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Conservative judicial activism?

National Affairs Rory Leishman Should morally enlightened judges strike down any statute that sanctions pornography, abortion, or euthanasia? The late, great Antonin Scalia did not think so. As a devout Catholic, he clearly understood that pornography, abortion, and euthanasia are unmitigated evils, yet as one of the most learned judges ever to serve on the Supreme Court of the United [...]

Fads, fallacies, and flags

Commentary St. Jerome’s University, in Waterloo, Ont., and purportedly a Catholic institution, has decided to fly the LGBTQ flag on its campus to celebrate “Pride” month. Interim President Scott Kline, whose term began on July 1, 2019, defended the action as a way of sending the message that “all are welcome in this place.” The immediate reaction to the move has shown [...]

Religious freedom

"Separation of church and state!” “Canada is a secular country!” “We can’t let religion dictate policy!” I’m sure we’ve all heard variations of these, if not the phrases verbatim, at various points in our lives. Indeed, the mere suggestion that a course of action may have a moral element seems to trigger knee-jerk reactions along these veins. There’s some truth to them, [...]

Fr. Alphonse de Valk, RIP

Father Alphonse de Valk Fr. Alphonse Anthony Maria de Valk, a Basilian priest for 55 years, passed away peacefully April 16 at the palliative care unit of the Scarborough General Hospital in Toronto at the age of 88 after a battle with pneumonia. Fr. de Valk was born March 27, 1932, in Rotterdam, Netherlands to Martien de Valk and Christina [...]

2020-05-05T10:44:39-06:00May 5, 2020|Announcements, Features, Religion|

Witness to history

Fr. Alphonse de Valk On Easter Sunday of 1932, Alphonse Anthony Maria de Valk was born in the Netherlands. What used to be known as Christendom had just endured one World War and would soon suffer another. After living through that ordeal, the young de Valk took the path of so many Europeans after the war in emigrating to North [...]

2020-05-05T10:18:57-06:00May 5, 2020|Editorials, Religion|

Fr. Alphonse de Valk, 1932-2020

Fr. Alphonse de Valk, RIP   Fr. Alponse de Valk died April 16. He was a Catholic priest, historian, teacher, and leader, Read the tribute to Fr. de Valk from Interim editor Paul Tuns on the occasion of his retirement as editor of Catholic Insight. The Interim will have an obituary in the May edition of the paper.   Fr. de Valk honoured at [...]

2020-04-17T19:41:06-06:00April 17, 2020|Announcements, Features, Religion|

Trudeau government proposes conversion therapy ban

Yukon looks to join provinces, cities outlawing the procedure Ann Gillies speaking at a Campaign Life Coalition clergy luncheon in February warning that bans on conversion therapy threatens religious freedom and parental rights. On March 6, Justice Minister David Lametti tabled a bill to make it a crime to outlaw conversion therapy for minors to help them overcome same-sex extraction [...]

2020-04-12T20:20:31-06:00April 12, 2020|Religion, Society & Culture, Transgender|

Papal fiction

Amusements Three years ago I was asked to write about HBO’s The Young Pope, which was expected to be a sucker punch attack on the Catholic Church and the papacy. It turned out to be a startling but surreal story that sympathized with a youthful and charismatic new pontiff who planned to reverse the Church back past the liberalizations of [...]

2020-03-11T07:08:02-06:00March 11, 2020|Religion, Rick McGinnis|

Catholic education: a divided morality

  Rory Leishman National Affairs For a striking illustration of the moral and spiritual degradation that afflicts so many ostensibly Christian universities in North America, consider the contrasting reactions to the screening of the excellent pro-life movie Unplannedat Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, and King’s University College at Western University in London, Ontario. Given that both Benedictine College and King’s [...]

2020-03-09T08:48:05-06:00March 9, 2020|Religion, Religious Education, Rory Leishman|

Statement from Cardinal Collins on Bill C-7

Editor’s Note:On Feb. 25, Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, released a statement on the introduction of Bill C-7:An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying). The Interim reprints the statement in full. The federal government has introduced new legislation expanding the eligibility criteria for euthanasia. The inaccurate term, medical assistance in dying (MAiD), is currently used to describe [...]

2020-03-05T07:53:55-06:00March 6, 2020|Editorials, Euthanasia, Religion, Society & Culture|

B.C. appeal court rules father must refer to teen daughter as ‘him’

The British Columbia court of appeal ruled Friday that a 13-year-old girl was old enough to consent to testosterone shots despite her father’s objections that his troubled daughter had been influenced by transgender advocates and did not understand the long-term consequences of her decision. The appeal ruling released January 10 also placed the father under a “conduct order” effective until April that [...]

2020-02-24T18:04:19-06:00February 24, 2020|Marriage and Family, Religion, Transgender|

Euthanasia and organ harvesting

Editor’s Note: The term “euthanasia” in Canada, in its legal voluntary form is called “medical assistance in dying” and became legal along with assisted suicide in June 2016. The term ‘assisted suicide’ means that the individual committing suicide dies by a self-administered drug rather than a doctor-administered lethal injection. “Medical assistance in dying” and “death by legal injection” mean that a doctor [...]

2020-02-10T12:03:36-06:00February 11, 2020|Assisted Suicide, Euthanasia, Features, Human rights, Religion|

Two Popes disappoints, Messiah intrigues

The film The Two Popes stars Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict XVI and Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Jorge Marlo Bergoglio (later Pope Frances). You don’t expect to see religion being treated with respect or insight in popular media these days. For religious people that attitude might be paranoia, though it’s helpful to recall the old maxim that you might be [...]

2020-02-06T20:04:47-06:00February 7, 2020|Announcements, Features, Movie Review, Religion, Rick McGinnis|

5,000 Canadians killed by euthanasia in 2019 and 13,000 since legalization

Alex Schadenberg criticized the federal government's consultation process and plan to expand euthanasia. The media is reporting that there have been more than 6700 medically assistance in dying (MAiD) deaths in Canada since it was legalized in June 2016. I estimate that there have been at least 13,000 euthanasia deaths and here is how I defend this estimate. First, the [...]

2020-02-03T11:55:00-06:00February 4, 2020|Euthanasia, Religion|
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