Bob Brehl: Toronto priest doesn’t pull any punches on clerical abuse

Even before Pope Francis called on bishops from around the globe to meet for a Vatican sex abuse summit, a Toronto priest was travelling to parishes to talk about the origins of and solutions to clergy abuse of minors.

Peter Stockland: ‘Priestly problem’ must be tackled

Long ago, a childhood friend and I were walking across an old wooden bridge in the small town where we lived when a car stopped to offer us a ride. The local priest was at the wheel.

Fr. Raymond J. de Souza: Sex abuse summit is catch-up time for much of the world

It is déjà vu all over again for Canadian bishops who travelled to Rome for the Vatican’s meeting on the protection of minors in the Church.

Francis Campbell: Church, newspapers look to turn the tide

It sometimes seems that you are playing for the losing team.

Cathy Majtenyi: Health care discussions don’t belong in backroom

It was a dramatic scene at Queen’s Park on Jan. 31: NDP Leader Andrea Horwath waving a copy of The Health System Efficiency Act 2019, a leaked bill that would see the Ontario government create a “super agency” to manage the province’s health care system.

Barefoot and Preaching: The evolution of my love takes many turns

Fluffy snow covered the sidewalk when I opened the garage door to leave for work. 

The Church on the Street: Pets’ love brings warmth to cold streets

Winter was settling in and it was a blustery, cold evening as I walked around the streets with Tracey, a survivor of the street who for 14 drug-addled years had called the alleys and drug dens of the downtown area “home.” 

Charles Lewis: For those in pain… keep the faith

I am writing this for all who suffer and for those of your family members and friends who suffer with you. In particular, I am writing this for those who, like myself, realize that their suffering may not end soon, or ever end.

Bob Brehl: Covington kids encounter in Washington opens old wounds

The repercussions from last month’s viral video of a confrontation between a group of Catholic high school students and a Native American man in Washington, D.C., feed into the schism of faith and politics in the U.S.

Glen Argan: Forgiveness opens door to new possibilities

Forgiveness is one of the highest human capacities, something which might help explain why it is so difficult to forgive.

Peter Stockland: At overdose prevention centre, success is measured by every breath

On a recent Saturday morning visit to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, a person mummy-wrapped in a dragonfly blue blanket lay motionless a few feet from the corner of Hastings and Main.