The federal government has turned down Toronto’s request to decriminalize possession of hard drugs.Register file photo/Michael Swan

Toronto denied hard drug decriminalization

As British Columbia throws in the towel on its experiment of decriminalizing hard drugs, admitting defeat in liberalizing its drug laws, the country’s largest city has had its desire to ignore B.C.s evidence and move down the same path quashed by the federal government. On May 17, the federal government rejected a request from Toronto’s...

Canada’s military ordinariate Bishop Scott McCaig. centre. says the Chaplain General’s decision to temporarily back down on a prohibition against prayer at Remembrance Day services is “a sign of responsive leadership.” (Twitter/X photo)

Chaplain General pauses ban on Remembrance Day service religious language

Canada’s military ordinariate is pleased that the Chaplain General has put a temporary pause on the new Public Reflection Policy that would have prohibited overtly religious language by chaplains at Remembrance Day ceremonies. The Epoch Times reported Oct. 31 that Chaplain General Guy Belisle has at least temporarily backed down on the prohibition in order...

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Endowment to research Ukraine Catholics closed

The University of Alberta has closed an endowment fund and returned its donation to the family of a man who fought with a Nazi unit during the Second World War. The university’s Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies is returning the $30,000 to the family of Yaroslav Hunka, the 98-year-old man at the centre of a...

Protesters gather in Calgary, AB, for the 1 Million March 4 Children rally, Sept. 20, 2023. (Quinton Amundson)

Catholics must help combat ‘anti-faith’ forces, imam tells bishops as plenary opens

Canada’s Catholic bishops were urged by a Muslim Imam at their annual plenary assembly to speak out for “moral rights” — while also being counselled by a Cardinal to pursue reforms that make the Church “open to all.” Imam Abdul Hai Patel used brief remarks during a session on inter-religious dialogue to laud the “historic...

A woman reacts as protesters gather Sept. 20, 2023, near a government building in Yerevan, Armenia, following the launch a day earlier of a military operation by Azerbaijani forces in Nagorno-Karabakh. A ceasefire was declared Sept. 20 in the region, which is a historic Armenian enclave located in southwestern Azerbaijan and internationally recognized as part of that nation. (Photo: Irakli Gedenidze/Reuters/OSV News photo/The Catholic Register)

Artsakh burns while Western leaders fiddle

In the pre-dawn hours of yet another tranquil Ottawa morning — Sept. 19 — my cell phone buzzed. With a sense of foreboding and apprehension I speed-read the message that popped up. “Azerbaijan is hitting Artsakh (as Nagorno-Karabakh is known in Armenian). It’s war again. Artillery in the capital (Stepanakert). Calls for Armenia to join. If...

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Normal slowly returns as NWT bishop celebrates Mass again

Bishop Jon Hansen spoke to an “essentially full” St. Patrick’s Co-Cathedral on Sept. 10, in front of Yellowknife Catholics eager to congregate after nearly a month of being deprived of their home and parish community due to the rampant wildfires. “It was wonderful to see everyone,” said Hansen, who returned to the Northwest Territories capital...

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Development and Peace derailed by Facebook’s news ban

As Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, began restricting Canadians in August from accessing and sharing news content on its platforms in response to Bill C-18, The Online News Act, it wasn’t only news organizations feeling the effect. Whether the average Canadian understands or opposes Meta’s response to Bill C-18 — the new...

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Bishop Francis Leo is installed as Archbishop of Toronto at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica in Toronto, March 25, 2023. (Michael Swan)

Francis Leo installed as Archbishop of Toronto

By Peter Stockland His Grace Francis Leo offered up gratitude to Christ as he was made Archbishop of Toronto at today’s Mass in a packed St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica that was equally filled with the spirit of the Annunciation. “The most important thing is gratefulness to Jesus Christ … gratitude for our salvation, for the...

The Catholic Church and ‘conciliation’ with indigenous peoples

A presentation to the Regis-St. Michael’s Faculty of Theology Graduate Pro-Seminar by Kyle Ferguson, a second-year PhD studentat the University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto School of Theology, on March 1. My research involves questions related to conciliation between the Catholic Church and the Indigenous peoples in Canada. I use the word “conciliation” vs “reconciliation” as the...

One year into the synodal process

This blogpost by Catherine Clifford, a theology professor at Saint Paul University in Ottawa, was originally posted to Go Rebuild My House. I will be the first to admit that when Pope Francis invited the whole of the Catholic Church to enter a process of sustained spiritual conversation and reflect together on how we experience and...

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