Articles from November, 2015

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Nota in Brevis November 30th

Nota in Brevis November 30th

Today is the feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle, brother of Saint Peter, patron of Scotland, Russia, Ukraine and Greece, for what reason are somewhat historically obscure.  Here is the Wikipedia take on the matter, whether accurate or not: According to legend, in 832 AD, Óengus II led an army of Picts and Scots into battle against the Angles, led by Æthelstan, near modern-day AthelstanefordEast Lothian. The legend states that he was heavily outnumbered ... (Continue reading)

Nota in Brevis November 25

Nota in Brevis November 25

I am not surprised: Peter Jackson now admits that he made up the Hobbit trilogy more or less as it went along.  From the very start, I was suspicious of taking a relatively small children's book (we would say 'young adult' nowadays, I suppose), and making a full three two-plus hour movies out if such slender fare.  As Jackson puts it: You’re going on to a set and you’re winging it, you’ve ... (Continue reading)

Reasonable Force?

We will soon learn the fate of Constable James Forcillo, the Toronto police officer currently on trial for murder, who, shortly after midnight on July 18 2013 fired  nine rounds from his 9 mm service pistol at 18 year-old Sammy Yatin, who was high on ecstasy (and perhaps marijuana and cocaine), semi-incoherent and brandishing a switchblade in an empty streetcar.  Officer Forcillo, after commanding Sammy to drop the knife, fired three shots, the first two entering Sammy chest, damaging his ... (Continue reading)

Theresa of Avila: 500 years

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(I was hoping to post this article on the great 16th century Carmelite reformer Saint Theresa of Avila, the 500th anniversary of whose birth we celebrate this year, on the memorial of the Presentation of Our Lady, which is itself dedicated to the religious life.  Due to a technical glitch, however, it had to wait until today.  So enjoy, in the spirit of prayer and devotion to this most likable and approachable of saints - Editor)   We cannot know whether we ... (Continue reading)

Conversionary Compassion: Pope Francis and the Engaged Church


Conservative Catholics have expressed suspicion that Pope Francis is importing the values of a culture influenced by secular humanism into Church theology. He has expressed concerns with regards to the treatment of the poor, women, and ethnic and religious minorities. On the 1st of January of 2015, Pope Francis began the year on the World Day of Peace by referring to St. Paul's letter to Philemon while instructing Catholics to combat those who would maintain millions of people in "conditions ... (Continue reading)

Nota in Brevis, November 20th

Masked, armed Muslims stormed the Radisson hotel in Bamako, Mali, taking 170 hostages.  As I write, there is an operation underway to free them, but I suppose we should get used to this, and not just in Islamic countries like Mali.  The tentacles of the ideology of ISIS, a virulent form of Islam, which bears many similarities to the early days of the 'religion of peace', spread pretty much all over the world, even in our own 'peace-keeping' Canada.  It ... (Continue reading)

Nota in Brevis, November 18th

There is a new craze, of all things, for adult colouring books.  I know much has been written on the infantilization of our culture, the Boomers regressing to their earlier years, trying to find their lost youth, and the Millenials striving mightily to hold on to a youth quickly slipping away.  But colouring books?  Whatever happened to sketching, drawing, painting, creativity in general?  G.K. Chesterton would doodle (quite well, as it turns out) as he wrote (difficult on a laptop, ... (Continue reading)

The Metaphysics of Creation

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 Catholic Insight will publish articles on all sorts of topics, related in some way to Catholicism, from the very academic (as in the contribution below) to the more popular.  This allows us to be truly 'catholic' or universal in our tastes, and, hopefully, appeal to a broad scope of readers. (Editor)   Saint Thomas writes at the beginning of his Summa Theologica: Our natural knowledge begins with our  senses. Hence our natural knowledge can go as far as it can ... (Continue reading)

Terrorism in France: The Enemy in their Midst

The massacre in Paris yesterday marks the beginning, we may presume, of other tragedies to come.  Well over one hundred dead, hundreds more injured, with a bomb going off in the Stade de France where President Hollande himself was taking in the French-German football (soccer) match.   Our first response is to pray for the victims and their families, but there must also be a practical, this-side-of-eternity response also.  Mr. Hollande's promise to 'wage a war without compromise' sort of misses the ... (Continue reading)

How to Defeat Euthanasia: A Personal Story

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As the ten-horned apocalyptic beast called euthanasia lies in wait at our door and we begin to reflect on how to protect our loved ones, I would like to share two life-giving and hopeful experiences. The first teaching moment came when I was visiting the “House of Raising Prayer.” This large establishment, housing several hundred people of all ages with disabilities, mostly mental disabilities, is located in China. It had been called the House of Rising Prayer by underground priests, but ... (Continue reading)

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