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Glen Argan

Seeing Christ in others can undermine society's relativism

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March 11, 2013

Blessed John Paul II was able to challenge the false god of communism and win a victory. Pope Benedict XVI dedicated his pontificate to overcoming a much more resilient idol – what he called the dictatorship of relativism.

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Church can overcome barriers to evangelization

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March 4, 2013

The Church is a people gifted to live in communion with God. As cardinals gather to elect a new pope, that is worth emphasizing because much media attention will be on the most superficial aspects of the Church – the sins of its members, its organizational structure and who has the power. We need to emphasize that it is through the Church and its sacraments that we share in God's eternal life.

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Why the Church is portrayed as a purveyor of hate

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February 25, 2013

A society that does not admit the existence of God will not, of course, recognize offences against God. It will not admit the existence of sin.

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Pope Benedict: He shepherded us with grace and humility

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February 18, 2013

Even when the one favoured to be elected the new pope prior to the conclave actually is elected, it is still a surprise. That’s how it was when Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was chosen almost eight years ago. As often as not, however, the choice is a bolt out of the blue – Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli in 1958, Albino Luciani and Karol Wojtyla in 1978.

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A repentant soul welcomes Lent's springtime

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February 11, 2013

The repentance of Lent gives birth to the new life of Easter. Yet, repentance cannot occur without a sense of one's personal sin and guilt.

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Christianity must weave its fibre through all of life

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February 4, 2013

One characteristic of the modern world is the propensity to separate. We separate work from home, both of those from recreation, and the economy from the environment. More than anything, we separate faith from life. Faith, we are frequently told, can only be acceptable if kept in a private realm that touches nothing else.

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It took violence to drive faith out of public realm

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January 28, 2013

Pope Benedict, to his credit, repeatedly challenges the old canard that religious divisions are a primary source of societal violence. Most recently, the pope told diplomats accredited to the Holy See that true religion reconciles men and women with God.

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Harper assumes leadership role in aboriginal relations

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January 21, 2013

Prime Minister Stephen's Harper declaration that he will take a leading role in managing the relationship between the federal government and Canada's aboriginal people is the best news that could have come from his Jan. 11 meeting with native leaders.

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Global South will have impact on 21st-century Church

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January 14, 2013

Journalists typically cope with the slow news season at Christmas and New Year's by engaging in a wrap-up of the year-that-was and predictions for the year-to-come. The first task is journalistically safe, while the latter is an adventure, one almost certain to go awry in its details.

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Human rights come before gun ownership

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December 24, 2012

It is long past the point when one can describe the abundance of mass murders – 31 school shootings since the Columbine massacre in 1999 – in the United States as a sign of the decay of Western civilization. It is that, but the psychological destruction of the person in a technological society and the decline in morality is not limited to the U.S.

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