Canada Up in Smoke

(A retrospect on the legalization of cannabis in Canada, now two years ago. The stultifying and enervating effects of this drug may in some...

The Limits of Law and Obedience

Obedience is not necessarily a virtue. It did not excuse the Nazis at Nuremberg, who were just ‘following orders’. Just as Serviam has its exceptions and...

Saint Casimir of Poland

Saint Casimir died young - as the good are wont to do - entering eternity, after a battle with tuberculosis, on this day, March...

Saint Pius V Standing Between Heaven and Earth

Michel Ghislieri was born Anton, but took the name of the archangel when he joined the Dominican Order at the age of 14, and...

Saint Anthonoy Zaccaria’s Barnabites

Saint Anthony Zaccaria (+1539), from noble lineage in late-renaissance Italy, was born in Rome in 1502, on the cusp of the Protestant revolt against the...

Lost Lectures of the Fruits of Experience

Maurice Baring, Lost Lectures of the Fruits of Experience. Peter Davies Ltd, London: 1932. Chapter 12: Music. But the most remarkable musical experiences of my life happened...

Captain Fantastic and Hollywood’s Anti-Catholicism

Viggo Mortensen, the same actor who played Strider/Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, seems to enjoy getting naked in his non-Tolkien films,...

A Tale of Two Princesses

September 5th was the 20th anniversary of the death of Teresa of Calcutta, canonized by Pope John Paul II on September 4th, 2003, but...

The Faceless Niqab

The recent ban in the province of Quebec on the niqab, the Islamic face-covering, when receiving 'public services' (reserved, of course, only for females)...