Brett Fawcett

Brett Fawcett has degrees in theology and education. He has written for the Edmonton Journal, the Western Catholic Reporter, the Prairie Messenger, the Lethbridge Herald, C2C Journal, the Huffington Post, and Grandin Media. He has co-authored a book on pastoral care for persons with schizophrenia, Listening to the Right Voices, and recently published a collection of his writings, Spitting Towards the West: Catholic Ruminations from the Edge of the Autism Spectrum.

Bio last updated July 15th, 2021.

Brett Fawcett

Articles by Brett Fawcett

  • The Sinner and the Sin

    To bear the spiritual shock of revelations about Jean Vanier, Brett Fawcett suggests, we must remember that the L’Arche founder’s own Christian words condemn his sexual abuses.

    How can we take his spiritual counsel seriously when we see what he used his spiritual counsel for behind closed doors? How can we hear his words about community being a place where we lower our walls and share with each other when we know how he invaded other people’s intimacy under the guise of me...

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  • Grant Us Teachers of Spirit

    Arguing over funding cuts to modern public education is a race to irrelevancy unless pedagogues see their proper role as being far deeper than ensuring students fit snugly into modern society, argues contributor Brett Fawcett. 

    Predictably, they remind everyone of how essential the education of our children is for the future and how necessary education is for students to learn the skills they need in our modern world (remember this) and, therefore, how reckless the government is being by restricting the flow of money into ...

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  • Looking Into Space

    In this second part of a two-part series, Brett Fawcett encourages a glance upwards as a means to finding God in the beyond.

    But when we find ourselves in the seemingly infinite blackness of space, seeing that dark silence as an image and analogy for the unfathomable and infinite love of God that envelops us may be comforting God, the abyss of silence When we get past all the created images God has made to teach us about ...

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  • Spiritually Preparing for Take-off

    With the prospect of humankind traveling in outer space and living on other planets, there comes a need for spiritual readiness and strategies, writes Convivium contributor Brett Fawcett. This is the first of a two-part series on the subject. 

    The report describes a Chinese traveler on the Challenger who threatened not to return to Earth, a Russian space flight mission that was cancelled when the entire crew experienced a smell that seemed to have no physical cause, and an American astronaut who developed a paranoid obsession with the fac...

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  • Here’s Why We Have Separate Schools

    Separate school systems across Canada aren’t relics from a long-ago time of French-English tensions. They’re the result of moral genius in Constitution making, argues Convivium contributor Brett Fawcett.

    There, on the basis of the idea that separate schools were only ever meant to educate Catholic students (an odd reading of Section 17 of the Saskatchewan Act), Justice Donald Layh of the Queen’s Bench has declared that non-Catholic students are ineligible to receive public funding to attend Catholic...

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  • Magi and Imagination

    In the towering scientific figures of Sir Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein, Austin Mardon and Brett Graham Fawcett find the complementary halves of the religious spirit.

    Whereas Newton made the universe static and left a chink of incomprehensibility open for God to slip in, Einstein helped make the universe fluid – yet he still sensed an underlying order to it While the scientific consensus takes the side of Bohr, the Catholic philosopher and apologist Peter Kreeft ...

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