Religion

Love our enemies

Rory Leishman Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt, is a timely new book by Arthur C. Brooks that presents a compelling argument about how all people – left and right, pro-life and “pro-choice” – can best communicate their ideas to friends and fellow citizens about subjects on which they fundamentally disagree. As president of the American Enterprise Institute, Brooks has had considerable ... (Continue reading)

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Pride cometh before a fall

Pride cometh before a fall

Josie Luetke It may just be my impression, but this past Pride Month seemed particularly vociferous. On numerous occasions, socially conservative friends and coworkers dutifully noted: “Pride cometh before the fall.” Now, I mean no offense to them and believe they were just offering a sincere warning, but it’s easy to see how this verse could be recited proudly, as if we were immune to such a sin, and ... (Continue reading)

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Court action exposes GSAs as ideological clubs

Law Matters John Carpay In March of 2015, Alberta’s Progressive Conservative government rushed a bill through the legislature in a matter of hours, requiring every school in Alberta to set up a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) at a student’s request. Politicians promised the public that GSAs would merely be peer support groups, not political clubs that advocate for an ideology. Four years later, events have disproven the claim that GSAs ... (Continue reading)

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Ontario court rules against conscience rights

Ontario court rules against conscience rights

Sheila Harding, president of the Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada said her group was disappointed with the ruling. On May 15, an Ontario appeal court struck a blow against religious freedom, ruling that the right of doctors to conscientiously object to participating in abortion and euthanasia is trumped by ... (Continue reading)

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Bold but not rude

The Scottish philosopher, Edmund Burke, once wrote that manners were more important than laws. Unlike the law, which “touches us but here and there, and now and then” manners are, by contrast, “what vex or soothe, corrupt or purify, exalt or debase, barbarize or refine us.” They surround and soften social reality in a way that is “constant, steady,” and “uniform.” Burke’s praise of manners must have special resonance for Canadians, since our famous reputation for politeness is not without ... (Continue reading)

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Rebuilding a church

Rebuilding a church

I want to tell you a story about a church catching fire. Over 20 years ago, a parish church in the Toronto neighbourhood of Parkdale caught fire and burned down. Holy Family had stood for over ninety years, but by the time the fire was put out nothing was left but the walls. This might have been the end of the story of this church, but the Fathers of ... (Continue reading)

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The Benedict caution

On April 11 2019, something quite unexpected occurred. After six years of near-total silence, pope emeritus Benedict XVI, published “The Church and the Scandal of Sexual Abuse,” an essay which offers an important supplement to the discourse about what the retired pontiff calls, at the outset, “the current crisis of the faith and of the Church; a crisis experienced throughout the world after shocking revelations of clerical abuse perpetrated against minors.” This lucid characterization of the crisis sets the tone ... (Continue reading)

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Church

Laying Down the Lawton Andrew Lawton "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Those oft-cited, immortal words from the Book of Matthew are in many cases used to extol the virtues of small groups for Christians. They took on a fundamentally different meaning for me as I watched the horrific footage emerging of the ... (Continue reading)

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DeVeber, an awesome man

DeVeber, an awesome man

Barrie deVeber with his wife Iola L.L. (Barrie) deVeber, 1929-2019, MD, professor emeritus in Paediatrics and Oncology at Western University, was one of Canada’s greatest pro-life champions as well as an outstanding medical professor, physician, researcher, and philanthropist. He eminently merited induction as a Companion in the Order of Canada, yet seems never to have been considered for the distinction by the order’s advisory council. ... (Continue reading)

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Broken promises and politics

Broken promises and politics

Doug Ford Premier of Ontario It is hardly a secret that candidates for political office do not always keep their promises, and yet voters get fooled time and time again by politicians vowing to do this or that. Many voters assume that when a politician speaks he or she is lying, cynically believing that a promise made on the campaign trail is unlikely to be kept. Jokes, ... (Continue reading)

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Religion, sexual morality, and tolerance

National Affairs Rory Leishman In recent years, theologically orthodox Christians have come under sustained attack throughout Europe and North America. The Netherlands, once renowned for its tolerance, is no exception. Some 250 Dutch Calvinists are now undergoing a hate-crime investigation for publicly reaffirming the traditional teaching of the Christian Church on the sinfulness of sexual intercourse outside the bond of marriage between a man and a woman. The focus ... (Continue reading)

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Catholic dioceses release funds for Development and Peace

Last April, 12 Canadian dioceses began withholding contributions from Development and Peace (D&P), the aid agency of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), after LifeSiteNews reported that some of the agency’s partners in the developing world supported abortion, contraception, and gay rights. The bishops that ceased support last April included Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton; Bishop Gary Gordon of Victoria; Bishop Joseph Phuong Nguyen of Kamloops, British Columbia; Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto; Archbishop Richard Gagnon of Winnipeg; Archbishop Michael ... (Continue reading)

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Governments cannot discriminate

John Carpay The free society is undermined by the progressive, politically correct claim that the many Canadians who hold traditional or religious views about sexuality are “hateful.” The notion that only post-modernist beliefs about sexual behaviour can be expressed in the public square is an enemy of authentic diversity. A real-life example of an attack on the free society is unfolding in the Vancouver suburb of New Westminster. In May of 2018, ... (Continue reading)

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Brazil elects socially conservative president

Brazil elects socially conservative president

Jair Messias Bolsonaro, a social conservative was sworn in as the 38th president of Brazil. Last month, Jair Messias Bolsonaro was sworn in as the 38thpresident of Brazil. A former member of the Chamber of Deputies, the Brazilian legislature, and captain in the reserve army, Bolsonaro became leader of the conservative Social Liberal Party and was ... (Continue reading)

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Forgiveness in the judicial system

Forgiveness in the judicial system

Laying down the Lawton To err is human; to forgive, divine. Though no one promises the latter to be easy. When it comes to criminals, we must not only question our own willingness to forgive, but also how that squares up with our legal system and its mandate for justice. Canada’s justice system – rooted both in civil and common law traditions – attempts to correct wrongs by removing those causing harm ... (Continue reading)

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