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This talk was delivered on November 23, 2016 at the Church of the Holy Family in Toronto, which is the seat of the Oratorian Fathers of Saint Philip Neri. The occasion was the launch of a new book, “The Lion of Münster: The Bishop Who Roared Against the Nazis,” by Fr. Dan Utrecht of the Oratory.read more
The most important reason for post-election sanity is a greater reliance on God the Holy Trinity and Mary and the Saints.
Since I have been a Catholic I have come to see that the real hope of mankind is not in a politician but the figure of Jesus Christ.read more
So I have vowed to once again take my pain around the city from church to church. To whoever will have me. And I will stand there on my cane, wince because it hurts, sweat at times because the morphine makes me feel ill and badger my Catholic audiences into understanding that the battle against evil has just begun.read more
We are particularly pleased that the BC Court of Appeal made its unanimous decision in part having recourse to submissions which the CCRL has used numerous times when defending religious and conscientious freedom or the role of faith in the public square. We continue to maintain that a robust concept of pluralism in Canada is a key component of a healthy democracy, and of civil society. Religious beliefs cannot be subjugated to non-belief in our public debates.read more
On Wednesday, October 26, George Weigel will speak at the CCRL’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in the hall of Holy Rosary Church, 354 St. Clair Avenue West, M5P 1N4. We will begin the evening with Mass in the church at 5:30 pm. Light refreshments will follow in the church hall. The AGM will begin at 7 pm with George Weigel speaking at 7:30 pm.read more
Mr. Douthat said that those who have a gift for confronting conflict, for fighting back, should do so. Those who have a gift for prayer should follow that path. And those who decide to go through school “with whimsy,” not getting caught up in intra-student battles, should also do what their heart tells them is right.read more
Here in North America, and I suspect most of Western Europe, we are definitely on the wrong side of history. And thank God we are. Someone on occasion has to yell, “Stop!” Someone has to question what becomes so-called common knowledge. Someone has to believe that not everything that has endured going back to our Jewish roots needs to be fixed.read more
I am writing this on the morning after the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I attended Mass at Holy Family in Toronto last night. The church was packed. And those who were there are likely feeling the same glow I feel this morning. Of course, the Mass was beautiful. The choir could have easily substituted for the choir of angels that will hopefully greet us one day when our time here is done. The billows of smoke, smell of incense, and the prayers for the feast day all added to the mystery of one of our most radical beliefs.read more
I believe what we need is to strengthen the social safety net for young women who find themselves pregnant. We need to do more to provide them with solid reasons to have their babies — beyond that it is the right thing to do or the Church says it is so.read more
The CCRL Welcomes Court Ruling in Nova Scotia Favourable to Trinity Western, Warns of Future Clash of Competing Charter Rights
It is important to note that yesterday’s favourable decision focused on administrative law and did not address Charter arguments on the need for respect for authentic pluralism. By engaging in a broad discussion of possible proposals toward a pathway of rejecting accreditation of TWU, the court seemed to invite a future clash of competing Charter rights.read more
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