My grief over the current condition of the Church, both universal and particular (USA, Canada, Western Europe), is immense. Our chief temptation during this time of confusion is to bitterness, isolation, and dismay. Coming through these temptations, I’ve learned that … Continue reading
Will the Church go on to convert the world, or will she, as Pope Benedict XVI suggested, become much smaller, a remnant of believers purified by global persecution? Christ alone knows the answer. But of this we can be sure: despite the sufferings we will face in the future, the family will remain what it is––an oak flourishing in winter. The family will continue, as it always has, to make the seeds of the springtime that is coming after this present winter. When the tyrants and the propagandists and the social engineers have all gone, when the hatred and hopelessness has exhausted itself, the earth with grieve and be born again. The Church and the Family will remain. Then, all who have sown in the midst of tribulations will reap a harvest in joy. Continue reading
Euthanasia: From War Crime to Act of Compassion by Michael D. O’Brien The Supreme Court of Canada’s unanimous ruling [February 6, 2015] to legalize assisted suicide in the Carter v. Canada case, is lauded in the media as a victory … Continue reading
Every father knows that there are seasons in the life of a family when troubles seem to mount up and spirits burn low. It had been one of those months around our house. In early December, we had record snowfalls in the narrow valley of the Rocky Mountains where we then lived. It fell and fell for weeks on end, without a glimmer of sun. Continue reading
This article appeared in the April, 1988, issue of The Canadian Catholic Review. Following it is an update on subsequent events concerning Matthew Fox, and some recent questions by the author. An Original Theology: Creation and Matthew Fox by Michael … Continue reading
“Sign of Contradiction” and the Meaning of Easter by Michael D. O’Brien Published in the journal, L’Homme Nouveau, Paris, 30 March, 2013 “Behold, this child is destined to be the downfall and the rising of many in Israel, and to … Continue reading
“liberal” and “conservative” reactions to Caritas in Veritate
Pope Benedict’s encyclical cuts across all ideological lines, calling all mankind to an examination of conscience regarding our fundamental approach to the meaning of the human person. He does not speak about mankind in the abstract, not as “the masses”, not as geopolitical statistics or economic utilities, but as the entire community of human beings in this world, each possessing inherent rights and duties. We are, he says, “the Family of Man.” Thus, the encyclical challenges human enterprises of every sort to see farther and deeper than we have until now, to understand that the development of a truly human world can only be based in solidarity with all members of the community: “The truth of development consists in its completeness: if it does not involve the whole man and every man, it is not true development.” (C in V, n. 18) The Pope warns that globalization’s principle new feature, the “explosion of worldwide interdependence,” presents colossal risks, for “without the guidance of charity in truth, this global force could cause unprecedented damage and create new divisions within the human family.” (C in V, n. 33).
The following article was published by the international news service Lifesite News, 27 October, 2011
In the storm of confusion and misinformation which has greeted the question of a papal definition of the dogma of Mary Coredemptix, Mediatrix, and Advocate, St. Maximilian Kolbe’s well known question regarding the Mother of God, “Who are you, O Immaculata?” takes on new poignancy and urgency.