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:

23 February, 2018

One hell of an impression: Discovery may change our understanding of human evolution.

One hell of an impression | CBC News:

Cardinal Collins: We're not seeking a war with the government

Cardinal Collins: We're not seeking a war with the government - Vatican News:

Fashioning a Post-Fusionist Christian Politics

Fashioning a Post-Fusionist Christian Politics | The American Conservative

Chaput: Increased government due to collapse of civil society in America

In a speech at Villanova on Thursday, Archbishop Chaput said the increased role of government is in response to the collapse of civil society.



Chaput: Increased government due to collapse of civil society in America:

Member of Pope's anti-abuse panel insists, 'The Church is not failing'

Teresa Kettelkamp, a former staffer for the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors and now a full member, says of the anti-abuse fight, “The Church is not failing on this issue, the Church is aggressively addressing it … People who want things to change faster are not realistic about how things change.”



Member of Pope's anti-abuse panel insists, 'The Church is not failing':

Three short (and hilarious) Catholic jokes

Three short (and hilarious) Catholic jokes

What to Know if You Want to Know Theology

What to Know if You Want to Know Theology

A rough week for the Holy See

A rough week for the Holy See | Catholic Culture:

The Ostrich Defense of Abortion: These abortion advocates stick their heads in the sand and demonstrate their ignorance of even the most basic facts of the pro-life position.

The Ostrich Defense of Abortion | Public Discourse

Planned Parenthood kept aborted babies alive to harvest heart, brain: ex-technician - Washington Times

In an undercover video released Wednesday, a former technician for a tissue-harvesting company details how an aborted baby was kept alive so that its heart could be harvested at a California Planned Parenthood facility, raising more legal questions about the group's practices.



Planned Parenthood kept aborted babies alive to harvest heart, brain: ex-technician - Washington Times:

The Virtue of Radical Honesty - The latest column from David Brooks of The New York Times

The Virtue of Radical Honesty - The New York Times: Steven Pinker is what we need now.

21 February, 2018

After latest shooting, we should pray and be angry, archbishop says

After latest shooting, we should pray and be angry, archbishop says – Catholic Philly

Five Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution: Part II

Five Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution: Part II - The Catholic Thing

Five Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution, Part I

Five Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution, Part I - The Catholic Thing

C.S. Lewis tells you how to observe Lent

C.S. Lewis tells you how to observe Lent

Conscience and Grace: A Lenten Meditation from George Weigel

Conscience and Grace: A Lenten Meditation | George Weigel | First Things

Cardinal Collins of Toronto calls for resistance to a controversial new government requirement

Cardinal Collins of Toronto calls for resistance to a controversial new government requirement – Catholic World Report

Evangelist Billy Graham dies at age 99

The Rev. Billy Graham, who transformed American religious life through his preaching and activism, becoming a counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died Wednesday. He was 99.



Evangelist Billy Graham dies at age 99 | CTV News:

20 February, 2018

Guilt over Aboriginals can lead to teaching children untruths. It’s happening in Canada.

Guilt over Aboriginals can lead to teaching children untruths. It’s happening in Canada | National Post:

British government will not overrule repeal of gay marriage in Bermuda

British government will not overrule repeal of gay marriage in Bermuda:

Did the pope blink in Nigeria, or is it a typically Catholic mess?

While one could see Monday's resignation of an embattled Nigerian bishop as the pope blinking, it may also be an act of mercy by the pope and humility by the bishop.
Did the pope blink in Nigeria, or is it a typically Catholic mess?:

America Is Under Attack and the President Doesn't Care

America Is Under Attack and the President Doesn't Care - The Atlantic:

Companies Pay Workers to Get Savvier With Money

Companies Pay Workers to Get Savvier With Money - WSJ:

Ancient altar in Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulchre found hiding in plain sight

Ancient altar in Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulchre found hiding in plain sight--Aleteia:

16 February, 2018

Pope Francis reveals he meets with victims of sex abuse on Fridays

Pope Francis reveals he meets with victims of sex abuse on Fridays

Will Pope Francis Surrender to China?

Will Pope Francis Surrender to China? – Foreign Policy

Euthanasia dispute in Belgium: When do doctors cross a line?

Euthanasia dispute in Belgium: When do doctors cross a line? - Health - CBC News

Canadian Press: Trudeau’s accusations against pro-life groups are ‘baloney’

Canadian Press: Trudeau’s accusations against pro-life groups are ‘baloney’ | News | LifeSite

Non - voluntary euthanasia/organ harvesting - Coming soon to a hospital near you

It is legal in the Netherlands for doctors and psychiatrists to lethally inject the sick, disabled, elderly, and mentally ill who ask to die.

It is not legal for them to kill patients who have not repeatedly asked to die.

But that happens anyway, and not rarely. Various studies come up with different numbers, but it seems safe to say that hundreds of patients–431 in 2015–are killed each year non-voluntarily, which in Dutch euthanasia-speak is called ”termination without request or consent.”

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: Non - voluntary euthanasia/organ harvesting - Coming soon to the Netherlands.

So this is life on Mars: Intergalactic travel from a Catholic perspective

So this is life on Mars: Intergalactic travel from a Catholic perspective | Maitland-Newcastle Catholic News

‘Let’s not make it just about…sins of the flesh’: The cardinal believes reception of Communion depends on 'conscience'. Does his reasoning add up?

‘Let’s not make it just about…sins of the flesh’: an interview with Cardinal Cupich | CatholicHerald.co.uk

Netherlands passes law making everyone an organ donor by default

Netherlands passes law making everyone an organ donor by default | Ottawa Citizen

Don Briel's Death: Remarkable Last Days

Don Briel's Death: Remarkable Last Days | National Review

3 Types of People Who Secretly Enjoy Being Miserable

3 Types of People Who Secretly Enjoy Being Miserable

Why is the Trudeau government poking the anti-abortion bear?

Why is the Trudeau government poking the anti-abortion bear? - CBC News | Opinion

How despots exploit Vatican foreign policy

How despots exploit Vatican foreign policy | CatholicHerald.co.uk

Pope says he prays for those who call him a heretic

Pope says he prays for those who call him a heretic – Catholic World Report

15 February, 2018

Editorial: Simple solutions when values collide

Editorial: Simple solutions when values collide

Edward Feser: Time, space, and God

Edward Feser: Time, space, and God

5 Myths About Papal Infallibility Too Many People Still Believe (Maybe Even You!)

5 Myths About Papal Infallibility Too Many People Still Believe (Maybe Even You!) | ChurchPOP

Pope Francis Is Playacting Realpolitik: The Vatican’s diplomacy with China, and other authoritarian governments, is based on a century-old fantasy of its worldly power.

Pope Francis Is Playacting Realpolitik – Foreign Policy

Pope Francis offers a “worksheet” for Lent: Check it out!

Pope Francis offers a “worksheet” for Lent: Check it out!

5 years in, pope praised for outreach, criticized for abuse response

5 years in, pope praised for outreach, criticized for abuse response

14 February, 2018

Terry Glavin: Is the Pope abandoning China’s Christians to Beijing’s brutal regime?

Terry Glavin: Is the Pope abandoning China’s Christians to Beijing’s brutal regime? | National Post

Stunning image of a single strontium atom wins British photography prize

Stunning image of a single strontium atom wins British photography prize | National Post

The Alarming Trend Of Bullying Hospitals And Hospices Into Assisted Suicide

The Alarming Trend Of Bullying Hospitals And Hospices Into Assisted Suicide

Pork Roll, Lent, and Catholic Identity: The latest column from George Weigel

Pork Roll, Lent, and Catholic Identity | George Weigel | First Things

Living a Loving Lent: How to Observe the Penitential Season as a Family

Living a Loving Lent: How to Observe the Penitential Season as a Family

Finding Your Peace in Suffering and Sorrow

Finding Your Peace in Suffering and Sorrow

Here's what you need to know about Ash Wednesday

Here's what you need to know about Ash Wednesday

12 February, 2018

09 February, 2018

The rules of the streets: Which laws help – and hurt – the homeless

The rules of the streets: Which laws help – and hurt – the homeless – Catholic World Report

How Bad the Vocations Crisis Really Is, From the Perspective of a Priest

How Bad the Vocations Crisis Really Is, From the Perspective of a Priest | ChurchPOP

Human eggs grown to maturity in lab: researchers

Human eggs grown to maturity in lab: researchers | CTV News

Chile Faux Pas the Latest of Pope Francis’ Interview Missteps

Chile Faux Pas the Latest of Pope Francis’ Interview Missteps

No paradigm shifts, Weigel says -- but church history is full of them

No paradigm shifts, Weigel says -- but church history is full of them | National Catholic Reporter

Back to the Garden by Fr. Denis Lemieux - Madonna House Apostolate

Back to the Garden by Fr. Denis Lemieux - Madonna House Apostolate

Need a smile today? Here are three classic Catholic jokes that might do the trick

Three classic Catholic jokes

For something a little different this Lent, here are 5 recommendations

For something a little different this Lent, here are 5 recommendations

07 February, 2018

Catholic Church & China: Bishop Praises Communist State

"Despite the media and blogosphere attention he attracts, Bishop Marcelo S├ínchez Sorondo, a 75-year-old Argentine who is chancellor of various pontifical academies, is a small-bore bit player in the current drama of what friends and critics alike regard as an increasingly dysfunctional Vatican. Yet when someone of even his relative insignificance announces that “right now, those who are best implementing the social doctrine of the Church are the Chinese,” that dysfunction comes into sharp relief — and a correction of the record is imperative…"



Catholic Church & China: Bishop Praises Communist State | National Review

Fr. Peter Colapietro, ‘Saloon Priest’ Who Ministered to Lowly and Mighty, Dies at 69 - The New York Times

Peter Colapietro, ‘Saloon Priest’ Who Ministered to Lowly and Mighty, Dies at 69 - The New York Times

11 Tips to make Mass more meaningful

11 Tips to make Mass more meaningful

Pope gets practical on homilies: 'No more than 10 minutes, please!'

Pope gets practical on homilies: 'No more than 10 minutes, please!'

Men Without Conviction, Churches Without People: from George Weigel

Men Without Conviction, Churches Without People | George Weigel | First Things

In rare letter, Benedict XVI says he's 'on pilgrimage home'

In a rare new letter penned by Benedict XVI, the retired pontiff said he is in the last phase of his life, and while his physical strength might be waning, he is surrounded by a “love and goodness” that he never imagined.



In rare letter, Benedict XVI says he's 'on pilgrimage home':

A Tale of Two Women: How Lucy and Lt. Uhura Shaped TV

A Tale of Two Women: How Lucy and Lt. Uhura Shaped TV

04 February, 2018

Chaput laments "unhinged" sexual culture, calls for "new men"

Chaput laments "unhinged" sexual culture, calls for "new men"

50 years after Humanae Vitae, the pill and abortion still stir ferment

50 years after Humanae Vitae, the pill and abortion still stir ferment

Want to be happy -- really happy? Try the Beatitudes

Want to be happy -- really happy? Try the Beatitudes

Canadian court tells doctors they must refer for euthanasia

Canadian court tells doctors they must refer for euthanasia

The Philosophical Contradictions of the Transgender Worldview

The Philosophical Contradictions of the Transgender Worldview | Public Discourse

The Moral Blind Spot Continues

The Moral Blind Spot Continues – The American Catholic

03 February, 2018

Pope Francis: Ross Douthat & Massimo Faggioli Debate Catholic Church’s Future

Pope Francis: Ross Douthat & Massimo Faggioli Debate Catholic Church’s Future | National Review

Tired Priests, Tired Parishioners and the Quest for Catholic Community Life

Tired Priests, Tired Parishioners and the Quest for Catholic Community Life

Pope to religious: Your hearts must be open 24-7

Lift up your eyes from your smartphones and see your brothers and sisters, those who share your journey of faith and those who are longing for the Word of life, Pope Francis told consecrated men and women.


Pope to religious: Your hearts must be open 24-7

OOPS! Record-setting Russian spacewalk ends with antenna in wrong spot

Record-setting Russian spacewalk ends with antenna in wrong spot | CTV News

Beautiful: How one parish reaches out to remember and console those who grieve

One parish's remarkable outreach at a time of grief—Aleteia

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