Cardinal Pell’s Due Process

One might well describe the conviction of Cardinal Pell a travesty of justice, but we will likely never know, as the trial was ‘blacked...

Minors and Majors

The Vatican synod currently underway has as its theme the ‘protection of minors’, a category that in our current intellectual milieu triggers a vivid...

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 Benedict and Damian

Not many in the hierarchy write like Saint Peter Damian (+1072), whose direct and blunt condemnation of the unnatural sexual sins of the clergy...

Valentinian Love: Europe’s Destiny

The wider world knows this day as dedicated to Saint Valentine, about whom both the Church knows little, and the world even less. What...

Sample’s Quiet Revolution

Liturgical music. The phrase may instil a faint feeling of nausea in those even remotely attuned to true beauty, as the strains of treacly...

Timothy, Titus and Episcopal Power

A blessed memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, co-workers of Saint Paul, both of them ordained by him into the early episcopacy of the...

The True Ecumenism of Saint Francis de Sales

In this week of prayer for Christian unity, I have an article on the Toronto archdiocesan webpage – or more like a few brief...

Snakes in Paradise

Did a snake really wash - or swim - ashore in Ireland – a land that, according to pious tradition, has been without the slithering...

Clarity and Trudeau’s Imprudent Diplomacy

As we move into this new year, we should make certain resolutions, and here’s one proposal: for all of us to strive for greater...