Articles from February, 2017

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Catholic Teaching: Counter-Cultural and Necessary

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(by John Baldino) Many of the teachings, traditions and practices of the Catholic Church are in contrast to the beliefs, habits and norms of modern American society. The Church’s teachings are rooted in sacred scripture, philosophy, and theology developed over the past 2000 years. While these teachings have evolved with science and society, many of those who oppose and/or disagree with the Church’s ideology still believe its teachings to be antiquated and out-of-touch with the changing modern world. In order to understand ... (Continue reading)

M-87 and the Demise of Free Speech

. The benign face of totalitarian tendencies.

Not one MPP, yes, nary a one of our elected representatives in provincial parliament, not on Conservative, not even the much-vaunted Sam Oosterhoof and all the rest of the Conservatives, raised a voice of protest, even a token one, against the recent provincial motion M-37 condemning, you guessed it, Islamophobia.  Emotionally-driven legislating is never good at the best of times, and this is not the best of times.  Newly minted representative Nathalie Des Rosiers put forward the motion, which ... (Continue reading)

The Shadow State and the Rule of Law

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Donald Trump and his team are complaining of being stymied in his presidential efforts, to which I will return in a moment.  Whatever one thinks of any leader's policies and orders, it is probably a good thing that neither a president nor a prime minister, nor even a king, can do whatever they want, a la Machiavelli's Prince, whether we like them or not.  That was the central point of the 13th century Magna Carta, wherein the monarch's power would be ... (Continue reading)

Monsignor PIck (on right ), rest in peace. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Monsignor Ambrose Pick, pastor of Saint Hedwig's church from 1978-2002 (but was a priest for many years before that), after which he enjoyed a quasi-retirement, but would joke that he was working harder than ever.  Monsignor Pick was a great friend to Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy in its earliest years, and the college ... (Continue reading)

Discerning the Chair of Peter

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We celebrate the feast of the Chair of Saint Peter on this day, commemorating by synecdoche the office of the papacy, instituted by Christ, as recounted in today's Gospel from the sixteenth chapter of Saint Matthew: Simon Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." And Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.  And I tell you, you are Peter, ... (Continue reading)

Amoris Laetitia, Mortal and Grave Sin

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A rather stark and sobering teaching of the Church is that everyone of adult age on the face of this good Earth, and that means all who can discern between good and evil (which occurs sometime soon after the dawn of reason), is either in a state of grace or in a state of mortal sin, which means that should we all die this instant by some cataclysmic disaster, each one of us would go either to hell or to ... (Continue reading)

The Imposition of Family Day

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I suppose it is requisite to wish everyone a happy 'Family Day', even though my reservations with this holiday, which is not really a 'holy day', run deep.  Imposed top-down by the heavy-handed and intrusive government of Dalton McGuinty, the pre-Wynne premier, many of whose socialist and immoral policies, the ineptitude of whose government, the debt load he piled up, the boondoggles of green energy for which we are still paying in the billions, were anything but good for the ... (Continue reading)

Tallis

Tallis Choir of Toronto presents: Requiem for a Renaissance King Saturday, March 4, 2017 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 tickets: info@tallischoir.com; www.tallischoir.com/ticketing.html 416-286-9798 UofTTix Box Office 416-978-8849 www.uofttix.ca   Tallis Choir of Toronto brings to life the splendour of the Age of Discovery in its concert celebrating Portugal’s “golden age” of polyphony. The program’s centerpiece ... (Continue reading)

The Tower of Babel

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Today, in the liturgical readings for Mass, we read the mysterious and anthropomorphic story of the Tower of Babel, when God foiled Man's attempt to build a structure all the way to heaven, by diversifying their languages.  Pope Benedict back in this homily from 2012 understood the story in its spiritual dimension, the solution to which was the spiritual, unifying power of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.  In other words, it is the Church that unites, and sin which ... (Continue reading)

Two Marital Extremes

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Pondering the post-Valentine blues, here is a view of two opposite sides of culture that would have very difficult time cohabiting, so to speak.  In Pakistan a mob of enraged men (there seem a lot of them in that part of the world) stormed a police station, beating and shooting to death a young couple.  The leaders of this mob were members of the female side of the couple, led by her own father, and as the article relates, ... (Continue reading)

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