Articles Tagged ‘Morality’

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Hawkes prosecution failed for want of a trauma expert

Hawkes prosecution failed for want of a trauma expert

Rev. Brent Hawkes “It’s like a David and Goliath story, right from the start,” said the wife of the complainant. Only, this time Goliath won. She was reacting to the Jan. 31 acquittal of Rev. Brent Hawkes, senior pastor of Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto, on historical sexual assault charges from the mid-1970s when he was a teacher and coach. When it came to this prosecution at Kentville provincial ... (Continue reading)

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Safe injection sites

National Affairs Rory Leishman For the past year, headlines across Canada have tracked a shocking increase in deaths from overdoses of illicit opioids. The final count for 2016 in British Columbia could reach close to 900; that is up more than 70 per cent over 2015 and twice the annual death toll in the province from traffic accidents. For Canada as a whole, the annual number of drug-overdose ... (Continue reading)

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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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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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Pope allows priests to forgive abortion

Pope Francis issued an Apostolic Letter in which the pontiff made permanent a temporary measure he instituted last year permitting priests to absolve penitents seeking God’s forgiveness for abortion. Some pro-lifers expressed concern that Pope Francis was lessening the gravity of the sin of abortion. Reading his letter and the Vatican’s officials comments afterwards, and not reacting to the headlines, demonstrates he is reinforcing the grave nature of abortion. Last year, Pope Francis let priests give absolution to Catholics who confessed ... (Continue reading)

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Motion to study porn’s effects wins support

M-47, a private member’s motion put forth by Conservative MP Arnold Viersen (Peace River-Westlock), which if passed would require the House of Commons standing committee on health to study the public health effects of “violent and degrading sexually explicit material,” was debated on Nov. 14, and will be voted on in December. The committee would report back to Parliament by mid-2017. Viersen said he couldn’t be happier with the outcome of the debate when M-47 received unanimous support from all MPs. ... (Continue reading)

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Obama and Trudeau tweet support of Planned Parenthood

Obama and Trudeau tweet support of Planned Parenthood

The leaders of Canada and the United States both tweeted in support of Planned Parenthood as the world’s largest abortion organization marked its 100th anniversary. On Oct. 16, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted a photo of himself with Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards with “warmest congratulations” to the organization. Trudeau’s tweet garnered more than 11,000 “likes” and nearly 4,000 retweets. The same day President Barack Obama tweeted that Planned Parenthood allows women “to ... (Continue reading)

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Breeding confusion

You probably haven’t heard of Bill 28, “An Act to Amend the Children’s Law Reform Act,” also known as the “All Families are Equal Act.” The Ontario government is ramming through this Orwellian bill that redefines family relationships. It was introduced on Sept. 29 and passed second reading and sent to the Standing Committee on Social Policy within a week for a mere two days of consultations. There was little coverage in the media. Real Women said Bill 28 “turns on ... (Continue reading)

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Federal trans rights bill passes second reading

On Oct. 19, the Liberal government’s Bill C-16, which will amend the Canadian Human Rights Act, making it illegal to discriminate on the basis of gender identity and expression, passed second reading in a 248-40 vote. C-16 also amends the Criminal Code’s hate crime laws to include gender identity and gender expression so that crimes thought to be motivated by prejudice against individuals who self-identify as transgender and transsexual can face additional punishment. Among the 38 Conservatives joining the Liberals, NDP, and ... (Continue reading)

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Canadians oppose gambling expansion

According to a new poll, most Canadians do not want gambling to be expanded. The results of an Angus Reid poll released on Oct. 13 found that only 9 per cent of Canadians wish for government to be more involved in gambling, while 38 per cent want the government to play a lesser role and 63 per cent still believe that there is a net benefit to the provinces having a stake in the gambling industry. According to the poll, many ... (Continue reading)

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The importance of abstinence

If we would ask “Who is the most important person in your life?” what would your response be? In today’s culture many would answer without hesitation, “myself.” In that scenario what would that person’s greatest desire be? What they want to do and have will be uppermost in their mind. A worship disorder has been created which satisfies the self. If the idol we serve is self it enslaves, dehumanizes, and destroys us. When this condition exists with a dating couple ... (Continue reading)

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No conscience rights for euthanasia

No conscience rights for euthanasia

National Affairs Rory Leishman The vise of oppression is closing ever so tightly on pro-life physicians in Canada that they are liable soon to be drummed out of the profession for steadfastly refusing to collaborate in the deliberate killing of patients. That seems to be just fine with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal colleagues. In the government’s recently enacted euthanasia legislation, Bill C-14, they included no ... (Continue reading)

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Gay-Straight Alliances: the clash of religions

Gay-Straight Alliances: the clash of religions

Law Matters John Carpay Alberta’s education minister has launched a formal inquiry into two Edmonton-area Baptist schools, ostensibly to ensure a “welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) students.” This inquiry has its origins in Bill 10, passed in a matter of hours, without public consultation. This new law requires every school to set up and host a Gay-Straight Alliance ... (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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