Editorial: CWL: faith in action

A century ago this month, on June 1, 1921, about 400 women from across Canada gathered at Columbus Hall in Toronto for the first national convention of the Catholic Women’s League. The First World War had ended just two and a half years earlier. Arthur Meighen was prime minister, George V was still on the throne and Canada — 8.7-million strong — was a month away from its 54th birthday.

Sr. Helena Burns: Searching for meaning of love

Catchy slogans are fun and helpful: shorthand for complex concepts — except when they’re not.

  • By Sr. Helena Burns, FSP

Sarah Twomey: Educators play key role in reconciliation

I am a fifth-generation Irish descendent from Southern Ontario, and a third-generation teacher.

Peter Stockland: Standing up for truth and fairness

It is heartening to see Catholic clergy calling out the stream of inaccuracies and exaggerations around the Church’s responsibility for the residential schools debacle.

  • By Peter Stockland

Leah Perrault: We need to learn to be uncomfortable

It has been a profoundly difficult few weeks to live in Treaty territory and the homeland of the Métis. To live in a land that welcomes people to safety but cannot guarantee it.

  • By Leah Perrault

Readers Speak Out: June 20, 2021

United mothers

Re: Prayers, sorrow for Kamloops children (June 13):

I am a Catholic mother of five. In my 20s, my encounter with Christ changed the course of my life. When I became a mom, I was moved to help shape my culture and actively tried to do so. It is inconceivable to me that other mothers would have had their children ripped from their very arms in the name of this culture, in the name of Christ. 

Editorial: Crush hatred now

Racism, Pope Francis said, is “a virus that quickly mutates and, instead of disappearing, goes into hiding, and lurks in waiting.”

Fr. Raymond de Souza: Let's set record straight on papal apologies

Somehow a story about hundreds of unmarked graves at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School became a story about what Pope Francis should do, not a story about the lives lost or why Prime Minister Justin Trudeau only rushed to provide money for documenting such graves when Kamloops was in the headlines, five years after he first promised to do so.

  • By Fr. Raymond J. de Souza

Charles Lewis: Truth stands against lies of evil, oppression

We live in a time in which truth has lost its meaning. We live in a time in which truth is replaced by feelings. When something no longer feels right it cannot be the truth. Every opinion is valid and none is greater than another.

  • By Charles Lewis

Cathy Majtenyi: Time to admit sins of our past

One of the greatest gifts a human being can give is the gift of acknowledgement: a nod, a smile, saying the person’s name out loud.

  • By Cathy Majtenyi

Gerry Turcotte: Carrying the bones

The discovery of 215 bodies of children in unmarked graves on the site of the former Kamloops Residential School in British Columbia understandably triggered a national response of outrage and mourning. Less understandable is why this particular discovery has unleashed an outpouring of grief and accountability by community leaders and politicians when the evidence of these atrocities is so well known, and when the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Report highlighted this issue for special mention.

  • By Gerry Turcotte