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.” 

Readers Speak Out: November 24, 2019

Wrong decision

Re: Toronto Catholic board votes to include gender terms (Nov. 17):

Angela Saldanha: Prayers for departed needed all year

Traditionally, November is the time when we especially remember to pray for departed family members, friends and (maybe) enemies. 

Bishop Thomas Dowd: Documentary sets stage for challenging dialogue

The fall meeting of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops brought with it an unexpected invitation. The group SNAP (Survivor’s Network of those Abused by Priests) organized a viewing in Cornwall of the documentary Prey, a film that sheds light on the predatory actions of Hod Marshall, a now-deceased Basilian priest who was convicted for sexually abusing minors.

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. 

Readers Speak Out: November 17, 2019

Incompatible vocations

Re: Synod gives hope to Canada’s North (Nov. 10): 

Two years ago, The Catholic Register published an article about Fr. Issa Maamar, a priest in the Greek-Melkite Church who was forced to leave Syria to protect his family. Priests in the Greek-Melkite Church are allowed to marry. Torn between leaving his people and protecting his family, he explained: “If I was alone, I would not have decided to leave, but because I had a family and I wanted to protect them, I had to make this decision.”