Charles Lewis is a freelance writer and former religion editor at the National Post.

To read statistical surveys of religion in Canada and the United States is to believe organized religion is imploding. 

Charles Lewis: Religious liberty is fading fast

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We are witnessing a collapse of religious freedom in Canada. Anyone who doubts it is naïve or completely uniformed. There may be some who simply cannot believe this is happening in a modern democracy. But it is.

Charles Lewis: A prayer for Francis the panhandler

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For a number of years there was a panhandler standing outside St. Michael’s Cathedral in downtown Toronto. His name was Francis. I liked him quite a bit. Which should not be thought of as a given since there are some panhandlers who, over the years, have gotten on my nerves. I know it is not a Christian thing to say but there it is.

Charles Lewis: The miracle of St. Augustine's Seminary

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Consider this a non-poetic, nonrhyming ode to St. Augustine’s Seminary. I love the Toronto school and I want to explain why. And then I hope you will love it, too.

Charles Lewis: A practical guide for a pro-life reality

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We just witnessed the wonderful scene of thousands of Canadians marching in Ottawa to show their support for life. It was encouraging but also raises some serious questions.

Charles Lewis: Tanya Granic Allen deserves a badge of honour

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I am writing about a friend. Her name is Tanya Granic Allen. I do not normally write about friends or family, but what happened to her at the hands of supposed political allies needs repeating because it was so grotesque and cowardly. 

Charles Lewis: It’s a bumpy road to finding true peace

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What is peace? What does it mean in the Christian sense? 

Charles Lewis: Silence much easier said than done

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Many of us were fortunate enough to hear Cardinal Robert Sarah speak at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica last month. He is truly a holy man and strong voice in a world of banalities. How many people do you know whose cause is silence?

Charles Lewis: It was time to break free from my Facebook habit

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On Ash Wednesday I gave up Facebook. I wanted to give up something that had been part of my daily life for years and that I thought I would miss once cut off.

Charles Lewis: Gun violence needs more than prayers

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The massacre of 17 innocents at a Parkland, Fla., high school is not fading out of the news as quickly as other similar tragedies that have plagued the United States.

Charles Lewis: PC leader's fall leaves bitter taste

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For the most part, social conservatives had lost faith in Patrick Brown before the sudden fall of the Progressive Conservative Party leader. 

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