29 November, 2010

From the Web Site: Voice of the Copts: http://voiceofthecopts.org/en

From the Web Site:  Voice of the Copts:  http://voiceofthecopts.org/en

Update on Muslims celebrate Al- Adah fest by attacking Copts

16 November, 2010 06:39:00 PM AKI

A group of Islamic set fire to 10 houses belonging to Christians in a village approximately 500 kilometres south of Cairo,

less than a month after Al-Qaeda said it would target the northern African country's religious minority.
Local security forces said the assailants would have caused far more damage had they not been arrested.
Following an October attack on a Baghdad church that killed at least 58 people, Al-Qaeda said it would target Christians in the Middle East and northern Africa and singled out those in Egypt.
Attacks on Christians have increased despite announcements of support by Muslim leaders.
Coptic Christians make up around 10 percent of Egypt's population of 80 million.

Exposing the true face of Islam, Egyptian Muslims Celebrate Eid- ul-Adha (feast of the sacrifice) by burning and torching at least ten Christian homes and 65 shops in Southern Egypt. All this mayhem and carnage "over a rumour that a young Coptic Christian man and a Muslim girl were in a romantic relationship, said officials Tuesday".
In traditional Islamic style, the reaction is always extreme and disproportioned to the alleged transgression.
"Even falling in love, is subject to, and controlled by islam."

Only after the damage was done did Authorities step in and arrested only several people out of a mob exceeding 4000.

To prevent the murder of "Romeo and Juliet" ... "The security forces have also taken into custody the Christian man and Muslim girl that are at the centre of the controversy for investigation", that locals apparently caught together at night in the village cemetery. To leave the two behind would have resulted in their murder, stating with the honour killing of the girl for the "shame" she has brought on the family name, her life will never be the same again, and will remain the subject of ridicule and harassment if she remains in that village

The world is slowly becoming aware of the struggle and plight of the Copts that has endured for over 1400 years. The increasing violence towards the copts has resulted in an increasing number of frightened Christians moving into all-Christian neighbourhoods and attending schools run by the church. The islamists are effectively winning by forcing the copts into self imposed isolation and segregation from main stream egyptian community. The separation is the only means of protection the copts have to the increasing intolerance and persecution against the copts, the indigenous natives of egypt by Muslim extremist groups.

In January 2010, a group of gunmen in several cars opened fire on Christians exiting a church in the Southern Egyptian town of Nag Hammadi on Christmas Eve . The drive-by shooting incident left six people dead and another nine injured. Among those reportedly killed were a young man and his fiancé and a 14-year-old boy. Local sources say the gunmen wanted to kill Bishop Kirollos of the Nag Hammadi Diocese, who had publicly defended Coptic Christians after a Muslim riot last November.
Previously, a riot took place in November 2009 due to the allegation that a Christian young man had raped a young Muslim girl. Coptic Christians, however, asserted that the story was fabricated in order for Muslims to justify their attack, security forces found no evidence to support the fabrication.

This time around the riot reportedly left 65 shops destroyed and caused over $1 million in damage (6 million egyptian pounds). In the town of Farshoot alone, about 80 percent of Coptic businesses were destroyed.

Coptic Christians are regarded as second class citizens in egypt where general inequalities when it comes to education, economic opportunities, and government positions is the norm.

Human rights groups say attacks on Copts are on the rise, underscoring the government's failure to address chronic sectarian strains in a society where Islamic religious radicalism is gaining ground.

The Apostle Saint Mark founded the Coptic Church in the 1st century when he brought Christianity to Egypt.
Then Muslims brought Islam to Egypt in the 7th century. After several centuries of forced conversion, Egypt now has a Muslim majority. Christians make up 10 percent of Egypt’s population while Muslims make up the remaining portion.

Muslim leaders daily remind us that islam is a religion of Peace. Even Obama on his "defacto Hajj to Indonesia" attests to this great religion. It is clear their islamic brothers in islamic nations totally disagree with them.
Imagine the outcry by the muslims residing in western countries if they were treated in the exact same manner!!!!

The Hypocrisy, double standards and utter confusion as to what islam represents is reprehensible.
In the west we are sold one brand of Islam, at the same time we witness that "ISLAM IN ACTION" in Islamic countries totally contradicts the carefully articulated sales pitch we are sold. I think you would all agree "Actions speak infinitely louder than words"

It is time to hold a royal commission into islam, shariah, koran, and stop the deception and double dutch. Westerns must demand their rights and have a set of established ground rules to control and regulate the impacts of islam on western society. The facts are Islam is totally incompatible with western countries and democracy, and they are opposed to it.

The world must realise, there is not one muslim Land, state, country, that has peace and has not bred terrorists or enjoys true democracy. Wake up world, and have a good look at all islamic nations, Is that what you want for your future generations?, do not repeat the mistake of Egypt.

Freedom Through Truth: Addition By Subtraction

Freedom Through Truth: Addition By Subtraction

Egyptian Coptic Christians are targets of Muslim extremists and are dying for their faith. The age of martyrdom is far from over!

28 November, 2010

The blog is intended to be a place where all voices are heard with respect. Below is the text of an email sent to me which I received with her signature. I post her heartwrenching question here in the hope that you might have something to offer her as well.

Dear Barbara,

My apologies for taking so long to post your message to me. I've been ill and away from my computer. As you can see, I have now posted it below. You'll also no doubt will note that I have removed any personal or geographic identifiers so as to preserve and present the essence of your argument without calumniating other institutions or persons. 


The tenor of your message and that of the Youtube video prove that you are a mother whose heart has been broken - and to a very significant degree found life itself rendered heavy and burdensome by the cross that has been laid upon your shoulders - and you need, desire, want and demand that someone hear and acknowledge the truth and pain of your experience. I have heard your song sung by mothers of all ages, faiths (or not) and stations in life before and you offer a powerful counterpoint to those who do not want to believe that pain and grief is a reality in everyone's life. I thank you for sharing your message as I thank you too for the video.

Barbara, I sincerely and prayerfully hope that I have honored your request in my presentation of your story. Ensuring that this controversy is addressed in a manner that respects the rights of all concerned is the first step in hearing God's voice echo amidst the din of our daily crosses, duties and blessings. No one in this tragedy wanted the outcome that befell you. Everyone acted in good conscience and desired nothing more than to do what is 'good' and 'right' in these difficult cases. No one needs to be flagellated because they fell short. Even when the price is written in the currency of a mother's broken hopes we must all admit that we all in our turn fail. Until the day of the parousia, this will always be. I hope you understand that.

But I know too that you believe that your voice has not been heard, respected or acknowledged. Just because you sing the sorrowful blues of a grieving mother, which nay seem 'discordant' to some peoples ears, does not negate your melody's place in God's choir. You deserve to be heard. I have tried to help you do just that.


I pray you be given peace through the intercession of that little saint you carried within your womb - for sinless and perfect in God's sight she most certainly is numbered among the celestial choirs that praise and glorify God. May the seasons of Advent & Christmas unite you with Mary as your two children live together until the day Christ's return in triumph.  On that day you will enjoy the fullness of love when your are reunited with her again.


Sincerely,


Fr. Tim




Dear Fr. Moyle,

Several years ago I had a baby with a genetic condition. Most children born with the condition have serious and life threatening brain and heart anomalies. My baby did not.

I accepted that she would have limitations; she might never talk and might not walk for many years, but it was not my place as her mother to judge whether her life had sufficient "value" according to the norms of society, but only to lover and care for her.

At the age of 80 days, my daughter had respiratory distress and was rushed to the childrens hospital in *********. Within 24 hours, she was dead. We discovered that a DNR had been ordered without our knowledge or consent. Lethal quantities of narcotics had been withdrawn for her and all documents related to narcotics were absent. The Hospital apologized for communication.

My quest was to understand, "how did this awful thing happen? ". We always had a good relationship with the staff, were omnipresent and made it clear that we did not want our daughter to receive futile care. I research hospital policies, government policies, health laws, and constitutional rights. I had two meetings with the UN High Commissioner's Office for Human Rights. I published my daughter's story in two prominent medical journals and spoke at health and ethics conferences across the country.

Finally I learned the truth of what happened. It began when ******** decided that children like my daughter are not worthy to even be born let alone to receive any care to prolong their lives.  *******, and all of the priests that followed in his ideas, effectively set a standard in ********** (and likely beyond) that certain children were not worthy of life. The doctors, hospital and medical system at large was merely responding to that standard set by the stalwarts of the sanctity of life.

The doctors did not kill my baby, the Catholic Church did. The genetic counselors tell me that "almost everyone aborts" for prenatal detection of conditions related to disability. This speaks again to the standard set by the church.

If I send my children out to play when it is 30 below zero with no coats and they freeze to death, I would not claim to be innocent of conscious murder. When you forcibly remove a 22 week old fetus from the womb, gasping and sputtering while it attempts to breathe, you cannot possibly claim that you are not guilty of conscious murder.

May God have mercy on the souls of all of those involved in this sacrilege of human life.

How can you not see the value? How can you claim this child's life to be worthless?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=th6Njr-qkq0

Sincerely,

Barbara ******

25 November, 2010

U.S. Orders Vast Review of Bioethics - NYTimes.com

U.S. Orders Vast Review of Bioethics - NYTimes.com

An except from 1972 CBC series 'Man Alive' that deals with the question of when a 'fetus' becomes a 'person'

At what point is a baby considered to be a living human, and not a fetus? What is the "viability" age, meaning the point when an infant can survive outside the womb? And what are the philosophical and moral implications of the answers to these questions? In this excerpt from a 1972 episode of Man Alive, Canadian pediatric specialist Robert Usher ponders these issues, illustrating his points by showing a fragile premature two-pound baby who was born at 26 weeks gestation. 

I wish to add that my brothers Michael and James were each just over 1.2 lbs each when they were born as identical twins at 23 weeks of gestation. Even though Mike is 18 months older than I am, we arrived home from hospital a few scant months apart as he faced many major health crises, crises that his twin did not survive and which kept Mike in hospital for the first year of his life. 

I also point out that at the time, there were dire predictions about his long term capacities. My parents were told he would be 'retarded' intellectually and physically and would most certainly never be able to live independently or produce progeny of his own... all of which proved to be false. His two college diploma's and two daughters stand as stark and joyful evidence of error of the doctors prognostications.

Check it out here!

Lively debate among Catholics interpreting pope’s condom remarks | Analysis & Opinion |

Lively debate among Catholics interpreting pope’s condom remarks | Analysis & Opinion |

23 November, 2010

I need prayers!

Folks,


I've been discharged from the hospital after a sudden illness that befell me on Sunday evening. I feel like death warmed over and have been ordered to keep myself isolated for the next 7-10 days (with 4 X daily trips back to the hospital for Ventolin treatments). 


PLEASE remember me in your prayers as I struggle to get back on my feet.


Thank you.


Fr. Tim

14 November, 2010

A request for your prayers

To all the friends of this blog:


A dear friend of mine, Mr. Gilbert Vaillancourt of Kipawa, Quebec has died suddenly of a heart attack. He leaves behind his three children, seven grandchildren and a partner, Gisele Sauvé. I ask you please to keep them all in your thoughts and prayers.

I will be away for a few days as he left the responsibility for his estate to me to handle, but I will check in here as often as possible in the coming few days. It would be an honor to pass along any prayers and well wishes to his family.


Thank you for any kindness in thought or action on behalf of a very good man and his family.


Sincerely,


Fr. Tim

When Reporting on the Catholic Church, Media Can't Even Get Headlines Right | NewsBusters.org

When Reporting on the Catholic Church, Media Can't Even Get Headlines Right | NewsBusters.org

Catholic Church struggles to deal with disciplined priests | freep.com | Detroit Free Press

Catholic Church struggles to deal with disciplined priests | freep.com | Detroit Free Press

13 November, 2010

AWESOME VIDEO!! The miracle of conception

This is a video posted on Facebook by Tiery Maderia which depicts the process of conception and implantation in a way different than you have ever seen before. It takes more than a few minutes but the imagery and music is incredible. No matter what your take on the pro-life/pro-choice debate, you will appreciate the artistry of this video.

Click here to see the video

Co-Workers in the Truth

Taken from an American Bishop's blog. It is a reminder that all Catholics share in the work of building the Kingdom of God. It is NOT a job left to just the clergy alone!


So, what have you done to help the cause lately?

Co-Workers in the Truth

Wonderful ad on Vancouver bus


What a neat message! I can't make out who the ad has been purchased by, but it makes a profound pro-life statement. Thanks to Cristina Alarcon (a Vancouver pharmacist) for sending it along.

CBC News - Technology & Science - Dark matter hunt deepens at Ont. mine

More scientific work coming out of my birthplace! Go Sudbury!!!

CBC News - Technology & Science - Dark matter hunt deepens at Ont. mine

How high will gold go? There are some scary visions out there

Don't you wish you had a gold brick tucked away for a 'rainy day'? If the premise of this article is correct, we might be headed for a financial monsoon season!

CTV News | How high will gold go? There are some scary visions out there

Pat Buchanan: Christianity being murdered in its cradle | Holy Post | National Post

Pat Buchanan: Christianity being murdered in its cradle | Holy Post | National Post

11 November, 2010

Muslim group burns poppies on Remembrance Day - World - Canoe.ca

Muslim group burns poppies on Remembrance Day - World - Canoe.ca

Muslim demonstration inside cathedral was not offensive to Catholics, Spanish court rules

I pray that Canada and the USA will heed these lesson being offered in Europe and will be more demanding of Muslims to respect the rules of our cultures. If we follow the path of pure appeasement as Europe has done (although France is trying if not yet succeeding in this struggle) we will face these same crises here. Religious tolerance is key in our countries... tolerance tied to respect for the law (including property laws). 



Catholic Culture : Latest Headlines : Muslim demonstration inside cathedral was not offensive to Catholics, Spanish court rules

A question for your consideration


There are a few questions that my recent scientific readings have brought to the surface that I'd appreciate your comments on.

One of the fundamental laws of Physics is called the Law of Conservation of Energy. Wikapedia describes it as follows:


The law of conservation of energy is an empirical law of physics. It states that the total amount of energy in an isolated system remains constant over time (is said to be conserved over time). A consequence of this law is that energy can neither be created nor destroyed: it can only be transformed from one state to another. The only thing that can happen to energy in a closed system is that it can change form: for instance chemical energy can become kinetic energy.

Albert Einstein's theory of relativity shows that energy and mass are the same thing, and that neither one appears without the other. Thus in closed systems, both mass and energy are conserved separately, just as was understood in pre-relativistic physics. The new feature of relativistic physics is that "matter" particles (such as those constituting atoms) could be converted to non-matter forms of energy, such as light; or kinetic and potential energy (example: heat). However, this conversion does not affect the total mass of systems, since the latter forms of non-matter energy still retain their mass through any such conversion.[1] Today, conservation of “energy” refers to the conservation of the total system energy over time. This energy includes the energy associated with the rest mass of particles and all other forms of energy in the system. In addition, the invariant mass of systems of particles (the mass of the system as seen in its center of mass inertial frame, such as the frame in which it would need to be weighed) is also conserved over time for any single observer, and (unlike the total energy) is the same value for all observers. Therefore, in an isolated system, although matter (particles with rest mass) and "pure energy" (heat and light) can be converted to one another, both the total amount of energy and the total amount of mass of such systems remain constant over time, as seen by any single observer. If energy in any form is allowed to escape such systems (see binding energy), the mass of the system will decrease in correspondence with the loss.
What all of this means is that from the point of the Big Bang and continuing through to the great prolepsis, the total amount of energy in the universe has remained the same. No energy can be created or destroyed. It can only be changed.

My question is this: what becomes of consciousness when the body dies? Surely consciousness is a form of energy. The thought I use to write these words (virtually) down on paper for the consideration of others is most certainly the result of more energy than is required to stimulate the neurons and muscles. Prior to doing anything that required any motion or movement, I expended energy pondering these questions. Further, behind the energy required to 'ponder' something, there exists 'me' – my personality, qualities, characteristics and experiences. All of these elements are most certainly must stand for something. Why would this energy be the only one that is extinguished? Changed? Yes, but extinguished? I cannot see how such a thing as personality, intellect, ideas and notions – hell, even Love itself would be the only thing in all of the universe that can be extinguished.

My faith gives me one solution to this question, and this answer suffices for me. I am not approaching this problem from the perspective of faith. I am seeking answers from science, logic or philosophy.

Do you have any answers to share? 
 

In culture of confusion, Church the only reliable guide :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

In culture of confusion, Church the only reliable guide :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Elections Do Matter Especially Among Bishops | Blogs | NCRegister.com

Elections Do Matter Especially Among Bishops | Blogs | NCRegister.com

09 November, 2010

Pope Benedict has not called cardinals to an emergency meeting on sex abuse « Protect the Pope

Pope Benedict has not called cardinals to an emergency meeting on sex abuse « Protect the Pope

Radical Amazement: Dancing with God & Einstein



“Science does not seek to “prove” that there is or is not a God - that falls into the realm of theology. But those who do believe are not looking for proof, only for images that more accurately reflect reality so that we can live in greater fidelity to what we already know to be true. At the same time, science does not contradict what our faith teaches. While the discoveries may be new, the truths that we will reflect upon are timeless, found in the depths of Christian tradition and its spiritual practice.”

These words by Judy Cannato from her recent book “Radical Amazement: Contemplative Lessons from Black Holes, Supernovas, and Other Wonders of the Universe”, are reflective of opinions offered in a variety of current books by experts as diverse as the Dalai Lama, Michael Novak and John Polkinghorne.  Each of these authors points to a remarkable convergence emerging from the many threads of modern science in which mirrors the truths taught in Judeo-Christian scriptures.

This is not a conclusion that the proponents of a ‘science only’ approach to investigation of creation expected to reach. It is proving difficult for many in the scientific community to believe that evolution and modern physics are revealing truths that have already been ‘discovered’ by the discipline of theology. They are not alone. Proponents of both disciplines have been challenged by these new advances in science. Biblical literalists experience recent  scientific and mathematical discoveries as  challenging what they deem to be ‘gospel truth'. They refuse to acknowledge that ‘gospel’ and ‘truth’ are not always synonymous terms even if they are never in absolute conflict. While their fidelity and evangelistic zeal are to be admired by all Christians, their literal scriptural interpretations hardly reflects a majority opinion of believers today. Yet they may be convinced by recent discoveries of archeologists now seems to explain our existence as a species using a narrative that is startlingly close to the Genesis account of Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden. Nevertheless it is an axiom of science and theology to follow where the evidence leads. Whether it supports one or the other paradigm or not, it's unsettling to all.

However, now is hardly the first (or last) time that such a redefining of our cosmology was necessary to assert, even at the cost of one’s life. From Socrates to the  recent Christian martyrs, advocates from both sides of these essential debates about “who or what we are”, have paid the ultimate price for their convictions. And yet, certain truths continue to be affirmed amidst the changing of the cosmos, reflecting both constancy and change in our evolving paradigm of understanding the truths of creation. Cannato offers this anecdote, taken from the life of Albert Einstein, as evidence of how difficult it can be for adherents of either group when confronting such a paradigm shift.

“Steeped in Newtonian physics, Einstein operated out of the world view that the cosmos were fixed, much like a machine. But while doing the mathematical computations that led him to propose the Special Theory of Relativity, he began to see the sweeping implications of his work. If his calculations were correct - and we know that they are - the universe rather than being fixed, was expanding in all directions. Implied in this insight was the idea that the expansion was away from a single point from which all matter emanates. Einstein, stunned by the implications of his work and reluctant to offer information that would so radically alter what for centuries had been held as truth, fudged his number equations! He changed the numbers in order to maintain a static, fixed universe. It took another mathematician, Russian Alexander Friedmann, to call Einstein on his ‘mistake’. Later, in 1931. Edwin Hubble invited Einstein to view the cosmos from is observatory on Mount Wilson, enabling him to see with his own eyes that the implication of his theory was true, that the universe was indeed expanding.”

It not easy to shake up the consensus of one's peers, even for geniuses like Einstein, Copericus or Thomas Aquinas - but each in his own way sent deep tremors through the consensual understanding of creation of their time. Today we are presented with a plethora of voices, each speaking from the perspective of their particular discipline, who are positing that humanity as a species is approaching such a transformational moment again; a moment that will provide a potential rapprochement of the cosmologies of faith, ethics and science.

Thomistic philosophy, Aquinas’ gift to Catholic theology, provides a system which is mirrored by recent discoveries in the field of Special Relativity. For example,  Thomism teaches that everything that exists possesses the ‘accidents’ of its distinct existence, but essentially everything that is, is composed of one ‘substance’ which he labeled ‘Prime Matter’. Physics now teaches that all matter is simply a different frequency of light or radiation that emanated from the flash of the Big Band;  light that has evolved into matter. Matter which itself then evolved into life and ultimately (at least as far as we are concerned as humans) to a point where sentience and self-awareness emerged. It is not hard to see the parallel nature of these two explanations.

Archeology provides similar evidence that points to parallels with the Genesis account of how we came to exist as a species. We now know that our progenitors like ‘Lucy’ were steps in our genetic progress that introduced the various components of what we now call homo sapiens, distant cousins from our history who possessed some but not all the capacities that we do. We have discovered that humans actually sprung from a single source in Central Africa. So, whether we hold to evolution or not, ontologically we can declare a priori that there existed a ‘first’ man and woman from whom we all sprang. This is the same narrative contained in Genesis. This is another strand of the emerging convergence which is obliterating the wall that divides the wisdoms of science and Judeo-Christian theology.


In fact, various branches of the physical and social sciences proffer similar discoveries and advancements from  their specific disciplines that are adding to our understanding of mysteries of the universe. Answers that seem to confirm the intuitions and teachings of Christianity. 


Is science revealing the 'face of God'? If so, it would a 'radical amazement' for many today.

The Body Doesn’t Lie, But Modern Culture Does | Archdiocese of Washington

The Body Doesn’t Lie, But Modern Culture Does | Archdiocese of Washington

07 November, 2010

A real shot in the arm -- a holistic and holy approach to health

A real shot in the arm -- a holistic and holy approach to health
For The Calgary Herald
Published: Saturday, November 06, 2010
 

Re: HPV decision show Catholic school trustees should be appointed by the bishop, by Juliet Guichon, Nov. 2.

One of the few things that Juliet Guichon and I agree upon is that society ought to embrace the means available to prevent diseases like the human papillomavirus (HPV).
The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada in its recommendations regarding HPV prevention states as its first recommendation: "1. Counselling and other educational activities should stress (a) that abstinence is the most efficient way to prevent HPV infection but must include avoidance of not only penetration of the vagina or the anus but also any anogenital contact and the sharing of sex toys."
In Catholic education, we take that very seriously and we seek to teach students about the beauty and nature of human sexuality, marriage and conjugal love, abstinence and chastity, virtues and prudential decision making, including delayed genital sexual activity, in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church.
For Catholics, there is no such thing as a purely "health" issue. All activities proposed for a Catholic school need to be assessed in the light of our faith and doctrine. This is self-evidently necessary in the case of a vaccine against a disease that is transmitted by sexual activity, which impacts not only the physical but also the spiritual, psychological and moral well-being of an individual.
The element of faith is integrated into every instructional plan in every program, to develop its relationship to the world of human culture.
Judgements of what is right or wrong are ethical or moral decisions. The Catholic moral tradition develops through prayer, study reflection and the recognition of the Holy Spirit at work through various sources. Such sources include health and social service providers, the experience of the Christian community, moral theologians, bishops, church teaching and Sacred Scripture. No source of knowledge pertinent to the issue at hand should be neglected.
Pope Benedict XVI recently said that the reduction of the precious and delicate area of education in sexuality to management of "risk" bereft of any reference to the beauty of conjugal love is particularly disturbing. The reflexive and recurring emphasis on risk-reduction strategies as the front line of defence, though no doubt well intentioned, takes its cues from contemporary culture and its values -- its secularized way of looking at the human person, sexuality, relationships, sacrifice, and commitment.
The argumentation about risk reduction and cost effectiveness reflects utilitarian ethical theory.
Although it has many strands, utilitarianism generally disregards moral considerations in evaluating human behaviour, and instead shifts codes of conduct to the realm of consequences, e.g. HPV transmission percentages, cost effectiveness of treatment, the number of fatalities due to cervical cancer, etc., all of which are important. However, utilitarianism, untethered to objective moral and philosophical truths, advances no internally consistent rationale for delaying sexual activity or limiting sexual partnerships.
It thus yields interventions that should only be considered secondary measures of HPV prevention -- use of condoms and/or vaccines. Although the ideal moral standard, abstinence and fidelity, is also the most effective means of primary HPV prevention, it is relegated to the periphery.
If we don't attempt to change sexual behaviour that is responsible for transmission of the HPV, but attempt to solve the problem by getting a series of shots, then we don't have to exercise self-control, nor develop virtue, but can use medicine to palliate our vices. The technological solution requires no change in behaviour. It does not really address the cause but masks it, and actually undermines efforts to achieve the most efficient solution.
Parents, physicians, educators and governing bodies should adopt a holistic health-oriented approach that addresses sexual attitudes and behaviours recommending delayed genital sexual activity.
From the outset, the government has announced that this is a voluntary program and the Alberta bishops have made it made it clear that, in the case of minors, parents must decide whether or not their child is to be vaccinated.
To vaccinate is not an inherently evil action but rather a partial prophylaxis. Even on the physical level, there may be unintended and unwanted consequences but, more importantly, it does not address the spiritual, emotional and moral dimensions of a person's well-being.
A Catholic institution is committed to a more holistic approach as it witnesses to and hands on the teaching and values of Jesus Christ which considers sexuality to be a great and powerful gift, that sexual activity is appropriate only within marriage, that chastity is a virtue, and abstinence leads to spiritual and moral well-being and is the best protection against risks of disease. Words spoken and actions undertaken within a Catholic school must be consistent with this witness.
Accordingly, it will come as no surprise that we will urge all boards to say "no" to the administration of the HPV vaccination program in Catholic School districts.
Fred Henry is the Catholic bishop of Calgary.

Pope urges Spain to shun secularism - CNN.com

Pope urges Spain to shun secularism - CNN.com

05 November, 2010

You Can’t Have it All – A Meditation on Simplicity | Archdiocese of Washington

A good message!

You Can’t Have it All – A Meditation on Simplicity | Archdiocese of Washington

34 warships to accompany president at Mumbai visit - Politics & Policy - Catholic Online

What's the use of having a 'big stick' if you don't 'air it out' every now and then? 34 warships definitely scores pretty high on the 'testosterone scale'. Unless of course he's brought them as collateral on some loan the US government is about to sign with India! They've got the jobs America (and Canada) outsourced. Maybe they got the cash to keep the Americans out of hock!

34 warships to accompany president at Mumbai visit - Politics & Policy - Catholic Online

A tournament of atheists, then and now - The Globe and Mail

A tournament of atheists, then and now - The Globe and Mail

God and Evolution: A New Proposal - ABC Religion & Ethics - Opinion

"I want to examine what I see as the three most profound problems for Christian theism since the advent of Darwinism, so profound as to cause many to see Darwinism as a "defeater" of Christian belief. These problems were certainly not absent before the discovery of evolution - indeed, they are classic inheritances from Christian philosophical theology which have exercised Christian thinkers at least since the third century.
But evolutionary theory has certainly sharpened them in particular ways that, I would insist, responsible contemporary Christians cannot now avoid confronting.
What then are the three problems that confront us when we try to see a coherent relation between a good, providential deity and the unfolding created process?"

Click on the link below to read entire article.

God and Evolution: A New Proposal - ABC Religion & Ethics - Opinion

Comet Hartley 2 : A giant peanut in the sky!

CTV.ca | News Photo Gallery -- Comet Hartley 2

How John Locke Influenced Catholic Social Teaching | Feature | Articles

InsideCatholic.com | How John Locke Influenced Catholic Social Teaching | Feature | Articles

04 November, 2010

Are we ready to die with dignity? - The Globe and Mail

Are we ready to die with dignity? - The Globe and Mail

NASA spacecraft to get rare up-close view of comet - CTV News

Watch the video. The expert describes comets as being "fossils of the creation of the solar system" - great line!

NASA spacecraft to get rare up-close view of comet - CTV News

N.S. couple gives away $11M in lottery winnings - CTV News

This couple knows the value of TRUE riches! May they be blessed for the rest of their days on earth and beyond!

N.S. couple gives away $11M in lottery winnings - CTV News

Canadians Worry about Vulnerable People if Euthanasia is Legalized: Poll

Canadians Worry about Vulnerable People if Euthanasia is Legalized: Poll

Mullahs happily walk through doors Canadian feminists hold open | Full Comment | National Post

George Jonas: Mullahs happily walk through doors Canadian feminists hold open | Full Comment | National Post

03 November, 2010

Al-Qaeda of Iraq Calls Pope 'Hallucinating Tyrant of the Vatican', Threatens 'Killing Sword' - International - Catholic Online

Al-Qaeda of Iraq Calls Pope 'Hallucinating Tyrant of the Vatican', Threatens 'Killing Sword' - International - Catholic Online

Catholics to learn new wording for Mass – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

The more things change, the more they stay the same! These changes in the English liturgy will bring the text closer to the original Latin, as is evidenced by the fact that it will finally match the French text. As a priest who celebrates in both of Canada's official languages I've often wondered by the two texts were so variant. As of Advent next year, the differences will be gone.

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The costs to victims of suing for compensation in clergy sex abuse cases

Taken from the Justice For the Victims of Bernard Prince website. I post it here to make clear that the victims in these abuse scandals are not getting rich through the legal process as their lawyers will receive approximately 30% of the settlements. 


As in many of these sad tales, the only ones getting rich are the lawyers! No wonder Mr. Talach (who represents the majority of victims in Ontario) is trolling for more victims. The more he finds... the richer he gets!!!  


And the victims get screwed again.

Civil suit reality check.
Independent investigations and outside legal advise makes us believe that at the end of the day the Diocese of Pembroke will pay out approximately  13.5% - 15.5% of  the civil suit amount to the actual victims. That amount could be significantly higher if they end up having to pay some victims court costs and certainly if more victims come forward. If  more evidence of their negligence surface that to could increase the percentages. These estimates are based on outcomes of similar cases in Ontario.
On top of that they will in all likelihood pay there own lawyers a figure that will be close to 30% +/- a few hundred thousand dollars of the total disbursement they will have given to the victims. The irony is that the longer they punish the victims and prolong their attempts at re-victimization the more it will eventually cost them. They have warned local priests that their pensions will be affected and have made every attempt outside of the press to paint the victims as the evil ones who simply want money out of greed. No  amount of money exists to compensate for the evil, the pain and the torment that all victims have had to live with.
Perhaps those with a vested interest should ask them what they hope to achieve in the end. Somehow this tactic sounds strangely like that old adage about “ cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face”. Veiled threats of legal action, charging neglect on the parts of some victim’s elderly parents, threatened legal action against at least one contributor to this web-site and suggestions that the civil cases could drag on for years suggesting indefinite suffering are all familiar tactics. Make no mistake, all is fair in the defense of the Pembroke diocese. Right, wrong, truth and justice all take a back seat to simply protecting their bankbook. If any clerics in the diocese can defend this behavior and reconnect it to all that they preach from their pulpits we would love to hear it. E-mail it to us and we will gladly post it on this site.
Unlike the inference that Bishop Windle made in his infamous letter of 1993 that the victims of Polish descent could be counted on not to cause trouble we are here to tell them that those days are long gone and that we will fight to the bitter end to see truth and justice prevail.

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