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Quarterly Review for January 1873

FROM: ORESTES BROWNSON, “QUARTERLY REVIEW FOR JANUARY 1873” The Works of Orestes A. Brownson, Vol. XX Collected and arranged by Henry F. Brownson Detroit: H. F. Brownson, 1887 I am not willing that my name should go down to posterity with the slightest suspicion resting on it of disloyalty to the Church; not, indeed, that I care much for it on my own personal account, but for the sake of the Catholic cause, which I hold dearer than life, and which I would not ... (Continue reading)

The future of the Church

Michael Coren

I speak a great deal at Catholic and pro-life venues in Canada, the United States, and Britain. It’s perhaps the aspect of my professional life that gives me most pleasure—travel, meeting people, seeing the Church and the various moral struggles through the eyes and experience of others. Most of the men and women I meet are extraordinarily impressive, even inspiring. But there is—as they say—always one. Always one person who attends only to be offended and annoyed. And in a Toronto church ... (Continue reading)

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The hub of Christianity

Michael Coren

We really have to take back our history. In other words, Catholics have to know about their collective past and be prepared to explain it. Seldom is this as essential as with the Crusades, used by Muslims as well as secularists to attack the Church. Their arguments are mostly nonsense. Palestine, Syria, and Egypt were at one point almost entirely Christian and represented the very epicentre of Christian thought and energy. By the eighth century, Muslim armies has conquered North Africa ... (Continue reading)

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Nine challenges for the next papacy

Michael Coren

As I write this column, Pope Benedict is about to conclude his pontificate, the conclave is about to begin, and critics of the Church are, as always, about to make another charge at the castle that is the institution given to the world by Jesus Christ to guide humanity to heaven. I’m not sure who the next pope will be, of course, but I do believe that his Papacy will be one of the most important in history. If we think ... (Continue reading)

No compromise on love or truth

Michael Coren

Newman Centre’s St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Toronto has had its share of controversy. When I first attended Mass there in the late 1980s the sentiments of some of the students were almost hilariously anti-Church. There’s little as funny as privileged North American kids thinking they’re radical because they hurt mummy and daddy. Matters have improved enormously since then, but recently a dozen “parishioners” have made a lot of noise about leaving the place because it’s too Catholic for them. The ... (Continue reading)

Why we need the Church

Michael Coren

I read the story beneath the title with trepidation but, truth be told, with more than a little resignation. A Montreal deacon had been charged with producing child pornography, a pre-Christmas headline told us. The crime is horrendous. But he is a Catholic—was it another gift, seasonal at that, given to the Catholic-bashers, the media, the atheists, and the rest of them to attack us? Yes, it was. I’ve no idea if sixty-five-year-old William Kokesch is guilty or not, and for ... (Continue reading)

It’s Church teaching that matters

Michael Coren

A first column for a new year for a Roman Catholic magazine. Let’s ask a few basic questions about what it means to be Catholic, because as much as it pains me to admit it, a lot of alleged members of the Church seem to be absolutely bewildered. My opinion, by the way, is irrelevant here. It’s Church teaching that matters, not how any of us feel or think on one day or another. There, of course, is the main problem. ... (Continue reading)

Words can hurt, but abortions do kill

Michael Coren

If you know anything about Ann Coulter you will know that she adores controversy and likes nothing more than to annoy her critics—and that’s exactly what occurred earlier this year. After the final Presidential debate in October she tweeted, “I highly approve of Romney’s decision to be kind and gentle to the retard.” It was pretty silly and largely pointless, but it pales in comparison to the abuse and filth thrown at conservatives and Christians by leftists and atheists on a ... (Continue reading)

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A gentle, thoughtful man

Michael Coren

Meet Father Zakaria Boutros—a gentle, thoughtful man, one of the leading figures of the Egyptian Coptic Christian community and now obliged to live in exile in the United States after twice being arrested in his homeland, and having Muslims in Iran and Saudi Arabia put a $60 million bounty on his head. While he is anonymous to most North Americans, Boutros is famous (or notorious) throughout North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia, where his daily television broadcasts attract ... (Continue reading)

No gold medal for truth and justice

Michael Coren

The Olympics are over, so a tale of two athletes. In 2011 America’s most successful gymnast, Peter Vidmar, a man who had won more medals than any other American competing in his sport and someone who enjoyed enormous respect, was forced to step down as the chef de mission for the 2012 US Olympic team after it was revealed that he had an opinion on the same-sex marriage issue. His opinion, naturally, was that marriage was the union of one ... (Continue reading)

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