31 January, 2018

Anti-abortion group loses initial court bid over summer jobs program

Anti-abortion group loses initial court bid over summer jobs program | National Post

Religious doctors must provide referrals for medically assisted death: So much for conscience rights

Religious doctors must provide referrals for medically assisted death: Ontario court - The Globe and Mail

EDITORIAL: Canadians don’t need a Liberal values test

EDITORIAL: Canadians don’t need a Liberal values test | Toronto Sun

Religious leaders say they'll challenge 'fascist' summer jobs form on charter grounds

Religious leaders say they'll challenge 'fascist' summer jobs form on charter grounds - Politics - CBC News

Pope Francis’ New Apostolic Constitution ‘Veritatis Gaudium’ on Ecclesiastical Universities & Faculties: ‘For truth is not an abstract idea, but is Jesus himself’

Pope Francis’ New Apostolic Constitution ‘Veritatis Gaudium’ on Ecclesiastical Universities & Faculties – ZENIT – English

The Catholic Church Doesn’t Do “Paradigm Shifts” by George Weigel on the First Things blog

The Catholic Church Doesn’t Do “Paradigm Shifts” | George Weigel | First Things

Trump bids for bipartisanship but elicits partisan reaction, including Catholics

Trump bids for bipartisanship but elicits partisan reaction, including Catholics

They’ve cloned monkeys. Here’s why we should be very afraid of what’s next

Cloning of monkeys adds urgency to vigilance--Aleteia

Bishop: Anti-foreign influence law could silence Australian Catholics

Bishop: Anti-foreign influence law could silence Australian Catholics

The Days of Our Lives: A day in the life for Fr. Gordon MacRae in prison

The Days of Our Lives

Nuns, guns and the Wild West: The extraordinary tale of Sr. Blandina

Nuns, guns and the Wild West: the extraordinary tale of Sr. Blandina – Catholic World Report

Pope Francis Regrets: A synopsis of the crisis facing the Church in Chile

Pope Francis Regrets | P. J. Smith | First Things

Dear Friends in the Media: An open letter from +Cardinal Zen regarding the situation in China

Dear Friends in the Media | 平安抵岸全靠祂

30 January, 2018

The alarming trend of Bullying Hospitals and Hospices into doing Assisted Suicide.

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: The alarming trend of Bullying Hospitals and Hospices into doing Assisted Suicide.

Emails reveal hurdles for patients seeking assisted deaths at faith-based facilities

Since when has it been considered mandatory that every hospital provides every medical procedure that a patient demands? This is really little more than an attempt by the promoters of M.A.I.D. to force faith-based institutions to provide procedures that conflict with the values upon which they have been founded and operated.



Emails reveal hurdles for patients seeking assisted deaths at faith-based facilities - British Columbia - CBC News

Pro-life leaders decry US Senate failure to pass 20-week abortion ban

Pro-life leaders decry Senate failure to pass 20-week abortion ban | National Catholic Reporter

On the Size of the Universe

On the Size of the Universe - The Catholic Thing

Pope dispatches ex-top cop on sex abuse to hear case against Chilean bishop

Pope dispatches ex-top cop on sex abuse to hear case against Chilean bishop

Church in Australia fears priests, nuns could have to register as 'foreign agents'

Church in Australia fears priests, nuns could have to register as 'foreign agents'—Aleteia

Who is Jesus?  Google Smart Speaker Doesn’t Have a Clue

Who is Jesus?  Google Smart Speaker Doesn’t Have a Clue | Todd Starnes

How ThinkProgress’s Review Of Transgenderism Book Proves Its Points

It is easier for some to mischaracterize than to engage the issues. That includes ThinkProgress, whose arguments for transgenderism undermine it.



How ThinkProgress’s Review Of Transgenderism Book Proves Its Points:

There Can Be No Consistent Atheist System Of Morality Or Ethics

There Can Be No Consistent Atheist System Of Morality Or Ethics – William M. Briggs

29 January, 2018

Religious leaders urge Trudeau to drop pro-abortion requirement for summer jobs funding

Religious leaders urge Trudeau to drop pro-abortion requirement for summer jobs funding | CatholicHerald.co.uk

The Truth About Medjugorje—Donal Foley: Part 1

The Truth About Medjugorje—Donal Foley Part I - Catholic Stand : Catholic Stand

Cruel twist of fate for single woman who froze her eggs in her 30s to ‘free her career’

Cruel twist of fate for single woman who froze her eggs in her 30s to ‘free her career’ | National Post

Pope in Education Document: ‘Faith, Reason Give Harmonious Witness to Truth’

Pope in Education Document: ‘Faith, Reason Give Harmonious Witness to Truth’

Archbishop to Trudeau: You’re ‘confused’ if you think you can be pro-abortion and Catholic

Archbishop to Trudeau: You’re ‘confused’ if you think you can be pro-abortion and Catholic | News | LifeSite

Elderly Woman Resists Being Euthanized When She Sees the Needle, So Her Family Held Her Down

Elderly Woman Resists Being Euthanized When She Sees the Needle, So Her Family Held Her Down | LifeNews.com

Pope Francis tells Vatican court to remember to "defend conscience" in marriage

Pope Francis tells Vatican court to remember to "defend conscience" in marriage

Pope attacks "indifference" in battling anti-Semitism

Pope attacks "indifference" in battling anti-Semitism

Desiccated ancient biblical manuscript revealed by x-ray scan

Biblical manuscript revealed by X-ray scanning, m.910--Aleteia

Philosophy and the search for a good life

Philosophy and the search for a good life

26 January, 2018

The (Ubiquitous) Persistence of God

The Persistence of God - The Catholic Thing

Dear Catholic Parishes: Stop Holding the Sacraments Hostage

Dear Catholic Parishes: Stop Holding the Sacraments Hostage - The Catholic Working Mother

Of Course the Christian Right Supports Trump

Of Course the Christian Right Supports Trump - The New York Times

Douthat, Ivereigh spar in Dallas over legacy of the Francis papacy

Douthat, Ivereigh spar in Dallas over legacy of the Francis papacy

Euthanasia stems from reducing life to "efficiency and productivity," pope says

Euthanasia stems from reducing life to "efficiency and productivity," pope says

Pope Francis' blind spot on sexual abuse

Pope Francis' blind spot on sexual abuse | National Catholic Reporter

10 of the World's Weirdest Churches - And Why It's a Problem

10 of the World's Weirdest Churches - And Why It's a Problem | ChurchPOP

Satanic Temple sues to end Missouri pro-life laws

Satanic Temple sues to end Missouri pro-life laws

24 January, 2018

Linking Youth Funding to Abortion Rights Spawns Backlash in Canada and Beyond

Linking Youth Funding to Abortion Rights Spawns Backlash in Canada and Beyond - The New York Times

Globe editorial: In Canada, abortion is a right. But so is criticizing it

Globe editorial: In Canada, abortion is a right. But so is criticizing it - The Globe and Mail

Trudeau bans anti-abortion groups from summer jobs funding

Trudeau bans anti-abortion groups from summer jobs funding - BBC News

5 of the Earliest Non-Biblical References to Jesus

5 of the Earliest Non-Biblical References to Jesus | uCatholic

Liberal media excoriate Canadian gov’t for denying funding to pro-life churches

Liberal media excoriate Canadian gov’t for denying funding to pro-life churches | News | LifeSite

NDP blasts reproductive-rights rules for summer jobs program

NDP blasts reproductive-rights rules for summer jobs program | National Post

Trudeau's take on abortion doesn't protect the Charter. It violates it.

Trudeau's take on abortion doesn't protect the Charter. It violates it. - iPolitics

GUNTER: It’s like Trudeau ranks pro-lifers as worse than jihadists

GUNTER: It’s like Trudeau ranks pro-lifers as worse than jihadists | Toronto Sun

The Church believes principles inform actions, even if PM doesn’t: How can the government tell churches that their beliefs are not part of their 'core mandate'? What — literally in God’s name — is the point otherwise?

Father Raymond de Souza: The Church believes principles inform actions, even if PM doesn’t | National Post

Chris Selley: Liberals have unknowingly proposed something revolutionary in jobs grant fracas

Chris Selley: Liberals have unknowingly proposed something revolutionary in jobs grant fracas | National Post

Pope Francis says the first fake news was told in the Bible

Pope Francis says the first fake news was told in the Bible

Labour Minister holds the Liberal line on abortion and Canada Summer Jobs

Labour Minister holds the Liberal line on abortion and Canada Summer Jobs | CBC News

The Trudeau government is over-reaching on abortion and summer jobs | Toronto Star

The Trudeau government is over-reaching on abortion and summer jobs | Toronto Star

Perhaps the Liberals should change their motto to 'Diversity is our strength, sorta'

Perhaps the Liberals should change their motto to 'Diversity is our strength, sorta': Robyn Urback | CBC News

23 January, 2018

Why Catholics should know about science

Why Catholics should know about science – The American Catholic

A problem for the post-conciliar church – Father Ed's Blog

A problem for the post-conciliar church – Father Ed's Blog

Pope Francis explains why he married flight crew members on plane

Pope Francis explains why he married flight crew members on plane--Aleteia

Full Text of Pope Francis’ In-Flight News Conference From Peru

Full Text of Pope Francis’ In-Flight News Conference From Peru

The Sex-Change Revolution Is Based on Ideology, Not Science

The Sex-Change Revolution Is Based on Ideology, Not Science | The Stream

Scholars decode one of the last fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls

Scholars decode one of the last fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls

Prendergast: The freedom to hold beliefs — as long as they are the government’s

Prendergast: The freedom to hold beliefs — as long as they are the government’s | Ottawa Sun

Why pets are good for your body and soul

Why pets are good for your body and soul -- Aleteia

22 January, 2018

Charles Lewis: It’s official… pro-lifers are second class citizens

Charles Lewis: It’s official… pro-lifers are second class citizens

Pope celebrates Mass for 1.3 million people in Lima

Pope celebrates Mass for 1.3 million people in Lima | CatholicHerald.co.uk

Turkish Attack Threatens Christians, and the Best Hope for Freedom in the Middle East. Will We Speak Up?

Turkish Attack Threatens Christians, and the Best Hope for Freedom in the Middle East. Will We Speak Up? | The Stream:

Science is Revolutionizing Argument Against Abortion

Science is Revolutionizing Argument Against Abortion | The Stream

Justin Trudeau’s Illiberal Liberalism

Justin Trudeau’s Illiberal Liberalism | The American Conservative

'Flying' Father McNeil's dream to play with Montreal Canadiens legends coming true Sunday in Perth

'Flying' Father McNeil's dream to play with Montreal Canadiens legends coming true Sunday in Perth | InsideOttawaValley.com

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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