James the Greater and Humanae Vitae: Signs of Contradiction

Today we celebrate the feast of Saint James 'the Greater', not because of any intrinsic superior quality to the other James, 'the Lesser', the...

Security, Saintliness and Serious Polygamy

I joked of 'fortress U.S.A.' in a text message as my travelling companion and I drove through the desolate countryside south of Winnipeg.  On...

Of Conscience and Rights

Yesterday, Dr. Sephora Tang, a young psychiatrist plying her trade in Ottawa, whom I happen to know, was on the CBC's Ontario Today defending...

Forest Fires’ Footprint

I write driving (as a passenger, not to worry) through the majestic scenery of the Canadian Rockies, the views surreally obscured by the smoke...

Camillus’ Revolution

Today marks the 228th anniversary of the official beginning of the French Revolution, back in 1789 with the storming of the Bastille prison.  Much...

Thought Control, Khadr and King Henry the Emperor

I have an article published this morning in Crisis magazine, on a quartet of totalitarian thought-control laws recently passed here in Canada.  Feel free...

Saint Benedict and Travels

Today is the feast of Saint Benedict, with the variety of whose 'options' carrying his name he may not necessarily agree. At a young...

Maria Goretti, Lust and the Noon-Day Devil

Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God (Mt 5:8) But I say to you every one who looks at a woman...

Thoughts on July the Fourth: Oz, Ireland, Canada and, of course, the U.S. of...

Following upon my brief remarks upon the charges laid against Cardinal Pell last week, a must-read is this insightful article by Julia Yost in...

Thomas the ‘Doubter’ and the Nature of Faith

Today is the feast of Saint Thomas, the Apostle, who gets a bit of a bad rap as 'doubting' Thomas, a term is that...