Articles from December, 2016

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Canada Conservative MP Mark Warawa (Langley-Aldgergrove) gave notice of introducing M-77, a motion condemning gendercide. In 2012, Warawa brought forth a motion condemning sex-selective abortion, but it was ruled non-votable. Warawa says “the three most deadliest words in the world are ‘it’s a girl’,” and points to polls that show 92 per cent of Canadians are opposed to the practice of sex-selective abortion ... Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed Malcolm Rowe to the Supreme Court of Canada. During parliamentary ... (Continue reading)

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U.S. abortion numbers continue decline

According to most of the nation’s state health departments, abortion continues on the decline across the country. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control released its abortion figures, based on reporting from 47 states, but not including Maryland, New Hampshire, or California (the country’s most populous state). In 2013, the CDC’s “Abortion Surveillance Report” lists 664,435 abortions reported from those states. The importance of the report is not in providing a complete total of abortions in the country, because not all states report ... (Continue reading)

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Transgressive technologies

Transgressive technologies: Does a posthuman dystopia await us? Mark Wegierski There are a number of highly transgressive technologies on the horizon of development today, which may prove to be the most fundamental challenges ever to the notion of a more stable human nature, and thereby, to what can seen to be "natural" to humankind. Such technologies can be a vehicle for the almost indefinite perpetuation of “the unnatural,” never ... (Continue reading)

The King’s birth

The King’s birth

"In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered” (Lk 2:1). St. Luke’s account of Christ’s Nativity begins with the appearance of Imperial power for good reason. Besides being the story of a King’s birth, Christmas is also the story of the effects of that birth: of the old order that this King upsets, and of the people – and the ... (Continue reading)

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ICE guidelines on sex-ed disappoint

ICE guidelines on sex-ed disappoint

Limited space permits just a brief consideration in these pages of the Institute for Catholic Education’s Catholic lens of the controversial 2015 Health and Physical Education (HPE) curriculum document for Ontario schools. For a detailed treatment visit www.theinterim.com. When the controversial 2015 HPE curriculum for Ontario schools was released, parents with children in the Catholic school system were reassured by bishops, trustees, and education leaders that the document’s learning expectations ... (Continue reading)

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Celebrating Christmas with Johnny Hart and B.C.

Celebrating Christmas with Johnny Hart and B.C.

Christmas is upon us. We’ll be trimming our trees, putting wreaths on doors, eating sumptuous meals, singing carols (or having them sung to us) and opening presents. I’ve recommended Christmas-themed books, animated specials, and DVDs to Interim readers in the past. This year, my focus will be on a talented cartoonist with strong Christian principles, Johnny Hart. Hart’s work was published in the Saturday Evening Post, Stars and Stripes, and Collier’s ... (Continue reading)

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Killers as caregivers

Light is Right Joe Campbell "Well, they’ve done it,” Dingwall said. “Done what?” I asked. “Removed the stigma from suicide,” he replied. “By letting doctors help patients kill themselves, the Supreme Court transformed a calamity into a cure.” “Some think the ruling is very restrictive,” I said, “requiring intolerable suffering, among other conditions.” “Maybe for now,” he said. “However, the learned judges stated that in prohibiting doctor-assisted suicide, the Criminal ... (Continue reading)

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Student unions held to account on free speech

Law Matters John Carpay Campus free speech hits a temporary road block in October, wih an Ontario court ruling against Students for Life at Ryerson. Since 2013, these pro-life students have been denied their right to set up a campus club by the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU). Without status as a registered campus club, the students cannot set up a table on clubs day, cannot advertise, and cannot readily ... (Continue reading)

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‘Completed life’

‘Completed life’

How sad it is that the Netherlands, a country which heroically resisted the Nazi euthanasia program, is now saddled with a government so steeped in the culture of death that it plans to extend legalized assisted suicide to any healthy elderly person who has voluntarily resolved that he or she has simply had a “completed life” (voltooid leven) and wants to die. For Albert Heringa, a Dutch intellectual and longstanding ... (Continue reading)

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CLC hires new youth leader

CLC hires new youth leader

Marie-Claire Bissonnette Marie-Claire Bissonnette grew up pro-life. Her family has been involved in pro-life activism since she was a child, taking the kids along to LifeChain, the National March for Life, and Show the Truth. She jokes that part of her family tradition was to go to Show the Truth rather than summer vacation. In Grade 7, she gave a speech about abortion and showed pictures of a developing ... (Continue reading)

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Almost as many chemical abortions as surgical in U.S.

Almost as many chemical abortions as surgical in U.S.

You may buy mifepristone (ru486) medical abortion pill online. An analysis by the Reuters news service of data from Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities as well as state health records indicates that the abortion pill is almost as common a way to end a pregnancy in the United States as surgical abortion. The shift has occurred as federal restrictions on ... (Continue reading)

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Newfoundland to ban free speech outside abortion facilities

On Nov. 17, Newfoundland and Labrador Justice and Public Safety Minister Andrew Parsons, introduced a bill that would keep pro-life protesters at least 50 meters away from an abortion facility and 160 meters from an abortionist’s home. Bill 43, An Act to Create Safe Access Zones Around Facilities and Homes of Doctors and Service Providers Providing or Facilitating Abortion Services, would also make it illegal to photograph or film people within those exclusion zones. In his press conference announcing Bill 43, ... (Continue reading)

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Pope allows priests to forgive abortion

Pope Francis issued an Apostolic Letter in which the pontiff made permanent a temporary measure he instituted last year permitting priests to absolve penitents seeking God’s forgiveness for abortion. Some pro-lifers expressed concern that Pope Francis was lessening the gravity of the sin of abortion. Reading his letter and the Vatican’s officials comments afterwards, and not reacting to the headlines, demonstrates he is reinforcing the grave nature of abortion. Last year, Pope Francis let priests give absolution to Catholics who confessed ... (Continue reading)

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Ontario Tories concerned about socon influence

Ontario Tories concerned  about socon influence

The newest PC MPP Sam Oosterhoff. After former Ontario ombudsman Andre Marin lost as the Progressive Conservative candidate in Ottawa-Vanier in a Nov. 17 by-election in a riding the Liberals have held since 1971 and was not expected to win anyway, he lashed out at social conservatives. In a press conference he said the Ontario PCs should steer “to the middle” to win elections and ... (Continue reading)

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C-16 passes

On Nov. 18, the House of Commons passed Bill C-16, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code to include transgender rights in the country’s hate crimes and human rights laws. It was overwhelmingly passed on a voice vote -- that is, there is no record of who supported and opposed the bill. Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said afterwards, “all Canadians should feel safe to be themselves. Our strength as a nation lies in our diversity ... (Continue reading)

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