Synodal Patience

We have not written too much on the Amazon Synod, by and large since I can scarcely bear to read about it, and others on other sites, such as First Things, offer a play-by-play far more detailed than anything we might muster from our more distant vantage point.
But about the recent theft from of what some perceive to be pagan statues of an indigenous women-with-child, which were subsequently punched unceremoniously off the bridge into the Tiber, all filmed: I appreciate people’s frustration, to play the Saint Boniface and chop down the quasi-divinized oak tree, but like the theologians who hastily

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Alas for Canada

What is one to say? The results speak for themselves, with the east more or less going ‘liberal’, the Prairies and Alberta going ‘conservative’, and BC going who knows where. I think it was Saint Augustine who quipped that we get the bishops we deserve, which may be extended, for the same goes for our leader. Either we choose them, to our own folly, or they are thrust upon us, as a punishment for our sins, or, more likely, a bit of both.
So we have four more years of le Dauphin, a man-boy who inherited the Prime Ministership as though

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Pope Saint John Paul, the Great

Karol Wojytla, the man who would be known to history as John Paul II, is almost the antithesis of a willow-the-wisp like Justin Trudeau. Karol’s character was forged in the fire of suffering, elevated and perfect by the grace of God, to which he corresponded from his youth. Even his obvious intellectual and spiritual stature had its roots in his sheer physical capacity to work, taught to him, as he later admitted, pounding rocks in his youth under the Nazi regime in the stone quarry. Even in the two decades after what we quaintly call ‘retirement age’, people one third

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The Impact of a Few Days of Service

This past spring, I participated in the UNIV Congress in Rome. Both the Eternal City and the conference itself provide an “immersion” in the universality of the Church and the global interconnection of the world. Bumping into a Lithuanian priest is a normal thing under such circumstances. And this random encounter sparked an idea for my innate spirit of adventure.

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