Tattoo You?

(Here is a re-post of an article I wrote five or so years ago now, partly in response to Father Michael Schmitz' public declaration...

The Pope, the TLM and the Novus Ordo: Who’s Really Following Vatican II?

The Holy Father just cannot let it go: In remarks made the other day on May 7th to liturgical scholars at the Pontifical Liturgical...

Saint John of Avila, Apostle of Andalusia

Today's optional memorial as we continue the Easter season (alleluia!) commemorates Saint John of Avila (1499 – 1569), a contemporary of his fellow Spaniards,...

George Weigel’s Double Standard

George Weigel, papal biographer and social commentator, certainly has his fixed opinions, and I don’t mind that, even if I may at times disagree...

The Barrier of Bannister’s Mile

On May 6th, 1954, on a make-do track field in Oxford, in windy and blustery conditions, medical student Roger Bannister broke what some thought...

Blessed Marie-Leonie Paradis

There is a trio of Canadian Saints in this week: Saint Marie of the Incarnation, on the last day of April; Saint Francois de...

Philip and James: Questions and Letters

Philip and James, Apostles, have been celebrated together on this third day in May since the revision of the calendar in 1969. They were...

Law and the Militant Church

There are three 'dimensions' to the Church in her pilgrimage through time: The Church suffering, in purgatory; the Church triumphant, in heaven; and the...

Athanasius Contra Mundum

Today is the memorial of one of the most heroic bishops in the history of the Church, the great Saint Athanasius (+373), who stood...

Catherine of Siena, Mystic, Doctor and Reformer

Ecclesia semper reformanda est.  So goes the old saying - Ecclesia semper reformanda est - the Church, always in need of reform - applies now,...