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Film brings us closer to Christ’s suffering

By Gail Reid Special to The InterimEvery Christian should see Mel Gibson's movie, The Passion of The Christ. Not because it's the most authentic portrayal of Jesus Christ's last 12 hours, but because it synthesizes into two intense hours God's plan to save the world at cosmic cost. Passion plays have been popular for centuries, but this movie brings us up close to the dirt, the blood and the chaotic darkness of the event ... (Continue reading)

Quotes on The Passion

"…A powerful witness to the truth of traditional Christianity, precisely that force that liberal elites have been trying to still for decades. It's Christianity-and especially orthodox Catholicism and evangelicalism-that denies them their total victory in the culture wars. Proponents of abortion, gay marriage, radical feminism, multiculturalism and postmodernism all harbor a deep fear of the truth claims of Christianity." Crisis editor ... (Continue reading)

The cross

Boston College philosopher Peter Kreeft has said about the problem of suffering and injustice: "God's answer is not an explanation, but a deed." Kreeft, of course, was talking about the Crucifixion of Christ. This month, we begin the season of Lent and Father Ted Colleton explains the significance of this in his column. Fittingly, Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ is also finally being released this month in theatres, and we have ... (Continue reading)

Gibson film realistic portrayal of Christ

Review by John-Henry Westen The Interim 'I felt like a visionary, or like I was in a time machine," was the reaction of the lady next to me at the preview of The Passion of the Christ. The weight of Pope John Paul II's reported reflection after seeing the film: - "It is as it was" - was ... (Continue reading)

Mother Teresa’s secret

I am "stealing" the following article from an Irish magazine. Having read it, you may say, "Well, we can't all be like Mother Teresa." That's true. But we can all learn something from her, which could affect our lives and the lives of others. So here it goes. Apparently, she had been asked the secret of her success with the poor and this was her answer. Mother Teresa's success My secret is quite simple. ... (Continue reading)

Young people entrapped

As we emerge from the Christmas season, sacred to many because it marks the birth of the Son of God to a virgin mother, this paper carries a troubling story of casual sexual activity among adolescents and older teens. It could be set in any part of the country. One teen noted that today, virgins are looked down on. With these attitudes, what possible sense can our country's future parents and leaders ... (Continue reading)

When churches accept immorality

It was a CBC Radio call-in show in the early afternoon. The guests included an Anglican rector, and an articulate Anglican layman from Christ Church in Hamilton, where two lesbians had been "married" in August of this year. The host posed this question for the listeners: "What would you advise Anglican people to do over the same-sex marriage issue?" I tried to call in. Busy signal. Tried again. Busy again. Always that ... (Continue reading)

Christians should stop being defensive

By Tristan Emmanuel The Interim On Sept. 17, 2003 a group of Christian clergy gathered with me to denounce the passage of Bill C-250. We wanted to urge the Senate to give sober second thought to the bill. In addressing the Senate, and the national press, we gave the following as our opening statement: "We preface our statement by saying that as clergy, we are motivated by Christian love. As ministers of ... (Continue reading)

An ex-lesbian returns to her faith

Editor's Note: Rev. Dawn McDonald is a priest at Holy Cross Japanese Canadian Anglican Church in Vancouver. She delivered a moving testimony to during the so-called dialogue process when the New Westminster Anglican diocese was moving to blessing same-sex unions. A version of this testimonial appeared in the December 2003 issue of PRINT.By Rev. Dawn McDonald Special to The Interim In many ways, being an ex-gay is even more ... (Continue reading)

Priest argues in favour of denying food and fluids

By Gillian Long The InterimPro-lifers were very concerned after the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute's third annual Connie Heng Lecture in Bioethics on Nov. 14, with keynote speaker Fr. Kevin O'Rourke, O.P., who presented the topic, "The Nutrition-Hydration Debate: Various Options." Following his address, a panel of experts discussed the paper. O'Rourke is a well-known advocate for the removal of food and fluids from cognitively disabled people who are not otherwise dying. O'Rourke claims that ... (Continue reading)

Toronto Anglicans put off vote on same-sex unions

By Sue Careless The InterimA motion to bless same-sex unions has been deferred for a year by the Anglican Diocese of Toronto, although Archbishop Terry Finlay has announced from the pulpit that he favours same-sex blessings. Finlay made his remarks during an opening night charge to delegates at the 150th annual diocesan synod, which met Nov. 20-22 in Toronto. From the pulpit of St. James' Cathedral, the archbishop declared, "It is no secret ... (Continue reading)

Beyond gay: leaving the homosexual lifestyle

By Tony Gosgnach The InterimDavid Morrison is living proof that an individual can move to being "beyond gay." The former homosexual activist, who has written a book on his experiences, also with the title Beyond Gay, was in Toronto recently to give a public talk hosted by the Mississauga, Ont.-based apostolate, Precious Blood and Life. According to the apostolate's president, Brian Moccia, the event was "an ... (Continue reading)

A season for Christ

It sometimes seems that the culture of life enjoys few victories. The news is almost always bad. Dignity is insulted, virtues fade, and the foibles and follies of a world gone wrong can sometimes discourage even the most stout-hearted defender of life. Society is becoming postmodern, post-moral and, most distressingly, ... (Continue reading)

Bishop withdraws parish oversight

In a move that surprised even his fellow conservatives, Terry Buckle, bishop of the Yukon, withdrew his oversight of 11 conservative parishes in New Westminster. The churches, known as the Anglican Communion in New Westminster (ACiNW), had sought Buckle's care after their own bishop, Michael Ingham, agreed to bless gay relationships. In a letter dated Nov. 7, Buckle wrote to the ACiNW, ... (Continue reading)

Bishop withdraws parish oversight

In a move that surprised even his fellow conservatives, Terry Buckle, bishop of the Yukon, withdrew his oversight of 11 conservative parishes in New Westminster. The churches, known as the Anglican Communion in New Westminster (ACiNW), had sought Buckle's care after their own bishop, Michael Ingham, agreed to bless gay relationships. In a letter dated Nov. 7, Buckle wrote to the ACiNW, ... (Continue reading)

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