Articles from February, 2006

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Lessons from the Magi

The feast of the Epiphany, or the coming of the wise men to visit Jesus, is one of the most beautiful and meaningful feasts in the calendar of the Catholic church. The word “epiphany” means “manifestation” or “showing forth.” The reason is that this was the “showing forth” of Christ to the Gentiles. The story is found in the Gospel of St. Matthew, ... (Continue reading)

The treason of the Oratory

Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal cancelled its contract in November with national pro-life conference host Campagne Quebec-Vie less than one day before it was scheduled to start. The official reason was the physical danger to the pilgrims and the conference participants because a coalition of small pro-abortion groups had announced two demonstrations in front of the Oratory at the beginning and at the ... (Continue reading)

It was the nicest dream I’ve ever had

I saw a well-dressed man toss a perfectly good newspaper into a garbage can and disappear into the subway. Being a bit curious, I reached into the can and retrieved it. It was a Toronto Star. I was shocked by the blaring headlines: “Federal Liberals crushed!” Underneath were sub-headings: “Stephen Harper wins massive majority,” “Only pro-life Liberals survive” and “Paul Martin loses seat.’... (Continue reading)

Judges: a law unto themselves?

In a judgement handed down just four days before Christmas, Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin declared on behalf of the Supreme Court of Canada that Canadians have a constitutional right to engage in group sex in a nightclub. The ruling was unprecedented. It outraged the public. And it ran clearly contrary to Section 210(1) of the Criminal Code, which prohibits the practice of acts of ... (Continue reading)

Deacon remembered for his zeal

St. Clair McEvenue is being remembered as a man who was zealous about the things he believed in, had a special heart for spreading the Christian Gospel to young people and performed countless, quiet acts of charity. The 81-year-old deacon in the Roman Catholic church passed ... (Continue reading)

Liberal allegedly calls his win a ‘victory for Islam’

It appears that militant Islam has gained a foothold in Canada’s Parliament, with the election of Liberal candidate Omar Alghabra in the riding of Mississauga-Erindale, Ont. According to a report in the Western Standard, Alghabra had previously celebrated his nomination for the riding as a victory for Islamic power. “This is a victory for Islam. Islam won … Islamic power is extending into Canadian politics,” witnesses allege ... (Continue reading)

Here’s what Sharia law really would have meant

Mainstream media didn't fully report on what some Muslims wanted “There will be no Sharia law in Ontario. There will be no religious arbitration in Ontario. There will be one law for all Ontarians.” So declared Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty on Sept. 12, 2005. Those three sentences brought ... (Continue reading)

Musicians receive accolades

Some good things have been happening recently to several musicians who were featured in past issues of The Interim. Whitby, Ont. singer George Olliver, who was profiled in the May 2005 issue, was named male vocalist of the year at the Durham Music Awards this fall. He was also nominated, along with his Christian band Caught ... (Continue reading)

Hilaire Belloc: defender of the faith

We all do it, of course. Imagine whom from history we would like to meet and whom we would like on our side in these profoundly addled times. As a writer, I look to the literary world. C.S. Lewis for his pristine logic and camaraderie, G.K. Chesterton for his wit and wisdom. But for sheer hardness and toughness of argument and character, it would be Hilaire Belloc.... (Continue reading)

Vandals target signs of Ottawa-area pro-family candidate

For independent candidate John Pacheco, putting together signs was a family affair. He ran as a pro-family candidate in Ottawa West Nepean, Ont. His sign assembly crew was made up of himself, his wife Lara and the couple’s three children. “What you see with my assembly crew is what you see on my signs,” said Pacheco. In a riding where the Conservative candidate, former MPP John Baird, supported same-sex ... (Continue reading)

Corporate Watch update

Two developers in Kentucky, a priest and a homeschooling mom in New Jersey, a contractor in Mississippi and a beautician in Illinois – from six different Christian denominations – have all recently shown the effectiveness of making one’s views known and taking active steps to combat local evils. The diverse group has taken on the Movie Gallery, the leading renter of pornographic videos in the U.S., and won. ... (Continue reading)

Providing shelter for moms and babies

An ambitious project poised to begin in Burlington, Ont., just west of Toronto, is again putting to rest the charge that pro-life advocates care about human beings only before they’re born. Shifra House – named after the midwife in the biblical book of Exodus 1:15, who protected and nurtured life – is about to open in a ... (Continue reading)

Canadian ob-gyns cite STD epidemic

A spike in sexually transmitted diseases is being described by Canadian gynecologists as an “epidemic.” The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada has highlighted alarming statistics from Canada’s Public Health Agency, indicating that since 1997, there has been an 80 per cent increase in gonorrhea, a 70 per cent increase in chlamydia and a staggering 908 per cent increase in syphilis rates in the country. ... (Continue reading)

Dr. Hwang Woo-Suk and the great Korean cloning caper

The spectacular rise and fall of maverick South Korean cloning “hero,” Professor Hwang Woo-Suk, a veterinarian and professor of biotechnology at Seoul National University, is being taken as a lesson in the power of media hype. Despite the fact that most reputable specialists in cloning had believed such ... (Continue reading)

Canadian hockey hero makes a ‘kick save’

It was Thursday night, Jan. 6, 2006. The site: GM Place in Vancouver, B.C. Canada had just won the world junior hockey championship by vanquishing the Russian finalists by a score of 5-0. The hero of the night, and of the series, was 19-year-old Justin Pogge (sounds like Pogey). He had distinguished himself on this occasion by stopping 35 shots on net. It was his third shutout of the series, an overall accomplishment, unique ... (Continue reading)

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