Subsidiarity in Art

Subsidiarity is the principle which states that freedoms and their inherent responsibilities are best managed by the smallest competent authority at the level most appropriate to the nature of the persons involved. For example, the family, not the state, is the “first teacher” of the family’s children. Governments may assist the family if parents are unable to exercise their subsidiarity, but the state should do so only as a subsidiary function, performing only those tasks which cannot be performed effectively at a more immediate or personal level. In other words, the government and its administrative organs, such as a department of Education, must serve the family, and not the other way around.

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The Father’s Tale

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The Father’s Tale is the story of Alex Graham, a quiet middle-age man waiting to die. A widower with two sons, he is the owner-manager of a small town bookshop, considered by all who know him to be a “boring man, an unimportant man,” and he is contented to be so. When one of his sons disappears without explanation or any hint of where he has gone, the father begins a long journey that takes him for the first time away from his safe and orderly world. As he stumbles across the merest thread of a trail, he follows it in blind desperation and is led step by step on an odyssey that brings him to fascinating places and sometimes to frightening people and perils.

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Mali Andjeo—the Small Angel

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The Small Angel, a children’s book that I wrote for my nieces and nephews more than forty years ago was published by the White Horse Press, Canada, in the 1990’s. It has since gone out of print. The Small Angel has been republished in the Croatian language under the title Mali An?eo (pronounced mali andjeo) by Treci Dan publishers in Zagreb, Croatia, with delightful new illustrations by Dijana Ko?ica, a gifted illustrator of children’s books.

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Sexual abuse in the Church

Articles in the media have reported on my presentation at  a conference on sexual abuse in the Church, held  in Ottawa this past March… The criminal abuser in my own past, a man who had damaged the lives of so many boys, was convicted under law as a “dangerous sexual offender,” was released after nine years in prison and then went on to apply to enter a Canadian seminary. He was accepted by the then-archbishop with full knowledge of the man’s past, a fact which came out during a later civil trial, after the man had been ordained a priest. Now the full story is a matter of public record.


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Film of Father Elijah

For the past several years, many of you have written to me to say that you believe my novel Father Elijah would make an excellent film. A number of film companies have felt the same. Since the book was first published in 1996, I recall at least eight film-makers in North America and Europe approaching me to discuss a film.



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John Paul II’s Biblical Way of the Cross

Building on the worldwide interest in the Biblical way of the Cross established by Pope John Paul II, authors Amy Wellborn and Michael Dubruiel have written meditations that invite readers to walk with Christ from Gethsemane to his death and … Continue reading

Michael O’Brien book on Harry Potter


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New Book by Michael D. O’Brien

Introduction by Bishop Julian Porteous, Sydney, Australia

To order a copy of this book, visit:
www.ignatius.com

Bishop Julian Porteous, Auxiliary Bishop and exorcist of the Archdiocese of Sydney, Australia:  “Like Michael O’Brien, I believe that Catholic parents need to be alerted to the possible negative influences these books can have on the moral and spiritual formation of their children. Any parent concerned about the formation of their children’s character should read this book.”

The Harry Potter Series, book by book.  Parental Strategies for Healthy Family Culture. Pope Benedict and Harry Potter. The War of Disinformation and Opinion. Harry Potter and the Gnostic Mind. Where Is It All Going? Twilight of the West. The Golden Compass or the Moral Compass?

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