Barefoot and Preaching: Learning how to spend and save energy

Energy is one of the great miracles of life. As the trees lose their leaves and preserve energy for the spring, I have been thinking about how I spend my energy, and what human dormancy looks like. 

Readers Speak Out: November 25, 2018

Measurable standards

Re: Great Expectations (Nov. 11):

Director of education Ab Falconi from York Catholic District School Board is proud that Ontario Catholic schools graduate a higher percentage of students than public schools. On the surface this sounds really good, but what does it actually mean? Do we know that it’s not a case of removing the net so that every student can play tennis? 

Editorial: Probe beyond school

Following reports of hideous conduct at St. Michael’s College School the administration acted swiftly to expel eight students and establish an independent review to examine how such shame could darken the corridors of the renowned all-boys Catholic school.

Cathy Majtenyi: Workers on losing end of legislation

Like a sign hanging on a shop door, the Ontario government is declaring that the province is “open for businesses” through a piece of draft legislation called Making Ontario Open for Business Act.

Fr. Raymond J. de Souza: Lazy media suggest St. Michael's coverup

Ever since Watergate, scandals have been covered according to the adage: “It’s not the crime, it’s the coverup.”

Fr. Raymond J. de Souza: The blessings and burden of living Humanae Vitae

Is living the teaching of Humanae Vitae regarding the moral means of managing fertility burdensome? Yes, and effective pastoral support for couples who are attempting to do just that — using natural family planning (NFP) rather than contraception — is served by acknowledging that up front. NFP is a burden.

Editorial: Listen for the poor

It is noble to mark the World Day of the Poor with gifts of charity, but Pope Francis has challenged Catholics to go much further than that. He asks us to observe Nov. 18 by making a serious examination of conscience “to see if we are truly capable of hearing the cry of the poor.”

Robert Brehl: Trump, an Ugly American in Paris

Just when one thinks the current president of the United States can’t do anything more brazen, he trumps that belief and goes one further.

Charles Lewis: We must open eyes to anti-Christian bigotry

There is something about distance, numbers and repetition that I have always found peculiar in terms of evoking reaction. I find this is especially true when thinking about anti-religious persecution.

Church on the Street: In this ‘pop-up’ community, all are one

A Catholic, a Baptist and a Mennonite walked into a bar and the barman said, “What’s this, some kind of a joke?” 

Joe Gunn: Strategy to eradicate Canadian poverty needs an action plan

The world commemorated the United Nations’ International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on Oct. 17, but you could be forgiven for not noticing.