I've normally seen "Vote early, vote often" as a wry comment on election skulduggery, but apparently voting as often as once a day is actually encouraged by the Canadian Blog Awards. It's not the policy I would have chosen, but dem's da roolz, so do cast those ballots. Voting in this final round opens Saturday November 25 and closes December 1.
How embarrassing it must be for [Canada's chattering classes], after spending so many years warning of Harper’s “hidden agenda,” to discover it includes speaking up for those whose plight is quietly ignored by the rest of the world.
Harper, who is routinely accused of pandering to big business, risks the wrath of that very sector by telling the Chinese he won’t ignore human rights concerns.
Pro and his friends were joky, keen, fit, disciplined, self-sacrificing, eager to help the poor, studious and uncynical. To the English-speaking reader they have the air of Boy Scouts. But they were prepared to meet death in their good deeds.
Update: I've changed the title to reflect the fact that Fr Pro has been beatified but his canonization as a saint is pending.
CourageMan highlights its careful distinction between saying a person has a
particular inclination that is disordered (which the Church does teach) and saying that such a person
as a whole is disordered (which it does not); and also its affirmation of chaste friendship.
The USCCB document, which I think could have been written by a
well-formed Courage member, pretty clearly indicates from space and
rhetoric that "orientation change" is a small part of the Church
teaching and not a big priority compared with a much broader
orientation change that all need. In fact, here is how it transitions
into the next segment after its "Therapy for Homosexual Inclinations?"
There is another kind of “therapy” or healing
of which we all stand in need, regardless of whether one is attracted
to the same or the opposite sex: Every person needs training in the
Which is the "The Necessity for Training in Virtue" segment.
After some debate, the bishops agreed to mention the Courage apostolate by name in footnote 44. And Lord grant me charity towards one Bishop Sullivan who reportedly complained that many people associated with the national association of diocesan directors of ministries to gays and lesbians "will be offended" because "they should be mentioned too." But they are (even if not by name), right on page 23:
Other organizations in our society devoted to persons with a homosexual inclination can be of support—or a hindrance—in living a chaste and holy life. Each should be evaluated on its own merits using Church teachings as a guide and participation should be encouraged or discouraged accordingly, as appropriate [emphasis mine].
I won't link to that association even to criticize it, not now anyhow, because the best defence is a good offence. Again I say, read what the bishops' conference says. Then tell your friends in the gay community. Tell your Protestant friends who are looking for humane and scripturally sound teaching on The Issue. The official Catholic teaching on homosexuality made sense to me years before the rest of Catholicism did. It's in grappling with difficult issues such as this, without getting pulled off course as various pressure groups would have it do, that the Catholic Church really shows its stuff. Deo gratias.
Before I'd become aware of the Campaign Life questionnaire, I asked challenger Mario Pileggi what steps he would take to ensure that Catholic schools live up to the name "Catholic." This was his response.
Thank you very much for your email. I appreciate the time you have taken to
contact me. The question you ask is a very important one. It challenges us
to take a closer look at the many issues that face our Catholic schools and
Catholic community. As you know, election time is a time for promises and I
want to be clear that I do not wish to promise anything I cannot deliver. I
would rather earn your support though honesty and integrity than empty
commitments. Therefore, one of the first steps I would take to ensure that
Catholic schools live up to the name "Catholic", is increasing the dialogue
between church, school and community. The success of this relationship is
critical if we want to preserve Catholic Schools. It has been said that
Catholic education means " teaching young minds for a better understanding
of community issues and, at the same time, be able to enrich them with a
sense of human compassion." Through God's teachings we learn the true
meaning of what it means to be Catholic. Catholic schools, in my opinion,
have a responsibility to teach the Word of the Lord.
In the last several years, we have seen a watered down approach in Catholic
schools, both in religious curriculum and in enrolment practices. Declining
enrolment seems to plague the Catholic School Board. In many of our Catholic
high schools, a large percentage of the students are non Catholics. I am
very concerned about this! Moreover, there is talk amongst our religious
leaders about the possibility of non Catholics in our elementary schools as
a means to increase enrolment. The question I ask "Are we only concerned
about enrolment at the risk of losing our Catholic identity and purpose?
Priorities need to be re-evaluated and commitments from all stakeholders
needs to be clearly articulated and the message unified. Other steps I
would take include, developing initiatives that capture the true essence of
being Catholic for example helping our most vulnerable, at risk students.
Helping them succeed in an environment that nurtures, loves, and accepts. I
would also promote the educating of better and more conscientious
individuals who are ready to fully undertake their responsibilies as
I am asking Mr Pileggi to clarify what aspects of Catholic religious curriculum he believes have been watered down, and how he would answer Campaign Life's questions. If I hear anything in time, I will post the answers.
I have seen a few lawn signs for Nick Lela but haven't seen any campaign literature of his aside from a tiny (and, sorry, quite forgettable) blurb in a Toronto Star print supplement a few days ago. I've found zippo online.
Watch the TV show Monk on USA Network. It's about a detective
who has OCD and who manages to be a productive member of society
anyway. In fact, his OCD makes him a better detective as he
notices (and obsesses about) details that nobody else spots. Many OCD
folks really appreciate this show and say it helps them in that it
offers a sympathetic portrait of someone with their conditions, lets
them laugh about it, and lets them see their condition from an
Thanks for that, Jimmy. I watched a few clips and haven't laughed so hard in a long time.