Normalizing Deviancy

Well, another evening CBC episode, dedicated this time to the flying of the rainbow flag in various locales, the most controversial being the American...

Romuauld the Hermit

A brief word on Saint Romuauld (+June 19, 1025/27), before today ends, a tenth-century monk, who founded the strict Camaldolese Order, named after the...

Nero, John Paul II and the Protomartyrs

The first, or proto-, martyrs of the Church of Rome commemorate the untold number of Christians put to death under the reign of Nero,...

Bill 84 and the Inviolability of Conscience

Sometime this Holy Week, the federal parliament will vote on Bill 84, an amendment to the 'Medical Assistance in Dying' Act which legislated physician-assisted...

The Prime Minister and the Pope

Justin Trudeau has finally met the Pope, in theory, his spiritual head, to whom he (Mr. Trudeau, that is) owes obedience and respect.  One...

Blessed Emilie Tavernier-Gamelin and Walsingham

The Church in Canada venerates a number of Canadian saints and blesseds, almost all of them from Quebec, since the rest of Canada was...

John of Damascus, the Last of the Eastern Fathers

Was there ever a golden age of Catholic and Islamic relations? The evidence for such is slim, with the two religions seemingly incompatible, but...

A Presidential and Monarchical Family Day

I suppose it is requisite to wish everyone a happy Family Day, even though, as my own Dad said about 'Mother's Day' - every...

More and Fisher: Signs for our Times

Today we commemorate Saint Thomas More, husband, father, lawyer, sometime chancellor of England, martyred in 1535 along with his compatriot Saint John Fisher, Bishop...

The Martyrs of Gorkum and Annulled Anne of Cleves

In one of those many mysteries of providence, this day marking the martyrs of China is also the anniversary of the Martyrs of Gorkum,...