Highlights / church

International, Society

Kerfuffle in the Catholic Church

A new book is being released called “From the Depths of Our Hearts”. It’s sparked a bit of controversy within the Roman Catholic church. It seems to push a conservative message about celibacy, and includes an essay by retired Pope »

Society

Atheism is not a religion, Canadian court rules

A bid by a group dedicated to promotion of atheism to get registered as a Church for tax purposes inspired little faith in a Canadian court that found that it didn’t fit the criteria for a religious organization. In a »

Society

Lawsuit against Catholic oratory in Quebec may proceed

It’s a case of alleged sexual abuse going back as much as 40 years ago and involves one of Catholicism’s iconic institutions in Canada, the St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal The Supreme Court of Canada in a 5-4 decision has »

Highlights, Indigenous, Politics, Society

Solid vote to request Papal apology

Canada’s Parliament overwhelming vote to request Pope Francis apologise for residential schools It was a private member’s motion and it has passed almost unanimously in Canada’s House of Commons. It calls on the Pope to apologize for the Catholic Church’s »

Highlights, Immigration & Refugees, Politics, Society

Religion and influence on government and public life

“Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law” That’s part of the preamble to the Canadian Constitution. However, it is a fairly recent concept as the Constitution Act dates back only »

Uncategorized

Documentary: Clergy who lose their own faith

It’s perhaps surprising that among those who are leaders in religion, the priests and reverends, and preachers, are some who have come to disbelieve. A new documentary film called “Losing Our Religion” looks at this little known, secretive, issue Leslea »

Highlights, Society

What’s happening to Canadian churches?

In the news this week, a large well-known church in Montreal will close and be offered for sale. Trinity Memorial was built to accommodate 1,000 people, but as the number of parishioners has diminished the Archdeacon says the costs of »

Highlights, Society

Saving a magnificent wooden church

There are several words to describe the large wooden churches on Prince Edward Island: magnificent, breath-taking, awe-inspiring are certainly among them. But these churches need money for upkeep, and like many churches now, are in financial trouble. An architectural beauty, »

Highlights, Indigenous, Politics, Society

Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission ends

After six years of hearing testimony, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) wrapped up hearings this week in the national capital, Ottawa. A summary of the final report is expected to be released tomorrow. The commission was set up to »

Environment & Animal Life, Highlights, Society

February 27, 1842: “Rammed earth” and a church consecration

While “rammed earth” is not a familiar term now, it was not unusual in the 1800’s. Also not unusual is the consecration of a small church in a Canadian village. But there is something unique about St Thomas Anglican Church »