Why Catholics are Right by Michael Coren Author, commentator and broadcaster
An animated, capacity crowd gathered early on the evening of Saturday February 11th at Saint Patrick's Basilica's "Scavi",
drawn there by the promise of a lively talk from author, broadcaster and journalist - and convert, Michael Coren.
His audience were not disappointed. Mr. Coren, a lucid and compelling speaker, gave an overview of the modern arguments against
the Church. These are arguments that faithful Catholics encounter daily, but which the Church has encountered from the first
centuries. Mr. Coren deftly put those arguments - prejudices, really - into the dustbin where they belong.
Candidly admitting that members of the Church are themselves sinful and prone to error, he made the case that the Church herself
remains the beacon of reason and sanctity in a world of historical amnesia and intellectual credulity.
We look forward to the appearance of Mr. Coren's next title, "Heretics".
Recapturing Reason Clarity In A Confused World by Dr. Tim Lau
Dr. Lau is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, a Psychiatrist, husband and father of 5. He
is the Director of the Undergraduate Program for the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa. For four years, he and his
wife Amy were responsible for the Adult Faith Program at Annunciation of the Lord Parish in Ottawa. He has given talks at other parishes
and Universities in the area of Faith, Ethics and Medicine. He has been a regular contributor to Marriage Preparation Course at St.
Patrick's for a number of years. Dr Lau is also the vice-chair of the Ottawa Catholic Physicians Guild and the President of the newly
formed Canadian Federation of Catholic Physicians' Societies.
Our lives can be seen as the answers to the questions we ask. What do you want? Where are you going? What makes you happy? What
matters to you? We all live busy lives and can get caught up in our own worlds. Do we stop to ask ourselves are we asking the right
questions? As the great Yogi Berra once said, "It is hard to get some place when you don't know where you are going".
Have we forgotten the simple truth passed on to us that each of us is a child of God? Are we like the people who watched Jesus pass
them by with his cross on the road to Calvary? Your cross? My cross? Do we pick ours up and join him? Or do we go just go through
the motions, not just at Mass, but in our daily lives and not see God reaching out to us?
As GK Chesterton once said, "When people stop believing in God they don't just believe in nothing, they believe in anything." Do you
have family or loved ones who have stopped coming to Church? Have they forgotten where they come from and where they are going? Do you
find you are at a loss for words when they have hard questions about the faith that is in you? Have they fallen for the errors in
logic of Dawkins, Dan Brown, Carl Jung or the New Age Movement? In this series we will discuss the timeless truths of our Catholic
faith which have been handed down to us from the being who entered history and revealed how God connects himself to his creation
forever, in the family of God.
Session 1 - "Know thyself" or "I"A download mp3 files A , B Session 2 - "I believe"A download mp3 files A , B Session 3 - "God the Father"A download mp3 files A , B Session 4 - "Creation and Man"A download mp3 files A , B Session 5 - "Jesus Christ"AB download mp3 files A , B (1 hr 45 min) Session 6 - "Holy Spirit"AB download mp3 files A , B (2 hrs) Session 7 - "Forgiveness Of Sins"AB download mp3 files A , B (1 hr 40 min)
Please note that the mp3 of each session is divided into A and B to decrease the size of each file.
Select a session and click the play button to listen online to Dr. Tim Lau.
Ian Hunter Talk
On Saturday, March 13, 2010, at Saint Patrick's Basilica, Dr. Ian Hunter, Professor emeritus, University of Western Ontario and President,
Hunter Arbitration/Mediation Services, spoke to a gathering of about 112 listeners. His topic was UPON THIS ROCK: Reflections of a Recent
In an engaging manner, Dr. Hunter offered his personal observations. He himself came from an evangelical Protestantism that considered
Catholicism an abomination. Dr. Hunter passed from this through Anglicanism to an acceptance, at age 61, of the Catholic Faith.
As with every person entering into full communion with the Catholic Church, culture shock awaited Dr. Hunter. In this talk, he gives his
listeners an opportunity to hear something of what faced him as he made the transition into the life of his local parish.
Click HERE to download mp3 of this captivating talk,
Click the play button to listen online to the talk.
The Issue Of God Today by Richard Bastien
On November 24th, 2009,Richard Bastien
delivered an enlightening lecture entitled The Issue of God Today at the Theology on Tap lecture
series. It dealt with Fideism, Modernism, Postmodernism and Catholicism. Mr. Bastien shows how each of them has developed on the basis of
a particular understanding of the role of faith and reason in the quest for truth. More specifically, he argued that these worldviews are
mutually exclusive and that each of us is bound to make a choice between Mohammed, Descartes, Nietzsche and Benedict XVI.
Mr. Bastien also wrote a related paper on Liberalism. It defines the Zeitgeist of the last half century and will likely continue its
triumphant march over the foreseeable future. It permeates all our institutions - our schools, our colleges and universities, our
governments, our judicial system, including human rights tribunals, and even our churches. It is thus important to understand where this
ideology came from and how it works.
To read it, click on Liberalism in a Postmodern Age.
Catholic Education Quo Vadis? Present Problems Future Hope
by Dr. William Sweet
Professor of Philosophy at St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
Professor Sweet delivered the second talk in the 2009-2010 Adult Faith Education Series at Saint Patrick's Basilica. He spoke on
Monday evening, October 26, 2009, for about three quarters of an hour, reviewing the aim and purpose of education, as understood
by Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, making reference to papal documents as well as the Catechism of the Catholic Church
and the Church's Code of Canon Law. He stressed that the present difficulties in institutions of Catholic education developed over
many years and they will not be quickly nor easily corrected. He also stressed that improvement will require concerted work from
parents, educators, and clergy working toward a common vision of the whole human person.
Click the play button to listen online to Dr. Sweet's talk with introduction by Deacon Jim Scheer.
Christ the King HOW BEING CATHOLIC IS ABOUT RESTORING CIVILIZATION by David Warren
Journalist David Warren began Saint Patrick's Basilica Adult Faith Education Series for
2009-2010. Mr. Warren's topic was CHRIST THE KING: How being Catholic is about Restoring Civilization.
He spoke on September 19, 2009, developing the theme that all true culture is animated by the Catholic
Faith, for the simple reason that the Catholic Faith is the truth about reality. The Church teaches the
Truth and this Truth has acted in human life even before the Incarnation, for God is One. From the instant
of the "Big Bang" until now, as Mr. Warren noted, history is understood by "asserting that the Catholic
Christian account, of God, man, and the universe, is the correct one, and that the guiding principle of
heroic action, which is never to deny Christ, should be obeyed."
Click the play button to listen online to David Warren's talk with an introduction by Deacon Jim Scheer.
David ended his presentation by giving
ten practical suggestions
on how to advance the Kingdom of Christ in this world which was published in the Ottawa Citizen.
The God Delusion and Other Errors in Logic by Dr. Tim Lau
Dr. Lau is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa,
a Psychiatrist, husband and father of 5. For the past four yours, he and his wife Amy have
been responsible for the Adult Faith Program at Annunciation of the Lord Parish in Ottawa.
In addition, they had leadership roles in other Parish activities. Dr Lau is also the vice-chair
of the Ottawa Catholic Physicians Guild and the Interim President of the newly formed Canadian
Federation of Catholic Physiciansí Societies.
With the rise of militant Atheism in the last few years, Dr Lauís lecture series comes at a
very opportune time. He illustrates the limitations of the scientific/reductionist approach in
explaining reality, and makes rational arguments as to why an all-powerful and all-knowing God
makes sense. This series will provide believing Christians clear reasons to refute the rhetoric
of modern Atheists.
Select a session and click the play button to listen online to Dr. Tim Lau.
Why I Became Catholic: Swimming Against the Tide. Dr. Tim Lau
Men's Breakfast Presentation
Given at St. Augustine Parish, Ottawa, June 9th, 2007
As G.K. Chesterton once said "only live fish can swim against the current." (or go against the flow). The world is clearly going in a
different direction than the Church and God in an increasingly fast way. After going the wrong way for so long, my eyes eventually
opened over the course of several years of searching and finding what the heart truly desires.