Frances of Rome and the Taoiseach of Ireland

In the most troubled of times, God raises up saints as exemplars and intercessors, and Frances of Rome is no exception. Born into privilege...

Will a Real Women’s Day Please Stand Up?

I am all for honouring women, but International Women’s Day – which I am at least glad to read they have not (yet?) modified...

The Ultimate Gift of Perpetua and Felicity

Today is also the feast – a commemoration now, in the Lenten calendar of the Novus Ordo – of the early martyrs Perpetua and...

Thomas’ Enduring Legacy

Today is the anniversary of the death of Saint Thomas Aquinas. In March of 1274, he fell ill on his way to the second Council...

Post Pirates

If I may be permitted a personal post-play reflection, a few words on Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College’s production and adaptation of Gilbert...

Benedict’s Legacy

It was six years ago today that Pope Emeritus Benedict’s resignation from the papacy became official, leading to the conclave which elected Jorge Cardinal...

Cardinal Pell’s Due Process

One might well describe the conviction of Cardinal Pell a travesty of justice, but we will likely never know, as the trial was ‘blacked...

Minors and Majors

The Vatican synod currently underway has as its theme the ‘protection of minors’, a category that in our current intellectual milieu triggers a vivid...

Saint Peter’s Cathedra

It might seem odd to celebrate a 'chair', even one of Saint Peter, but today's feast commemorates not a physical object, but the office of the...

Pope Benedict and Damian

Not many in the hierarchy write like Saint Peter Damian (+1072), whose direct and blunt condemnation of the unnatural sexual sins of the clergy...