Cathy Majtenyi: Show some care for those caring for us

A woman passes by a crowd protesting public-health measures to curb the spread of COVID-19. Her destination? The hospital, to visit her husband, intubated and fighting for his life from the virus.

  • By Cathy Majtenyi

Charles Lewis: The intolerance of a tolerant nation

I often point out how little we as Christians and social conservatives are respected in Canadian society. It’s as if we are not even citizens and our points of view are so hideous it is taken for granted we deserve to be crushed whenever we articulate our crazy ideas.

  • By Charles Lewis

Robert Kinghorn: Begging for mercy in faces of the street

It was the walk that first attracted my attention. Not so much a walk as a hobble, dragging one leg painfully after the other. Dusk had descended on the streets and the chill of winter had finally given way to the promise of spring, although it was still far too cold for the many people scattered around the neighbouring homeless shelters.

  • By Robert Kinghorn

Fr. Raymond de Souza: Pope and cardinal united in life … and in death

The recent announcement (April 23) that Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski will be beatified in September brings to mind his dramatic final days in May 1981.

  • By Fr. Raymond J. de Souza

Glen Argan: Solidarity involves a shared destination

When we talk about a sustainable society, the mind almost automatically shifts to the natural environment. Climate change, pollution, wilderness protection and restrained use of natural resources become the topics at the top of the agenda.

  • By Glen Argan

Sr. Helena Burns: Where are the quality Christian films?

When one hears about a new “Christian” or “Catholic” film, one usually emits an audible groan. Why so? Because — horrifyingly and too often accurately — “Christian” or “Catholic” film is synonymous with “poor quality” and “preachy.”

  • By Sr. Helena Burns, FSP

Peter Stockland: Palliative centre a light in darkness

Amid the deep shadows of ever-expanding MAiD and examples of hospice care being brutally extinguished, a gesture of transformation by the Archdiocese of Montreal lights a candle in the dark.

  • By Peter Stockland

Leah Perrault: Finding God’s grace in imperfection

Imperfection and I have had a rocky relationship. For years, I pretended she didn’t even exist. When she showed up unexpectedly, I dressed her up in different clothes and tried to pass her off as someone else. I recognized, eventually, that she was actually a roommate I despised. And in more recent years, I’ve been trying to be reconciled to my sister. Imperfection has gifts I need, and she has been much more gracious with me than I deserve.

Charles Lewis: Morality has little hope in government

Erin O’Toole, the federal Tory leader, has said he will not support a bill to ban sex-selection abortions.

  • By Charles Lewis

Luke Stocking: Paid sick leave is a right, not a privilege

“Paid Sick Days.” This phrase keeps showing up in my social media and news feeds. Mostly it comes from Catholic social justice and labour union friends as well as from my local MPP (a member of the New Democratic Party). The Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association has been calling for paid sick days in Ontario for some time as part of their COVID-19 advocacy. As far as I can see, they are the only significant Catholic institution that has been doing so. Does our Catholic faith support this position? Absolutely.

  • By Luke Stocking

Gerry Turcotte: Waking to a new dawn

In At Day’s Close: Night in Times Past, Roger Ekirch discusses a practice in the early modern era whereby Western Europeans divided their nights in two, with a “first sleep” until midnight, and a later “second sleep” running through until morning.

  • By Gerry Turcotte