25 years later

The annual strategy meeting of Campaign Life Coalition was held in Toronto on Sept. 12 and 13. Although I found it impossible to keep up with the entire program, I wish to say how impressed and encouraged I was by the entire event. The chief organizers were Jim Hughes, national president of CLC, Mary Ellen Douglas, CLC's national organizer and a very [...]

2010-08-30T14:03:00-04:00October 30, 2003|Issues|

Entering the teen years

My Darling Patrick, It is hard to believe that in a couple of weeks, you will become a teenager. Thirteen years ago you entered my life and changed it in more ways than I could have imagined. You helped me to grow and mature. You taught me how to be a mother. Whenever I reflect on my time as a mother, I [...]

2010-08-30T14:01:27-04:00October 30, 2003|Issues|

Movie considers the ‘terrible’ question of death

The English premiere of Denys Arcand's The Barbarian Invasions was released Sept. 4 at the Toronto Film Festival. It won two prizes last May at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, including for the best script. This new film is a sequel to The Decline of the American Empire, produced in 1986, that was an Oscar nominee for best foreign movie. Whereas The [...]

2010-08-30T14:03:17-04:00October 30, 2003|Movie Review|

Eves twists in the wind

Premier Ernie Eves was sitting dwarfed by his big desk at Queen's Park recently, while anxiously awaiting the arrival of his top bureaucrat, known unaffectionately as "Slippery Sam" Slocum. Then, into the room barged Slippery Sam, announcing, "They're here! The election committee has arrived." "Show them in," said Ernie. Into the room bustled a motley crew of yuppily-dressed people who seemed overly [...]

2010-08-30T14:00:03-04:00October 30, 2003|Frank Kennedy, Politics|

“Happy” anniversary? Why, yes.

This has been a year of anniversaries and birthdays. The Interim turned 20. Fr. Ted turned 90. Campaign Life and Jim Hughes have both been fighting for the rights of the unborn for 25 years. In September, both were both honoured during a dinner in Toronto for reaching this milestone. It was a joyous occasion; yes, we do mean joyous. More about [...]

2010-08-30T13:59:00-04:00October 30, 2003|Issues|

No to civil unions

Since the June 10, decision of the Ontario Court of Appeals, a great many Canadians from all faiths, cultures, and backgrounds, have objected strenuously to the proposed redefinition of marriage. Due to the encouraging and effective opposition from this group, some politicians and pundits are attempting a more nuanced position on the issue: because they wish to ingratiate themselves with the ever-growing [...]

2010-08-30T13:57:38-04:00October 30, 2003|Marriage and Family, Society & Culture|

News Briefs

MAP available without prescription in Saskatchewan New Brunswick Gay activist charged Supreme Knight blasts 'Catholic' Canadian politicians India's culture of death MAP available without prescription REGINA - Saskatchewan's NDP government has allowed pharmacists to dispense the abortifacient morning after pill without a doctor's prescription. Under new regulations, after taking a short course, pharmacists are able to distribute the drugs. "We have 245 [...]

2010-08-30T13:57:13-04:00October 30, 2003|Abortion, Issues, Society & Culture, World Briefs|

Bits ‘n’ Pieces

United States Rep. Mark Souder (R, Ind.) and former Congressman Tom Coburn (R, Okla.) send letters to the federal Centres for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration urging them to put medically accurate warnings on condoms. In 2001, a CDC study found "there was no ... evidence that condom use reduces the risk" of infection for human papillomavirus, the cause [...]

2010-08-30T13:55:56-04:00October 30, 2003|Across Canada, Bits n' Pieces, US Briefs, World Briefs|

Book helps to discover common prayer

Sue Careless is a pro-life journalist familiar to Interim readers. She is also the author of an inspiring ecumenical resource, Discovering the Book of Common Prayer: A Hands-On Approach. Volume 1: Daily Prayer. She has written this book at the behest of the Prayer Book Society of Canada to promote a renewed and deeper appreciation for the Book of Common Prayer as [...]

2010-08-30T13:55:29-04:00October 30, 2003|Book Review|

Exploring Christianity’s roots

The Christians: Their First Two Thousand Years, Volume 1: The Veil Is Torn Edited by Ted Byfield (Christian History Project Inc, 288 pgs $49.95) Review by David Bolton The Interim A recent book by Philip Jenkins, professor of history and religious studies at Penn State University, warned us that Christendom in the post-modern Western world is destined for, if not extinction, at [...]

2010-08-30T13:54:58-04:00October 30, 2003|Book Review|

Musician attempts embryo adoption

A U.S. Catholic musician has encountered the controversies that can inadvertently ensnare a person when she enters the pro-life sphere of work. After years of struggling with infertility, and finding there was nothing they could do that was morally permissible, New Orleans, La. native Kitty Cleveland and her husband made an effort to adopt and implant three embryos that were kept in [...]

2010-08-30T13:54:34-04:00October 30, 2003|Issues|

The value of a traditional family

"Give way to one another in obedience to Christ. Wives should regard their husbands as they regard the Lord, since as Christ is head of the church and saves the whole body, so is a husband the head of his wife; and as the church submits to Christ, so should wives to their husbands." (Eph.5:21-25) My parents will snicker, I'm sure, at [...]

2010-08-30T13:00:33-04:00October 30, 2003|Marriage and Family|

Pro-life group denied voice

A pro-life group covering the Welland-Port Colborne area of Ontario has been turfed from setting up an exhibit at a well-attended local festival, apparently at the instigation of the owner of a local newspaper. The Welland-Port Col- borne Pro-Life Association had applied in early June to take part in the Port Colborne Canal Days event August 1-4. The association had purchased some [...]

2010-08-30T13:01:25-04:00October 30, 2003|Issues|

Homosexual rights debate prompts Catholic bashing

In the media war over the issue of same-sex "marriage," the nation's liberal newspapers have seen the Catholic church as a constant target of ridicule, especially so in their editorial cartoons. Church leaders and symbols have been portrayed as everything from minor annoyances in the face of "progress" to oppressive despots attacking the very foundations of freedom. "The Vatican is seen as [...]

2010-08-30T12:59:01-04:00October 30, 2003|Issues, Society & Culture|

Retaining the enthusiasm of youth

Students ponder where to go next after initial pro-life forays Canadian pro-life student organizations continue to struggle with the age-old question of retaining the talent, enthusiasm and experience of students who are reaching the crossroads in terms of longer-term commitment to right-to-life work. While many organizations throughout North America have established youth wings and stepped up efforts to solicit student input, they [...]

2010-08-30T12:59:51-04:00October 30, 2003|Pro-Life, Youth Activism|
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