Readers Speak Out: May 10, 2020

Profound impact

I spent Grade 9 to 12 attending a small Anglican school in Toronto. Probably like many  young people forced to attend church, I graduated with a disdain for organized religion.

Editorial: A seniors crisis

Before reading this editorial, take a few seconds to return to the cover of this week’s issue. That tender scene of a senior in long-term care reaching out but not touching a loved one is happening daily across Canada.

    John Ecker: Fear stalks the world of long-term care

    I received the call about the COVID-19 outbreak at my father’s long-term care home during dinner.  A staff member had tested positive.

      Peter Stockland: Church voice belongs in recovery strategy

      We need not sit sipping Lysol lemonade and Clorox cocktails in the left field bleachers with Donald Trump to insist that recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is too important to be left exclusively to politicians and health care technocrats.

      • By Peter Stockland

        Cathy Majtenyi: Sad record in helping seniors is exposed

        It’s a pandemic within a pandemic — and a damning indictment of how we’ve been failing to care for our most vulnerable. People living in seniors’ homes across Canada are being hit disproportionately hard by COVID-19.

        • By Cathy Majtenyi

          Ian Hunter: Quarantine does have an agreeable side

          Who knows how long this will last? Certainly not I. Although there are times I think I know as much about this never-before-seen virus as those white-coated “experts” who hold forth incessantly before the camera’s ravening eye. 

            Editorial: Virtual dangers

            It’s not every day the Pope is thankful to be “scolded” by one of his bishops but, of course, these are not ordinary days.

              John Milloy: Catholics called to action

              When will things go back to the way they used to be? Catholics should hope never. 

                Fr. Raymond de Souza: Fr. de Valk was a model for priest journalists

                Fr. Alphonse de Valk, a stalwart of the pro-life movement, touched many lives in different spheres, especially in education, the particular charism of the Basilian Fathers. I will remember him as a fellow priest journalist.

                • By Fr. Raymond J. de Souza

                  Francis Campbell: We have the time … let’s use it well

                  I can’t find time for that.

                  COVID-19 has laid bare many of the popular excuses we use to appease ourselves for skipping the things we know we ought to be doing.

                    Glen Argan: The last thing we want is return to ‘normal’

                    The question on many minds is, “When will life return to normal?” That implies another question: What is normal?

                    • By Glen Argan