Monthly Archives: September 2006


What is marriage?

A version of this article orginally appeared as our August 2003 editorial. Marriage is the sacrament of love that precedes the institution of life – the family. If the family is the microcosm of society, marriage is both secular constitution and sacred covenant. It is the habitat of the family, and it pre-exists the state. It is between one man and one [...]

2010-08-18T09:08:17-06:00September 18, 2006|Marriage and Family|

Why exclude Oedipus?

The incoherent statism of same-sex ‘marriage’ Shortly after the Americans liberated Iraq, they changed the Iraqi traffic code, because it was enforced by Baathist-appointed traffic police who would pocket fines as often as they would properly enforce the code. But “cleaning up” the corrupt institution caused horrible traffic jams in a city where car bombs are the weapon of choice. William Langewiesche [...]

2010-08-18T09:08:23-06:00September 18, 2006|Marriage and Family|

Happiness lies not in sexual stimulation

A visiting celestial wanderer might easily conclude that we earthlings think happiness is utterly dependent on constant sexual stimulation and condomized activity from the time we cut our teeth. Very few of the activities that preoccupy us today are without sexual overtones. (Except maybe war.) So if that is the standard by which we measure happiness, our world should be happy, indeed. [...]

2010-08-18T09:08:29-06:00September 18, 2006|Columnist, Sex Education, Society & Culture|

Fair comment or hate speech?

The same-sex “marriage” controversy is once again heating up newspaper columns. And once again, some in the liberal press are mocking people of faith. Columnists have led the charge, for it would seem that on the whole, editors show more restraint. A recent striking example was an attack piece written by Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette published on August 5. To [...]

2010-08-18T09:08:44-06:00September 18, 2006|Columnist, Human rights, Marriage and Family, Rev. Royal Hamel|

Don’t count on freedom of religion

In an advisory ruling on Dec. 9, 2004, the Supreme Court of Canada decreed that same-sex couples have an unequivocal equality right to marry under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Ontario government followed up on Feb. 22, 2005 with Bill 171, an omnibus act to eliminate all references to traditional marriage in 73 Ontario statutes, by replacing words such [...]

2010-08-18T09:08:53-06:00September 18, 2006|Columnist, Religion, Rory Leishman|

Facing death, choosing to live

Chasing Daylight: How My Forthcoming Death Transformed My Life By Eugene O’Kelly and Corinne O’Kelly with Andrew Postman McGraw-Hill, 2006, 179 pages; $25.95 Chasing Daylight opens with the startling words, “I was blessed. I was told I had three months to live.” Yet, this personal account of a vigorous, active man’s last 100 days is an uplifting book about embracing life to [...]

2010-08-18T09:08:58-06:00September 18, 2006|Book Review|

Abortion harms adolescent girls’ health

Adolescent women experience far graver risks of mental and emotional health problems from abortion than they do by carrying their “unintended pregnancies” to term, according to a new U.S. study. The study, published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescents, proves that abortion, not the “unintended pregnancy,” causes severe mental health problems in young women. The research conducted by Dr. Priscilla Coleman, [...]

2010-08-18T09:09:04-06:00September 18, 2006|Abortion, Post-abortion and Health Care|

Life Chain: a public pro-life witness

As the leaves change color to herald the onset of fall, it’s also a signal that the annual Life Chain event is just around the corner across Canada. Scheduled for the afternoon of Sunday, Oct. 1, normally between 2 and 3 p.m. (specific times vary according to individual location), Canadian Life Chains are expected to attract tens of thousands of people this [...]

2010-08-18T09:08:48-06:00September 18, 2006|Activism, Issues, Pro-Life|

Census tells more than just stats

“I don’t have a daddy,” said the young boy or girl at the door. “And my mommy’s still sleeping.” I would not feel comfortable writing about this experience if it had only happened to me once. Like every other enumerator with the 2006 Census, I swore an oath not to divulge any of the private information I collected. Yet, this incident happened [...]

2010-08-18T09:09:13-06:00September 18, 2006|Abortion statistics|

Campus pro-life clubs must often contend with hostile environments

Sometimes, you can stop something and begin it again very easily … like riding a bicycle. Unfortunately, this is not the case when restarting a campus pro-life club. The challenges of restarting a club that had previously held official club status and was very active can be difficult and sometimes frustrating. This happened at the University of Western Ontario (UWO). The campus [...]

2010-08-18T09:09:18-06:00September 18, 2006|Activism, Pro-Life, Youth Activism|

Spreading the message at McMaster University

McMaster LifeLine is a campus club that began in October 2004. The current president and vice-president are Johanna Miller and Elaine Zettel, respectively. They, along with other enthusiastic pro-life students, started the club. What has followed has been a spectacular group that has brought life issues to the forefront at the McMaster campus community. They have built up their club membership through [...]

2010-08-18T09:09:23-06:00September 18, 2006|Activism, Pro-Life, Youth Activism|

The nature of a gift

Special to The Interim This was my gift, my gift to him and my gift to the family that adopted him. The true essence of a gift is that it is given freely. Nothing can be expected in return. There can be no strings attached. Neither he nor his parents would be beholden to me. To place him meant giving a part [...]

2010-08-18T09:09:28-06:00September 18, 2006|Abortion|

Adoption turns negative experience into positive one

Like many teenagers, Jen Geenen (pictured centre here) found herself pregnant from a high school relationship that had gone too far.  Sensing a growing distance between herself and her boyfriend, she faced a difficult choice.  Should the teenager drop out of high school and raise the baby as a single mother or should she seek an abortion? “Last year, I placed the [...]

2010-08-18T09:09:33-06:00September 18, 2006|Abortion, Activism|

How to talk to children about abortion

As families of faith prepare their children to return to school this month, parents and grandparents may be worried about what is taught in classrooms. Adults frequently consider the messages kids should receive about sex, guns, drugs and strangers – but do we prepare children for the messages they may be given on abortion? And is the totality of the messages we [...]

2010-08-18T09:09:42-06:00September 18, 2006|Abortion, Activism, Pro-Life|

Teachers for Life makes comeback

Numerous professions have formed specialized groups to address the pro-life struggle within their respective spheres of influence – Physicians for Life perhaps most prominently comes to mind – but one area that still needs to be focused on is the realm of teaching. A Canadian Teachers for Life organization was started in the mid-1980s by Louis Di Rocco, then a volunteer with [...]

2010-08-18T09:09:49-06:00September 18, 2006|Activism, Pro-Life, Pro-life Groups|
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