Marriage and Family

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Mum and Dad

The last time I saw my dad alive was as he walked, arm in arm, with my mum through the departure gates of Toronto airport. It was symbolic. He turned around to wave goodbye. In a few weeks, he would be dead. I found out after his death that he had been suffering from agonizing bone cancer that had taken hold of his spine. This, combined with ... (Continue reading)

Family breakdown a ‘pathway’ to poverty: study authors

Family breakdown a ‘pathway’ to poverty: study authors

On June 3, the Institute for Marriage and Family Canada released Private Choices, Public Costs, a report on the cost family breakdown to taxpayers. Interim editor Paul Tuns spoke with Rebecca Walberg and Andrea Mrozek, co-authors of the report.  The Interim: Why did you choose to look into the public costs of individual, private choices such as marriage, living single and divorce? What was the impetus for such a study? ... (Continue reading)

Study finds family breakdown costs taxpayers billions

Study finds family breakdown costs taxpayers billions

On June 3, the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada released a report entitled, “Private Choices, Public Costs: How Failing Families Cost us All,” detailing the cost of family breakdown in Canada by examining the relationship between poverty and family structure. Co-authors Rebecca Walberg and Andrea Mrozek say that the cost of poverty alleviation for broken families is “a bare minimum” of nearly $7 billion annually to taxpayers. The ... (Continue reading)

Babel of moral equivalence

As Easter weekend rolled around, and with it the end of my agonizing Lenten sacrifice of caffeinated drinks, I couldn’t help but remember childhood Easters and the ritual rolling out of 50s- and 60s-era biblical epics on the big three U.S. networks. The big event was always Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 remake of his own 1923 silent-era Mosaic blockbuster, The Ten Commandments, alongside less-esteemed widescreen biblical adaptations like King Of ... (Continue reading)

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Thoughts on coping with miscarriage

Part two of a piece offering advice to those suffering in the aftermath of a miscarriage. (Continue reading)

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Quebec couple sues hospital for not euthanizing disabled newborn

A Quebec couple has launched a $3.5-million lawsuit against Montreal Children's Hospital for allegedly putting their infant daughter back on artificial food and hydration without their approval. Marie-Eve Laurendeau gave birth to Phebe Mantha at LaSalle Hospital in November 2007. After a difficult delivery, Phebe was transferred to Montreal Children's Hospital in serious condition and put on life support. According to the lawsuit, Laurendeau and Phebe's father, Stephane Mantha, were told by doctors that their daughter had little chance for survival ... (Continue reading)

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Conservatives endorse homosexuality

March 4, 1986 was another red-letter day for Canada.  Bowing to feminist and homosexual pressure, John Crosbie, the Federal Minister of Justice, accepted the key recommendation of the House of Commons Committee on Equality Rights that “sexual orientation” should be regarded “a prohibited ground of discrimination.” Other recommendations included opening the ranks of the Armed Forces, the RCMP and all other federal services to homosexuals; the participation of women in combat roles; the removal of mandatory retirement at 65; and ... (Continue reading)

Federal budget offers modest financial relief for families

The Institute of Marriage and Family Canada is critical of recent budgetary moves on the part of the Federal government, as they missed the opportunity to help families, as well as stimulate the Canadian economy. (Continue reading)

Thoughts on coping with miscarriage

Thoughts on coping with miscarriage

Part one of a story of personal and familial loss, addressing an often unseen pain. (Continue reading)

Atheists launch ad campaign

Atheists launch ad campaign

Tony Gosgnach looks at the many new developments of the infamous atheistic ad campaign, as well as its counter-strike. (Continue reading)

Archbishop visits Aid to Women

Archbishop visits Aid to Women

Archbishop Collins gives his support to Toronto’s crisis pregnancy centre. (Continue reading)

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School comes home

Erik Hartmann, 13, of Toronto, does not go to school.  School comes to him.  His mother, Rita is his teacher.  She and about 20,000 other Canadian families are pioneers in the home-schooling movement.  They have asked themselves, “To whom has God given the primary responsibility for educating and raising their children?  And in living rooms or basements filled with readers and desks, paints and pencils, musical instruments and toys, they have given their answer. Parents who want to teach their ... (Continue reading)

Address homosexuality with charity: minister

Address homosexuality with charity: minister

Fr. John Harvey discusses spiritual support for those trying to live a chaste life at a recent CLC-sponsored clergy luncheon. (Continue reading)

Book examines enduring institution of marriage

Book examines enduring institution of marriage

Marriage: The Dream That Refuses to Die, by Elizabeth Fox-Genovese (Intercollegiate Studies Institute, $33.50, 196 pages) The push for same-sex "marriage" in much of the Western world is only the most recent example of how the concept of marriage has changed. As Elizabeth Fox-Genovese demonstrates in Marriage: The Dream That Refuses to Die, the movement to redefine marriage as a relationship between any two adults is the logical result of ... (Continue reading)

Church clarifies issues of IVF and frozen embryos

Church clarifies issues of IVF and frozen embryos

Editor's Note: The Interim is publishing excerpts from Dignitatis Personae: On Certain Bioethical Questions, the Vatican's new instruction on bioethics. The instruction, released Dec. 12 by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, is considered the most significant document treating biomedical issues in over 20 years, updating Donum Vitae, addressing the scientific advances of the past two decades. The excerpts we are publishing relate to the issue of in-vitro fertilization and the status of frozen embryos, but Dignitatis Personae ... (Continue reading)

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