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In Crown and Crozier, we invite leading thinkers to explore how the human experience is shaped by the interplay between Church and State, and what this means for tackling the great challenges of today. Join us as we examine what’s at stake for us as citizens and as a society in the dynamic engagement between civil and religious authority. The common good, basic freedoms, dignity of the person, administration of justice, self-government, the preservation of truth, goodness and beauty - all this and more hangs in the balance.

Crown and Crozier Patrick Brown

    • Religion & Spirituality
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In Crown and Crozier, we invite leading thinkers to explore how the human experience is shaped by the interplay between Church and State, and what this means for tackling the great challenges of today. Join us as we examine what’s at stake for us as citizens and as a society in the dynamic engagement between civil and religious authority. The common good, basic freedoms, dignity of the person, administration of justice, self-government, the preservation of truth, goodness and beauty - all this and more hangs in the balance.

    Popes, Politicians and Patriots in Dante’s “Inferno” - Dr. Anthony Esolen

    Popes, Politicians and Patriots in Dante’s “Inferno” - Dr. Anthony Esolen

    Ordained by God and gifted to man, both the Church and the Empire help human beings attain peace in this life and beatitude in the next.  So argued Dante Alighieri, the great Italian poet and author of the epic The Divine Comedy.
    With 700 years having passed since his death in 1321, this year has been branded as l’anno di Dante – “the year of Dante.”  Joining us to mark the occasion is Dr. Anthony Esolen, renowned translator of The Divine Comedy and Professor and Writer-in-Residence at Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts in Warner, New Hampshire. 
    Our conversation with Dr. Esolen focuses on Inferno, the first installment in Dante’s three-part masterpiece.  In our journey through the underworld, we examine several of the timeless themes explored by the Supreme Poet – rendering unto God and Caesar; the nature of authority and the consequences of its abuse; the virtue of neighbourliness; patriotism; and, above all, the boundless, beatific love of God, who grants us for all eternity that which we seek in this world.
    0:00 - Introduction
    3:45 - 2021: a year for reading Dante
    7:05 - Writing in the language of the people
    9:00 - Inferno as a meditation on love and beauty...oh, and it's about Hell, too
    13:00 - The complicated days of Dante: Emperors and Popes
    17:35 - Politics as family warfare in medieval Florence
    19:00 - Sweeping claims of papal authority in Boniface VIII's Unam Sanctam
    22:25 - Excommunication and penance: the drama of Ambrose and Theodosius
    25:00 - First stop in the underworld - hating thy neighbour in the (anti) city of Dis
    30:15 - The vision of Purgatory
    32:25 - Pursuing the Good without charity - a ticket to everlasting condemnation
    37:40 - Punishment for the Pope who pimped out the Bride of Christ
    42:30 - Traitors to Church and Empire in the lowest circle: Judas, Brutus, Cassius
    46:30 - The virtue of patriotism and its practice in exile
    49:30 - The Hundredfold: Songs for the Lord
    54:40 - Conclusion


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    Documents/Websites referenced 
    Kevin J. Jones, “Why 2021 is the Year of Dante,” Catholic News Agency (January 21, 2021)
    Anthony Esolen (Wikipedia page) 
    Dante Alighieri, Inferno (translated by Anthony Esolen)
    Pope Boniface VIII, Unam Sanctam
    Anthony Esolen, The Hundredfold: Songs for the Lord  (2019)
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    • 56 min
    Magna Carta, Freedom and You - Dr. John Robson

    Magna Carta, Freedom and You - Dr. John Robson

    On June 15, 1215, in the meadows of Runnymede just west of London, English nobles and clergy gathered to witness – and to compel – King John to place his seal on a document that enshrined the rights of the Church and of free men, and declared the sovereign to be subject to the rule of law. The name of this document was Magna Carta, the Great Charter of liberty.
    In his passionate and entertaining style, Dr. John Robson tells the story of this seminal moment in the history of democracy, the protection of human freedom, and the independence of the Church.
    Dr. Robson is a historian, journalist, and documentary filmmaker. Chief among his documentary titles is “Magna Carta: Our Shared Legacy of Liberty”, which is accompanied by a companion book of the same name.
    0:00 - Introduction
    3:00 - Magna Carta - a launchpad for 800 years of liberty
    7:40 - Genesis of the Magna Carta
    10:40 - Missionaries, stories of a dead Jewish carpenter and the conversion of Britain
    12:45 - Resisting One-Man Rule
    16:00 - The drama: Bad King John, Pope Innocent III and Archbishop Stephen Langton
    19:35 - The shadow of St. Thomas Becket's assassination
    22:20 - How can a prince be under the law?
    25:20 - The commoners have their say
    28:15 - The miracle of Magna Carta
    30:15 - Freedom for the Church
    32:20 - Freedom for all
    38:40 - Magna Carta and the New World
    45:20 - Carrying forward the legacy of Magna Carta
    49:15 - Conclusion
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    Documents/Websites referenced 
    Magna Carta (English translation)
    Dr. John Robson
    “Magna Carta: Our Shared Legacy of Liberty” (Dr. John Robson documentary)
    Archbishop Stephen Langton

    The (remarkably unusual) tomb of Archbishop Stephen Langton
    Magna Carta Day Act (Ontario)
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    • 50 min
    A Diplomat's Defense of Religious Freedom - Father Deacon Andrew Bennett

    A Diplomat's Defense of Religious Freedom - Father Deacon Andrew Bennett

    Father Deacon Andrew Bennett served as Canada's first (and so far, only) Ambassador for Religious Freedom from 2013-2016.  He joins us to discuss his time as a diplomat championing religious liberty, the duty for governments to defend this essential human right, and how the future of religious freedom will ultimately depend on the faithful having the courage and the capacity to truly understand and publicly live out the truths of the Gospel.

    Fr. Dcn. Bennett currently serves as Senior Fellow at the Religious Freedom Institute in Washington, DC, and Director of the Religious Freedom Institute and Faith Community Engagement at Cardus in Ottawa, Canada.


    0:00 - Introduction
    2:45 - The vision for an Office of Religious Freedom
    6:00 - Stationery, furniture, Prime Minister's support - getting the Office off the ground
    5:30 - Assessing the global state of religious freedom - where to begin?
    8:05 - Government restrictions and social hostility - the religious freedom litmus test
    13:10 - The delicate diplomatic dance of outreach to freedom's worst offenders
    16:00 - Friends in the fight for freedom - Canada, the United States and Europe
    19:50 - Why prioritize religious freedom?
    25:15 - Meanwhile, back at home - religious freedom and freedom of conscience in Canada
    29:30 - Getting your own house in order first
    29:50 - Fundamental freedoms - inherent within us or gift of the State?
    35:30 - Threats to religious freedom on the home front today
    41:30 - Religious freedom and the challenges of COVID
    47:10 - An opportunity for the laity
    48:25 - Hope for the future (and a powerful story of Christian witness amidst persecution)
    53:35 - Conclusion

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    Documents/Websites Referenced:

    Father Deacon Andrew Bennett
    Cardus
    Religious Freedom Institute
    Shahbaz Bhatti
    Office of International Religious Freedom (USA)
    United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (UCIRF)
    Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief (United Nations)
    Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
    Berkley Centre for Religion, Peace and World Affairs (Georgetown University)
    A Closer Look at How Religious Restrictions Have Risen Around the World (Pew Research)
    Dignitatis Humanae - Declaration on Religious Freedom (Vatican II)
    Dr. Brian Bird, "The ban on in-person worship continues in BC." Vancouver Sun, 1 January 2021

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    • 54 min
    From Royal Chaplain to Catholic Convert - Dr. Gavin Ashenden (Part 2)

    From Royal Chaplain to Catholic Convert - Dr. Gavin Ashenden (Part 2)

    Serving as chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen isn’t what you might expect. The story of Dr. Gavin Ashenden, one of Queen Elizabeth’s former honorary chaplains, is likewise something that many people weren’t expecting – perhaps most of all Dr. Ashenden himself, who ended-up converting to Catholicism after 35 years as an Anglican priest. 

    The fascinating story of his road to Rome is the focus of Part 2 in our series with Dr. Ashenden. Find out how the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung, Cultural Marxism, and a local Catholic bishop all played a part in Dr. Ashenden's journey to conversion. The Devil and the Holy Spirit also make an appearance. (Guess who wins?!)


    0:00 - Introduction
    2:09 - The winding path to Rome
    04:15 - Employment at a secular university
    05:48 - Carl Jung as the foil to Sigmund Freud on campus
    10:08 - Interrogation by the KGB; the taste of Marxism and totalitarianism
    12:38 - A troubling glimpse into the future of England’s demographics 
    16:17 - Threats of assassination; no blood on the Queen’s carpet, please
    18:42 - A call from the Royal Household: “Dr. Ashenden, please make your way to the exit”
    21:39 - Media storm
    24:18 - Reflecting on the influence of Cultural Marxism on the Church of England
    27:12 - Revolution vs. revelation in Great Britain’s State religion
    32:02 - Lessons for Catholics from the experience of the Church of England
    37:45 - A final word: prospects for Holy Orders?
    40:34 - Conclusion


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    Documents/Websites Referenced
    Gavin Ashenden
    @gavinashenden
    Gavin Ashenden, “On Leaving the Church of England” (YouTube)
    K.V. Turley, “From Canterbury to Rome: Why the Queen’s Former Chaplain Became Catholic”, National Catholic Register (March 8, 2020)
    Gavin Ashenden, “Jordan Peterson and Jesus Christ - the Ongoing Discovery” (YouTube)
    Carl Jung
    Francis Fukuyama, The End of History and the Last Man (2006)
    Lord Chamberlain (senior officer of the Royal Household)
    Tod Worner, “When Father Joseph Ratzinger Predicted the Future of the Church”, Aleteia (June 13, 2016)
    Rod Dreher, Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents (2020)
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    • 41 min
    From Royal Chaplain to Catholic Convert - Dr. Gavin Ashenden (Part 1)

    From Royal Chaplain to Catholic Convert - Dr. Gavin Ashenden (Part 1)

    Serving as chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen isn’t what you might expect. The story of Dr. Gavin Ashenden, one of Queen Elizabeth’s former honorary chaplains, is likewise something that many people weren’t expecting – perhaps most of all Dr. Ashenden himself, who ended-up converting to Catholicism after 35 years as an Anglican priest. 

    This episode is the first segment in our two-part series with Dr. Ashenden. In Part 1, we discuss the fusion of religious and temporal authority within the Church of England, what it means to minister to the Queen, and how a Christian monarchy whose subjects (and members) seem increasingly uninterested in Christianity cannot long endure. 


    0:00 - Introduction
    3:15 - Honorary Chaplain to Queen Elizabeth II - it’s not at all what you think
    11:55 - Getting to know the Royal Household (and cocktail waitresses)
    15:35 - Two roles and one personality: Head of State, Supreme Governor of the Church of England, and Elizabeth Windsor
    21:45 - Who cares for the soul of the Queen?
    24:25 - The next generations of the Royal Household
    30:10 - Anglican Church 101: A Church tamed by the State


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    Documents/Websites referenced 
    Dr. Gavin Ashenden
    @gavinashenden
    Queen Elizabeth II
    Church of England
    Honorary Chaplain to the Queen
    Royal Ecclesiastical Household
    Battle of Agincourt
    Henry VIII
    Wars of the Roses
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    • 40 min
    What Would Aquinas Say About COVID Restrictions? - Dr. Mary Catherine Sommers

    What Would Aquinas Say About COVID Restrictions? - Dr. Mary Catherine Sommers

    Dr. Mary Catherine Sommers joins us to discuss government restrictions on worship during COVID, as seen through a Thomistic lens.  Dr. Sommers is Professor Emerita for Philosophy and past director of the Center for Thomistic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.


    0:00 - Introduction
    2:56 - Aquinas’ understanding of the proper responsibilities of religious and civil authorities
    6:56  - Aquinas’ theory of law
    11:38 - Ensuring compatibility of human law with natural law
    13:48  - Who may enact laws?
    15:44 - COVID restrictions - do they actually fit within Aquinas’ formula?
    20:33 - Aquinas’ view on restriction of freedoms
    24:04 - What should faithful citizens do?  
    28:38 - How do we know when to obey or disobey a law?
    30:48 - The role of prudence - the "here and now" virtue 
    35:18 - Complying with COVID restrictions - what are the Doctor's orders?
    37:03 - Wrap up

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    Documents/Websites referenced 


    Brian Tierney (medieval historian) - Wikipedia page

    Martin Luther King Jr. - "Letter from Birmingham Jail" (1963)

    Pierre Manent - "The Church has the Form of a City", Public Discourse (July 26, 2020)

    Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

    John Locke - "Letter Concerning Toleration" (1689)

    Thomas Aquinas - Summa Theologica, 1st part of the 2nd part: Q90





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