Articles from September, 2003

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Roses & Thorns

Rose On Sept. 1, Texas began to legally define an "individual" to include an unborn child from the moment of fertilization. The change in definition offers legal protection for the unborn, but even though it could lead to murder charges for those who cause pregnant women to miscarry, it does not cover legal abortion. Nonetheless, it is a step in the right direction. Thorn The Knight Rider news service demonstrates a ... (Continue reading)

Russia’s new culture

History is a wonderful thing. Just when you think you've seen it all, along comes a series of events that happened before proving that you've seen it all. I was in Russia this past summer experiencing life is a nation that for too long was dictated by the culture of death. I say the term "life" because everything about Russia today is alive. The economy, the ... (Continue reading)

Get with the program, Jim Jim Coyle, a popular Toronto Star columnist, a longtime acquaintance, an occasional reader of my column and a defender of mine at Queen's Park, recently wrote a tirade against the Pope's stand on homosexual and lesbian "sexual-union play acting." (H&Ls mistakenly call it a sex union even though it is a physical impossibility. Study the human body, guys!) I could drive ... (Continue reading)

Persistance pays off for pro-lifer

Linda and Garth Wood are pro life. They live in Yellowknife, a city of 18,000 in the North West Territories. Linda's story, printed elsewhere in this issue, illustrates some key pro-life qualities. A LIFE GIVING ATTITUDE is a philosophy of life, an approach to everyday living, not just something donned for pro-life week. Linda exhibited that when, despite being a high-risk mom, she rejected the amniocentesis-abortion "remedy". She refused to accept the ... (Continue reading)

Fr. Ted’s excellent adventure

In the conclusion of my last article, I said that I entered the novitiate in September 1930. But before entering, I obviously had to inform my parents about my plans. I was really worried that my father would be very disappointed that I was not going to join him in business, so I asked our local pastor to break the news to them and he ... (Continue reading)

Join LifeChain’s peaceful witness Oct. 5

Thousands of Canadians will line streets across the land to profess their belief in the sanctity of life from conception to natural death when this year's annual Life Chain takes place the afternoon of Oct. 5. According to Emma Short of Campaign Life Coalition in Toronto, Life Chain is a peaceful pro-life gathering that has been held every year since 1990. Canadians from Vancouver to St. John's have lined sidewalks of ... (Continue reading)

Politics without principle

The caricature of the politician is both scathing and blunt: a hypocrite, shameless and venal. It is often repeated but rarely apt. Recently, however, Canadian politicians have worked vigorously to deserve it. As the motion to change the definition of marriage comes to a "free-vote," our elected officials have reassured us that their best judgement will not interfere with their governing and that their deepest convictions are of no force or ... (Continue reading)

Putting the UN in Canada

As a federal election seems imminent, Jack Layton and Dennis Mills, who will be running against each other, are storming the public suggestion box in a competition of ridiculous ideas. Although we have every confidence in Layton's ability in this field, Mills' most recent suggestion is an absurd coup de grace. He proposes that the United Nations move its ... (Continue reading)

In Memoriam

Mr. & Mrs. R.M. Abernethy Mary Acommando Denis Adams Evangeline Adams Evelyn Aitchison Helen Albertson Fr. Carl T. Albury Mrs. Isobel A. Allen Gordon Anderson Sister Mary Andre Marguerite Anglin Frank & Mary Arrigo Dialina São Jose Furtado Arruda Herni Arsenault Mary & Alfred Ashfield Raymond Atance Josephine Attard André Audette Carmelo Azzopardi Evelyn Azzopardi Adrienne Bachand Henri Bachand Antoinette & Gus Badali Joseph Bagnato Dr. R. Bannister André & Rita Baribeau Bill Barrett John and Philemonia Batchilder Fr. Gio Battaglini Br. James C. Bates Mary Bates Ted Bayley Joseph Beecher Leo Beecher Mr. & Mrs. Steward Begg Claude Belcourt Laurel Belanger Dr. John Bennett Joseph ... (Continue reading)

Bits ‘n’ Pieces

U.S. politics Pro-abortion and population control proponent billionare George Soros is funding a new political action group, America Coming Together, to oppose President George W. Bush and numerous pro-life senatorial and congressional candidates. The anticipated $75 million fund was set up with a $10 million donation from Soros and will be headed by Ellen Malcolm, president of EMILY's List, a pro-abortion political action committee. Soros said, "The fate of the world depends on the ... (Continue reading)

Miracle on a hot humid day

One hot, humid day last summer, Rosemary Connell, who drove two hours from her home north of Toronto to picket at a downtown Toronto abortuary, wondered why she was doing this. So often her efforts seemed futile and today was so hot. At the abortuary, while standing on the warm sidewalk, she noticed a man nearby, pacing nervously and smoking. Quietly, she approached him and ... (Continue reading)

A voice of reason for the 21st century

Life, Liberty and the Defense of Dignity: The Challenge for Bioethics By Leon R. Kass M.D. (Encounter Books, 313 pgs $39.50) Two hundred years ago, the poet William Wordsworth assessed the human condition, asking: "Have I not reason to lament/ What man has made of man?" At the dawn of the third millennium, technology has the human condition itself within its power; ... (Continue reading)

How not to deal with relationships

The worst thing that can happen to teens in seeing a movie is that they are subjected to the wrong morals. Often times, this is exactly the case as teens are confused by the conflicting messages given by a particular film and their faith. In the teen movie How to Deal, Halley Martin is a confused teen who has decided to give up on love because she is disgusted by how it ... (Continue reading)

English schoolgirls offered ‘morning-after’ pill

This past May 30, the Catholic Herald newspaper ran a headline reading: "Killer pill scheme extended in Britain." Apparently, the abortion-inducing "morning-after" pill is to be given to girls as young as 11 without their parents' consent. Norfolk has become the latest British county to permit the secret provision of the pill to schoolgirls through a network of school-based sex clinics. The scheme began in Oxfordshire and will eventually cover the whole ... (Continue reading)

New CD aims at post-abortion healing

A Christian musician's recent CD aimed at ministering to those dealing with post-abortion effects has been somewhat influenced and inspired by the experiences of someone very close to him. Michael John Poirier has released Healing After the Choice on the World Library Publications label. The recording seeks to establish a musical environment of healing and consolation for an estimated 80 million ... (Continue reading)

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