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Oh Canada, you could be so much better if . . .

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July 4, 2011

Here is a wish list for Canada's 154th birthday: What Canada most needs is more religion and more babies. It needs less abuse — sexual, verbal and physical — and fewer divorces. It needs less TV watching and less time on the Internet. Canada needs less emphasis on individual rights and more commitment to community responsibilities. Less gambling and more sharing would be good too.

Canada would benefit if there were less pornography and less exploitive advertising. It would also benefit if there was a strong emphasis on education in the Great Books, if everyone got half an hour of exercise a day and if we had a weekly Sabbath when everything shut down and everyone gave the day to rest, reflection and prayer.

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Senate reform should spark overhaul of Canadian democracy

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June 20, 2011

The Reform Party idealism of the 1980s and early 1990s that proclaimed Canada should have an equal, elected and effective Senate is pretty much dead. But that doesn't mean that Senate reform should be forsaken. It will have to be an ongoing task rather than a one bill fixes all solution.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper's encouragement for more Senate elections and fixed terms is a positive move that is far from radical. Nevertheless, the Ontario and Quebec governments reacted with predictable outrage. They see elected representation in the Senate as something that would increase the Senate's legitimacy as a voice of regional representation and thus be a threat to their own power.

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Quebec walks into darkness with systematic atheism

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June 13, 2011, 2011

To paraphrase the French philosopher, Jacques Maritain: The Quebec government cannot see that man must choose between two ways: the way of Calvary and the way of slaughter. Maritain's comment, made in 1938, was actually about the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.

But it is appropriate to describing the current path of government in Quebec which, having abandoned the Catholic faith, is now on a path of militant atheism. The government no doubt blindly believes this is a path of liberation for its people.

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Spirit's power came alive in surprising explosion of Pentecost

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June 6, 2011

In reading the history of the Second Vatican Council, one cannot help but be awestruck by the enormous trust Blessed Pope John XXIII had in the Holy Spirit. Elected pope at the age of 78, Angelo Roncalli was expected to be a caretaker pope, someone who minded the store for a few years after the long pontificate of Pope Pius XII.

Instead, three months after his election, Pope John called a council of the whole Church. Perhaps he had been waiting in the weeds, hoping for his chance to impose his agenda on an unsuspecting Church? This was nothing of the sort. Pope John had felt a glimmer of an insight, a little spark from the Holy Spirit and realized he must act.

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John Paul II celebrated humanity over economic systems

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May 30, 2011

This month marks the 20th anniversary of Centesimus Annus, arguably the greatest document in Pope John Paul II's magnificent body of writings.

Expectations for the encyclical were at first modest. Popes had written encyclicals of Church social teaching to mark the 40th, 70th, 80th and 90th anniversaries of Pope Leo XIII's 1891 encyclical Rerum Novarum.

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Spirit's presence revealed most clearly in life of virtue

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May 23, 2011

It was a great joy to have Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher to the papal household, give four public talks at St. Joseph Basilica earlier this month. But please permit this writer to express a minor disappointment that Cantamalessa was not able to speak on the topic for which he has been a guiding light over the past 20 years — the renewal of ourselves and our Church through the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Our vocation is a life-long service given by God

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May 16, 2011

Even in retirement, one is called to live out a vocation. As children move from home and a career comes to an end, one's vocation goes through a transition. But it doesn't end. God calls each of us, he calls us by name and he calls us for all of our lives.

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Voters opt for end to useless antagonism, want to move forward

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May 9, 2011

The May 2 federal election was an overwhelming vote for a government that gets down to work and leaves the bickering and antagonism of recent years behind.

The election was, of course, an historic realignment of political parties in the country — the emergence of the NDP as Canada’s alternative party, the annihilation of the Bloc Quebecois and the pushing aside — at least for now — of the Liberals. But the realignment was the symptom of a desire for serious government without the gridlock of the past seven years.

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Resurrection empowers us to set our sights on higher things

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April 25, 2011

The great Second Reading for Easter Sunday provokes a challenge: "If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth" (Colossians 3.1-2).

After the discipline of Lent and the glory of the Triduum liturgies we might just believe that, with God's grace, we can do it. Now is the time to be completely focused on seeking the things that are above and turning our backs on things that are on earth.

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Government ignores Easter's sanctity with advance poll dates

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April 18, 2011

It apparently is not a matter of great concern to Canada's political leaders that advance polling for the May 2 election will be conducted on Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Monday. A Christian nation would surely find a way to avoid having the electoral process trampling on the most holy season of the year.

Christians are perhaps more accepting of this situation than we would have been a few decades ago. After all, just about any religious holiday has been open season for shoppers for some time.

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