Where’s the love, empathy, kindness?

I’ve reported from war zones, covered some awful stories, seen things I wish I hadn’t, so I’ve never considered myself unworldly. But what I have experienced in the past few weeks has genuinely shocked me. 

A 50-50 proposition and Nova Scotia’s future

Like many Catholic parishes, our little flock smack in the middle of Nova Scotia is facing a financial crunch and Canada Day serves as one of our biggest moneymakers.

Dignity for all

Providing care and showing compassion for society’s most vulnerable members is not an option. It’s an obligation. So says Pope Francis and the Federal Court of Canada.

Thankful for Canada, warts and all

As we celebrate Canada Day we may not have a team in the exciting World Cup soccer tournament this month, but events surrounding it remind us that we’re so fortunate to live here. One news story really drove this point home: people in soccer-mad Africa are being killed by Islamist extremists for watching the games on television. 

Principled bill

Critics are dismissing Canada’s proposed new prostitution law claiming it inadequately protects prostitutes and will inevitably be challenged in the Supreme Court. Time will tell on that. But meantime the critics have ignored the clear and positive statement the new law makes about Canadian values. 

Some fear what religion is doing to Middle East

I met a man in Bethlehem who has dedicated his life to compassion, justice, enlightenment and hope. He respects God and tradition and loves the poorest and the weakest among human beings. And he refuses to go to Church.

OECTA is wrong

The outcry continues but the decision remains unchanged: the union that represents 45,000 Ontario Catholic teachers is determined to march June 29 in Toronto’s gay pride parade. As Cardinal Thomas Collins recently put it, “Really? What are you thinking?” 

Struggling between my two worlds

I return to the country of my birth, education and first 28 years every seven or eight months and each time it’s a bittersweet experience. Sweet because I see my closest friends, am wined and dined, rub shoulders with contemporaries who have become newspaper editors, television personalities and leading politicians. Bitter because I have to leave them. 

Put words in action

Seldom does the House of Commons speak as one voice. So Parliament’s recent near-unanimous support of a motion to make palliative care a national priority was encouraging and welcomed. Yet the roar will quickly fade to a whisper without sincere government action to turn this rare cross-party unanimity into meaningful legislation. 

Keeping our word

All too often nations fail to honour headline-grabbing promises trumpeted at the conclusion of international summits. Leaders move on to other issues and other crises and hope no one remembers pledges made in previous years. 

Msgr. Foy knew what was at stake

Last week I wrote about ordination of a friend for the Archdiocese of Kingston. Priestly ordinations are joyful occasions. They are not as common as they should be, but they are not rare. This coming Saturday something truly rare will be celebrated when Msgr. Vincent Foy will celebrate the 75th anniversary of his priestly ordination, which took place on June 3, 1939. 

The sad story of a dying soul

I was a child when John Lennon was shot and killed in New York. My mother asked me not to remember the name of Lennon’s killer, as the reason he had shot the musician was to be remembered. And since that day I have done my best not to remember or repeat the names of those who kill for fame.

Give prayer a chance

In the powerful image shown around the world, Pope Francis is standing at the imposing wall that partitions Bethlehem from the outside world. His right palm presses the concrete, his head is bowed in silent prayer. Graffiti above him proclaims, “Pope we need some1 to speak about justice.”

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