Saturday, June 29, 2019

What is the Immaculate Heart of Mary? - 5 Things You Need to Know + Share - Memorial Day with Novena Prayer


TODAY IS THE MEMORIAL OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY: 
1. Devotion to the Immaculate heart of Mary has existed for centuries. 
2. However, St. Jean Eudes (d. 1681) propagated the devotion, and tried to make it public, and to have a feast celebrated in honor of the Heart of Mary, first at Autun in 1648 and afterwards in a number of French dioceses.

3. In 1799 Pius VI, then in captivity at Florence, granted the Bishop of Palermo the feast of the Most Pure Heart of Mary for some of the churches in his diocese. 

4. In 1805 Pius VII made a new concession, thanks to which the feast was soon widely observed.
5. On 21 July 1855, the Congregation of Rites finally approved the Office and Mass of the Most Pure Heart of Mary without, however, imposing them upon the Universal Church. [Excerpted from Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913 edition.]

The feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary was transferred by Pope Paul VI to the Saturday immediately following the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

CONSECRATION

I, . . ., a faithless sinner, renew and ratify today in thy Heart, O Immaculate Mother, the vows of my Baptism; I renounce forever Satan, his pomps and works; and I give myself entirely to Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Wisdom, to carry my cross after Him all the days of my life, and to be more faithful to Him than I have ever been before.
Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, in the presence of all the heavenly court, I choose thee this day for my Mother and Mistress. I deliver and consecrate to thee, and to thy Immaculate Heart, as thy child and slave of love, my body and soul, my goods, both interior and exterior, and even the value of all my good actions, past, present and future; leaving to thee the entire and full right of disposing of me, and all that belongs to me, without exception, according to thy good pleasure, for the greater glory of God, in time and in eternity. Amen
NOVENA PRAYER
Immaculate Heart of Mary, full of love for God and mankind, and of compassion for sinners, I consecrate myself entirely to you. I entrust to you the salvation of my soul. May my heart be ever united with yours, so that I may hate sin, love God and my neighbor, and reach eternal life together with those whom I love.

Mediatrix of All Graces and Mother of Mercy, remember the infinite treasure which your Divine Son has merited by His suffering and which he has confided to you for us, your children. Filled with confidence in your motherly heart, and for the sake of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, obtain for me the favor I ask: [Mention your request here].

Dearest Mother, if what I ask for should not be according to God's will, pray that I may receive that which will be of greater benefit to my soul. May I experience the kindness of your intercession with Jesus during life and at the hour of my death? Amen

Pope Francis at Mass "... when we experience God’s forgiveness do we truly experience rebirth." Blessing of Pallium for New Archbishops - Full Text Homily + Video


HOLY MASS AND BLESSING OF THE SACRED PALLIUM 
FOR THE NEW METROPOLITAN ARCHBISHOPS
ON THE SOLEMNITY OF SAINTS PETER AND PAUL, APOSTLES
HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS
Saint Peter’s Basilica
Saturday, 29 June 2019

The Apostles Peter and Paul stand before us as witnesses. They never tired of preaching and journeying as missionaries from the land of Jesus to Rome itself. Here they gave their ultimate witness, offering their lives as martyrs. If we go to the heart of that testimony, we can see them as witnesses to life, witnesses to forgiveness and witnesses to Jesus.
Witnesses to life. Their lives, though, were not neat and linear. Both were deeply religious: Peter was one of the very first disciples (cf. Jn 1:41), and Paul was “zealous for the traditions of [his] ancestors” (Gal 1:14). Yet they also made great mistakes: Peter denied the Lord, while Paul persecuted the Church of God. Both were cut to the core by questions asked by Jesus: “Simon son of John, do you love me?” (Jn 21:15); “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” (Acts 9:4). Peter was grieved by Jesus’ questions, while Paul was blinded by his words. Jesus called them by name and changed their lives. After all that happened, he put his trust in them, in one who denied him and one who persecuted his followers, in two repentant sinners. We may wonder why the Lord chosen not to give us two witnesses of utter integrity, with clean records and impeccable lives? Why Peter, when there was John? Why Paul, and not Barnabas?
There is a great teaching here: the starting point of the Christian life is not our worthiness; in fact, the Lord was able to accomplish little with those who thought they were good and decent. Whenever we consider ourselves smarter or better than others, that is the beginning of the end. The Lord does not work miracles with those who consider themselves righteous, but with those who know themselves needy. He is not attracted by our goodness; that is not why he loves us. He loves us just as we are; he is looking for people who are not self-sufficient, but ready to open their hearts to him. People who, like Peter and Paul, are transparent before God. Peter immediately told Jesus: “I am a sinful man” (Lk 5:8). Paul wrote that he was “least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle” (1 Cor 15:9). Throughout life, they preserved this humility, to the very end. Peter died crucified upside down, since he did not consider himself worthy to imitate his Lord. Paul was always fond of his name, which means “little”, and left behind his birth name, Saul, the name of the first king of his people. Both understood that holiness does not consist in exalting but rather in humbling oneself. Holiness is not a contest, but a question of entrusting our own poverty each day to the Lord, who does great things for those who are lowly. What was the secret that made them persevere amid weakness? It was the Lord’s forgiveness.
Let us think about them too as witnesses to forgiveness. In their failings, they encountered the powerful mercy of the Lord, who gave them rebirth. In his forgiveness, they encountered irrepressible peace and joy. Thinking back to their failures, they might have experienced feelings of guilt. How many times might Peter have thought back to his denial! How many scruples might Paul have felt at having hurt so many innocent people! Humanly, they had failed. Yet they encountered a love greater than their failures, a forgiveness strong enough to heal even their feelings of guilt. Only when we experience God’s forgiveness do we truly experience rebirth. From there we start over, from forgiveness; there we rediscover who we really are: in the confession of our sins.
Witnesses to life and witnesses to forgiveness, Peter and Paul are ultimately witnesses to Jesus. In today’s Gospel, the Lord asks: “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” The answers evoke figures of the past: “John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah or one of the prophets”. Remarkable people, but all of them dead. Peter instead replies: “You are the Christ” (Mt 16:13-14.16). The Christ, that is, the Messiah. A word that points not to the past, but to the future: the Messiah is the one who is awaited, he is newness, the one who brings God’s anointing to the world. Jesus is not the past, but the present and the future. He is not a distant personage to be remembered, but the one to whom Peter can speak intimately: You are the Christ. For those who are his witnesses, Jesus is more than a historical personage; he is a living person: he is newness, not things we have already seen, the newness of the future and not a memory from the past. The witness, then, is not someone who knows the story of Jesus, but someone who has experienced a love story with Jesus. The witness, in the end, proclaims only this: that Jesus is alive and that he is the secret of life. Indeed, Peter, after saying: “You are the Christ”, then goes on to say: “the Son of the living God” (v. 16). Witness arises from an encounter with the living Jesus. At the centre of Paul’s life too, we find that same word that rises up from Peter’s heart: Christ. Paul repeats this name constantly, almost four hundred times in his letters! For him, Christ is not only a model, an example, a point of reference: he is life itself. Paul writes: “For me to live is Christ” (Phil 1:21). Jesus is Paul’s present and his future, so much so that he considers the past as refuse in comparison to the surpassing knowledge of Christ (cf. Phil 3:7-8).
Brothers and sisters, in the presence of these witnesses, let us ask: “Do I renew daily my own encounter with Jesus?” We may be curious about Jesus, or interested in Church matters or religious news. We may open computer sites and the papers, and talk about holy things. But this is to remain at the level of what are people saying? Jesus does not care about polls, past history or statistics. He is not looking for religion editors, much less “front page” or “statistical” Christians. He is looking for witnesses who say to him each day: “Lord, you are my life”.
Having met Jesus and experienced his forgiveness, the Apostles bore witness to him by living a new life: they no longer held back, but gave themselves over completely. They were no longer content with half-measures, but embraced the only measure possible for those who follow Jesus: that of boundless love. They were “poured out as a libation” (cf. 2 Tim 4:6). Let us ask for the grace not to be lukewarm Christians living by half measures, allowing our love to grow cold. Let us rediscover who we truly are through a daily relationship with Jesus and through the power of his forgiveness. Just as he asked Peter, Jesus is now asking us: “Who do you say that I am?”, “Do you love me?” Let us allow these words to penetrate our hearts and inspire us not to remain content with a minimum, but to aim for the heights, so that we too can become living witnesses to Jesus.


Today we bless the pallia for the Metropolitan Archbishops named in the past year. The pallium recalls the sheep that the shepherd is called to bear on his shoulders. It is a sign that the shepherds do not live for themselves but for the sheep. It is a sign that, in order to possess life, we have to lose it, give it away. Today our joy is shared, in accordance with a fine tradition, by a Delegation from the Ecumenical Patriarchate, whose members I greet with affection. Your presence, dear brothers, reminds us that we can spare no effort also in the journey towards full unity among believers, in communion at every level. For together, reconciled to God and having forgiven one another, we are called to bear witness to Jesus by our lives.

Wow Video Released of Newborn Baby found in Plastic bag in the Woods - Rescued by Police

The police in Georgia have released video showing the moment an abandoned newborn baby was pulled from a plastic bag in the woods earlier in June, 2019. The video is from a body-camera  and shows the deputy opening the plastic bag and finding a crying baby girl with her umbilical cord still intact. The deputy puts the baby on a blanket and tries to comfort her. One of the rescuers is heard saying, "She's a sweetheart" and the baby wraps her hand around his finger. The newborn was then taken to a hospital for treatment. It is reported that she's in good condition. The incident took place on June 6 and investigators in Forsyth County don't know who the baby's mother is. The video was released with the hope that it will lead to information about the baby's identity. The hospital staff has unofficially named her "Baby India."

Pope Francis explains Jesus loves his Church "...with absolute fidelity, despite our mistakes and betrayals." Full Text


SOLEMNITY of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul

Pope Francis

ANGELUS

St. Peter's Square
Saturday, June 29, 2019

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

The Saints Peter and Paul, which we celebrate today, in the icons are sometimes depicted holding up the Church building. This reminds us of the words of today's Gospel, in which Jesus says to Peter: "You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church" (Mt 16:18). It is the first time that Jesus pronounces the word "Church", but rather than on the noun I would like to invite you to think of the adjective, which is a possessive, "mine": my Church. Jesus does not speak of the Church as an external reality, but expresses the great love he has for her: my Church. He is attached to the Church, to us. Saint Paul writes: "Christ loved the Church and gave himself up for her" (Eph 5:25), that is, explains the Apostle, Jesus loves the Church as his bride. For the Lord we are not a group of believers or a religious organization, we are his bride. He looks at his Church with tenderness, he loves it with absolute fidelity, despite our mistakes and betrayals. Like that day to Peter, today he says to all of us: "my Church, you are my Church".

And we too can repeat it: my Church. We do not say this with a sense of exclusive belonging, but with an inclusive love. Not to differentiate ourselves from others, but to learn the beauty of being with others, because Jesus wants us united and open. The Church, in fact, is not "mine" because it responds to my self, to my desires, but because I pour you my affection. It is mine to take care of it, because, like the Apostles in the icon, I also support it. Such as? With brotherly love. With our brotherly love we can say: my Church.

In another icon, Saints Peter and Paul are portrayed as they hug each other in an embrace. Among them they were very different: a fisherman and a Pharisee with life experiences, characters, ways of doing things and very different sensibilities. Conflicting opinions and frank debates were not lacking among them (see Gal 2:11 ff.). But what united them was infinitely greater: Jesus was the Lord of both, together they said "my Lord" to Him who says "my Church". Brothers in the faith, they invite us to rediscover the joy of being brothers and sisters in the Church. In this feast, which unites two so different Apostles, it would be nice for each one of us to say: "Thank you, Lord, for that person other than me: it is a gift for my Church". We are different but this enriches us, it is brotherhood. It is good to appreciate the qualities of others, to recognize the gifts of others without malice and without envy. Envy! Envy causes bitterness inside, it is vinegar on the heart. The envious ones have a bitter look. So many times, when one finds an envious person, does one want to ask: but with whom did he have breakfast today, with latte or vinegar? Because envy is bitter. Makes life bitter. How nice it is to know that we belong to each other, because we share the same faith, the same love, the same hope, the same Lord. We belong to one another and this is splendid, to say: our Church! Brotherhood.

At the end of the Gospel Jesus says to Peter: "Feed my sheep" (Jn 21:17). Talk about us and say "my sheep" with the same tenderness with which my Church used to say. With how much love, how much love Jesus loves us! He hears his. Here is the affection that builds the Church. Today, through the intercession of the Apostles, we ask for the grace to love our Church. We ask eyes that know how to see in it brothers and sisters, a heart that knows how to welcome others with the tender love that Jesus has for us. And we ask for the strength to pray for those who do not think like us - this thinks otherwise, I pray for him - to pray and to love, which is the opposite of speaking against, perhaps behind. Never talk, pray and love. Our Lady, who brought harmony between the Apostles and prayed with them (cf. Acts 1:14), guard us as brothers and sisters in the Church.

After the Angelus

Dear brothers and sisters!

In this feast of the principal patrons of Rome I wish the Romans and all those who live in this city all good. I urge everyone to react with a civic sense to the problems of society.

I renew my gratitude to the Delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and I send a cordial and fraternal greeting to my brother His Holiness Bartholomew I.

I affectionately greet the pilgrims who have come to celebrate the Metropolitan Archbishops for whom I blessed the Palli this morning.

I warmly thank the master flower makers and all the collaborators who made the historic flower display promoted by the Roman Pro Loco.
I greet all of you, dear pilgrims, especially those from Vietnam, Slovakia, El Paso (Texas), Kansas City and Germany. I greet the "Yago School" of Seville, with the large children's choir, and the Colegio "Ahlzahir" of Cordoba; the Radio Group "Voix de la Charité" of Lebanon and that of the Eucharistic Movement Juvenil de España; and the Resurrectionist priests.

I greet the faithful of Donori, Forlì, Lanciano, Brindisi and Castelfranco Veneto, and the Piccolo Coro Francesco d’Assisi from Mesagne.

I wish you all a happy feast and I ask you, please, a prayer for me through the intercession of Saints Peter and Paul. Good lunch and goodbye!

Novena to Saint Peter and Saint Paul - Apostles - Powerful Prayers to the Leaders of the Church


Novena to St. Peter and St. Paul (Say for 9 Days)

O holy Apostles, Peter and Paul, I choose you this day and forever to be my special patrons and advocates; thee, Saint Peter, Prince of the Apostles, because thou art the Rock, upon which Almighty God hath built His Church; thee, Saint Paul, because thou wast fore-chosen by God as the Vessel of election and the Preacher of truth in the whole world. Obtain for me, I pray you, lively faith, firm hope, and burning love; complete detachment from myself, contempt of the world, patience in adversity, humility in prosperity, attention in prayer, purity of heart, a right intention in all my works, diligence in fulfilling the duties of my state of life, constancy in my resolutions, resignation to the will of God and perseverance in the grace of God even unto death; that so, by means of your intercession and your glorious merits, I may be able to overcome the temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil, and may be made worthy to appear before the chief and eternal Shepherd of souls, Jesus Christ, Who with the Father and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth for endless ages, to enjoy His presence and love Him forever. Amen.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

V. Thou shalt make them princes over all the earth.
R. They shall be mindful of Thy name, O Lord.


Let us pray:

O God, Whose right hand raised up blessed Peter, when he walked upon the water and began to sink, and thrice delivered his fellow-Apostle Paul from the depths of the sea, when he suffered shipwreck: graciously hear us and grant, by the merits of them both, that we also may attain unto everlasting glory: Who livest and reignest world without end. Amen
(An Indulgence of 500 days.)


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Extra Prayers - Apart from the Novena


Prayer to Sts. Peter and Paulfor the Holy Catholic Church

Defend, O Lord, thy servants, we beseech thee, from all dangers both of body and soul; and, by the intercession of the blessed and glorious Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, of blessed N., and of all thy saints, mercifully grant us the blessings of peace and safety ; that all adversities and errors being removed, thy Church may freely and securely serve thee; through Christ Our Lord. Amen.



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Prayer to St. Paul

Thou art the Vessel of election, Saint Paul the Apostle, the Preacher of truth in the whole world.

V. Pray for us, Saint Paul the Apostle,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:
Almighty and everlasting God, Who, of Thy divine mercy, didst instruct Thy blessed Apostle Paul what he should do that he might be filled with the Holy Ghost; by his admonitions directing us and his merits interceding for us, grant that we may serve Thee in fear and trembling and so be filled with the comfort of Thy heavenly gifts. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.
(An Indulgence of 500 days)


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Invocations

Defend, O Lord, Thy people: and as they put their trust in the patronage of Thy holy Apostles, Peter and Paul, keep them ever by Thy protection. Through Christ our Lord. Amen (Roman Missal).
(An Indulgence of 300 days) 
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New Pastoral Guidelines from Vatican regarding Freedom of Conscience for Catholics in China - Full Official Text


On September 2018 a Provisional Agreement between the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China regarding the appointment of Bishops was signed. It was hoped that this would lead to the full communion of all Chinese bishops with the Pope.

Due to current situations, not all issues were resolved: thus, the Agreement represents an initial step of the process. To better understand the situation the reader might also consider the Letter to Chinese Catholics published in May 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI.

 The Vatican, is aware of the restrictions and the “intimidatory pressures” that many Chinese Catholics encounter:

The official English-language translation of the guidelines is below:

Pastoral guidelines of the Holy See concerning the civil registration of clergy in China

          For some time requests have been received by the Holy See, from Bishops in Mainland China, for a concrete indication of the approach to be adopted in relation to the obligation of presenting an application for civil registration. In this regard, as is known, many Pastors remain deeply disturbed since the modality of such registration – which is obligatory, according to the new regulations on religious activities, on pain of inability to function pastorally – requires, almost invariably, the signing of a document in which, notwithstanding the commitment assumed by the Chinese authorities to respect also Catholic doctrine, one must declare acceptance, among other things, of the principle of independence, autonomy and self-administration of the Church in China.

          The complex reality of China and the fact that there does not appear to be a uniform praxis with regard to the application of the regulations for religious affairs, make it particularly difficult to decide on the matter. On the one hand, the Holy See does not intend to force anyone’s conscience. On the other hand, it considers that the experience of clandestinity is not a normal feature of the Church’s life and that history has shown that Pastors and faithful have recourse to it only amid suffering, in the desire to maintain the integrity of their faith (cfr. Letter of Pope Benedict XVI to Chinese Catholics of 27 May 2007, n. 8). Thus, the Holy See continues to ask that the civil registration of the clergy take place in a manner that guarantees respect for the conscience and the profound Catholic convictions of the persons involved. Only in that way, in fact, can both the unity of the Church and the contribution of Catholics to the good of Chinese society be fostered.

          In what concerns, then, the evaluation of the eventual declaration that must be signed upon registering, in the first place it is necessary to bear in mind that the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China formally guarantees religious freedom (art. 36). In the second place, the Provisional Agreement of 22 September 2018, recognising the particular role of the Successor of Peter, logically leads the Holy See to understand and interpret the “independence” of the Catholic Church in China not in an absolute sense, namely as separation from the Pope and the Universal Church, but rather relative to the political sphere, as happens everywhere in the world in the relations between the Universal Church and the particular Churches. To affirm that for the Catholic identity there can be no separation from the Successor of Peter, does not mean making the local Church an alien body in the society and the culture of the country in which she lives and works. In the third place, the context of the actual relations between China and the Holy See, characterised as they are by a consolidated dialogue between the two Parties, differs from that which saw the birth of the patriotic structures in the 1950s. In the fourth place, a factor of great importance should be added, namely, that over the years, many Bishops who were ordained without the apostolic mandate have asked for and received reconciliation with the Successor of Peter, so that today all Chinese Bishops are in communion with the Apostolic See and desire an ever greater integration with the Catholic Bishops of the whole world.

          In light of these facts, it is legitimate to expect a new approach on the part of everyone, also when addressing practical questions about the life of the Church. For its part, the Holy See continues to dialogue with the Chinese Authorities about the civil registration of Bishops and priests in order to find a formula that, while allowing for registration, would respect not only Chinese laws but also Catholic doctrine.

          In the meantime, bearing in mind what has been noted above, if a Bishop or a priest decides to register civilly, but the text of the declaration required for the registration does not appear respectful of the Catholic faith, he will specify in writing, upon signing, that he acts without failing in his duty to remain faithful to the principles of Catholic doctrine. Where it is not possible to make such a clarification in writing, the applicant will do so at least orally and if possible in the presence of a witness. In each case, it is appropriate that the applicant then certify to his proper Ordinary with what intention he has made the registration. The registration, in fact, is always to be understood as having the sole aim of fostering the good of the diocesan community and its growth in the spirit of unity, as well as an evangelisation commensurate to the new demands of Chinese society and the responsible management of the goods of the Church.

          At the same time, the Holy See understands and respects the choice of those who, in conscience, decide that they are unable to register under the current conditions. The Holy See remains close to them and asks the Lord to help them to safeguard the communion with their brothers and sisters in the faith, even in the face of those trials that each one will have to face.

          The bishop, for his part, “should nurture and publicly manifest his esteem for his priests, showing them trust and praising them, if they deserve it. He should respect and require others to respect their rights and should defend them against unjust criticism. He should act swiftly to resolve controversies, so as to avoid the prolonged disquiet which can overshadow fraternal charity and do damage to the pastoral ministry” (Apostolorum Successores, Directory for the Pastoral Ministry of Bishops, 22 February 2004, n. 77).

          It is important, then, that also the lay faithful not only understand the complexity of the situation, described above, but in addition accept with an open heart the anguished decision taken by their Pastors, whatever it may be. The local Catholic community should accompany them in a spirit of faith, with prayer and affection, refraining from any judgement of the choices of others, maintaining the bond of unity and demonstrating mercy towards all.

          In any case, until such time as a modality for the civil registration of the clergy that is more respectful of Catholic doctrine, and thus of the consciences of those involved, is established through a frank and constructive dialogue between the two Parties, as agreed, the Holy See asks that no intimidatory pressures be applied to the “non official” Catholic communities, as, unfortunately, has already happened.

          Finally, the Holy See trusts that everyone can accept these pastoral indications as a means of helping those faced with choices that are far from simple, to make such choices in a spirit of faith and unity. All those involved – the Holy See, Bishops, priests, religious men and women and the lay faithful – are called to discern the will of God with patience and humility on this part of the journey of the Church in China, marked, as it is, by much hope but also by enduring difficulties.

          From the Vatican, on 28 June 2019, Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
FULL TEXT Source of Guidelines VaticanNews.va

Lawyer Philip Horgan of the Catholic Civil Rights League speaks on the Trinity Western University decision



At the 2018 Conference of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars (Canada) in Calgary, Alberta, lawyer Philip Horgan spoke on the Trinity Western decision. The Conference Theme was: Keeping Faithful to the Faith in a Post-Christian Society. 
Philip Horgan, B.A. J.D., the President, Catholic Civil Rights League and Chair, Faith and Freedom Alliance, gave the following talk. (see video below) He spoke about the Trinity Western University decision, where the proposed law school, was refused accreditation. Law societies of Ontario and British Columbia refused to accept the possible law school graduates because the private, evangelical Christian university has a community covenant that prohibits sexual activity outside of traditional marriage.
Archbishop J. Michael Miller was disappointed with the Supreme Court of Canada's decision.
 “I am saddened to see the Supreme Court of Canada’s Trinity Western University law school decision, with its potential to undermine freedom of religion, conscience, and association in Canada,” Miller said in a statement June 15, 2018.
Biography: Philip Horgan is a Toronto lawyer, in private practice. He works in the area of civil and constitutional litigation. He has maintained his own firm since 1996. 
In his pro bono work, Phil has been actively engaged in a number of significant appellate and constitutional cases on human rights and fundamental freedoms on behalf of the Catholic Civil Rights League and the Faith and Freedom Alliance, including over 45 court interventions across the country, with more than 20 cases at the Supreme Court of Canada, including most recently Trinity Western (2018).
Mr. Horgan and his wife, Christine, have five children.
Other tidbits:
  • current member of the Senate of the University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto;
  • past president (and current executive member) of the Thomas More Lawyers’ Guild of Toronto;
  • Knight Commander of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre;
  • Grand Knight of his local Knights of Columbus council;
  • awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2012;
  • received the Toronto Catholic District School Board’s Alumni Award in 2006;
  • chair of the Archdiocese of Toronto pilgrimage of 540 youths to Denver, Colorado for World Youth Day, 1993; preparatory work for the visit of Pope John Paul II to Canada for World Youth Day in 2002;
  • Chair of the Parent Council of St. Michael’s Choir School in Toronto between 2004 and 2009;
  • performed the role of Pontius Pilate in the Chester 2010 Cycle of Mystery Plays at the University of Toronto, from the original cycle performed in Chester, England in 1572;
  • hockey coach and referee; enjoys golf and other active pursuits.
Title of Presentation:
Trinity Western 2018: The Turnover of Our Constitutional Order, and Possible Responses