By Anthony Piscitelli and Jay Harrison When communities debate the opening of a new casino, the discussion typically begins
Associate, Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Policy
Anthony Piscitelli is an <a href="http://www.lispop.ca/associates.html" rel="nofollow">Associate with the Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Policy</a>. and he has a Masters in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University. Anthony's personal website is <a href="http://www.anthonypiscitelli.ca/" rel="nofollow">www.anthonypiscitelli.ca</a>. All opinions expressed here are his own.
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.
09/16/2013 06:19 EDT
By washing the feet of two Muslims the Pope has sent a message that it is time for us to reach out to other faiths. This is also a message to Catholic Trustees to open the doors of our schools. Some Ontario Catholic school systems already allow non-Catholics to attend their elementary schools. Two years ago I heard one of these students speak at a conference. This student shared how much he enjoyed learning about Catholicism during the week, while he also liked learning about his religion on Saturdays. This boy of 10 or 11 had more interfaith respect and understanding than most of us can hope to learn in a lifetime.
04/05/2013 12:20 EDT
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.
02/25/2013 05:23 EST
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