Why we need the Church

I read the story beneath the title with trepidation but, truth be told, with more than a little resignation. A Montreal deacon had been...

It’s Church teaching that matters

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...

Words can hurt, but abortions do kill

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...

A gentle, thoughtful man

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...

No gold medal for truth and justice

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...

Freedom

Hence the domestic household is antecedent, as well in idea as in fact, to the gathering of men into a community. - Pope Pius...

Lost Lectures or The Fruits of Experience

Maurice Baring, Lost Lectures of the Fruits of Experience. Peter Davies Ltd, London: 1932. From: High-Brows and Low-Brows Over and over again it has been my fortune...

The Rope Swing

Nobody knew where the rope came from. One Sunday morning after Mass in early spring, we found a thick rope hanging from an old...

The Rule of Law

“Why does each small thing in the world have to fight against the world itself? ... So that each thing that obeys law may...

Altar Boys

I found an old picture of my father in an attic drawer. It was taken on the occasion of the St. Peter’s Altar Boy...