05 August, 2017

31 July, 2017

If this song doesn't touch your 'rhythm bone', you don't have one!

Should Our Seminarians Learn About the Sciences? Of course they should!!

Should Our Seminarians Learn About the Sciences? | Catholic Answers

Why Science Can't Ever Disprove the Existence of God

Why Science Can't Ever Disprove the Existence of God | ChurchPOP

I’m an atheist and against euthanasia - a liberal secularist's argument on why euthanasia is a bad idea

I’m an atheist and against euthanasia | The Spectator Australia

Health care laws must begin and end with human person, bishop says

Health care laws must begin and end with human person, bishop says

A note on the 'ecumenism of hate' and papal rhetoric

A note on the 'ecumenism of hate' and papal rhetoric

29 July, 2017

The Comedy of Catholicism

The Comedy of Catholicism--Aleteia

A Forceful Essay Hits a Nerve

A Forceful Essay Hits a Nerve | Commonweal Magazine

Artificial intelligence ethics the same as other new technology

Artificial intelligence ethics the same as other new technology

Archbishop Chaput Proposes ‘Revolution of Joy’

Archbishop Chaput Proposes ‘Revolution of Joy’ | ncregister.com

'Are jihadis losers?' The latest from George Weigel

Are jihadis:

The euthanasia slippery slope: a failure of memory and imagination. An excellent piece from Margaret Somerville

The euthanasia slippery slope: a failure of memory and imagination

The Gravitational Pull of Atheism

The Gravitational Pull of Atheism - The Catholic Thing

Vatican: no plans to alter teaching of 'Humanae Vitae'

Vatican: no plans to alter teaching of 'Humanae Vitae'—Aleteia

27 July, 2017

A Love Louder Than Noise

The New York Times and National Post recently discovered the "trend" of young women entering religious orders to become nuns. Marlena Loughheed didn't need to read the news. She listened to her heart, and shares with Convivium why she answered the call to consecrated life.
A Love Louder Than Noise | Convivium Magazine

Commentary: Is the Catholic Church a capsizing ship?

Commentary: Is the Catholic Church a capsizing ship? | The Salt Lake Tribune

Pope Francis appoints Italian biblical scholar as secretary of the C.D.F.

Pope Francis appoints Italian biblical scholar as secretary of the C.D.F. | America Magazine

Oregon scientists do first human gene embryo editing in U.S.

Oregon scientists do first human gene embryo editing in U.S. | CTV News

No, Virginia, there's no 'secret commission' on Humanae Vitae

No, Virginia, there's no 'secret commission' on Humanae Vitae

15 weird myths about Canada debunked

15 weird myths about Canada debunked | Cottage Life

UK and the Fight Over Legalized Assisted Suicide

UK and the Fight Over Legalized Assisted Suicide | The Stream

Scientists discover how the brain's hypothalamus controls ageing – and manage to slow it down

Scientists discover how the brain's hypothalamus controls ageing – and manage to slow it down

When the ‘Right to Die’ Becomes the ‘Duty to Die’

When the ‘Right to Die’ Becomes the ‘Duty to Die’ | ncregister.com

Does the Catholic Church Need to be Reformed?

Does the Catholic Church Need to be Reformed?

St Thomas the Apostle: A Saint For Our Times

St Thomas the Apostle: A Saint For Our Times - Catholic Stand : Catholic Stand

25 July, 2017

Man charged with 1st-degree murder after stabbing of pregnant wife, death of baby even though when the baby was stabbed, she was still in utero.

Man charged with 1st-degree murder after stabbing of pregnant wife, death of baby - Montreal - CBC News

Mother says doctor brought up assisted suicide option as sick daughter was within earshot

Those of us who are convinced that people's lives will be ended due to pressure from others are often told that we are being 'alarmists' and pointing to a problem that 'doesn't exist'. So how can they explain this exchange between a mother and a physician when discussing the best course of treatment for her daughter? "



"His words were 'assisted suicide death was legal in Canada,'" she told CBC. "I was shocked, and said, 'Well, I'm not really interested,' and he told me I was being selfish." (emphasis added)
No... no pressure there to end a life eh? 



The fact is that doctors, just like the rest of humankind are susceptible to the effects of habitual concupiscence. In simple terms, once they have consigned one patient to death, it becomes progressively easier to do it again. This results in a clear and present danger to people who suffer from incurable conditions or who are too weak to resist the assessment of a medical 'professional'. 



Read the entire article yourself and come to your own conclusion by clicking on the link below:



Mother says doctor brought up assisted suicide option as sick daughter was within earshot - Newfoundland & Labrador - CBC News

This is Why Charlie Gard Matters

This is Why Charlie Gard Matters | ncregister.com

NFP: It's not just a Catholic thing anymore

NFP: It's not just a Catholic thing anymore

The unspeakable evil of the Tennessee eugenics program

The unspeakable evil of the Tennessee eugenics program

Putting the “You” in Eugenics: Current arguments in favour of eugenics seem oddly familiar.

Putting the “You” in Eugenics | ncregister.com

A World War Being Waged, not with Weapons, but Ideas

A World War Being Waged, not with Weapons, but Ideas : Integrated Catholic Life™

When the Church Defames Her Priests

When the Church Defames Her Priests – Homiletic & Pastoral Review

16 July, 2017

How could ordinary men be capable of such evil? The last Nazi prosecutor has an answer.

Last Nazi prosecutor on evil---Aleteia

More evidence of the culture of death that's flourishing at the Pontiac Hospital in Shawville


I wanted to highlight this comment that was posted to my earlier post:  "We live in dangerous times... at least that is if you're sick enough to need hospitalization". It demonstrates that the culture of death which seems to have taken over our community hospital in Shawville QC is indeed a real and present danger to the elderly, the vulnerable and the seriously ill. Please note the quote from the physicians in response to the demand for treatment on the part of the patient and his POA (power of attorney): 
"I told this doctor and her replacement on hospital rotation that it was his decision and mine as POA. They both said no that it was up to the doctor to decide..." 
Such a remark is only possible because we have erased the prohibition against taking an innocent life via the legalization of euthanasia and the moral values of doctors who are quickly becoming warped into agents of death rather than promoters and protectors of life. Such a deformation of a doctor's role is only possible in a culture that no longer respects the value of life and the express wishes of patients to be treated. 

It deeply saddens me to say that we have every reason to be afraid of doctors these days, especially when we become sick in our later years and have need of hospitalization. 

Read the comment for yourself and come to your own conclusion as to whether or not you believe I am being an 'alarmist' (as some health care professionals have alleged) or if indeed we are seeing the emergence of a culture of death in our Shawville hospital - a culture that we must fight if we are to be guaranteed the right to life if that is our wish. If it's happening in a small hospital in rural Quebec, it most certainly is happening elsewhere as well.

Father Tim: A friend of mine shared your eloquent article as I too was struggling with this same issue at the Shawville Hospital for an elderly relative who also had a bladder infection.By the time I realized that when the doctor said she would keep him comfortable she meant pain medication and had no intention of giving an antibiotic for a bladder infection, I argued for treatment.She told me, in front of him, he was going to die...and die soon.I had a rigourous discussion with her and she finally backed down and gave him an antibiotic.He is now placed in long term care and will have a new doctor. He has been able to resume bladder function and is walking again with assistance.I told this doctor and her replacement on hospital rotation that it was his decision and mine as POA.They both said no that it was up to the doctor to decide in their opinion the best course of action or apparently if you are over 80 inaction.I am encouraged by the progress the patient has made but will remqain chilled at the treatment he received.If you do not have a strong advocate beside you questioning and checking each medical decision I fear you are quietly rushed to your death in the Pontiac.

Science Is Great, but It's Not Always Enough

Science Is Great, but It's Not Always Enough | Catholic Answers

'From What Is Left Over' by Rémi Brague

From What Is Left Over by Rémi Brague | Articles | First Things

13 July, 2017

Woman emails colleagues about mental health day... and the response from her boss is perfect.

Woman emails colleagues about mental health day--Aleteia

Jesuit journal close to pope says "Manichean vision" behind Trump

Jesuit journal close to pope says "Manichean vision" behind Trump

Making parishes more personal by making personal parishes

Making parishes more personal by making personal parishes

As an astronaut, an engineer and a woman, Julie Payette will make her mark as governor general

As an astronaut, an engineer and a woman, Julie Payette will make her mark as governor general - Politics - CBC News

The Sufis: Islam’s Anti-Terrorists

The Sufis: Islam’s Anti-Terrorists | Public Discourse

Awkward? Or Wise? : The latest from George Weigel

Awkward? Or Wise? | George Weigel | First Things

4 Keys to Discerning God's Will, In One Infographic

4 Keys to Discerning God's Will, In One Infographic | ChurchPOP

Catholic Collapse in Australia Even Worse Than It Looks -- and Bishops are to blame (?)

RORATE CÆLI: Guest Op-Ed: Catholic Collapse in Australia Even Worse Than It Looks -- and Bishops are to blame

11 July, 2017

God's unified field: For Albert Einstein, "The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is at all comprehensible."

God's unified field

Charlie Gard and the Age of “Do Harm” Medicine

Charlie Gard and the Age of “Do Harm” Medicine | ncregister.com

The West and What Comes After: A column by Ross Douthat of The New York Times

The West and What Comes After - The New York Times

Father James Martin s.j. Explains His Vision Regarding ‘LGBT’ Catholics

Father James Martin Explains His Vision Regarding ‘LGBT’ Catholics | ncregister.com

A Tragedy Either Way: The Cardinal Pell case

A Tragedy Either Way | Philippa Martyr | First Things

Are priests being targeted in Mexico? Another priest is shot and killed there.

Are priests being targeted in Mexico?--Aleteia

Why monks and nuns wear different colors

Why monks and nuns wear different colors--Aleteia

07 July, 2017

Charlie Gard situations have happened here too

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: Charlie Gard situations have happened here too

Aiming at Charlie Gard’s death? The age of creeping infanticide

Aiming at Charlie Gard’s death? The age of creeping infanticide

Spider-Man: Homecoming - A movie review

Spider-Man: Homecoming review--Aleteia

Democrats’ Religion Problem: Progressivism & Faith Inherently Contradictory | National Review



Progressivism has always been premised on the notion that man has a changeable nature and thus is able to achieve perfection during his time on earth. As a result, progressives consistently maintain that government is responsible for transforming men and women into perfect creatures. They develop programs and reforms suited not for man as he is, but for man as he ought to be (and, progressives would argue, for man as he could become, with the right societal structures).
Against that idea, most religious believers contend that man is flawed by his very nature and incapable of perfecting himself without the help of God, and that perfection is in fact unattainable during earthly life. While sects and denominations differ vastly, religion itself — and indeed any dependence on a Creator — is a direct contradiction to the progressive conception of man as changeable and perfectible. 
In short, progressivism and religion — understood as a fundamental reliance on God rather than on oneself or on other men — are inherently incompatible. 





Democrats’ Religion Problem: Progressivism & Faith Inherently Contradictory | National Review

Joaquín Navarro-Valls, spokesman and image-maker for Pope John Paul II, dies at 80

Joaquín Navarro-Valls, spokesman and image-maker for Pope John Paul II, dies at 80 - The Washington Post

06 July, 2017

Scientists find way to delete memories associated with traumatic events (YIKES! Is this a good thing or bad news?)

Scientists find way to delete memories associated with traumatic events | CTV News

Should parents blame themselves when kids leave the faith?

Should parents blame themselves when kids leave the faith?--Aleteia

Bishop Barron’s Roadmap for the New Evangelization

Bishop Barron’s Roadmap for the New Evangelization | ncregister.com

And now for something truly bizarre - We need to talk about the future of sex robots, experts say

We need to talk about the future of sex robots, experts say - Technology & Science - CBC News

Physicists find new particle with a double dose of charm

Physicists find new particle with a double dose of charm | CTV News

Pastoring Pastors: A priest writes about the needs of priests in times of stress and change in their lives

Fr Ray Blake's Blog: Pastoring Pastors

In Charlie Gard’s case, a basic moral principle: should the state decide?

In Charlie Gard’s case, a basic moral principle: should the state decide? | Catholic Culture

04 July, 2017

That unpopular Prelate-manager of the Roman Curia

That unpopular Prelate-manager of the Roman Curia - La Stampa

8 Books (and suggested drinks) to sip through summer!

Summer books and drinks--Aleteia

Rise in priest suicides prompts call for helpline in Ireland

Rise in priest suicides prompts call for helpline in Ireland

Dolan: Pell's response to abuse charges shows 'mettle of a great man'

Dolan: Pell's response to abuse charges shows 'mettle of a great man'

Nigerian Catholic Community Defies Pope Francis, Insists On Removal Of Bishop

Nigerian Catholic Community Defies Pope Francis, Insists On Removal Of Bishop | Sahara Reporters

A 4th of July Meditation on the Paradox that Freedom Can Only Exist Within Limits by Msgr. Charles Pope

A 4th of July Meditation on the Paradox that Freedom Can Only Exist Within Limits - Community in Mission : Community in Mission

Time Magazine Reinvents the Priesthood

Time Magazine Reinvents the Priesthood | William Doino Jr. | First Things

Facebook as Church by Mark Bauerlein of First Things

Facebook as Church | Mark Bauerlein | First Things