Gerry Turcotte: Searching for the ‘core’ of Christmas

At breakfast recently my daughter noted that my cardigan made me look like an academic. As a professor I wasn’t sure how to take the comment. But I admitted that the first thing I did when I began teaching in a university was to rush out and buy a tweed jacket with patches on the elbows.

    Cathy Majtenyi: Christmas story holds many life lessons

    It’s that time again. We rush through the shops, picking those perfect presents for our loved ones. Family and friends will soon surround our Christmas table for a feast, followed by robust caroling and gift exchanging.

      Sr. Helena Burns: Time to revive the ‘nuclear’ family

      The “nuclear family.” Such a strange phrase. Does it glow? What exactly is it?

        Peter Stockland: Report prompts unsettling question

        The fact Trista Hope’s name isn’t really Trista Hope adds volumes to the recent 276-page Capriolo report into the catastrophic botching of priestly sex offender Brian Boucher’s case.

          Luke Stocking: Advertisers offer lesson in Advent preparation

          Some years ago, our priest opened his Advent sermon with some observations about how early our Western society begins to market Christmas to us.

            Charles Lewis: Mass is essential to our Catholic life

            Once again our Catholic churches are closed in Toronto. Perhaps by the time you are reading this that will have changed. It is unlikely, but possible.

              Robert Kinghorn: Mike found a home in Dismas Fellowship

              It’s a simple action, almost involuntary, and we seldom give it another thought. We are asked to dip into our deep pockets as we sit in the pews, and to spare some money for the less fortunate at Christmas.

                Sr. Helena Burns: Making the most of your news I.Q.

                I was recently asked by a parish to do a (virtual) workshop on “News Literacy.” I was told by the families that invited me: “The confusion goes way beyond just ‘fake news.’ There are so many voices on so many digital platforms, speaking both without and within the Church — we need some guidance!” All sides produce legitimate-seeming data, evidence and documentation. Who and what to believe?

                  Glen Argan: Ideology matters. Life? Not so much

                  Although Alberta Premier Jason Kenney was elected in 2019 on a platform of improving the economy, providing new jobs and eliminating the government deficit, his election as both party leader and premier came with the support of Alberta’s pro-life movement. The current pandemic has made it clear that the Kenney government’s overwhelming priority is to keep businesses open even if it means a loss of human life. The government shows no sign of a pro-life commitment.

                    Fr. Raymond de Souza: Many dropped the ball, Montreal report finds

                    The Boucher Report, released on Nov. 25 by the Archdiocese of Montreal, makes for distressing reading. The tale told therein also illustrates how failures in Canada may have contributed to the significant reforms made by Pope Francis last year aimed at changing the culture of episcopal governance.

                      Peter Stockland: Legault fails to grasp faith’s central role

                      Truer words have never been spoken than Cardinal Gérald Cyprien Lacroix’s methodical castigation of the Quebec government failure to consult the province’s religious believers on COVID-19 planning.