A recent exchange of letters between the U.S. publications Commonweal and First Things on the topic of Christian nationalism might seem in Canada to be yet another internal squabble among American Catholics. 

The death of Alan Nichols took several months to make it into the mainstream news. And as of this writing, it is still a blank spot. His case should have been big news because of what it indicates for the future of this country and the safety of our most vulnerable.

“Overdrawn,” I thought, as I drove out of the city. “I feel like my whole life is overdrawn.” 

Jimmy Carter, the former U.S. president who turned 95 on Oct. 1, is one of the most decent, self-sacrificing human beings of the 20th (and 21st) century. 

Time to reboot

Church leaders cannot be blamed for optimistically adopting Vatican II changes, which most clergy and laity supported. However, 55 years on, it must be concluded that those good-faith liberalizing strategies have not worked. 

Out of the mouths of babes has poured a passionate and brutally blunt condemnation of mankind’s contamination of God’s creation.

Somehow in the tsunami of humanity flooding Montreal’s downtown streets for last Friday’s “climate march,” I spotted an elegantly dressed woman wearing a small white lapel button protesting Quebec’s Bill 21.

Church attendance is waning and religious non-affiliation is waxing. That’s hardly news. Observe the empty pews.

Doing a late night check around the ward, I found one of the patients, an elderly woman, crying softly into her pillow.   “What’s the matter, Mrs. Grey?” I asked. “Why are you crying?”

For many of us of a certain age, “Who Are You?” by the Who is a seminal song, made popular again as the theme music to the TV show CSI

It’s been called a “national health crisis” and a “public emergency.” It’s a major issue in next month’s federal election.