Nereus, Achilleus and Pancras: Choosing One’s Way

Today we commemorate the early martyrs Nereus and Achilleus, soldiers, officers of the court, and converts, likely put to death under Emperor Domitian in...

It’s Church teaching that matters

A first column for a new year for a Roman Catholic magazine. Let’s ask a few basic questions about what it means to be...

Vocation and the Single Life

(This article recently appeared in Catholic World Report and may serve as a good addendum to Father Callam's exhortation for the Church to canonize...

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 Francis, Islam and World Youth Day

I suppose Pope Francis is correct that we should not strictly identify Islam with terrorism, but a lot depends on how one defines 'terrorism'. ...

The Mystery of Salvific Suffering

As we move towards Holy Week in this last week of Lent - in the midst of this global crisis, the unfolding effects of which...

A Night in Paris

I had this romantic notion on the pilgrimage of sailing away from my native land, watching the ‘white cliffs of Dover’ recede into the...

Saints Peter and Paul and Obeying God

A blessed and joyous solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul to all our readers! As they were in life, comites, literally ‘fellow travellers’, so...

Liberal Budget Educated in Red Ink

The Ontario Liberal budget was released yesterday:  As expected, costs are going up, while revenues tank, the deficit is $50 billion, the debt, well,...

Lessons from Auschwitz

(Prompted by the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi labour camp (whose motto 'work makes free' was in practice 'work brings death'),...