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Court hears graphic testimony in Rev. Hawkes sex assault trial

Court hears graphic testimony in Rev. Hawkes sex assault trial

Lawyer Clayton Ruby questions victim’s memory Editor’s Note: The story below contains colloquial and graphic details of an alleged sexual assault. Also, the decision in the historic sexual assault trial of Rev. Brent Hawkes, originally scheduled for Jan. 18, was postponed till after The Interim went to press. Because Associate Chief Judge Alan T. Tufts needed more time, the matter was adjourned until Jan. 31. ... (Continue reading)

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Talking points for pastorally sensitive and constructive conversations

Q: The allegations date back to the mid-1970s. Some leaders fear that even after retirement somebody disgruntled somewhere will bring up a complaint out of nowhere. Why do we even prosecute historic sexual assault? A: Regardless of whether they’ve held authoritative roles, most observers would recognize that allowing minors to drink in one’s home would be most unusual for a teacher and coach who was responding to a religious calling. While Hawkes is not on trial for facilitating underage drinking, such ... (Continue reading)

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The King’s birth

The King’s birth

"In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered” (Lk 2:1). St. Luke’s account of Christ’s Nativity begins with the appearance of Imperial power for good reason. Besides being the story of a King’s birth, Christmas is also the story of the effects of that birth: of the old order that this King upsets, and of the people – and the ... (Continue reading)

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ICE guidelines on sex-ed disappoint

ICE guidelines on sex-ed disappoint

Limited space permits just a brief consideration in these pages of the Institute for Catholic Education’s Catholic lens of the controversial 2015 Health and Physical Education (HPE) curriculum document for Ontario schools. For a detailed treatment visit www.theinterim.com. When the controversial 2015 HPE curriculum for Ontario schools was released, parents with children in the Catholic school system were reassured by bishops, trustees, and education leaders that the document’s learning expectations ... (Continue reading)

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Celebrating Christmas with Johnny Hart and B.C.

Celebrating Christmas with Johnny Hart and B.C.

Christmas is upon us. We’ll be trimming our trees, putting wreaths on doors, eating sumptuous meals, singing carols (or having them sung to us) and opening presents. I’ve recommended Christmas-themed books, animated specials, and DVDs to Interim readers in the past. This year, my focus will be on a talented cartoonist with strong Christian principles, Johnny Hart. Hart’s work was published in the Saturday Evening Post, Stars and Stripes, and Collier’s ... (Continue reading)

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Kenney blasts Alberta’s NDP government over Christian school row

Kenney blasts Alberta’s NDP government over Christian school row

Jason Kenney defends Baptist schools from NDP's pro-LGBQT mandates. Jason Kenney is in a running war of words with Alberta Education Minister Dave Eggen over Christian schools that refuse to implement the NDP-mandated pro-LGBTQ policies. On the campaign trail for the Progressive Conservative leadership, Kenney blasted Eggen for “lobbing rhetorical bombs” at the schools, which are run by the Baptist Christian Education Society. “I’m ... (Continue reading)

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Disarray in the Anglican Church of Canada

Rory Leishman Like other trendy Protestant Churches, the Anglican Church of Canada has conformed its teachings over the past few decades to the current pattern of the world on everything from contraception and abortion to same-sex “marriage” (SSM). This once influential denomination has lapsed into a state of theological confusion, ecclesiastical disarray, and near-terminal decline. The chaos came to a head within the Anglican Church of Canada on July 11 ... (Continue reading)

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The majestic sky

The majestic sky

Clouds as a gateway to God Red Lodge Montana I spent 20 years of my life running from God. I won’t go into the reasons here – for a long time I blamed poor religious education, but that was just an excuse – but I began my adult life in full flight from questions about God, faith and spirituality. Obviously I didn’t run fast or ... (Continue reading)

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REAL Women launches petition to protect freedom of religion

REAL Women of Canada has launched a petition calling on Parliament to counteract the “discrimination currently being experienced by Christians in Canada” and is gathering signatures for its September presentation in the House of Commons. The petition asks the government “to permit Christians to robustly exercise their religious beliefs and conscience rights,” which are protected under the Charter and the Canadian Bill of Rights. It requests that Parliament amend the Criminal Code sections governing assisted suicide and euthanasia and the “to ... (Continue reading)

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Religious freedom precarious in the West

Religious freedom precarious in the West

In It’s Dangerous to Believe: Religious Freedom and Its Enemies (Harper, 192 pages), Mary Eberstadt documents how faithful Christians throughout the Western world are now living in fear of escalating religious oppression. Of course, Eberstadt readily acknowledges that persecution of the faithful outside the West is vastly worse. In particular, she cites the agony of Christians in the Middle East and Africa where, “radical Islam has been slaughtering and raping and ... (Continue reading)

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Mother Teresa condemns abortion

Mother Teresa condemns abortion

Saomt Teresa of Calcutta Editor’s Note: The following in an excerpt from Mother Teresa’s Feb. 3, 1994 speech at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington.  I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own ... (Continue reading)

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Mother Teresa to be canonized

Mother Teresa to be canonized

Mother Teresa, born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in Macedonia in 1910, founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India, in 1950, and worked for the poor and unborn until she died September 5, 1997. She awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, and she was beatified in the Catholic Church in 2003. She will be canonized on Sept. 4, the day before the 19th anniversary of her passing. The Missionaries of Charity had 4,500 sister in 133 countries as of 2012, and ... (Continue reading)

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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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