Glen Argan: Politicians fail to grasp moral leadership role

The current federal election campaign is perhaps the saddest in Canada’s 152-year history. With its emphasis on political spectacle, minimal contact with voters and a refusal to look the future in the face, one wonders what democracy has become.

Peter Stockland: Humanity challenged by partisan rhetoric

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau refused to change how he campaigned in election 2019 just because he needed paramilitary-style protection from a death threat at a Thanksgiving weekend event.

Robert Kinghorn: Angelic forces hard at work on the street

There is a sense that protection is required when we step out into the unknown darkness of life, whether it be the darkness of suffering or of a lifestyle tinged with fear and regret. Traditionally the Church has called upon the angelic hosts for such protection. 

Bob Brehl: Election sparks social media silliness

As we near the end of the election campaign, many comments on social media remind me of something Mark Twain wrote 112 years ago: “I am quite sure now that often, very often, in matters concerning religion and politics a man’s reasoning powers are not above the monkey’s.”

Fr. Raymond de Souza: Heroic cardinals paid dearly for their faith

Pope Francis reminded the newest cardinals that the “readiness of a cardinal to shed his own blood (is) signified by the scarlet colour of your robes.” For one of them it was not a reminder but a memory.

Charles Lewis: B.C. man’s death casts a long shadow

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.

Leah Perrault: Taking time for rest in an overdrawn world

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

Glen Argan: Carter’s legacy shows limits to political power

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. 

Peter Stockland: Leave some energy for our faith issues

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.

Bob Brehl: ‘Nones’ of a different kind on the rise

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

Gerry Turcotte: Seeing is believing straight from the heart

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