It’s big news for fans of J.R.R. Tolkien that Amazon has made a billion-dollar commitment to bring to television a five-season series based on the epic Lord of the Rings fantasy saga.

Peter Stockland: Irish turn their backs on faith and history

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If tradition is the democracy of the dead, as G.K. Chesterton famously said, surely abortion has become a tyranny of the living over life past and future.

Fr. Raymond J. De Souza: Humanae Vitae’s vision still as relevant as ever

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Next month will mark the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, the 1968 encyclical of Blessed Paul VI which  reaffirmed the immorality of contraception at a time when many in the Church and the world expected a change.

Charles Lewis: Shadows of another time continue to haunt us

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When I was a child I watched a movie called Village of the Damned. It was creepy and scary.

Glen Argan: It will take more than 10 years to end homelessness in Canada

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Since 2009, Edmonton, along with 12 other Canadian cities, has been implementing a Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness. Unlike other “plans,” this one does not merely set a target and hope it comes true; solid work is being done to provide housing and prevent future homelessness.

Robert Brehl: State-approved suicide is way too easy

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June 17 will mark two years since Canada’s Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) law received royal assent. 

Cathy Majtenyi: Gene editing is heading down a slippery slope

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The pipette appears on the screen and sucks up a dot, which is actually human sperm that has been genetically altered. Then the small laboratory tool pierces the membrane of a human egg, releases the sperm, “and you have changed the genetic destiny of that embryo,” notes television host Bill Whitaker. “Yes, we believe so,” nods scientist Shoukhrat Mitalipov. 

Peter Stockland: Pro-lifers fight on with a tireless spirit

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When Dr. Cathy Ferrier was announced as the Bishop Adam Exner Award winner by the Catholic Civil Rights League last week, she responded with the deep grace familiar to all who know her.

Barefoot and Preaching: You can find God’s grace in every possible place

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I have found God inescapable for most of my life. Even when I try to run away, there He is. 

Robert Brehl: Racist rant is not typically Canadian

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If you’re reading this, you are likely racist.

Glen Argan: Theology and Indigenous spirituality finding common ground

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Indian residential schools were established by Canada’s federal government, but Christian churches, including the Catholic Church, bought into the plan with enthusiasm.