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Dr. Terrence Downey

Papal reflections challenge Canada's political culture

Dr. Terrence Downey

December 1, 2014
TERRENCE DOWNEY
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

While sections of Evangelii Gaudium have received considerable attention in the media ("I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out in the streets"), acute observations on politics and politicians have been overlooked. Many of these are instructive for Canadians as we enter a federal election year. While recognizing that politics "remains a lofty vocation . . . inasmuch as it seeks the common good," Pope Francis notes that human dignity and the pursuit of the common good sometimes "seem to be a mere addendum imported from without in order to fill out a political discourse lacking in perspectives or plans for true or integral development."

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Catholic universities strive to unite faith and reason

September 30, 2013
DR. TERRENCE DOWNEY
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

As the 21 members of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities in Canada (ACCUC) commence a new academic year, it is appropriate to ponder and draw inspiration from the distinguished scholarship of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman and Blessed Pope John Paul II.

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Catholic intellectual tradition celebrates each unique student

Blessed John Henry Newman

October 8, 2012
DR. TERRENCE DOWNEY
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

The beginning of a new academic year provides a distinct perspective from which to appreciate the rich academic tradition that is Catholic higher education and to recommit to providing the transformative learning experience that defines the genre.

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