Justice in the Prodigal Son

So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was...

Urbi et Orbi of John Paul II

This 'Urbi et Orbi' (to the city and to the world) address of Pope Saint John Paul II from 2002 has lost none of...

Elizabeth Anscombe on Hating God

Elizabeth Anscombe (1919-2001) was a British analytic philosopher who early in life met and was deeply influenced by the great Austrian logician and linguist...

How to Defeat Euthanasia: A Personal Story

As the ten-horned apocalyptic beast called euthanasia lies in wait at our door and we begin to reflect on how to protect our loved...

The Great Saint Catherine of Siena: A Woman for our Time

Saint Catherine of Siena (1334-1380) was a feisty, indomitable woman.  One might, in a Catholic way, claim her as an early 'feminist', in the...

Mary, and the Work and Meaning of Beauty

I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing;in pain you shall bring forth children. (Genesis 3:16) Ironically, although technological advances have made it possible for...

Mortimer Adler on Proving God Exists

Mortimer J. Adler (1902-2001) was early in life an agnostic American philosopher of Jewish descent (he referred to himself as a pagan) who was...

Cultural Dis-Assimilation

It was reported amongst the Indo-Canadian community, and that is the far-away India, not the Native Canadians whose ranks were just increased by the...

Magisterial Clarity and Ambiguity

There is an old saying that the three rules of real estate are ‘location, location, location’.  A similar rule applies to public speaking: ‘brevity,...

The Question of ‘Bioethics’

“Three generations of imbeciles are enough.” – Supreme Court decision Buck vs. Bell Carrie Buck was 17 when she was forced to enter the Virginia...