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Parents’ Day?

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Tomorrow, besides being the much more important solemnity of Corpus Christi (at least here in Canada, more on which in a bit) is also Father's Day, and a recent discussion I heard on the CBC debated whether such a commemoration, along with the complementary and longer-standing Mother's Day, is inherently discriminatory.  After all, what of family's with no explicit mother, or two 'fathers', or two 'mothers', or a menage-a-trois, quatre, cinq, or whatever other happy grouping one's imagination and current ... (Continue reading)

Wynne’s Socialist Largesse


Alexis de Tocqueville is proved right once again, that the tyranny of the majority lies inherent in any democracy.  Our erstwhile Premier, Kathleen Wynne, has just brazenly approved an across-the-board 7.5% pay raise for government provincial employees, with not even a concession on their part, a veritable largesse, courtesy of the over-burdened taxpayer, held in ransom by said government to those who live off his avails.  Here is the text from the National Post article: The Ontario Public Service Employees ... (Continue reading)

Captain Fantastic and Hollywood’s Anti-Catholicism

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Viggo Mortensen, the same actor who played Strider/Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, seems to enjoy getting naked in his non-Tolkien films, evincing, perhaps, certain latent exhibitionist fantasies:  In Eastern Promises, he fought off, el fresco, two Russian mobsters in a steam bath; in The Road, he chucked it all to swim out to an abandoned boat to retrieve supplies for him and his son; and just recently there he was, full frontal, in a film that displays ... (Continue reading)

Saint Anthony and Our Lady

Anthony of Padua

There is a curious connection with today’s memorial of Saint Anthony of Padua, the place in Italy where he died (in 1231), for he is also known as Saint Anthony of Lisbon, the place in Portugal where he was born (in 1195). There has been quite a long historical struggle over who ‘owns’ the saint more. Does one belong to one’s birthplace and where one was raised, or to the region where one lived and worked in one’s ... (Continue reading)

An Irish Monk in Scotland


We celebrate in our particular diocese today the feast of Saint Columbkille (521-597), an Irish monk from Donegal on the wild west coast of the emerald isle, whose Gaelic name means 'dove of the Church', a name which does not, ironically, fit either his historical appearance or demeanour.   Columbkille is described as being of huge stature, with a strong, athletic build and a booming, melodious voice that could carry across hill and dale; he was also, apparently, an impetuous ... (Continue reading)

Our Lady Seat of Wisdom

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A blessed 'feast' of Our Lady Seat of Wisdom, Sedes Sapeintiae, an ancient and venerable title the Virgin Mary as the Chora tou Achoretou, the 'container of the uncontainable', the new 'ark of the covenant', the 'chosen shrine', as the sixth century hymn by Venantius Fortunatus has it, 'in which the Architect divine' made His dwelling. Many days in the liturgical calendar, in fact most, have such a memorial to various titles of Our Lady, only a few of them celebrated ... (Continue reading)

Manchester, Muhammad and Trumping Ali

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Britain stumbles into another election, this one in the wake of yet-another terrorist attack on the Vigil of Pentecost, with three Islamic jihadis mowing down pedestrians strolling down iconic London Bridge, before stabbing and slicing dozens in the name of Allah, killing 7 and seriously injuring 48.  It seems three determined men who think they are gaining a pleasure-filled paradise of women and wine can do a lot of damage with a few knives in the eight short minutes it ... (Continue reading)

Bill 89: Whose Children Are They?

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Cardinal Carlo Carafa, then President of the Pontifical Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family, in a 2008 interview reported that he had received a letter from Sister Lucia, a Carmelite nun and the only surviving seer from Fatima, which warned:  "The final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family." There was a providential connection in this, for Pope John Paul II had been planning on May 13, 1981 to found ... (Continue reading)

Skeptical Trump and the Paris Accord

Consensus!  Oh...wait...WHERE IS TRUMP?

from: inhabitat.com

I for one find it encouraging news that Donald Trump has pulled the United States out of the Paris Accord, whose official term is the Paris Agreement, which falls under the United Nations Convention on Climate Change, adopted by 'consensus' on December 12, 2015.  Of course, such consensus is bestowed by the enlightened leaders, and need not entail such consensus  amongst the vast swath of the ‘unenlightened’ people, which is a big part of the reason Donald Trump was elected. The ... (Continue reading)

Wonder Woman, Artificial Intelligence and Human Work

Justin Martyr

Wonder Woman has opened in theatres. I will have more to say on this feminist icon, and what it means for modern masculinity, or what's left of it.  The film does seem to be garnering favorable reviews, even if philosophically subversive, or perhaps because so.  I wonder, if Hollywood just wants cash, for my thoughts have always been that it's message is more subversive, which an article I will publish soon argues.   I also plan to pen something soon on artificial ... (Continue reading)

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