Sixtus II, Pope and Martyr

A blessed memorial of Pope Saint Sixtus II and Companion Martyrs, who were beheaded along with six of his deacons in witness to the...

The Cure of Ars: A Model for Priests

On this day, August 4th, in 1859, the world witnessed the passing into eternity of a most remarkable man, a simple country priest, who...

Bach’s Musical Offering

Today marks the 267th anniversary of the death of Johann Sebastian Bach, who passed into eternity this day in 1750, after a rather barbaric...

Security, Saintliness and Serious Polygamy

I joked of 'fortress U.S.A.' in a text message as my travelling companion and I drove through the desolate countryside south of Winnipeg.  On...

Thought Control, Khadr and King Henry the Emperor

I have an article published this morning in Crisis magazine, on a quartet of totalitarian thought-control laws recently passed here in Canada.  Feel free...

Saint Benedict and Travels

Today is the feast of Saint Benedict, with the variety of whose 'options' carrying his name he may not necessarily agree. At a young...

Maria Goretti, Lust and the Noon-Day Devil

Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God (Mt 5:8)But I say to you every one who looks at a woman...

Thomas the ‘Doubter’ and the Nature of Faith

Today is the feast of Saint Thomas, the Apostle, who gets a bit of a bad rap as 'doubting' Thomas, a term is that...

Peter, Paul and Pell

A blessed solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul to all our readers, a venerable feast that goes back to the very origins of the...

Of Severed Heads, Pronoun Wars and Canaries

An Italian neurosurgeon, Sergio Canavero, is planning to head up the first human body-head transplant, taking the head from a man, Valery Spiridonov, who...