Articles by Brett Fawcett
April 21, 2021
Brett Fawcett argues Alberta charter schools should be free to operate on religious grounds to meet the just vision of Canada’s founding constitutional vision.
In other words, in order to fulfill religious parents’ just rights to schools that effectively pass on their faith to their children, Catholic separate schools have accessibility (attained by full government funding) and autonomy (attained by having a separate school board) To ensure students receive this, Alberta (and, ideally, every other province) should have charter schools that are allowed to be religious If a religious society opened a charter school with faith-based education in its charter, that school would enjoy accessibility and autonomy
February 24, 2020
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...
January 24, 2020
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 ...
August 13, 2019
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 ...
August 12, 2019
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...
March 27, 2019
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...
December 1, 2015
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 ...