Peter Stockland: Religious freedom’s losses are piling up fast

The new Quebec government’s proposed assault on religious freedom by barring public wearing of overt faith markers is worrisome enough.

Cathy Majtenyi: Time to separate fear from fact

The victory of the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) in the recent Quebec election reflects the growing acceptance of political parties vowing to tighten immigration policies and numbers. 

Figure of Speech: Catholic values drive universities’ goals

When we speak of Catholic education it is almost a cliché to begin by saying that universities were born from the Church and to give Bologna and Oxford as examples of the foundational role the Church played in the development of higher education. 

Fr. Raymond de Souza: Long line of martyr-bishops marked by men of no fear

VATICAN – The twin canonizations — along with five others — of Pope St. Paul VI and St. Oscar Romero prompted many to look for similarities between the two. But the more suggestive similarity is between “San Romero” — as they call him in El Salvador — and the pope whose 40th anniversary is marked this week.

Bishop Robert Barron: There is a way to set young hearts on fire

The following is an abridged version of Bishop Barron’s recent presentation at the Synod of Bishops on young people:

Robert Brehl: Was Wuerl resignation handled correctly?

Pope Francis had little or no choice but to accept the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop in Washington, D.C.

Barefoot and Preaching: Being carried does not come naturally

After we are small children, it is rare that we are carried. Perhaps for a joke or dare, a photo-op at a threshold, maybe in the case of injury, or in certain situations in old age? My baby is big enough now I rarely carry his full weight unless he is asleep.

Vanessa Santilli-Raimondo: Experiencing life and toxicity during the Season of Creation

As celebrations for the Season of Creation unfolded over the past month, I was struck by two vastly different experiences: one life-giving, the other literally toxic.

Peter Stockland: Abortion is a failure to create alternatives

From a pessimistic perspective, a McGill University conference marking 30 years since the Morgentaler decision might seem another predictable festival of defensive triumphalism from pro-choice warriors.

God's word on Sunday: Real wisdom begins with open mind

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 14 (Year B) Wisdom 7:7-11; Psalm 90; Hebrews 4:12-13; Mark 10:17-30