Articles from September, 2015

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Political ‘Knifing’?

Political 'Knifing'?

I have been meaning to comment on a ridiculous article in the National Post at the end of August, but one which does pertain, at least indirectly, to the current election.  The article described the supposedly unassailable argument of Deputy Premier Deb Matthews against Patrick Brown on the subject of 'women's rights' and abortion.   Here are the words of Ms. Matthews, for your own consideration:   “Ever since Patrick Brown rose from obscurity to ... (Continue reading)

Liberal Complaisance

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As this interminable election process lumbers on, like a dying African elephant stumbling through the savannah, only to curl up beside some fetid swamp, we, the electorate, are in the danger of ennui, and eventually not caring who becomes Prime Minister, nor who forms a government, just to get the whole interminable thing over with. The taxpayer-funded-and-supposedly-neutral CBC is replete with anti-Harper rhetoric, a significant portion of their precious airtime given ... (Continue reading)

Feminine Genius

The call-in show a week or two ago on the CBC, as I enjoyed my very first kefir smoothie (quite enjoyable, in fact, made more so as I thought it was not invented by, nor named after, Kiefer Sutherland...somehow, I connect him with the CBC, perhaps going back to that anti-Catholic CBC screed of a movie, Bay Boy, he was in in 1984...).  Anyway, I digress, the theme of today's CBC show was on women in politics, and in power ... (Continue reading)

Of Romans and Mustard Seeds

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If an early Christian had been asked to speculate where the centre of the Catholic Church on earth would end up, it's not inconceivable that he would have guessed Rome.   True, the savaging beasts and bloodthirsty crowds that beset him in that country may have made it seem an unlikely venue, but the early Christians appreciated paradox.  When you're aware that to die is to live, it is not unlikely that you could foresee the place of your persecution becoming ... (Continue reading)

Calvary

Calvary

Calvary (2014) Directed by John Michael McDonagh Written by John Michael McDonagh   Stay for the credits at the end of Calvary, for interspersed in the endless lists of names are still shots of sites significant for the story line: a booth in the town pub, a table in a café, a split rock, the beach—but now they are empty because the priest has been murdered. He’s no longer present, and his absence ... (Continue reading)

Reason and the Refugee

Reason and the Refugee

Following on my last post on the 'refugee crisis': One danger in a situation like this, especially one of its global impact, is to act purely on the basis of emotion, a gut reaction which we later regret. Saint Thomas has an article on 'alsmgiving' (II-II, q.32, a.10), wherein he asks whether the 'giving of alms' (which we can apply to any work of charity) should be an act of reason, and he answers most definitively in the affirmative.  He states ... (Continue reading)

Millions

Millions

Millions Director: Danny Boyle, 98 min., U.K., 2004. Starring: Alex Etel, James Nesbitt, Daisy Donovan Plot: (Spoiler alert!) The UK is about to switch its currency from Pounds to Euros, giving some criminals a chance to rob a train loaded with banknotes destined for incineration. During the robbery, one of the bags falls onto playhouse belonging to Damian, a young boy who talks to saints. Damian then starts seeing what the world and ... (Continue reading)

Pushing Tin

Pushing Tin

Pushing Tin 1999, Director: Mike Newell. Actors: John Cusack, Billy Bob Thorton, Cate Blanchett, Angelina Jolie. Music: Anne Dudley.   (Rated R for language and mild sexuality)   “You land a million planes safely; then you have one little ‘mid-air’, and you never hear the end of it.”  – Pushing Tin Plot The film opens in the control room at the New York's Terminal Radar Approach Center (TRAC), where a team of air traffic controllers coordinate some 7,000 flights a ... (Continue reading)

The Refugee Question

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The lifeless body of the 2 year old Aylan Kurdi lying face down on a beach has caused outrage around the world (I have shown him here alive and laughing, as he may well be in heaven as I write).  Little Aylan was drowned with his brother and their mother as they tried to make their way across the Mediterranean from Syria to Greece in an overcrowded boat.  In ... (Continue reading)

Smiley Miley

The Gospel on the memorial of the beheading of Saint John the Baptist, which we celebrated last week, recounts the story Herod, Herodias, his unlawful wife (who had been married to his brother), Herodias’ daughter, Salome, and, of course, John the Baptist, at this point confined in prison.   We all know the gist:  The Baptist was imprisoned for condemning Herod’s unlawful, incestuous marriage, but Herod enjoyed listening to him.  Herodias, on the other hand, saw him as ... (Continue reading)

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