News/Canada

EDMONTON -- Alberta’s Catholic community is sharing in the anxiety over the United Conservative Party (UCP) government’s 2020 budget.

Real ‘spiritual direction’ has defined boundaries

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That Jean Vanier preyed on women who thought of him as their spiritual director is obviously a serious case of spiritual and sexual abuse. It’s also an illustration of the difference between real spiritual direction and mumbo jumbo, said Montreal-based spiritual director Jesuit Br. Dan Leckman.

For-profit multinational given welfare project

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The job of helping people on welfare in Ontario’s Peel Region to find a job has fallen to the Canadian subsidiary of an Australian multinational.

Religion a factor in more than a third of hate crimes

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The number of hate crimes motivated by religion are down, according to the latest statistics, but that doesn’t bring much comfort to those who are targeted.

MP’s bill targets sex-selection abortion

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OTTAWA -- Sex-selection abortion is “antithetical to our commitment to equality” and should be banned, said a Conservative MP as she introduced a private member’s bill that targets health workers who knowingly abort a fetus because it is a girl.

Government given more time to change law

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OTTAWA -- The federal government’s request for a four-month extension to comply with a Quebec court ruling that struck down a key element of Canada’s legal suicide regulations has been granted.

Cutting Vanier ties a daunting task

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The fall from grace of Jean Vanier is leaving school boards, universities, publishers and even his beloved L’Arche organization in a bind.

Assisted suicide policies under fire

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Two Canadian palliative care hospice centres thousands of kilometres apart are standing firm against pressure to start providing medically-induced deaths at their facilities.

Knights earn an assist for Flying Fathers

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The Flying Fathers’ goal of playing and praying for a better world is getting a much-needed boost from the Knights of Columbus.

Historian ready for long archive journey

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Getting an early look at the full archive of the wartime papacy of Pius XII is more than a passing interest for King’s University College historian Robert Ventresca.

‘Shoppable Girls’ spreading the word

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What’s a teenage girl worth? About $280,000 per year in income for sex traffickers, according to Covenant House research.