Catholic Church

How Canada Has Maintained a Strong, Principled Voice in China

Paul Hong | Posted 11.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Paul Hong

China continues to want to do more business with Canada. However, given that many Canadians have serious misgivings about China and the communist party, various media outlets have reported that despite Chinese offers to negotiate a free trade agreement, Canada has yet to agree to such measures.

What Falls Between Agnostic and Atheist?

David Martin | Posted 11.21.2014 | Canada Living
David Martin

From where I'm sitting, there's a huge yawning gap between agnostic and atheist. Just as any modern religion has a wealth of sects to cover all manner of religious permutations and combinations, those of little or no faith should have a myriad of options, too.

The Vatican Dismissed This Man for Supporting Women Priests

Nancy Fornasiero | Posted 10.10.2014 | Canada Impact
Nancy Fornasiero

"Why shouldn't women be called to the Catholic priesthood?" This is the question that Roy Bourgeois has been asking out loud since the RCWP ordination of his friend Janice Sevre-Duszynska, six years ago on August 8, 2002. It's the question that landed him in a boat-load of hot water with the Vatican who insisted that he recant his position.

12 Things That Happen At Catholic Weddings

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 05.07.2014 | Canada Living

GUEST CODE: Thanks to our multicultural society, you may find yourself at a wedding this summer that celebrates in ways you aren't familiar with — a...

I Was a Hardcore Christian, But This Is Why I Lost My Faith

Jessie Golem | Posted 04.21.2014 | Canada Living
Jessie Golem

My decision to leave the Christian faith didn't just happen because of a few negative conversations, or a few isolated events -- my decision was made because I realized (and experienced) that the Christian faith, for many, wasn't a welcome place for the oppressed, and that, in fact, has been, and in many different ways, continues to be, an agent of oppression for many people. Five years ago, there would be no way in hell that I could ever conceive of leaving the Christian faith. But here I am today. Friends have asked me why, and how, someone who was as zealous a Christian as I could so intentionally and deliberately leave the faith, that I decided, I am in a good, and secure place... and I'm ready to answer why.

Why the Pope Can't Change With Each Passing Fashion

Michael Coren | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Michael Coren

Sorry and all that, but the Pope cannot change certain aspects of teaching anymore than he can suddenly decide that Christ is not the Messiah or God not God. It's not a question of changing with the times; good Lord, the times can be bad just as an idea or a person can be bad.

The Week In Review: Praising Pope Francis

Marni Soupcoff | Posted 11.21.2013 | Canada
Marni Soupcoff

While there was undoubtedly something less than consistent about his "Stop being so preoccupied with abortion!/Let's talk about abortion!" chain of commentary this week, the Pope still deserves credit. His actions and words have been constant in their focus on delivering people help, love and protection, rather than on condemning people for their choices or natures. Even Pope Francis's anti-abortion comments to Catholic gynecologists on Friday seemed to centre on the dignity of life, rather than on the sin of those who would take it.

If Catholics Can Be More Gay Friendly, Why Can't Ontario Schools?

Anthony Piscitelli | Posted 11.16.2013 | Canada Politics
Anthony Piscitelli

Change in the Catholic church is a slow process. Progressive Catholics should be pleased by the change in language and focus, but not hope for much more. While this type of growth may be enough for the church, the Ontario Catholic school system must be more responsive to issues of equality. Fortunately, the Canadian Catholic community is quick to adapt to injustice.

Father John and Me

Daniel D. Veniez | Posted 09.08.2013 | Canada
Daniel D. Veniez

I was born, baptised and confirmed a Catholic, but I could never relate to the Church. For four straight weeks I attended Father John's 7 a.m. Mass at Saints Peter and Paul in Vancouver in addition to regular Sunday morning Mass. The truth is I knew after my first Mass that I had found my priest at long last.

How the Catholic Church Should Change

Bill Haines | Posted 05.17.2013 | Canada Alberta
Bill Haines

With the advent of the new Pope, everyone is talking about how the Catholic church should change. When CBC's Peter Mansbridge, interviewed Cardinal Ouelette from Montreal, his questions were all about how the Catholic church should change. Cardinal Ouellet of course mentioned all the plans to protect children now introduced into the church so that the sexual abuse scandal can never happen again.

Popes and Politicians Alike Need a Hand These Days

Diane Francis | Posted 05.18.2013 | Canada
Diane Francis

Immediately after Pope Francis became the leader of the world's 1.2-billion Catholics this week, he prayed for guidance. And it's little wonder. He is the newly elected CEO of the Vatican. The United States, despite a currency mantra of "In God We Trust," has also been forced to undergo serious soul-searching following its 2008 fiscal catastrophe.

Love Actually: The CBC and the Catholic Church

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 05.12.2013 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

------------------------------------------------------------ I believe in discovery and technology and innovation and science. My profession -- wh...

Let's Talk About Catholic Church Reform

Anthony Piscitelli | Posted 04.27.2013 | Canada
Anthony Piscitelli

Currently the Church is seeing its membership stagnate and decline in the west. The developing world, however, stands in sharp contrast. The number of Catholics is increasing rapidly in Africa, Asia and South America. Suggestions that the Church needs to reform to survive are clearly North American-centric. What Catholicism needs now is for ordinary church members to play a part in reform.

Watching the Watchdog: The Separation of Church and Journalism

Tim Knight | Posted 04.15.2013 | Canada
Tim Knight

Good journalists, almost uniquely in our workplace culture, are independent operators and thinkers who don't write stories to fit in with the philosophies of their bosses. I'm reminded of this by coverage of the resignation of Benedict XVl, the 266th Pope of Rome.

WATCH: Stephen Colbert Says World Not Ready for Canadian Pope

Posted 02.13.2013 | Canada

While Quebec native Marc Ouellet is considered a leading contender for pope, Stephen Colbert isn't having any of it. The satirical newsman says Cardin...

How Can the Pope Resign? People Are Still Using Condoms!

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 04.14.2013 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

These are tough times for the soon-to-be-departed Pope Benedict XVI. Not only are people all around the world voluntarily using condoms, but his "effort" to "apologize" to a large number of sexually abused (OK, raped) children went largely scoffed at and he's now retiring at the end of February.

Should the Next Pope Be Latino?

Rachel Décoste | Posted 04.14.2013 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

While the Catholic Church adapts to the sudden news that their pontiff will resign at the end of the month after only eight years at the supreme seat of power at the Vatican, predictions and aspirations abound. But has anyone considered demographics? According to a 2004 Boston College Magazine study, fully 50 per cent of the world's Catholics are Latino.

I Won't Cry for the Pope Who Called Me a Destroyer

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 04.13.2013 | Canada
Josh D. Scheinert

This past December, in one of his most important speeches of the year, Pope Benedict reiterated his belief that the quest for same-sex marriage destroys the very "essence of the human creature." I think what it would have been like for my 14-year-old self, when I started to discover that I didn't really like girls in that way, sitting in church, listening to that priest. What would it have done to me to hear my papa talk of my newfound identity as "manipulation of nature," as this Pope has done? A chorus of "amens" as punishing as a judge's gavel at the conclusion of rendering a guilty verdict.

Not Our Job To Report Alleged Abuse: N.B. Diocese

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.05.2013 | Canada

MONCTON, N.B. - A Roman Catholic diocese in New Brunswick should have notified police immediately when it heard last year that two priests were allege...

Catholic Church '200 Years Behind'

CBC | Posted 11.02.2012 | Canada

In his last interview, an Italian cardinal condemned the Roman Catholic Church as "200 years behind" and needing radical transformation. C...

Hardly the Mysterious Hand of God, Your Holiness

John Lazarus | Posted 08.21.2012 | Canada
John Lazarus

On June 17, Pope Benedict XVI told Irish Catholics that it is a "mystery" to him why priests and other church officials have been abusing children entrusted to their care for at least the past several decades. Though I am not a Catholic, a clergyman, a child abuser or a victim of one, I may be able to help clear up the mystery.

Clergy's Sexual Abuse A 'Mystery': Pope

CBC | Posted 08.17.2012 | Canada

Pope Benedict XVI told Irish Catholics on Sunday it is a "mystery" why priests and other church officials abused children entrusted in th...

Are the Pope's Nuns a Bunch of "Radical Feminists"?

Peter Worthington | Posted 07.14.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

Last month the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith scolded the Leadership Conference of Women's Religious for subscribing to "radical feminist themes" like social justice and poverty, while being silent about abortion and same sex. It simply looks bad. Many feel that nuns represent the strength and mainstay of Catholic Church.

Dear Pope, Time for Some Tweaks?

Vicki Murphy | Posted 03.09.2012 | Canada Living
Vicki Murphy

So let me get this straight... the Catholic Church thinks that, to be a good wife, I need to be a good housekeeper? Someone interpret that differently for me. Please. Be my guest. Tell me I'm reading it all wrong.

No Peace for the Catholic Church

Jordan Whelan | Posted 02.22.2012 | Canada
Jordan Whelan

The brisk arrival of the holiday season and its coincidence with one of the most profound economic downturns in decades has seemingly influenced Pope Benedict's message for the World Day of Peace 2012.