25 May, 2012

The Pope's butler arrested following Vatileaks investigation - Telegraph

The Pope's butler arrested following Vatileaks investigation - Telegraph

Propaganda firm owner ran smear campaign against USA TODAY journalists – USATODAY.com

Propaganda firm owner ran smear campaign against USA TODAY journalists – USATODAY.com

Sheriff Cannon: wine for Catholic mass in jail is a ‘non-issue’ but chaplain still banned | The Post and Courier | Charleston SC, News, Sports, Entertainment

Clearly. it's silly season in South Carolina!

Sheriff Cannon: wine for Catholic mass in jail is a ‘non-issue’ but chaplain still banned | The Post and Courier | Charleston SC, News, Sports, Entertainment

Catholic Leaders Outraged Over Media Silence on HHS Mandate Lawsuits | LifeNews.com

Catholic Leaders Outraged Over Media Silence on HHS Mandate Lawsuits | LifeNews.com

Bored to death? How we consume media. | LifeSiteNews.com

Bored to death? How we consume media. | LifeSiteNews.com

24 May, 2012

Freak extremes meet: Hans Küng becomes a Sedevacantist, declares Benedict XVI schismatic over SSPX

RORATE CÆLI: Freak extremes meet: Hans Küng becomes a Sedevacantist, declares Benedict XVI schismatic over SSPX

Vatican newspaper editor accused of gay smear against rival - Telegraph

Vatican newspaper editor accused of gay smear against rival - Telegraph

First Ancient Proof of Bethlehem’s Existence Discovered

First Ancient Proof of Bethlehem’s Existence Discovered

Europe's Problems Still Threaten to Spill Into U.S. - WSJ.com: Just how screwed at we?

Europe's Problems Still Threaten to Spill Into U.S. - WSJ.com

As I Remember: A Reflection of the life and character of Fr. Richard John Neuhaus | First Things

As I Remember | First Things

Pope Benedict: Charlie Lewis's latest column from the Holy Post

Pope Benedict

23 May, 2012

Cardus Policy in Public - Does Power Corrupt Canadian Prime Ministers? | Cardus

Cardus Policy in Public - Does Power Corrupt Canadian Prime Ministers? | Cardus

Therapy and the Spiritual Life |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Therapy and the Spiritual Life |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Poll: Record low are 'pro-choice' - Tim Mak - POLITICO.com

This article comes from an entirely secular source: POLITICO. I post it as evidence of the mounting tide that is beginning to turn against the killing of innocents in the womb.


THIS IS A GOOD THING!! Clearly the pro-life movement is having success at changing the opinions of the majority in the land. We must keep up the pressure until we eventually win.

And we will win eventually!!!  A GOOD thing indeed!! 

Poll: Record low are 'pro-choice' - Tim Mak - POLITICO.com

Whipping Boy

Whipping Boy

The Mandate War - George Weigel - National Review Online

The Mandate War - George Weigel - National Review Online

Attending religious services linked to better health | Holy Post | National Post

Attending religious services linked to better health | Holy Post | National Post

22 May, 2012

Alien life 'very close' to discovery, famed SETI astronomer Jill Tarter says | News | National Post

Alien life 'very close' to discovery, famed SETI astronomer Jill Tarter says | News | National Post

For Immediate Release: Anti-Abortion Activists Highjack Abortion Rights’ Pet Project

In Matthew's gospel we read that we are to be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves. This initiative certainly qualifies on the first obligation... I'm not so sure on the second. 

Given that the tactic used by the pro-abortion rights activists in 1970 was effective in achieving their stated goal of changing the law, it makes sense to follow their example. Any social change comes when the issue is raised in the public consciousness by demanding the government and/or courts right a perceived injustice. It's a proven technique that works. 

But is walking across Canada and speaking to local groups and media the same thing as driving across with land in a moving 'billboard' pasted with pictures of aborted children?

Today's activists would probably say that the images that they are presenting before everyone are not different from the graphic images that fill today's TV screens on shows such as the CSI crime series. The level of gore is no doubt similar, but I've got to ask: If the organizers of this initiative had young children, would they want them watching these graphic images of death on TV? I wouldn't. Almost everyone I know wouldn't. The images are too violent and real for small minds and young hearts to endure. Innocence lasts only so long in life. I can't believe it's right or proper to strip it from children in such a public manner.


I find it hard to reconcile this reality with the dove-like behavior that must accompany any initiative that claims to be Christian. 


There are places and ways of making the same point. Bring a video and graphic demonstration that can be brought to sites to put before age appropriate audiences. Speak in churches... address service groups... hold a news conference... but we must be certain not to harm innocents in our attempts to speak for the voiceless in Christ's name.

I am 100% pro-life, but I think this new caravan is a misguided idea. I wouldn't want to see the kids in my parish to suffer a visit should they be traveling through the province, that's for sure.


BIG BLUE WAVE: For Immediate Release: Anti-Abortion Activists Highjack Abortion Rights’ Pet Project

Einstein on Prayer » First Thoughts | A First Things Blog

Einstein on Prayer » First Thoughts | A First Things Blog

An O.P. on Hauerwas’ Pacifism » First Thoughts | A First Things Blog

An O.P. on Hauerwas’ Pacifism » First Thoughts | A First Things Blog

Exorcist authors brings suit against university over lack of Catholic identity | Holy Post | National Post

Exorcist authors brings suit against university over lack of Catholic identity | Holy Post | National Post

Learn French, Canada, it’s good for you - The Globe and Mail

Learn French, Canada, it’s good for you - The Globe and Mail

21 May, 2012

Gays should be put in an electrified pen, pastor tells congregation: WHAT THE.....!!!!! THIS GUY IS NUTTIER THAN A FRUITCAKE

I can't help but still believe that this is a story from 'The Onion'... but apparently, and TRAGICALLY it isn't. Still, I can hardly believe that such a thing would ever be spoken in even a civil conversation... but spoken from a pulpit!!!!  Since phobia means 'fear', and this idiot is suggesting gays and lesbians be locked away in internment camps... it is homophobia at its worst for he is CLEARLY afraid of them! 


Didn't they try this in Germany as a lead up to WWII? Kind of a dry run for their 'final solution'? Can this fool not see the immense evil he is promulgating? 

In what 'Church' did this man get his theological training? The KKK??? Some internet site that sells 'degrees' for $29.95? What congregation would hire such an disturbed individual.


Even his defense (that it was all a joke) is sick. Who in their right mind or heart would think that such thing would be funny? IT BOGGLES THE MIND!!!!!


Blessed John Paul II... intercede for us with Mary and with her Son to spare us from such demons masquerading as a disciple in his name! They are doing GREAT HARM and DAMAGE down here.

How Not to Prevent AIDS

Martin: I don't mean to impose on your time, but is this research valid? I'm not familiar with any of the sources but thought that you might be and could give it a quick look and comment.

How Not to Prevent AIDS

A different Priestly Scandal

A different Priestly Scandal

Is the American press anti-Catholic? | The American Catholic

Is the American press anti-Catholic? | The American Catholic

Liberalism & Natural Law: A Response | The American Catholic

Liberalism & Natural Law: A Response | The American Catholic

E F pastoremeritus: The witness of priestly celibacy is needed more than ever says Bishop Mark Davies

E F pastoremeritus: The witness of priestly celibacy is needed more than ever says Bishop Mark Davies

'Soylent Green' for all?

Socon or Bust » Soylent Green for all

Will The Catholic Church Ever Evolve? - The Dish | By Andrew Sullivan - The Daily Beast

Will The Catholic Church Ever Evolve? - The Dish | By Andrew Sullivan - The Daily Beast

One man’s vision guides St. Peter’s Seminary's first century


My Alma Mater is celebrating its 100th anniversary this years. My room was on the top floor - 2nd window the the right of the tower. While the claims of some clergy who visited us during my studies who said that the the seminary years would be 'the best years of our lives' were not exactly on the mark, I do have some very happy memories of my years there.

My prayers and best wishes for all the faculty, staff, students and graduated.

One man’s vision guides St. Peter’s Seminary's first century

20 May, 2012

Former Israeli PM - Jerusalem Must Be Partitioned - NYTimes.com

Former Israeli PM - Jerusalem Must Be Partitioned - NYTimes.com

How the Mormon Church Shaped Mitt Romney - NYTimes.com

How the Mormon Church Shaped Mitt Romney - NYTimes.com

This week in religion: Martin Luther proclaimed a heretic, Jimmy Swaggart returns | Holy Post | National Post

This week in religion: Martin Luther proclaimed a heretic, Jimmy Swaggart returns | Holy Post | National Post

Finding Balance in Personal and Professional Life | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Finding Balance in Personal and Professional Life | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Truth and the Need for the Holy Spirit | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Truth and the Need for the Holy Spirit | Daily News | NCRegister.com

» Terrorism is political – Catholic priest | Vanguard Mobile

» Terrorism is political – Catholic priest | Vanguard Mobile

Catholic bishops threaten to sue for their right to hate lady parts

Daily Kos: Catholic bishops threaten to sue for their right to hate lady parts

19 May, 2012

URGENT PRAYER REQUEST

Folks: I need your help. Our parish is suffering through the worst weekend I've experienced here with all types of folks dying in the past 48 hrs. We're up to six deceased and it's only 10 am on Saturday!


Please pray for one particular case: Braun Wuench, a young lad in his 20's drowned last evening when the canoe he was fishing in with a friend capsized in rough water. His friend was able to swim to shore but he did not make it. The Police are still searching for the body and have called in the OPP dive squad to help.  His mother Vicky is understandably distraught beyond measure as she waits at the shore for someone to bring her boy's body back to her. PLEASE PRAY that this happens as soon as possible.

LOL Books |Blogs | NCRegister.com

LOL Books |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Answering the Question of Suffering, Without Words |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Answering the Question of Suffering, Without Words |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Latest : Lahey dismissed : CTV Atlantic: Archbishop explains dismissal

Latest : Lahey dismissed : CTV Atlantic: Archbishop explains dismissal

Crisis in the Catholic Church | Practical Ethics

Crisis in the Catholic Church | Practical Ethics

Catholic unity and new evangelization

Catholic unity and new evangelization

Be Careful What You Pray For! » Catholic Sistas

Be Careful What You Pray For! » Catholic Sistas

18 May, 2012

Navigating Medjugorje |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Navigating Medjugorje |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Sebelius speech embraces church, state separation | WJLA.com

Sebelius speech embraces church, state separation | WJLA.com

Three tensions beneath the latest Vatican dispute | National Catholic Reporter

Three tensions beneath the latest Vatican dispute | National Catholic Reporter

Profs at Jesuit universities lash out at bishops for opposing HHS mandate, gay ‘marriage’ | LifeSiteNews.com

Profs at Jesuit universities lash out at bishops for opposing HHS mandate, gay ‘marriage’ | LifeSiteNews.com

What the Pill is doing to our water supply | LifeSiteNews.com

What the Pill is doing to our water supply | LifeSiteNews.com

Abortion - Pro Life - Reaping the whirlwind of abortion - Bishop Doran, Rockford, IL

Abortion - Pro Life - Reaping the whirlwind of abortion - Bishop Doran, Rockford, IL

Coyne: Stifling debate on abortion won't make it go away

Coyne: Stifling debate on abortion won't make it go away

The Catholic Church is not a place for respectable people

Britain Hilary Mantel

Vatican cardinal examines relations between the Church and Jews : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Vatican cardinal examines relations between the Church and Jews : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Parish threatened, harassed over sign opposing 'gay marriage' :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Parish threatened, harassed over sign opposing 'gay marriage' :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Catholic Church v. Georgetown – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

Catholic Church v. Georgetown – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

17 May, 2012

That Gray Lady Catholic same-sex unions scoop 2.0

That Gray Lady Catholic same-sex unions scoop 2.0

What every wedding day should be like... well worth the view



The most fundamental of religious truths for believers




Thanks to Cristina Alarcon for posting this on her Facebook page.

To be human, we need sacred things - The Globe and Mail

To be human, we need sacred things - The Globe and Mail

People go to absurd lengths to avoid discussing abortion -H/T to Suzanne at Big Blue Wave for pointing out this article.

People go to absurd lengths to avoid discussing abortion

60 Sec Reviews: Avengers! Dark Shadows! More! |Blogs | NCRegister.com

60 Sec Reviews: Avengers! Dark Shadows! More! |Blogs | NCRegister.com

16 May, 2012

Hotter-than-usual temperatures expected this summer | CTV News

Given that I believe government cutbacks have resulted in Environment Canada being reduced down to three blind, arthritic old men in a room without windows ("Ow... my arm hurts. It's going to rain"), I would recommend keeping a snow shovel and/or umbrella close at hand if they are predicting hot and dry weather for the summer ahead.

Hotter-than-usual temperatures expected this summer | CTV News

Canadian bishop laicized after child-porn conviction : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Canadian bishop laicized after child-porn conviction : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

BREAKING: The Holy See Press Office Issues Statement on SSPX Efforts at Reconciliation and Bishop Fellay - International - Catholic Online

BREAKING: The Holy See Press Office Issues Statement on SSPX Efforts at Reconciliation and Bishop Fellay - International - Catholic Online

Why The Government Can’t Get Out of the Marriage Business | The American Catholic

Why The Government Can’t Get Out of the Marriage Business | The American Catholic

A reader asks about "Lost Christianities" |Blogs | NCRegister.com

A reader asks about "Lost Christianities" |Blogs | NCRegister.com

The Law of the Gift: A commencement address offered by Cardinal Dolan (NYC)

The Law of the Gift

Charles W. Colson, R.I.P. | First Things George Weigel says good bye

Charles W. Colson, R.I.P. | First Things

14 May, 2012

CNS STORY: Half a century later, still answering Fatima questions

I have a personal connection to this issue, if only ephemerally as May 13th is the date I was ordained to the priesthood. It was not a conscious connection when I negotiated the date with my Bishop back then, but I was a happy discovery of serendipity that I've come to  love deeply and value in  my life as a blessed confluence of events.

As a child, I knelt with my family before the Fatima Statue we owned to pray the rosary every month, and every night during Lent and Advent. Learning about this apparition, her message of love, and her call to holiness  at my parents knee. It helped form my understanding of the extent of God's love and grace for me as a sinner. I continue to believe the same throughout the past 24 years of my priesthood.

But...

I've always been uncomfortable with the piety of some Catholics that seem to exaggerate the lessons and devotion to the Fatima apparition. The fixation on the secrets received... the belief that what the Virgin asked for has not been thoroughly, fully, or complete as regards the consecration of Russia and the world.... These always struck a discordant note within me. It conflicts  with the belief I possess in our Lady of Fatima,  and in her love for us and Jesus. It is the belief which prayer, devotion, study, and parental love have graced me with.

I'm glad to read that the last extant Church official who participated in the actual event shares that I have been right in believing in the Church's teaching on the subject... and in the love of the Blessed Virgin which aids in bringing me to her Son. 


I'm posting both the source video and its companion source article.

CNS STORY: Half a century later, still answering Fatima questions

First TIME, now Newsweek? Deacon Greg Kanda opines about recent magazine covers depicting Obama as 'America's First Gay President'. Opinions or thoughts?

First TIME, now Newsweek

Whose Body and Whose Choice? | Socon or Bust

Whose Body and Whose Choice? | Socon or Bust

13 May, 2012

12 May, 2012

Fugitive hacker Christopher Doyon, or Commander X, tells why Anonymous ‘might well be the most powerful organization on Earth’ | News | National Post

Fugitive hacker Christopher Doyon, or Commander X, tells why Anonymous ‘might well be the most powerful organization on Earth’ | News | National Post

Married deacons: it’s okay. You can have sex with your wives.

Married deacons: it’s okay. You can have sex with your wives.

You Can’t Have it All – As seen on T.V. | Archdiocese of Washington

You Can’t Have it All – As seen on T.V. | Archdiocese of Washington

Author Ross Douthat says the U.S. is turning to ‘bad religion’ | Holy Post | National Post

Author Ross Douthat says the U.S. is turning to ‘bad religion’ | Holy Post | National Post

The Top 25 C.S. Lewis Quotes - John Hawkins - Townhall Conservative Columnists

The Top 25 C.S. Lewis Quotes - John Hawkins - Townhall Conservative Columnists

Behold Your Mother: Mothers Day and the Gift of Mary, the Mother of the Lord - U.s. - Catholic Online

Behold Your Mother: Mothers Day and the Gift of Mary, the Mother of the Lord - U.s. - Catholic Online

11 May, 2012

One last post on yesterday's big Rally & March for Life on Parliament Hill

PAV: “The dialogue with science continues” - Vatican Insider

PAV: “The dialogue with science continues” - Vatican Insider

PHOTO GALLERY: March for Life 2012 in Ottawa - Hoist the Pro-life banner with pride... you are not alone! We are many!!!

PHOTO GALLERY: March for Life 2012 in Ottawa « Lilley’s Pad

A poll average from Rome on the next pope | National Catholic Reporter

A poll average from Rome on the next pope | National Catholic Reporter

The Antietam of the Culture War » Patrick J. Buchanan - Official Website

The Antietam of the Culture War » Patrick J. Buchanan - Official Website

2012 March For Life : News : SunNews Video Gallery

2012 March For Life : News : SunNews Video Gallery

Ottawa March for Life

It was a great day! What a boost to the spirits! 


Sometimes, working for the Pro-life cause can seem a bit lonely. Yesterday was NOT one of those days. Whether the Police were right their estimate of the crowd (10,000+) or the organizers (claiming 19,500 participants were present), it was GREAT to stand with SO MANY others committed to the cause of preserving and protecting life from womb to tomb.

10 May, 2012

Off to Ottawa!

2011 Rally for Life on Parliament Hill
Friends: I'm about to board a bus to head to Ottawa to participate in today's National Pro-life demonstration on Parliament Hill. I ask your prayers for a safe trip and successful rally. I'll try to take some pictures and post here later tonight.


Thank you.


Fr. Tim

09 May, 2012

A response to a comment raised by my 'Gordian Knot' column

Below is a response to my old friend 'Anonymous' which challenged my contention that pro-lifers are concerned about the expenditure of tax dollars. It affords me the chance to expand upon a point which I trust will satisfy his/her concern.

Anonymous: I agree. But can you name for me one example in a democracy where an established right was removed successfully? The closest example I can think of is prohibition, and that would hardly be counted as a success. It doesn't happen.

Roe v Wade (which is commonly held as the start of the abortion on demand era even up here) has survived every challenge. Courts and legislatures can try and set the HOW this right is exercised (must have sonogram, parental consent, etc.) but the essential decision that a woman has the right to control her body, even to the point of terminating a pregnancy is now as solidly set in principle and precedent that it will not be over turned. In statutory and social terms, it would be the equivalent of the Supreme Courts of our lands making slavery legal again or removing a woman's right to vote. It will not happen.

BUT...

As a citizen, I have the right to demand that I not be made to materially cooperate with evil. I have the right to argue that not one cent of my tax dollars be used to facilitate evil. I can make a valid argument as well that in times of increasing shortage of needed medical procedures for an aging population, the government should not be dedicating ANY RESOURCES WHATSOEVER for the provision of an entirely ELECTIVE PROCEDURE such as an abortion.

Our entire social network and pensions systems are government managed pyramid schemes in which current workers are paying more and more of the direct cost of paying pensions to the generation that preceded them into retirement. Governments have raided most of the actual funds that they put aside for our elders, and now we're in the difficult situation where the burden of maintaining their pensions AND trying to put away for our own pensions will be even more expensive for us to pay with our CPP premiums. PLUS, our taxes are going to have to go up to repay those funds taken from the CPP plan, so we are going to pay twice for money that was borrowed from us in the first place! WE CANNOT AFFORD TO PAY FOR ELECTIVE PROCEDURES SUCH AS ABORTION in the face of such a calamitous fiscal mess and pay for the hips, knees, and other procedures that are actually NECESSARY to maintain a tolerable lifestyle.

So, even if the law of the land will permit legal and safe abortions, it does not and should not pay for it. It's nothing more than Gen X & Y picking the pockets and bank accounts of their elders. We've given enough. I for one refuse to see my friends, parishioners, and family suffer in pain, unable to move around because of arthritic or destroyed joints so that another 20 or 30 year old won't be inconvenienced with a pregnancy. Lord knows, the demand for an infant for adoption FAR EXCEEDS the supply and adoption laws no longer require a total severing of a relationship between birth parents and adopted children, greatly ameliorating the emotional or psychological damage from not knowing 'who' you really are - the last great bug-bear that abortion rights partisans toss up to argue that death is preferable to life as an adopted child: "It's really for their good. Adopted kids are damaged goods."

Talk about imposing one's values on another! Talk about being judgmental! How the hell abortion advocates can claim any moral ground is beyond my comprehension. They are guilty of far worse hypocrisy and oppression than Christians have ever been. They just lack the courage to admit that they are no different than the Churchmen. They've done no better. In my opinion they've done far, far worse since the count in souls killed via abortion rivals any holocaust effected by any religion throughout time.

So, to summarize all this up: I am being pragmatic and realistic is accepting that abortion has become virtually across the globe as a woman's right. It will never be extinguished. The genie is out of the bottle...the toothpaste has left the tube... the train has left the station. It is settled case law in both national and international legislation and courts.

But I still believe that it is wrong. I will do everything I can to ensure that I do not materially cooperate in what I consider to be a horrendous evil via my taxes. That is my goal.

Now is the time to make a credible political argument that will accomplish this goal, based on the principles of triage and justice. This is the tactic that I propose to achieve my goal.

Finally, all of this assumes that I am also doing all I can to convince as many mothers as possible to keep their child alive within her until such time as she can safely hand him/her over to a couple who desperately want to love parent a child through life. All Christians, no matter what the law of the land, must do justly all that they can to convince others to respect the laws of God as well.

"The Church proposes; not imposes." (JPII) It's the same with God. He want to win our hearts; not impose his will. I believe that what I suggest in column fits within authentic Catholic teaching.

I am open to be convinced otherwise.

Fr. Tim

The Journey of a Bishop: National March for Life Tomorrow

The Journey of a Bishop: National March for Life Tomorrow

Biblical Illiteracy and Bible Babel | First Things

Biblical Illiteracy and Bible Babel | First Things

A way out of Abortion's Gordian knot for Canadians??


Is it possible that it is legal to both protect the existing right to access for abortion services while simultaneously respecting the belief that life should be protected from ‘womb to tomb’? I think it is. It may be possible to reconcile the conflict between the right of a woman to control her body (a fundamental human right that will not be re-litigated out of existence any more than slavery would be reinstated as legal) while simultaneously meeting the chief moral objections of the Pro-life community.

On Thursday, I’ll be traveling to Ottawa to participate in the annual Pro-Life demonstration on Parliament Hill. I will be honored to be afforded the opportunity to once again stand shoulder to shoulder with fellow citizens in a common expression to a commitment to the sanctity of life, and asking that our government respect as public policy not to use our share of the national purse to pay for an activity we consider to be tantamount to a holocaust. But this doesn’t mean that abortions must be illegal, nor should it herald the return to the dark days of back room abortions that abortion rights advocates predict should our desire be accommodated by parliamentarians.

Abortions are legal. We pro-lifers need to get used to it and accept this fact. It will not and cannot change. Nor should it.

Canadians understand that the right of a woman to make the decision to terminate a pregnancy is entirely between her and her doctor. Period. Case closed. This is the clearly the case if we support our Constitutions for we can no more strip away a woman’s right to control her own body than we could force her into servitude or submission.

If a government could indeed so capriciously give and take away citizen's rights whenever it wished to do so... then the concordat that exists between the governed and the governors would crumble like concrete without enough cement or sand. The State could redefine, remove or replace any right from underneath its citizens without their consent. Clearly no democracy could survive or thrive on such an unsubstantial footings that would fail to support all other rights, ready to fall for little or no reason more than an executive, legislative or judicial fiat.

At the same time any State carries as its most fundamental obligation to protect the security and life of all under its dominion. That all who fall under the sovereignty of one flag or crown are possessed of the right to life once they have attained some capacity to sustain a claim to exist.

What sustains hope for the protection of life being respected as policy and law? It’s based upon the fact that just because something is legal and permitted doesn’t mean that it has to be paid for with tax dollars. The argument that may tip the balance in favor of protecting life might ultimately come down to a decision how to use a shrinking public purse to pay for an increasing demand for other medical services. When an ever growing number of people have wait longer and longer for the resources to pay for a new knee, hip, or eye surgeries – is it reasonable to expect that public dollars should go to offer abortions on demand? Demographics alone demonstrates that the odds are not in abortions favor in the years ahead.

Women’s health advocates argue that this would constitute an unfair impediment to a woman’s ability to exercise her right of control over her body through the application of a financial barrier. A barrier effectively separating young and poor woman from a safe therapeutic abortion. But this need not be the case.

The President Clinton Foundation raises billions of dollars to eliminate malaria. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was responsible for the establishment of public access to computers and the internet al over the world through their charity. Warren Buffet too has added his fortune to the Gate’s to fund and provide needed services throughout the globe. Surely other such individuals would be more than capable, willing and able to fund non-profit clinics everywhere, especially given the popularity of abortion rights among the glitterati and wealthy of today’s Western culture and society. Just think of it. Instead of giving billions of dollars every year to fund political campaigns for executive and legislatives positions to protect a woman’s rights, provide her with access directly by funding legal, safe, and non-profit clinics across the country. Which do you think is the most effective use of the dollar? Trust a politician to honor his word, or provide the service yourself. Seems an easy sale to me. Given the opportunity to pool resources and obtain the services to oversee the effort thereby providing financial accountability

Politicians too should embrace the opportunity to be able to stand on both sides of this controversial issue at the same time, effectively removing it as an issue that could potentially threaten future electoral success.

What’s needed to bring such a concordat about? All that’s lacking is the means by which such social funding for those in need could be established before any termination of funding or service in any and every community. It wouldn’t be unreasonable to apply a ‘means test’ to guarantee that finances would never be a barrier. Funds could be directed by the foundation to particular neighborhoods to provide free and safe abortions wherever they saw the need if they felt such an act was required to ensure equal access for all women. Clearly it won’t take billions of dollars to accomplish this. If the concerted efforts of foundations can save tens of millions from malaria, dysentery from polluted water, and bring the internet into even the deepest regions of the Sahara Desert, surely they will be able to ensure unimpeded access for women who desire to terminate a pregnancy in the USA or Canada.

Defense: Philadelphia clergy-abuse trial veering far from charges against Catholic official - The Washington Post

Defense: Philadelphia clergy-abuse trial veering far from charges against Catholic official - The Washington Post

A reader grapples with tragedy |Blogs | NCRegister.com

A reader grapples with tragedy |Blogs | NCRegister.com

A Requiem for Manners

A Requiem for Manners

08 May, 2012

Rise in US seminary numbers brings 'big smile' to Pope's face :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Rise in US seminary numbers brings 'big smile' to Pope's face :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Neo-Nazi party has election breakthrough in Greece, leader warns ‘time for fear has come’ | News | National Post

Neo-Nazi party has election breakthrough in Greece, leader warns ‘time for fear has come’ | News | National Post

The Demographic Bomb goes off in Japan... a foretaste of what's soon to hit the West as well. - The Asian Tiger ― Japan ― is in danger of extinction | LifeSiteNews.com

The Asian Tiger ― Japan ― is in danger of extinction | LifeSiteNews.com

But, on the other hand!!! - MOVE FOR NEW CHARGES AGAINST BISHOP FINN AS THE KANSAS CITY CATHOLIC SEX SCANDAL CONTINUES!!!

Tony's Kansas City: MOVE FOR NEW CHARGES AGAINST BISHOP FINN AS THE KANSAS CITY CATHOLIC SEX SCANDAL CONTINUES!!!

Glenside parishioners joyful over monsignor's being reinstated - Philly.com - NICE to see a good story come from these tragic events....

Glenside parishioners joyful over monsignor's being reinstated - Philly.com

07 May, 2012

Hierarchy's inability to mourn thwarts healing in church

"Along with victims and advocates who have aggressively brought the church to task for the crimes of power inherent in sexual abuse, religious women -- usually much closer to actual human beings trying to live their lives than are the ecclesiastical nobles -- have raised powerful voices exhorting the Catholic community to attend better to the world’s suffering, especially that of the most marginalized. Even more recently, priests in some quarters have assumed a power to insist that attention be paid to the need and the rightness of expanding priestly ministry to the married and the female. In other words, the common citizens of the realm are calling out the royals on their failures to care well for those most in need -- victims of hierarchical neglect and abuse inherent in the sexual abuse crisis; priests who cannot meet the needs of the flock; women speaking on behalf of women and children, minorities, the Earth, and the poor. "
Ok. But why is it necessary to deny the unique salvific element of Jesus as Lord and Savior? Why deny the necessity of the cross? Why is it required by their conscience to defy the Church's authority to declare what is orthodox on such important points of dogma? These are the reasons that underlie the Vatican's recent actions against this American organization of Religious Women. It's not because they are advocating for the poor or speaking for the dispossessed and powerless. It's because they are flirting with heresy, endangering their souls and more.

It's one thing for individual members to hold private views on any dogmatic teaching. It's entirely another matter to say so with the collective voice of their official Church organization. The former effects the state of an individual alone, and is argued in the inner private court of the soul. The latter endangers unto numbers who will accept the voice of these religious sisters as being an authentic expression of Church teaching offered in the public square.


Jesus said that more would be expected of the shepherds than the sheep. He didn't say that all the shepherds were going to be men. I'm sure that in antiquity many a flock followed a female voice too. They are just as culpable as their complicit brothers if they fail to complete the task they accepted at the time of their vows to faithfully represent the teachings of Christ and his Church. I doubt very much of gender is going to be a qualifying factor when we stand in that final judgment should we willingly lead others astray.

Hierarchy's inability to mourn thwarts healing in church

Hierarchy's inability to mourn thwarts healing in church | National Catholic Reporter

I don't agree. You?

Hierarchy's inability to mourn thwarts healing in church | National Catholic Reporter

How to Discuss Abortion With 'Pro-Choice' Friends | Daily News | NCRegister.com

How to Discuss Abortion With 'Pro-Choice' Friends | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Forget “Occupy Wall Street”: It’s now “Occupy Anna Maria College”… | The American Catholic

Forget “Occupy Wall Street”: It’s now “Occupy Anna Maria College”… | The American Catholic

The death of the American religious right | Holy Post | National Post

The death of the American religious right | Holy Post | National Post

05 May, 2012

A flash mob! How I wish I could have been on this train!!!

Catholic Church Faces Disruption and Banishment as Irish Cardinal Set to Resign (?)

An ad-hoc umbrella of malcontents and bigots (given the name of one organization is called 'Anti Catholic Church Activists Worldwide' - I think the terms are appropriate) demand that the Church license all priests as public servants, return all the 'wealth generated from the abuse of children', etc. etc. etc...

The Ten Point statement was issued by The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State, an umbrella organization of over fifty organizations in the United States, Canada, Ireland, England and Australia.

“Pope Benedict and his Bishops have until midnight on September 15 to start complying with these measures” said ITCCS Secretary Kevin Annett today. “After that, we will begin actions to halt the normal operation of the Roman Catholic Church around the world, and we will seek indictments against Pope Benedict and other Vatican officials for crimes against humanity and criminal conspiracy.”

The ACCAW, ITCCS (International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State - an official sounding title for an organization with no authority or power to judge anything let alone the RC Church) and other groups have staged high profile occupations of Catholic churches during their regular services, and plan to escalate these actions into “a permanent campaign of non-violent disruption and civil disobedience aimed at the Roman Catholic Church … until the Church’s reign of terror over children is ended.


Sure, like that's going to happen. I'm sure that the Church hierarchy is shaking in their boots... NOT!


Add to this the erroneous headline claiming Cardinal Martin is resigning - something that has been denied by the man himself - and you have the complete makings of a farce masquerading as a news story.

Catholic Church Faces Disruption and Banishment as Irish Cardinal Set to Resign - Salem-News.Com

The Crusades and Historical Ignorance | The American Catholic

The Crusades and Historical Ignorance | The American Catholic

Michael Coren interview: Why he believes Christianity is the most abused faith on Earth | Holy Post | National Post

Michael Coren interview: Why he believes Christianity is the most abused faith on Earth | Holy Post | National Post

CNS STORY: At 96, Blessed John XXIII's secretary tells tales of his famous boss

CNS STORY: At 96, Blessed John XXIII's secretary tells tales of his famous boss

03 May, 2012

Pope warns doctors of relativism impacting medicine :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Pope warns doctors of relativism impacting medicine :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

N.S. student suspended for wearing pro-Jesus T-shirt | CTV News

N.S. student suspended for wearing pro-Jesus T-shirt | CTV News

Pressure in Ireland Grows on Catholic Leader to Resign - NYTimes.com

Pressure in Ireland Grows on Catholic Leader to Resign - NYTimes.com

Cardinal Dolan Seeks Higher Minimum Wage in New York - NYTimes.com

Cardinal Dolan Seeks Higher Minimum Wage in New York - NYTimes.com

Equipping Catholic Leaders | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Equipping Catholic Leaders | Daily News | NCRegister.com

SDG Reviews 'The Avengers' | Daily News | NCRegister.com

SDG Reviews 'The Avengers' | Daily News | NCRegister.com

The 10 Warning Signs of an Inwardly Obsessed Church - ThomRainer.com

An interesting article sent to me by a brother priest of the Diocese. Thanks Steve! 

The 10 Warning Signs of an Inwardly Obsessed Church - ThomRainer.com

02 May, 2012

Bishops Play Church Queens as Pawns - NYTimes.com


This is the source article written by Maureen Dowd that people are viscerally reacting to.

Bishops Play Church Queens as Pawns - NYTimes.com

Maureen Dowd and Nicholas D. Kristof, New York Times, Slam Catholic Church, anti-Catholicism

"The New York Times has shown yet again that the abuse of children does not really bother them unless it involves the Catholic Church. But if there were still any doubt, the Times has made it perfectly clear that the decades-old abuse of minors by Catholic priests is simply a rhetorical tool with which it can bludgeon the Catholic Church because it does not conform to its left-wing liking."

Click on link to read rest of article

Maureen Dowd and Nicholas D. Kristof, New York Times, Slam Catholic Church, anti-Catholicism

Growing in Grace International erects billboards in Toronto ahead of ‘transformation’ | Holy Post | National Post

Growing in Grace International erects billboards in Toronto ahead of ‘transformation’ | Holy Post | National Post

Catholic Church may take harder line on annulments | Holy Post | National Post

Catholic Church may take harder line on annulments | Holy Post | National Post

Followers of this blog:

Blog Archive

Google Analytics