26 July, 2012

Interview with Peter Kreeft – On C.S. Lewis, Philosophy, and Great Books

Interview with Peter Kreeft – On C.S. Lewis, Philosophy, and Great Books

The Cafeteria is Wide Open - A column on the morality of atomic weapons

The Cafeteria is Wide Open

Bioethicist Haas questioned Catholic Relief Services’ support for CARE : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Bioethicist Haas questioned Catholic Relief Services’ support for CARE : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Victim advocate: Philly monsignor’s prison sentence a wake-up call ‘to do the right thing’ - The Washington Post

Victim advocate: Philly monsignor’s prison sentence a wake-up call ‘to do the right thing’ - The Washington Post

Linda Gibbons walks free after acquittal | LifeSiteNews.com

Linda Gibbons walks free after acquittal | LifeSiteNews.com

19 July, 2012

Mystery galaxy could unravel Big Bang theory of creation - U.s. - Catholic Online

I think the headline that accompanied this article overstates the case considerably, but it's an interesting article none the less.

Mystery galaxy could unravel Big Bang theory of creation - U.s. - Catholic Online

Marriage, Religious Liberty, and the “Grand Bargain” « Public Discourse

Marriage, Religious Liberty, and the “Grand Bargain” « Public Discourse

6 Songs On The Topic Of Atheism

Man In the Woods: 6 Songs On The Topic Of Atheism

Priest Humour - H/T to Suzanne Fortin of 'Big Blue Wave'

Oh how very, very true! A great joke that explains the essential difference between a Religious order priest from we diocesan ones.

BIG BLUE WAVE: Priest Humour

Expert Notes 'Alarming Data' Connecting Hormonal Contraception and HIV Transmission | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Expert Notes 'Alarming Data' Connecting Hormonal Contraception and HIV Transmission | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Israel: MP tears up Gospel after calling it an “abominable book” - Vatican Insider

Israel: MP tears up Gospel after calling it an “abominable book” - Vatican Insider

Brazil: Psychologist forbidden to call herself Christian - Vatican Insider

Brazil: Psychologist forbidden to call herself Christian - Vatican Insider

Vatican purchases web domain name, '.catholic'

July 18, 2012. (Romereports.com) The Vatican is looking to organize some of the Church’s activities on the internet by buying the web domain “.catholic”.
It will serve as a place for different parishes, dioceses and religious orders to be easily recognized as Catholic institutions on the web.
Click on the link below to read complete article.
 
dot catholic — The Curt Jester

17 July, 2012

Disgruntled Leafs fan skewers team in Gotye parody | CTVNews

This is way too cool not to post. As a devoted Sen's fan since their return to the NHL, it was just too good to pass up.

Disgruntled Leafs fan skewers team in Gotye parody | CTVNews

If we find E.T., does that mean that God doesn't exist?l

http://www.catholic.org/international/international_story.php?id=46976&wf=rsscol

Michael Coren opines about the issue of the Ontario government's anti-bullying initiative

http://www.catholic.org/politics/story.php?id=46971&wf=rsscol

10 DOs and DONTs of Online Evangelization |Blogs | NCRegister.com

10 DOs and DONTs of Online Evangelization |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Mission Territories: Philadelphia?

"As you are probably aware, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is going through a very rough time.  Those good people, our family members in the “Household of the Faith,” and their brave archbishop, Charles Chaput, deserve our love and prayers.


In his courageous and inspired efforts to bring hope and renewal to that Church in crisis, Archbishop Chaput recently made a statement that stopped me cold:  “The Archdiocese of Philadelphia . . . is now really a mission territory.’’


Yes, I had to read it twice, too.


Uganda a mission territory?  Sure . . .


Peru a mission territory?  Yes . . .


Alaska a mission territory?  Okay . . .


But Philadelphia?  Come on now!  That archdiocese in a way was the model of a robust, intact, cohesive Catholic infrastructure!  Parishes, schools, apostolates, ministries galore!  A huge Catholic population, with cardinals as past archbishops, vocations abounding, close to a million–and–a–half Catholics proud of and fervent in their faith, right? What do you mean a mission territory?  Is Archbishop Chaput bluffing?


No!  I’m afraid he’s right on target."

Read the rest of what Cardinal Tim Dolan (NY) has to say about today's 'mission territories' by clicking on the link below.

Mission Territories « The Gospel in the Digital Age

Pope Paul VI and The Prophetic Witness of Humanae Vitae - Marriage & Family - Home & Family - Catholic Online

Pope Paul VI and The Prophetic Witness of Humanae Vitae - Marriage & Family - Home & Family - Catholic Online

16 July, 2012

'Dark Knight' rises to perfection | Movies | Entertainment | Pembroke Daily Observer

I can hardly wait to see this movie. I get to go for a week's holiday next week so I'll get to see it soon. I am in the unusual situation where the town I live in has a single screen that's open only a few days each weekend while at my cottage, I am only 20 minutes away from a multi-screen Cineplex which shows movies as soon as they are released.


Just one more reason to look forward to vacation time!

'Dark Knight' rises to perfection | Movies | Entertainment | Pembroke Daily Observer

Cardinal Pell and the church are scapegoats for a multitude of sins

Pell and the church are scapegoats for a multitude of sins

Are the Gospels Historical?

Are the Gospels Historical?

To be lighthouse, we have to be light, even when the world prefers darkness. An Answer to an Anti-Catholic Blogger | Archdiocese of Washington

To be lighthouse, we have to be light, even when the world prefers darkness. An Answer to an Anti-Catholic Blogger | Archdiocese of Washington

Catholic Church Conservation: SSPX says no to Rome-updated

Catholic Church Conservation: SSPX says no to Rome-updated

“To understand the world we must understand religion” - Vatican Insider

“To understand the world we must understand religion” - Vatican Insider

Can liberal Christianity be saved? | Holy Post | National Post

Can liberal Christianity be saved? | Holy Post | National Post

Morning Catholic must-reads: 16/07/12 | CatholicHerald.co.uk

Morning Catholic must-reads: 16/07/12 | CatholicHerald.co.uk

15 July, 2012

The Catholic Church is Now Pissing Off the People Who Actually Like Them

This has got to be one of the dumbest ideas a bishop ever came up with. It's the very antithesis of what it means to be 'Catholic' to be building walls to determine whose 'in' from whose 'out'. I would not ever implement such a silly practice in a parish I served. 

I really hope that this does not turn into a trend that spreads beyond the USA. Thankfully, most of these American initiatives don't tend to spread over on to this side of the border.

The Catholic Church is Now Pissing Off the People Who Actually Like Them

13 July, 2012

Yesterday’s Appeal Court ruling strikes me as a serious blow to religious freedom | CatholicHerald.co.uk

I found this interesting article on a Catholic UK site in response to an appeals court ruling that a Diocese is financially liable for the malfeasance of a priest as he is an 'employee' of the Bishop. What makes it interesting is the fact that, as he points out, legal precedents in Western courts have established that priests do not possess the same legal rights as an employee. We cannot sue our Bishops outside of the forums provided by Church canon law.

So the courts say that a priest is not an employee when it comes to using civil courts to seek redress from a Bishop, how can we suddenly be seen as such when it comes to opening a diocese to being liable for civil actions by others?

 Court ruling strikes me as a serious blow to religious freedom | CatholicHerald.co.uk

AFTERLIFE LAWYER PRESENTS THE EVIDENCE FOR LIFE AFTER DEATH AND WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DIE

AFTERLIFE LAWYER PRESENTS THE EVIDENCE FOR LIFE AFTER DEATH AND WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DIE

Enough With the Reaction to the Reaction to the Reaction Already!

I’ve been meditating upon the nearly complete break-down of trust between generations of Catholics, between left and right. I’ve only been Catholic for 24 years and yet I feel like Catherine Doherty speaking of the 60’s. Overnight, she and friends like Dorothy Day went from being so far out on the left hand side of the Catholics spectrum (albeit orthodox) that you could hardly see them to being regarded as conservatives – and they hadn’t moved an inch. The whole Church had revolved around them.
Reading Cardinal Stafford’s passionate depiction of the times by those who lived it does help me understand. It helps me understand what the tsunami of cultural change in the 60’s felt like. I can’t tell you how wearying living with the reaction to the reaction to the reaction to the reaction is getting. Now that I’m seeing (as I knew was inevitable) the first signs of reaction by the very youngest seminarians to their trad “elders”.
The cycle of reaction and rejection keeps speeding up and now it only take 5 – 10 years or so for a “new generation” to take the required stance against the failures of its “elders” (who may still be in their 20’s).
Read the full article by clicking on the link below:

Enough With the Reaction to the Reaction to the Reaction Already!

Catholics and Modernity - George Weigel - National Review Online

Catholics and Modernity - George Weigel - National Review Online

Why are Catholic bishops suddenly worried about freedom? - Madison Civil Rights | Examiner.com

Why are Catholic bishops suddenly worried about freedom? - Madison Civil Rights | Examiner.com

Evangelizing Amid Sobering Statistics - A little something from Cardinal Tim Dolan of NY

Evangelizing Amid Sobering Statistics - Catholic New York

12 July, 2012

Interfaith prayer meeting for peace to be held in Rome - Vatican Insider

Interfaith prayer meeting for peace to be held in Rome - Vatican Insider

California - Prosecutors Forgo New Trial for Man Accused of Assaulting Priest - NYTimes.com

In California, it is evidently acceptable to beat the tar out of an old priest in a nursing home because you claim that he abused you as a child. This is after receiving $1.2 million dollars (split between two brothers who were victimized) and admitting to beating the priest up in open court. He drove 50 miles, offered a false name to gain entry and bringing leather gloves to put on his hands to maximize the damage done to his victim. Yet, the jury acquitted him.

I wonder if this man had admitted assaulting a lay person in a similar situation whether or not he would be getting this free pass for his crime? Probably not.

California - Prosecutors Forgo New Trial for Man Accused of Assaulting Priest - NYTimes.com

Brief SSPX statement on talks with Holy See : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Brief SSPX statement on talks with Holy See : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

10 July, 2012

Vatican: It’s not the “smoke of Satan” that’s the problem - Vatican Insider

Vatican: It’s not the “smoke of Satan” that’s the problem - Vatican Insider

10 Great Tips To Help You PRAY (not just SAY) The Rosary! | Following The Truth

10 Great Tips To Help You PRAY (not just SAY) The Rosary! | Following The Truth

To be effective, Vatican's new media adviser needs Roman Curia's total, unflinching support

OSV Daily Take Blog: Shaw: To be effective, Vatican's new media adviser needs Roman Curia's total, unflinching support

Catholic charity urges HIV/AIDS funding in US budget :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Catholic charity urges HIV/AIDS funding in US budget :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

How a radical new Catholic movement was born

How a radical new Catholic movement was born

On the Culture : Gerard Ludwig Müller: Another Faulty Traditionialist Condemnation - Catholic Culture

Given that both liberals and traditionalists are attacking this appointment, it's probably the perfect appointment for these times: a moderate!

So much for the "B16 is dragging the church to the 'right'", eh?

On the Culture : Gerard Ludwig Müller: Another Faulty Traditionialist Condemnation - Catholic Culture

Catholic teachers' deal all about image: Expert- Politics - Canoe.ca

Catholic teachers' deal all about image: Expert- Politics - Canoe.ca

Catholic sex abuse crisis, 10 years later - Guest Voices - The Washington Post

Catholic sex abuse crisis, 10 years later - Guest Voices - The Washington Post

09 July, 2012

Covering Rome on Philadelphia time

Covering Rome on Philadelphia time

NASA’s ‘new form of life’ found in arsenic-rich lake disproven, scientists insist | News | National Post


Wolfe-Simon said in a statement sent to AFP that the data in the new papers “are consistent with our original paper” and that she and colleagues expect to publish new information in the next few months.
“A great thing about science is that the ability to do rigorous tests with controls provides an increasingly accurate knowledge of life and the universe that is extremely useful,” she said.
This is the reason that it is impossible to deny the discoveries of science because they don't fit into one's religious convictions. There is a self-correcting mechanism that acts like a gyroscope, keeping science true to its roll of objectively reveal the truth about creation. It's because of this it can be trusted, so long as one does not close themselves off to the possibility that any one discovery or theory may be incomplete or wrong - as this story seems to demonstrate happened with this re-definition of what is required for life.

To balance out the scales a little bit and show that these errors are committed by partisans on both sides of the God divide, here's a neat exposition by Lewis Black of why those who deny the validity of evolution are wrong. Hope it puts a smile on your face this wonderful Monday morning. 

NASA’s ‘new form of life’ found in arsenic-rich lake disproven, scientists insist | News | National Post

Eurozone fragmenting faster than EU can act | Investing | Financial Post

"An invisible financial wall, potentially as dangerous as the Iron Curtain that once divided eastern and western Europe, is slowly going up inside the euro area.

The interest rate gap between north European creditor countries such as Germany and the Netherlands, whose borrowing costs are at an all-time low, and southern debtor countries like Spain and Italy, where bond yields have risen to near pre-euro levels, threatens to entrench a lasting divergence."
Anything that portents to predict the rise of a new European 'curtain' is something that should be noted. The demographic and cultural collapse of the most secular of states in Europe is well underway. Evidently they might have presaged an economic collapse as well.

As a Christian, I cannot help but note that the solution being proposed would bring the world closer to that mega-state which a fundamentalist reading of the Book of Revelation depicts as signaling the emergence of the predicted anti-Christ. I bet that there will be lots of predictions of doom and gloom should Europe finally move to become in reality one single economic entity. 

Eurozone fragmenting faster than EU can act | Investing | Financial Post

Sr. Margaret Farley and Dissent | First Things

Sr. Margaret Farley and Dissent | First Things

06 July, 2012

California - Acquittal in Beating of Retired Priest - NYTimes.com

WOW! I guess 'two wrongs' DO make 'a right' in California. William Lynch admits to beating an old priest living in a nursing home to within an inch of his life because he claims that he molested him as a child - and the jury acquits him! 

Somehow, this is supposed to be seen as 'justice'?

California - Acquittal in Beating of Retired Priest - NYTimes.com

05 July, 2012

Parent group urges Ontario Catholic school trustees to defy law supporting gay clubs

Connor Ferguson
Does this story reporting on a transgendered person who was voted class Prom Queen by her fellow students not speak to the argument  that GSA's are a legislative solution in search of a problem that doesn't currently exist? 


Read the story. It makes clear that bullying at school was never an issue for this year's reigning Queen of the ball - even when she publicly lived changed of gender at the start of high school, living in the open as a girl after years of being a boy. She states that more abuse befell her on the street from the adults in the community than ever happened in to her in school.

If this story makes one thing perfectly clear, it's that bullying (at least for reasons of sexual orientation) is NOT an issue in the largest urban schools of the province in the GTA. 

The generation of school kids today are far less concerned about such issues Much as the generations that followed mine struggle now to see the humor in the ethnic/sexist slurs of Archie Bunker or George Jefferson because it's insulting, today's kids (for the overwhelming part) think that one's sexual identity is no matter to anyone but the person themselves. They are more Libertarian than we would have ever thought to be. But they all tend to have a 'live and let live' attitude that would surprise we elders.


We shouldn't be surprised. This generation is as far from being raised in the two parent traditional family as we can get. There are so many changes of 'mommies & daddies' in the lives of kids today by the time they reach high school... there's very little that throws today's students. It's the product of the licentiousness that has gripped western cultures as a whole. Time will tell whether it's a change for the better or worse. But it is what passes as reality these days in the halls of the province's schools.

So, if this case is representative (and recent social surveys of students says it is) it's not likely that anyone would seek to start a GSA to deal with bullying for being gay in school.


Cardinal Collins is correct. Its creation would MOST LIKELY be used as solely as a means to promote libertarian re-interpretation of the Church moral teaching towards greater sexual license - under the COVER of the URBAN MYTH that gays are still being persecuted or bullied in Ontario schools.


Fr. Tim

Dismantling the new atheism | LifeSiteNews.com

Dismantling the new atheism | LifeSiteNews.com

Holy See announces loss of over $18 million for 2011 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Holy See announces loss of over $18 million for 2011 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

The Golden Age Cometh: A reflection on the mission began by Fr. RJN, George Weigel and Michael Novak

The Golden Age Cometh

Catholic? Step away from the ballot box: ‘Antiquated’ law undermining Alberta’s public schools, critics charge | Holy Post | National Post

Catholic? Step away from the ballot box: ‘Antiquated’ law undermining Alberta’s public schools, critics charge | Holy Post | National Post

03 July, 2012

Is RELIGION anti-intellectual? ( Bill Maher vs Ross Douthat )

HOLY SMOKE! What a day! First it's the Higgs Boson, and now Amelia Earhart? Will all the great mysteries get solved this week?

Hunt for the plane | World | News | Pembroke Daily Observer

God particle hunt almost over as Large Hadron Collider closes in on Higgs boson | News | National Post

'The Thinker': by Auguste Rodin
The buzz  gripping the scientific world today is palatable for anyone who has an interest in the impending announcement that is expected  from the Large Hadron Collider that they have finally discovered the Higgs boson, the last key to proving the Standard Model of Physics. The Higgs boson, inaccurately labeled the ‘God Particle’ is the answer to how it is that matter popped into existence following the Big Bang. It answers one of the questions which inspired the scientific effort throughout the ages: How can something come from nothing?

It’s also being flogged by atheist bloggers as becoming the day that science triumphs in its contest with religion, stripping from the hands of God the heretofore divine monopoly on knowing why is there something rather than nothing. Alas, I suspect that they will be disappointed, not with the announcement itself, but with their expectation that they have finished off religion.

This will be a stirring and magnificent day for everyone if the Higgs Boson has actually been discovered, irrespective of whether one is a believer or not. It will complete our human understanding of how the whole universe works. It will confirm everything from the Big Bang theory down through to our understanding of the smallest particle of matter or photon of light. It will demonstrate how it was that, in the beginning everything was in darkness into which came an enormous burst of energy in the form of light, out of which distilled the material that fills and formed our universe. It will potentially prove that there exists a harmonious, if analogous relationship between the religious and scientific explanations of our existence rather than disproving the raison d'être of either.

I am not saying that the Bible is a scientific book. It is not. Rather, it is a narrative that answers the same reality as science from a decidedly different perspective. The Bible attempts to explain why we exist. Science is telling us how we exist. I am simply pointing out that these two narratives are not necessarily in conflict. This anticipated announcement of the means by which matter pops into existence inspires my faith... it doesn't harm or diminish it in any way. To see the elegant and simple manner in which we are sustained in existence is no surprise to anyone who has some first hand knowledge of God's love in their life.

Seen, not as the ‘God Particle’, but to call it what it is, the Higgs boson - the foundation particle that creates something out of nothing - better explains its significance and strips it of any religious' pretensions. It grounds the particle, not in the realm of the supernatural, but rather completes our understanding of the natural realm which is the purview of science.

If indeed the Higgs Boson is found, science will be able to explain why marble and bronze exists as they do. But it cannot explain the inspiration that permitted Auguste Rodin to see within them the form of 'The Thinker'. It will be able to explain why it is that the stone or metal reacts as it does to the artists touch and tools. It is silent when it comes to providing an answer to why he wields them as he does to bring such a masterpiece into being.


The anticipated announcement from the authorities at CERN will indeed be a monumental day for human kind. It is a milestone in our comprehension of existence. But so long as random chance is the only answer that science can offer to explain why we possess the gift of consciousness while Rodan's masterpiece, no matter how lifelike in appearance does not, it will fail to vanquish religious belief. 


God particle hunt almost over as Large Hadron Collider closes in on Higgs boson | News | National Post

Cuomo, Shriver and Reagan: 8 Thoughts On How Catholic Social Teaching Transcends Politics | St. Peter's List

Cuomo, Shriver and Reagan: 8 Thoughts On How Catholic Social Teaching Transcends Politics | St. Peter's List

What went wrong with the religious right? |Blogs | NCRegister.com

What went wrong with the religious right? |Blogs | NCRegister.com

02 July, 2012

100 Years of Earthquakes On One Gorgeous Map | Smart News

100 Years of Earthquakes On One Gorgeous Map | Smart News

Higgs Boson found: U.S. atom smasher data 'strongly points' to existence of 'God particle' | News | National Post

Higgs Boson found: U.S. atom smasher data 'strongly points' to existence of 'God particle' | News | National Post

Catholicism in the South: Once a Strange Religion, Now Forging Ahead With Evangelical Fervor | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Fr. Jay Scott Newman, who is quoted in this article, is a man I was honored to meet at Fr. RJN's funeral in New York through the agency of a mutual friend, George Weigel. This article does an excellent job in conveying his understanding of what it means to be an 'evangelical Catholic priest'. I share in his understanding of such a self-identification as I state here on my blog.


While I sometimes think that Scott confuses his political beliefs with his religious ones and holds, perhaps subconsciously, to the doctrine of American Exceptionalism which he wields as a lens through which he views the world, I fully agree with him for the need to present the Catholic proposition to the world today.


The article is worth a read!

Catholicism in the South: Once a Strange Religion, Now Forging Ahead With Evangelical Fervor | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope fires another bishop | National Catholic Reporter

Pope fires another bishop | National Catholic Reporter

What if Starbucks were marketed like a church? Thanks to Suzanne at Big Blue Wave for finding this thought provoking videa

What if Starbucks Marketed Like a Church... A Parable from littlejoey on GodTube.

Researchers on verge of 'God particle' discovery | CTVNews

Researchers on verge of 'God particle' discovery | CTVNews

Pope taps German theologian to head orthodoxy post - seattlepi.com

Pope taps German theologian to head orthodoxy post - seattlepi.com

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