Glen Argan: Bolivian turmoil a cause for concern

For nearly 500 years, Bolivia has been a cheap source of natural resources for colonial powers. Every time some mineral is mined to extinction, a new metal is discovered to be extracted at bargain basement prices. During the 16th century, silver was the hot commodity and Potosi was one of the richest cities in the Americas. Today, the Potosi region is the poorest section of the poorest country on the American continent.

Robert Kinghorn: It was a benediction of an evening

Jesus said that we are called to be the light of the world and the salt of the Earth. But to be honest, some evenings on the street I just feel lightly salted. 

Cathy Majtenyi: Listen to the children … future depends on it

One Friday last August a Swedish schoolgirl decided not to attend her classes. Clutching her handwritten sign “School strike for climate,” she instead stood outside Sweden’s Parliament, a one-child protest against the damage humankind has wrought on the environment.

Charles Lewis: Time for Catholics to stop the passivity

During the federal election I wrote about the unfair treatment Andrew Scheer received in the media.

Gerry Turcotte: Life’s adversities call forth the bloom

I was admiring a friend’s potted plant recently when she noted that I had just missed the flowering. “I forgot to water it,” she noted, “and it just bloomed.” 

Peter Stockland: Religious bigotry born of ignorance

Alberta MP Garnett Genuis was right when he blamed “anti-Catholic bigotry” for the current attacks on Conservative leader Andrew Scheer.

Glen Argan: In search of a moral conscience

The issue of the right to freedom of conscience will not go away. In fact, it may be the defining issue of our time. 

Bob Brehl: Eucharist ‘is not a prize for the perfect’

Denying the Eucharist to U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden out on the hustings last month set off new “wafer wars” that spilled across the border, rekindling painful memories for at least one Canadian politician.

Fr. Raymond de Souza: Election delivered blow to religious freedom

The 2019 federal election blew an ill wind toward religious believers in Canada.

Charles Lewis: Our leaders could use a lesson in humility

What does it mean when the only thing that matters is power? What does it mean that even in defeat it is impossible to summon up even a note of humility? 

Leah Perrault: As the light shifts, darkness slowly lifts

For more than 800 days, the Earth has been spinning its way around the sun, shining in spite of my sister’s death, but I struggled to see it. The sun and moon came and went, and I struggled to feel anything other than the sting of injustice at a world without her.