30 September, 2012

Pope B16: There may be something Catholic, even outside the Catholic Church - Asia News

YES!!!

If been saying this for many years. THANK YOU B16 for stating that I've been correct all along! Now, if only we can convince those within the Church who believe differently!!

VATICAN Pope: There may be something Catholic, even outside the Catholic Church - Asia News

This week in religion history: The Catholic Church takes it on the chin | Holy Post | National Post

This week in religion history: The Catholic Church takes it on the chin | Holy Post | National Post

'Why I am a Possibilian' written by Dr. David Eagleman

I listened to a lecture from Dr. David Eagleman on CBC Radio One the other evening ('Ideas' program) delivered at the 'IdeasCity' conference organized and presented by Moses Znaimer of City TV fame. I was enthralled. What he argues for from the perspective of science is what I've been working away at from the perspective of faith. You will no doubt enjoy his work too if you are interested in the types of issues I address here on this blog.

Why I am a Possibilian

An Old-New Way To Treat Those Who Consider Themselves Your Enemies

Ascending Mount Carmel: An Old-New Way To Treat Those Who Consider Themselves Your Enemies

29 September, 2012

Canada’s pro-choice culture warriors have lost their sanity | Full Comment | National Post

Canada’s pro-choice culture warriors have lost their sanity | Full Comment | National Post

Working for the Wrong Kingdom as Seen in a Car Commercial | Archdiocese of Washington

Working for the Wrong Kingdom as Seen in a Car Commercial | Archdiocese of Washington

'Ratzinger Prize' awards to American theologian, French historian : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

'Ratzinger Prize' awards to American theologian, French historian : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

In Marois’ Montreal, the sound of English becomes an offence | Full Comment | National Post

In Marois’ Montreal, the sound of English becomes an offence | Full Comment | National Post

The American Spectator : "Something Is Wrong" - I don't know that I entirely agree with Ben Stein in this column, but he does raise an interesting point

The American Spectator : Something Is Wrong

Religious Liberty Allows ‘Voice of Faith to Function as the Conscience of Society’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Religious Liberty Allows ‘Voice of Faith to Function as the Conscience of Society’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Catholic Leader William Donohue Turned Away at Exhibit He Deemed Offensive - NYTimes.com

Catholic Leader William Donohue Turned Away at Exhibit He Deemed Offensive - NYTimes.com

28 September, 2012

Tim Hortons ranks among top five in Zagat survey of fast food chains | CTV News

Tim Hortons ranks among top five in Zagat survey of fast food chains | CTV News

Abstracted From Reality: France Bans ‘Mother’ and ‘Father’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Abstracted From Reality: France Bans ‘Mother’ and ‘Father’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Top Ten Rejected Religious Orders - A little smile to start the day!

Top Ten Rejected Religious Orders « Acts Of The Apostasy

Who are the "one in three?" - A study purports that 1 in 3 women will have an abortion in their lifetime. This I doubt very much!!!

Who are the "one in three?" |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Evangelization in Europe urgently in need of renewal - Vatican Insider

Evangelization in Europe urgently in need of renewal - Vatican Insider

Fr. Barron’s Recommended Books on Philosophy 101 | BrandonVogt.com

Fr. Barron’s Recommended Books on Philosophy 101 | BrandonVogt.com

26 September, 2012

Water bomb: A short video of an underwater nuclear test in the Pacific from 1958

Water bomb | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine

UPDATE: German court: Catholics who don't pay religious tax must leave church

I still cannot believe this is happening. Denying the sacraments to someone for financial reasons is wrong, wrong, wrong. When will saner heads prevail?

UPDATE: German court: Catholics who don't pay religious tax must leave church

Getting a head start to the Year of Faith

Getting a head start to the Year of Faith

Upcoming Pro-Life Chain in the Ottawa Valley this coming Sunday. Hope to see you there!

PRO-LIFE WITNESS: Renfrew County Right to Life invites everyone to participate in the annual North America wide ‘Life Chain’, to take place on Sunday, September 30, 2012, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the corner of Pembroke St. W and Christie Street (downtown Pembroke). At the present time, there is no law in Canada against abortion at any time throughout the nine months of pregnancy and can be obtained for any reason! Over three million abortions have taken place in Canada in the past forty years. Abortion has harmed the lives of many Canadian women. The purpose of this event is to bring silent, prayerful, and peaceful witness to the untold damage created by abortion in our society. All ages are needed and welcome (no graphic signs are used). For more information, please call Mark Reilander at (613) 735-3894.

Please note that Life Chain is also taking place at the same time and date in Barry's Bay and Round Lake Centre. Renfrew has yet to be confirmed.

This is an opportunity to show that we are pro-life and not just say that we are. Silent witnesses are powerful. Hope to see many out this year.

Community says 'thanks' to Sisters | Local | News | Pembroke Daily Observer

My Pembroke Diocese pays tribute to the two local religious communities of Sisters for the generations of work that they have done in the fields of education, health care, as well as aiding local parishes and parishioners. I wish I could have been there but a funeral kept me from attending.

THANK YOU SISTERS for all your GREAT WORK!!!

Community says 'thanks' to Sisters | Local | News | Pembroke Daily Observer

RealClearReligion - The Gospel of Blasphemy: A story about the media coverage surrounding the 'Jesus's wife' papyrus

RealClearReligion - The Gospel of Blasphemy

Canadian Bishops block foreign aid campaign for being too partisan

Bishops block foreign aid campaign for being too partisan

Campaign 2012: The Future of Marriage | First Things (latest from George Weigel)

Campaign 2012: The Future of Marriage | First Things

Bishops as Teachers: Bishop Myers on Marriage and Cardinal Wuerl on the Church - U.s. - Catholic Online

Bishops as Teachers: Bishop Myers on Marriage and Cardinal Wuerl on the Church - U.s. - Catholic Online

If Men Don't Have a Right to Oppose Abortion… |Blogs | NCRegister.com

If Men Don't Have a Right to Oppose Abortion… |Blogs | NCRegister.com

25 September, 2012

Film on Vatican II offers new insights on Council : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Film on Vatican II offers new insights on Council : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The Conservative Mind - NYTimes.com An opinion piece by David Brooks on what constitutes 'Conservative' - a good read

The Conservative Mind - NYTimes.com

TOM HARPUR: Religion by rote leads to hypocrisy | Column | Opinion | Pembroke Daily Observer

HARPUR: Religion by rote leads to hypocrisy | Column | Opinion | Pembroke Daily Observer

Breakdown: What we know about the new SARS-like virus | CTV News

Breakdown: What we know about the new SARS-like virus | CTV News

The Definition of ‘Evangelical’ | First Things

The Definition of ‘Evangelical’ | First Things

Dorothy Day’s Dynamic Orthodoxy | First Things

Dorothy Day’s Dynamic Orthodoxy | First Things

‘10 Ways Catholics Can Live the Year of Faith’ : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

‘10 Ways Catholics Can Live the Year of Faith’ : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

21 September, 2012

Texas high school bans religious banners at football games | Holy Post | National Post

Humm.. does this mean that Jesus isn't a fan of the New Orleans Saints after all?  Next someone will claim that he doesn't pull for Notre Dame!  (grin)

Texas high school bans religious banners at football games | Holy Post | National Post

Analysis: Pondering a ‘rising tide’ of threats to religious freedom | Holy Post | National Post

Analysis: Pondering a ‘rising tide’ of threats to religious freedom | Holy Post | National Post

One of the most interesting replies I have ever heard to the Problem of Evil | Archdiocese of Washington

One of the most interesting replies I have ever heard to the Problem of Evil | Archdiocese of Washington

ARCHBISHOP AQUILA: 9.19.12 - The election and responsible Christian citizenship

ARCHBISHOP AQUILA: 9.19.12 - The election and responsible Christian citizenship

‘Baby M’ dies in Edmonton hospital after short life, long legal battle | Canada | News | National Post

‘Baby M’ dies in Edmonton hospital after short life, long legal battle | Canada | News | National Post

With Jonathan Reyes Appointment, USCCB Grows Even More Partisan | The New Republic

With Jonathan Reyes Appointment, USCCB Grows Even More Partisan | The New Republic

19 September, 2012

Are Catholic Bishops Moving Toward The GOP?

Actually, the question would be better framed as: Has the Republican Party moved towards the Catholic Bishops? If Church leaders are sounding like Republicans, it's because the Party has adopted the Church's pro-life stance. It could be just as valid to posit that the Bishops are moving closer to the Democrats given the affinity between the social justice teachings and their political inspiration to meet the needs of the 'widows, strangers, (immigrants) and orphans'.

The fact is that there's a fair degree of overlap between the positions of both parties with the teachings of the Church, but neither perfectly reflect Catholic convictions, beliefs, and propositions. Why? Because a politic template does not fit well over an ecclesiastical creed and beliefs. 

Are Catholic Bishops Moving Toward The GOP?

Here's a BBC interview, done by a Rabbi in which he interviews three prominent atheists about the relationship of faith and science

“It’s not the Church that’s behind the times, it’s modernity that’s facing a crisis” - Vatican Insider

“It’s not the Church that’s behind the times, it’s modernity that’s facing a crisis” - Vatican Insider

Are Catholics obliged to go to Mass on only Christmas and Easter? (spoiler alert: the answer is NO)

QUAERITUR: Are Catholics obliged to go to Mass on only Christmas and Easter? | Fr. Z's Blog – What Does The Prayer Really Say?

Campaign 2012: Religious Freedom vs. Exclusive Humanism | George Weigel's latest column on the First Things blog

Campaign 2012: Religious Freedom vs. Exclusive Humanism | First Things

Canadian bishops emphasize: life begins at conception : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Canadian bishops emphasize: life begins at conception : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Fr Dwight Longenecker Asks: Does Faith Work? - U.s. - Catholic Online

Fr Dwight Longenecker Asks: Does Faith Work? - U.s. - Catholic Online

Key Participants for New Evangelization Synod Announced | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Key Participants for New Evangelization Synod Announced | Daily News | NCRegister.com

"Catholic" but not "Roman Catholic"

"Catholic" but not "Roman Catholic"

Jesus and wife: Fourth-century papyrus renews idea that Christ married | Holy Post | National Post

Jesus and wife: Fourth-century papyrus renews idea that Christ married | Holy Post | National Post

18 September, 2012

Can beauty lead to truth? | CatholicHerald.co.uk

Can beauty lead to truth? | CatholicHerald.co.uk

Britain mulls ethics of 'three-parent babies' | CTVNews

Britain mulls ethics of 'three-parent babies' | CTVNews

American Cardinal declares: "A “gathering storm” threatens religious liberty."

Saving Rimsha, and Ourselves - Kathryn Jean Lopez - National Review Online

40 Days for Life Ottawa: Important Dates and Info

BIG BLUE WAVE: 40 Days for Life Ottawa: Important Dates and Info

How I Chose To Argue For Free Will | The American Catholic

How I Chose To Argue For Free Will | The American Catholic

dotCommonweal » Blog Archive » Catholic laity seek voice in choice of bishop

dotCommonweal » Blog Archive » Catholic laity seek voice in choice of bishop

On Delayed Marriage and When the Perfect is the Enemy of the Good | Archdiocese of Washington

On Delayed Marriage and When the Perfect is the Enemy of the Good | Archdiocese of Washington

Happy Catholic*: Well Said: Belief in the Middle Ages

Happy Catholic*: Well Said: Belief in the Middle Ages: From Introduction to Christianity by Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) which is admittedly dense but is also simply terrific. One ...

Archbishop Chaput on Faith and Public Life

Archbishop Chaput on Faith and Public Life

17 September, 2012

'God's Double Agent': The rapid rise of Christianity in China places it on "the verge of becoming a Christian nation" | Christianity Today

'God's Double Agent' | Christianity Today

Life With a German Shepherd: The Unlimited Evil of Fascism

Life With a German Shepherd: The Unlimited Evil of Fascism: In a rare move for me on this blog, today I'm posting a link to this brilliant post from Mark Shea. It is basically an e-mail from one of h...

On trip about unity, Catholic division a striking omission: John Allen's comments after being with B16 in Lebanon

On trip about unity, Catholic division a striking omission

Pope B16 exhorts Lebanese Christians to be agents of peace, not violence.

http://www.catholic.org/international/international_story.php?id=47635&wf=rsscol

How I Chose To Argue For Free Will

How I Chose To Argue For Free Will

15 September, 2012

A Conversion Story in a Dog Commercial | Archdiocese of Washington

A Conversion Story in a Dog Commercial | Archdiocese of Washington

U.K. surveillance goes too far by putting cameras in school bathrooms | Full Comment | National Post

U.K. surveillance goes too far by putting cameras in school bathrooms | Full Comment | National Post

Colbert and Dolan Open Up on Spirituality - NYTimes.com

Colbert and Dolan Open Up on Spirituality - NYTimes.com

Judge blocks order to take ‘Baby M’ off life support as Alberta parents prepare appeal in abuse case | Canada | News | National Post

Judge blocks order to take ‘Baby M’ off life support as Alberta parents prepare appeal in abuse case | Canada | News | National Post

In Post Synodal Apostolic Address Laity invited to be bold in the cause of Christ. : laity must overcome the divisions and subjective interpretation

E F pastoremeritus: In Post Synodal Apostolic Address Laity invited to be bold in the cause of Christ. : laity must overcome the divisions and subjective interpretation

Much Ado About Nothing | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Much Ado About Nothing | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Poor old Catholic church -- gettin' it up the wazoo again!

Prairie Weather: Poor old Catholic church -- gettin' it up the wazoo again!

14 September, 2012

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, producer behind Innocence of Muslims, may have violated his probation by using Internet | World | News | National Post

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, producer behind Innocence of Muslims, may have violated his probation by using Internet | World | News | National Post

5 Dumb Things People Say About Truth « matt fradd

5 Dumb Things People Say About Truth « matt fradd

Heaven and Hell – What Every Catholic Must Know About “The Four Last Things” (third in a series) : The Integrated Catholic Life

Heaven and Hell – What Every Catholic Must Know About “The Four Last Things” (third in a series) : The Integrated Catholic Life

Pope sees arms build-up in Syria as 'grave sin,' decries fundamentalism : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Pope sees arms build-up in Syria as 'grave sin,' decries fundamentalism : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Missouri - Documents Turned Over in Priest’s Abuse Case - NYTimes.com

Missouri - Documents Turned Over in Priest’s Abuse Case - NYTimes.com

As Predicted: the Normalizing of Incest and Pedophilia

As Predicted: the Normalizing of Incest and Pedophilia

California man confirms role in anti-Islam film

This man is a fraud. He dubbed over the lines of the original film with profoundly hateful dialogue designed to do to Islam what The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion did to Judaism. I hope that somehow, someway, he is prosecuted for deliberately attempting to stir up violence against Muslims... but I fear it won't happen.

The Associated Press: California man confirms role in anti-Islam film

In the Face of Danger, Successor of Peter Travels to Lebanon as a Messenger of Peace - International - Catholic Online

In the Face of Danger, Successor of Peter Travels to Lebanon as a Messenger of Peace - International - Catholic Online

Marriage is the most effective weapon to fight child poverty, study finds | LifeSiteNews.com

Marriage is the most effective weapon to fight child poverty, study finds | LifeSiteNews.com

Catholic college links homosexuality with crimes; draws fire from alumni | The Columbus Dispatch

Catholic college links homosexuality with crimes; draws fire from alumni | The Columbus Dispatch

12 September, 2012

Socon or Bust » Pro-choicers seek to bring back the clothes-hanger days

Socon or Bust » Pro-choicers seek to bring back the clothes-hanger days

GEORGE WEIGEL COLUMN: The future of the pro-life cause

September 12, 2012 - “It’s the economy, stupid!”—James Carville’s memorable note-to-self during the 1992 presidential race—will be the determining factor in the 2012 campaign, according to the common wisdom. That may be true. But as Catholics consider their responsibilities between now and Nov. 6, it would be good to remember that the future of the pro-life cause in America is also at stake.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 79. Justices Antonin Scalia and Anthony Kennedy are 76. Justice Stephen Breyer is 74. The president elected in November will likely appoint two Supreme Court justices, and may appoint as many as four, over the next quadrennium. If that next president replaces Justices Ginsburg, Breyer and Kennedy with nominees who think that Roe v. Wade (1973) and Casey v. Planned Parenthood (1992) were wrongly decided, there could conceivably be a 7-2 Court majority to overturn (or, in effect, gut) those dreadful decisions and return the abortion debate (and related life-issues questions like euthanasia) to the states. There, the pro-life cause would win some states (likely the majority) and lose some others. With national opinion polls showing a pro-life majority for the first time in a long time, however, the conditions would be right for legally advancing the cause in a dramatic way.


Read the rest of the article by clicking link below.
GEORGE WEIGEL COLUMN

Top 5 Catholic iPhone Apps | CatholicMom.com

Top 5 Catholic iPhone Apps | CatholicMom.com

10 September, 2012

Sadly believable even if it's not true. At least it brought a smile to my face at the end of a great day.


This is purported to be an actual letter: State of Pennsylvania's letter to Mr. DeVries: 


SUBJECT: DEQ ... File No.97-59-0023; T11N; R10W, Sec 20; Lycoming County

Dear Mr. DeVries:

It has come to the attention of the Department of Environmental Quality that there has been recent unauthorized activity on the above referenced parcel of property. You have been certified as the legal landowner and/or contractor who did the following unauthorized activity:

Construction and maintenance of two wood debris dams across the outlet stream of Spring Pond.

A permit must be issued prior to the start of this type of activity. A review of the Department's files shows that no permits have been issued Therefore, the Department has determined that this activity is in violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Pennsylvania Compiled Laws, annotated.

The Department has been informed that one or both of the dams partially failed during a recent rain event, causing debris and flooding at downstream locations.. We find that dams of this nature are inherently hazardous and cannot be permitted. The Department therefore orders you to cease and desist all activities at this location, and to restore the stream to a free-flow condition by removing all wood and brush forming the dams from the stream channel. All restoration work shall be completed no later than January 31, 2010.

Please notify this office when the restoration has been completed so that a follow-up site inspection may be scheduled by our staff. Failure to comply with this request or any further unauthorized activity on the site may result in this case being referred for elevated enforcement action..

We anticipate and would appreciate your full cooperation in this matter. Please feel free to contact me at this office if you have any questions.

Sincerely, David L. Price
District Representative and Water Management Division.


Here is the actual response sent back by Mr. DeVries:

Re: DEQ File
No.. 97-59-0023; T11N; R10W, Sec. 20; Lycoming County

Dear Mr. Price,

Your certified letter dated 11/17/09 has been handed to me. I am the legal landowner but not the Contractor at 2088 Dagget Lane , Trout Run, Pennsylvania .

A couple of beavers are in the process of constructing and maintaining two wood 'debris' dams across the outlet stream of my Spring Pond. While I did not pay for, authorize, nor supervise their dam project, I think they would be highly offended that you call their skillful use of natures building materials 'debris.'

I would like to challenge your department to attempt to emulate their dam project any time and/or any place you choose. I believe I can safely state there is no way you could ever match their dam skills, their dam resourcefulness, their dam ingenuity, their dam persistence, their dam determination and/or their dam work ethic.
 

These are the beavers/contractors you are seeking. As to your request, I do not think the beavers are aware that they must first fill out a dam permit prior to the start of this type of dam activity.

My first dam question to you is:
(1) Are you trying to discriminate against my Spring Pond Beavers, or
(2) Do you require all beavers throughout this State to conform to said dam request?

If you are not discriminating against these particular beavers, through the Freedom of Information Act, I request completed copies of all those other applicable beaver dam permits that have been issued. (Perhaps we will see if there really is a dam violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Pennsylvania Compiled Laws, annotated.)

I have several dam concerns. My first dam concern is, aren't the beavers entitled to legal representation? The Spring Pond Beavers are financially destitute and are unable to pay for said representation -- so the State will have to provide them with a dam lawyer.

The Department's dam concern that either one or both of the dams failed during a recent rain event, causing flooding, is proof that this is a natural occurrence, which the Department is required to protect. In other words, we should leave the Spring Pond Beavers alone rather than harassing them and calling them dam names.

If you want the damed stream 'restored' to a dam free-flow condition please contact the beavers -- but if you are going to arrest them, they obviously did not pay any attention to your dam letter, they being unable to read English.

In my humble opinion, the Spring Pond Beavers have a right to build their unauthorized dams as long as the sky is blue, the grass is green and water flows downstream. They have more dam rights than I do to live and enjoy Spring Pond. If the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection lives up to its name, it should protect the natural resources (Beavers) and the environment (Beavers' Dams).

So, as far as the beavers and I are concerned, this dam case can be referred for more elevated enforcement action right now. Why wait until 1/31/2010? The Spring Pond Beavers may be under the dam ice by then and there will be no way for you or your dam staff to contact/harass them.

In conclusion, I would like to bring to your attention to a real environmental quality, health, problem in the area It is the bears! Bears are actually defecating in our woods. I definitely believe you should be persecuting the defecating bears and leave the beavers alone. If you are going to investigate the beaver dam, watch your dam step! The bears are not careful where they dump!

Being unable to comply with your dam request, and being unable to contact you on your dam answering machine, I am sending this response to your dam office.

THANK YOU,

RYAN DEVRIES & THE DAM BEAVERS

About face: FBI rolls out facial identification system - U.s. - Catholic Online

Humm... I wonder what George Orwell would say about this latest 'advancement' in police surveillance technologies? Bad enough that we now have unmanned drones flying overhead spying on us without our knowing, but marry that with this facial recognition software and compilation of a huge database and we may have a great deal to be concerned about.

All these issues of privacy and threat of persecution among the daily digital clippings that come to my computer. It's enough to make one wonder if I'm becoming paranoid! But as the old saying goes, 'just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not watching you'. (grin) I figure though, that so long as I can still see the humor in that question whenever it comes to mind, I'm still standing on solid ground.

About face: FBI rolls out facial identification system - U.s. - Catholic Online

English bishop encourages public prayer on Friday afternoons : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

An excellent suggestion! I wonder if Canadian bishops will lead their diocese to follow the lead of our British brothers and sisters?

English bishop encourages public prayer on Friday afternoons : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Enforcing the Banishment Proclamation against the Catholic Church: A Practical Guide to Cleansing your local Temple - Salem-News.Com

Such a campaign would be difficult to sustain in Canada where the Criminal Code includes punishment for the deliberate disruption of religious services. But it is indisputable evidence that the Church is indeed facing a rising tide of hostility bordering on violence. We're not there yet... but we're getting closer and closer. If trends hold, outright persecution might become a reality before this generation of Catholic children passes away. 

It is a concern that Catholics of good heart and mind should oppose as forcefully (but civilly and peacefully) as possible when the real danger is still far off, even if it just coming into view on the horizon.

Are you willing to join in the effort and take up the task of presenting the truth of our faith and communion in defense of what we believe to be God's will as taught by the Church? The aid, help, and participation in this important battle would be greatly appreciated... at least by this priest.

Fr. Tim

Enforcing the Banishment Proclamation against the Catholic Church: A Practical Guide to Cleansing your local Temple - Salem-News.Com

Cardinal Martini and the Timeless Church | First Things

Cardinal Martini and the Timeless Church | First Things

Gay couple sues church over nixed house sale - Topix

Gay couple sues church over nixed house sale - Topix

09 September, 2012

An unexpected humorous grace you might appreciate

Here's a little joke of the priest/rabbi variety that I had not heard before... and believe me, I thought I'd heard them all... that might bring a smile to your face. Consider it a gift that reflects my appreciation of the graces of sitting alongside the tranquil Ottawa River on a beautiful late summer's evening. It was a gift for me.


A    Jewish Rabbi and a Catholic Priest met at the town's annual 4th of July    picnic. Old friends, they began their usual banter.

"This baked ham is  really delicious," the priest teased the rabbi. "You really ought to try it. I know it's against your religion, but I can't understand why such a wonderful food should be forbidden! You don't know what you're missing. You just haven't lived until you've tried Mrs. Hall's prized Virginia Baked Ham. Tell me,    Rabbi, when are you going to break down and try it?"

The rabbi looked at the priest with a big grin, and said, "I promise I'll have a taste one day... when we celebrate together at your wedding banquet!"

Key 'moderate' Catholic, hailed by choir on left

This article is unique in that I think it evokes a response within Catholics all over the political spectrum. But as a lad who enjoyed watching 'Yes Minister', I've learned to appreciate the power that exists within the professional bureaucracy that accompanies any institution. I have no doubt that David Carr (someone I've never heard of before I read this column) was most likely a very influential individual. His retirement after a long career as a functionary of the American Bishops will no doubt herald some change in the Bishop's agenda. Time will tell whether the predictions of the left or the right will be vindicated and which will be found to be wanting. With Cardinal +Tim Dolan at the helm, I'm certain the Conference will safely find its way no matter who is in charge of the Bishop's Conference day to day operations.

Key Ć¢€˜moderateĆ¢€™ Catholic, hailed by choir on left

How Spiritual Direction Can Help You Grow Closer to God | Daily News | NCRegister.com

How Spiritual Direction Can Help You Grow Closer to God | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Sola Scriptura & the Bereans |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Sola Scriptura & the Bereans |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Pope's trip to Lebanon 'act of courage, hope': spokesman

THE DAILY STAR :: News :: Politics :: Pope's trip to Lebanon 'act of courage, hope': spokesman

08 September, 2012

Return to civility: An interesting editorial from the Catholic Register (Canada) calling for a return to civility in public discourse.

"Benjamin Franklin once wrote: “Be civil to all, sociable to many, familiar with few, friend to one, enemy to none.” But 250 years later Franklin’s wise words have been turned upside down. Public discourse today is often about being enemies to many and civil to few.

That is increasingly evident in our media, homes, schools and even churches, but is particularly true in our political dialogue. Intelligent, civil debate has been bludgeoned to death by crass, dishonest personal attacks that demean the political process and alienate voters....
Spirited debate and disagreement are signs of a healthy society. But dialogue must be conducted with civility. Otherwise conversation becomes confrontation and society is demeaned. We all have a stake in making courtesy common again."

Oh so very true!

Return to civility

The American homosexualist movement: A companion article to the post below about the rising tide of persecution hitting the RC Church. Not too sure if it's an accurate prediction but it does give one pause to reflect upon how valid these claims are.

The American homosexualist movement

A Trappist monastery near Jerusalem is desecrated by anti-Christian extremists, whilst Bishop Mark Davies warns us of a gathering storm against the Church in England & Wales


A Reluctant Sinner: A Trappist monastery near Jerusalem is desecrated by anti-Christian extremists, whilst Bishop Mark Davies warns us of a gathering storm against the Church in England & Wales

Justice Ventures Up the Church Hierarchy - NYTimes.com

Justice Ventures Up the Church Hierarchy - NYTimes.com

Archbishops Miller and Collins Confirm Catholic Teaching on Gestational Limits On Abortion

Socon or Bust » Archbishops Miller and Collins Confirm Catholic Teaching on Gestational Limits On Abortion

Socon or Bust » Liberals Send Vulgar and Profane Tweets About + Tim Dolan after his DNC Benediction Prayer

Socon or Bust » Liberals Send Explicitive Tweets About ++Dolan

07 September, 2012

Canada closes embassy in Iran, gives Iranian diplomats in Canada 5 days to leave - The Washington Post

Canada closes embassy in Iran, gives Iranian diplomats in Canada 5 days to leave - The Washington Post

ESPN ranks Leafs as worst team in sports - sportsnet.ca

 The Leafs are finally on top of a list... alas it's a list of shame, not fame.

Sorry if this story doesn't meet the usual standard of what we discuss here, but as an Ottawa Senators fan, I couldn't resist posting it!

ESPN ranks Leafs as worst team in sports - sportsnet.ca

Beards | Religion and Other Curiosities




Beards | Religion and Other Curiosities

Cardinal Dolan’s prayer at Democratic National Convention: full text : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Cardinal Dolan’s prayer at Democratic National Convention: full text : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Can 'Government' Ever Be Good? A Catholic Considers the Proper Role of Government - U.s. - Catholic Online

Can 'Government' Ever Be Good? A Catholic Considers the Proper Role of Government - U.s. - Catholic Online

03 September, 2012

Should +Dolan have accepted the invitation to speak at the Democrat's convention?

Over at SoCon or Bust, you can find an article questioning whether or not it's appropriate for Cardinal +Dolan (NY) to address the upcoming DNC convention in Charlotte, NC. He agrees with Dr. Jeff Mirus who says that +Dolan should not... unless he uses the opportunity to give them hell.

I disagree. IMHO +Dolan is IMHO doing exactly the right thing.

First, he has been invited to lead the convention in prayer… not speak to them. Prayer must NEVER be done with a political intention other than to fulfill the great commission. It transcends the left/right framework of the American political system and super-imposes the imprint of the heavenly kingdom. It should be something that recognizes that we are all sinners and are all in need repentance and forgiveness. This is the role of prayer. If he were invited to give a speech, he would be obliged to do as his critics suggest. This however is not the case.

Secondly, +Dolan espouses a brand of Catholicism which describes as affirmative orthodoxy. Pastorally this obliges him to search out any opportunity where he can have a conversation about Jesus and His Church with whomever he encounters. By accepting the invitation to offer a closing benediction at each of the conventions, he’s afforded the opportunity to present the invitation of Christ before a national audience twice in one week! Given that we are beginning a period of re-evangelizing North America, I believe that all of us should grab every and any opportunity to re-introduce Jesus to a people who’ve forgotten what he offers to humankind. 


+Dolan should be congratulated for putting himself in being able to do this important work.

Finally, any evangelist will tell you that first you must introduce people to Christ. This task is made a hell of a lot easier if it's not framed in terms of hell and damnation but at it truly is: an invitation to experience the loving presence of a God who loved us so much that he was willing to take human form so as to repair once and for all our broken human nature. Once one's is rooted in this divine love, an experience of 'metanoia', then it becomes ours task to change our ways are orient our actions towards true love.

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