True Mercy and False Sentimentality: An Address

We hear much of mercy, which in its Latin original is derived from miser (sad) and cordia (heart).  In his one question in the...

The Upside-Down of Moral Relativism

Very often we hear it said that when tackling thorny questions, two heads are better than one. As for considering the many facets of...

The Last Words of Pope Saint John Paul II

On this Holy Saturday, 2019, as come to the end of a long and difficult Lent for so many, these final messages of Pope...

Women and the State

Yet another female premier has been ousted from office after a single term. Is it too impolite, not to say politically incorrect, to ask...

The Real and Present Presence of Christ

Often, the simplest facts are the most important—and the most frequently unadverted to. Take the Last Supper, for instance. Obviously, the Apostles had to...

A Tale of Two Benedicts

Today is the 92nd birthday of Pope Emeritus Benedict, who - with the exception, as we just witnessed, of the occasional 'intervention' as 'Pope...

Providence and a Thief’s Goodness

Last year on Palm Sunday we heard the passion from Saint Mark’s Gospel, and next year it will be from Saint Matthew. Each is...

The Ratzinger Report Revisited

The Italian journalist and Catholic convert Vittorio Messori in 1985 published his two hundred page interview with Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict...

A Letter to a Catholic School Teacher

(What follows is adapted from a letter of a parish priest, Father Scott Murray, to a Catholic school teacher, in the publicly-funded, separate system,...

The Layered Meaning of the Prodigal Son

In 1861, John William Burgon, the (Anglican) dean of Chichester cathedral, preached a sermon...