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Pilgrim Eagle: A Review of Charles A. Coulombe’s History Text Puritan’s Empire

puritan's empire

  “This above all: To thine own self be true.”   -William Shakespeare       Puritan’s Empire by Charles A. Coulombe is a unique tour-de-force of American history from a Catholic high traditionalist perspective. Spanning the colonial period to the modern day, the narrative is tightly-woven and comprehensively arranged. The sheer length and breadth of the volume is a testament to a lifetime’s worth of research. Although some sections are dry, the colorful anecdotes and personal analyses interspersed within the book keep the reader engaged, regardless of ... (Continue reading)

A Philosophical Brexit


    Already the effects of the Brexit are rippling through the world:  The British currency has taken a record nosedive, the stock market is tottering, and wee bonnie Scotland now wants independence from Britain, to stay cuddled up with the EU. Now our own Quebec wants to break free, once again: Justin Trudeau was booed for not speaking French on the occasion of their Fete Nationale, which in the Catholic world is called the Solemnity of the Birth of Saint John ... (Continue reading)

Star Farce: A Study in How to Ruin a Franchise

star wars

I thought the Star Wars franchise, so successful and cinema-transforming in the late seventies and early eighties, was ruined by the three prequels in the early years of this millennium, all of which were phenomenally bad, the last one on a galactic scale.  The blond Canadian Anakin deserved an anti-Oscar for his bathos. I had hoped it was all over after this cinematic disaster Lucas foisted upon an unsuspecting and hope-dashed generation of movie-goers. But they made a whackload ... (Continue reading)

Conscience, Love and Law

right and wrong

There is much talk nowadays about conscience, freedom of conscience, good and bad conscience, yet with little awareness, from what I can tell, of what conscience actually is. So, a definition:  Conscience is an act, specifically an act of the practical intellect, judging the moral quality of an act that we have done, are doing, or plan to do (cf., CCC, #1778).  We judge these acts 'good' or 'bad', according to what knowledge and formation we have, and then act ... (Continue reading)

Truth in Tragedy

orlando sympathy

Well, that happened faster than even I thought.  Already, there are calls to outlaw any and all 'homopobia' in any speech, writing, discourse or thought.  As the narrative goes, the massacre in Orlando is mostly the fault of the Christians, and to some extent the Muslims, who came 600 years later.  In fact, 'homophobia' has its roots in all three of the monotheistic religions, Christianity, Judaism and Islam.  Neil MacDonald, the author of the article to which I refer ... (Continue reading)

Gambling for Eternity: An Analysis of the Apologetic’s Argument of “Pascal’s Wager”

Pascal's wager

“Pascal’s Wager” is a famous and controversial argument in favor of the existence of God often used by Christian apologetics. It has been called the potentially weakest or potentially strongest argument available when debating with an atheist. Basically, it runs as follows: If a skeptical person were to lay a bet on whether or not God exists, it would wiser to bet on God existing, since if this is the correct position it will make all the difference for him ... (Continue reading)

Learning Death from History

german euthanasia

Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.  So declared the famed historian George Santayana in 1863, and there is a lot of truth in this aphorism, upon which we would do well to reflect as we enter Canada's own dark, euthanasia phase, with State-sanctioned murder now legal, an era which I hope does not last long, and that future generations, or even future versions of ourselves, look back upon with horror and amazement. I will just mention ... (Continue reading)

Jean Vanier Clarifies his Remarks, Reiterating his Support for Assisted Suicide Law in CBC Interview

jean vanier

(This article appeared in this revision on LifeSite News, based on a clarification they received from Dr. Vanier) At the end of May, Jean Vanier was interviewed on the CBC by Carol Off for the evening program As it Happens.  As most of you are aware, Vanier is a widely revered figure, a 'living saint' some may say, the founder ofL'Arche, which cares for severely handicapped and developmentally challenged people, heroic work that I could scarcely consider doing.  I visited ... (Continue reading)

Murder, Inc., Canadian Style

physician murder

As of midnight tonight, as I write on this June 6th, the murder of adults will be legal in Canada.  Of course, we have had the legal killing of the unborn since May 14, 1969, but the striking down of the laws prohibiting murder-suicide opens a new, wide gate to the culture of death for all of us. We should be clear on our terms:  As of midnight, murder-suicide will be decriminalized, by the dubious authority of the Supreme Court's decision ... (Continue reading)

Two Justins

justin martyr

Today is, or rather was, as I am getting to this rather late, the memorial of Saint Justin Martyr, an early apologist for the faith.  Not as in 'saying sorry', but as in apo-logia, offering a 'reasoned defense' for Catholicism.  Saint Justin was a philosopher by profession, and tried many other systems before realizing that Christianity held the most reasonable hierarchy of truths to explain the human condition, and our final end. God's grace elevated and perfected the lifelong intellectual search ... (Continue reading)

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