Lockdowns and the Proportion of Fear

Just after Christmas, - at least they waited until after, and we must count all our blessings - Mr. Doug Ford decreed another interminable...

Saint Raymond, Pope Benedict and the Code of Canon Law

Today is the feast of Saint Raymond of Penyafort (1175-1275), one of the first Dominicans (officially known as the Order of Preachers) eventually becoming...

The (Non) Children of Men and the Indissoluble Nexus

It was somewhat disconcerting to discover that the 1992 novel The Children of Men by mystery writer P.D. James was set in January of...

The Epiphany to Wise Men

A blessed and joyous Epiphany to all our readers, this twelfth day of Christmas, in theory, on January 6th, even if in Canada the...

The Cappadocians and the Last Days

Today's fourth-century saints, Saints Basil of Caesarea (+379) and Gregory of Nazianzen (+389), comprise, together with Basil's brother Gregory of Nyssa (+395), the trio...

Of Far Off Island Lees and the Lies of the Land

On this first day of January in 1739, French explorer Jean Baptiste Charles Bouvet de Lozier discovered an island in the South Sea -...

Year of Saint Joseph: The Shadow of the Father

On this solemnity of Mary's Divine Motherhood, it's good also to be reminded of her husband's quasi-divine Fatherhood, as we begin this 'Year of...

A Happy Marian New Year!

The Church begins each new calendar year with a Marian feast, celebrating the Virgin Mary as the Mother of God, Theotokos – literally the...

Father Reginald Foster, The Vatican’s Latinist: Requiescat in Pace

Father Reginald Foster, O.C.D, died on Christmas Eve from complications arising from Covid-19. (Yes, I know - people across America are dying with bullet...

Saint Sylvester, and Sayonara 2020

On this last day of the calendar year, we celebrate in muted tones the mysterious and shadowy Pope Saint Sylvester I, who reigned from...