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Brother André witnesses the Church's holiness

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October 25, 2010

Overestimating the importance at this time of the canonization of Alfred Bessette, Montreal's Brother André, would be nearly impossible. At a time when the Church is portrayed primarily as an institution, often an unsavoury institution, Brother André shows that the Church is, above all, holiness. The Church is a healing touch; it is the mercy of God in our midst. more . . .

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Green light for world's greatest oppression signals moral decay

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October 18, 2010

Prostitution may be the world's oldest profession. But a recent Ontario court decision striking down the country's laws against prostitution does more than recognize the inevitable. It will bring harm not only to the sex trade workers, but also to the johns, the families of the johns and neighbourhoods. If the Supreme Court of Canada upholds the ruling, the common good of the country will be undermined.more . . .

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F-35 jets blast peace alternative, leave $16B vapour trail

October 11, 2010

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One might wonder how Canada plans to use 65 joint strike fighter F-35 jets with stealth capability. Of course, there are all sorts of possibilities, both fanciful and realistic, in the world beyond 2016 when the first of the jets will come into service.

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Conrad Black’s jailhouse epiphany bears witness to compassion’s power

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August 30, 2010

Where you stand determines what you see. But seeing can have one of two effects. It can lead you to put yourself outside and above the reality you observe. You can make yourself its judge. Or, your new vision can lead you to compassion, a solidarity with others.

 

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Cardinal Marc Ouellet: A man of substance has a meteoric rise

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July 26, 2010

When Father Marc Ouellet left Edmonton’s St. Joseph Seminary a mere 13 years ago for a prestigious professorship in Rome, we saw this as a feather in his cap. Few, if any, could foresee that five years later he would be the primate of the Church in Canada and that in 2010 he would become the highly influential prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Bishops.

 

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Innocents pay the price for summit pledge, security breakdown

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July 19, 2010

If it was so necessary for G-8 and G-20 leaders to have “face time” together, why were these summits not held on say, Baffin Island, rather than in downtown Toronto? One billion dollars down the drain on security and still the powers-that-be were unable to prevent violence. More than a thousand people arrested, most of them peaceful demonstrators, while many of the window smashers walked away untouched.

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New Dark Age grows out of our worship of personal autonomy

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July 5, 2010

Bet you didn’t know that the world is now in a new dark age? After all, the last century, indeed the last 10 years, has been the greatest period of technological advance in human history. More than that, increasing numbers of people are receiving advanced education and the amount of scientific research is unparalleled. Prosperity has spread from the Western world and is showing clear signs of spreading across nations such as China and India.

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Fr. Michael Troy: Eternal teenager had a truly catholic spirit

  When Spiritan Father Michael Troy died March 19, the feast day of his beloved St. Joseph’s High School, it was only fitting that some of the local media sent their sports reporters to the ensuing press conference. For Troy, you couldn’t separate sports and faith. In fact, for Troy, you couldn’t separate anything. Catholic missions, soccer, education, writing, philosophy, the Knights of Columbus, mountain climbing and on and on were all entwined in the whirling conglomeration of energy that was Father Michael Troy. He was catholic in the fullest sense of the word.   One of my first meetings with the man was in 1984 to do a story that I thought was to be about him retiring from St. Joe’s High. Turned out that at 65 he was just getting started. As we walked the halls of the massive school, Troy, who seemingly knew every student by name, had to cajole, encourage or backslap every one we encountered. They all loved it, loved their encounters with the extroverted priest in their midst.   Troy ...

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The Church requires a fresh outbreak of holiness

The last two months have not been the happiest time for the Catholic Church. Media criticism of the Church for her alleged and real mishandling of sexual abuse cases have attacked the Church at her most sensitive point — her holiness. The implication, if not the outright assertion, has been that the Church is as sordid, more sordid even, than any human institution and that it nurtures a culture of serial criminal abusers and patriarchal cover-up. The merit and lack of merit of that picture have already been discussed in these pages. Beyond that, however, one thing that ought to be clear is that the Church not only needs a better public relations department, she also needs a fresh outbreak of holiness. The Second Vatican Council asserted that the Church, as a matter of faith, is “unfailingly holy” because Christ loved her as his bride, giving himself up for her and sanctifying her continually. To say, as the council did, that this sanctity is real though imperfect is likely to be of no consolation to victim ...

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