Columns

Jay's Opinions Articles

When are blessings appropriate and who should give them?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

March 12, 2012

I found your article on blessings informative and timely (WCR, Feb. 6). I am trying to educate myself on the correct way of doing things. I see the priest blessing the children before they go to the children's liturgy. I see no mention of this in the General Instruction on the Roman Missal (GIRM).

Popular tags:

New bill threatens vulnerable women, children, refugees

Joe Gunn

March 12, 2012

On Feb.16, the federal government announced new legislation that will change Canada's refugee determination system – and according to Church people who work directly with refugees – not for the better.

Popular tags:

Stop talking about evangelization: Do it!

Fr. Robert Barron

March 12, 2012

As I write this column, I am embarking on a trip to Australia with the Word on Fire team. We're heading halfway around the globe at the invitation of the Australian Catholic University, and my team will be with me to film the events. My intention is to produce a documentary on the new evangelization as it is actually practised.

Popular tags:

Media hype distorts humanity's story

Maria Kozakiewicz

March 12, 2012
Fourth Sunday in Lent
March 18, 2012

Every morning, even before I grab the first of many cups of coffee, my sleepy feet take me to the computer room for the world news. I check out the European, African and Asian news on the BBC and various Polish news agencies first.

Popular tags:

Ten ways to understand the salvation of non-Christians

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 12, 2012

As Christians we are asked to carry a tension in terms of how we understand the salvation of non-Christians. We have two seemingly conflicting teachings within our Scriptures and our tradition.

Popular tags:

Strong societies built on virtue more than good institutions

WCR Logo

March 12, 2012

The leaders of the Arab Spring movement have found it easier to destroy a dictatorship than to build a democracy. That insight comes from Rashid Ghannushi, an intellectual leader in Tunisia, the north African country where the Arab Spring began a year ago.

Popular tags:

Why do so few children attend Sunday Mass?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

March 19, 2012

I was taught that it was a mortal sin to miss Mass, without a very good reason, on Sundays, as well as on holy days of obligation.

Popular tags:

Strategy to prevent poverty promises long term change

Bob McKeon

March 19, 2012

Last month I attended a press conference at Edmonton City Hall called to announce the release of an important report titled Poverty Costs: An Economic Case for a Preventative Poverty Reduction Strategy in Alberta (www.actiontoendpovertyinalbertaq.org).

Popular tags:

Jesus is the mirror by which we see our faith

Fr. Ayodele Ayeni CsSP

March 19, 2012

On Holy Saturday, we pray thus: "Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, cuius Unigenitus ad inferiora terrae descendit, unde et gloriosus ascendit. (Almighty, every-living God, whose only-begotten Son descended to the realm of the dead, and rose from there to glory)."

Popular tags:

Anglicans' pilgrimage to Catholicism takes a winding road

Fr. Raymond de Souza

March 19, 2012

In the days after the hoopla of the consistory for new cardinals left town, a smaller, but more historic group of pilgrims was making its way to the tomb of the apostle Peter, and the seat of his successor.

Popular tags: