Nota in Brevis

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Here are a few articles of note, that I would recommend: Father Raymond on Amoris.   An excellent reflection on the current and likely future status of the controversial 'Chapter 8' of Amoris Laetitia. Hilary Mantel's on the Reformation.  Patricia Snow in First Things offers a very insightful analysis of Mantel's revisionist historical novel on the early Reformation, turning Thomas More into a priggish, hypocritical heretic-hater, while Thomas Cromwell is portrayed as the loving, loyal father figure ... (Continue reading)

Pray for the victims in Kyrgyzstan, where a cargo plane crashed into a village in the middle of the night, killing 33, including women and children, as they slept in their homes.  One truly knows not the day nor the hour, and, as Our Lord prophesied, we may be taken even from our very beds.   That’s one of the reasons an examination of conscience and act of contrition before sleep is a very good idea. (Continue reading)

The Indomitable Hilary of Poitiers

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Today is the feast of Saint Hilary of Poitiers (310-367), Bishop and Doctor of the Church, who was such a brilliant foe of the fourth century heresy that denied the divinity of Christ he is known as the Malleus Arianorum, the Hammer of the Arians. The main part of his life follows upon the Council of Nicaea in 325 which condemned the Arian heresy by declaring Christ to be homo-ousois (consubstantial), of the 'same being' as the Father. The heresy ... (Continue reading)

Marguerite Bourgeoys and What Canada May Yet Be


Today is the feast of Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys (1620-1700), founder of the Congregation of Notre-Dame, and founder also of the first official schools in Canada.  A missionary from France, she faced difficulties in her first years in Quebec City before going to Ville-Marie (now Montreal), where she started in the first elementary school, free of charge, in an abandoned stone stable. This was in an era when every female religious was cloistered, and there were attempts to unite her new ... (Continue reading)

Saint John Neumann and Bishops


Today is the feast of Saint John Neumann, born in Bulgaria, but who  travelled to the United States in 1836 to seek ordination since there were ‘too many priests’ in his native country (remember those days?).  Having already completed his seminary studies, he was ordained in New York city, and, after some difficult years as a diocesan priest, joined the Redemptorists for a more complete community life. His zeal, holiness and indefatigable work amongst the streams of immigrants (Bishop Neumann ... (Continue reading)

A very joyous and blessed Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, declared truly Theotokos at the Council of Ephesus in 431. She bore the Person of Christ, Who dwells after His Incarnation in two natures, divine (eternal) and human (from the flesh of the Virgin). So rejoice that we all have a Mother, the type and exemplar of all mothers. And, of course, we wish all our readers a very happy New Year, ... (Continue reading)

A very joyous, merry and grace-filled Christmas to all the faithful readers of Catholic Insight! Awake, awake, fling off the night! For God has sent His glorious light! And we who live in Christ's new day, Must deeds of darkness put away.  (Continue reading)

More mayhem, alas, from the Muslim world, which is now in the heart of Europe.  A truck driven into a Christmas market in Germany, killing 12 and injuring 48; the Russian ambassador to Turkey shot in cold blood before a crowd at an art gallery, the gunman, a police officer, shouting Islamic slogans about Syria before being shot to death by his fellow officers; a shooting at an Islamic centre in Zurich. I don't agree with everything Mark Steyn says, but ... (Continue reading)

Ad Multos Annos, Father de Valk!


Father Alphonse de Valk, Founding Editor of Catholic Insight, celebrated the 51st anniversary of his ordination quite fittingly on December 11th, the eve of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. For a retrospective of his colourful and full life, all in the cause of 'life', please see our post at this time last year. May he continue to do God's work for years to come. Ad multos annos, Father de Valk, and may God reward you for all you have done! (Continue reading)

Bishop Javier Ecchevaria Rodgriguez, the Prelate of the personal prelature Opus Dei, died yesterday of complications arising from pneumonia.  He had been chosen personally by Saint Josemaria Escriva, the founder of Opus Dei, to lead the worldwide lay apostolate, which fosters piety, spirituality in its members.  Bishop Rodriguez oversaw Opus Dei from 1994 until his death. May God receive the soul of His servant... requiescat in pace. Syria continues its civil war, now ... (Continue reading)

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