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Raymond J. de Souza

Father Raymond J. de Souza is the Editor-in-Chief of Convivium, chaplain at Newman House (the Roman Catholic centre at Queen's University), a parish priest, and a Cardus senior fellow, in addition to writing for the National Post and The Catholic Register. Read More ›

Articles by Raymond J. de Souza
  • Launching Questions

    Raymond J. de Souza

    Editor in Chief Father Raymond J de Souza reflects on the launch of Convivium as an online publication and examines the matter of multiple answers, and questions. 

  • Who Are We?

    Raymond J. de Souza

    Editor in Chief Father Raymond J de Souza delivers a moving reflection on the mosque murder that occurred earlier this week in Quebec City and examines the corresponding themes of solidarity and identity this tragedy asks us to consider. 

  • Empathy

    Raymond J. de Souza

    Father Raymond J de Souza takes a look at empathy in the broader context of today's entertainment industry and socio-political sphere. 

  • Re-evaluating Russia

    Raymond J. de Souza

    Father Raymond J de Souza delivers an analysis of Prime Minister Trudeau's promotion of Chrystia Freeland to foreign minister and Russia's position on the world stage. 

  • Wonder Woman

    Raymond J. de Souza

    A septuagenarian, Wonder Woman is still admirably fit. She fights crime with her lasso for truth-extracting, her bracelets for bullet-repelling and her bustier for, well, attention-gathering. The comic book world dresses women in impractically revealing outfits for the same reason that NFL cheerleaders dress the way that they do – because powerful men prefer it.

  • Patrick Brown Doubles Down

    Raymond J. de Souza

    The new MPP for the Ontario riding of Niagara-West Glanbook is Sam Oosterhoff, who won the safe Progressive Conservative riding after the resignation of former party leader Tim Hudak. Oosterhoff is 19-years-old. Someone who will probably not help him celebrate his 20th birthday is Michael Coren, erstwhile conservative Catholic, now Anglican convert, and new columnist for the United Church Observer among other publications.

  • Reform the Party

    Raymond J. de Souza

    It’s been a rough fortnight for the federal government. First, global ridicule was rained down upon the prime minister for his affectionate tribute to Fidel Castro. Then the hapless “democratic reform” minister, Maryam Monsef, rose in the House of Commons to castigate the electoral reform committee for not doing its job because it did not recommend what the government wanted it to recommend.

  • Family Politics

    Raymond J. de Souza

    As American families sat down to Thanksgiving dinner last week, they might not have chosen to talk about politics after a year in which politics was too much with us. At the same time, as they looked around the table at those who were present – and more importantly, those who were not present – they might have seen the deeper factors that have produced the prevailing political situation.

  • From Sea to Sea: A Continuing Survey of Religion, Culture and Public Life

    Raymond J. de Souza

    Pope Francis and Violent Jihad: Lessons in Poland It’s a bit unfair to hold Pope Francis’ impromptu remarks against him. On more than one occasion, he has emphasized that he just says the first thing that comes to mind; which is, he concedes, often wrong. That certainly occurred to more than a few listening to his remarks during this summer of Islamist terror.

  • Trump’s Top Rope Roots

    Raymond J. de Souza

    After so much has been said and written about the American presidential election, there might seem little left to be add. But adding for adding’s sake is not why we’re republishing here what I wrote in the June 2016 Convivium . It’s because what I wrote then bears repeating now, as the question of the day is how so many could have so badly missed the Donald Trump phenomenon.

  • Bye-Bye Billary

    Raymond J. de Souza

    Not in possession of a high tolerance for hours of televised punditry, especially of a partisan kind, I went to bed early on American election night, fully expecting that the sun would rise on a Hillary Clinton victory. My column earlier that day in the National Post  held that “she will win the election, but has lost her presidency.” Turns out that there will be no presidency for her to squander in a miasma of corruption.

  • Small Talk

    Raymond J. de Souza

    An Eclectic Roundup Of Incidents, Events And Oddities That Catch Our Editor’s Eye By Father Raymond J. De Souza

  • School for Scofflaws

    Raymond J. de Souza

    Back to School — if it’s still there The end of summer means getting ready to go back to school. Except there are fewer students going back than there used to be. Aside from boom-era Alberta, school boards across the country have been experiencing declining enrolment for most of this century. The problem is most acute in those areas where there are insufficient immigrants to make up for years of below-replacement birth rates.

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