Editorial: Law goes to pot

When Ottawa legalized recreational marijuana in 2018, Canada’s bishops were dubious about claims the new law would sharply reduce youth pot consumption or eliminate the black market.

Cathy Majtenyi: Time to stand up for the gift of life

It’s an impossibly tight deadline that the Trudeau government has deliberately created, but one we must respond to with great urgency. 

Fr. Raymond de Souza: A remarkable journey from slave to saint

We celebrate this week — Feb. 8 — the feast day of one of the most remarkable saints of recent times, the slave girl who became a beloved religious mother. St. Josephine Bakhita was born 150 years ago (the date is uncertain, perhaps 1869 or 1870) but is a saint for today’s world of Islamist persecution and human trafficking.

Peter Stockland: Don’t lose sight of ‘bigger picture’

It’s true there’s a challenge, to say the least, in seeing the “bigger picture” when the picture’s focus is life and death itself.

Readers Speak Out: February 9, 2020

War-free world

Re: Victims of madness (Jan. 19):

Editorial: Peace plan fizzles

Returning from a recent visit to the Holy Land, Winnipeg Archbishop Richard Gagnon compared the Palestinian territory of Gaza to a prison.

Charles Lewis: One film, two popes, many opinions

We Catholics are at times indifferent about those things that should deeply concern us but obsessed by those things that should be water off our backs. 

Francis Campbell: A history brewed in faith and fortitude

The old teapot is steeped in history, fortitude and faith. If it could talk, whistle or chatter, what a tale this 200-year-old china cauldron might tell.

Luke Stocking: Prayer has no limits

The phrase “thoughts and prayers” has become so common it has its own Wikipedia page. The page outlines in detail the use of the expression by prominent public figures in times of crisis — most notably following natural disasters or American gun violence — and also offers both a criticism and defence of this practice. 

Robert Kinghorn: It’s all about the ‘to’ and ‘why’

I was driving to Nova Scotia with my wife Ria several years ago when we stopped at a garden centre. Since I cannot tell a weed from a wallflower, I hung out in the knickknack section where people can find garden signs that say things like, “I don’t remember planting this.”

Glen Argan: Church needs to overcome palace intrigues

When Pope Celestine V resigned as pope in 1294, he removed his papal garb and intended to return to life as a hermit. However, his successor, Pope Boniface VIII, placed him under house arrest where he remained until his death 10 months later.