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The Greatest Sermon of Saint Fidelis


Today is the feast of Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen, whose original name was Mark Rey:  His names comes from his birthplace, with the Fidelis his name in religion, after he joined the Capuchins in the first decade of the 1600's, as Shakespeare was writing his sonnets and plays in England just after the Elizabethan era, and the so-called 'Reformation' at its height. Mark's first job was as a lawyer, in which task he was known for honesty, and his work for ... (Continue reading)

Une Autre Terrorisme Attaque

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(There are another terrorist attack in France yesterday, in Paris, near the Champs D'Elysees, a police officer targeted and killed with the usual suspect, ISIS, claiming responsibility.  To be more particular, it was a lone gunman, who had already been arrested, spending 15 years in jail for the attempted murder of two other police officers in 2001.  I suppose France will never learn, or at least learn the hard way. You see, ISIS and Islamic terrorism in general, need not ... (Continue reading)

Easter, Popularity and Populism

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I hope that all our readers are enjoying their 'week of Sundays' during this Easter Octave, every day a solemnity, to be celebrated with great joy.  We reflect liturgically in the weeks to follow the founding of the Church, the earliest days of Apostolic ministry, the miraculous spread of the faith within Israel and beyond, into the land of the 'Gentiles', eventually to Rome, where Saint Peter ended up, as Vicar of Christ.  To this day, the Bishop of Rome ... (Continue reading)

Bill 84 and the Inviolability of Conscience


Sometime this Holy Week, the federal parliament will vote on Bill 84, an amendment to the 'Medical Assistance in Dying' Act which legislated physician-assisted 'suicide' last June.  Of course, when you allow doctors to kill their patients, and patients to commit publicly-funded suicide, things can get complicated, and Bill 84 is an attempt to clarify the loose ends, so to speak. Who can die? Who can kill, how, and with what qualifications? (so far, physicians and nurse practitioners) Can they ... (Continue reading)

Trump’s Tomahawks


There is not much profit,  in more ways than one, in commenting on international affairs, but that does not stop so many, myself included, from trying. (To comment, that is, not so much to profit). I am surprised that most of the feedback on Trump’s ordering Tomahawk missiles to destroy a Syrian air base (at least in the pages of our own homegrown National Post).  This attack was in apparent retaliation for an alleged gassing by Basha al-Assad, apparently of ... (Continue reading)

Isidore and the Internet


Yesterday, April 4th, was the memorial of Saint Isidore of Seville, a bishop and doctor of the Church, guiding his diocese, which he assumed after the death of his brother, and fellow bishop, Leander, in the midst of a very tumultuous time, with heresies abounding.  But grace, through figures like Leander and Isidore, abounded all the more. Isidore is famous for many things, the holiness of his life, the prudence with which he oversaw his flock, and for his voluminous writings, ... (Continue reading)

Laetare, O Maria


A blessed solemnity of the Annunciation, when the divine Word was made incarnate in the womb of the Virgin Mary.  When Dionysius Exiguus, who formulated what we now know as the calendar in 525 A.D., he assigned March 25 as the first day of the year, since that was when the new covenant of grace began, Man's true nature and destiny were revealed, and his salvation begun.  It remained New Year's Day in England until 1752, and the universal Church ... (Continue reading)

British Terrorism, Big Brother and M 103

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Motion M-103 passed in the House of Commons this afternoon, by a margin of 201 to 91, meaning that there are 201 people in charge of legislation in this country who know not the meaning nor the purpose of human law (and many of them are, I presume, lawyers). Yes, the media are all clamouring that this is not technically a 'law', but rather a 'motion', and has no binding power, at least not yet, but that difference is somewhat ... (Continue reading)

Bill M-103 and the Abuse of Power via Language


(Parliament may effectively vote into law today with the third reading of Motion 103, which would be propaedeutic to making any criticism of Islam illegal, under the broad and vague notion of 'Islamophobia'.  I wrote of this recently, but the government's interference in the use of language is always a troubling sign, one that goes along with every dictatorial regime. But as John Paul II warned, 'a democracy without values quickly turns into a thinly disguised totalitarianism'.  The thoughts I ... (Continue reading)

Idle, No More, Please

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Eric Idle, of Monty Python comedy troupe fame, has recently tweeted that 'climate change deniers' (one of the few groups remaining,  in this Disney-esque world-of-universal tolerance, upon which opprobrium can be piled without guilt) should be punished in an international court, and that such nefarious and recalcitrant malfeasants be 'put down gently'; one may suppose he means in the euthanistic sense. Mr. Idle, as those of a certain age or milieu may recall, is the same individual who played in ... (Continue reading)

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