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Lepanto, Language and Hurricanes


Today, the feast of the Most Holy Rosary, marks the 444th anniversary of one of the most decisive battles not only in naval history, but in all of history, and I refer of course to the Battle of Lepanto, fought by a Christian fleet, led by Don Juan of Austria, son of the Emperor Charles V, in the waters of the Adriatic against an apparently superior Islamic Turkish fleet, vowing to turn Saint Peter's into a mosque.   Father Rutler ... (Continue reading)

Clarifying Thoughts on the Olympic Ideal


I suppose I am in the Olympic mood, but a couple of further thoughts on sports and athletics, which are on most people's minds, not least in Canada, which won a gold medal yesterday in high jump, when Derek Drouin leapt over 2.38 metres, or just a tad over 7.8 feet.  Impressive, if my anti-Olympic self might without hypocrisy say so. Which leads me into a clarification:  Please do be aware, dear readers, that I do consider sports as good, even ... (Continue reading)

Hydro Rates, Jet Set Ministers and Sid the Kid

It was reported the other day that it is now economically impossible for hydro rates to decrease in Ontario.  You may wonder why, and if I can find the article again, I will link to it:  The basic premise is that the Liberal government, under McGuinty and Wynne, have bound Ontarians to contracts with 'green' energy producers, so that we (the consumers) buy their so-called clean energy (wind, solar) at a rate many times higher than so-called 'dirty' energy (gas, ... (Continue reading)

Facing East, and Other Thoughts

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As I have mentioned previously, Cardinal Sarah, the head of the Congregation of Divine Worship (so the highest authority in these matters besides the Pope himself) has asked for priests to return to the ad orientem mode of saying Mass, worshiping 'with the people', facing the 'East' and the return of Christ, as was done for millennia prior to the revision after the Second Vatican Council.  As this article by Christopher Ruddy in First Things makes clear, sadly, the ... (Continue reading)

Nota in Brevis July 13: Laws, Trump and post-Brexit

Nota in Brevis July 13: Laws, Trump and post-Brexit

For those of you who, perhaps rightly so, misconstrued my article on the collapse of the rule of law, please do be aware that my intention was not to present an anti-cop, nor pro-'Black Lives Matter' piece, but rather to use the current situation in America to show that 'law', understood in the broad sense as a balance of authorities, is breaking down, a result of the more fundamental crumbling of ... (Continue reading)

Saint Benedict: Ora et Labora

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Today is the feast of Saint Benedict (ca. 480-547), the father of Western monasticism and one of the main forces in preserving Western culture through the tumultuous years of post-antiquity. His retreat from the world, paradoxically, is what saved the world, as he and his monks, guided by Benedict’s wise and prudent regula or rule (well worth a persual even by laymen), worked and prayed, copying manuscripts, turning arid soil into fruitful farmland, developing Gregorian chant (not just the most ... (Continue reading)

More’s Conscience

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Today we commemorate Saint Thomas More, husband, father, lawyer, sometime chancellor of England, marytyred in 1535 with his compatriot Saint John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester and cardinal of the Church. More was actually put to death on July 6, with Fisher being beheaded on this day, when they are both remembered. Both saints are martyrs of conscience (as are all martyrs, really, as John Paul II made clear in Veritatis Splendor), More's case made famous in the 1954 play by Robert ... (Continue reading)

Senate Passes Euthanasia Law


The Canadian Senate has capitulated, passing into law Bill C-14 legalizing 'Medical Aid in Dying', or, more properly, murder-assisted suicide. It will now be legal, even binding in some jurisdictions we may presume, for physicians and other health personnel, to kill their patients. The Senate wanted to broaden the scope of the law, permitting murder-suicide even if death were not 'reasonably forseeable' (a broad notion in itself), but they will live with it for now, pardon the pun.  The scope ... (Continue reading)

The Two Divine Ladies

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Today is the feast of Our Lady Seat of Wisdom, the patroness of our college here in Barry's Bay, as well as Our Lady of Combermere, the patroness of Madonna House, situated in the town of Combermere just south of us. Our Lady Seat of Wisdom is the title of Mary as the 'seat of wisdom', the one who offers God's own Wisdom to the world in His incarnate form.  Pope Saint John Paul the Great invokes her at the end ... (Continue reading)

Bishop-Elect Father Scott McCaig

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This evening at 7:30 p.m., on the Feast of the Visitation, fittingly enough celebrated on the last day in the month of May dedicated to Our Lady, Father Scott McCaig, the Moderator of the Companions of the Cross, will be ordained a bishop of the Catholic Church, for the Military Vicariate. I knew Father Scott years ago, when he acted as our chaplain here at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom in its early years, and we shared a number of cigars, ... (Continue reading)

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