Articles from May, 2016

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Bishop-Elect Father Scott McCaig

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This evening at 7:30 p.m., on the Feast of the Visitation, fittingly enough celebrated on the last day in the month of May dedicated to Our Lady, Father Scott McCaig, the Moderator of the Companions of the Cross, will be ordained a bishop of the Catholic Church, for the Military Vicariate. I knew Father Scott years ago, when he acted as our chaplain here at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom in its early years, and we shared a number of cigars, ... (Continue reading)

The Sad Interview with Jean Vanier Supporting Medical Aid in Dying

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Alas, the capitulations continue.  A few days ago, I listened on the CBC to an interview with the great Jean Vanier, the founder of L'Arche, which cares for severely handicapped and developmentally challenged people, heroic work that I could scarcely consider doing.  I visited the L'Arche in Inverness, Scotland in 2003, when two of my students were working there in the summer, and was duly impressed. Yet, here was Dr. Vanier (he earned a Ph. D. on Aristotle's Ethics from the ... (Continue reading)

Conservative Prudence?

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I received a rather critical email in response to my last post on the Conservative capitulation, so thought I should clarify my, and hopefully your own, thoughts: As I wrote, there may be nothing wrong with capitulation or compromise.  Sometimes, they are necessary to achieve a greater good, or avoid a greater evil.  When and how to capitulate (to draw up terms) or compromise (reach a mutual agreement) depends by and large on the virtue of prudence, not much discussed in ... (Continue reading)

Glorying in Glass: A Movie Review of “Snow White and the Huntsman”

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Year:  2012  Filming:  Color  Length:  127 minutes  Genre:  Drama/Adventure/Fantasy  Maturity:  PG-13 (for intense themes, scary images, and fantasy violence) Cast:  Kristen Stewart (Snow White), Chris Hemsworth (the Huntsman), Charlize Theron (Ravenna), Sam Claflin (Prince William), Sam Spruell (Finn), Ian McShane (Beith), Bob Hoskins (Muir), Ray Winstone (Gort), Nick Frost (Nion), Eddie Marsan (Duir), Toby Jones (Coll), Johnny Harris (Quert), Brian Gleeson (Gus) Director:  Rupert Sanders Personal Rating:  2 Stars   Fantasy films are admittedly hard to produce. The real challenge is making them different yet the same as our own world, employing both originality and realism to ... (Continue reading)

Conservative Capitulation

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To capitulate derives from the Latin root capis, capitis, 'head', and literally means to cease to resist an opponent by drawing up terms under 'headings' or 'chapters'.  So any mutual agreement is a kind of capitulation, as many of you who are married may attest.  Hence, the term is connected with that of compromise, where two parties, 'co-promise' to abide by some agreement.  There is nothing intrinsically wrong or distasteful with capitulation or with compromise in their original etymological sense. Yet ... (Continue reading)

Saint Philip and Witnessing for Life

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Today is the feast of Saint Philip Neri (+1595), the second Apostle of Rome, and the founder of the Oratory, whose houses are now found throughout the world (Bd. John Henry Newman brought the Oratory to England).  As you may know from my brief biography, I lived and studied at the Toronto Oratory, and owe a great debt of gratitude to Saint Philip, and the Fathers and Brothers of his Oratory.  May the joyful spirit of the great Saint of ... (Continue reading)

To Yoga, or Not?

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Last week, I was walking through Ottawa, and what greeted me on the vast lawn in front of the Parliament buildings was a sight to behold:  Hundreds of raised posteriors in various tight-fitting spandex doing yoga exercises, to the voice of an unseen young woman on a remote microphone.  I was quite literally flabbergasted, and I felt sort of bad even taking the photo (I waited until they adopted a more modest pose):  But to see this sea of adult ... (Continue reading)

Feminists Have Lost Their Mission

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I share one thing in common with feminists:  I’ve never understood the women who call themselves “pro-life feminists.”  Being pro-abortion is not only the feminist mainspring, but it is the sole test question that says whether you’re in or out. Feminism is becoming increasingly trivial on small issues while being hostile to the one that matters most.   While there’s infighting among many prominent feminists about whether we live in a rape culture or whether there’s a wage-gap, they still haven’t and ... (Continue reading)

Trudeau’s Tantrum

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Most readers will have seen the bizarre behaviour of the Prime Minister yesterday evening.  As witnesses and the video record attest, Mr. Trudeau, in an apparent fit of pique at what he perceived to be a deliberate delay on the part of some Conservative members returning to their seats, strode angrily towards MP Gord Brown (Conservative), dropped the f-bomb, grabbed his arm, and 'escorted' him forcefully to his seat, in the midst of which he 'elbowed' female MP Ruth Ellen ... (Continue reading)

Birthday Blessings to JP II, Marriage and the Liberals’ Ludicrous Energy Plan

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*Today would have been the 96th birthday of Pope Saint John Paul II, who died just shy of his 85 birthday.  Very few Popes have reached this venerable age; Pope Leo XIII, the oldest reigning pontiff known to history, reached his 93rd year.  I know not how old John Paul/Karol is in heaven.  Not having his body back yet, we may presume, he is now ageless, but enjoying the beatific vision.  So happy birthday, in your well-deserved 'rest' until, God ... (Continue reading)

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