Catholic Register Staff

Catholic Register Staff

Hate crimes

It’s sad that we have come to a time when churches and statues of saints are being defaced and vandalized.   

The Archdiocese of Toronto has removed from ministry a priest accused of abuse against a minor in the Archdiocese of New York dating back to the late 1970s or early 1980s.

A new low

Re: Wanton destruction of religious art:

The standard dictionary definition for an iconoclast is one who attacks cherished beliefs and institutions and a destroyer of images used in religious worship.  

Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre donated 100 supermarket food vouchers and over 200 pre-made meals to help young people in need.

The number of medically-assisted deaths in Canada rose by more than 25 per cent in 2019 and made up two per cent of all Canadian deaths last year, Health Canada’s first annual report on Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada found.

Different rules

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologized for so many wrongdoings of late. He’s “sorry” about blackface; he’s “sorry” about SNC-Lavalin; he’s “sorry” about the conflict of interest with WE Charity — involving payments to three of his family members, exceeding a total of $300,000, in exchange for public relations appearances for the charity. This preceded Ottawa’s granting WE a nearly one-billion-dollar contract they then cancelled. Mr. Trudeau operates by different rules.

Fr. Frank Freitas, a priest in Waterloo, Ont., has been suspended from priestly ministry  after a “substantiated allegation of professional misconduct.” 

The Calgary Police Service has launched an investigation into the vandalizing of a bronze Jesus statue by the front doors of a city parish. 

Call to action

Re: Migrant’s death hits community hard (June 28):

First, I am deeply grateful to Fr. Peter Ciallella who has tirelessly supported and advocated for the rights of foreign migrant workers in his community.

York Regional Police are investigating an act of vandalism to statues outside of St. Patrick’s Parish in Markham, Ont.