Crecy and the Changing Face of War

The protracted Hundred Years' War, (if the term protracted is not redundant) which was more like a series of dynastic wars mainly between French...

Invoking/Revoking Canon 87

Against the restrictions of Traditionis Custodes and its accompanying draconian dubia, traditionally-minded bishops (would that adjective were superfluous!) always had a recourse in Canon...

The Limits of Papal Authority, and the Covid Vaccine

Pope Francis has added the heft of his papal authority to the question of the Covid vaccine in a television recent interview: I believe that...

The Queen’s Birthday

A very joyful Victoria Day to all our Canadian readers!  A statuatory federal holiday, which was originally instituted to celebrate the birthday of Queen...

Beware Bagpiping Scotsmen

A bag piping Scotsman was recently fined in Montreal for carrying an 'illegal weapon', namely, his sgian-duh, literally his 'black', but more properly his...

Missions to Moncton, Accompaniment and Papal Sensitivity

I'm not sure how one might describe the decision of Archbishop Valery Vianneau, spiritual head of the diocese of Moncton in New Brunswick, to...

Steadfast Saint John of Brito

Saint John of Brito (1647 - 1693) was a Jesuit martyr in India, called the ‘Portuguese Francis Xavier’, as well as second Saint John...

An Inestimable Gift to God

In the eyes of God, the smaller and more hidden things in this life are often those of the greatest moment in the sight...

Saint Charbel and the Catholic ‘Mosque’

The Muslims know how to pick their days. But, then, so does God. As mentioned a few days ago, for the first time in...

Peter and Marcellinus, Hidden, Yet Known

Not much is known of Saints Marcellinus and Peter, except that they were martyrs, likely put to death by beheading at the 12th milestone...