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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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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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BMO boycott urged

BMO boycott urged

TORONTO – The Interim has received numerous messages about a grassroots movement responding to BMO forcing corporate supplier clients to accept the bank’s pro-gay “diversity and inclusivity” standards. Charles McVety, president of the Institute for Canadian Values, called the policy “thinly veiled discrimination against Christians” because it would require companies to accept same-sex marriage and pry into the private lives of employees to ensure compliance with BMO’s promotion of ... (Continue reading)

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Link Byfield, social conservative editor, RIP

Link Byfield, social conservative editor, RIP

Link Byfield Link Byfield, the long-time socially conservative editor and publisher of Alberta Report and a founding influence on both the federal Reform and Alberta Wildrose parties, passed away Jan. 24 after losing his battle with stage IV cancer of the liver and esophagus at the age of 63. Byfield was named publisher of the conservative weekly Alberta Report in 1985 replacing his father, Ted, who founded the publication. ... (Continue reading)

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Elite ideology as class warfare

Elite ideology as class warfare

I blame Karl Marx for a lot of things, but after inspiring some of the most destructive and blood-thirsty governments in modern history, his most abidingly destructive legacy is hobbling our understanding of the word “class.” For as long as I’ve been alive, when almost anyone talks about the class system they end up invoking images frozen somewhere in the middle of the European 19th century. Arrogant entitled aristocrats and heartless mill owners; upright bourgeois, dispirited workers and peasants. It’s a ... (Continue reading)

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Humble origins have an eternal reality

Humble origins have an eternal reality

Faith and Life Father Ted Colleton “God so loved the world that He sent His only Son, that we might have life through Him.” – First Letter of St. John There is a story, really a parable about a very rich man who had a little daughter of 6 or 7, whom he loved with all his heart. When Christmas came around, he wanted to really ... (Continue reading)

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Christian compassion

With all of the talk about the deadly Ebola virus I have been reminded about how pro-lifers and Catholics in particular were treated when we dared to criticize conventional wisdom about how to deal with AIDS and HIV. We are condemned because many in the pro-life community highlighted the dangers of condom use in Africa in the attempt to prevent AIDS and explained how the solution far more profound and complex. Some context first. AIDS had smashed its way through Africa ... (Continue reading)

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Dare we hope?

Dare we hope?

On Christmas morning, children in our homes—and in the homes of our grown children—will bound down stairs to wonder at the arrival of wrapped gifts. Straining at the limit of a joy which is almost pain, they will wait with infinite impatience to open them. And, with something as trivial as the latest electronic amusement or toy, these innocent recipients will experience surprises surpassing their wildest hopes, leaving them ... (Continue reading)

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How to get the Christian message in the media

CFRB 1010 radio host and Toronto Sun columnist Jerry Agar gave a talk to the Christian Heritage Party convention in Hamilton, Ont., Nov, 6 on “how to speak reporter” so Christians can get heard by the media. He said just as liberals and conservatives often do not speak the same language, Christians and members of the media often do not speak the same language. He said that Christians are faith-based and believe in God-created morals, and are thus immovable and mostly ... (Continue reading)

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Christian audience member kicked out of Toronto mayor’s debate

Christian audience member kicked out of Toronto mayor’s debate

Police escort Christian activist Iola Fortino from the Toronto mayoral debate at York Memorial Collegiate on Sept. 23. Fortino says she was not the only one interrupting the debate, but was ... (Continue reading)

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Canada’s highest court to decide on Christian prayers at city hall

The Supreme Court of Canada began hearing a case on Oct. 14, about whether voluntary prayers at city council meetings as well as displaying religious symbols in city buildings infringe on a person’s freedom of religion. The court will examine whether Mayor Jean Tremblay and the City of Saguenay, Quebec, discriminated against Alain Simoneau, a non-Christian, when he prayed at city council meetings eight years ago. Prior to the complaint, the mayor had routinely opened city hall meetings with the sign of ... (Continue reading)

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Canadian bishops launch national campaign against euthanasia

Canadian bishops launch national campaign against euthanasia

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops have launched a national campaign against euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide as the country’s Supreme Court is expected to reconsider the issue in the near future. At the bishops’ plenary assembly in Beaupré, Quebec, this week, Bishop Noël Simard, chairman of the Catholic Organization for Life and Family, announced the initiative, titled “National Campaign for Palliative Care and Home Care, and Against Euthanasia and Assisted ... (Continue reading)

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The intolerance of atheism

The intolerance of atheism

In the last edition of The Interim I wrote about the noted atheist and enemy of the pro-life movement A.C. Grayling. But if Grayling is a problem, Richard Dawkins is a horror. In April, 2010 he announced an initiative to have Pope Benedict XVI arrested when the Pontiff made an official visit to Britain later that year; the ostensible reason being his involvement in the Catholic clergy abuse crisis. ... (Continue reading)

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