29 July, 2011

Erin Go Bonkers - George Weigel - National Review Online

Erin Go Bonkers - George Weigel - National Review Online

Vatican critics smell blood in the water, and remembering Sambi | National Catholic Reporter

Vatican critics smell blood in the water, and remembering Sambi | National Catholic Reporter

Newly discovered Trojan asteroid shares Earth's orbit - CTV News

Newly discovered Trojan asteroid shares Earth's orbit - CTV News

Scandals in Ireland and Miami

Mark Shea
Always liked Mark Shea. I had wished to bring him to my parish as part of an evangelization program but the bottom fell out of the local economy with the collapse of the forestry industry and we couldn't afford it. Too bad really. He is one of the clearest writers and thinkers in the North American Church today. This take on the latest scandals (Ireland and now Miami) is a good example of his offerings. H/T to Michael Brandon (FreedomthroughTruth blog) for this article.

Catholic and Enjoying It!: Scandals in Ireland and Miami

“I’m So Busy, I Met Myself Coming Back!” A Quick Reflection on the Week of A Priest | Archdiocese of Washington

Looks like a busy classmate from my diocese
This most recent column by Msgr. Charles Pope explains perfectly why I enjoy my cottage so much... especially during this summer season. Even though this was to be a week off for me during which I was to entertain a dear friend and classmate, Fr. Paul Conway (Sault Ste. Marie Diocese), I was detained in Mattawa for the start of the week to celebrate three funerals. Still I have been able to enjoy his company for the past two days (once I finally arrived) and I know he enjoyed the tranquil peace and quiet that the cottage offers when he was here alone.


Today we each depart. He begins his return to his parish in Elliot Lake, Ontario (where he's expected back for work on Monday). I'm heading straight back to Mattawa to take care of a wedding rehearsal tonight as well as the weekend celebrations. As we say amongst ourselves, "No use complaining. That's why we get paid the big bucks!" (grin)

“I’m So Busy, I Met Myself Coming Back!” A Quick Reflection on the Week of A Priest | Archdiocese of Washington

How should we respond to threats from the State to make the seal of confession a criminal offence?

Christ said that his followers would be persecuted for his namesake and it seems to be coming to pass. Many folks claim that this is part of an external persecution. I disagree. These attacks on the rights of the Church and its members are a direct result of her own failings: infidelity to religious vows and moral fecklessness in the wake of these sinful (and sometimes criminal) acts. If the State is bludgeoning the Church, it's with a club of our own making. We have no one to blame but ourselves.

Yet... this is not an excuse or reason for further violating our religious obligations as clergy by breaching the seal of the confessional. In the face of the infidelity of other clergy, we MUST redouble our commitment to be faithful to ours. If the Church is going to fulfill her mission here on earth she will need to recover her moral authority... and the only currency in which she can amass to win back her good standing will be the faithful witness of Christians, even in the face of persecution. 

We are unquestioningly coming into an age of 'white' martyrdom when priests will lose their freedom and liberty for the faith. Probably this will be a precursor to a new wave of 'red' martyrs as well. Yet it was by the blood and sacrifice of martyrs in times past that has nurtured and promoted the Church to success. It will do so again. Jesus told us as much.

The Church is learning again that the Cross is the path to holiness
 

The hermeneutic of continuity: How should we respond to threats from the State to make the seal of confession a criminal offence?

The confessional seal: a matter of divine, not merely human, law

The hermeneutic of continuity: The confessional seal: a matter of divine, not merely human, law

To postpone the Eucharistic Congress in Ireland or not to postpone it? - Vatican Insider

This is a bad idea. The Catholic response in the face of trial is to turn to the Eucharist!! The Irish clergy scandals of recent times are all the more reason to bring the light and grace of Christ to shine before the faithful. Christ is not afraid to enter into any dark corner. Neither should the Church.

To postpone the Eucharistic Congress in Ireland or not to postpone it? - Vatican Insider

24 July, 2011

Why evangelicals should stop evangelizing – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

My Take: Why evangelicals should stop evangelizing – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

Canadian Catholics should plan for a larger future

Canadian Catholics should plan for a larger future

The Catholic seal of confession under siege in Ireland | Holy Post | National Post

The Catholic seal of confession under siege in Ireland | Holy Post | National Post

7 Habits of Highly Frugal People

7 Habits of Highly Frugal People

The Struggle of the Age is Between Anarchic Freedom and Authentic Freedom - U.s. - Catholic Online

The Struggle of the Age is Between Anarchic Freedom and Authentic Freedom - U.s. - Catholic Online

Catholic church's plea could rule out damages for priests' abuse | World news | The Observer

Catholic church's plea could rule out damages for priests' abuse | World news | The Observer

22 July, 2011

Canadian Observer Magazine is launched in Canada! An articulate voice for the centre-right of the Canadian intellectual elite

A new Canadian magazine that has set some lofty goals for themselves: to be for times what Cité Libre was to Quebec... only this time representing the right of the political spectrum and not the left. Aside from the politics, the magazine offers intelligent and well written articles... well with the read on a hot summers day. (I downloaded the pdf file into my Kindle... got to love technology!)


Summer 2011

The Irish government vs. the Vatican: opinion roundup

Catholic Culture : Latest Headlines : The Irish government vs. the Vatican: opinion roundup

The fiery descent of Atlantis… seen from space! | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine

The fiery descent of Atlantis… seen from space! | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine

Christian and atheist children least likely to go to university - Telegraph

Christian and atheist children least likely to go to university - Telegraph

20 July, 2011

The Most Unforgettable Space Shuttle Pictures

The Most Unforgettable Space Shuttle Pictures

Archbishop Chaput Heads to Philadelphia - NYTimes.com

Archbishop Chaput Heads to Philadelphia - NYTimes.com

Women in Africa spread HIV more often on Pill - Health - CBC News

Women in Africa spread HIV more often on Pill - Health - CBC News

Barbara Kay: Between two sexes | Full Comment | National Post

Gender identity disorder, or transgenderism, afflicts from 0.25 to 1.0% of the population. Reacting to pressures from ideologues, it is being renamed 'gender dysphoria,' relieving the condition of any pejorative association....

Barbara Kay: Between two sexes | Full Comment | National Post

Eucharistic Adoration « The Gospel in the Digital Age

“What makes this place tick?” I quizzed the exuberant pastor as he showed me around the parish, renowned for its high rate of Sunday Mass attendance; first-rate school; excellent religious education for kids, teenagers, young adults, and adults; remarkably effective stewardship; and successful initiatives of social justice, pro-life efforts, evangelization, and neighborhood presence.
I wanted the “recipe” so I could bottle it and send it around!
“Follow me, I’ll show you,” Father replied.


Read the rest of the story by clicking on the link below.



Eucharistic Adoration « The Gospel in the Digital Age

19 July, 2011

Irish priests will refuse to break seal of confession if proposal becomes law :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

I should hope so!! Priest may NEVER breech the seal of the confessional. We do not ever discuss such matters, even between ourselves as priests. It is a forbidden topic of conversation.

Irish priests will refuse to break seal of confession if proposal becomes law :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Mother Nature did her best... but I'm back online anyway

Sunday evening at 6 pm a severe storm passed through the Ottawa Valley, damaging quite a few properties and knocking my cottage off the power grid. The power is not expected to be fully restored in the area for another five days. Today I've returned to my parish and will resume postings on the blog.

14 July, 2011

The buck stops where? Sex abuse and the bishops | USCatholic.org

The buck stops where? Sex abuse and the bishops | USCatholic.org

VOTE... VOTE... VOTE!!!



Today is the day for voting for Mattawa to be a recipient of a TSN visit and broadcast and a prize of $25,000 towards are goal of building a free water park for kids. Click on the link below and vote before 11:59 AM tomorrow (Friday) to help our town. We have to compete against Pembroke, Ontario, a city 100 miles to the east of us. They have a population of 15,000 (30,000 including Petawawa which is just a few miles to their west) whereas Mattawa is a town of 2000 with about another 2,000 in the neighboring townships that surround it. Mattawa is going through some very tough times with the collapse of the forest industry. The two mills that were the employers in town have permanently shut their doors throwing all of their employees out of work. It is going on two years now with no work and still no future employers on the horizon. The only way that we'll be able to realize our goal of building this water park is if we will this competition... an accomplishment that will give families a free place to enjoy the summer weather - a gift of great value in these depressed times.


Please, please, please... vote often (there seems to be no upper limit of number of times you can vote) for Mattawa and help us win this David and Goliath contest with our bigger eastern neighbors.


Thank you.


Kraft Celebration Tour

Irish report damns Catholic Church abuse response – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

Irish report damns Catholic Church abuse response – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

13 July, 2011

6 Ways to Bring Civility Online | The Art of Manliness

6 Ways to Bring Civility Online | The Art of Manliness

No Accountability or Transparency in Ontario

This link will take you to a blog written by a parent after his daughter died 24 hrs after being discharged from an Ontario hospital in the G.T.A. He has asked other bloggers from Ontario to help him to get the government to properly investigate what occurred so as to spare another family from the grief and pain that has befallen them. Check out his website and offer a word of encouragement - or better yet, take up your virtual 'pen' and join him in his campaign.

No Accountability or Transparency in Ontario

Church Principles in the Public Square | Catholic Lane

Church Principles in the Public Square | Catholic Lane

Sola Scriptura: Death by a Thousand (or Ten) Qualifications? « Doug Beaumont.Org

Sola Scriptura: Death by a Thousand (or Ten) Qualifications? « Doug Beaumont.Org

Roman-era shipwreck reveals ancient medical secrets - Telegraph

Roman-era shipwreck reveals ancient medical secrets - Telegraph

New Proofs for God’s Existence | CatholicVote.org

New Proofs for God’s Existence | CatholicVote.org

12 July, 2011

'Sister Wives' Family Challenges Polygamy Law; No Surprise for Christians, Christian News

Exactly as predicted by Christians when we opened the door to re-defining marriage. Advocates claimed that we were extremist for suggesting this would naturally flow from this legal precedent. They are now being proven wrong.


Next stop: bestiality.


Can the end be all that far away?

'Sister Wives' Family Challenges Polygamy Law; No Surprise for Christians, Christian News

Another perspective on our Muslim neighbors. Perhaps the best 2.5 minutes you'll spend today

Global Theology in a Global World - Vatican Insider

Global Theology in a Global World - Vatican Insider

Four Roman Catholic bishops have gone missing in China - Vatican Insider

Four Roman Catholic bishops have gone missing in China - Vatican Insider

The Assisi gathering and “Ratzingarian” fears - Vatican Insider

The Assisi gathering and “Ratzingarian” fears - Vatican Insider

Religion has no place in public school – and neither does sexism | Full Comment | National Post

Tasha Kheiriddin: Religion has no place in public school – and neither does sexism | Full Comment | National Post

11 July, 2011

Whispers in the Loggia: The Summer "Dance" Card

Whispers in the Loggia: The Summer "Dance" Card

Best Response to Priestly Scandals: Pray for Faithful Priests - Like Fr. Paul Schenck - U.s. - Catholic Online

Best Response to Priestly Scandals: Pray for Faithful Priests - Like Fr. Paul Schenck - U.s. - Catholic Online

And now a statement from the 'other side' of the Medjugorje debate

Here is an article that offers a counter position to the Medjugorje story that preceded this one.  I have never been there. I have read very little about it. It is not a part of my Marian piety or practice. I have little or no opinion on the subject... and there's no shortage of opinion to be found on the subject.


I offer this because a gentleman emailed me with a concern about my posting the initial story from the UK Mail. I trust he will accept that this article portrays the other side of the argument well.


Fr. Tim

Pope finally launches crackdown on Medjugorje, world's largest illicit Catholic shrine and suspends 'dubious' priest | Mail Online

Pope finally launches crackdown on world's largest illicit Catholic shrine and suspends 'dubious' priest | Mail Online

Congratulations to new Quebec Bishops!

VATICAN CITY, 11 JUL 2011 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

 - Appointed Bishop Andre Gazaille, auxiliary of Montreal, Canada, as bishop of Nicolet (area 3,682, population 209,066, Catholics 203,035, priests 122, permanent deacons 25, religious 401), Canada. He succeeds Bishop Raymond Saint-Gelais, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.

 - Appointed Fr. Christian Lepine of the clergy of the archdiocese of Montreal, Canada, pastor of the parishes of "Notre-Dame-des-Champs" and "Purification-de-la-Bienheureuse-Vierge-Marie", and Fr. Thomas Dowd, also of the clergy of the archdiocese of Montreal, director of the archdiocesan formation service, as auxiliaries of Montreal (area 1,103, population 2,574,000, Catholics 1,640,000, priests 1,063, permanent deacons 100, religious 4,158). Bishop-elect Lepine was born in Montreal in 1951 and ordained a priest in 1983. Bishop-elect Dowd was born in Montreal in 1970 and ordained a priest in 2001.

Germany is forgetting the lessons of history as it votes for eugenics

What is it that made the Nazi regime 'evil'? Was it only the mass slaughter of the Jews? Was it the military destruction that it brought to all of Europe?

I contend the fact that they were able to commit these atrocities was the logical conclusion to 'redefining' what it was to be a 'person' under the law. Germans, even in the 30's and 40's, were too sophisticated a nation to have accepted such patent evils against others who had previously been their neighbors and fellow citizens without 'conditioning'. To achieve such a terrible fact the population had to be convinced of the 'rightness' of such  heinous acts. Creating an acceptable zeitgeist which rationalized genocide, began as a necessary first step by opening people up to the possibility that they deserved to be viewed as being genetically 'superior' to others. It was necessary to convince people that what was evil was good was as a necessary first step.  Being able to establish the 'WE' vs 'THEM' paradigm ... with 'THEM' (the Jews, handicapped, infirm etc.) being 'scientifically' demonstrably inferior was the goal the Nazi propaganda machine set about promoting.

In the language of Eugenics, the disabled or genetic imperfect being less worthy of life when compared to the able bodied, it is a short journey from "I wouldn't want to live like that", to "people wouldn't want to live like that" before arriving at "they shouldn't be allowed to live". It is the application of the Neuhaus Principle: that which is first permitted will soon become compulsory. It was the way that exposed the Jews  to the holocaust. It is the way that the Germans are apparently starting to walk once again... at least according to the author of the source article.

What's your opinion?



John Smeaton, SPUC director: Germany is forgetting the lessons of history as it votes for eugenics

07 July, 2011

Celli denies Wikileaks: "We are technological at the Vatican ..." - Vatican Insider

So, Your Excellency, it is not true therefore that the Vatican is a bit antiquated with regards to technology?
 
«A certain image wants the Vatican as a closed world, or even "antiquated" as you mentioned. Reality is quite different, because even if rather small, the state employs state-of-the-art technologies in all the fields required. An example might suffice: the extension of solar panels from which the Vatican derives the energy it needs. In the field of communications, computers - all types - have long since replaced typewriters, and I do not think there is, proportionately, such a large extent and use of the Internet as in the Vatican». 


According to Wikileaks dispatches however, Father Lombardi was the only one with a Blackberry... ...

«At times we face, slightly fictional realities. Father Lombardi uses his "Blackberry" and, above all uses his art to communicate well. I would say that especially in this sense he is at the forefront. For the rest I would say there is good and crowded company».

Wikileaks also speaks of technophobe Cardinals who do not understand modern media. Only a few, we read in the dispatches, have an email. Is that so? 

«I personally know of cardinals and bishops who use new technologies with great ease. Some have given a strong boost also at the ministry level. The e-mail addresses of senior prelates have become increasingly numerous, and sometimes also appear in the Vatican telephone directory. The same internal Holy See communications now travel by computer».



Read the entire article by clicking on the following link.
Celli denies Wikileaks: "We are technological at the Vatican ..." - Vatican Insider

What does Vatican say about nuclear weapons?

FROM ZENIT NEWS SERVICE

Vatican's UN Official Outlines Doctrine on Nuclear Weapons

Says a World Without Nuclear Arms Is Possible, Urgent

KANSAS CITY, Missouri, JULY 6, 2011 (Zenit.org).- "A world without nuclear weapons is not only possible, it has now become urgent," says the Vatican's representative to the United Nations.

Archbishop Francis Chullikatt made this assertion Saturday, not in the U.N. offices in New York, but in Kansas City. He was invited by that diocesan Human Rights Office to give an overview of Church teaching on nuclear weapons.

His address was part of a diocesan endeavor to educate the public on Church doctrine in this matter, efforts which responded to a proposed nuclear weapon parts plant in Kansas City.

The extensive address considered the history of the Church's position on the question of nuclear weapons.

"New attention is being paid to the unresolved problem of 20,000 nuclear weapons located at 111 sites in 14 countries," the prelate said. "More than half the population of the world lives in a nuclear-armed country. Each year, nations spend $100 billion on maintaining and modernizing their nuclear arsenals."

"The indiscriminate use and devastating effects of nuclear weapons have led the Church to abhor any use of nuclear weapons," he added.

Deterrence

Archbishop Chullikatt initially considered the policy of amassing nuclear weapons in order to deter potential attacks.

The 58-year-old India-native said that the fathers of the Second Vatican Council, though advocating a universal prohibition against war, "with the understanding they had at that time, seemed to have rather reluctantly accepted the strategy of nuclear deterrence. The accumulation of arms, they said, serves 'as a deterrent to possible enemy attack.'"

Pope John Paul II clarified in a 1982 address to the United Nations that "'deterrence' based on balance, certainly not as an end in itself but as a step along the way toward a progressive disarmament, may still be judged morally acceptable."

"This statement made clear that nuclear deterrence during the Cold War years could only be acceptable if it led to progressive disarmament. What is intended therefore is not nuclear deterrence as a single, permanent policy," Archbishop Chullikatt noted. "Here lies the central question of deterrence: The Church's moral acceptance of nuclear deterrence was always conditioned on progress toward their elimination."

After the Cold War

In the wake of the Cold War, international pressure increased to halt the proliferation of nuclear arms.

The Church's efforts also increased, becoming focused "on challenging what we came to see as the institutionalization of deterrence," the prelate said. "Deterrence was not being considered anymore as an interim measure. Rather, nuclear-weapon states started to pursue nuclear advantage, maintaining that nuclear weapons were fundamental to their security doctrines."

Such was the situation that in 2005 when nations gathered to review the Non-Proliferation Treaty, the treaty was on the verge of collapse, Archbishop Chullikatt said. Commitments to disarm were being ignored and "the very concept of nuclear elimination was dismissed out of hand by the nuclear-weapon states."

The Holy See reiterated its position that deterrence was never accepted as a permanent measure and was tolerated only as "a step on the way towards progressive nuclear disarmament," he said.

The next year, in Benedict XVI's message for the World Day of Peace, the Pope reminded that "in a nuclear war there would be no victors, only victims."

The Holy Father has also observed that the money wasted on maintaining and developing nuclear arsenals vastly outweighs that spent on assisting peoples.

"With development needs across the globe far outpacing the resources being devoted to address them, the thought of pouring hundreds of billions of additional dollars into the world's nuclear arsenals is nothing short of sinful," Archbishop Chullikatt said. "It is the grossest misplacement of priorities and truly constitutes the very 'theft from the poor' which the Second Vatican Council condemned so long ago."

The Vatican official went on to cite the Holy Father, who has called for "negotiations for a progressive and mutually agreed dismantling of existing nuclear weapons," and last year asked delegates at the Review Conference of the Non-Proliferation Treaty to "overcome the burdens of history."

"From this body of teaching, the Church has made clear its growing abhorrence of nuclear weapons," the archbishop stated.

"International law and the Church's Just War principles have always recognized that limitation and proportionality must be respected in warfare," he explained. "But the very point of a nuclear weapon is to kill massively; the killing and the poisonous radiation cannot be contained -- Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Chernobyl are permanent ominous reminders. The social and economic consequences of nuclear war in a world whose life-support systems are intimately interconnected would be catastrophic."

Getting nowhere

Archbishop Chullikatt went on to call for increased efforts in eliminating nuclear weapons.

He lamented that "comprehensive negotiations called for by the International Court of Justice have not even started. The bilateral START treaty between the U.S. and Russia only makes small reductions and leaves intact a vast nuclear arsenal on both sides, with many nuclear weapons held on constant alert status."

The prelate noted how the U.N. secretary-general is calling for a new convention or set of mutually reinforcing instruments to eliminate nuclear weapons, backed by strong verification.

"The Holy See supports this plan," he said, "and strongly advocates for transparent, verifiable, global and irreversible nuclear disarmament and for addressing seriously the issues of nuclear strategic arms, the tactical ones and their means of delivery. The Church remains fully engaged in efforts both to stem proliferation and to move forward on negotiating a binding international agreement, or framework of agreements, to eliminate existing arsenals under effective international verification."

"Viewed from a legal, political, security and most of all -- moral -- perspective, there is no justification today for the continued maintenance of nuclear weapons," the archbishop declared. "This is the moment to begin addressing in a systematic way the legal, political and technical requisites for a nuclear-weapons-free world."

The Holy See representative said it is thus urgent to begin preparing a convention or framework agreement leading to the phased elimination of nuclear weapons.

Simply unacceptable

Archbishop Chullikatt proposed a simple truth about nuclear weapons: "Being weapons of mass destruction by their very nature, they cannot comply with fundamental rules of international humanitarian law forbidding the infliction of indiscriminate and disproportionate harm. Nor can their use meet the rigorous standards of the Just War principles' moral assessment of the use of force."

It is not only the use of nuclear weapons that is barred by law, he said, but even the threat to use them.

"It is unlawful to threaten an attack if the attack itself would be unlawful," he clarified. "This rule makes unlawful specific signals of intent to use nuclear weapons if demands are not met. It also makes unlawful general policies of so-called deterrence declaring a readiness to resort to nuclear weapons when vital interests are at stake."

Since the threat to use and the use of nuclear weapons are unlawful, then the legality of their very possession is called into question, he continued.

"The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty prohibits acquisition of nuclear weapons by the vast majority of states. In conformity with the good faith principle, it cannot be lawful to continue indefinitely to possess weapons which are unlawful to use or threaten to use, or are already banned for most states, and are subject to an obligation of elimination," he said.

Comprehensive approach

The Holy See representative observed that it is increasingly clear that a comprehensive approach is needed to address nuclear disarmament.

"The Holy See believes there needs to be a binding together of steps into a coherent commitment to eliminate nuclear weapons in clearly defined phases for an incremental disarmament," he said. "Only the expression of a visible intent to construct a global legal basis for the systematic elimination of all nuclear weapons will suffice. It cannot be considered morally sufficient to draw down the stocks of superfluous nuclear weapons while modernizing nuclear arsenals and investing vast sums to ensure their future production and maintenance. This current course will ensure the perpetuation of these weapons indefinitely."

The prelate restated the Holy See's declaration already in 1997: "If biological weapons, chemical weapons, and now land mines can be done away with, so too can nuclear weapons."

"This," he said, "is the challenge before the international community today. It is the challenge before the Church today, and it is the challenge facing all people of good will today, believers and non believers alike."

06 July, 2011

Opinion: Opposition to same-sex marriage is not homophobia | Holy Post | National Post

Opinion: Opposition to same-sex marriage is not homophobia | Holy Post | National Post

A proposal for true womans rights

Women should be credited with earning the 'equivalent' of the average of their last five years of employment - with the 'salary' being paid in a dollar for dollar deduction off of the other parents salary until the child is 18 or the mother chooses to return to full time work. The government should also put into the CPP the equivalent or matching contributions to the plan so that women who choose to stay at home to raise children will not be at an economic disadvantage when it's time to collect a pension.

Then the government could eliminate huge social welfare departments that currently manage maternity issues: day care (we're paying you to stay home. If you want to work then use your resources for child care. Public services would be reserved only for those who fail a means test (single mothers if they choose to work for example).

Home cooked meals. Mom available to tend to home and raise her children without working outside the house and without economically punishing the family unit - the tax relief to the employed partner would be considerable and permit a comparable standard of living. Less government intervention into families personal choices. More empowerment and respecting to the unique and valuable role of a stay at home parent. The benefits all realized through the tax system. That is so long as individual choice is respected, and if we believe that more home grown citizens is safe in our 'crowded planet'. (Doesn't seem that way where I live in Canada, but if the population control zealots are to be believed, somewhere on the planet, people stand squashed together as in some Star Trek episode with only we privileged few getting the luxury of personal space, sufficient food, water, resources etc. but I digress...)

That would be government funding that would be worth the money spent with almost 100% of the money actually getting into the hands of the intended beneficiaries without being wasted on government bureaucracy. Working it through annual tax returns means it's no more complicated and man-hour intensive than our GST rebates need now to calculate and distribute.


Where's the down side?

Fr. John Corapi's (The Black Sheep Dog) community "SOLT" issues a public statement

It seems (as always) that there are two sides to every story. The 'Black Sheepdog has told his side and now his religious community, SOLT has told theirs. Given the harsh talk that Fr. Corapri has hurled their way they have been quite charitable in their response. Now they have decided to reveal the nature of the allegations that have been made against him. It seems that this drama has become for the Catholic blogosphere what the Casey Antony was for the secular media: the gift that keeps on giving.

Eternal Word Television Network: Blog - by

A few more religious order jokes about priests. Always a good thing to be able to laugh at ourselves. It's a sign of mental health!!

A brother priest sent along few more punchlines about the reputation of some of our religious order brothers. They put a smile on my face. If you're at all familiar with the greater Catholic community, I think they'll do the same for you.

I got a kick out of your posting of Jesuit jokes on your blog. Another set of jokes has to do with the Jesuits’ and Basilians’ reputation as poor liturgists. This reputation (myth?) has occasioned a number of one-liners:

“He was as lost as a Jesuit in Holy Week.”

“A good Jesuit liturgy is one where nobody gets hurt.”

“A good Basilian liturgy is one where everyone in the sanctuary has a place to sit down.”

 

05 July, 2011

After New York: The (Near) Future of Gay Marriage | Swampland

After New York: The (Near) Future of Gay Marriage | Swampland

Mattawa water park makes Top 20 in online contest - The North Bay Nugget - Ontario, CA

Help bring some good news to our little town of Mattawa! 

We've made the final cut in the TSN Kraft Celebration Tour and are competing against the City of Pembroke in the voting to win our segment of the population. On July 14 - til noon the next day, please go to the TSN-Kraft voting website and help us win this David & Goliath competition to bring the TSN Sportscentre crew to Mattawa... and the $25,000 they will grant the winner to help us develop a water park for our local kids.


We have suffered greatly during this 'Great Recession' with the complete collapse of the forest industries that sustained employment for the past 150 years. Unemployment runs into the 20% range with many people having to leave their families behind in search of work so that they can financially help their family (and by extension the whole town) survive,  keeping their families sheltered and fed. We could really use the boost that winning this competition will bring. The project we are planning will be environmentally friendly and will help our citizens, both young and old to have a public, free place to enjoy themselves as a family.


Mattawa is an amazing town. In the six years that I have searched here as pastor, I have not only witnessed the hardships that the economic collapse has wrought. I have also witnessed and participated in many community activities in which we come together to celebrate (as in Voyageur Days) and support each other. There have been numerous pot-luck fund raisers to assist families in crisis. Many times each year service clubs and others have organized free activities to entertain and lift each others spirits. For example, Denis Janveaux, proprietor of the local cinema occasionally offers free showings of movies so that families who can't afford to drive to North Bay to see recent releases will have the chance to see them on the 'big screen' at no cost. Even major hockey games were sometimes projected on to the big screen so that we could cheer our heroes on to gold during the Vancouver Olympics. The local churches, under the leadership of the Pentecostals are working to facilitate where we will provide a one day celebration of our town by offering free services to everyone in the town. Everything from beauticians offering free manicures and pedicures, crews organized to offer free repairs to seniors and people who lack the means to facilitate them on their own, to a large community pot-luck during which entertainers will perform at different times for young and old audiences alike - all offered without cost so that no one need be denied the joy and fraternal care that we understand that we owe to each other as fellow citizens of our fair town. All of us have put our shoulders to the wheel in pulling together in these hard times. Winning this competition will be a wonderful reward and encouragement to our efforts.


If you click here you will be taken to the TSN site to vote. Click on the link below if you want to read about the contest and Mattawa's entry. Come July 14th, please help support us by voting as often as you can in support of this one little corner of God's most beautiful. Remember... we're Canadians! We always pull for the under-dog. The Pembroke area contains 30,000 people. Mattawa numbers 2000! Help we little guys show that spirit counts in good times and in bad.


Fr. Tim


Mattawa water park makes Top 20 in online contest - The North Bay Nugget - Ontario, CA

Jesuit Jokes

One day a priest was visiting one of his parishioners, and, asking about her teenage son, discovered that she was worried about what career he would choose. The priest said he could tell by a simple test. He put on the coffee table a Bible, a wallet, and a bottle of scotch.


"If he chooses the Bible," the priest told her, "that's a sign he's destined for the priesthood. If he chooses the wallet, he's called to be a banker. And if he chooses the bottle of scotch, he's bound to become a bum."


The teenager came in and the priest told him he could have any object on the table. The boy picked up all three.


"Oh no!" the priest shouted. "He's going to be a Jesuit!"


Click on link to read the rest of the jokes!

Siris: Jesuit Jokes

04 July, 2011

The Lion of Munster | The American Catholic

Hitler was not a Roman Catholic. He may have once been baptized as an infant in the Church but he certainly threw aside any pretense of Catholic faith with the publication of Mein Kampf and his promotion of the 'Final Solution'. Further, the RC Church was not overtly pro-Nazi. Some clerics compromised their convictions in the name of patriotism and good order. That should come as no surprise to anyone with even a cursory knowledge of church history. Jesus predicted as much when he spoke the parable of the sower. Some will respond at first with authentic conviction, but unwilling to practice the discipline of being a disciple they lack the roots to withstand the onslaught of evil and error. Others though will speak truth with clarity and power. The 'Lion of Munster' was one such Catholic voice. His biography and writings are as relevant today as they were in the face of fascism in full fury.

'Truth is truth' may be a truism - but it's truth all the same.

I highly recommend the thoughts of Micheal Brandon who blogs at 'Freedom through Truth' on this subject of the rights and obligations of witnessing to truth in times of peace and in persecution. His opinions on the witness of Fr. Gordon McCrae who he believes to be falsely convicted of abuse and is currently serving out a long prison sentence in the States are well worth reading. He offers Fr. McCrae as evidence that sometimes a priest must accept a certain fate to maintain his religious obligations. I have no first hand knowledge of Fr. McCrae's case but I have learned to trust the wisdom and writings Micheal offers on the subject. In light of the source document associated with this comment his views on the obligation of Christians to accept persecution to preserve the faith takes on an added lustre.

The Lion of Munster | The American Catholic

03 July, 2011

Freedom Through Truth: If This is the Way You Treat Your Friends

Michael Brandon offers a few well chosen words worth reading on the anti-Catholic prejudice issue on his blog 'Freedom through Truth'. 

He expresses what I believe. better than I could. I wish I could write as well! I wish I could think as well too!


Thanks Michael. Much appreciated.


Again to I offer to anyone who will abide by two simple rules* the offer to publish their thoughts here on this or any other topic should the spirit so move you. Same goes if you want to recommend an article to cross-post to. I've always intended this blog as a place to facilitate debate and conversation. A variety of opinions is necessary to accomplish that end. Interested in taking up the offer?


Fr. Tim


* 1. must be civil; 2. must be cogent

Freedom Through Truth: If This is the Way You Treat Your Friends

The Last Remaining Prejudice? Not Hardly! | Blogs | NCRegister.com

Here's another article, written by Jimmy Aikens from the National Catholic Register, which takes a different slant than the previous one written by 'Mundabor'. While Aikens does agree that the Church has a big job ahead of it in promoting its message, he not agree with Mundabor that anti-Catholicism is rampant.


Your thoughts?

The Last Remaining Prejudice? Not Hardly! | Blogs | NCRegister.com

A Shamelessly Triumphalistic Call To Arms « Mundabor's Blog

A Shamelessly Triumphalistic Call To Arms « Mundabor's Blog

02 July, 2011

What the Hell? (I’m Kidding on the Title) | The Integrated Catholic Life

Time and again, as I go about the work of evangelization, I encounter from both believers and non-believers, a fierce objection to the doctrine of Hell. In its most radical form, it runs something like this: how could a God who is described as infinitely good create, sustain, and send people to a place of everlasting torment? Many people have directed my attention to a video done some years ago by the comedian George Carlin, a former Catholic. In front of a deeply sympathetic audience, Carlin exposes what he takes to be the silly inconsistency of Catholic belief: “for one mortal sin (usually having to do with sex), God will condemn you to a place where you will suffer forever in unbearable pain…but yet,” the comedian goes on in a mocking voice, “He looooves you!” Judging from their hysterical reaction, the audience can’t get enough of this. One wonders whether Carlin doesn’t have a point. Perhaps we ought simply to jettison this horrifying and apparently illogical doctrine, this superstitious holdover from a primitive time. Well, I would suggest, not so fast.

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What the Hell? (I’m Kidding on the Title) | The Integrated Catholic Life

The Jewish Ayatollahs | RO: Ramallah Online

THE ARCHBISHOP of New York announces that any Catholic who rents out an apartment to a Jew commits a mortal sin and runs the risk of excommunication.

A protestant priest in Berlin decrees that a Christian who employs a Jew will be banished from his parish.

Impossible? Indeed. Except in Israel – in reverse, of course.

The rabbi of Safed, a government employee, has decreed that it is strictly forbidden to let apartments to Arabs – including the Arab students at the local medical school. Twenty other town rabbis – whose salaries are paid by the taxpayers, mostly secular, including Arab citizens – have publicly supported this edict.

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The Jewish Ayatollahs | RO: Ramallah Online

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