Mickey Conlon, The Catholic Register

Mickey Conlon, The Catholic Register

I’ve often said the dumbest place I’ve ever been is university. Said often tongue in cheek, when I see what is happening on campuses across North America right now, it’s really not that far off base.

I’ve read many — far too many — Holocaust accounts, and despite too much familiarity with the horrors and depravity, my emotions usually get the better of me. It’s not unlike from what I’ve heard from friends who have walked under the Auschwitz concentration camp’s entrance gates and its ominous “Arbeit macht frei” — “Work sets you free” — and are reminded of horrors past: you arrive knowing fully well what to expect, yet the tears still flow.

Calls for peace seem to ring hollow as we enter into a new year.

The Saskatchewan government has tabled its Parents’ Bill of Rights Act — complete with the notwithstanding clause — to prevent children under the age of 16 from changing their names or pronouns without parental consent.

Enough is enough!

It seems to be the growing inclination of many Canadians who can no longer remain silent in the face of the ever-increasing intrusion of gender ideology into their everyday lives.

Plenty of ink has been spilled recently about Canada’s “safe” drug supply, with thousands of inches of newsprint debating the merits of the program — both pro and con.

Politics at the best of times can make anyone’s blood boil, from the mundane local ordinances enforced by your local council right up to the big decisions that affect every-day life, which are of extreme importance to most, especially peoples’ pocketbooks. And there is no “right” side, everyone has their own opinion. Hence, politics, we are told, is one of those thing to never be brought up in polite company (alongside religion of course).

We’ve all heard, ad nauseam to some degree, that words matter. But you sometimes have to wonder, to whom?

It’s 20 years to the (give or take) day since Pope John Paul II visited Canada, and Canada is once again graced with another papal visit.

Reconciliation will be the major theme for the annual Cardinal’s Dinner in the Archdiocese of Toronto on Nov. 23.