Separez Vous

Besides being the joyful feast of Saint Nicholas, this is also the sombre anniversary of the Ecole Polytechnique massacre in 1989, and commemorated with vigils ever since. Peruse Steyn’s take on the debacle, which did not reflect well, as he puts it, upon Canadian manhood. When Gamil Gharbi, son of an Algerian Muslim, who in adulthood took his (divorced) mother’s last name, adopting ‘Marc Lepine’, walked into that classroom, fired off a round, and demanded ‘Separez vous!’, every man walked out, stood in the hallway as the shots were fired and the women died, and still did nothing when Mr. Gharbi/Lepine walked past them.  Ponder also the loss of ‘women and children first’ in recent disasters, from cruise ships to fires. Quite literally now it is every man for himself, the fairer and weaker take the hindmost. Sad. But chivalry is not dead, so long as it burns in the heart of but one masculine soul.

What’s with Nancy Pelosi? Evoking her Catholic faith, after all these years, but only as a reproof against those who claim she ‘hates’ President Trump. Au contraire, cries the Democratic harridan, she prays for the President daily – in fact, ‘all the time’ in her own words. I wonder if she also prays for an end to abortion, contraception, the travesty of ‘same sex’ marriage, of which she is a vociferous supporter, and, like white-hot hate, are also contrary to her ‘Catholic faith’. We might remind Ms. Pelosi that to love is to will the good of the other, and not just any good, but the true good, that will lead to their – and our own – fulfilment, in the broad, eternal sense of that word.

Hate, on the other hand, is to will evil to another. Some forms of ‘evil’, such as punishment, are an indirect form of ‘tough love’. But what are we to say of Ms. Pelosi’s radical support for abortion? Is not willing the death of the unborn, however indirectly, a not-so-subtle type of hate? I wonder if she will be wagging her bony finger at that most just of Judges, whom we all must face. And, in the end, we will all be judged on love, and love especially to the least of His brethren.

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How this fallen-away Catholic became a Catholic priest in Colorado…

Christianity is filled with stories of rapid-fire callings to service, such as the blinding-light conversion of Saul as he was on his way to Damascus with a mandate to arrest followers of Jesus. Father Darrick Leier, the new priest at St. Mary Catholic Church in Aspen, had more of a gradual calling in terms of leaving secular life for the priesthood…

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Chinese bishop: “Love for the homeland must be greater than the love for the Church”…

A Chinese bishop has said that Catholics in the country must put their loyalty to the state before the faith. Bishop John Fang Xingyao made the statement during a Communist Party sponsored meeting in Beijing last week held to discuss concerning religion in China. “Love for the homeland must be greater than the love for the Church and the law of the country is above canon law…

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Old Pete Townshend asks some big questions about rock and what happens after he dies…

And now for something completely different. Long, long ago, in my previous life as a weekly music columnist in Champaign-Urbana, Ill., I used to spend many enjoyable hours talking about music in that college town’s clubs and main record store. One of the hot debate topics, over and over again: Name the greatest rock band of all time…

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George Lucas’ first credit was for this Catholic short film…

Star Wars creator George Lucas began his legendary directing career first by getting behind the camera. Lucas graduated from Modesto Junior College in the early 1960s and then enrolled at the University of Southern California, where he began to experiment with cinematography. However, Lucas was struggling to find any work in Hollywood and needed something to give him more experience…

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Meet the former Swiss Guard who’s teaching priests to run a tight ship…

I recall how intimidated I was when, as a seminarian at the Pontifical North American College in the 1990s, the Swiss Guard took the pitch for our “friendly” game of soccer. Our team was dubbed “The North American Martyrs”—a funny nickname that stuck in those days because, more often than not, we were killed (sometimes even slaughtered) by our opponents…

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