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A New Look

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As is the vogue nowadays, Catholic Insight will be presenting a new 'look', an updated and improved webpage, which will be launched, providentially enough, this Thursday, June 22nd, the feast of Saints Thomas More and John Fisher, two of the early martyrs (+1535) of what has come to be known, somewhat erroneously, as the Reformation. I will have more to write on these two great martyrs for the truth:  both were scholars, saints and witnesses to the faith, fitting patrons ... (Continue reading)

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)

Real Prarie State Socialism

Pursuant to my thoughts this morning on Kathleen Wynne's splashing other people's money around to further fund the public service and, as a happy accidental (?) addendum, also ensure her and her Liberals  a whole swathe of guaranteed votes in the next election, I mentioned that if this larcenous largesse does not stop, we will soon be facing the dire effects of our economic insanity, like the collapse of various social services. People might think me somewhat drastic, as I mentioned ... (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)

If you are interested in an unmasking of the deep anti-Catholic bias in Hollywood, feel free to peruse an article of mine this morning in Crisis, which uses last year's Captain Fantastic as a paradigm of what the media elites really think about Christians, and Catholicism in particular. Of course, the Hollywood view is inadvertently aligned with the anti-Catholicism embedded within Islam, at least in its historical origins, as I wrote yesterday, even though Islam and Hollywood could not be ... (Continue reading)

Saint Boniface, bishop and martyr, was martyred by a pagan band on this  day, June 5, 754. His life was one of tireless struggle to convert the Frisians, early inhabitants of Germania, steeped in paganism and idolatry.  The famous story of his felling of the Donar Oak, which the pagan Frisians held so sacred that any man who harmed the tree would himself die, has become a symbol of Christianity’s dominance over ... (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)

A very joyful, blessed and grace-filled Pentecost to all of our readers... In the midst of all the travails of this world, let us entrust ourselves to the Holy Spirit, Who moves all of us to our ultimate end, eternal beatitude in communion with the Holy Trinity. We will only then see how all things work, and have worked, for the good and for His glory. In the words of the Second Person of the Trinity, I have said this to you, that ... (Continue reading)

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A blessed feast of the Visitation to one and all!  I have always considered this a pro-life feast, when two saintly women, each bearing two very holy children, in fact, the holiest, met in a joyful and spiritual reunion.  As Pope Benedict has pointed out, the New Covenant begins with the declaration Kaire!, Rejoice!, as the Angel Gabriel announced to the Virgin that she would bear the Messiah, who would save His people from their sins.   Hence, the Greek ... (Continue reading)

Ascension ‘Sunday’

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A very blessed and joyous Solemnity of the Ascension to all our readers... As you may know, the original Ascension occurred on a Thursday, and is the day on which it is commemorated in most of the rest of the world, including our neighbours to the south.  But in Canada, the bishop's conferences in the waves of change after Vatican II, or more properly in the 'spirit' of Vatican II, moved the solemnity to the following Sunday, which, although it ... (Continue reading)

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