March for Life, Twenty Years On

You will likely hear that numbers were down at the March for Life, although enthusiasm  and devotion were, as always, high.  This was the twentieth anniversary of the annual event, held on the Thursday before May 14th, when abortion was legalized under Pierre Trudeau.  I (along with many others) have been to nearly every one, […]

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Bourne Redundancy: The Mediocrity of Movies

Matt Damon has played his eponymous hero, Jason Bourne, since 2002’s ‘Bourne Identity’, finishing the third of the films, the ‘Bourne Ultimatum’, in 2007.  Mr. Damon apparently intended never again to reprise the role, which he thought he had exhausted, claiming that any future film could only be title the ‘Bourne Redundancy’.   Well, I […]

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Saint Thomas and Trump’s Executive Order

Pursuant to President Trump’s executive order on the notorious Johnson Amendment, my Dad put me onto an article in the National Review, recounting the limitations of this well-intentioned action of the Commander-in-Chief. The author makes a good case that personal executive orders cannot stand against the full force of entrenched law, which is where the […]

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Blessed Catherine of Saint Augustine

Blessed Catherine of Saint Augustine is listed as one of the ‘six founders’ of the Church in Canada, and I will offer the other six when I find out who they might be.  Saint Franҫois de Laval, whose feast we celebrated a couple of days ago on May 6th, must surely be one of them, […]

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The Truth and Irony of Mercy

Irony may be described in one way as something happening, not that you don’t want to happen, but that you don’t expect to happen, that goes against what should be the case.  That is why it is ironic that right in the middle of the just completed Year of Mercy, decreed by Pope Francis in […]

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Trump Emends the Johnson Amendment

President Trump, to his credit, yesterday eased the restrictions of the Johnson Amendment, named after Lyndon B. Johnson, who in his time as Senator in 1954 proposed that non-profit organizations, including universities and churches, should be restricted from speaking on politics. In particular, they would not be permitted to ‘oppose’ a political candidate.   Johnson’s […]

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Philip and James

Today’s feast is that of the Apostles, Saints Philip and James.  Philip, the one who asked Christ that if they could only ‘see the Father’ they ‘would be satisfied’.  Of course, following upon my comments on Athanasius yesterday, Christ was already way ahead of the Arians, replying to Philip patiently: ‘He who has seen Me […]

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Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Receives Official Accreditation

Yesterday, May 1st, on the memorial of Saint Joseph the Worker, Our Lady Seat of Wisdom received official recognition from the government of Ontario to grant degrees, specifically the ‘Bachelor of Catholic Studies’.  Providentially, the letter arrived three years to the very day that the application was first submitted, on the day dedicated to the […]

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For the Sake of One Iota

There are times when one word, even one letter, can make all the difference.  The scene is June of 325, in the basilica of the imperial city of Nicaea (now in northwestern Turkey) where an ecumenical council has been called by the Emperor Constantine to deal with a number of issues in the Church, not […]

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Saint Joseph, A Working Man

Saint Joseph has two ‘feast’ days in the universal Church, neither of which is technically a ‘feast’.  The first, on March 19th, is his principal day, celebrated as a full solemnity, usually in Lent (unless bumped into Easter by its falling during Holy Week).   Then there is today’s ‘optional memorial’ of Saint Joseph the […]

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