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Africa torn by massive struggles as West shrugs in indifference

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June 9, 2014

There is hope in sub-Saharan Africa. There are fewer wars, less violence and greater economic activity now than at any point in recent memory. The region, however, is still struggling mightily and, for the most part, the West turns its back on the enormous problems in what used to be called black Africa. Our blasé attitude to Africa is perhaps the greatest sign of what Pope Francis calls the globalization of indifference.

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Please, please restart negotiations on First Nations education

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May 26, 2014

The federal government cannot and should not abandon its efforts to improve on-reserve First Nations education because of divisions among aboriginal leaders over the now-withdrawn Bill C-33. While the resignation of Shawn Atleo as national chief of the Assembly of First Nations has drawn the most media attention, it is aboriginal students who will suffer most if improvements are not made to on-reserve education.

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Pro-lifers must not abandon politics

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May 26, 2014

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau's announcement that pro-life individuals will no longer be allowed to seek federal Liberal nominations is a calamitous move against social justice and human dignity in Canada. All three major parties have now placed themselves foursquare against one of the most basic human rights – the right to life. A few years ago, the late Jack Layton took the same stance in the New Democratic Party – those who support the life of the unborn will not be allowed to run as NDP candidates.

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Synod of Bishops again under the microscope

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May 26, 2014

The authority of the world Synod of Bishops is again coming under the microscope now that a relatively new pope has called not one, but two, synods for the next two years to discuss issues affecting the family. In the background is the issue of whether the synod could allow those who are divorced and remarried without an annulment of the first marriage to receive Communion. The straight answer is that, no, the synod cannot do this. Nor could the synod ever be given the authority to make such a change.

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The unforgiveable sin of Trinity Western University

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May 12, 2014

The decision of the Law Society of Upper Canada to bar graduates of a planned law school at B.C.'s evangelical Trinity Western University from practising law in Ontario should be abhorrent not only to all religious believers, but to all concerned about protecting the human dignity of Canadians. It is difficult to see this decision as anything but an attempt to narrow the range of public discourse in such a way that would exclude explicitly Christian universities from training and forming members of the legal profession.

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Environmentally-sensitive drilling at the headwaters of the Amazon. Really?

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May 12, 2014

A Calgary-based oil company is now waiting to get the environmental permits it needs to begin drilling in an ecologically-sensitive area at the headwaters of the Amazon River near Iquitos, Peru. Gran Tierra Energy says, "Our mission is to create value for all our stakeholders through oil & gas exploration and production, capitalizing on the global operating experience of our team to build a record of success in South America; in a transparent, safe, environmentally and socially responsible manner."

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Fair Elections Act is still unfair

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May 12, 2014

The federal Conservative government has made some headway in improving the so-called Fair Elections Act with its recent spate of amendments. However, it still has a long road to travel before it arrives at its intended destination of providing the basis for fair elections in Canada. In carrying out investigations of election fraud, the chief electoral officer still lacks the power to compel witness testimony. Without that power, the electoral officer may frequently have his or her hands tied in fully investigating matters that come forward.

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Archbishop MacNeil still helping us grow together into Christ

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April 28, 2014

Archbishop Joseph MacNeil is 90. Good grief! Like many people in this diocese, I can say that I knew him when he was in his 50s. Time passes, and we're all much older now than we were then. There are many memories, but one that stands out might seem mundane. I knew almost from the day I walked in the door what his episcopal motto was – Let us grow together into Christ, which he took from Ephesians 4.15. More than a personal motto, it was something engraved on the heart of the local Church during MacNeil's 26 years as archbishop of Edmonton.

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Christ's resurrection was a bodily one

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April 28, 2014

Despite our faith, we still have a hard time making sense of Easter. What has happened to Christ's body that he can pass through walls, but still eat food? He is not a ghost, but neither is he a material being in the way that we understand matter. Over the course of history, some heavy thinkers have been tempted to give up on Easter. The resurrection, some say, was not bodily; there was no empty tomb. The resurrection was more like a brilliant inspiration given from on high that helped Jesus' disciples make sense of the time they spent with him. It was a spiritual empowerment that spurred them to go forth and spread the Gospel.

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Thank God for the gift of evildoers

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April 28, 2014

One of the greatest spiritual challenges Christians face is the evildoer, especially the one who is doing evil to me. It's hard to turn a blind eye to these vipers, hard to ignore their provocations. Yet, if we are to have any peace ourselves and if the world itself is to achieve peace, we at the very least have to pick our battles judiciously. Better still, if we see them within the perspective of eternity, we will realize they are no more than irksome flies, annoying little gnats whose day will soon pass.

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