Silence and the Clericalism of Fr. Rodrigues

Father Scott MurrayScorsese’s film adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s Silence is true to the original. In fact, I don’t believe I have ever seen a...

Theotokos, or Christotokos? A Christmas Heresy

I will often ask my students in class whether Christ was a human person.  The answer may seem straightforward:  Of course He was (or...

Mirth, according to Saint Thomas Aquinas

On this feast of a 'mirthy' saint, it is a propos to take a brief glance at what Saint Thomas says about this most...

16th Sunday: Liturgy of the Word

And He had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things. (Mk 6:34)We begin...

Pope Saint John Paul’s 11th Station

THE ELEVENTH STATION Jesus is nailed to the Cross. V. Adoramus te, Christe, et benedicimus tibi. R. Quia per sanctam crucem tuam redemisti mundum.From the Gospel according...

Passions, Ford and Ireland’s Referendum

Adam Child’s playful take on women’s dressing, or dressing down, provides a humorous side to the debate on modesty, which does play in some...

Waking Up to God

It is the most phenomenal transformation of the day, born again into consciousness, and like birth, both forced upon us and the fruit of...

Cultural Divides

You may have read a couple of weeks or so ago of a Montreal housing complex here in Canada that was until recently moving...

Father Lombardi’s Quandry

Well, you have likely heard that Father Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, has clarified that Pope Francis was indeed referring to contraception in his remarks...

One Papacy, Two Popes: A Brief Reflection

 It is a curious situation in the Church that we have two living Popes, one of them a resigned, retired Pope 'emeritus'.  One is...