Fr. Tom Rosica: Pro-life position extends well beyond abortion

The last presidential election campaign in the United States was a bitter, toxic, embarrassing and polarizing experience for many Americans and for people around the world, leaving many repulsed and despairing rather than excited and hopeful. Voters were disgusted by the state of American politics, and many harboured doubts that either major party nominee could unite the country after this divisive campaign. 

Bob Brehl: Comic gives us lesson in online humanity

In the past, we’ve pointed out a decisive — and growing — lack of decorum in the digital age. Far too often people say the nastiest and rudest things in tweets, posts and emails. Things most would never think to say in person.

The Church on the Street: Reaching out a hand of hope

It is a frigid evening, and the setting sun leaves the grip of darkness on the downtown area where hope and despair wrestle nightly for sovereignty.

Bob Brehl: France takes bold step to ban mobile phones in elementary schools

A couple months ago, this space was devoted to a new book by a California psychologist and researcher who argues constant use of smartphones is making young people unhappy, even depressed.

Charles Lewis: It’s official… pro-lifers are second class citizens

Most everyone has read an editorial or an opinion piece attacking the federal government’s summer jobs program for excluding organizations that are pro-life — like the Roman Catholic Church. It has caused outrage in many quarters. We should be grateful that it is more than the usual orthodox suspects who see the injustice in this warped decision.

God's Word on Sunday: God is about compassion, not vengeance

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jan. 21 (Year B) Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Psalm 25; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20


Vanessa Santilli-Raimondo: My 2018 includes less time with my phone

Spending more time with family, making forgiveness a habit and being less judgmental could help you make good on one of the most popular 2018 New Year’s resolutions.

Charles Lewis: Priests take the plunge into a heroic mission

Earlier this month I attended the funeral of Msgr. Gregory Haddock, a priest of Opus Dei. The homilist at St. Michael’s Cathedral said pain had been Fr. Greg’s constant companion, but he never complained. Parkinson’s disease slowly ended his life.

St. Francis Xavier relic highlights vital role of immigrants

The visit of the relic of St. Francis Xavier to the Mississauga, Ont., parish named after him will likely be the largest Catholic event of the year in Canada. Numbers are not the most important part of any pilgrimage, but they do tell part of the story. And the 13,000-plus pilgrims that came to St. Francis Xavier parish to honour their patron is an important story about the state of the Church in Canada.

Mary Marrocco: Keeping faith in calm and chaos

Oxford is a beautiful town, by nature and centuries of human living.  Exploring there once with friends, we saw a memorial, arrestingly inscribed: “To the Glory of God, and in grateful commemoration of His servants, Thomas Cranmer, Nicholas Ridley, Hugh Latimer, Prelates of the Church of England, who near this spot yielded their bodies to be burned, bearing witness to the sacred truths which they had affirmed and maintained against the errors of the Church of Rome.” 

God's Word on Sunday: God sends us an invitation to listen

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jan. 14 (Year B) 1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19; Psalm 40; 1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20; John 1:35-42