Readers Speak Out: September 1, 2019

Anti-Christian bias

Re: “Report keeps Jesuit off monument pedestal” (Aug. 11-18):

Parks Canada, members of two Indigenous groups and others say that the positioning of figures on the Champlain monument in Orillia is “racist.” They’ve now decided to make changes to it including removing a Jesuit figure as an “example of reconciliation.” 

Editorial: It’s good business

The top executives from 181 of the richest corporations in America recently signed a one-page document on business ethics that could have been penned by the Pope.

Bishop Fred Henry: No reason to ban conversion therapy

George Orwell wrote in “Politics and the English Language” that “political language ... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” 

Charles Lewis: Atheism leaves only an empty feeling

It all started innocently enough when I used the expression “children of God” in a recent column. Apparently in this secularized age it is an expression that some find insulting. 

Peter Stockland: Trudeau fails acceptance test

Early in junior high school, I watched a kid named Frank play out what I was certain, even then, would be a pattern for his life.

Herman Goodden: Bishop Sherlock always a true pastor at heart

With the death of Bishop John Michael Sherlock on Aug. 12 at the age of 93, I expect that I am not the only member of the sprawling Diocese of London whose sense of bereavement is mixed with bursts of jubilation at a race that was so well run. 

Editorial: The ‘shadow’ grows

Nine months ago, Cardinal Thomas Collins declared that a “cold shadow of euthanasia” that was spreading across Canada had to be resisted.

Readers Speak Out: August 25, 2019

Plan B needed

In late June a prominent parishioner and Knight of Columbus died. An Honour Guard was requested by the family at the funeral. About 20 fourth-degree Knights attended in regalia — 19 in old regalia, one in new regalia.  

Glen Argan: Turning words into action for reconciliation

In his work with the Mennonite Church of Canada, Steve Heinrichs encourages congregations across Canada to seek reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. He urges Mennonites to learn about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 calls to action and to study the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Bob Brehl: Lessons from nuns’ slave-owning past

Scores of Catholic nuns bought, sold and bartered enslaved people in 19th century America, The New York Times unveiled in a fascinating in-depth account written by New York University professor Rachel Swarns.

Robert Kinghorn: Streets are filled with many crosses

I have always wondered what the conversation between Jesus and an image consultant would be like.