Women and the State

Yet another female premier has been ousted from office after a single term. Is it too impolite, not to say politically incorrect, to ask...

Remembering Our Ancestors

(I wrote this upon visiting my grandparents' graves in Scotland just over a year ago, but seems a propos for this time as we...

Healing the Wound of Abortion

On a late winter’s evening, my mother left her body like a discarded nightgown on an unmade bed. I was sitting by the window...

Gaudete: Rejoice the Lord is Near

His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation (Lk 1:4). Once again on this third Sunday of Advent we encounter the figure...

Robert Bork on Slouching towards Gomorrah

Robert Heron Bork (1927 –2012) was a judge and law professor who was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to the Supreme Court in 1987....

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,...

Porn and the Disordering of the Human Mind

A propos of nothing, something grabbed my attention the other night, causing me to revisit a phenomenon that has long since disappeared from the...

Our Incarnational Faith

In the midst of the scandals and accusations, we should recall the great joys and blessings of our Faith, not least the gift of Mary, the...

Twelfth Sunday, Open Churches and the Return of the King

‘Fear no one….Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven’ (Mt. 10: 26, 32). ⧾ At long...

Marie of the Incarnation: A Canadian Mystic

Marie de l’Incarnation: Études de théologie spirituelle by Pierre Gervais, S.J.:  A Review   Pierre Gervais is a Canadian-born Jesuit, professor of systematic, sacramental, and spiritual...