Publisher of Catholic apologetics had zeal for open-air evangelism

Born in Australia in 1897, Frank Sheed’s father was a Scottish Presbyterian, his mother an Irish Catholic. Fortunately for the Church, and for English literature, his mother won out and, at 16, Frank declared himself Catholic and never looked back.

    Reformation turns 500: More bridges to build across the great divide

    Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation is a benchmark accomplishment which should make all Canadians proud.

      Comment: Learning to listen is key to building bridges

      A shooting at a Boston area abortion clinic brought six women together for a talk. Three were pro-life movement leaders and three were high-profile pro-choice activists.

        Comment: Francis opens the door to ‘cafeteria’ Catholics

        To call someone “more Catholic than the Pope” used to be a joking reference to conservative Catholics, but these days there truly are some people who think they are more Catholic than Pope Francis.

          Comment: Our environmental abuse puts us on a road to ruin

          The August and September hurricanes of Harvey, Irma and Jose drowned out two fleeting news items that should keep us awake at night with anguish about how we’re treating our planet.

            Comment: Take nothing for granted, give thanks for all things

            We’re all guilty to some degree, aren’t we? I mean, guilty of taking things for granted.

              Comment: Writings of St. Augustine can lead us to City of God

              One of the sweetest attractions of off-the-grid summertime breaks is the opportunity to push out the parameters of your usual reading routines. This summer I decided it was time to finally immerse myself in the writings of St. Augustine (354-430 AD) and read the two works for which he is best known, Confessions and The City of God.

                Scandals in the Catholic Church: Bad news and good news

                Leaders in the Catholic Church, like leaders in any organization, hate scandals. They wish that they never happen, and when they do, they try to deal with them internally so as not to get a lot of bad publicity.

                  Comment: Thank you, Steve Bannon

                  Nothing unites the bishops more than being attacked from the outside. And if there was ever any doubt about the bishops’ campaign for immigration reform, Steve Bannon’s recent attack will encourage the bishops to double down.

                    Comment: Who are we to judge the ‘quality of life’?

                    The tragic case of a 77-year-old woman, known only as AB, who had been wracked with intolerable pain for more than three decades, was resolved in August through doctor-induced death.

                    Or was it?

                      Comment: Making sense of God ... the heartbreaker

                      “Hey! Hey! Hey! Listen Up! Listen Up!”