Kevin Di Camillo

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Who Are All Those Saints in the Roman Canon?

There’s really no middle ground on this one: you either love the Roman Canon of the Mass (“Eucharistic Prayer I”), all “This-is-how-a-Mass-should-be,” or you can almost hear the audible groan of “Oh-no-now-this-Mass-is-going-to-last-forever” from...

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St. Robert Bellarmine Speaks Again

Among the 36 Doctors of the Church, St. Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621) was unique for several reasons, all of which make up the singular admixture that was his person and position.  One of only two Jesuit Doctors (the other is St. Peter Canisius,...

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The Age of Abbot Desiderius?

One of the many pleasures of visiting an independent bookstore—and here I prefer the Canadian/British moniker “book SHOP” as it connotes something much more homey, intelligent and inexpensive than one of the big-box chain-stores, let alone the...

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Want to See a Beautiful Church? Visit Your Local Ghetto

In one episode of HBO’s series The Sopranos, mob boss Tony Soprano takes his teenage son Anthony Jr. (“AJ”) to what is apparently inner-city Newark, New Jersey to show him that when the Italians came to New Jersey, one of the first things they...

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4 Arguments for the Existence of God

I make absolutely no claims on originality here: during these parlous times when our nation’s Judeo-Christian roots are being not only challenged and questioned, but attacked and debased and erased, it’s always good to have a ready argument for...

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Canada Welcomes Visitors With a Bell Tower and the Book of Genesis

Bell towers—both secular and church-bound—figure so prominently in so many movies that it seems almost too obvious to mention any of them. However, who can forget the opening sound of Big Ben in Sir Carol Reed’s film noir version of Graham...

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What Was ‘The Golden Legend’ and Why is it Relevant Today?

I have written elsewhere of the second-bestselling book of all time, Thomas à Kempis’s Imitation of Christ. (Second, of course, only to the Bible.). But what was the most influential book among medieval and Renaissance Catholics? Here I think it...

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William Cowper and the Unforgiveable Sin He Probably Didn’t Commit

Alas, poor William Cowper. An accomplished poet who lived in the wake of the great “Augustan Age” writers—so-called because Britain saw itself, in the 18th century, as in the midst of their own version of Caesar Augustus’s time—such as John...

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This Summer, Read Something Totally Different

Summer is finally here, and that means waves of new (and in the main) forgettable books posed for “beach reading”, which I think is another way of saying turning off your brain and feeding your mind junk food. However, that need not be the case!...

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The Saints of the Old Catholic City of Salzburg

I’ve always thought of Austria as a sort of kinder, gentler version of Germany. And within this remnant of what was once an empire that stretched from its border with northern Italy to what used to be Poland — the home of the Habsburg monarchy,...