William, Mary, Plunkett and the Boyne

July the 12th is ‘Orange’ Day, celebrated still with a particular fervour in Northern Ireland, commemorating the defeat of the Catholic Stuart King James...

Benedict and His Option

A blessed feast of Saint Benedict, the monk who did more than most to save what we know as 'civilization'. As a student in...

Excuses, Truth and Nothing But

Just after posting the announcement on the week-long showing of Unplanned in Canadian theatres, it was announced this morning that two of those theatres...

Gorkum and Cleves

We should also call to mind today the Martyrs of Gorkum, nineteen Catholic priests, diocesan and religious, hanged on this day in 1572 by...

God and the Church in Godless China

Today is the feast of the Chinese martyrs, Augustine Zhao Rang and his companions, hundreds of Catholics (along with many Orthodox and Protestants) put...

Maria Goretti and the Destructive Effects of Lust

It was a day much like today, a hot, humid and sweltering July 6th in the year of our Lord 1902, in a small...

Barnabites, Civil Wars and Confusing Synods

Saint Anthony Zaccaria (+1539), from noble lineage in late-renaissance Italy, first studied medicine, then for the priesthood, adopting a life of great discipline and...

The Patronage of Saints

When the Church canonizes some of her faithful as ‘saints’, she is declaring that they lived a Christian life more perfectly, practising charity in...

Independence, Pier Giorgio and Elizabeth

A joyous Independence Day to all our American readers. There are any number of factions developing in the once-United States, but all can be...

The God of Abraham, Sodom and Canada

Abraham’s dialogue with God in yesterday’s Sunday reading still speaks to us four millennia onwards. Indeed, the principle is timeless, that God’s justice –...