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As we enter Ascensiontide I’d like to remind readers of the seasonal prayers included at pp. 159–161 of Ascension Theology. And of the hope expressed in the Preface that homilists will help their listeners ponder the relationship between Ascension and Pentecost. In the pages between I’d like to think there are things to ponder as well, respecting the eucharistic situation of the Church and the signs of our times. Continue Reading »

La Petite Mort et la Grande Mort

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I admire the Archbishop of Montreal, Christian Lépine, for speaking out against the new euthanasia program that our politicians have sanctified by calling “medical aid in dying.” Rumour has it that he was forced to buy his own space to do so, inasmuch as Quebec papers proved . . . . Continue Reading »

Public Funerals for Mob Leaders?

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Vito Rizzuto, who last year returned to Montreal from a U.S. prison and (by all appearances, several of them bloody) resumed his career as a major Mafia boss, is dead of natural causes. Will he be granted a Catholic funeral, as was his son three years ago?  Nicolo, who was doing his best to . . . . Continue Reading »

The Yoke of Neutrality

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The original lyrics of what eventually became Canada’s national anthem were composed by Sir Adolphe Basile-Routhier in 1880. Judge Routhier was a devout Catholic, of strong ultramontanist convictions, and the lyrics he wrote—retained in Quebec but much modified in English Canada”run as follows … Continue Reading »

The Other Shoe

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Why, one may wonder, did the  Windsor minority justices not see that certiorari  was granted in one of the other marriage cases they were asked to hear?  Sevcik v. Sandoval  in particular brings the basic issue more clearly into view than did  Windsor , but cert . was . . . . Continue Reading »