Nota in Brevis

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I am the Immaculate Conception

I am the Immaculate Conception These are the words Our Lady said to Saint Bernadette Sobirous, when asked by the young saint who she was.  This was in 1858, four years after Pope Blessed Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, with the bull Ineffabilis Deus, on this day, December 8th, 1854, proclaiming that the Mother of God was preserved from all stain (macula) of original sin, by the merits of Christ which God saw (praevisa) beforehand.  In other ... (Continue reading)

Everyone should read this forthright interview with Professor Jordan Peterson.  It is fascinating in its clear and quite damning analysis of the modern university, which he claims is 'quite lost'.  I in the main agree, although might nuance things a bit (there are signs of hope at Saint Michael's college, for example).  But, as I have written, beware sending your children into these denizens of ignorance, mind-control and indoctrination in falsity. (Continue reading)

Of Severed Heads, Pronoun Wars and Canaries


An Italian neurosurgeon, Sergio Canavero, is planning to head up the first human body-head transplant, taking the head from a man, Valery Spiridonov, who is suffering from spinal muscular atrophy which confines him to a wheelchair, and putting it on the body of a 'brain dead' victim, I mean, donor. There are so many issues with this prospective $128 million operation, involving apparently 100 surgeons: There has never been a successful head transplant in any animal (at least one that ... (Continue reading)


Please do feel free to join the parish of the Immaculate Conception as they celebrate the Holy Eucharist with Schubert’s Mass in G Tomorrow, Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 11:00 am. Immaculate Conception Parish 1710 Scugog St., Port Perry The 30-member schola of Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy in Barry's Bay will join the Parish Sparrows Choir of over 50 choristers in singing Schubert's Mass in G at ... (Continue reading)

Deacon Jean-Nil Chabot, Ph. D, responds to my most recent editorial: Generally speaking I would not differ from what you wrote, but I will express my opinion (no, I say, the truth!) regarding moving Canada’s debt to the trillion dollar Rubicon. The truth is, there is no real debt. The real wealth was no produced by those who create the money. We, Canadians, have produce the real wealth. The proof is that if your erase this supposed debt not one item will disappear from ... (Continue reading)


A blessed All Souls to all. Over the next eight days, you may gain a plenary indulgence for visiting a cemetery and praying for the dead, with the usual conditions. All the faithful departed, requiescant in pace. (Continue reading)

  Happiness, Culture, Virtue: The Case for Catholic Education by Dr. Ryan Topping   3 - 4:30 pm Sun October 30th Maryvale Academy 2191 Benjamin Ave, Ottawa Free-will offering     A native of Saskatoon, Dr. Topping earned an MA in Philosophy from the University of Manitoba and an M.Phil. and Doctorate in Theology from the University of Oxford. He held the Pope John XXIII Chair of Studies in Catholic Theology at St. Thomas University in Canada, and ... (Continue reading)

Pope Saint John Paul II, a Reflection


Today is the memorial of Pope Saint John Paul II, who was installed as the 264th successor of Saint Peter on this day in 1978, which seems aeons ago in more ways than one.  An era without the Internet, Facebook and smartphones, scarcely imaginable.  His feast was added by Pope Francis two years ago when John Paul was canonized, a welcome addition to the calendar of saints, not least since I happen to share, by a quirk of my own ... (Continue reading)

Kaine, Trump and Clinton, Oh My


I have an article posted this morning on Crisis magazine, on How Catholic is Kaine, Hillary Clinton's Vice-Presidential running mate.  Feel free to peruse. I should have added the irony that Donald Trump's running mate, Mike Pence, a former Catholic, and now apparently a Protestant, describes himself publicly as '100% pro-life'.  The scandalous irony is that the lapsed Catholic Pence is more Catholic than the proclaimed 'devout Catholic' Kaine.  The Protestants are living out our Catholicism better than we Catholics.  ... (Continue reading)

It’s a S.T.E.M. World, Baby


A recent article, sponsored by none other than the Royal Bank of Canada, had a list of the top ten ‘most valuable’ university degrees ranked, as is the wont of a bank I suppose, by how much you could make upon graduation.  Happiness, fulfilment, joy, the breadth and length of knowledge, all be damned, just show me the money! Of the ten, five were in engineering, two in accounting and finance, and one in business (the others were geosciences, and ... (Continue reading)

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