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The school year has recommenced, and I find myself once again modestly deranging the minds of innocent young seminarians, on the topic of Literature. Catholic Literature. (All great literature is Catholic: did you know?) Here are five things I like to emphasize, from the start. Each is the most important. Item. …...

“Whenever I hear the word ‘culture’ I reach for my Browning.” This, attributed to Goering but rather indited by some other nutjob mediocrity, is among my favourite phrases. Often I cite it with glee. I know just what he meant; rarely has one the chance to empathize with Nazis. Monsters they...

[Note: This essay is basically an extraction of interesting elements from the first portion of Kurelek, A Biography (1986) by Patricia Morley]. [caption id="attachment_17307" align="alignleft" width="215"] Hailstorm in Alberta[/caption] Bill Kurelek was born in 1927 to Ukrainian pioneers who had settled near Edmonton, Alberta.  Journalists dubbed him "the people's painter", but he...