December 1, 2018

Pope Francis has released his fraternal greeting to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on the Feast of St Andrew the Apostle according to the Byzantine Calendar. The statement was read during the Divine Liturgy offered by the Ecumenical Patriarch. This is an important feast for Eastern Orthodox and Byzantine Catholics. St Andrew, the first of the 12 apostles Christ called, is also the founder of the See of Constantinople. Historians often refer to the mutual excommunications of 1054 as the catalyst for… Read more

October 13, 2018

In a few days, Canada will become the first developed country to legalize cannabis. Not just for medical use–which is already legal in Canada–but also for recreational use. This is a major shift in Canadian socio-cultural attitudes. One that leaves many Canadian faithful still working through a Catholic response. What follows is merely my personal reflection as a Byzantine Catholic. In no way do I present it as official Church teaching. Nor should my personal thoughts be taken as representative… Read more

June 23, 2018

Addressing the topic of family separation at the border, Sister Vassa Larin said today on Saturday Morning Live: “This is a very painful situation […] I don’t know of anyone who could observe this story without being deeply disturbed.” For anyone following this controversy, I invite you to watch the full episode here: Eastern Catholics often describe Sister Vassa as ‘the Russian Orthodox Mother Angelica’. Not only is her show Coffee with Sister Vassa popular in Christian social media today, but… Read more

June 16, 2018

I am the Stranger You can’t see me I am the Stranger Do you know what I mean The lyrics, from Canadian rock legend Gordon Downie’s “The Stranger,” refer to a tragic incident that exposed one of the darkest moments in Canadian history. On October 23, 1966, 12-year-old Chanie “Charlie” Wenjack died of exposure and starvation while attempting the 370-mile trek back to his village. This was during the early onslaught of Canadian winter. He was wearing only a light… Read more

June 2, 2018

Would I consider jumping to an Eastern Orthodox jurisdiction prior to restoration of full communion between Constantinople, Moscow and Rome? It’s an interesting question. Especially for a former Traditional Latin Mass apologist turned Byzantine Catholic ecumenist. And especially for one who already practices and considers himself Orthodox in communion with Rome. Yet here I am again wrestling with this question. Or perhaps I should say mulling it over  given my after-hours gig as a professional wrestling referee. In large part,… Read more

June 1, 2018

“Pope Francis the First, a Jesuit with a Franciscan’s humility” is among the best descriptions of the Holy Father that I have come across during his papacy. It is the title of Abbott Tryphon’s beautiful tribute on Ancient Faith Radio’s Morning Offering. Broadcast shortly after Francis’ election to the papal office, Father Tryphon’s opening paragraph has since proven prophetic: In Catholic Tradition, Francis of Assisi had a mystical vision in which Christ told him to rebuild His Church. In taking… Read more

May 12, 2018

Like capital punishment, torture is an issue that divides American Catholics from their co-religionists elsewhere in the developed world. A 2009 Pew Study noted the two biggest supporters of waterboarding and torture in the U.S. are white Catholics (51 percent) and white Evangelicals (62 percent). These two constituencies both buoyed and exceeded the U.S. national average of 49 percent. By comparison, a 2017 Campaign Research poll shows 71 percent of Canadians believe the use of torture is infective. Sixty percent of… Read more

May 9, 2018

Is the pope Catholic? Quoting from the Church Fathers, Catholic apologists like my friend Dave Armstrong will argue that the Roman Pontiff is successor of St Peter. To which I respond as a Byzantine Catholic: the See of Antioch also was founded by St Peter prior to his co-founding the See of Rome with St Paul. All kidding aside, I agree with my Latin friends that historically the Roman Pontiff holds a special role in resolving disputes within the Church…. Read more

May 9, 2018

I must be the only Catholic in the English-speaking world who was blissfully ignorant of the Met Gala, or that its theme this year had something to do with Catholicism. That was until 45 minutes ago when I woke up and started reading my favourite Catholic blogs. Both Patheos and Facebook this morning are a spectrum of reactions to the event–or more accurately, how celebrities dressed for this event. My own reaction as a Byzantine Catholic, now that I have… Read more

May 3, 2018

I share many concerns about the new Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree uniform (pictured to the left). Not only is the beret bulky and in need of being formed, but the uniform overall resembles that of the Royal Canadian Legion. For those unfamiliar with the Royal Canadian Legion, it is Canada’s largest membership-based organization for veterans, serving military, and their supporters. Its closest U.S. equivalent would be the American Legion. The Canadian Legion uniform–which members have worn proudly as long as… Read more

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