Sr. Helena Burns: Feelings are just one part of being human

“Feelings. Nothing more than feelings.” Thus went the 1970s ballad. As often happens, pop songs contain profound lessons if you take them out of context and give them meanings the songwriter never intended: “Yes, they’re just feelings, and nothing more. Don’t sweat it.”

Peter Stockland: Vaccine edict sets dangerous example

Is it just me or does anyone else feel deeply uneasy about a minister of the Crown effectively usurping the role of a minister of the Church?

Robert Kinghorn: Old ways die hard on these streets

It has been a month that has reminded me of how relentlessly unforgiving the street is to its people. Like a scorned lover, it will try to grasp them from the arms of freedom to ensnare them in their old ways.

Charles Lewis: The distressing truth about euthanasia

I now know of two people who ended their lives through euthanasia. They died in August and September.

Sr. Helena Burns: Digging deep into ‘The Warning’ signs

Have you heard of “The Warning” (aka “The Illumination of Consciences”)?

Glen Argan: ‘Me first’ tradition lives on with vaccines

At the beginning of the current pandemic, there was much discussion about the need for a new normal to emerge after the crisis. Yet increasingly, old divisions are being exacerbated and the dominance of the rich over the poor is being repeated in new ways. Instead of moving toward a more equitable global sharing of resources, wealthier nations cling to the sad tradition of “me first” in allocating vaccines to battle the coronavirus.

Cathy Majtenyi: Let’s focus on the big picture

Fear and anger. These are some of the strong emotions many Canadians have experienced in preparing to vote in the Sept. 20 federal election.

Peter Stockland: Best, worst of times for abortion debate

Even for pro-lifer Catholics labouring in the political trenches, it must seem a blessing in disguise that abortion has so far failed to get off the ground as a federal election issue.

Leah Perrault: Moving forward by doing what you can

I have been listening to people within my (Catholic) faith community wrestle in a deeper way with Truth and Reconciliation this summer. The reckoning has been too long coming. Saskatchewan columnist Doug Cuthandrecently wrote that Canadians may be waking up to face our collective residential school history.  I hope he’s right. And I hope that the same will be said of the Catholic Church in this season.

Gerry Turcotte: Set in stone? Not the historical record

In the Book of Daniel, Nebuchadnezzar summons the magicians, enchanters and sorcerers of his kingdom to explain a troubling dream he has had. In a test of their ability, he declines to tell them what he dreamt, but instead insists that they reveal it to him and put it into context. The Chaldeans respond that no one could do such a thing “except the gods,” prompting the king to issue a decree that all wise men be executed.

Fr. Raymond de Souza: Centuries-old promise fulfilled in Temple

Candidates for beatification don’t get to choose where they are beatified.