Apostolic Schools vs. Vatican II vs. Hockey

The blogger Bonum, Verum, Pulchrum sounds like someone I would normally enjoy sharing a beer with. We both like Gregorian Chant, have served in the Canadian Forces, are critical of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, share a distaste for Gangsta Rap, and are big literary admirers of JRR Tolkien. As a Northerner, I can tolerate him being from southern Ontario if he promises to keep quiet about the spring bear hunt. (Unless he supports us, in which case I’m all ears.)
However, Monsieur Bonum reveals a serious flaw in his character when he proclaims himself an unrepentant fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs. For American readers, this is Canada’s equivalent to cheering for the Buffalo Bills.
For non-sports fans, Leafs fans are hockey’s equivalent to Regnum Christi members. We’re not actually sure if they’re fans of the sport. They’re always making excuses for their team’s poor performance, either by diverting the discussion to individual Leaf players or by slagging everyone else’s team. (Just substitute Montreal Canadiens for Jesuits and even the conspiracy theories match.)
So it pains me to be a good sport when it comes to theological insights proffered by a Laughs’ fan. However, Monsieur Bonum has done an excellent job contrasting the alleged practices of the Legion’s apostolic schools with the teachings of the Second Vatican Council. I encourage every concerned parent to read his entry by clicking here.
In the interest of fair play, I’ll omit the “SHUT. IT. DOWN” tag for this blog. There’s no hope of making the playoffs when you’re trailing every other team in the league except the Edmonton Oilers by at least eight points.


  1. Okay, I understand the desire for sports other than basketball, so that people have a way to pass the time while waiting for basketball season to roll around again. But hockey goes on DURING BASKETBALL SEASON-why have it???

  2. Hey there,
    I’ve been quietly following your blog for awhile. I live in Atlanta but grew up in Ottawa as a Habs fan, then followed the Sens. I appreciate your view on the Leafs!
    I’m wondering, since Vatican II, other than the LC, are there many minor seminaries. I thought the practice had pretty much died away. Children don’t typically have the ability to make a free and informed choice about a life long vocation at that age.
    I was always baffled by the Consecrated mens’ response that if we don’t “capture” the vocation, they will lose it in the world. So much for trusting God’s sovereignty.

  3. Cretos,
    “I was always baffled by the Consecrated mens’ response that if we don’t “capture” the vocation, they will lose it in the world. So much for trusting God’s sovereignty”.
    Nice take down of that attitude over at:
    The Legion knew better than the rest of the Cnurch and rushed into fill the market for minor seminaries and did just about everything wrong in order to serve their own needs:
    “Their way of life should be fully in keeping with the standards of sound psychology and should include suitable experience of the ordinary affairs of daily life and contact with their own families.”— Pastores Dabo Vobis, #63 on minor seminaries

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