“Our once great western Christian civilization is dying. If this matters to followers of Jesus Christ, then we must set aside our denominational differences and work together to strengthen the things that remain and reclaim what has been lost. Evangelicals and Catholics must stand together to re-establish that former Christian culture and moral consensus. We have the numbers and the organization but the question is this: Do we have the will to win this present spiritual battle for Jesus Christ against secularism? Will we prayerfully and cooperatively work toward a new Christian spiritual revival ― or will we choose to hunker down in our churches and denominationalisms and watch everything sink into the spiritual and moral abyss of a New Dark Age?” - Mark Davis Pickup
Friday, April 29, 2016
Thursday, April 28, 2016
|Media interest rises|
as blog numbers soar.
I'll keep up my commentaries on faith and life issues as long as people want to read them. Many of my posts have been republished elsewhere
Monday, April 25, 2016
Sunday, April 24, 2016
residue of a previous time when the culture knew some things were absolutely right and other things absolutely wrong. We know that taking human life is absolutely wrong. For some of us, the memory of a Judeo-Christian moral consensus still burns deep within our chests. We are beneath the snobbery of academe. We are unwelcome in the lofty corridors power and ivory towers where modern philosophers, sociologists and bioethicists mingle far away from us common folk.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
But I occasionally find myself wondering if I’m watching a small outward expression (one of many) that is indicative of the age in which we live. Superficiality of image becomes everything, where taste and manners without deep-rooted substance stunts spiritual progress of the human soul.
monks brewed their ale (ora et labora) is not matched by a similar appreciation for the prayer that structured their lives.” He continued: “A desire to emulate grandmother’s knitting, pickling, and needlework does not extend to the habit she felt to be the most important: daily Bible reading.” He then delivered a stinging and succinct observation: “Hipsters are ambivalent reactionaries who love every aspect of tradition ― except its authority.”
suffering throughout thirty-three years of chronic illness in broader contexts than my reality. Pope John Paul II’s Salvifici Doloros extensively addressed my questions about the Why of Suffering. Pope Benedict XVI spoke to me about hope in his book The Yes of Jesus Christ. He told the reader who suffers from illness or handicaps that God wants us to give Him a “down-payment of trust.” The Pope told the reader that God is saying to us: “I know you don’t understand me yet. But trust me: believe me when I tell you I am good and dare to live on the basis of this trust. Then you will discover that behind your suffering, behind the difficulties of your life, a love is hiding.” This trust will serve as a vehicle of transcendence beyond my physical circumstances and suffering. The superficiality and cynicism of the world does not understand this. Trust involves vulnerability and self-denial of inner control. It is the antithesis of our age.
Monday, April 18, 2016
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Richard Smith addresses Catholic
laity about euthanasia
& assisted suicide
Other bishops should follow Archbishop Smith's lead and explain Church teaching about assisted suicide and euthanasia and palliative services available people in their time of need.
Don't you just marvel at the ingenious euphemisms people will conjure up to cast abhorrent things in a positive light and make distasteful topics more palatable? Skilled conjurers of euphemisms can make murder seems altruistic, even virtuous, to a gullible public. We find one such phrase on the government's new assisted suicide bill under the deceptive title "Medical Aid In Dying". Absolutely Orwellian! Medical aid in dying used to be called palliative care. Doctors, nurses and pharmacists helping suicidal sick or disabled people kill themselves is properly called MEDICAL KILLING and that's what C-14 should have been called, to be accurate. But accuracy would not help the bill pass into law. It must be sugar-coated with a euphemistic title.
A TV reporter came to my house to interview me about my opposition to Canada's shiny new bill for assisted
Acceptance of euthanasia and assisted suicide decreases the interest in, and stature of, palliative care. We see this played out in the Netherlands after many years of legal assisted suicide. In their recent book It's Not That Simple: Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide Today, palliative care nurse Jean Echlin and Ian Gentles wrote that the Netherlands "now has a total of only 70 palliative-care beds, in contrast to the many thousands of such beds in Britain, which has not legalized euthanasia." State-sanctioned medical killing, such as Canada is about to embark upon, will fundamentally alter the moral, medical and legal character of Canada.
That is why a suicidal sick, dying or disabled person should not be given help to kill themselves. He/she is entitled to the very best palliation available and comfort until natural death. That's what a civilized society does. There's more than one dimension to assisted suicide. Canada's narcissistic pretty boy Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government do not seem to understand that. They are about to make Canada a land of dark and dangerous shadows under the guise of autonomy.
Mark Davis Pickup
 The Nazi's spoke of life unworthy of life as "lebensunwertes Lebens."
 Jean Echlin and Ian Gentles, It's Not That Simple: Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide Today (Toronto: The deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research, 2015), p.7.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
|Archbishop Richard Smith|
I utterly reject the contrived new right for PAS Canada's Supreme Court conjured up against centuries of Common Law which prohibited and punished assisted suicide. In my brief address I spoke about grief associated with acquired adult disability and incurable sickness. I addressed community versus autonomy and my responsibility to act for the Common Good of society despite living with long-term chronic illness.
I am available to speak to other Canadian venues and American jurisdictions considering legalizing physician assisted suicide. Contact me by email at HumanLifeMatters@shaw.ca
Monday, April 11, 2016
Saturday, April 9, 2016