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As readers may know, I have taken on the duties of editing the newly updated Catholic Insight on-line, a time-and-mind-absorbing project, but, I hope, a worthy one.  Hence, my posts have been relegated to that site for now, usually under the ‘Editor’s Corner’, sometimes in the main articles.   So, for now, if you would like […]

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Boniface and Ordinary Time

Saint Boniface, bishop and martyr, was martyred by a pagan band on this  day, June 5, 754. His life was one of tireless struggle to convert the Frisians, early inhabitants of Germania, steeped in paganism and idolatry.  The famous story of his felling of the Donar Oak, which the pagan Frisians held so sacred that […]

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The Limits of Artifical ‘Intelligence’

The gauntlet has now been thrown down, that computers, or more specifically artificial intelligence will soon be able to create more perfect art than humans.  This prediction, or threat, depending upon your point of view, applies in particular to music, the most mathematical and ‘algorithmic’ of the arts, following set patterns of chord structure, harmonies, […]

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The Joyful Apostle of Rome

Today, May 26th, is the feast of one of my favorite saints, Philip Neri (1515-1595), born and raised in the renaissance city of Florence during the height of that glorious era, one which, for all its artistic and scientific accomplishments, or perhaps because of them, was losing the sense of God. As a charismatic, talented, […]

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Massacre in Manchester

ISIS has struck again, in the heart of Britain, as a suicide bomber detonated a ‘sophisticated’ device as young concertgoers were leaving an ‘Ariana Grande’ concert in Manchester. At least 22 have been killed, and dozens more injured. Details are of course still emerging, and in the meantime we must pray for the victims, for […]

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The Queen’s Birthday

A very joyful Victoria Day to all our Canadian readers!  A statuatory federal holiday, which was originally instituted to celebrate the birthday of Queen Victoria (May 24, 1819), Canadians celebrate the first ‘long weekend’ of summer which contains the Monday before May 24th.  Hence, its colloquial term of ‘May 24′, which also has not so […]

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The Eternal Perspective of Pope John I

Today is the feast of Pope Saint John I (470-526), the first Pope to visit Constantinople, on an ambassadorial mission T Emperor Justin on behalf of the Arian King Theodoric, now ruler of the Western empire.  The purpose of the mission was to mitigate Justin’s decrees against Arians, a fourth-century heresy which denied the divinity […]

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