30 November, 2011

Vatican chuckling over seatbelt charge against Pontiff : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Vatican chuckling over seatbelt charge against Pontiff : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Papal backing for efforts to end capital punishment : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Papal backing for efforts to end capital punishment : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Polygamy ruling revisited: Judge takes swipe at ‘alarmist’ views of gay ‘marriage’ opponents | LifeSiteNews.com

Polygamy ruling revisited: Judge takes swipe at ‘alarmist’ views of gay ‘marriage’ opponents | LifeSiteNews.com

If You’re Unclear How Grave The Threat to Religious Liberty Is, Read This « Campus Notes

If You’re Unclear How Grave The Threat to Religious Liberty Is, Read This « Campus Notes

Number of US seminarians on the rise : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Number of US seminarians on the rise : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

29 November, 2011

Catholics and Freedom - George Weigel - National Review Online

Catholics and Freedom - George Weigel - National Review Online

Priests' group critical of bishops - The Irish Times - Tue, Nov 29, 2011

Priests' group critical of bishops - The Irish Times - Tue, Nov 29, 2011

Canada’s expanding surveillance ‘should scare you’: privacy watchdog | News | National Post

Canada’s expanding surveillance ‘should scare you’: privacy watchdog | News | National Post

How to Understand Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity and Subsidiarity

Shameless Popery: How to Understand Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity and Subsidiarity

Some advice from Lech Walesa for Occupy Wall Street… | The American Catholic

Some advice from Lech Walesa for Occupy Wall Street… | The American Catholic

Catholic, Muslim scholars discusses faith, reason : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Catholic, Muslim scholars discusses faith, reason : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Vatican newspaper sees reinvigorated atheism : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Vatican newspaper sees reinvigorated atheism : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

28 November, 2011

We're Rich! We're Rich! Help spread the news!

Guess what? You probably own something that's incredibly valuable. It costs $65,000 to purchase one gallon! Don't believe me? Click on the title of this post to see for yourself.


Yippee!! We're RICH!

Men don’t think about sex every seven seconds: study - The Globe and Mail

WOW! If men thought about sex every seven seconds, wouldn't we see their corpses all over the road? Pedestrians would be at particular risk. If they didn't step in front of a moving vehicle because the were sexually distracted, if it's a man behind the wheel it's likely he won't see the pedestrian. Thank God this 'modern myth' has been busted before we collapsed as a species!


Who the hell thinks up this stuff? And more importantly who believes it? Every seven seconds of every day? I don't think so.

Men don’t think about sex every seven seconds: study - The Globe and Mail

Teaching: It's only human (sorry, chimps) - The Globe and Mail

Teaching: It's only human (sorry, chimps) - The Globe and Mail

Secret Planned Parenthood Memo: Stop Maternity Coverage | LifeNews.com

If this story is accurate, it reveals an amazing change in public policy. Up to now, governments offered (directly or indirectly) financial support for the procreation of the generation to follow. Now it is doing the opposite. Strange when you consider the requirement of a sufficiently expanding population to maintain pension and other social programs. Demographic trends demonstrate that the past two generations have failed to have enough children to accomplish the task. It makes little sense to implement a policy which will serve to discourage couples having children into the future.

Secret Planned Parenthood Memo: Stop Maternity Coverage | LifeNews.com

Our Advent Lights | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Our Advent Lights | Daily News | NCRegister.com

23 November, 2011

B.C. Supreme Court upholds ban on polygamy | CTV News

B.C. Supreme Court upholds ban on polygamy | CTV News

Child Rape, Penn State and the Catholic Church: Is Religion Especially Bad? | Belief | AlterNet

Child Rape, Penn State and the Catholic Church: Is Religion Especially Bad? | Belief | AlterNet

Born To Smile: New Evidence That Laughing And Smiling Begin In The Womb - Worldcrunch - All News is Global

Born To Smile: New Evidence That Laughing And Smiling Begin In The Womb - Worldcrunch - All News is Global

Pope accepts resignation of another Irish bishop - York Dispatch

Pope accepts resignation of another Irish bishop - York Dispatch

GEORGE WEIGEL: Downsizing-to-grow in Ireland

GEORGE WEIGEL: Downsizing-to-grow in Ireland

Giving thanks helps your psychological outlook | CTV News

Giving thanks helps your psychological outlook | CTV News

B.C. court prepares to rule on polygamy law | CTV News

B.C. court prepares to rule on polygamy law | CTV News

22 November, 2011

Why Do Catholics Call Priests "Father"?

Shameless Popery: Why Do Catholics Call Priests "Father"?

Leonard Cohen's lastest offering... BEAUTIFUL and suprisingly CHRISTIAN "Show Me The Place"



Click on the link below to listen!


Show Me The Place by leonardcohen

"Stop homilies in church for one year" - Vatican Insider

"Stop homilies in church for one year" - Vatican Insider

Catholic Church Weighs in on NYC's Living Wage Bill | NBC New York

Catholic Church Weighs in on NYC's Living Wage Bill | NBC New York

If the Catholic Bishops Preach Economic Justice in a Forest...

If the Catholic Bishops Preach Economic Justice in a Forest...

WORLDmag.com | Silently stealing away

It’s nice to be vindicated, and tempting to gloat, but we’re not quite in the clear. If—it could happen—embryonic stem cell research finally opens up a glittering horizon in viable therapies, will we still insist on our view of when life begins? Or fudge a little? Geron had to give up the game because the results weren’t there; hence the money wasn’t there. If we were slammed against a wall equally solid—such as saying “no” to a therapy that could well save our lives—would our ethical concerns seem as real? Humans will never stop trying to be God—all the more reason for believers to strive for godliness.
Read the rest by clicking on the link below.

WORLDmag.com | Silently stealing away

New Jersey bishops issue statement on poverty : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

New Jersey bishops issue statement on poverty : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

21 November, 2011

Bountiful, B.C., polygamy debate could wind up in Parliament's hands: Scott Stinson | Full Comment | National Post

Bountiful, B.C., polygamy debate could wind up in Parliament's hands: Scott Stinson | Full Comment | National Post

Oh Oh... is that the sound of the Chinese real estate market bubble going 'POP'? Hope not. Then they will have to call in some of that Western debt to pay off their own banks! That won't be good...

Property transactions plunge in China’s big cities - The Globe and Mail

34 thousand Catholics more each day - Vatican Insider

According to the annual "Status of global mission" report produced ​​in 2011, the Catholic Church has one billion and 160 million faithful around the world, with 34,000 new people joining every day. The figures from the study, released by the agency Analisis Digirtal, say that there are two billion people in the world today, out of a total of approximately seven billion, who have never received the Gospel’s message. Another two billion and 680 million listen to it sometimes, or are vaguely aware of it, but they are not Christians.

34 thousand Catholics more each day - Vatican Insider

Delia Smith wants to do for Catholicism what she has done for cooking - Telegraph

Two of my favorite things: faith and food! I hope these programs will be available in Canada.

It does though put me in mind of my favorite New Year's prayer. 

"Dear God. This 2012 I would like a fat bank account and a thin body. Please don't mix them up like you did last year! Amen."

Delia Smith wants to do for Catholicism what she has done for cooking - Telegraph

How to Solve Moral Dilemmas (Plus: How to Recognize Hypocrisy) | Blogs | NCRegister.com

Some tools to use on the highway of life!


How to Solve Moral Dilemmas (Plus: How to Recognize Hypocrisy) | Blogs | NCRegister.com

20 November, 2011

New research slays myth of weight loss

CTV News - New research slays myth of weight loss

On Secular Repentance | Crisis Magazine

"(T)here is a curious blind spot in these various calls for the Church to repent. Secular figures rarely feel a need to disavow their own complicity in crimes, even when many of them, still living to this day, bear no little guilt for atrocities that make the Church’s sins pale by comparison.
Take the Inquisition. Beyond question the Church was involved in religious trials that probably led to the deaths of several thousand people over the centuries. Though the process was conducted under a strict legal code, it was wrong to execute people for their beliefs. But as the Polish poet Cszelaw Milosz has reminded us, communism in some of the larger countries killed more people on average per day than the Church killed in centuries. Rare is the Western intellectual who supported communism and repented of that monstrous error."
Interesting perspective!

On Secular Repentance | Crisis Magazine

CTV News - How much does it cost to raise a child today?

"According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the cost of raising a child to the age of 18 is now a breathtaking $226,920.
For sake of perspective, a Ferrari 458 Italia Coupe will set you back $225,325. Like the former, it too may end up living in your garage long after its 18th birthday."

It's sad when we begin to measure people (children in this case) against material things. Yet, this is exactly what has led to the demographic collapse in western nations birthrates. Click on the link below to read the entire article.





CTV News - How much does it cost to raise a child today?

18 November, 2011

Transcript from Papal Plane | National Catholic Reporter

Transcript from Papal Plane | National Catholic Reporter

Neutrinos still faster than the speed of light, new experiment shows | News | National Post

Neutrinos still faster than the speed of light, new experiment shows | News | National Post

Timing error ruled out in speed-of-light findings

CTV News - Timing error ruled out in speed-of-light findings

Canadian bishops, pro-life advocates welcome report on palliative care : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Canadian bishops, pro-life advocates welcome report on palliative care : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Abortion rate on the decline, study finds | News | National Post

Abortion rate on the decline, study finds | News | National Post

Is the Obama Administration ‘At War’ with Catholics? | Swampland | TIME.com

Is the Obama Administration ‘At War’ with Catholics? | Swampland | TIME.com

16 November, 2011

Town Rejects Rosary as Offensive and the Prayers That Changed Everything | News | NCRegister.com

Thanks to Pacheco from SoCon for this link. The 'happy ending' is unusual these days!

Town Rejects Rosary as Offensive and the Prayers That Changed Everything | News | NCRegister.com

Married and Ordained. The Minor Leagues of the Catholic Clergy?

Married and Ordained. The Minor Leagues of the Catholic Clergy

Stem cell pioneer halts spinal cord research

CTV News - Stem cell pioneer halts spinal cord research

Usage-based billing decision: What it means for Canadian Internet users | FP Tech Desk | Financial Post

Usage-based billing decision: What it means for Canadian Internet users | FP Tech Desk | Financial Post

Tim Tebow’s Christian fervour becomes a lightning rod for public faith debate | Holy Post | National Post

Tim Tebow’s Christian fervour becomes a lightning rod for public faith debate | Holy Post | National Post

Royal Society of Canada report urging legalization of euthanasia a ‘sham’: anti-euthanasia leader | LifeSiteNews.com

Royal Society of Canada report urging legalization of euthanasia a ‘sham’: anti-euthanasia leader | LifeSiteNews.com

Four issues raised by the end-of-life report - The Globe and Mail

Four issues raised by the end-of-life report - The Globe and Mail

15 November, 2011

Affiliation, Before and After Scandal - NYTimes.com

Affiliation, Before and After Scandal - NYTimes.com

The “Virtual” Challenge: The Spiritual Effects of an Autumn of Scandal - I've re-posted this article from a couple of years ago... because its still true today!

The “Virtual” Challenge: The Spiritual Effects of an Autumn of Scandal Autumnal weather arrives with its attendant rites of death when we see nature passing from the verdant beauties of summer to the cold and brutish death of fall. Alas for many who claim membership in the Roman Catholic Church of Canada, it is not only dead leaves that litter the ground, but we also seem hip-deep in among the tattered remains of many a faith gravely tested. For some, the revelations that have come to light concerning the arrest of Bishop Raymond Lahey, Bishop Emeritus of Antigonish, Nova Scotia on charges of importation of child pornography has been a killing frost laying waste their belief in the moral status of their church’s leaders, their Bishops. Beginning with the startling news of his initial arrest and with each subsequent news development, Canadian Catholics have faced a direct and brutish challenge to their faith in the Church. This trepidation in the face of a savage hostility, rarely experienced in Canada since the passing of dark days of the Protestant - Catholic battles of the 1920’s and 30’s, has even led some to the point of formally renouncing their membership in the Catholic Church. It is imperative that we consider the interplay of forces that has robbed so many of the beauty and the comfort of their previous convictions of faith. In the age of the “crack-berry”, the “iphone” and wireless networks everywhere, the Internet may well be a proper place to discover, defend and engage in argument by partisans of various social schools of thought. It has become the “place” where anyone, theist or atheist, secular humanist, or other citizens of Church and State can meet and engage each other in debating the great questions of our time. Marshall McLuhan’s merging of the medium and the message is made manifest within the web pages of news sites, which act now as both objective presenters of the news of the day, and as a blank chalkboard which allows the sharing of opinion Even the most cursory review of these posts is sufficient to prove that today’s theists’ are being pounded into submission by a tsunami of hostility and indignation from every corner. There have been very few souls who have been willing to step into the virtual arena and take up the mantle of defending and protecting the faith. Those few that have “stepped up to the plate” have had to deal with dangerous brush back pitches that would make Phillies hurler, Pedro Martinez, blush with shame. But much as he has returned to form with the Philadelphia Phillies after an extended absence from Major League’s play, so now too is the time for partisans of all camps to work out together that “equilibrium” which John Ralston Saul describes as being essential to any vibrant society. The internet was heralded as the medium through which citizens from any corner of the globe could meet to accomplish this end. It has, for better or for worse, succeeded. The legion of souls won away from the Church threatens to dwarfs the largest pile of dead leaves, leaving in their passing a cultural atmosphere that is as toxic as the smoke that scents the autumn air. As a Canadian in his 50’s who has lived in both the English and French solitudes of Ontario and Quebec, I remember the rapidity of change in the Québécois culture that accompanied “la Révolution Tranquille”. Seemingly “as in the twinkling of an eye”, the Catholic Quebec voice disappeared from debate. Now, once again the voice of Catholicism, is in danger of being rendered silent in the face of the sinfulness of its spiritual leaders. It is a truism that nothing is as firmly than “conventional wisdom” until that day when it is held no longer. One is reminded of the clarion call of John Paul II which echoed through of the Soviet Empire. It wreck asunder the altars of belief that were held to be “self-evident truths” through his inspirational call to all people to “be not afraid” in the face of oppression. Such a voice needs to be heard again. The challenge of this current spiritual season of death has given to believers and non-believers alike the opportunity to change the conventional wisdom of the day and Catholics of all ranks and convictions ignore at their peril the challenge this poses to the Canadian church. Revolutions come like a thief in the night. It is now time for Canada’s Bishops, currently gathered in meetings in Cornwall, Ontario, to engage fully in this debate. It is a time for them to shake off the shame that has seemed to still their previously robust voice within the public square. It is time for them to lead, to teach and to pastor their wounded flock of followers. My experience as a participant in this debate within the threads of the C.B.C. news website exposed me to a vitriol such as I rarely faced as a priest. Yet all was not bleak and hostile. Interesting questions, like the hardy flowers of fall, pop forth from within a few of these exchanges. One multiple poster posed the following question regarding the financial capacities of various diocese to pay the settlements, without facing bankruptcy: is the Catholic Church, like other institutions such as banks or automakers, “too big” to be allowed to fail. This may prompt the state to intervene to ensure full and just compensation to the victims of clergy sexual abuse. Some Western societies offer such supports to maintain a viable system of churches to service those citizen who would to access their services, but this has often come with costs to their freedom and liberty. David ben Mark who identifies himself as a person of Jewish faith, reaches out in sincere compassion to Bishop Lahey. “Just by living life we are broken into pieces and scattered into the wind and we reassemble ourselves to be broken and scattered again. We break in many different ways and none of them are pleasant. I am not ashamed of you or shamed by you.” His is a voice reminding all that no one escapes this life without the stain of sin, even sins seemingly as heinous as what is alleged of Bishop Lahey. Yet no where in the untold bytes that comprise this “virtual space” could be seen the presence of any Bishop or priest of the Catholic Church. The faithful have every reason to expect that it should be their religious leaders who would want for their voice to be heard in these trying times. It’s absence is keenly felt by many. I pray that the Bishops might resolve do all that they can to help right the seriously listing ship of faith that is the Canadian Roman Catholic Church of 2009. It is long past time for them to put out of their minds the blisters, aches and pains of past scandals, and to take up the challenge of cleaning up the mess that this crisis of infidelity has wrought upon us. If not, this Hallow’s Eve, they might find themselves hip deep and haunted by the souls of Catholics, past and present who cry out in anguish as the Catholic voice is silenced within Canada. Copyright reserved to Fr. Tim Moyle. Publication in whole or in part is prohibited without the express permission of the author.

Christopher Jarvis, Catholic Church Sex Abuse Investigator, Jailed For Child Porn Possession

Christopher Jarvis, Catholic Church Sex Abuse Investigator, Jailed For Child Porn Possession

How Does The Secular World View God? Analyzing a Remarkable Movie Clip | Archdiocese of Washington

How Does The Secular World View God? Analyzing a Remarkable Movie Clip | Archdiocese of Washington

14 November, 2011

Michael Moore’s hypocrite house | Full Comment | National Post

Michael Moore’s hypocrite house | Full Comment | National Post

Amazing ISS video. It's great to live in a part of the world where the Northern Lights are common enough for anyone to experience each winter. If you don't, then enjoy this heavenly perspective of the fire that dances in the northern skies.

Earth | Time Lapse View from Space, Fly Over | NASA, ISS from Michael König on Vimeo.

Should Canadians have the legal right to assisted suicide? - Your Community

Here's a chance to voice your opinion on this important debate. You will see the place to vote in the top third of the article.

Should Canadians have the legal right to assisted suicide? - Your Community

5 Things to Know About the New Roman Missal - Orland Park, IL Patch

5 Things to Know About the New Roman Missal - Orland Park, IL Patch

B.C. woman to challenge assisted-suicide laws

CTV News - B.C. woman to challenge assisted-suicide laws

Why we should be afraid of assisted suicide

Why we should be afraid of assisted suicide

The renunciation of theocratic force - The Globe and Mail

The renunciation of theocratic force - The Globe and Mail

Director of the Vatican Observatory launches the “Stories from another world” initiative

E F pastor emeritus: Director of the Vatican Observatory launches the “Stories from another world” initiative

11 November, 2011

The Scandal of the Evangelical Experts?

The Scandal of the Evangelical Experts?

The Tablet - Publisher owned by German Church accused of selling pornography

Nooooo! Dear sweet God, Nooooo.... (sob) 

What the hell were the German Bishops thinking? I'm sure they didn't add the books to the list of published works, but they have a MORAL and RELIGIOUS obligation to ensure proper stewardship of the goods of the Church. They were to ensure that such crap doesn't happen. That's a big part of their job as Bishop. They are supposed to be the best and brightest among the clerics; those individuals identified as being worthy of the mantle of leadership. YIKES!

If such incompetent oversight is what passes for proper stewardship among the Bishops, they should be fired.

But, it is surely right and proper to ask... what the hell is with the Germans? They failed to clean up their own house when they witnessed the sex abuse scandals engulf countries around the world and chose instead to rely on policies and practices that had failed everywhere else. Now they are revealed as being among Europe's leading purveyors of porn.  It really, REALLY tests the patience of everyday Catholics, lay or priest to see those chosen as being the best among us continually screwing up so incredibly.

If they worked for private industry, they would all be fired. Maybe that's not such a bad idea in other pastures as well.

Fr. Tim

The Tablet - Publisher owned by German Church accused of selling pornography

Moral dictatorship over abortion debate obscures range of Canadian opinion | Holy Post | National Post

Maybe there's hope for Canada yet!

Moral dictatorship over abortion debate obscures range of Canadian opinion | Holy Post | National Post

Archbishop Chaput challenges Catholic educators to 'convert the culture' :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Archbishop Chaput challenges Catholic educators to 'convert the culture' :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

11/11/11: Luck, mysticism and conspiracy of rare perfect same-numbered palindrome | News | National Post

11/11/11: Luck, mysticism and conspiracy of rare perfect same-numbered palindrome | News | National Post

Catholic priests in Dublin to face 9 per cent income cut · TheJournal



Yikes!! I sincerely hope that this does not become a trend.


Catholic priests in Dublin to face 9 per cent income cut · TheJournal

Billy Crystal to host the Oscars - The Globe and Mail

Billy Crystal is the best celebrity to host to Oscars since Johnny Carson. His entrances have been epic in the past as was his humor throughout the show. Finally a good reason to watch the show!


Billy Crystal to host the Oscars - The Globe and Mail

Liberal reaction to the Duggars' latest pregnancy

Evidently for liberals, it's wrong to attack a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy with an abortion... but it's fine to do so if she decides to birth a child.


Sad.

BIG BLUE WAVE: Liberal reaction to the Duggars' latest pregnancy

10 November, 2011

Does God have a sense of humor? I sure hope so!

At first glance, it seemed an odd choice. Yet in retrospect, it was an inspired choice of reading material as I sat aside a friend's bed as he slowly slipped away. Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life, by Fr. James Martin s.j. re-examines the scriptures of the Old and New Testament and presents them as examples where God encourages us to be willing to laugh at ourselves, with others and even with God.

Martin begins by exploring why it is that levity has been denied its rightful place in the pantheon of Christian virtues. He writes how Christians have tended to focus on concepts of God as judge; a being who will reward or punish us for our sins and faithfulness. When one’s ultimate fate is ‘on the line’, it tends to focus one’s attention on preventing mistakes and failures. For believers, these are serious issues. Institutionally as well, Christian Churches have tended to lift the more ‘serious types’ to places of authority, their dour attitude seen as proof of the seriousness of their spiritual intent. Further, he points out that clergy of all creeds tend to deal on a daily basis with issues of suffering, illness, death, ministering to those who suffer such tragic events. Laughter is rarely heard at such times.


If we believe that Jesus was fully human and divine, is it not self-evident that laughter, joy and humor would be part of his human experience? Fr. Martin writes that if we examine Jesus' teachings and parables, we can see a human smile shining through some of them.  Martin points out that Jesus was not above teasing his disciples as is evidenced by his referring to James and John as being 'sons of thunder' in the wake of their mother advocating that they be given places of honor in God's kingdom. 

Martin reaches back into the Old Testament as well. He points out that Abraham and Sarah each laughed when told that they were to give birth to a son, a laughable suggestion to them given their advanced ages. When the prophecy came to pass, they gave that child the name Isaac meaning 'laughter' in their native tongue, a fact that seems forgotten by believers many centuries later.

He goes on further to examine how joy should permeate the prayer of believers, especially when giving thanks for blessings and graces received in daily life or when we recognize our human shortcomings in fulfilling our daily obligations to God and each other.  It was this point that touched me deeply as I accompanied my friend through his final hours and days, thinking of the many times we had shared in a good joke or funny story throughout our long friendship, a fact I shared with others at his wake and funeral.


I heartily recommend this book as a necessary tonic and aid in rediscovering the joy of our belief, even in the face of pain and suffering.



Study finds 19% of ‘vegetative’ patients are aware : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Study finds 19% of ‘vegetative’ patients are aware : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

08 November, 2011

Sorry for the absence

Friends: My apologies for the dearth of new material these past few days on the blog. I am visiting with a classmate who is not substantially connected to the internet and I've been unable to post new articles. I will return to fully maintaining the site on Wednesday November 9th when I return to my own office and computer.

05 November, 2011

A Falsely Accused Priest in Ireland

TheMediaReport.com :: A Falsely Accused Priest in Ireland

The crisis, its origin and solution: differences of opinion in the Vatican - Vatican Insider

The crisis, its origin and solution: differences of opinion in the Vatican - Vatican Insider

CBS humorist Andy Rooney dies at 92 - CTV News

CBS humorist Andy Rooney dies at 92 - CTV News

Your Moment in the New Mass, Part 1: 'And With Your Spirit' - U.s. - Catholic Online

Your Moment in the New Mass, Part 1: 'And With Your Spirit' - U.s. - Catholic Online

Why pontiff has so much praise for agnostics

Openers: Why pontiff has so much praise for agnostics

Avoiding Fatal Attractions | The Integrated Catholic Life

Avoiding Fatal Attractions | The Integrated Catholic Life

Go forth and blog?

The Guild of Blessed Titus Brandsma: Go forth and blog?

01 November, 2011

Fr. Leon Belanger 28/07/25 - 01/11/11 RIP

Fr. Leon Belanger  
All Saints Day, 2011
Rest in Peace
 My deepest thanks to those who prayed for my brother priest. At the end, after 48 hrs of unconsciousness, he suddenly started to sing a french hymn, took two deep easy breaths and then breathed his last. May God welcome him to paradise. 

Most people overestimate number of priests guilty of child abuse

The Iona Institute | Most people overestimate number of priests guilty of child abuse

Prayer request

To the friends of this blog: a prayer request.


I care for an elderly retired priest, Fr. Leon Belanger, a retired Navy Chaplain who retired into our Pembroke Diocese 22 years ago. For 15 years he provided replacement services at any parish where he was asked to go, after which he suffered from a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm and was left physically and mentally impaired necessitating his entry into a nursing home.


Fr. Leon is dying. He is slowly losing his battle for life at the Pembroke Regional Hospital and is now in the final stages of palliative care.


I ask you please to pray for a quick and peaceful death. He is suffering from a severe case of pneumonia as a result of a sudden inability to swallow food or water (he aspirated whatever he swallows into his lungs). With large doses of morphine and Ativan, the hospital is able to keep him almost pain free but he is still struggling for breath hour after hour. 


Thanks to the aid of great friends, we have been able to ensure that he will not die alone as the three of us ensure that someone is at his side night and day. As I left the hospital early this morning, it was becoming clear that he will probably not live more than a day or two at most. 


Your help, prayers and good thoughts will be appreciated to help him through this final trial.


Thank you.


Fr. Tim

Torches From God | The American Catholic

On this All Saints Day, I offer this article in which saints are described as the 'Torches of God'... an excellent metaphor!

Torches From God | The American Catholic

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