Gerry Turcotte: Don’t underestimate power of a laugh

COVID-19 has triggered many things, some of them predictable, many not. Who, for example, would have guessed that the first major response to the virus would be panic buying of toilet paper? A rush on cellphone cases and Lego were two other unexpected results of the pandemic. Apparently, our behaviour has become so unusual that it is negatively impacting artificial intelligence algorithms, with one AI consultant claiming that “automation is in a tailspin.”

  • By Gerry Turcotte

    Readers Speak Out: November 29, 2020

    Risky business

    Pope Francis should be commended for his persistent attempts to reach a mutual agreement with the Chinese government on exercising the rights of the papacy in the governance of the Catholic Church in China. The probability of his success, in my opinion, is minimal, based on China’s recent unilateral abrogation of its “one country two systems” treaty with the UK.

    Editorial: Blame to share

    In the weeks since the Vatican released its report regarding disgraced former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the blame game has been in full swing.

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      Charles Lewis: Allegations lead us down dangerous path

      The acceptance of serious allegations swallowed up without proof is an age-old problem. It is also dangerous.

      • By Charles Lewis

        Glen Argan: Conscience changes world for the better

        Rosa Parks, a poor, humble black woman, sparked the civil rights movement when she refused to relinquish her seat on a bus to a white person in Birmingham, Ala., in 1955. Moses, another introvert, was led by God to go to the Egyptian pharaoh and seek his people’s freedom. Lech Walesa, an electrician, organized illegal protests in the Gdansk, Poland, shipyard throughout the 1970s. He was arrested numerous times, fired from several jobs and placed under constant surveillance. His efforts bore fruit in the Solidarity trade union which led to the collapse of Eastern European communism.

        • By Glen Argan

          Leah Perrault: Making space for love in restless world

          Space was not on my mind when I began a dream job at 23, four months pregnant.

          • By Leah Perrault

            Sr. Helena Burns: Virtual reality and theology of the body

            If you’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time staring into a screen these days … raise your hand. Or, as a gentleman tweeted recently: “How many people want to SCREAM after every Zoom meeting?” (He didn’t mean scream for joy). And, BTW, you can virtually, silently “raise your hand” on Zoom, also!

            • By Sr. Helena Burns, FSP

              Readers Speak Out: November 22, 2020

              Tough sell

              Mary Marrocco’s well-written and timely Oct. 11 essay “Superstition has no place in life of faith” disputes the charge made by non-believers that faith is only superstition.

              Editorial: Christmas hope

              There was a headline on a story from a reputable Canadian website earlier this month that posed a rather startling question: “Will COVID-19 kill Christmas?”

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                Charles Lewis: The power of Christ is found in weakness

                Like many of you I have been addicted to the U.S. presidential election and the strange aftermath of accusations and recriminations about the vote count.

                • By Charles Lewis

                  Peter Stockland: What’s the rush on Bill C-7?

                  A mad push appears to be on to get the federal government’s MAiD legislation out of committee and into the House of Commons for rapid passage.

                  • By Peter Stockland