Peter Stockland  |  March 27, 2015  |  Faith, Philosophy

Cardus’ Comment and Convivum magazines both turn their attention in their new issues to the overpowering distractions of the world around us. A recent posting on the website Ethika Politika offers a solution worthy of serious reflection. In the April-May Convivium, Toronto writer Gavin C. Miller offers a bemused gusting to downright angry take on how the "false god" of advertising leads our eyes, hearts, minds, and souls astray. Miller was crossing the lobby of his apartment building recently when he stopped to admire a presentation of beautiful orchids. The discovery that the flowers were fakes left him, a biologist, feeling sheepishly hoodwinked. They had an even deeper effect, however, … MORE »

Naomi Biesheuvel  |  March 20, 2015  |  Education, Justice, Religion

Canada’s Supreme Court ruled on Thursday in favour of Montreal’s Loyola High School, finding the Quebec government violated the Jesuit institution’s Charter-protected freedom of religion. “It’s a total victory for the school, for parents and for the [education] ministry because it upholds the full society’s value,” said John Zucchi, an appellant in the case and father of a former Loyola student. “It took seven years … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  March 19, 2015  |  Education, Justice, Religion

The Supreme Court of Canada says Montreal’s Loyola High School had its Charter religious freedoms violated by the Quebec government’s refusal to allow it to teach a program from a Catholic perspective. But in a 4-3 split decision, the Court also rejected the private Catholic school’s proposal for an alternative to the so-called Ethics and Religious Culture program mandated by the Quebec government in 2008. … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  March 18, 2015  |  Legacy, Religion, Vocation, War & Peace

At Tuesday’s Cardus-Convivium event, author George Weigel described Pope John Paul II’s life as the “finger of Providence pushing him along a path” of discernment. It took the future Polish pope much of his youth even to decide to become a priest, Weigel told an audience at Toronto’s Tyndale University College and Seminary. Interviewed on stage by Convivium‘s editor-in-chief, Father Raymond J. de Souza, Weigel … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  March 11, 2015  |  Politics, War & Peace

Tuesday’s Question Period in the House of Commons was among the most boisterous since October. And it wasn’t just because the denizens of what my late cousin called “adult daycare” wanted to get outside to play on a spectacular national capital spring day. If Ottawa isn’t in the full grip of election fever, MPs are at least starting to hack the House down. There are, … MORE »

Ray Pennings  |  March 4, 2015  |  Law, Politics

Democracy, we’re told, is in deep trouble in Canada. On Parliament Hill, some male MPs stand accused of sexually harassing—possibly even assaulting—their female peers. Off the Hill, a veteran MP is convicted of flouting laws on electoral spending. Even political helpers deepen the damage with campaign misconduct that has earned one of them nine months in jail. As for the Senate, well, why go there? … MORE »

Beth Green  |  February 27, 2015  |  Education, Vocation

It might be said that not enough graduates of Protestant Christian schools in North America will go on to make their vocation in a STEM-related field. The results of the Cardus Education Survey suggest that, compared to their counterparts in Catholic and non-religious private schools, students in Protestant schools are much more likely to choose a human-service-related career—such as social work or education—over science, technology, … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  February 26, 2015  |  Death, Politics

At least two aspects gave the doctor-delivered-death issue an air of surprise in the House of Commons this week. The Opposition parties pressed the government to move quickly toward drafting a new law to replace the section struck down February 6 by the Supreme Court. Liberal leader Justin Trudeau introduced a motion (ultimately defeated) that would have had the bill drafted—not just studied—by an all-party … MORE »

Andrew Bennett  |  February 25, 2015  |  Faith, Foreign Policy, Politics, Religion

For part one of this series, please see How to Counter Religion Avoidance Syndrome, published February 23. In advancing religious freedom as a central element of Canadian foreign policy it is important that we as Canadians have an awareness of the role that religion plays in societies around the world. To this end we need to acquire not only a religious literacy as practitioners of … MORE »

Thomas Farr  |  February 23, 2015  |  Foreign Policy, Politics, Religion

In the two months since I addressed the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Canadian House of Commons (see the text of my remarks below), the need for Canada to embrace a more active stance on religious freedom has become increasingly, and painfully, urgent. The almost daily news of savage violence by Islamist terrorists in the Middle East—and continued deep tensions in the West—is profoundly troubling. … MORE »