30 June, 2011

29 June, 2011

Algorithm sheds light on the Bible's authorship - CTV News

Algorithm sheds light on the Bible's authorship - CTV News

Free Florida's 'food terrorists' | Amy Goodman | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

GOOD GRIEF!!! They are arresting people in Orlando (the city where a mouse is King!) for distributing food to homeless people. REALLY! I'm not making this up. Click on the link below to read the article.

Free Florida's 'food terrorists' | Amy Goodman | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

Miracles in Soho | First Things

Latest article from George Weigel.

Miracles in Soho | First Things

Canadian dollar pops on hot inflation, Greece relief rally - The Globe and Mail

Canadian dollar pops on hot inflation, Greece relief rally - The Globe and Mail

Poland to vote on historic bill banning all abortions after massive grassroots campaign | LifeSiteNews.com


EXCLUSIVE: Poland to vote on historic bill banning all abortions after massive grassroots campaign | LifeSiteNews.com

WYD Countdown: 48 Days to Go | Daily News | NCRegister.com

One of the greatest initiatives of Pope John Paul II was the establishment of World Youth Days. These are annual events where Catholic youth are invited to gather in one place to celebrate their faith and learn how to become faithful Catholics throughout their adult life. This year the event is being held in Madrid, Spain. Our little Diocese of Pembroke has sent a delegation of enthusiastic youths to these events throughout the years, with fantastic reports being shared in the parishes upon their return. We look forward to hearing from these young Catholics when they return from Spain.
Pope B16 greet youth at 2008 World Youth Days


WYD Countdown: 48 Days to Go | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Father John Corapi/s Kafka-esque Catch-22 ordeal | Spero News

Father John Corapi/s Kafka-esque Catch-22 ordeal | Spero News

Insight Scoop | The Ignatius Press Blog: Is this the most ridiculous, arrogant Huff-and-Puff Post piece ever penned?

Carl Olson takes apart a Huffington Post opinion article which erroneously contends that Christianity is incompatible with science.

Insight Scoop | The Ignatius Press Blog: Is this the most ridiculous, arrogant Huff-and-Puff Post piece ever penned?

Readmit remarried to the sacraments? - Vatican Insider

Readmit remarried to the sacraments? - Vatican Insider

How to Destroy a Culture in 5 Easy Steps | First Things

How to Destroy a Culture in 5 Easy Steps | First Things

Inflation hits eight-year high - The Globe and Mail

Inflation hits eight-year high - The Globe and Mail

28 June, 2011

Here is the link to the new online Vatican new service

NEWS.VA

Pope Benedict 'tweets' for the first time!

The Corapi Controversy: Two interviews worth your time...

Te Deum laudamus!: The Corapi Controversy: Two interviews worth your time...

News analysis: "Ratzinger is anything but a conservative. He's a reformist" - Vatican Insider

News analysis: "Ratzinger is anything but a conservative. He's a reformist" - Vatican Insider

The new online Vatican information portal - Vatican Insider

The new online Vatican information portal - Vatican Insider

Trying to Fly with One Wing, Part 19: Science & Theology: Partners in Truth | Catholic Lane

Trying to Fly with One Wing, Part 19: Science & Theology: Partners in Truth | Catholic Lane

Catholic Church to change Mass liturgy in 2012 - Nation - GMA News Online - Latest Philippine News

Catholic Church to change Mass liturgy in 2012 - Nation - GMA News Online - Latest Philippine News

Euthanasia on the rise in Holland: now being applied to patients with dementia | LifeSiteNews.com

Euthanasia on the rise in Holland: now being applied to patients with dementia | LifeSiteNews.com

Best quotes from the Canadian bishops’ document on same-sex attraction and youth | LifeSiteNews.com

Best quotes from the Canadian bishops’ document on same-sex attraction and youth | LifeSiteNews.com

27 June, 2011

‘Gay Marriage,’ Libertarians, and Civil Rights - George Weigel - National Review Online

‘Gay Marriage,’ Libertarians, and Civil Rights - George Weigel - National Review Online

First Global Code of Conduct on Evangelism to Go Online, Christian News

First Global Code of Conduct on Evangelism to Go Online, Christian News

Movement to ban circumcision reignites debate - CTV News

When I was lucky enough to visit the Holy Land 10+ years ago, most of the Jewish men I met would wince when they heard my name. That's when I discovered that 'Moyle' (my family name) is pronounced the same as 'Mohel', the title of the Jewish Rabbi who performed ritual circumcisions.

Ouch! 


Nevertheless, this is an issue of religious and parental rights. Circumcisions are performed for both health and religious reasons and should not be banned by the state.


All of this makes me wonder: why is it OK to pierce the bodies of small children with earrings and various studs but it is not OK to for parents to decide to have their sons circumcised? Makes no sense to me!

Movement to ban circumcision reignites debate - CTV News

How To Invest Like A Catholic | Crisis Magazine

How To Invest Like A Catholic | Crisis Magazine

When John Paul II nearly recognized israel: an untold story - Vatican Insider

Given the recent uproar over the Israeli ambassador to the Vatican who complimented Pope Pius XII, this seemed to be an appropriate article to post.


When John Paul II nearly recognized israel: an untold story - Vatican Insider

26 June, 2011

How Star Trek should have ended!

Vatican document on the reorganisation of U.S. dioceses - Vatican Insider

Vatican document on the reorganisation of U.S. dioceses - Vatican Insider

Sin effects more than just the sinner

Here is an exchange of letters between one of the rioters in Vancouver (after the Canucks lost to the Bruins) and an Emergency Room nurse. I post it as an example of the truth that sins do not only effect the sinner but many others as well. It is a lesson worth reflecting upon.


A Letter of Apology to Vancouver and Family and Friends

Hey Everyone ! The status is : I Turned myself in to the VPD today at 12pm I am now being charged on 4 counts. I am Truly Sorry for what i have done !!! I have no excuse for my actions during the Riot. To my Friends, Family, Coworkers, and of course all of Vancouver and BC i am SORRY for what i have done. I would like to say on my behalf that I LOVE VANCOUVER ! I’ve been Born n Raised here all my life !! and that This Town means everything to me !!! again i understand that my actions caused did not show any of that ! But i hope you one day see that i do care about this town and my friends n family and this is NOT like me !! I am ashamed at what i have done, I know i may never gain the respect of this town again. But I PROMISE that i will do whatever i can to make this up !! I am a big believer in Cleaning up your mess !! I WILL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES to make things right ! I hope this will insite some of the other rioters to do the right thing and turn themselves in !!!! I will do whatever it takes to help out and clean this town up and do what i can to prevent actions like this from ever happening in our town again. I know I deserve all the hate ! but please be respectful and don’t hate on any of my friends or family or co workers since these actions are only caused by ME and ME only !!!! Again SORRY VANCOUVER ! SORRY BC !!



The below letter by Nurse J.J. was in response to Tim Kwong’s apology:

Tim,

Just because you can string an apologetic sentence together does not mean you are sorry. Perhaps I should make you aware of the consequences of your action. To you, it’s just an overturned car that you set on fire. To me, it’s walking into an overflowing ER and helping treat a girl with a severe asthma attack because she was exposed to the noxious, acrid smoke of a burning vehicle. To her, it was just a chance to be a part of a group cheering for her team. Little did she know that later on, we were thinking of sticking a breathing tube down her throat if her condition did not improve.

To you (yes, I am lumping you with all the douche bag rioters in the ER that night) it’s a chance to congregate in the ER waiting room, pounding on the triage window demanding to be seen for teargas exposure and cuts from looting and fighting, while posturing and bragging about how you kicked the crap out of somebody and smashed shit up. To me, it’s taking my time away from the little old quiet lady having chest pain or taking time away from the person you “shit-kicked” for trying to stop the looting.

To you, it’s just a fight. To me, it’s the ER social worker looking for a teddy bear to console a 4 year old girl because she just witnessed her dad get a broken nose as he was trying to get his daughter out of the hot zone.

To you, it’s writing a letter saying “you will do whatever it takes to help clean the city.” To me, it’s walking home after a long shift and seeing all these people at 7:30 in the morning armed with garbage bags cleaning up YOUR mess and realizing that these people have more class in their pinky finger than you could ever muster in your whole life.

To me, it’s getting home to shower, only to have my elderly neighbour knock on my door and ask me if he should make an appointment with his doctor because he was experiencing shortness of breath which later turned to chest pain in the morning. He did not think about leaving his window open as he went to bed at 9 o’clock. The smoke from all the burning cars made it to our building, into his room and triggered his asthma, which then raised his heart rate, which then became a small heart attack. I asked him why he didn’t go to the ER, and he answered, “I turned on the tv this morning and saw the rioting, I did not want to be a burden.” To you, it’s just an overturned car that you set on fire.

Why am I blaming you for all this? Because you are the instigator. You ask people to leave your family, friends and co-workers alone?! I think they need to know how much of a colossal douche you are. Remember that your parents worked themselves to the bone so they can move to this country and give you your god-given right to flip cars over and set them on fire.

You, Tim Kwong, are a douchtard. Apology not accepted.

— from a E.R. nurse

Why Science Struggles to Correct Its Mistakes - NYTimes.com

Why Science Struggles to Correct Its Mistakes - NYTimes.com

24 June, 2011

Israeli envoy voices rare p... JPost - Jewish World - Jewish News

Israeli envoy voices rare p... JPost - Jewish World - Jewish News

'I Perform This Way'... Weird Al Yankovic take on Lady Gaga's latest hit

I Was Born This Way... the Christian version (H/T to Friar Rick's Blog)

The Report on U.S. Catholic Priests’ Sex Abuse: What the Critics Got Wrong

The lead researcher of last month’s Causes and Context report on the child sexual abuse scandals that have shaken the Catholic Church speaks out on the controversy surrounding the study, and explains why it lays out a road map for the future. 

Sound bites should not be confused with facts. 

By the time we officially released our report (which can be found here) on The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950 – 2010 on May 18, 2011, the media had already seized on incomplete leaks of the report to give it a spin that had only a tangential relationship to what we wrote.

It’s time to put the record straight---and to chart a way forward so that the pattern of abuses we studied is never repeated.

Click on the link to read the entire story:

Inside Criminal Justice

Pope voices 'anxiety' over Arab Spring unrest

Catholic Culture : Latest Headlines : Pope voices 'anxiety' over Arab Spring unrest

Choice and Gendercide | The American Catholic

Choice and Gendercide | The American Catholic

Culture war over Catholic identity - Catholic America - The Washington Post

Culture war over Catholic identity - Catholic America - The Washington Post

D&P employees reveal that Fr. Arriaga is not pro-life, considers Church teaching a violation of human rights

Socon or Bust » Blog Archive » D&P employees reveal that Fr. Arriaga is not pro-life, considers Church teaching a violation of human rights

Promotional video for upcoming Eucharistic Congress in St. Louis

23 June, 2011

The Quiet Revolution is over

The Quiet Revolution is over

Single-Sex Dorms Spark Legal Controversy in D.C. - Law Blog - WSJ

The Catholic University of America wants to re-instate single sex residences. While I question how effective this would be in reducing people having sex, it is fascinating to see people threatening to sue over the issue.


Precisely what part of 'Catholic' are they having trouble understanding?


Single-Sex Dorms Spark Legal Controversy in D.C. - Law Blog - WSJ

Three Hard Sayings of the Lord That Offend Modern Notions | Archdiocese of Washington

Three Hard Sayings of the Lord That Offend Modern Notions | Archdiocese of Washington

Surfing Madonna removed from San Diego underpass - CBC News

Surfing Madonna removed from San Diego underpass - CBC News

The Magisterium and Catholic Social Teaching | Crisis Magazine

The Magisterium and Catholic Social Teaching | Crisis Magazine

Abp. Fulton Sheen on four false assumptions often made in comparing religions




Insight Scoop | The Ignatius Press Blog: Abp. Fulton Sheen on four false assumptions often made in comparing religions

Obama’s Afghanistan Speech: Admitting the Limits of American Power | Swampland

Obama’s Afghanistan Speech: Admitting the Limits of American Power | Swampland

20 June, 2011

Official SOLT Statement Regarding Fr John Corapi

SOLT News: Official SOLT Statement Regarding Fr John Corapi

Cardinal Pell warns against acceptance of euthanasia

Catholic Culture : Latest Headlines : Cardinal Pell warns against acceptance of euthanasia

Unnatural Selection: The War Against Girls - WSJ.com

Many feminists demand the unfettered right to having the state pay for their abortion if they so choose yet seem to ignore the nasty reality that it is the female gender rights that are suffering as a result of abortions worldwide. I appreciate the lessons taught to me by my feminist friends that men and women do not necessarily comprehend the world in the same way, but it baffles my sense of logic to understand how the establishment of males of the species in an even more dominant position in terms of numbers than they have now is in the benefit of woman's rights in the long term. The demographic costs would seem to threaten the equality gains that woman's rights advocates have won in the past 100 years within the west, especially in light of the rising tide of Islamic immigrants throughout Europe, North America and Africa.


Book Review: Unnatural Selection - WSJ.com

Following the Black Sheep Dog down the rabbit hole — UPDATED | The Deacon's Bench

Further revelations in the Fr. Corapi melt-down. It appears that the facts may not be entirely supportive of his statement... at least if one can believe that behavior is indicative of motive. 

Here is a second article from his religious superior calling him back to his community, making clear that he was in no way forced into leaving the priesthood.


Prayer is MOST DEFINITELY required for everyone wounded in this entire situation.


Following the Black Sheep Dog down the rabbit hole — UPDATED | The Deacon's Bench

A One State Solution for Peace in the Middle East | The American Catholic

An illustrative and thorough disassembling of the specious argument that the US invaded Iraq for motives other than those stated in the Act of Congress authorizing it. It is very much worth the few minutes to give it a read if you are at all interested in understanding the realities of the Middle East... and why the West MUST stand up in Israel's defense if her existence be threatened. The alternative would be far worse for us.


A One State Solution for Peace in the Middle East | The American Catholic

19 June, 2011

My Ex-Gay Friend - NYTimes.com

A fascinating article from the New York Times Magazine...


My Ex-Gay Friend - NYTimes.com

Is Eucharistic adoration bad for the Church?




Is Eucharistic adoration bad for the Church??? NO it is not!

How can this man call himself a Catholic theologian and hold that it is??? 


Christopher's Apologies: Is Eucharistic adoration bad for the Church?

Lost boys: Young men postponing adulthood

Lost boys: Young men postponing adulthood

Scientists trace neural links between guilt, co-operation - CTV News

Interesting.... So we seem to be 'hardwired' to act in certain moral ways. For me this is just another bit of proof that God created us to be a social people - concerned about the welfare of others. The fact that some of us are able to overcome this biological programming so that we become self-centered and selfish is evidence that our nature can indeed be corrupted.


Put in religious terms, we are 'wired' to love God and each other. Sin corrupts this programming by turning us in upon ourselves. I appreciate that there are other ways to interpret these results. No doubt others will see these results as disproving the existence of God. It's simply a case of understanding which set of preconceived notions we bring to the analysis.

Scientists trace neural links between guilt, co-operation - CTV News

Russian rights activist Yelena Bonner dead at 88 - CTV News

Yelena Bonner was the 1980's version of Ghandi. Together with her husband Andrei Sakharov, they offered a peaceful and powerful countersign to the oppression inflicted upon the Russian people by the Communist government of the day.


I don't know if she was a 'believer' or not, but I trust that she is now receiving her eternal reward for all the good she did in this life. We should all hope to give as powerful a witness to the rights of the individual as she and her husband offered in the face of great retribution. Her courage should inspire us all.


Russian rights activist Yelena Bonner dead at 88 - CTV News

18 June, 2011

About Fr. John Corapi with observations about our times | Fr. Z's Blog – What Does The Prayer Really Say?

Fr. John Corapi
Fr. John Z. offers what I think is the best reaction to the announcement by Fr. Corapi that he is leaving the priesthood. He writes as someone who doesn't personally know Fr. Corapi but understands the pressure and temptations that afflict priests all the time. Together with Deacon Greg's column (which proceeds this article) one can get a sense as to the range of reactions to the decision of Fr. Corapi to leave the priesthood in the wake of the allegations leveled against him by one of his employees.


If I can draw one other inference or lesson from this, it would be that once again we see the corrupting influence of wealth. Fr. Corapi was awarded millions of dollars in a civil action he launched against a doctor in the USA. This must have given him a certain independence that seems to have fueled his inflated sense of self-worth, leading him for example to now call his followers 'fans' who will 'follow him' into his new venture as a 'Black Sheepdog' of the faith (whatever that's supposed to mean).


Irrespective, Fr. John's request for prayers for Fr. Corapi (and for all priests!) is the best way to respond to this entire affair.

About Fr. John Corapi with observations about our times | Fr. Z's Blog – What Does The Prayer Really Say?

Corapi, the morning after | The Deacon's Bench

Corapi, the morning after | The Deacon's Bench

Exposing the Anti-religious agenda - a neat Youtube apologetic

Death is No Therapy At All. The Bishops Speak Well Against Physician Assisted Suicide | Archdiocese of Washington

Death is No Therapy At All. The Bishops Speak Well Against Physician Assisted Suicide | Archdiocese of Washington

Catholic marriage rate falling dramatically in US

Catholic Culture : Latest Headlines : Catholic marriage rate falling dramatically in US

Battle over circumcision » Naples Daily News

TERRY MATTINGLY: Battle over circumcision » Naples Daily News

B.C. government appeals landmark sperm donor ruling

B.C. government appeals landmark sperm donor ruling

17 June, 2011

Why So Many Atheists on CNN Belief?

RealClearReligion - Why So Many Atheists on CNN Belief?

Fish stories and holy priests in Juneau

Fish stories and holy priests in Juneau

The Failure of Liberal Catholicism: Catholic World Report

For decades conservatives have been marginalized in groups like the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA), which do not even pretend to be hospitable to “all points of view.” People have been denied tenure, lost their jobs, were never hired in the first place, or were otherwise penalized for upholding Church teaching, not only in academia but even in official Church agencies.


Click link below to read entire article.

The Failure of Liberal Catholicism: Catholic World Report

Understanding Sex Through the Mystery of the Trinity

Understanding Sex Through the Mystery of the Trinity


One of my friends has been trying to explain the Theology of the Body to one of his friends, and asked for a good way to explain what Catholics mean when we say that sex should be "unitive and procreative." What we mean is that:


  1. Unitive: Sex should draw the husband and wife together into a more perfect union with each other; that through it, "the two become one flesh" (Genesis 2:24), in a way fully knowable only to God.
  2. Procreative: Sex should call forth new life, or at least be open to it. Authentic love isn't jealous, it's creative.
To understand sex, I think you need to understand the Trinity. In the Trinity, God the Father loves God the Son, the Son is Beloved, and the manifestation of that Love is the Holy Spirit. Fr. Barron does a good job explaining that here. It's precisely because of that Love that God made the Universe and everything and everyone in it. So the Trinity is both a Unity and Creative. So the very same love that draws the Father and Son into an unbreakable Divine unity is the love that causes them to create the universe.


Click on link below to read the entire article:


Shameless Popery: Understanding Sex Through the Mystery of the Trinity

Top 10 Modern Myths About the Catholic Church

"When I decided to write this list, I thought about how it has changed, even in the past ten years. If I were to write this list 10 years ago, it would probably include these items:


  • Catholics worship Mary.
  • Catholics believe non-Catholics are going to hell.
  • Catholics believe the Pope cannot sin.
  • Purgatory no longer is a Catholic doctrine.
  • Catholics were told not to read the Bible.
  • etc.
But, none of those appear on this list for today. This is because the modern person's knowledge about Christianity in general, and Catholicism in particular, is worse than it was 10 years ago. This means modern people are more secular in their thinking and thus the myths have evolved. Without further commentary I give you:
Top 10 Modern Myths About the Catholic Church
Click on link below to read the entire article


Aggie Catholics: Top 10 Modern Myths About the Catholic Church

"We just love each other" - The Daily Observer - Ontario, CA

Clifford and Theresa McConnell



In the midst of all the bad news about the state of marriage in our country, here's a little tidbit from the local Pembroke paper about the secret to success for a couple celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary!

"We just love each other" - The Daily Observer - Ontario, CA

16 June, 2011

Jesus for Jews - Jewish Ideas Daily

Jesus for Jews - Jewish Ideas Daily

'Iran says it will send monkey into space ... JPost - Middle East

Finally, a job for Ahmadinejad!




'Iran says it will send monkey into space ... JPost - Middle East

Vatican archeologists reveal 3rd century paintings hidden beneath Rome

Vatican archeologists reveal 3rd century paintings hidden beneath Rome

A matter of antimatter: Q&A with CERN director Rolf-Dieter Heuer | Posted | National Post

A matter of antimatter: Q&A with CERN director Rolf-Dieter Heuer | Posted | National Post

I agree: the BBC favours ‘the right to die’. But watch out. That’s a phrase with a sinister history | CatholicHerald.co.uk

I agree: the BBC favours ‘the right to die’. But watch out. That’s a phrase with a sinister history | CatholicHerald.co.uk

Collateral damage - Boston.com

The sad story of a priest who was falsely accused of sexual abuse.

Collateral damage - Boston.com

Moving the abortion debate forward without changing the law | Holy Post | National Post

Moving the abortion debate forward without changing the law | Holy Post | National Post

Bruins beat Canucks 4-0 to win Stanley Cup - CTV News

Tim Thomas - 2011 Conn Smythe Trophy winner
Sob! No Stanley Cup for Canada this year as Vancouver failed to win against the Bruins in the 7th game of the Finals. The only consolation for Canadians is the fact that at least the Cup is returning to a city that experiences winter! It seemed weird to have the Cup won by teams like Tampa, South Carolina or Anaheim - cities that think winter is marked not with snow but with the arrival of Canadian 'Snowbirds'.

Bruins beat Canucks 4-0 to win Stanley Cup - CTV News

13 June, 2011

62 Money-Saving Tips to Help Survive Another Recession

62 Money-Saving Tips to Help Survive Another Recession

Senators have themselves a winner in Paul MacLean - The Globe and Mail

Like every other Canadian, I'll be attentively watching tonight's hockey game, sending every good thought I can in helping to cheer Vancouver in bringing the Stanley Cup where it belongs, north of the 49th parallel.

My beloved Ottawa Senators are expected to make news themselves tomorrow when they announce Paul MacLean as their new head coach. The Globe and Mail believes that he's a 'winning' choice. I hope they are right.


Tonight, we're all Canucks. Next season though, all bets are off!

"Male Nuns Defy Catholic Church by being 'Nun-fied'!"



Just when you think you've seen it all... along comes a real life reprise of the Eric Idle and Robbie Coltrane movie, 'Nuns on the Run'.


What will they think of next?

Insight Scoop | The Ignatius Press Blog: "Male Nuns Defy Catholic Church by being 'Nun-fied'!"

12 June, 2011

One Love... H/T to David Driver for this great Youtube video!

A little biblical humour!

A little biblical humour!


**Q. What kind of man was Boaz before he married Ruth?
A. Ruth-less.


Q. What do they call pastors in Germany ?
A. German Shepherds.


Q. Who was the greatest financier in the Bible?
A. Noah He was floating his stock while  everyone else was in liquidation.


Q. Who was the greatest female financier in the Bible?
A. Pharaoh's daughter.  She went down to the bank of the Nile and drew out a little prophet.


Q. What kind of motor vehicles are in the Bible?
A. Jehovah drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden in a Fury. David's Triumph was heard throughout the land.  Also, probably a Honda, because the apostles were all in one Accord.


Q.. Who was the greatest comedian in the Bible?
A. Samson. He brought the house down.

Q. What excuse did Adam give to his children as to why he no longer lived in Eden ?
A. Your mother ate us out of house and home.

Q. Which servant of God was the most flagrant lawbreaker in the Bible?
A. Moses.  He broke all 10 commandments at once.

Q. Which area of Palestine was especially wealthy?
A. The area around Jordan . The banks were always overflowing.

Q. Who is the greatest babysitter mentioned in the Bible?
A. David. He rocked Goliath to a very deep sleep.

Q. Which Bible character had no parents?
A. Joshua, son of Nun.

Q. Why didn't they play cards on the Ark ?                                                                  

A. Because Noah was standing on the deck.

PS... Did you know it's a sin for a woman to make coffee?
Yup, it's in the Bible. It says . . . "He-brews"


KEEP SMILING!!!!   GOD LOVES YOU BUNCHES AND BUNCHES!!!!

10 June, 2011

Weiner, Vitter and Others' 'Unforgivable' Behavior - NYTimes.com

'Weiner-gate'? Really? That's what's dominated the news these past few days?


Evidently not much happened in the world in my days of isolation far away from all the news and social media (a.k.a. ... paradise) if a congressman 'sexting' and sending close-ups of his loaded briefs is a lead story, at least according to Jon Stewart of the 'Daily Show'. (What a 'joy' it was that the first thing I saw on TV after four days of isolation, prayer and rest was the introduction of his 'C#ck Wheel'. Five minutes of incessant penis humor to satirize this current American fixation was all I could take before turning off the TV and diving into another book!)  The end of the world is surely not too far off if the dominant culture and government in the world can be preoccupied with such puerile 'news'. It seems that whenever a politician moves 'below the belt line' they captures the American public's attention (or at least their media) to the virtual exclusion of almost everything else: Monica Lewinsky's 'servicing' of Bill Clinton as an intern in the Oval Office, Barack Obama's conception and birth and now this congressional fool sending photo's of his 'package' to women on the internet.

Yikes! It's already got me yearning to return to the peace and tranquility of the fishing cabin that I just left yesterday.

Weiner, Vitter and Others' 'Unforgivable' Behavior - NYTimes.com

Identity pressures at heart of Caritas ferment | National Catholic Reporter

Identity pressures at heart of Caritas ferment | National Catholic Reporter

On the Slow, Steady and Subtle Erosion of Religious Liberty | Archdiocese of Washington

Some years ago I read a humorous but poignant story about public prayer at a school graduation. It took place during the time when tide had just begun to turn against religious displays etc. in the public square, somewhere in the late 1980s. Up until that time prayer by a local minister, priest or rabbi was part of graduation, almost without exception. We certainly had it at my public high school graduation in 1979.


But by the early 1980s the ACLU and other organizations began to insist that prayer of any sort at a public gathering was wrong and violated the (so-called) “separation of Church and State,” (a phrase that does NOT occur in the US Constitution).  And here is where the story picks up:


The class valedictorian of a local Virginia high school (I forget which) was a committed Christian, and also something of a class clown. He was told that, under no circumstances was he to invite his classmates to pray or to mention God in a prayerful way and that, if he did, the microphone would be turned down. Annoyed but not without plans, he “conspired” with five of his classmates to edge prayer into the talk in a creative way. He went to the podium, looked at the crowd, looked at his notes, and looked up again. The atmosphere was tense for others had heard of the forbidding of prayer, and the community was quite divided. Would he do it?  Suddenly, he sniffed, as if to sneeze. “Ah……Ah…..Ah Chooo!” came the loud and rather staged sneeze. At once, five of his classmates rose to their feet and said loudly together: “God Bless you!” And the valedictorian said, “Amen!” Yes, there was prayer at graduation that year, and most of the crowd rose to their feet in tribute to the brief but powerful prayer that had been forbidden.
 
Click on the following link to read the rest of this story.

Korea indeed has talent! A 'Susan Boyle' moment from Korean TV talent show

A 40-Something Cardinal? | Crisis Magazine

A 40-Something Cardinal? | Crisis Magazine

Once-accused priest now leads diocese inquiries into sex abuse - KansasCity.com

Seriously folks... why is it so hard for the 'higher-ups' in the Church to understand the basics of this issue? We need to be purer than 'Caesar's wife', whiter than a fresh snowfall, as transparent as glass all held together with the love of the heart of Christ himself.


Perhaps some don't like being held to such difficult and lofty standards, but that's too bad. Bishops have brought this upon themselves. The faithful understand that there will be predators in every profession and vocation. As much as they would hope to find very few if any among men professing to be 'holy' priests, people understand if some of them are found even there. But the cover-ups and lies that followed in the wake of these offenses has profoundly wounded the faith and confidence of believers in such a way that the Church is no longer given the benefit of the doubt as regards her 'good intentions'. The RC Church is now subject to the Reagan Protocol: 'trust, but verify.'

Lest a good reader think that I am over-playing the damage done to the Church in North America, I offer this link. It will take you to a story about a man who has decided the refuse the invitation to Holy Orders as a deacon because he could not promise 'respect and obedience' to the local bishop given his record (and that of his predecessors) in covering up for and enabling predator priests in the diocese.  Assuming the validity of the candidates vocation and call, this is truly a tragedy for it is based upon a faulty understanding of this religious vow.

This promise is oft times in the past been raised as 'evidence' that the protection due to the faithful by binding other clergy to keep them silent and passively complicit to the Bishops... but this is a shibboleth. Aside from the obligations imposed upon any clergyman who receive a confession in confidence to respect the sanctity of that admission, but neither 'respect' nor 'obedience' is due when what is demanded is a crime under both civil and church law. Clergy know this to be true so it really cannot be used (any longer*) as a means of obliging them to participate in a crime and a sin.  

These issues are not too hard to understand. Why is it proving to be so difficult for Bishops the world over to disseminate and implement the demands of both church and civil law? They are opening themselves to being accused of being either unwilling or unable to govern their own conduct.

(*I add the conditional proviso 'any longer' for priests who served in the generation now passing into retirement or death. The Church practiced a different discipline back then. I can only offer as a defense the fact that such matters were routinely handled discretely by all authorities of that time, in deference to protecting the reputation of the child's family)

Once-accused priest now leads diocese inquiries into sex abuse - KansasCity.com

05 June, 2011

Gone Fishin'

G'Day Folks,


I'll be away from the blog for a few days as I'm taking the other clergy from town on our annual fishing trip. This will be our 2nd trip into northwestern Quebec to Dumoine Lake Cottages. We spend our days fishing, praying, debating...  and eating. It's great fun!  We will return to our respective churches on Friday June 10th. I'll be back blogging upon my return.

(Dumoine Lake is without a doubt the best walleye fishery for hundreds of miles around. The outfitter there possess 'exclusive rights' to all fishing and hunting and has developed a phenomenal fishery! )

04 June, 2011

An Archbishop Burns While Rome Fiddles - NYTimes.com

An Archbishop Burns While Rome Fiddles - NYTimes.com

The Failure of Liberal Catholicism: Catholic World Report

The Failure of Liberal Catholicism: Catholic World Report

As gay rights advance, should religious groups get accommodation? -- GazetteXtra

As gay rights advance, should religious groups get accommodation? -- GazetteXtra

Most Paralyzed People are Happy to be Alive

Reflections of a Paralytic » Most Paralyzed People are Happy to be Alive

A film representation of the Cassini space mission

CASSINI MISSION from Chris Abbas on Vimeo.

30 years after AIDS discovery, HIV rates up in Canada - CTV News

30 years after AIDS discovery, HIV rates up in Canada - CTV News

03 June, 2011

Inseparable twin friars die hours apart, age 92

Brs. Julian and Adrian Riester
Something similar happened in my father's family when two spinster aunts who lived every day of their lives in each others company died within hours of each other on the first night they were apart. My family has always seen their lives and deaths as truly blessed. I trust it is the same for the family of these two friars.

BBC News - Inseparable twin friars die hours apart, age 92

The New York Times as a religion

Catholic Culture : Latest Headlines : The New York Times as a religion

Calming the waters: New Vatican official tries different approach

CNS STORY: Calming the waters: New Vatican official tries different approach

Uncovered World War II-era cable adds to Pius XII debate

Uncovered World War II-era cable adds to Pius XII debate

Jack Kevorkian, assisted-suicide crusader, dead at 83 - The Globe and Mail

Jack Kevorkian, assisted-suicide crusader, dead at 83 - The Globe and Mail

01 June, 2011

Vatican speaks out to state that evolution continues a pace!

CNS - Crossplayer

Yarmouth diocese merging back into Halifax archdiocese

Catholic Culture : Latest Headlines : Yarmouth diocese merging back into Halifax archdiocese

How Long Did the Gospels Take to "Spread"? | Blogs | NCRegister.com

How Long Did the Gospels Take to "Spread"? | Blogs | NCRegister.com

Married couples form minority of US households for first time | LifeSiteNews.com

Married couples form minority of US households for first time | LifeSiteNews.com

With artificial intelligence, war goes 2.0 - The Globe and Mail

With artificial intelligence, war goes 2.0 - The Globe and Mail

Reactionary Liberalism and Catholic Social Doctrine | First Things

Reactionary Liberalism and Catholic Social Doctrine | First Things

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