Pope’s ministers of mercy

I was a little nervous about Pope Francis’ meeting with the clergy of Rome last week. As a semi­narian and a new priest, I always looked forward to Blessed John Paul’s annual Holy Thursday letter to priests. To my disap­pointment, Pope Benedict XVI did not continue that tradition, but replaced it with an annual encounter with the clergy of Rome in the first days of Lent. Pope Francis opted this year to continue Benedict’s practice, and so met with the parish priests of Rome last week. Continue reading

Restore, don’t replace the beauty of marriage

Last week we had the honour of hosting Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, in Kingston at the annual St. John Fisher Dinner. The Fisher Dinner, named in honour of a great man of letters before his coura­geous defence of marriage and martyrdom under Henry VIII, supports the work of our Newman House Catholic Chaplaincy at Queen’s University and the mis­sionaries of Catholic Christian Outreach who are an essential part of our mission. Continue reading

May this be Ukraine’s 1989

A quadrennial custom I look forward to is writing a column mocking the absurdity of the Winter Olympics. Hockey aside, silly sports contested by people otherwise unknown somehow become moments of national pride. “Cheering on the oddballs” was how my editor headlined the 2010 version for Vancouver. Hoist the maple leaf — our man won skateboarding on snow! Continue reading