Requiem for Ted Byfield: the Sound of Silence

I have just finished reading (devouring actually) a biography of Ted Byfield entitled Prairie Lion, who left the earthly battlefield for the Kingdom of God on December 23, 2021.  The book is eminently readable and documented what I already knew from personal experience:  that Ted Byfield was a great Canadian, a great Christian, and a great man. It was my privilege to be billeted in his home a number of times during…

“Does a Chicken Cry?”: Responding to Transgenderism

On my sainted parents’ graves, I swear the following conversation actually took place. Perplexed Man: “Male gametes—that’s what makes me male.” Transgender Apologist:  “No—your sperm don’t make you male.” PM: “Then what does?” TA: “It’s a constellation.” PM: “In reality, in truth.” TA: “Whose truth are we talking about?” PM: “The same truth that says we’re sitting in this room, you and I.” TA: (With a smile) “No, you’re not listening.” PM:…

On Baptizing Infants

The recent decision of Archbishop Elpidophoros to baptize the adopted child of an openly gay couple in Greece is only the latest addition to a series of actions which have raised Orthodox eyebrows, coming as it does hard on the heels of his decision to consecrate as bishop an archimandrite deposed by the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, and his pro-abortion remark at the March for Life about women having autonomy over…

“Sir, We Would See Jesus”

This last May St. Ninian’s Anglican Church in Scarborough, Ontario was deconsecrated by the Anglican bishop of Toronto and returned to secular use.  Usually the deconsecration of Anglican churches is of no interest to me, unless they are nearby and are being offered for sale at bargain prices (which of course they never are), but this church was different.  It was in this church that I was received into the Anglican Communion,…

The Episcopal Proclamation: A Needed Symbol

Orthodox people love symbols—we even find symbols in places where they don’t really exist, such as when we say that the Gospel Entrance in the Divine Liturgy is a symbol of Christ going out to preach.  (Liturgical footnote:  an entrance of someone coming in is unlikely to be a symbol of someone going out).  And it is important to understand what a symbol really is, at least in the patristic mindset.  For…

Roe vs. Wade: Reflections of a Foreigner

In reflecting on the recent legal overturn of Roe vs. Wade in the United States, I am acutely aware of my status as a foreigner here in Canada living north of all the action.  The decisions of the United States Supreme Court have no legal force in Canada, though of course whatever happens down south has cultural reverberations north of the border. Here in the Great White North abortion is entirely legal…