30 April, 2012

Deconstructing the “Bible Endorses Slavery” Meme | The American Catholic

Deconstructing the “Bible Endorses Slavery” Meme | The American Catholic

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis Comes to the Stage in Norfolk, Virginia - U.s. - Catholic Online

I hope this play become popular and travels widely. I would love to see it.

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis Comes to the Stage in Norfolk, Virginia - U.s. - Catholic Online

I Agree with Mark Shea's taking on of Michael Voris. This article expresses well why he should be of concern to Catholics everywhere

In Which I Agree with Mark Shea

Has the 'real Ratzinger' come out to play? | National Catholic Reporter

Given that the NC Reporter has portrayed B16 in this light from the moment of his election, it's not hard to see that they are taking recent events and are spinning them to fit their agenda. Lets look at some of the points they raised:

1. The Vatican has properly pointed out that the American Conference of Women Religious has been promoting heterodox propositions such as denying the necessity of salvation through Jesus Christ. Was the Vatican supposed to remain silent in the face of such errors being promulgated by a Catholic institution? Is it not proper that the CDF would point out these grievous errors? After all, that is their raison d'ĂȘtre for existing?

2. Same goes for the Irish priests. Note too that they were being sanctioned not for their personal beliefs or even for what they say or do in their parishes. It is because they were priests who had significant media connections as columnists in newspapers and electronic media ostensibly representing what the Church teaches. A priest cannot switch his own opinion to replace official Church teaching.

3. The entire world is being brought closer to the Latin original texts for the liturgy. This is why the English world is now using a new Missal for the past number of months. Are the Germans supposed to be exempt from this obligation to ensure that their vernacular texts also match the Latin original?

I think I've made my point and have no need to deal with other examples from the NCR article. The bottom line is that we are united in belief and practice under the authority of the Pope and the Vatican. This has been the case for almost 2000 years. I suspect it will continue to be so for many years to come. 

Has the 'real Ratzinger' come out to play? | National Catholic Reporter

29 April, 2012

28 April, 2012

Anti-Bullying Tzar Bullies Christians During Anti-Bullying Speech | The American Catholic

Here's something interesting. It might enlighten some of the fools who post idiotic comments making light of the fact that the Church is becoming more and more threatened in the public square. It probably won't - they have not even got the courage to put their name behind their foolishness - but I am a hopeful soul. Maybe... just maybe, they might actually be able to see past their bigotry and bile to see that there is truth in the persecution proposition.

Anti-Bullying Tzar Bullies Christians During Anti-Bullying Speech | The American Catholic

Petition in Support of Motion 312 - Sign up if you support the extension of human rights to the unborn!

Petition in Support of Motion 312 - LifeCanada - LifeCanada

UK: Could the Church be forced to celebrate gay weddings? - Vatican Insider

Given that the UK shares the same common law legal tradition as Canada, how can it be that the Church would not be able to give the same guarantees to be able to act in accordance with its teachings as we enjoy here? Something doesn't seem right about this story. Any thoughts?

UK: Could the Church be forced to celebrate gay weddings? - Vatican Insider

The media’s portrayal of the persecuted Church - Vatican Insider

The media’s portrayal of the persecuted Church - Vatican Insider

LCWR-Vatican tensions: Fr. James Martin sides with American sisters - Vatican Insider

The 'official chaplain' to the Colbert Report Nation is heard from.
 

LCWR-Vatican tensions: Fr. James Martin sides with American sisters - Vatican Insider

Should Catholic Schools Be Able to Fire Teachers Over Fertility Treatments? - Jennie Rothenberg Gritz - National - The Atlantic

Should Catholic Schools Be Able to Fire Teachers Over Fertility Treatments? - Jennie Rothenberg Gritz - National - The Atlantic

CATHOLIC PREROGATIVES - The Catholic League | The Catholic League

CATHOLIC PREROGATIVES - The Catholic League | The Catholic League

25 April, 2012

Rosa DeLauro, CNS, and the Disoriented Catholic Left | Crisis Magazine

Rosa DeLauro, CNS, and the Disoriented Catholic Left | Crisis Magazine

Can You Be Good Without God?

Can You Be Good Without God?

George Weigel: The Betrayal of Religious Freedom by Liberal Catholics | The American Catholic

George Weigel: The Betrayal of Religious Freedom by Liberal Catholics | The American Catholic

We find Jesus in the most unexpected places....

Roy Payne, the performer who wrote and sings this song is a Canadian Country Music star from the 1970's and 1980's. He toured extensively with Waylan Jennings and Willie Nelson and was recently inducted in the East Coast Music Association Hall of Fame as a composer and performer. Among his platinum and gold hits one can find this little gem called 'Drinking Beer With Jesus.


I asked him what his inspiration was for this song and he shared with me that throughout his long career he had battled the demon of alcohol abuse. One day he found himself sitting along in a bar and noticed that in his stupor, he was actually having a conversation with God. He told me that this was who most drunks sitting alone at a bar were in fact talking to as they attempted to drown their pain and sorrows with alcohol.


With Roy's permission, I put together this little video to accompany his words and music. I intend to use it as part of a parish mission that I'll be offering in Elliot Lake, Ontario at the end of May. I'd be most interested in hearing your comments, especially as to whether or not you believe that the images I have chosen fit the message of the song.


Just how small is an atom?

Rosa DeLauro, CNS, and the Disoriented Catholic Left | First Things

Rosa DeLauro, CNS, and the Disoriented Catholic Left | First Things

Charles Colson's Ecumenism of the Trenches' | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Charles Colson's Ecumenism of the Trenches' | Daily News | NCRegister.com

24 April, 2012

Is the church corrupt? - Catholic America - The Washington Post

Is the church corrupt? - Catholic America - The Washington Post

Science Will Never Explain Why There’s Something Rather Than Nothing | Cross-Check, Scientific American Blog Network

This author may indeed be wrong. Advances in scientific understanding (especially in the field of quantum mechanics) seems to be groping its way to providing a scientific explanation for how God works in the universe. Michio Kaku, a noted physicists, author, a regular presenter in NOVA presentations on cosmology and physics recently wrote this in his latest book, 'Physics of the Impossible':


Christian theologians, at a loss to explain where heaven might be located, have often speculated that perhaps God lives in a higher dimensional plane. Surprisingly, if higher dimensions did exist, many of the properties ascribed to the gods might become possible. A being in a higher dimension might be able to disappear and reappear at will or walk through walls—powers usually ascribed to deities.

Check out the article yourself by clicking on the link below to be taken to the Scientific American website.

Science Will Never Explain Why There’s Something Rather Than Nothing | Cross-Check, Scientific American Blog Network

‘He Always Has His Arms Outstreched to Me’ - the innocence and beauty of a child's faith

‘He Always Has His Arms Outstreched to Me’

Bishops resisting diocesan shake-up |

Bishops resisting diocesan shake-up |

Court orders SNAP to release internal records : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Court orders SNAP to release internal records : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

21 April, 2012

A Habit (or lack-thereof) of Disobedience

A Habit (or lack-thereof) of Disobedience

Benedict Doesn’t Make Headlines | First Things

A fellow poster in the threads of the Holy Post blog (Nostromo) made reference to this article in a discussion over there regarding whether or not B16 is revealing himself at last to be 'God's Rottweiler' in the Vatican's recent declaration regarding the American Woman's Religious Conference. Like him, I believe that this First Things article gives a far better perspective from which to situate the Pope's recent decision.


If B16 has proven anything, it's that he is intent on bringing as many souls as possible under the Catholic tent - granting rights and privileges to diverse groups as the Anglicans and the Lefrevites which allow them to celebrate the sacraments according to their own rites under the authority of the Chair of Peter. Remember too that his first act as Pontiff was to meet with Hans Kung to start discussions to find a way to bring him back into good standing with the Church. That's far from being a Rottweiler... he's far more like the gentle Beardie I live with: intelligent and friendly. 

Benedict Doesn’t Make Headlines | First Things

What Conservative Catholics Should Keep Doing

What Conservative Catholics Should Keep Doing

On the Sin of Rash Judgment as Humorously Depicted in a Commercial | Archdiocese of Washington

On the Sin of Rash Judgment as Humorously Depicted in a Commercial | Archdiocese of Washington

Te Deum laudamus!: VIDEO: Christendom's Donna Bethell vs. Fordham's J...

Te Deum laudamus!: VIDEO: Christendom's Donna Bethell vs. Fordham's J...: Video Snapshot : Christendom's Donna Bethell is unable to contain her laughter as the segment ends with  Jeannine Hill Fletcher of Fordh...

Pope Benedict XVI: Conservative Catholics hoping ‘God’s Rottweiler’ has returned | Holy Post | National Post

Pope Benedict XVI: Conservative Catholics hoping ‘God’s Rottweiler’ has returned | Holy Post | National Post

BIG BLUE WAVE: Canada's 2010 abortion stats are out

BIG BLUE WAVE: Canada's 2010 abortion stats are out

16 April, 2012

Birth numbers suggest female-fetus abortions more common in Asian-Canadian communities: study

Birth numbers suggest female-fetus abortions more common in Asian-Canadian communities: study

Church suspends Mass in Philippine mall over trees | CTV News

Church suspends Mass in Philippine mall over trees | CTV News

A transitional papacy? - Vatican Insider

A transitional papacy? - Vatican Insider

My Take: Catholic bishops against the common good – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

I do not agree with this writer's take on this issue, but if this blog is to really be a place 'where the rubber hits the road', it's an appropriate article to post here. What's your 'take'?

My Take: Catholic bishops against the common good – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

My Take: Catholic bishops against the common good – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

My Take: Catholic bishops against the common good – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

Young Catholic women try to modernize the message on birth control - The Washington Post

Young Catholic women try to modernize the message on birth control - The Washington Post

Christians Debate: Was Jesus For Small Government? : NPR

Christians Debate: Was Jesus For Small Government? : NPR

Scratch an Atheist, Find a Fundamentalist |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Scratch an Atheist, Find a Fundamentalist |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Happy 85th Birthday, Pope Benedict! | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Happy 85th Birthday, Pope Benedict! | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Date set as Ex-priest takes case to top court

"A former priest ordered to be retried for a decades-old sexual offence is taking his case to the Supreme Court.

Charles Picot was acquitted last year on a 1975 charge of indecent assault on a 13-year-old boy. Picot was parish priest at St-Jean Baptiste Roman Catholic Church in Dalhousie, N.B., at the time.
But the Crown appealed the decision, and the province's Court of Appeal earlier this year ordered a new trial in a split decision: Judges Richard Bell and Kathleen A. Quigg ruled in favour, but Judge J.C. Marc Richard dissented, indicating that he would have let the acquittal stand.

Picot has now filed notice to take the matter to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Earlier this year, Picot was found guilty on another indecent assault charge, this one dating back to 1978, and sentenced to eight months in jail. He also served seven months in jail after a 1993 conviction on charges of sexual assault and indecent assault."  (Source: Toronto Sun)

The SCC has set October 19, 2012 to hear arguments in the case. 


A 'tip of the hat' to Sylvia MacEacheran of Sylvia's Site for this update.


Ex-priest takes case to top court | Canada | News | Toronto Sun

11 April, 2012

NASA rocked by global warming rebellion

NASA rocked by global warming rebellion

Silenced priest told to reflect on situation

Never a bad idea at any time... But if you're going to publicly criticize your boss and company policy, you had most assuredly better have reflected long and hard before expressing yourself. I appreciate that the comparison is crass and commercial, but if you're working for Coke you should know better than to publicly express your preference for Pepsi. This priest knew what the Church's doctrine was before ordination. If he so strongly objects to these doctrines, why did he proceed to accepting to be ordained as a Catholic priest?

Was JFK Right to Uphold an ‘Absolute’ Separation of Church and State? | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Was JFK Right to Uphold an ‘Absolute’ Separation of Church and State? | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Catholic Abuse Scandals Continues To Take Toll On US Church, $144 Million In Settlements

Catholic Abuse Scandals Continues To Take Toll On US Church, $144 Million In Settlements

National Post readers on why they believe — or don’t believe — in God | Holy Post | National Post

National Post readers on why they believe — or don’t believe — in God | Holy Post | National Post

U.S. Religious Knowledge Quiz

U.S. Religious Knowledge Quiz

07 April, 2012

01 April, 2012

Pope Leads Palm Sunday Procession, Mass

Pope Leads Palm Sunday Procession, Mass

'God Created the Heavens and the Earth' | Daily News | NCRegister.com

'God Created the Heavens and the Earth' | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Friends at the Martyn Funeral Home shared this obituary, originally posted by the London Free Press.

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
- Why the early bird gets the worm;
- Life isn't always fair;
- and maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers;
I Know My Rights
I Want It Now
Someone Else Is To Blame
I'm A Victim

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

National Catholic Reporter Vs. Catholic Church | Catholic Lane

National Catholic Reporter Vs. Catholic Church | Catholic Lane

Benedict's gentle debunk of clericalism | National Catholic Reporter

Canada's warm temperatures through the winter that wasn't | News | National Post

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