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Truth in transition

L anguage is rooted in our common experience of the world. As every toddler quickly learns, each thing has a name, and every object within the range of the child’s eye and pointing finger has a word by which it can be called. After a time, the same vocabulary that clothes the visible world with language is used to dress the otherwise invisible world of thought: a “stance” can be taken, a point can be “seen,” and ... (Continue reading)

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A misunderstood encyclical

A misunderstood encyclical

A philosopher once pithily observed that “the map is not the territory.” The same can certainly be said of statements about the Roman Pontiff made in the mainstream media: they do not offer trustworthy maps for navigating the territory of what Pope Francis actually did or said on any occasion. One always needs a ressourcement, a return to the sources, when judging such stories. Thus, when adulation greeted the “green ... (Continue reading)

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A pleasant surprise

In a statement issued last month, the Ontario Civil Liberties Association (OCLA) declared its opposition “to the evident statutory and institutional bias that exists in Ontario against the free-expression rights of pro-life campaigners.” We are grateful for their clear-eyed recognition that the institutions which ought to have protected our Charter rights have failed us so flagrantly. The violation of the rights of pro-lifers that is all-too-common occurrence on university campuses in Ontario has given cause to maligned groups to seek legal ... (Continue reading)

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Two cheers for Patrick Brown

Before the last of the confetti had fallen on Patrick Brown’s victory celebration, political reporters had already filed their stories: another moral Neanderthal had ascended to the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario’s top spot. To judge from their reports, one might conclude that Brown, and his erstwhile rival, Monte McNaughton, spoke incessantly (and insensitively) about social conservative issues, with members of the press dutifully transmitting the messages of these candidates to the public in a fair, clear way.  Now ... (Continue reading)

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History and hope

Progress is not a Christian notion. Writing to the Church at Ephesus, Paul could have offered triumphal assurances of eventual victory, or at least the prospect of earthly ease. Had Christ not conquered sin and death? Weren’t His followers now spreading His message with vigor and zeal? Paul, however, does not conjure dreams of immanent success but offers, instead, only a chastening exhortation to the Church to be wise, “redeeming the days for they are evil.” (Eph 5:16) He urges ... (Continue reading)

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Deliver us from evil

“And blessed is he that shall not be scandalized in me.” (Mt 11:6) The recitation of the Lord’s Prayer has been a standard part of political meetings in this country since its beginning. The Christian hands which laboured tirelessly to build up our country up from a British outpost into a nation glorious in its own right knew that their stomachs were nourished by daily bread they received from a benevolent Father. Aware of their duties both to this past ... (Continue reading)

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The Liberals’ desperate turn

The Liberals’ desperate turn

The Liberal Party has heeded that old adage of advertising: if you have a problem, feature it.  After decades in the ascendancy as the most winningest party in the West, they have all but collapsed. A string of feckless leaders – Martin, Dion, Ignatieff – have left the Natural Governing Party without their aura of inevitability. But their very desperation has attuned them to the weaknesses of their thin-principled ... (Continue reading)

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In search of ‘good death’

The first appearance of the word “euthanasia” in English occurs in Francis Bacon’s discussion of incurable diseases. He exhorts doctors to tend to the terminally ill, for the “office of the physician” is “not only to restore health, but to mitigate pain and dolors,” even when it may only “serve to make…de euthanasia exteriore.” That doctors should assist their suffering patients in making an “outward good-death” –leaving their inner preparation to the physicians of the soul – is advice not ... (Continue reading)

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A decision notwithstanding

A decision notwithstanding

The Supreme Court of Canada’s recent declaration that our country’s prohibitions against euthanasia and assisted suicide “unjustifiably infringe” on the rights articulated in Section 7 of the Charter – those rights, ironically, to “life, liberty and security of the person”– is a flagrant affront to the will of the people. As recently as 2010, our elected officials rendered a clear and firm rejection of death’s legalization, and the High ... (Continue reading)

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Our annual obituary

Our annual obituary

The rhythms of the year are unsurprising and predicable; as inevitable as winter snow and spring showers is a declaration of the death of the pro-life movement. This year’s annual pronouncement ran in the National Post shortly following the floor-crossing of several MLAs from the Wild Rose Party to the Progressive Conservatives in Alberta.  The party’s then-leader, Danielle Smith, explained that this move was motivated, in part, by her sense ... (Continue reading)

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The PC leadership race

In this edition of The Interim, Ontario subscribers will notice a membership form for the Progressive Conservative Party. The Monte McNaughton campaign paid for this insert in the paper to sign up pro-life and pro-family voters to the party in order for them to be able to vote for him in the May PC leadership race. The Interim accepted this as paid advertising. We encourage all Ontarians, regardless of their party affiliation or inclination, to take out a membership and support ... (Continue reading)

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New Year’s resolutions for pro-lifers

New Year’s resolutions for pro-lifers

In our Christmas editorial, we dared pro-life Canadians to be audacious, to hope for a pro-life future. We repeat from that editorial, our most fervent earthly desire: “What do our hearts truly desire? Even asking this feels like touching an old wound, but we must insist on the question in spite of any pain: what do we long for most? What joy are we afraid even to dream? The ... (Continue reading)

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Dare we hope?

Dare we hope?

On Christmas morning, children in our homes—and in the homes of our grown children—will bound down stairs to wonder at the arrival of wrapped gifts. Straining at the limit of a joy which is almost pain, they will wait with infinite impatience to open them. And, with something as trivial as the latest electronic amusement or toy, these innocent recipients will experience surprises surpassing their wildest hopes, leaving them ... (Continue reading)

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Remembrance and inheritance

Remembrance and inheritance

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In search of progress

The discoveries of modern science – their range, rapidity, and power – have amazed the entire world. Blaise Pascal saw man as a creature marooned between two infinities of space, large and small; yet scientific inquiry seems to press against each one at once, searching beyond the cell into regions of the sub-atomic, while, at the same time, expanding man’s gaze to glimpse the farthest stars. Such prodigies of knowledge pale only before the wonders of their ... (Continue reading)

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