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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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CHP garner 15,000 votes nationally

CHP garner 15,000 votes nationally

The Christian Heritage Party ran 30 candidates in the federal election, garnering a total of 15,284 votes nationwide, an average of nearly 510 votes in the ridings which the CHP ran. It was the seventh most among the political parties, after the Liberals, Conservatives, NDP, Bloc Quebecois, Green, and Libertarians. CHP leader Rod Taylor thanked “all our CHP candidates who have given so generously of their time, energy, and talents,” ... (Continue reading)

LifeSite launches Faithful Insight

LifeSite launches Faithful Insight

When earlier this year Catholic Insight announced it would no longer publish a monthly print edition of its magazine after a two-decade run, Campaign Life Coalition national president Jim Hughes, lamented the hole it left in Canada’s Catholic community. He urged LifeSiteNews, whose board he sits on, to take up the mantle and produce a monthly magazine of Catholic news and commentary, saying he heard from many Catholic grassroots ... (Continue reading)

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Ontario court upholds Law Society ban on TWU grads

An Ontario court has sided with the province’s lawyers in preventing graduates from Trinity Western University from practicing law in Ontario. Last year, in a 28-21 vote, the Law Society of Upper Canada denied accreditation to the TWU’s new law school scheduled to open next year. TWU then appealed to Ontario’s Divisional Court, which heard arguments for the case (Trinity Western University v. Law Society of Upper Canada) last June. Law societies across Canada have tried to bar graduates from TWU, ... (Continue reading)

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Christian doctors suggest amendments to Saskatchewan conscience policy

Three physicians groups have submitted their concerns to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan about its conscientious objection policy which they say would force some doctors to choose between their livelihood and violating their conscience if the policy is implemented without changes. The Christian Medical and Dental Society, Canadian Physicians for Life, and the Canadian Federation of Catholic Physicians’ Societies, submitted their suggested changes to the policy that was approved in principle by the Council of the CPSS in ... (Continue reading)

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Gay wedding cakes and the Ayatollahs of tolerance and diversity

Gay wedding cakes and the Ayatollahs of tolerance and diversity

While Christians are being slaughtered throughout the Middle East; while their churches are being burned; yea, while women and homosexuals are being stoned to death, we now learn that what really arouses the ire of Western liberals is that gay couples in America have to trudge yards, sometimes blocks, to purchase their wedding cakes. Since The Wizard of Oz is one of the favourite films of homosexual audiences, allow me ... (Continue reading)

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Coren is wrong on homosexuality

Coren is wrong on homosexuality

National Affairs Rory Leishman Pro-lifers across Canada have been dismayed by the decision of Michael Coren to endorse same-sex “marriage” and leave the Catholic Church. What could have led this erstwhile champion of the Catholic Church and the traditional principles of Judeo-Christian morality so sadly astray? When Coren first disclosed that he had “moved on” in his thinking on same-sex “marriage” in a column last year in ... (Continue reading)

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DeMarco wins CCRL award, Lewis calls for Christians to get involved

DeMarco wins CCRL award,  Lewis calls for Christians to get involved

Donald DeMarco was honoured by the Catholic Civil Rights League. On June 18, the Catholic Civil Rights League bestowed their Archbishop Adam Exner Award for Catholic Excellence in Public Life to professor and pro-life activist Donald DeMarco, a long-time contributor to The Interim. Gwen Landolt, last year’s winner of the award, introduced DeMarco, calling the retired St. Jerome’s College philosophy professor and ... (Continue reading)

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A misunderstood encyclical

A misunderstood encyclical

A philosopher once pithily observed that “the map is not the territory.” The same can certainly be said of statements about the Roman Pontiff made in the mainstream media: they do not offer trustworthy maps for navigating the territory of what Pope Francis actually did or said on any occasion. One always needs a ressourcement, a return to the sources, when judging such stories. Thus, when adulation greeted the “green ... (Continue reading)

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Supreme Court rules against prayer

Supreme Court rules against prayer

Rory Leishman The issue was brought before the Court by Alain Simoneau, a professed atheist in Saguenay, a municipality in the Lac-St.-Jean (Maria Chapdelaine) region of northern Quebec. In 2006, Simoneau filed a complaint against the municipality with the Quebec Commission des droits de la personne on the ground that the longstanding practice of reciting a Christian prayer at the opening of meetings of the Saguenay city council violated ... (Continue reading)

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Supreme Court rules against city council prayer

On April 15, in a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court of Canada deemed it unconstitutional for municipal councils to begin their meetings with a denominational prayer. The case originated when Alain Simoneau and the Mouvement laëque québécois (Quebec Secular Movement) challenged the city of Saguenay opening its meetings with a Catholic prayer. The case wound through the province’s human rights commission and courts before the Supreme Court heard the case last year. In its decision last month, the justices said, “the ... (Continue reading)

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Michael Coren and The Interim

Over the past 10 months, many readers have wrote, emailed, and called to complain about Michael Coren. It should be noted that these complaints were never about something he wrote in The Interim. But his columns elsewhere and on-air commentary sometimes rubbed readers the wrong way when he differed with this paper’s editorial line. He took a different approach on homosexuality, pro-life tactics, and sex-ed than we do here ... (Continue reading)

Fight against Wynne’s sex-ed curriculum continues

Fight against Wynne’s sex-ed curriculum continues

Even the media acknowledged the “thousands” of protesters at Queen’s Park on April 14 as a large multicultural crowd heard speakers, displayed signs, and chanted that they would never accept the planned new sex-ed curriculum being foisted upon Ontario students by Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government. Organizers estimate that half the people at the protest were Muslims, most of them women, while there were also large contingents of Sikhs and Russian ... (Continue reading)

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Charlie Hebdo and Pope Francis

Charlie Hebdo and Pope Francis

The slaughter of the cartoonists and staff of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo by Islamic terrorists last month forced us to define precisely what we mean by “freedom of speech.” This was long overdue, and judging by some of the attempts made in the weeks after the murders, it would seem we have a long way to go. As everyone must be aware by now, Charlie Hebdo specialized in ... (Continue reading)

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