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Free markets free people

March 27, 2006
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In North America, we tend to see a free market economy as being as natural as the birds in the sky. We also tend to identify it with the economic system we today have in place. Both assumptions are perilous.

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Globealization is shaking up our society

April 3, 2006
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In his 1965 classic book Lament for a Nation, philosopher George Grant mourned the death of Canada as a sovereign state. With the hindsight of 41 years, it might seem that Grant was hasty in his judgment. Canada, after all, is still alive and kicking. Our athletes even won 24 medals at the Winter Olympics, Canada's highest total ever!

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God, not man, reigns supreme

April 10, 2006
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Canada's official motto, "from sea to sea," was lifted from Psalm 72. When adopted in 1921, it no doubt reflected the country's pride in having Canada stretch from the Atlantic to the Pacific. More basic, however, was the desire to have the motto reflect the kind of country Canada is to be.

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Nationhood is rooted in profound faith

April 17, 2006
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

What defines a nation? What separates one national culture from another?

Is it language, geography or shared experiences? Could it be the nation's unique foods, dress, songs and dances?

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Political power must be guided by moral law

May 1, 2006
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Surveys regularly show that politicians receive the lowest level of respect of any occupational group in society. If you want to be popular, become a firefighter. If you shun popularity, go into politics.

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Balance those scales of justice

May 8, 2006
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Backlash! Punishment for criminal activity is one of the most emotion-charged issues in the public sphere. The public is not deeply interested in the intricacies of the criminal justice system.

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True democracy demands a moral structure

May 15, 2006
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

It has become a common belief in Western society that the best democracy is thoroughly secular. Such a democracy would be a blank slate, unencumbered by religion or political ideologies.

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Moral Fibre deftly weaves a civil society

May 22, 2006
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When I began my current term as editor of the WCR 15 years ago, I was clear in my mind that I wanted our local coverage to be people oriented, to tell the stories of how faith was transforming the lives of Catholics in the archdiocese. At the time, I saw this solely as good journalism, as a way of developing a newspaper that would most interest our readers.

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Faith smashes rigid, totalitarian political agendas

May 29, 2006
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Second Vatican Council's Decree on Religious Liberty would seem to be an unlikely candidate to topple a vast totalitarian empire that had murdered millions. It does not seem reasonable to suggest that a document that called for the Church and other faiths to have the right to erect their own buildings, worship freely, govern themselves and bring other people into the faith could bring down the Soviet Bloc.

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Jesus' faithful flock includes all nationalities

June 5, 2006
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The history of salvation for the Hebrew people led them to believe that not only did God rescue them from slavery, but also that God's action was restricted to their people.

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