31 August, 2012

BIG BLUE WAVE: National Atheist Party Cancels Convention Due To Lack Of Funding

BIG BLUE WAVE: National Atheist Party Cancels Convention Due To Lack Of Funding

BIG BLUE WAVE: Six Factors Pro-Lifers Must Address if They Hope to Make Progress in Canada.

BIG BLUE WAVE: Six Factors Pro-Lifers Must Address if They Hope to Make Progress in Canada.

Vatican refuses to comment on cyber attack rumors :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Vatican refuses to comment on cyber attack rumors :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

In the Line of Fire: The Clint Eastwood Train Wreck | Swampland | TIME.com

Time Magazine's take on what was the single most bizarre political speech that I have ever witnessed delivered by Clint Eastwood. Up to now, the honor of the worst speech belonged to Jacques Parizeau in the wake of his loss in the Quebec referendum. (Who can forget his 'it was money and the ethnic vote' rationale for the loss?) But after last night, the former mayor Carmel by the Sea in California occupies the top (?) rung on this ladder of shame and insanity.

In the Line of Fire: The Clint Eastwood Train Wreck | Swampland | TIME.com

A Prayer for Our Country at the Republican National Convention « The Gospel in the Digital Age

A Prayer for Our Country at the Republican National Convention « The Gospel in the Digital Age

Why a Celibate Priesthood? | Catholic Answers

Why a Celibate Priesthood? | Catholic Answers

Discovering the many benefits of Natural Family Planning

Discovering the many benefits of NFP

30 August, 2012

Metro - Father Groeschel apologizes for sympathizing with Sandusky, but won't face discipline

Metro - Father Groeschel apologizes for sympathizing with Sandusky, but won't face discipline

Ontario human rights case seeks equal billing for religion, atheism | Holy Post | National Post

Ontario human rights case seeks equal billing for religion, atheism | Holy Post | National Post

Animal rights activists disrupt Mass, accuse priest of 'murdering' cat :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Animal rights activists disrupt Mass, accuse priest of 'murdering' cat :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Why the Pill Is Very, Very Bad (and why even non-Catholics agree) | Catholic Exchange

Why the Pill Is Very, Very Bad (and why even non-Catholics agree) | Catholic Exchange

Anti-Catholicism on the Left - Conrad Black - National Review Online

Anti-Catholicism on the Left - Conrad Black - National Review Online

29 August, 2012

Curiosity leaves landing site, begins first long Mars road trip

Curiosity leaves landing site, begins first long Mars road trip

New York’s Cardinal Dolan plays modern version of Billy Graham | Holy Post | National Post

New York’s Cardinal Dolan plays modern version of Billy Graham | Holy Post | National Post

Is Sikh-led prayer at RNC a hollow gesture? - CNN.com

Is Sikh-led prayer at RNC a hollow gesture? - CNN.com

Brazil Allows 3 Person Marriage

Creative Minority Report: Brazil Allows 3 Person Marriage

Ross Douthat Scores Ryan's Catholicism and Cardinal Dolan's Election Year Strategy | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Ross Douthat Scores Ryan's Catholicism and Cardinal Dolan's Election Year Strategy | Daily News | NCRegister.com

5 faithy players to watch at the Republican National Convention – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

5 faithy players to watch at the Republican National Convention – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

Fall TV predictions: 10 hits and misses | Inside TV | EW.com

Fall TV predictions: 10 hits and misses | Inside TV | EW.com

Not just an iPad: Technology is a precious asset to the liturgy - Vatican Insider

Not just an iPad: Technology is a precious asset to the liturgy - Vatican Insider

24 August, 2012

Taking its medicine does the Vatican some good | National Catholic Reporter

Taking its medicine does the Vatican some good | National Catholic Reporter

USCCB President Cardinal Dolan celebrates Catholicism of VP picks Biden and Ryan | LifeSiteNews.com

USCCB President Cardinal Dolan celebrates Catholicism of VP picks Biden and Ryan | LifeSiteNews.com

Do no harm?: Medical journals show increasing support for euthanasia | LifeSiteNews.com

Do no harm?: Medical journals show increasing support for euthanasia | LifeSiteNews.com

Astronomers find a rare, different type of Type Ia supernova. - latimes.com

Astronomers find a rare, different type of Type Ia supernova. - latimes.com

The holy editorial alliance between the Vatican and Apple - Vatican Insider

I have only owned Apple computers and smart phones. I've got an iPhone, iPad, and and old iMac. Glad to see that the Vatican is finally catching up with me! (grin)

The holy editorial alliance between the Vatican and Apple - Vatican Insider

Cardinal George calls for ‘more humane and just’ immigration policies : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Cardinal George calls for ‘more humane and just’ immigration policies : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Lessons from Catholic Evangelists: Catholic World Report

Lessons from Catholic Evangelists: Catholic World Report

17 August, 2012

The church's deep pockets, the butler did it, and myths about atheism | National Catholic Reporter

The church's deep pockets, the butler did it, and myths about atheism | National Catholic Reporter

An article from The Economist putting the temporal affairs of the Catholic Church under a microscope.

An article from The Economist putting the temporal affairs of the Catholic Church under a microscope. Here are the opening sentences:

OF ALL the organisations that serve America’s poor, few do more good work than the Catholic church: its schools and hospitals provide a lifeline for millions. Yet even taking these virtues into account, the finances of the Catholic church in America are an unholy mess.

Click on the title to read the source article. 

BIG BLUE WAVE: Locked-In Syndrome Survivor Did Not Want to Die

Important read for everyone, irrespective of their convictions on the euthanasia issue.

BIG BLUE WAVE: Locked-In Syndrome Survivor Did Not Want to Die

Pussy Riot members sentenced to 2 years in prison for 'punk prayer' | CTVNews

While this story has been framed as a case of oppression of free speech and artistic expression, in fact it is something else.

Note that this band participated in a 'guerrilla performance' in the Cathedral. This means that they burst in on a religious service, (orthodox mass)  and took to the altar to perform their song - deliberately written to offend religious sensibilities.What they did would have resulted in charges even here in Canada! They had NO RIGHT to trespass into a building and distrupt a public event religious or otherwise. That's not 'artistic expression'. It was trespassing and creating a public disturbance.

Should they be sentenced to two years of prison? No. But they certainly deserved to be convicted of something.

Pussy Riot members sentenced to 2 years in prison for 'punk prayer' | CTVNews

When Defending Marriage Becomes 'Hate-Speech'....

http://www.catholic.org/national/national_story.php?id=47284&wf=rsscol

Saudis attempt to block Vatican plan for .catholic web addresses

TODAYonline | World | Saudis attempt to block Vatican plan for .catholic web addresses

16 August, 2012

SNAP loses again in court and is ordered to turn over records. I guess they don't believe that they should be held to the same legal standards as they demand be meted out to the Church

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All things are possible with God | Local | News | Pembroke Daily Observer

It is just another sign that the Ottawa Valley is the closest spot on earth to heaven! Rare indeed today are the cities where the daily newspaper would run with such a glorious headline. Thank you Pembroke Daily Observer.

All things are possible with God | Local | News | Pembroke Daily Observer

BIG BLUE WAVE: HUMOUR: A Jesuit, a Dominican and a Trappist are Marooned on a Desert Island

BIG BLUE WAVE: HUMOUR: A Jesuit, a Dominican and a Trappist are Marooned on a Desert Island

Man Walks in with Chick-fil-A Swag and a Gun intending to kill the staff at the Family Research Council in Washington DC

Suzanne Fortin at BIG BLUE WAVE makes a valid point when she decries the silence of the pro-choice crowd in the wake of this attack. Evidently they don't seem to be as concerned when others who don't share their values are menaced. They only seem to scream condemnations when it's one of their own are subjected to violence and harm.

Man Walks in with Chick-fil-A Swag and a Gun…UPDATE

Cardinal Tim Dolan responds to his critics who are complaining about his inviting both Obama and Romney to the annual Al Smith Fundraising Dinner

http://www.catholic.org/national/national_story.php?id=47275&wf=rsscol

13 August, 2012

Is Richard Dawkins a bully or a prophet of reason

Here's an interesting article from Australia on the most prominent of the 'new atheists': Dr. Richard Dawkins. He is the author of 'The God Delusion'. It's his tome against God and faith. Check out the article and decide for yourself whether the man is a prophet of a new age of reason over faith... or just a bully.

07 August, 2012

'Knowing What We Now Know': A story about Charles Schultz's (creator of 'Peanuts') religious convictions

'Knowing What We Now Know': Fr. James V. Schall considers ''Peanuts'' creator Charles M. Schulz a first-rate philosopher and theologian.

Sikhs originally from Italy? Oy vey | Holy Post | National Post

From the man who said he could 'pray away' a hurricane (something he claimed while running for President back in the day) I offer this latest bit of nonsense blaming atheists for the recent spate of mass shootings in the USA. The most salient point in this column is that just because someone doesn't believe in God doesn't mean that they either hate Him or his followers. NOTHING GOOD is accomplished by using such a broad sweeping generalization as claiming that atheism leads to such tragedies.

Thanks to Rationalist who posted a link to this article on today's Holy Post blog on the National Post site.

Sikhs originally from Italy? Oy vey | Holy Post | National Post

The Second Vatican Council according to Albino Luciani - Vatican Insider

The Second Vatican Council according to Albino Luciani - Vatican Insider

05 August, 2012

Todd Bentley: MP calls for ban on tattooed preacher who 'cures' cancer by kicking people in the face | Mail Online

Oh my God. Can the Apocalypse be far away if this is what passes as religious/Christian faith these days? Here's a little quote from a story in today's Online Daily Mail to illustrate my point.

"Burly Mr Bentley, 36, said in one YouTube clip: ‘And I’m thinking  why is the power of God not moving? And He said, “Because you haven’t kicked that woman in the face.”
‘And there is this older lady worshipping right in front of the platform and the Holy Spirit spoke to me. The gift of faith comes on me. He said, “Kick her in the face with your biker boot.” I inched closer  and I went bam! And just as my boot made contact with her nose, she fell under the power of God.’"

If you've got the stomach for it, click on the link below to read the rest of the article and decide for yourself. The signs aren't looking good for those who fear Christ's return. Personally, I'd be keeping a wary eye open for the four horsemen of the Apocalypse just in case.

Todd Bentley: MP calls for ban on tattooed preacher who 'cures' cancer by kicking people in the face | Mail Online

Mars rover landing broadcast live tonight | World | News | North Bay Nugget

Mars rover landing broadcast live tonight | World | News | North Bay Nugget

France's Jewish Archbishop – Forward.com

France's Jewish Archbishop – Forward.com

01 August, 2012

Socon or Bust » The Bishop and the Bongos

Socon or Bust » The Bishop and the Bongos

A seamless garment: The Vatican, the LCWR, and U.S. Catholic higher education… | The American Catholic

A seamless garment: The Vatican, the LCWR, and U.S. Catholic higher education… | The American Catholic

What Arranged Marriages Taught Me About Love |Blogs | NCRegister.com

What Arranged Marriages Taught Me About Love |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Catholic church holds centennial service in Nunavut - North - CBC News

Catholic church holds centennial service in Nunavut - North - CBC News

A Person-centered Response to HIV/AIDS | First Things

A Person-centered Response to HIV/AIDS | First Things

The Reasons for “Partisanship” | First Things

The Reasons for “Partisanship” | First Things

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