn't come to pass.



The Pope marries a couple on the papal airplane. Hmmm. | Fr. Z's Blog

18 January, 2018

John Robson: Trudeau defies the truth with nonsense as effortlessly as Trump

John Robson: Trudeau defies the truth with nonsense as effortlessly as Trump | National Post

Trudeau is asking religious Canadians to betray their conscience for federal funding: An EXCELLENT opinion piece!

Trudeau is asking religious Canadians to betray their conscience for federal funding - CBC News | Opinion

From a Chilean beach, Pope applauds knowing how to party... so I guess that means 'Let the good times roll!'

From a Chilean beach, Pope applauds knowing how to party

Poll shows a strong majority of Americans want restrictions on abortion

Poll shows a strong majority of Americans want restrictions on abortion

Pope Francis marries airline employees on papal plane

Pope Francis marries airline employees on papal plane

Practicing gratitude in suffering

With so many folks in these parts suffering from the flu, this seems to be a particularly timely article.



Practicing gratitude in suffering — Aleteia

God’s guide to fishing: Reflection on fishers of men

God’s guide to fishing, reflection on fishers of men--Aleteia

17 January, 2018

Hidden black hole caught flinging star back and forth in distant cluster

Hidden black hole caught flinging star back and forth in distant cluster | CBC News

Euthanasia law ‘abused to kill people without consent’, Belgian Church warns

Euthanasia law ‘abused to kill people without consent’, Belgian Church warns | CatholicHerald.co.uk

Neil deGrasse Tyson on Catholicism and Science

Neil deGrasse Tyson on Catholicism and Science : Strange Notions

Religious groups meet to discuss concerns over abortion clause in summer jobs grant application

Religious groups meet to discuss concerns over abortion clause in summer jobs grant application | National Post

Grace Builds Upon and Doesn’t Destroy Nature: On First Things, Baptism, and the Natural Family

Grace Builds Upon and Doesn’t Destroy Nature: On First Things, Baptism, and the Natural Family | Public Discourse

8 secret acts of kindness anyone can do

8 secret acts of kindness anyone can do -- Aleteia

New study seeks to understand why young people leave the Church

"Among the various dynamics of disaffiliation, the authors identified six major root causes: an event or series of events leading to doubt; increased cultural secularization; a new sense of freedom after abandoning religious belief; a rejection of a faith that they believe was forcibly passed on to them; the conviction that it is possible to live an ethical life without religion; and a willingness to reevaluate their faith if presented with rational argument or evidence."

New study seeks to understand why young people leave the Church

Backing indigenous peoples, Pope decries the ‘deforestation of hope’

Backing indigenous peoples, Pope decries the ‘deforestation of hope’

Peru’s Perilous Politics: Papal Visit Comes Amid Tensions

Peru’s Perilous Politics: Papal Visit Comes Amid Tensions

16 January, 2018

Proposed Canadian assisted dying regulations overlook many important details

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: Proposed Canadian assisted dying regulations overlook many important details

Netherlands Euthanasia "experts" advocate for child euthanasia - with or without consent.

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: Netherlands Euthanasia "experts" advocate for child euthanasia - with or without consent.

Pope begs forgiveness for 'irreparable' harm from sex abuse

Pope begs forgiveness for 'irreparable' harm from sex abuse | CTV News

Report: There Are More Than 215 Million Persecuted Christians Worldwide

Report: There Are More Than 215 Million Persecuted Christians Worldwide

10 speeches that have changed the world (for better or worse)

10 speeches that have changed the world (for better or worse)

Canadian gov’t: A church’s ‘core mandate’ must be pro-abortion to get funding

Canadian gov’t: A church’s ‘core mandate’ must be pro-abortion to get funding | News | LifeSite

The Catholic Nerd's Guide to Superheroes

The Catholic Nerd's Guide to Superheroes – EpicPew

Egan: Pastor says abortion clause means he can’t apply for federal job funding

Egan: Pastor says abortion clause means he can’t apply for federal job funding | Ottawa Citizen

15 January, 2018

Trudeau Doubles Down On His Commitment To End Funding For Pro Life Groups

I use the phrase “so-called” because, despite the common erroneous media narrative on this issue, if you look closely at the Supreme Court’s landmark decision, as laid out in R. v Morgentaler, you will see that none of the seven judges found that there was a constitutional right to abortion during all the nine months of pregnancy.That’s right. You read that correctly. Zero out of the seven Supreme Court Justices concluded that on demand, unrestricted abortion was a constitutional right.Despite the Prime Minister best efforts to convince you otherwise, on demand, unrestricted abortion is not a right protected in the Charter.
Read the rest of the article by clicking on the link below:



Trudeau Doubles Down On His Commitment To End Funding For Pro Life Groups - The Post Millennial

Pope Francis faces a challenging visit to Chile and Peru: Messages of hope and reconciliation will come up against a deep well of bitterness

Pope Francis faces a challenging visit to Chile and Peru - The Catholic church in Latin America

Catholic Reading Goals for 2018

Catholic Reading Goals for 2018 | Maitland-Newcastle Catholic News

Why did Pope Francis criticize the 1968 movement in his speech to diplomats?

MondayVatican – Vatican » Why did Pope Francis criticize the 1968 movement in his speech to diplomats? | MondayVatican

11 January, 2018

Scientists are zooming in on fast radio bursts — the most mysterious signals in space

Scientists are zooming in on fast radio bursts — the most mysterious signals in space | National Post

On Being Truly Dogmatic: An explanation of what dogma is by Fr. Robert P. Imbelli on the First Things blog

On Being Truly Dogmatic | Robert P. Imbelli | First Things

Chinese authorities demolish well-known evangelical church

Chinese authorities demolish well-known evangelical church | National Post

As secular liberalism attacks the Church, Catholics can’t afford to be nostalgic

As secular liberalism attacks the Church, Catholics can’t afford to be nostalgic | CatholicHerald.co.uk

Religious Liberty Is Eroding in Canada. Here’s What Americans Should Learn.

Religious Liberty Is Eroding in Canada. Here’s What Americans Should Learn. | The Heritage Foundation

New Year's resolutions: 12 Goals for 12 months, from Pope Francis

New Year's resolutions: 12 Goals for 12 months, from Pope Francis--Aleteia

Trudeau Calls Out Anti-Abortion Groups Angered About Summer Job Funding

Trudeau Calls Out Anti-Abortion Groups Angered About Summer Job Funding

06 January, 2018

There’s a movement to undermine Catholic morality – Communion is just the start

There’s a movement to undermine Catholic morality – Communion is just the start | CatholicHerald.co.uk

Oh... this promises to be fun. Fighting over Trump's mental capacity. It's not likely to end well for all concerned: 'Trump, Defending His Mental Fitness, Says He’s a ‘Very Stable Genius’ - The New York Times

Trump, Defending His Mental Fitness, Says He’s a ‘Very Stable Genius’ - The New York Times

Development of Catholic Doctrine: A Primer

Development of Catholic Doctrine: A Primer

St. Andre Bessette - Saturday, January 6 - The Canadian saint from St. Joseph's Basilica on Mont Royal, Montreal

Saturday, January 6

Pope: Don't be misled by making money and career your life

Pope: Don't be misled by making money and career your life | CTV News

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