Whither True Wealth, Mr. Depp?

The Church has consistently advocated the proper distribution of wealth in society, ensuring that each one has 'enough' on which to live. Of course,...

The Real Catherine the Great

Saint Catherine of Siena, born in 1347, and who died on this day in 1380, was in no uncertain terms a remarkable woman.  Born...

Death by a Thousand Cuts

The Martyrs of Vietnam, whom we commemorate today, were a whole panoply of Christians, bishops, priests, Franciscans, Dominicans, lay men, women and children, put...

Conservative Prudence?

I received a rather critical email in response to my last post on the Conservative capitulation, so thought I should clarify my, and hopefully...

A gentle, thoughtful man

Meet Father Zakaria Boutros—a gentle, thoughtful man, one of the leading figures of the Egyptian Coptic Christian community and now obliged to live in...

Schisms, Cornelius and Cyprian

Saint Cornelius was Pope for a scant two years in the third century, elected in 251, fighting against Novatian, who declared himself anti-Pope (although...

Albert the Great

Patron saint of scientists, Albert the Great (1200-1280), scholar, Dominican, bishop, and Doctor of the Church, was considered the most learned man of his...

Hope of the Innocents

The feast of the Holy Innocents, falling appropriately enough within the octave of Christmas, might seem a troubling commemoration at first glance.  The wholesale...

Of Saint Thomas’ Death and Voting

Saint Thomas Aquinas died on this day, March 7, 1274, at the Cistercian monastery of Fossanuova in Italy, between Naples and Rome (where there...