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Monday, February 27, 2012

Western Canadian Catholic Home School Conference

This is a significant yearly event. You should definitely check it out. Their website is here.

Maybe they'll invite me to give a talk next year ;-)

Western Canadian Catholic
Home School Conference

 March 16 - 17, 2012

Providence Renewal Centre
3005 - 119 Street
Edmonton, AB

Guest Speaker:  Andrew Pudewa

Saturday, February 25, 2012

A Reminder of the Place of Bloggers in the Church

One of our community sent me this link to a story on that Vatican-sponsored meeting of bloggers last year. Read it here. If they ever have a meeting of this sort again, I hope one of us is included, because I am not sure any of us were. (Correct me if I'm wrong.) Thanks, Sarah, for the reminder.


Welcome to His Grace, Sylvain Lavoie, O.M.I,

I added  the Archbishop of Keewatin-Le Pas, Manitoba, to the SCCB. I wrote him to encourage him to keep blogging. How much do you now about the Church there? For me, even to visit their archdiocesan website was to learn a great deal! Please, visit his blog - Reflections of a Northern Missionary - and their website. Even more importantly, keep His Grace in your prayers, and this for two reasons: he has some health concern and the huge process of healing that is being undertaken in light of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Indian Residential School Agreement.

Send him a note of encouragement! Bishops need this as much as you and I do.

We Made the News!

Deborah Gyapong writes a very interesting article on the SCCB for the BC Catholic.

Read it here.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

An Event in Ottawa

Teresa Pierre from the Parents as First Educators (PAFE) in Toronto will be giving talks in Ottawa the weekend of March 3-4. 

The title of the talks is "Equity and Inclusion in Catholic Schools:  Maintaining Our Catholic Identity." 

Her talk is particularly relevant now, in light of Bill 13 (the Accepting Schools Act) which mandates Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) clubs, and the problems the governments broader Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy poses for Catholic schools.

Saturday March 3
3:30 - 5:00 PM
Our Lady of the Visitation
5338 Bank Street South

Saturday March 3
7:30 - 9:00 PM
St. Maurice Parish
4 Perry Street at Meadowlands
(West of Merivale)

Sunday March 4
2:00 - 4:00 PM
St. Patrick's Basilica
220 Kent Street
(Between Gloucester & Nepean)

Teresa Pierre's group PAFE has an interesting Web site containing
current information:
The PAFE site also contains links to media reaction to the Catholic
Trustee document as well as other interesting and pertinent
information.  See also Teresa Pierre's interview with Michael Coren on
the subject:

For any other Catholic events across the country, please email me!

Some Superb Reviews from All Manner of Thing

On Medieval Scribes and their marginal cursing! - here.

The History of the Oxford English Dictionary - here.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Two Book Reviews

A fine review by Christy of Fountains of Home of a P. D. James novel.

Lenten reading? Christy doesn't exactly recommend it, anyway.

Ellen of Plot Line and Sinker makes a suggestion more along those lines.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Recent Additions, etc.

1. This has been truly a great day for the SCCB - we have had several really great adds today: some blogs of some great moms, for instance, one from Our Lady of Grace Augustinian monastery in Nova Scotia and one from St. Elias Church of the Byzantine Eparchy of Canada.

2. Regarding the post about 'liberal bloggers,' I realized that I am a liberal Catholic blogger. Pretty much any 'lefter' than me and you are no longer Catholic. Looking around for such blogs as these set me straight on the vanity of my enterprise. Yikes. Don't we always assume that we are ourselves exactly in the middle? But if we define 'Catholic' as someone who has a full and complete loyalty to the manifest teachings of the Church only - as we ought - then, of those, I am on the left. Why? Because I see value in doctrinal development - not change, of course  - but development. I could elaborate some other time at thetheologyofdad, I suppose.

3. We can (and should) rejoice with and for Cardinal Collins. However, in virtue of the fact that he is now effectively the head of the Catholic Church in Canada, we should also storm heaven for him, imploring for him God's grace for this truly - unpleasant, weighty - responsibility. No one would actually desire such a thing for himself, would he, if he truly understood what was involved? I am the last person who would presume to know his mind, yet he strikes me simply as a man ready to obey the Holy Father. Indeed, does not the very gait of the man strike you as a manifestation of gravitas, that his body too recognizes the weight that has been hoisted upon his holy shoulders? St. Patrick and St. Charles Borromeo, pray for him!

SCCB has Reached 100!

Actually 101. And the list on my computer is even longer, but it contains some that I am having technical problems with. Thanks so much to everyone who has been emailing me suggestions. I am pretty sure we can get to 200. But, of course, I think I will also start excising non-active blogs.

At this juncture it seems appropriate to make some preliminary conclusions about Catholic blogging in Canada:

1. Organization is almost completely absent. This is okay in one sense - it means that we do a lot of thinking for ourselves and aren't waiting around for people like Mark Shea or Thomas Peters to frame our discussions. On the other hand, are we having discussions? Yes, there are some important Canadian Catholic sites, like LifeSiteNews, and some very popular blogs, like Archbishop Prendergast's, but there is de facto no one essential portal for Catholic exchange. One site that has real potential for this is CatholicCanada, which has, for example, received a whopping 10 million + hits. Should we have one portal? In a sense no. Not even the US has this. It has a fairly healthy situation where you can name, say, a dozen very popular, relevant, informative sites, sites that do not always agree with each other, sites that can lift the discussion to a certain intellectual level. Yet you'd be hard pressed to 'need' to look elsewhere than the National Catholic Register to get a handle on American Catholic issues and events. Of the Catholic Register of this country we cannot really say the same. Why not? Two reasons: too PC whitewashy, too Toronto-centric (if you don't know, I'm originally from NS, so I notice stuff like this.)

2. Not enough 'Canadian Content.' I can't believe I just wrote that, having grown up loathing things like CBC and the CRTC's Canadian content regulations which made it possible. I should have said, "Canadian Catholic Content." Is that any better? Yes. Frankly, we look south too much. The negative in this is that we pay less attention to our own problems and blessings. Thus, we leave too much space to trivialities. Again, look to The Catholic Register (seemingly my bete noire, for some reason). Excluding Fr. de Souza and Michael Coren, why is it that we get our best Catholic analysis from people like Rex Murphy? Do we know the great American bishops and other personalities better than we know our own? Our bishops and our 'personalities' are the ones who should be 'informing' us (in the Aristotelian sense) - otherwise we will be too 'represented' by people like Justin Trudeau.

3. Canadian Catholics who blog are extremely gifted people. There should be more of you!

Archbishop of Toronto Thomas Collins wears a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Collins, 65, is about to become the 16th Canadian to be elevated to the position of cardinal, an elite group of advisers handpicked by the Pope.

4. Finding Canadian Catholic blogs is not easy. Do you have any idea how much time I spend surveying blogs, trying to figure out if the writer is Catholic and Canadian?! The principal problem: absurdly vague personal profiles. I understand that you don't want to be stalked, robbed, etc., but this will not happen if you put on your blog that you live in Canada, or the US, or Mexico, or even Calgary! And, are you Catholic or what? I mean a high Anglican, Lutheran, whatever, can look pretty Catholic on the surface. Or, a Catholic who actually fills in the astrological sign portion of the Blogger profile form with 'Saggitterrius' totally throws me off. Do you not understand that Catholicism views astrology very negatively? Some people do not understand that.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Where are the Left-Wing CCBs?

I was reading from that worst paper in humanity - The National Catholic Reporter - this morning and began to wonder: why are there no liberal blogs on the SCCB list? This is a question seriously posed. I want this list to be representative. And yes, I have doctrinal parameters, but I allow things right of me on it, so I should allow things left of me on it too. Well, I do, of course. I can think of a few that would qualify as left of me. Maybe I am asking a self-refuting question. Would I actually allow very left of me on anyway?
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I think I am basically wondering whether such even exist, not whether I would include them on the list. I mean crazy leftie stuff like you'd see on the NCR. Perhaps liberal = heretical. But I think conservative does too, if we define conservative as something other than orthodox; that is to say that some one's traditionalism outstrips their orthodoxy, i.e., their adhesion to the living Magisterium. Anyone who disputes the legitimacy of the acts of Popes John XXIII to Benedict XVI places himself outside of the Church; anyone who calls said acts machinations of Satan is not Catholic, whether one is speaking about these popes' positions on contraception or the vernacular mass. It is not enough to stay within the minimal bounds of what is required of obedience to the infallible statements of popes only. To hate ones father is to place oneself outside of his grace. To love the pope is to be Catholic.

All of this said, I think there should be latitude in the SCCB, mainly, again, because it forms community. Those wayward on left and on right should be encouraged to enter into the broader discussion, into the broader life of Canadian Catholicism as represented by the SCCB. Sometimes people get tunnel vision. What if I could not let Clement XIV's suppression of the Jesuits in 1773 go? Sure, it was a shameful act. Sure, it bugs me. Maybe you feel the same way about the vernacular mass, about alter girls, about contraception, or the 'wealth of the Church,' etc. I have a right to be disappointed in my father, but I always have the duty to honour him. And, in the end, who of us Canadian Catholic Bloggers is without sin, is without error?

This is a round-about way of asking you to suggest more Canadian Catholic Blogs for inclusion here, even if you think they are a little liberal.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Posts of Note

1. From Sylvia's Site. Things get worse for Antigonish. One reason why I don't miss home.

2. A wonderful discussion of poverty by the SOLIs here.

3. Hitchens vs. Chesterton at All Manner of Thing.

4. Orbus Catholicus tells us about Life Canada's new website.

5. I promised to mention the up-coming all-day Catholic event with guest speaker Michael Voris. The theme of the event is “The New Evangelization: Living your faith with charity and boldness”. The topics being discussed will touch upon the challenges that the Church faces today, how we can respond to these challenges with charity and boldness, and how to deepen our faith and share it with others.
The event will open with the Liturgy of the Hours followed by three talks given by Michael Voris. Three Catholic artists will perform throughout the day: Critical Mass, Mags and Kathleen Dunn.
Date: Saturday May 26, 2012
Location: Canada Christian College, 50 Gervais Drive, Toronto, Ontario
Time: Liturgy of the Hours 9:45am Talks 10:45am – 3:00pm
Early Bird Tickets*: $25 General Admission, $20 Student
Regular Ticket Price: $35 General Admission, $30 Student

Tickets are available at, by phone (1-888-522-2070) or by email.

6. Let me know of any other Catholic events.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Immaculate Conception, Guelph

An astonishingly beautiful church. Putting it in the header is my tribute to great architecture, but also to Cardinal-Elect Collins for his big day coming up on Saturday. He is originally from Guelph.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Some Posts of Note

1. The Christian State of Life has some really good posts:

- on Pope Benedict's Regensberg Address

- a guest post from The Practicing Mammal on Contraception

- and, of course, a two-parter on belief in God, to which I have referred already, I believe.

2. Veritas Liberabit offers superb posts on George Grant and on Ignatian Retreats.

3. What is always edifying, a bishop who visits old age homes. If you are a regular reader of The Journey of a Bishop you know that he does this quite regularly. Did you think being a bishop was all politics, consistories and composing new documents?

4. The TiPSI Dad reminds us that waiting on God is not easy, but it is essential.


There's an hour left of Valentine's Day - have you told someone you loved them today? If there's no one around, tell Jesus.

Let's Look Below the Surface at Canadian Catholic News: The Catholic Register

We all have a duty to the truth. Sometimes it's not all that pleasant.

- Prof. Thomas Symons of Sacred Heart College in Peterborough receives the St. Sylvester Knighthood. What a huge honour! Prof. Symons has been a servant of Catholic education for many years and has played a significant role in the establishment of that brand-new college. It is amazing what a little episcopal help can do!

Sacred Heart is in its first or second official year. Our Lady Seat of Wisdom, in the next diocese over, is in its twelfth, and nothing like that has occurred here, nothing like that at all...

Read the Register's story here.

- The Register's story announcing the 'kicking off' of D & P's Share Lent Appeal must have fallen under the knives of some hyper-sensitive editors. No reference at all to ONLY THE LARGEST STORY IN THE LAST FEW YEARS IN THE CANADIAN CATHOLIC CHURCH (i.e. the expose of D & P by LifeSiteNews) is kind of humorous, not to mention pretty much a lie of omission.

Read it here.

P.S. The CCCB is still sticking to the story that it was the Holy Father's Encyclical, Caritas in Veritate, that is behind its "ongoing process of renewal." bahahaha!

- Embarrassingly, the Archdiocese of Montreal has spent money on an advertisement in a newspaper calling for people to pray for their NHL team. But this theologian is not amused. They state that "any call to acknowledge God is worthwhile." What's wrong with that claim? Let me count the ways.

If you are going to become irrelevant, become irrelevant, Archdiocese, don't embarrass the rest of us in the meantime.

Read it here.

He is watching you, Catholic Register, you newspaper you!

What is the Most Beautiful Catholic Church in Canada?

Please let me know what you think. Sometimes the locale of beauty is surprising. Whereas I was somewhat disappointed in St. Michael's Cathedral in Toronto, I was impressed by St. Dunstan's in Charlottetown. Bigger diocese doesn't necessarily translate into more beautiful church. Living now in the Ottawa Valley, I have detected a certain degree of clannishness when it comes to speaking of the relative beauty of Notre Dame Cathedral and St. Patrick's Basilica in Ottawa. In this case I don't think it's all about the church! But, again, beauty is a funny thing. For instance, there is a certain simple elegance to be found in the rather undecorated, or perhaps unencumbered, St. Columbkille Cathedral in Pembroke (my diocese), which proves that you can't have it all, can you? - free and light and ornate.

But I have not been all over this country. So I really don't know what's out there. And, if there is one thing we cannot be objective about it's churches. Why? Because they are too important to us. But I am convinced that there is so much beauty out there to behold. The many drives I have made through Quebec assure me that just over that hill there is treasure to behold.

One factor is setting. This is my church, St. Hedwig's in Barry's Bay,
 if you can pick it out.

Friday, February 10, 2012

We Need a Canadian Catholic Vote!

In a few things I've written for different sources I have said a lot of nice things about all of you. Because you are nice! One thing we have to do, though - and this is a delicate issue - is to mobilize ourselves and our readers politically. What do I mean and how do we do this? I think we begin by discussing it.

There have arisen important sites in the U.S. that channel discussion for American Catholics. Are there any in this country? I mean specifically Catholic ones. And not - to borrow another blogger's phrase - ones that are unproductively 'tribalistic.' By tribalism I think we can understand a type of attitude that is so picky, so negative, as to leave us without any direction to go. The sort of attitude that criticizes a politician who is right on nearly every issue, but he or she does not have the 'correct' liturgical views. That's tribalism.

What is to be done with Harper?

He has now said definitively that he won't ever reopen the abortion debate. He now has a majority government, one that he got with the support of conservative Christian voters. But he is not a good man. A good man is not good simply because he is better than other bad men. Someone who has the power to do something about abortion and does not, is a bad man. Suzanne over at The Big Blue Wave calls for us to make him pay for that. I agree, but how? By voting for parties that are even worse? This is the type of thing we need to discuss.

Things to think about. This site - the SCCB - is not about any one thing. Politics is a part of life, not the whole of life. But we do need to make a move like Mr.Thomas Peters has with his American Papist and Catholic Vote.

This is part of the Catholic community we need to build!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Best Book You've Read in a While

It doesn't have to be Catholic, just a really good book. Why don't you post on it, or simply send me an email and I will post your email here?

A few of the SCCB bloggers focus on book reviews. Check out Book Reviews and More and Red Book Reviews.

* And welcome aboard, Nicola of Back to Books! 

I have to tell you that, as dad to a bunch of good readers, I am glad you bloggers are out there doing this. I walk into a Chapters and my head spins trying to find reading material my kids both that are both interesting and human.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Some Posts of Note

What are we Waiting For? and The Big Blue Wave on re-opening the abortion debate.

The Christian State of Life on who God really is (and is not!)

Archbishop Smith on everyone searching for Jesus.

The Feminine Gift finds gratitude in an accident.

We welcome our newest member, Plot, Line and Sinker, who reflects on a couple who found love, again.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Some Canadian Church News

- An interesting article on Prof. Paul Flamen of St. Joseph's College in Edmonton, whom I met about a year ago. He has just completed a book entitled, Homosexuality and Following Jesus. Looks good. See it here.

- Perhaps the greatest thing that Ontario Catholic School Trustees have done in a long, long time. See it here.

- Deborah Gyapong reflects on the change that religion has wrought in the political landscape in the country. See it here.

-  Bishop Paul Lortie, auxiliary of Quebec, has been appointed as bishop of Mont-Laurier. He succeeds Bishop Vital Masse. (From Jesus Caritas Est.)

 -  Bishop Joseph Luc Andre Bouchard of Saint Paul in Alberta, has been appointed as bishop of Trois-Rivieres . He succeeds Bishop Martin Veillette. (From Jesus Caritas Est.)

The First Pope's Mother-in-Law?

Saint-Bound Sinner wonders about this.

Friday, February 3, 2012

John O'Brien On Violence in the OT

Let's welcome one of our newest members, John O'Brien, SJ.

His post on "The Violent God of the Old Testament" treats of an important topic.

It's a subject that interests me. I have just begun to read Copan's book, which I am thinking about including in my 'Apologetics' course next year:

Is God a Moral Monster?: Making Sense of the Old Testament God

Thursday, February 2, 2012

An Invitation to Address our Community

If anyone wants to give a sort of address here as to what you think we should be doing as Canadian Catholic bloggers, or what needs to be done, or what we need to know, etc., I invite you now. I will post your writing in this centre column right here. To contact me, do by email or this blog.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Our Canadian Catholic Blog!

I figured that the best way to keep the blog list organized is to make a separate blog for it. I am thinking that I will just use this space to comment on and draw attention to some of your blogs, and just use thetheologyofdad for what it's always been about, dadding and theologizing.

When entering the list to the right I ran into a few problems with some of your addresses, but I'm sure we'll work them out soon enough.

Always send me more English Canadian Catholic blog for the list!

Don't fear the dull appearance of this blog will be fixed soon...

The Church featured above is St. Dunstan's Basilica in Charlottetown, PEI, where Anne-Marie and I were married. I intend to feature other Canadian churches from time to time. Send me large-resolution pictures of your favourite churches, and make them as artsy as possible.