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Wrong to blame Christianity for Orlando attack

Law Matters John Carpay If you think smoking is really, really bad, does that mean you hate smokers? Or if you believe that alcoholism is a serious health problem in Canada today, would your belief lead you to kill alcoholics, or to approve of someone else killing alcoholics? Of course not. You can disagree with a particular activity, yet not wish death upon those who engage in it. This logic applies ... (Continue reading)

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Where is the evangelical church?

Since 1969, we, in Canada, have brutally put to death almost 4 million pre-born children. Some of these children were poisoned and burned to death with a concentrated salt solution (Saline abortion). Others were suctioned limb by limb from the womb (Suction abortion). Still others were cut up into pieces with a sharp curette (D & C and D & E abortions). Clearly, the plight of the pre-born is an emergency that calls for extraordinary action by the church of ... (Continue reading)

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Schadenberg receives CCRL award

Schadenberg receives CCRL award

Alex Schadenberg Alex Schadenbeg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, was presented the Archbishop Adam Exner Award for Catholic Excellence in Public Life at the Catholic Civil Rights League’s annual dinner in Toronto June 2. Schadenberg thanked his mother Mary van Veen and his deceased father Harry for “instilling pro-life beliefs and values” in him, saying that “Mary van Veen is a blessing for the country” and her family. ... (Continue reading)

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Ontario court rules against Christian law school

Ontario court rules against Christian law school

On June 29, the Ontario Court of Appeal allowed the Ontario legal profession to exclude graduates from Trinity Western University’s proposed law school. TWU, a British Columbia Christian university, said it will appeal the decision. The Law Society of Upper Canada said it would not permit graduates of TWU’s law school, which is not operational, because the private universities Community Covenant requires all students to follow traditional Christian moral sexuality, ... (Continue reading)

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All creatures great and small

Light is Right Joe Campbell Church attendance of Britons has been falling for decades. The news is not all negative, however. Church attendance of bats is rising. Bats, it seems, are more committed to Christian churches than Britons are faithful to Christianity. Bats go to church because modernization has reduced their natural habitats. Britons don’t go because modernism has undermined their supernatural beliefs. Conservationists work hard to ... (Continue reading)

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Christian churches and euthanasia

Christian churches and euthanasia

National Affairs Rory Leishman What do Church leaders in Canada think about the legalization of physician-assisted death (PAD)? Not so long ago, the answer was clear. At Christmas in 1996, the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC), a group which includes every major Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant denomination in the country, issued a Statement of Convergence of Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide that straightforwardly declared: “To change current law ... (Continue reading)

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What does Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto preach?

“There are many paths to God, and one of them is Christianity.” So says Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto on its list of bedrock beliefs. When I attended MCC Toronto a quarter-century ago, it billed itself as “a Christian church with a special ministry to the lesbian and gay community.” Grossly heterodox as it then was, MCC Toronto arguably still lay within the progressive fringe of Christianity. Over time, though, the church has burnt the rest of its theology at the altar ... (Continue reading)

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Church supports its gay activist pastor after sexual assault allegations

Church supports its gay activist pastor after sexual assault allegations

Rev. Brent Hawkes The Rev. Brent Hawkes was charged in December with indecent assault and gross indecency in connection with sexual assaults allegedly committed against a minor in the mid-1970s, when Hawkes worked as a teacher in Nova Scotia. Despite these charges, which were only made public Feb. 1, Hawkes is still scheduled to preside at Sunday services as senior pastor of Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) of Toronto. ... (Continue reading)

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Bishop Henry pushes back against Alberta NDP’s educational gender guidelines

Bishop Henry pushes back against Alberta NDP’s educational gender guidelines

Bishop Henry says gender guidelines are anti-Catholic. Alberta’s Ministry of Education issued guidelines on Jan. 13 to promote “learning environments that respect diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions” in schools. Alberta schools are required to submit draft policies that reflect the document (Guidelines for Best Practices: Creating Learning Environments that Respect Diverse Sexual Orientations, Gender Identities and Gender Expressions) by March 31. ... (Continue reading)

Alberta Catholic school trustees defy bishops on gender policies

Alberta Catholic school trustees defy bishops on gender policies

Bishop Henry spoke out against the NDP's government's new 'gender identity' guidelines. An Alberta Catholic school trustee and the chair of a Catholic school board believe that Catholic parents should not have been sent home a strongly worded letter from Calgary Bishop Fred Henry last week that denounced the NDP government’s new “gender identity” guidelines as “totalitarian” and “anti-Catholic.” Edmonton ... (Continue reading)

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Pro-life community celebrates Fr. de Valk’s 50 years in the priesthood

Pro-life community celebrates Fr. de Valk’s 50 years in the priesthood

Fr. Louis Di Rocco (left) and Fr. Alphonse de Valk concelebrate Mass during a ceremony at Campaign Life Coalition's Toronto office marking Fr. de Valk's 50 years as a priest. On Dec. 11 at Campaign Life Coalition office, CLC volunteers, supporters, ... (Continue reading)

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Trinity Western wins religious freedom case

Trinity Western wins  religious freedom case

On Dec. 10, the B.C. Supreme Court ruled that the B.C. Law Society violated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms when they rejected in advance graduates of Trinity Western University law school. Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson ruled, “The evidence in this case and the relevant precedents conclusively establish that the decision does infringe the petitioners’ Charter right to freedom of religion.” Last January, the Nova Scotia Supreme Court nullified a ... (Continue reading)

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Toronto bans Christian group from city square

Toronto bans Christian group from city square

Voices of the Nations has been using city property since 2006 for an annual "multi denominational" event in which it celebrates Christianity through live music and dance. It has ... (Continue reading)

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What is the fallout from the Synod on the Family?

What is the fallout from the Synod on the Family?

Pope Francis at the Synod. The Interim has not covered the goings-on of the Synod on the Family, which was really two Catholic synods: the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in October 2014, and the Fourteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in October 2015. Pope Francis called the extraordinary synod in 2014 to examine the “Pastoral Challenges of the ... (Continue reading)

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They don’t make Christmas movies like they used to

They don’t make Christmas movies like they used to

They still make Christmas movies, as far as I can tell, but we’re a long way from Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney singing Irving Berlin tunes for a war-weary generation. This Christmas, for instance, we have the very wry Bill Murray spoofing the holiday TV special in A Very Murray Christmas, and The Night Before, a seasonal buddy film where Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Antony Mackie binge their ... (Continue reading)

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