29 February, 2012

Great Britain bans miracles - Vatican Insider

Great Britain bans miracles - Vatican Insider

All Catholics now? - The Arlington Catholic Herald

All Catholics now? - The Arlington Catholic Herald

Why do we have leap years? - World - CBC News

Why do we have leap years? - World - CBC News

George Jonas: Canadian Supreme Court puts the final nail in the coffin of religious freedom | Full Comment | National Post

George Jonas: Supreme Court puts the final nail in the coffin of religious freedom | Full Comment | National Post

Ethicists justify infanticide in major medical journal | LifeSiteNews.com

Ethicists justify infanticide in major medical journal | LifeSiteNews.com

The Catholic Diaspora and the Tragedy of Liberal Catholicism | First Things

The Catholic Diaspora and the Tragedy of Liberal Catholicism | First Things

28 February, 2012

Gigantic Prehistoric Penguins? These 'Happy Feet' were definitely heard - International - Catholic Online

Gigantic Prehistoric Penguins? These 'Happy Feet' were definitely heard - International - Catholic Online

BOOM...BOOM... BOOM! Damned War Drums again! Israel says it won't warn U.S. when - and if they attack Iran - International - Catholic Online

BOOM...BOOM... BOOM! Damned War Drums again! Israel says it won't warn U.S. when - and if they attack Iran. Some people just need to chill out and try some 'peace and quiet' for a change. We've tried waging war openly against Arab nations since the First Gulf War back in the late 1980's. Perhaps I'm being nostalgic, but is it not about time that we all just heed John Lennon's advice and "give peace a chance?"

Israel says it won't warn U.S. when - and if they attack Iran - International - Catholic Online

Fellowship of Catholic Scholars - HHSMandate

Fellowship of Catholic Scholars - HHSMandate

Sometimes people can speak the truth even when they don't realize it! Here's great example.

Here is a comment offered today from a regular on 'Sylvia's Site' in response to her publication of a victim's impact statement registered as part of a civil action taken against a Diocese based upon an allegation made after the clerics death. He notes in the middle of the document a point in which I doubt he understands just how right he is. First, here's the comment:

"It is mind boggling!…it goes on and on and on… Every time I think we all have a part of us that is secretly wishing for the abuse to stop or to finally discover this is all in the past…wishing, hoping, praying!…whatever maintains our sanity in the face of this Evil!…
Sadly upon reading this legal document, I am left wondering how many copies could be made with just a few changes to the names…for all the victims of this clergy abuse, this institutional sacrilege…
Conservatively?…disturbingly ….a wild guess….100,000…300,000…750,000…copies!
…worldwide, over 50-100-200 years…longer!…
It just makes me feel very numb, dizzy…
The church is morally bankrupt to continue with the present approach! This is one that time will not heal…with history! You don’t come out at 60,70,80 years old to make this stuff up…Sadly, it is real and here!…and we have to deal with it with or without the “churches” cooperation. This is now very obvious!
Victims need to continue coming forward in order to get out of this “snake and ladder” game the church is playing.Curling-up in a corner, forgetting, shutting-up…is not an option. I agree Mike Mc,… HOW MANY?"
jg..  (bold emphasis added)

JG is perhaps unaware just how accurately he is portraying the Church's dilemma with his reference that this statement could be copied many times over in describing the events and impact of being a childhood victim of a sexual assault. Indeed there is a great pool of such public documents available should anyone decide to seek financial gain by commencing such a legal action against a deceased cleric - who clearly could not mount any sort of a defense. By simply changing some names and a few details, a person can weave together a convincing fabrication designed to reap an ill gotten gain. And there is almost no one who could prove that they are lying unless they slip up in their story, thus requiring the Church to use legal counsel and adversarial tactics to protect its resources.

JG says that no one would bring such an allegation into the public square decades after the fact. Yet is such an assumption valid? I think not. I would ask him (if Sylvia permitted me to post on her site - something she denies people who do not support her agenda) if he believed that people commit fraud for financial gain - especially if they see the deck stacked in their favor? Why would a such a presumption of culpability and an inability to mount a defense not be abused by such criminals for financial profit? 

Unfortunately there are 100's of thousands who have been convicted of just such fraudulent acts world wide, and over the past century or so. (These are the parameters of the pool set for counting criminal clerics... It's only fair to use the same size net for lay criminals as well.) It is absolutely evident that there are many who would take advantage of this situation.

So, JG, since you are free to post comments here, what do you say? What sustains your assumption of innocence and right intent for people who make allegations against dead clerics other than a prejudiced bias against the Church that blinds you from seeing the truth of your words? Jesus said it best when he cautioned us to 'remove the plank from our own eye before trying to take the splinter out of your neighbors'. Sites like Sylvia's are virtual lumber yards of hypocrisy these days!

Secularist attacks on the Catholic faith get worse, on both sides of the Atlantic: here it’s the TUC; in the US (where at least there’s a fightback) it’s Obama | CatholicHerald.co.uk

Secularist attacks on the Catholic faith get worse, on both sides of the Atlantic: here it’s the TUC; in the US (where at least there’s a fightback) it’s Obama | CatholicHerald.co.uk

Film director James Cameron leads submarine race to the bottom of the Mariana Trench - Telegraph

James Cameron heads to the Mariana Trench
Many thanks to Deep Diver, a friend of this blog for recommending this article. 

I've posted a couple of these 'size perspective' articles recently. The first expressed the cosmic scale of the universe from a 'Plank Unit' to the calculated totality of the Universe, mining deeply into the mystery and beauty of God as creator of the big and the small. This one demonstrates the mystery and beauty of plate tectonics that inspires a similar sense of awe.

If science and God both fire the same experience of awe within those of us who believe in both, does this not point to an essential union in some fashion between the two? It sure does for me! How about you?

Film director James Cameron leads submarine race to the bottom of the Mariana Trench - Telegraph

Think Like a Catholic: 7 Questions on the Four Laws | St. Peter's List

Think Like a Catholic: 7 Questions on the Four Laws | St. Peter's List

26 February, 2012

Pope to make a pronouncement on Medjugorje by 2012 - Vatican Insider

Pope to make a pronouncement on Medjugorje by 2012 - Vatican Insider

I know that Chris Matthews is a Democrat... but do you think perhaps he's a fan of Santorum or Gingrich? You be the judge. It's certainly well done.

From Largest to Smallest in the Universe and Back; How Big is God? | Defenders of the Catholic Faith | Hosted by Stephen K. Ray

From Largest to Smallest in the Universe and Back; How Big is God? | Defenders of the Catholic Faith | Hosted by Stephen K. Ray

More exposure to religion means higher knowledge of one's own faith: poll

More exposure to religion means higher knowledge of one's own faith: poll

Euthanasia supporters, critics in Canada look to Dutch for evidence

Euthanasia supporters, critics in Canada look to Dutch for evidence

The Church is Losing Young Families | Blogs | NCRegister.com

The Church is Losing Young Families | Blogs | NCRegister.com

Cardinal Dolan on the Record | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Cardinal Dolan on the Record | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Father Barron and Edmund Burke on Atheism | The American Catholic

Father Barron and Edmund Burke on Atheism | The American Catholic

Catholics, Evangelicals find common ground over birth control | SouthCoastToday.com

Catholics, Evangelicals find common ground over birth control | SouthCoastToday.com

25 February, 2012

The B.C. Catholic Paper - Catholic Church in Canada “too much fun not to be blogged” says theology prof

The B.C. Catholic Paper - Catholic Church in Canada “too much fun not to be blogged” says theology prof

BIG BLUE WAVE: Bioethicists: Infanticide for social reasons is A-OK

BIG BLUE WAVE: Bioethicists: Infanticide for social reasons is A-OK

If Jesus Was on Facebook Would You Add Him As Your Friend? | Archdiocese of Washington

If Jesus Was on Facebook Would You Add Him As Your Friend? | Archdiocese of Washington

Alberta doctors continue to bill province for treating homosexuality as a mental disorder akin to pedophilia | News | National Post

Alberta doctors continue to bill province for treating homosexuality as a mental disorder akin to pedophilia | News | National Post

BIG BLUE WAVE: Brave New World of Reproductive Justice!

BIG BLUE WAVE: Brave New World of Reproductive Justice!

21 February, 2012

Ice Age plant revived after 30,000 years in frozen burrow | CTV News

Ice Age plant revived after 30,000 years in frozen burrow | CTV News

A Day in the Life of Pope Benedict | Daily News | NCRegister.com

A Day in the Life of Pope Benedict | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Father Spitzer's Tips for Pro-Lifers | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Father Spitzer's Tips for Pro-Lifers | Daily News | NCRegister.com

You Can Look It Up: A Dictionary of Philosophers and Philosophies! Neat resource.

You Can Look It Up

Has 'Anonymous' been heard of before? Say about 2000 years ago? A group who takes the name 'legion' and is guided by 'No forgiveness, no forgetting' might have a problem convincing Christians of its good intentions. Judge for yourself.

20 February, 2012

Aggie Catholics: LENT 2012

Aggie Catholics: LENT 2012

Benedict XVI stifles rumours regarding his resignation - Vatican Insider

Benedict XVI stifles rumours regarding his resignation - Vatican Insider

Here's Christopher Hitchen's last column from Atlantic Magazine that is reviewed in the previous post below



http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/03/the-reactionary/8889/?single_page=true

Hitchens, Chesterton, and “The Fall into Mysticism”

Hitchens, Chesterton, and “The Fall into Mysticism”

Seeing an Image of the Priesthood in “Wego” the Bud Light Dog! | Archdiocese of Washington

Seeing an Image of the Priesthood in “Wego” the Bud Light Dog! | Archdiocese of Washington

Life Comes Through The Cross; ‘Life’ Lessons

Life Comes Through The Cross; ‘Life’ Lessons

The True Story of the First Crusade - NYTimes.com

The True Story of the First Crusade - NYTimes.com

Canadians sparkle in galaxy of science stars - The Globe and Mail

Canadians sparkle in galaxy of science stars - The Globe and Mail

18 February, 2012

A success with ADULT stem cells! Proof positive that there is no need to use embryonic stems cells which have yet to be successfully used



www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-stem-cells-heart-attack-20120213,0,580619.story : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

CBC News - Scout leaders quietly removed, documents reveal

CBC News - Scout leaders quietly removed, documents reveal

Quebec church wades into controversy over Edith Piaf song

Quebec church wades into controversy over Edith Piaf song

PolitiFact | Keeping facts straight on 98% of Catholic women

How does that saying go? There are lies, damned lies and then there's statistics! Too early in the morning an not yet enough coffee to completely understand this article... but people keep saying that 98% of women use contraception so I thought it might interest folks.


PolitiFact | Keeping facts straight on 98% of Catholic women

Cardinal-Designate Dolan's Tips for Evangelization | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Cardinal-Designate Dolan's Tips for Evangelization | Daily News | NCRegister.com

17 February, 2012

Archbishop Chaput’s weekly column: It’s not a ‘compromise,’ and it needs to be rescinded - Catholic Philly

Archbishop Chaput’s weekly column: It’s not a ‘compromise,’ and it needs to be rescinded - Catholic Philly

Mandatory religion course doesn’t infringe on freedoms, top court rules - The Globe and Mail

Mandatory religion course doesn’t infringe on freedoms, top court rules - The Globe and Mail

Pope warns of 'oppressive' power of finance, media : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Pope warns of 'oppressive' power of finance, media : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Cardinal-to-be dons Maple Leafs sweater at the Vatican - The Globe and Mail

Cardinal-to-be dons Maple Leafs sweater at the Vatican - The Globe and Mail

TheRecord - Thomas Collins is one of us

TheRecord - Thomas Collins is one of us

Birth Control, Bishops and Religious Authority - NYTimes.com

Birth Control, Bishops and Religious Authority - NYTimes.com

Vatican commission on Medjugorje will report this year : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Vatican commission on Medjugorje will report this year : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

They call him '22-minute Dolan'

This one is posted in honor of my brother priest and great friend, Fr. Paul Conway. (OLF-Elliot Lake) He's always been after me for my short week-day masses. Glad to know that I am in good company!

OSV Daily Take Blog: They call him '22-minute Dolan'

15 February, 2012

Some more of Sylvia MacEachern's writings from the past

Evidently Sylvia MacEachern of Sylvia's Site has been writing and publishing for a long time. This is a link to an article she wrote alleging the the Police, Diocese and professionals within the Diocese of Cornwall participated in what she alleges was a giant cover-up. It's interesting to note that after umpteen police investigations and a provincial inquiry failed to substantiate her beliefs that she continues on to make her claims. She seems fixated on the subject, her pre-Vatican II sensibilities evidently leading her to see complicit Bishops and criminal priests hiding under every rock and behind the shrubbery.

HiddenMysteries Conspiracy Archive

Vatican calls rector of Peru's Pontifical University to Rome

Vatican calls rector of Peru's Pontifical University to Rome

A new Kindle user posts a list of books that should be found on the virtual bookshelf of any serious Catholic.

Kindle Meme — The Curt Jester

Vatican's spiraling scandal reveals Machiavellian manoeuvering | Holy Post | National Post

Vatican's spiraling scandal reveals Machiavellian manoeuvering | Holy Post | National Post

Bird-flu: Should researchers publish the data on the ultra-contagious mutant strain they created? | News | National Post

If ever there was a case that epitomizes the founding metaphor of this blog, it is this one. The 'tire tracks' this decision might write into our history as a species us not to be understated. What do you think? Keep it secret or bring the research out into the open? I'm not sure what side I'd come down on. 

Bird-flu: Should researchers publish the data on the ultra-contagious mutant strain they created? | News | National Post

14 February, 2012

St. Valentine

ST. VALENTINE
CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: St. Valentine

Standing on My Head: The Father of Lies

Standing on My Head: The Father of Lies

Nicki Minaj makes her Grammy moment all about the Catholic Church | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

Nicki Minaj makes her Grammy moment all about the Catholic Church | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

The Terrorists Who Couldn’t Bomb Straight | Swampland | TIME.com

boom... boom... boom...boom...

The drums of war are getting louder. How long before we hear a BIG BOOM of war actually breaking out?

The Terrorists Who Couldn’t Bomb Straight | Swampland | TIME.com

News-Church Treasures Saved / News Releases / Home - The Catholic Church for England and Wales

This good news story is worth checking out if only to see the photo of the beautiful monstrance that accompanies it. A gorgeous classic.

News-Church Treasures Saved / News Releases / Home - The Catholic Church for England and Wales

John Allen: withdrawal of abuse suit against Vatican ‘enormously important’ : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Allen: withdrawal of abuse suit against Vatican ‘enormously important’ : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Is your wireless network safe? | CTV News

Is your wireless network safe? | CTV News

Weigel: Obama policy furthers sexual license, restricts religious liberty : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Weigel: Obama policy furthers sexual license, restricts religious liberty : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

In the end, no matter how bruised and battered Holy Church will be, she shall not fail. | Fr. Z's Blog – What Does The Prayer Really Say?

In the end, no matter how bruised and battered Holy Church will be, she shall not fail. | Fr. Z's Blog – What Does The Prayer Really Say?

Higgs Boson: CERN turns up power on Large Hadron Collider in search of 'God particle' | News | National Post

Higgs Boson: CERN turns up power on Large Hadron Collider in search of 'God particle' | News | National Post

13 February, 2012

Sylvia MacEachern of Sylvia's Site has a long history with the Catholic Church as this article sent to me by Fr. Steve Ballard seems to make clear.

"For more than 30 years, no one — certainly not most bishops, priests, and laity — except a select few prelates, priests, and liturgists in crucial Church positions ever imagined that the liturgical "renewal" was — and remains — driven in a significant measure by homosexual and pedophile clerics to change Catholics' understanding of the nature of the Church, and to express their vision of a new church: one that is "tolerant," "compassionate," and "loving"; not "rigid," "formalistic," and "legalistic."
Those who persist in doubting or denying this is the case will have a difficult time after reading investigative reporter Sylvia MacEachern's expose of the clique that has managed the liturgical revolution in Canada since the end of the Second Vatican Council.

Her 100-page research project, published in the current edition of The Orator, the newsletter of the St. Brigid's Association, names the homosexual clerics, the convicted pedophile priests, the radical feminists, Marxists, and other assorted fifth columnists who "renewed" the Catholic liturgy in Canada and engineered one of the greatest debacles in the history of Church: the nearly total destruction of the Church in Canada."
Sylvia MacEachern of Sylvia's Site and her husband, Michael
Click on the link below to read the source article:


Library : Liturgical Renewal Has Been Run By Sexual Liberationists - Catholic Culture

Birth Control Debate: Why Catholic Bishops Have Lost Their Grip on U.S. Politics—and Their Flock | Swampland | TIME.com

Birth Control Debate: Why Catholic Bishops Have Lost Their Grip on U.S. Politics—and Their Flock | Swampland | TIME.com

Views on provocative Real Catholic TV station anger Detroit archdiocese and others | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

Views on provocative Real Catholic TV station anger Detroit archdiocese and others | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

Religious, Not Spiritual | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Religious, Not Spiritual | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Married drivers get fewer tickets than common-laws: study | CTV Autos

This could explain a mystery I've pondered for years. It could explain why Quebec drivers (where marriages are as scarce as hen's teeth these days) are so bad! I honestly believe that I take my life in my hands when I have to drive in Montréal. 

Married drivers get fewer tickets than common-laws: study | CTV Autos

12 February, 2012

The essential Whitney Houston tracks - The Globe and Mail

A fitting tribute to the single most remarkable voice of a generation. While my list of favorites is a little more expansive (how could the not include 'I Just Wanna Dance'?), these three would top my list for sure. Her rendition of the American National Anthem, sung at the Superbowl at the end of the season that the Twin Towers fall and America go to war is unmatched in my lifetime. In that year, we were all Americans and her version of that national standard still gives me shivers.


Thank you God for the gift of that incredible voice and talent. May she find in the life she now begins the peace that eluded her in this one.


RIP... Whitney Houston


The essential Whitney Houston tracks - The Globe and Mail

We Canadians suffer through snow and winter... but there are unique benefits to being a northern country, Here's one: The Northern Lights!

Paedophilia, those who won’t toe Ratzinger’s line - Vatican Insider

Paedophilia, those who won’t toe Ratzinger’s line - Vatican Insider

Congregation for the Clergy: Learning from the Leper. 'I Do Will It. Be Made Clean' - International - Catholic Online

Congregation for the Clergy: Learning from the Leper. 'I Do Will It. Be Made Clean' - International - Catholic Online

Whitney Houston dead at age 48: Singer's body found at Beverly Hilton hotel | Arts | National Post

 
The songs chosen in the linked-to article are among the best that the greatest voice of a generation offered to an adoring public. This rendition of the American National Anthem is the single best version of my lifetime. Sung at the culmination of a season that saw the Twin Towers fall and the Pentagon crippled, it reached the hearts of a world-wide audience which considered themselves to be all "Americans" at that moment in time. It still gives me shivers when I hear it now. It makes me sad to contemplate how that deep sense of good-will towards America was thrown away in a needless war, just as it does when I remember how this gifted singer wasted so much of her life on a drugs. Like the Kings of Pop and Rock & Roll before her, she was a talent that burned itself out all too soon.


Thank you God for allowing the world to such a perfect voice and amazing talent. May she find in the life she now begins the peace that alluded her in this one.


Like the King of Pop and the King of Rock & Roll, this Queen of Song has left us far too soon.


RIP... Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston dead at age 48: Singer's body found at Beverly Hilton hotel | Arts | National Post

11 February, 2012

Catholic Bishops: Don’t Revise, Rescind - By George Weigel - The Corner - National Review Online

Catholic Bishops: Don’t Revise, Rescind - By George Weigel - The Corner - National Review Online

Rex Murphy on Obama’s war against Christianity: When the Church struck back | Full Comment | National Post

Rex Murphy on Obama’s war against Christianity: When the Church struck back | Full Comment | National Post

Barack Obama confuses theologies in forcing birth control views on Catholics | Full Comment | National Post

Barack Obama confuses theologies in forcing birth control views on Catholics | Full Comment | National Post

Plot to kill the Pope more reminiscent of the Borgias than 21st century Rome | Holy Post | National Post

Plot to kill the Pope more reminiscent of the Borgias than 21st century Rome | Holy Post | National Post

With Vatican's Backing, Catholics Address Sex Abuse : NPR

With Vatican's Backing, Catholics Address Sex Abuse : NPR

US sex abuse lawsuit against Vatican dismissed | todaysthv.com


Lawyers for a man who was sexually abused decades ago by a priest at a Wisconsin school for the deaf have asked a court to dismiss their lawsuit naming Pope Benedict XVI and other top Vatican officials as defendants.

Attorney Jeff Anderson had filed the lawsuit at the peak of a European explosion of the sex abuse scandal in 2010, alleging that the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and his deputies knew about allegations of sexual abuse at St. John's School for the Deaf and prevented internal punishment of the accused priest, the late Rev. Lawrence Murphy.

The Vatican rejected the lawsuit then as a publicity stunt.


Anderson's firm filed a voluntary motion to dismiss in U.S. district court in Milwaukee Friday. Emails seeking comment weren't returned Saturday.





US sex abuse lawsuit against Vatican dismissed | todaysthv.com

09 February, 2012

Gobsmacked: What a perfect word! It's taken me a lifetime to discover one word that describes the spiritual experience of prayer.

Gobsmacked! 

This singular English word captures perfectly the sense of gratitude and communion that prayer often brings to me. Or, perhaps better put... brings me to.  

A few summers back, a brother priest and cherished friend once snapped a quick picture of me in prayer with his cell phone camera as we enjoyed each others company at my cottage, nestled alongside the majestic Ottawa River. With the grace of years of discipline and experience, I saw in that photo the look of a happy man. When I was young and far less practiced in the regimes of prayer, penance and discipline, I think I would have probably thought the old guy in the picture looked spaced out... or asleep! Today, as I once again sat here in prayer and quiet, the word suddenly came to me which captures the expression on my face in that photo: Gobsmacked.

I’ve written from my personal experiences of pain, shame, and difficulty in the wake of the clergy sex and financial scandals many times, and in in many places, that these wounds have been wrought on the Church by clerical concupiscence. We have no one to blame but ourselves for the current situation of our diminished influence within the larger community. I believe that convicted members of the clergy, irrespective of rank or honor within the communion should be expelled from the clerical state. I deeply regret each time I think it necessary to repeat this position, however the injury is both self-inflicted and necessary to try to win back those who have left the Church as a direct result of their malfeasance and infidelities. 


Mercy and forgiveness are the principle teachings of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Both seem to be missing through the application of such a costly penalty as I propose. It is only through the grace of a rich and bountiful prayer life, nourished often and fruitfully in those sanctuaries of rest, peace and quiet I’ve been fortunate and capable of maintaining that I find the clarity and peace of communing alone with my God and experiencing so fully his blessings.

That is essential for me as a priest who is responsible principally to the demanding needs of a large and rural parish. As pastor, I am called often at a moments notice to put aside any previous plans so as to help, educate, and accompany people at many points in their life’s journey. In Mattawa, which is a elderly community, the watch word given to Funeral Directors, parish groups, and others is that ‘funerals trump everything’. By the time the sun has set on this last night of a rare two days off, I’ve discovered that since my departure from town Sunday night, four more funerals have been scheduled for the end of this week and the start of the next. I marvel deeply into the mystery of God’s providence and kindness. He continually replenishes my spiritual strength with experiences of utter joy, love and communion; moments when I slip the grasp for a few moments of sufficient inner quiet and focused ‘emptiness‘  as final surmount my own agenda, fears and desires and catch again that powerful, all consuming and exaltation of God’s expression of joy.  When I’ve finally surrendered and let him rush in to talk with me believe me, such a moment gives one a profound experience such that they will say they truly know the expression on the Father’s face with the young prodigal child who has finally comes home to spend some ‘quality time together and listen to the old man‘ for a while. 

Aside from a singular occasion where I was able to visit the holy land on a 10 day exposure tour of biblical sites, there is no place were God has so radically touched and changed me as often as when I spend time alone with him in prayer at my cottage. The days spent in silence, time measured not by appointments, funerals, or television shows, but by the number of pages read, words written, and hours wiled away, talking to no one all day but my canine companion, (a Beardie who hails by the name, Mateo) and the God whom I have pledged my life to love, honor, respect, and obey in the priesthood of Jesus Christ.  


These long hours of silent communion and the fruits are born of years of practice turning my thoughts to praising God in interior prayer whenever and wherever I notice my mind empty or idol. It provides me with a reservoir that’s always sufficient to sustain me when sustained tranquility is available only late in the day. Then too often silent prayer and meditation is quickly followed within seconds by the loud and regular sounds of me snoring. 

I’m told the sound has convinced some of the grandchildren of a neighboring cottage a little bit further up river, that a bear sleeps in the woods between our two cottages I overhead them tell their Pepère on the dock that they had heard fearsome animal that very afternoon! He told them it was a good thing I've got a trusty dog who keeps us safe by eating lions, tigers and bears and not even leaving the bone! Oh my!

From early days when every visit meant fighting with a finicky jet pump that was temperamental.  Plumbing was an issue.  Often it would take its prime to draw water when it would be time to leave. When I returned, the battle was joined again as another hard battle had to be waged coaxing water up the hill to the cottage. Until that is I gave up and started saving until I could afford a plumber!!


The first item for that got written on to the list of renovations and repairs was written down that first night that I took possession of the cottage. It was accompanied by a night and day of pelting rain, lightning, thunder, and wind ... and an old outhouse too many steps outside. There was no argument that a plumber would be the first of many tradesmen that would help me renovate what was a summer cottage into my sanctuary of peace 12 months of the year.

After almost of 25 years of saving, scraping, hammering, painting, cursing, praying and crying - and with the kindness of many friends and family, and more than a little good fortune along the way, I’ve reached finally done all that was necessary to be prepared materially and spiritually when/if I ever get the joy of drawing my first pension cheque.   

When I finally lay down my fruits of my priestly ministry at the feet of the perfect and eternal priest, I expect to see with that loving and joyous expression radiating from Christ’s face when he comes to greet me. It will be the start of a new, wonderful experience,  that will encompass all and more as I am privileged to experience on my little quiet corner of the Ottawa Valley.

Thank God (literally) and Mateo, for they are always present no matter where I am, to mount a defense when such dangerous creatures like bears or trolls attack. I would lack sufficient grace need to fruitfully sustain both my ministries, real and digital, had I not come to appreciate how both perfect and important it is to find the time and place to get ‘Gobsmacked’ by God as often as possible.


(Personal note to Larry Green... thanks for the inspiration!)

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This is not about me!... OK, it's a little about me... But damn it I'm right!

Sylvia & Michael MacEachern
Gentle Reader: Below, I offer as exhibit #1 of what I am speaking about as regards the malice that is being encouraged on Sylvia's Site (S.S.) that is so corrosive to justice and truth. 

I  said that I was going to bring my message to other forums.  To raise the alert about what had happened on the S.S. regard her  publishing that +Robert Harris (St. John, NB) had endangered the children in a Miramichi parish, when in fact he fulfilled the letter of the law perfectly and with a true pastor's touch as well. Too bad Sylvia decided to blow-up the Bishop's good works and efforts. I believed it important to challenge this calumny before it took root in the public square. I told her what I was going to do... and I did it. (Yeah for me! Sorry.) 

Here we have someone by the handle 'jg' who was one of the individuals with whom Fr. SFB and I tangled with on Sunday. He's writing in response to Sylvia's announcement that I had published my promised column in the NP using his usual style and logic. In between his points I have inserted my response. Now, if I wasn't banned on S.S.,  I submitted it in this form as a comment there, (along with others just like it,) but all of them have fallen to the big 'delete' button in Sylvia's hands and it has not made it into public square via the S.S.

(Here I hasten to add that good fortune and providence worked in my favor. The NP often accept works I submit for publication. More often, they decline. But this column deals with events that happened in the midst of the Vatican conference on the same subject,  ergo it's relevant to the moment and judged sufficiently well enough written and argued to merit their publishing it. From my perspective, it's another example of the truth that 'God is indeed good'.)

The exchange would have gone like this:


jg writes: “He should have been so impartial and moral in this situation and directed the readers to his site as he did, for his ratings, but to Sylvia site as well, specifically to the weekend debacle. He could have ended by admitting, truthfully, his failings as a Catholic Priest on this occasion and written a believable “mea culpa”…He has not much credibility in my opinion with this makeover! I hope he gets better.”

Answer: I did on both my blog and in the NP article. The links are right there to both the site in general and the argument in particular from the moment I posted it there.

jg writes: “From the Miramichi (not Saint-John, N.B. or “St-John’s”, Nfld- to escape anymore confusion from an “educated” guest, or guess??)where the investigation was conducted, and in Fredericton, N.B., I don’t recall seeing anywhere that there were any charges against anyone for “mischief”, which is what should occur if the claims were malicious or had attempted to mislead the Police or the public…”

Answer: Bishop Harris is the Bishop of St. John which includes the Miramichi. The Police forces were correctly identified. He is pointing out a difference that doesn’t exist – all to cast me in as negative a light as possible. But I’m the unreasonable, abuse one, right?

jg writes: As a society we have to ask these questions to protect our children.Period.
A responsibility rest/rested squarely on the shoulders of the “persons/person in authority” whether clerical or of the laity to bring this to a proper ending, for the sake of all. This was not done.”


Answer: My entire POINT is that IT WAS DONE!!! Children were protected. Priest was kept away. Police were called to investigate. Everything you demand was completed immediately by the Bishop. Therefore, by your own standard: HE DID NOTHING WRONG.

jg writes: “I am wondering now if a third party should not have been asked to review the evidence “shared “by two different Police forces, and the clergy, on a subject which has become so sensitive .
The arguments, the rumors and the growing “collateral damage” could have all been avoided.
Has everyone involved really done “their” job before we jumped on the “reverse engineering” attempt?
We have been wearing out our keyboards,our screens and I have to say I have the same questions as when I first read this post.
Someone directly involved in this allegation needs to step up to the plate without compromising anyone and shed some light…just a candle maybe!”


Answer: Pure paranoia that illustrates that the problem is not with the reality of the situation on the ground. It’s not good enough until jg, prima, Lina and you get the ‘narrative’ that he wants to hear (BAD Bishop & PERVERT Priest) sung throughout the land. The problem is NOT with reality… The problem is with your narrative!

Fr. Tim

(Sylvia: In case you read this - which is my hope. I know that none of these comments will likely see the light of day on your blog, but I want to ask you: Aside from the fact that we wouldn’t shut up and stop posting in the face of a bully – what did we do wrong? You can feel free to answer on either or our blogs or privately be email if you wish. I'm simply curious what your reasoning is.  I politely ask you to offer back to me the actual words and texts that I offered which merited my banishment, along with the one immediately prior to it (since I am usually replying to questions or to allegations that are addressed directed to me) so that it can be read in its context. No need to cut and paste anything. Just give me the timestamp and I'll find which one (two?) from me that you find abusive to jg, prima, Lina or whomever. Thanks)

Secular journal says Paul VI was right in Humanae Vitae : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Secular journal says Paul VI was right in Humanae Vitae : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

USCCB Blog: Referral is Not the Answer, Rescinding the Mandate Is

USCCB Blog: Referral is Not the Answer, Rescinding the Mandate Is

Nice companion article for VIS that deals with the difference between allegations and incrimination!! Especially liked the last paragraph!

HOLY SEE PRESS OFFICE REJECTS UNFOUNDED CLAIMS ABOUT THE IOR AND THE AIF

Vatican City, (VIS) - The Holy See Press Office has issued a communique rejecting claims made in an article entitled "Money Laundering: Four Priests under Investigation. The Silence of the Vatican" which appe
ared yesterday in the Italian newspaper "L'Unita". Extracts from the communique are given below.


"The article ... Unfortunately reveals a considerable lack of serious research by the author.


"We must begin by making two introductory observations. The title of the article refers to silence on the part of the Vatican. ... This is completely groundless because the Holy See and the authorities of the Vatican have duly cooperated with magistrates and other Italian authorities. The claims made in the article are merely a reworking of past criticisms. ... They are, in fact, 'recycled' accusations which the same journalist has already published on a number of occasions in the past. Repeating them once again does not make them true; rather, we must ask ourselves whether the article was not intended as a kind of advertisement for an evening television show.


"As to the contents of the article, we must clarify the following".


"The principal accusation is that the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR) has been involved in illegal activity and that is has failed to assist the Italian authorities who were pursuing these individuals" (the alleged money launderers).


"This is incorrect. Firstly, the article fails to report that, beginning in the years 2006-2007, the IOR has been determinedly committed to analysing accounts and verifying clients in order to ascertain and report the presence of any suspicious transactions. These efforts by the IOR (which, strangely, the media seem to ignore) to identify suspect operations pre-date by several years the adoption by Vatican City State, on 30 December 2010, of Law No. 127 to Counter Money Laundering.


"Moreover, as the Italian authorities are aware, and as emerges from documentation in the possession of officials both of the Holy See and of the Republic of Italy, the IOR has repeatedly cooperated with the Italian authorities at all levels. ... The IOR supplied information, even outside official channels, in the period preceding the establishment of the Vatican Financial Information Authority (AIF). The cooperation of Paolo Cipriani, director general of the IOR, has been described as 'punctual and complete' in documents written by Italian officials. Indeed, in one case, it was precisely rapid action on the part of Mr. Cipriani that enabled one of the individuals identified to be accused".


"Following consultation with the AIF, we can confirm the following:


"(1) It is not true that the IOR failed to provide information to the AIF on the issues in question.


"(2) It is not true that the AIF failed to forward this information to the Italian Financial Information Unit.


"(3) The Italian authorities have never made a request to the AIF regarding one of the individuals mentioned in the article, Msgr. Messina; therefore it is clearly impossible for the AIF to 'respond' to its Italian counterpart.


"These points regarding communication between the AIF and its Italian counterpart are all confirmed by documents held by the AIF, identified with specific protocol numbers.


"Furthermore, the article does not report that on 6 June 2011 one of the individuals mentioned therein - Fr. Bonaccorsi - was declared innocent, a sentence confirmed on appeal.


"The sadly defamatory effect of the article arises from the use of the term 'incriminated' to refer to Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, president of the IOR, and to Paolo Cipriani. Neither of them has ever been incriminated, but merely investigated".

Bigot Mail | The American Catholic

Bigot Mail | The American Catholic

08 February, 2012

From Mark Shea: "In which I dissent from Fr. Z and his readers" | Catholic and Enjoying It!

In which I dissent from Fr. Z and his readers | Catholic and Enjoying It!

Vatican III? Where? | The latest from George Weigel

Vatican III? Where? | First Things

Put victims first, Pope says in message to abuse seminar : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Put victims first, Pope says in message to abuse seminar : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

God Save the Queen: A Canadian Reflects on Why the Monarchy Still Matters | First Things

God Save the Queen: A Canadian Reflects on Why the Monarchy Still Matters | First Things

Concern Elevates That Israel Will Strike Iran : NPR

Concern Elevates That Israel Will Strike Iran : NPR

Proposition 8: Two Federal Judges Decree, Marriage Not Between a Man and a Woman - U.s. - Catholic Online

Proposition 8: Two Federal Judges Decree, Marriage Not Between a Man and a Woman - U.s. - Catholic Online

07 February, 2012

Drug gang banners in Mexico ahead of Pope visit - Santa Cruz Sentinel

PRAY FOR THE HOLY FATHER! Now more than ever if I'm interpreting the source story correctly!!

Drug gang banners in Mexico ahead of Pope visit - Santa Cruz Sentinel

VIDEO:: GEORGE WILL: ‘Historians will marvel’ over American liberalism’s defense of abortion

VIDEO:: GEORGE WILL: ‘Historians will marvel’ over American liberalism’s defense of abortion

Love them or not, no one can deny the influence of Lifesite News within the Catholic and Pro-Life communities. Here's a video promoting their work.

Catholic Outcry Over Obama Administration's Birth Control Decision Could Be Factor In Presidential Race | Fox News

Catholic Outcry Over Obama Administration's Birth Control Decision Could Be Factor In Presidential Race | Fox News

Somedays it's damned near impossible to visit anywhere on the internet these days without getting into a slugfest

(NOTICE: This is an edited and condensed version of the 1st production of this column. My first attempt was too long and unfocused. This second edition strips the argument down to its essence and better accomplishes what I wanted to say. Thank you to those who responded with edit suggestions, helping me to offer a clear argument and defense of the clergy referenced below. Your help was appreciated. Fr. Tim)

Angelo Dundee
Sylvia (Sylvia's Site) & Michael MacEachern
I noted with sadness the other day obituaries published in the wake of the death of Angelo Dundee, the man who trained Ali to Heavyweight Championship of the World more than once. From the 'float like a butterfly' days of his early victories over Listen and Frasier, to the 'Rope-a-dope' tactics that felled the Goliath Foreman, all the way to the spanking of Spinks, Dundee guided Ali to victory after victory. I well remember those epic contests of brawn and will. They captured the attention and admiration of the world like no other sporting event, lifting Muhammad Ali to a status unmatched as a global icon: a world champion in sport and life. And he couldn't have done it without Dundee.

Given the body shots that the Roman Catholic Church has been absorbing through the ‘Long Lent’ of the sex abuse scandals, Angelo would be a welcome voice at the current Vatican conference designed to share best practices and protocols throughout the Church. Seeming to reel after being pummeled by the multiple revelations of clergy malfeasance, the faithful in Canada can ill afford to receive any below the belt shots as she has  suffered at the hands of some who are trying to knock them out of the fight altogether.

Such is the case recently on a Canadian blog dedicated to exposing these scandals and the indolent manner in which they have been handled by Bishops it times past. Springing out of the Cornwall Abuses allegations and Inquiry in the 1990’s, its author Sylvia MacEachern has successfully held Canadian Bishops feet to the fire to ensure they put into practice the justice they promise to bring to  wounded victims. She’s been an effective ‘cut-man’ in the Church’s corner. However, she may have crossed a line recently with recent allegations she has published involving a Maritime Bishop and priest.

Bishop Robert Harris (St. John, NB) is accused of placing the children of the St. John NB. at risk by not directly taking to the accused priest’s parish to indicate that he was being removed due to allegation of child abuse.  Instead, he fulfilled both the letter and spirit of Church protocol of removing any accused cleric from office and public ministry. He chose to do so without inflicting a body blow to his reputation that comes with the taint of scandal until a complete Police investigation was completed. He permitted the priest to step aside on leave for 'personal reasons’ which preserved his reputation and the safety of the congregation's children. Any priest in such a situation is denied the right to publicly minister or celebrate the sacraments effectively removing his from coming into contact with children throughout the Diocese.

I hasten to add at this point that Bishop Harris is reported in the blog article attacking him as ensuring that the matter was quickly and completed reported and investigated by the Police. It states that the Police forces of both Fredericton and St. John conducted independent investigations of the allegations and have declined to bring charges against the accused priest.

Anyone hit with such an unjustified allegation as to have deliberately placed children in danger to protect the reputation of another would yell ‘Foul’ at being subjected to such a low blow. If the Bishop fully and immediately took the appropriate steps to ensure both the imperatives of security and investigation, especially if after a thorough two-year long investigation by two Police forces failed to find evidence to justify laying charges, it is difficult to understand why their records should both bear the marks with such a vile public false accusation on the internet as having endangered or assaulting children.

Bishop Harris is to be commended for the manner in which he has conducted this whole affair. His actions ensured that children were kept protected and safe in the hands of his clergy without inciting a firestorm of community gossip centering out any children who had been in the accused company, questioning whether they were now ‘damaged goods',  splattering more blood on innocent ring-side spectators. If every Bishop demonstrated such a steady hand and keen pastoral sense of the needs of their flock from the beginning of all these trials as +Harris has done, voices smearing their character would have no audience or resonance at all. Sadly too many failed to meet the same standard and all Catholic clergy have suffered jabs and blows to our prestige and reputations ever since.

As a priest who took seriously Pope Benedict’s command for Catholics to take up the instruments of social media to promote and protect the faith, I have been subjected to similar allegations and innuendo. The state of the Church in the public square is so low today that any defense or explanation offered by priests results in a steady stream of punches, jabs and low-blows aimed at impugning their intentions, integrity and character. It has been my experience that fists start flying in every direction beating to the mat anyone representing the Church who dares raise his face from the mat to present a defence. It has  not been a pleasant experience being so maligned. 


It has beaten most priests into quiet service and submission, limiting their voice and influence only for those who attend for weekly services. Many clergy believe it is not safe for them to stand out in the public square. Their voice is being silenced or shouted down, denying them the capacity to minister, to speak out to the greater community. Their audience now turns a deaf ear, refusing to hear the Church's voice as it tries to address the liberal advocates who are driving our culture into the ground with its fixation on personal choice and autonomy. The costs of this debacle are measured in a growing mound of dead pre-born children and defenseless seniors. Defenseless and muet participants, unable to survive even a single round in the bloody contest for their life, they have been quickly dispatched and generating little interest within the media or the greater community because voices, crying out on their behalf, have fallen silent in the public square. THAT is a cause worthy of taking to the ramparts to shout our cried of alarm, even if it means that joining the fray will result in some bites and bruises for the team. Thus the damage to the Church and State is multiplied many times over by one single person delivering a rabbit shot to the kidney of those tasked with representing the propositions of belief.

Indeed, first and foremost, the best care and support possible must be afforded those who have already been K/O’ed by the foul assaults of predator priests. Every person attending the Vatican conference would breathe as one on this point. But, from the uninvolved children who would have been subjected to suspicious gossip, to the priest, community and Bishop who have all suffered the blows of being falsely and publicly accused, many more are needlessly suffering the bruises of an unmerited beating by a bully. 


A corner man as brilliant as Dundee would find no shortage of wounded warriors in the Catholic Church today. They seem to have been bloodied and battered by those trying to knock them out of the game and in need of help to keep fighting on towards the final World Championship they are trying to win for believers. I pray he can pass along a few tips to the Bishop today who represents another pugnacious fellow named Peter who first settled on that little hill in Rome. We can all use the help learning how to defend ourselves when opponents insist on hitting us with the occasional low blow and come out with our arms outstretched in victory!

 

06 February, 2012

Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei calls for destruction of Israel, Jews - International - Catholic Online

Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei calls for destruction of Israel, Jews - International - Catholic Online

Cardinal: Pope merits thanks on abuse, not attacks - York Dispatch

Cardinal: Pope merits thanks on abuse, not attacks - York Dispatch

Abuse victims among speakers at Vatican conference on abuse scandal : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Abuse victims among speakers at Vatican conference on abuse scandal : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Catholic Church’s unfair attack against Obama - Boston.com

Catholic Church’s unfair attack against Obama - Boston.com

Obama plays his anti-Catholic card | Hugh Hewitt | Columnists | Washington Examiner

Obama plays his anti-Catholic card | Hugh Hewitt | Columnists | Washington Examiner

Some Monday morning wisdom from Will Rogers guaranteed to put a smile on your face

The wisdom of Will Rogers ...
Will Rogers, died in a 1935 plane crash,  Some of his sayings:




1. Never slap a man who's chewing tobacco.
2. Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.
3. There are two theories to arguing with a woman.  Neither works.
4. Never miss a good chance to shut up.
5. Always drink upstream from the herd.
6. If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.
7. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it back into your pocket.
8. There are three kinds of men: The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence and find out for themselves.
9. Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
10. If you're riding' ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there.
11. Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier'n puttin' it back.
12. After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring.
He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him.  The moral: When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut.
ABOUT GROWING OLDER...
First ~Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.
Second ~ The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.
Third ~ Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me; I want people to know why I look this way.  I've traveled a long way, and some of the roads weren't paved.
Fourth ~ When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra.
Fifth ~ You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.
Sixth ~ I don't know how I got over the hill without getting to the top.
Seventh ~ One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it's such a nice change from being young.
Eighth ~ One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been.
Ninth ~ Being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.
Tenth ~ Long ago, when men cursed and beat the ground with sticks, it was called witchcraft.  Today it's called golf.

And, finally ~ If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you're old.

05 February, 2012

The hermeneutic of continuity: On the prospect of being shot and strung up

British comment at it dry best. This should be posted on every Christian website on the net, if only for the quality of the writing and the dry wit and argument. It's all finished with an appropriate British flourish delivered with style and effectiveness worthy of the likes of Swift et al. by choosing the rifle he would request be used for the 'shot' have of the punishment: good British stock... stiff upper lip in the face of death, and all that. 

Rule Britannia indeed!

The hermeneutic of continuity: On the prospect of being shot and strung up

Scientists find new GJ 667Cc, a "super-Earth" that could support life | Geek.com

Scientists find new GJ 667Cc, a "super-Earth" that could support life | Geek.com

The cost of conscience | PostIndependent.com

The cost of conscience | PostIndependent.com

"A positive secularism for peaceful coexistence" - Vatican Insider

"A positive secularism for peaceful coexistence" - Vatican Insider

03 February, 2012

Panetta: 'Strong possibility' Israel will strike Iran's nuclear installations in spring - U.s. - Catholic Online

The drum beat of war is getting louder and louder and.....

Panetta: 'Strong possibility' Israel will strike Iran's nuclear installations in spring - U.s. - Catholic Online

Susan B. Komen for the Cure Foundation Backs Down to Planned Parenthood Bullying - U.s. - Catholic Online

Susan B. Komen for the Cure Foundation Backs Down to Planned Parenthood Bullying - U.s. - Catholic Online

Richard Cipolla: Being a Catholic Priest—and Married - WSJ.com

Richard Cipolla: Being a Catholic Priest—and Married - WSJ.com

The Calm Before the Storm in Philadelphia: Catholic World Report

The Calm Before the Storm in Philadelphia: Catholic World Report

A Question About Abraham | Blogs | NCRegister.com

A Question About Abraham | Blogs | NCRegister.com

Pope broke canon law dismissing bishop, say experts

Pope broke canon law dismissing bishop, say experts

U.S. jobs: Numbers blow past forecasts | Investing | Financial Post

Finally some good economic news from below the border!

U.S. jobs: Numbers blow past forecasts | Investing | Financial Post

First, They Came for the Catholics - Yahoo! News

First, They Came for the Catholics - Yahoo! News

Roman Catholic Church: Cleric sex abuse ‘declining’ but at ‘alarming’ level in rest of society: Vatican prosecutor | Holy Post | National Post

Roman Catholic Church: Cleric sex abuse ‘declining’ but at ‘alarming’ level in rest of society: Vatican prosecutor | Holy Post | National Post

Restoring religion to the public square

The Tablet - Restoring religion to the public square

02 February, 2012

Who pays for longer lifespan at core of retirement debate - The Globe and Mail

And now we begin paying the price for our inadequate birth rate as there are fewer and fewer people to pay into our social and pension programs.

Who pays for longer lifespan at core of retirement debate - The Globe and Mail

Canadian groundhogs predict early spring, at odds with U.S. - The Globe and Mail

Who knows more about snow and winter than we Canucks! I'm going with Willy's prediction over his American cousin. After all, our groundhog is white! He knows snow!!!

Canadian groundhogs predict early spring, at odds with U.S. - The Globe and Mail

Media people have a duty to learn language of religion

E F pastor emeritus: Media people have a duty to learn language of religion

Catholics cross with Obama over birth-control coverage - Glenn Thrush - POLITICO.com

Can a government force a Church or individual to do something that violates their principles and convictions? Here are two articles that look at the issue in the USA where Obamacare regulations will force Catholic institutions to provide free contraceptive coverage.


Irrespective of the specifics of this issue (birth control) which according to most polls Catholics support individually, it does seem to violate the principle of separation of Church and State. What do you think?


Catholics cross with Obama over birth-control coverage - Glenn Thrush - POLITICO.com


White House denies health-care mandate violates Catholic consciences

Why does music motivate us? - The Globe and Mail

Why does music motivate us? - The Globe and Mail

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