Articles from April, 2016

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The Great Saint Catherine of Siena: A Woman for our Time

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Saint Catherine of Siena (1334-1380) was a feisty, indomitable woman.  One might, in a Catholic way, claim her as an early 'feminist', in the true JP II sense of that term, recognizing the genius, and the power, of woman, and her role in the Church. Catherine was born the 23rd child of an Italian family that would eventually number 25 children.  In the unbelievable bustle of such a household, perhaps because of it, Catherine recognized her call to give all to ... (Continue reading)

The Bright Moment of Conception


There are sometimes good things in the news, like this report from the Telegraph that when conception occurs, that is, when the male sperm fertilizes the female ovum, and the 23-chromosomal DNA of both meiotic cells fuse to form a new human with 46 chromosomes, there is a bright flash of light.  (But there is always a downside:  This phenomenon was discovered during in-vitro fertilization treatments, and the scientists claim that the 'brighter the light', the more healthy is ... (Continue reading)

So Let it Be Written: A Movie Review of the Ten Commandments

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(A recent review of an older film, the Ten Commandments hearkens back to a more golden, and more innocent, era of Hollywood.  Much better than the recent remake with Christian Bale as a confused, slightly insane Moses, with his 'God' as an annoying boy speaking in hallucinatory images.  Give me Charlton Heston and the burning bush anyday.  Editor). Year:  1956  Filming:  Color  Length:  220 minutes Genre: Biblical/Drama/Epic/Inspirational/Religious  Maturity: PG (for intense thematic elements) Cast:  Charlton Heston (Moses), Yul Brynner (Pharaoh Ramses), Anne Baxter (Nefretiri), Yvonne De Carlo (Sephora), John ... (Continue reading)

The Brave New Canada of Artificial Reproduction

Brave New World

In 2004, Canada passed the Assisted Human Reproduction Act, which legalizes certain forms of artificial reproduction of human beings, including in vitro fertilization and artificial insemination.  The rub is that, although one may donate sperm and ova, one cannot get paid for doing so, for that would be seen as 'trafficking', even meretricious. The obvious unintended consequence of this, if you will pardon my pun, is to dry up the source. Hence, much of the 'reproductive material' for these procedures in ... (Continue reading)

Tallis Scholars

Tallis Scholars

 Tallis Choir of Toronto presents: “Our Good Wills” – The World of Shakespeare & Byrd Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 7:30 pm St. Patrick’s Church 141 McCaul Street (north of Dundas, near St. Patrick station) Toronto, ON M5T 1W3 416-598-3269 Students, $10 (at door only); seniors, $25; general admission, $30 Information or; 416-286-9798   Tallis Choir of Toronto celebrates two contemporary giants – William Byrd and William Shakespeare – with a program linking their works. The program features ... (Continue reading)

Conscience, Law and Amoris Laetitia

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Another Canadian Senator, the Liberal Colin Kenney, has been caught using public money, and his servants', sorry, his staff's, time to do personal business for the esteemed member of the Upper House of 'sober second thought'.  These included renovations on his private residence and disinfecting the beds in his privately-owned tanning-salon business.  Shades of Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and all the rest of the entitled class.  Thirteen other Senators were also investigated for dubious, if not outright immoral, use ... (Continue reading)

Cultural Dis-Assimilation

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It was reported amongst the Indo-Canadian community, and that is the far-away India, not the Native Canadians whose ranks were just increased by the Supreme  Court decision to grant 'status' to 600,000 Metis (those of mixed-Native ancestry).  More on this later, and what level of new financial boondoggle it might entail.  No, amongst those of the other-Indian extraction, it turns out that they like baby boys a lot more than baby girls, enough to have the latter exterminated in the ... (Continue reading)

Caveat Spectator


Modern television (or do we say internet?) programs, particularly on Netflix, and other media, have become radically explicit, both in violence and in sex.  Reading this article, even my somewhat jaded soul was surprised that such things could remotely pass for 'entertainment', to say nothing of actually being shown to a mass, and indiscriminate, audience.  Torture, bloody murder and child sacrifice, rampant adultery, fornication, immodesty galore.  We are now immersed in 'pornography', or, quite literally, the showing of evil ... (Continue reading)

Amoris Laetitia, Global Greed, and Warming Up

*The Holy Father's Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia is now promulgated.  I have only read the first few pages, wherein the Pope advises us to read the document "patiently and carefully".  At over 200 pages, that may be unavoidable.  There are already a number of commentaries out there, presumably by those who have read it at a rather quicker pace.  Commentators have already remarked that the Pope has advocated that we 'not throw stones' at those who fail in living ... (Continue reading)

Ant-Man vs. Daredevil

ant man vs dardevil

(As a bit of light-hearted reading before the issuance of the Holy Father’s Apostolic Letter later today, here are some thoughts on two superheroes, such as they are.  Editor). Yes, I must admit, I did watch Ant-Man, in two instalments, for a I had to sort of motivate myself to finish it.  The campy film was better than it might have been, but worse also.  Carried along by the charisma of its male lead, the movie has a child-likeness about it, ... (Continue reading)

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