Jay's Articles

Kenyan mothers helped by doctors, Church

Bishop Fred Henry

October 15, 2012

Every year, it is estimated that 500,000 women die in childbirth and pregnancy in the developing world and nine million children die before their fifth birthday. Many of these deaths could be prevented by ensuring access to public health care and services.

Science will never prove that God does not exist

Fr. Robert Barron

October 15, 2012

Given the ruminations of Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett, one might have thought that the absolute limit of scientistic arrogance had been reached.

Canonizing Kateri can open our hearts to aboriginal people

Bob McKeon

October 15, 2012

Oct. 21 will be an important day in the life of the Canadian Church. On this day in Rome, Pope Benedict will canonize Kateri Tekakwitha a saint.

Being a Christian means living life according to Jesus 24/7

WCR Logo

October 8, 2012

As the World Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization opens Oct. 7, a pressing question awaits an answer: We know the synod will lead to yet another Vatican document on evangelization; will it also lead to a missionary outburst that challenges the deadening, dehumanizing secularism of the West? Will the synod's deliberations lead to a metanoia, a conversion, in our attitudes and actions, or will it remain business as usual?

Laughter invites us to embrace heavenly joy

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 8, 2012

In our novitiate, when I was a novice with the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, our assistant novice director, a sincere but overly-stern man, cautioned us about too much levity in our lives by telling us that there is no recorded incident in Scripture of Jesus ever laughing.

A coffin has no pockets, a hearse no U-Haul

Maria Kozakiewicz

October 8, 2012
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 14, 2012

We all know this week's Gospel reading. It sounds divisive.

Pope John's opening speech sets the tone for a new direction

October 8, 2012

When Blessed Pope John XXIII began his speech to open the Second Vatican Council on Oct. 11, 1962, many, perhaps most, of the bishops in St. Peter's Basilica expected to receive their marching orders for the council.

Wipe out poverty and give dignity to all

Joe Gunn

October 8, 2012

Sitting in our parish basement, she told her story with a quiet dignity – and a carefully concealed anger.

Catholic intellectual tradition celebrates each unique student

Blessed John Henry Newman

October 8, 2012

The beginning of a new academic year provides a distinct perspective from which to appreciate the rich academic tradition that is Catholic higher education and to recommit to providing the transformative learning experience that defines the genre.

Simon's gift can be given or received

October 8, 2012

Oct. 7-13 is Mental Health Week. It reminds me every year of famous helpers in history.