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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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Pro-life MP gives Christmas message in Parliament

Pro-life MP gives Christmas message in Parliament

MP Ted Falk Conservative MP Ted Falk (Provencher) took to the floor of Parliament on Dec. 10 to deliver a short Christmas message calling on his colleagues to keep in mind the holiday’s true meaning. “On a recent flight, I noticed a beautiful sunset unfolding right outside my window. A stunning display of light filled with a rainbow of colors. It lasted only a few minutes and then it ... (Continue reading)

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Feelings vs. freedoms

Law Matters John Carpay Politically and philosophically, leading Canadian feminist Meghan Murphy and self-described “Christian truth activist” William Whatcott have almost nothing in common.  Yet both have been taken to task for expressing the opinion that a biological male is not a woman and cannot be a woman. Murphy was expelled from Twitter for “misgendering” JY, a biological male who self-identifies as a woman.  JY had requested a ... (Continue reading)

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‘Humanae vitae at 50’ conference

‘Humanae vitae at 50’ conference

Mary Eberstadt   Marking the 50th anniversary of Humanae vitae, the Archdiocese of Toronto sponsored a one-day conference to reflect upon Pope St. Paul VI’s encyclical letter. On Nov. 10, about 125 people gathered for the conference at University of St. Michael’s College. Cardinal Thomas Collins began the day with Mass which was followed by a series of talks given by Mary Eberstadt, Maria Wolfs, Chris Manion, and Fr. Raymond de ... (Continue reading)

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Restorative reproductive medicine offers alternatives to common avenues of treatment

At the Faithful to God’s Design: Humanae Vitaeat 50 conference put on by the Archdiocese of Toronto on Nov. 10, Maria Wolfs, a staff endocrinologist at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and an assistant professor at the University of Toronto, compared how estrogen sends signals to a woman’s ovaries to the way a thermostat will turn the heat on when the temperature drops too low. In her talk, “Your Hormones and Humanae vitae,” she asserted that taking hormonal birth control, ... (Continue reading)

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Churches backsliding on morality

National Affairs Rory Leishman That is the best, most reliable and time-tested means of determining the difference between good and evil? According to the Book of Proverbs, King Solomon had the right answer: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own ... (Continue reading)

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Catholic bishops investigate Development and Peace over partnerships

Catholic bishops investigate  Development and Peace over partnerships

LifeSiteNews.com reports that 12 Canadian Catholic bishops are investigating the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (Development and Peace or D&P) over revelations in early 2017 that it partnered with 40 groups in developing countries that were pro-abortion or pro-LGBT. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) asked for a review after the Catholic Women’s League raised concerns about some of D&P’s partners in recipient countries were undermining ... (Continue reading)

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The Church scandal and the pro-life movement

The Church scandal and the pro-life movement

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò In late August, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the former nuncio to the United States (essentially the Vatican’s ambassador to America), issued an open letter alleging widespread cover-up of the sexual crimes of former Washington D.C. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, a cover-up that includes the Pope himself. The letter was shocking but unsurprising. It has massive implications for the Catholic Church. Less obvious, it illustrates issues ... (Continue reading)

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Trudeau government sued over summer job attestation

A coalition of Canadian companies and a Christian student ministry are taking Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government to court over its requirement that they declare support for legal abortion and other political stances in order to participate in the country’s summer jobs program. The Canada Summer Jobs Program offers money to groups that hire students for summer positions. In a break from previous years, it now requires participating organizations to sign an attestation that their “core mandate” agrees ... (Continue reading)

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Whatcott arrested for pride parade antics

Whatcott arrested for pride parade antics

Bill Whatcott and others infiltrated the 2016 Toronto Pride parade to distribute pamphlets describing the dangers of homosexual activity. Christian activist Bill Whatcott, 51, of Leduc, Alberta, surrendered himself to the Calgary policy on June 22, following the Toronto Police Service issuing a Canada-wide arrest warrant for charges related to hate-crime complaints. In ... (Continue reading)

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U.S. Supreme Court affirms religious rights

U.S. Supreme Court affirms religious rights

National Affairs Rory Leishman In a significant seven-to-two ruling in Masterpiece Cake Shop Ltd. v. Colorado on June 4, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down a ruling by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission that a Christian baker had no right in law to refuse on grounds of sincere religious conviction to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. That baker can count himself lucky to live in ... (Continue reading)

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Trinity Western loses Christian law school fight

Trinity Western loses Christian law school fight

On June 15, in a 7-2 ruling, the Canadian Supreme Court found that the law societies of British Columbia and Ontario have the power to refuse to accredit law school graduates of Trinity Western University because the Christian school’s community covenant binds students to a code of conduct, that among other things, includes abstaining from sex outside of heterosexual marriage. The Court found that the religious rights of TWU ... (Continue reading)

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