‘Light under a bushel’ department
Christ the King is the name of a new Catholic elementary school nearing completion in what has become a predominantly Jewish suburb in Toronto. But Richmond Hill trustee Pat Burzillo has received a number of complaints about the name, including one from ‘concerned Catholic parent’. Jo Zupnik: “We feel that the name ‘Christ the King’ is very insensitive to the Jewish people and would not be in keeping with the community spirit which we hope to achieve.”
Wolf among the sheep
Early in January 1991, Rev. Ken Campbell called for the dismissal of Laurier Lapierre as Moderator of the Citizens’ Forum on Canada’s Future. He cited Lapierre’s avowed homosexuality and “totalitarian” outlook on education – “the home is the extension of the school,” he said in 1978 – as grounds for choosing a Moderator more tolerable to Canadians.
A town without pity
Early this year, the Councillors of Tecumseh, located just northeast of Windsor, Ontario formally registered the town’s “strong opposition to any change in legislation which would allow the use of public funds in the promotion or performance of abortion.”
SOUTH OF THE BORDER
Do you have to be a football hero?
New York Giants tight end and veteran rescuer Mark Bavaro doesn’t hold much with the idolization of celebrities and athletes. “If you want a role model for me, I’m Catholic,” he recently told a press scrum. “I look to the saints and the clergy.”
Castrating a nation
After examining the data on sterilization, the Minister of Health in Brazil’s southwestern city of Porto Alegre has called for the investigation of the activities of international ‘birth control’ organizations, many of which pay doctors on a production basis. “A crime against our country has been committed,” he said. “Any form of family planning must be reconsidered in the light of our reality, our moral background, our sense of ethics and, in the first place, our way of living together.”
2691 AD: Where have all the Japanese gone?
As Japan’s birthrate reached a record low of 10 babies per 1000 in 1989, Kiyoko Ono, director of the Women’s Bureau warned that at the current rate of reproduction there will be only 400 Japanese in 700 years.