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Friday
May062016

Seven for Summer

 

Two avid readers offer some suggestions for books to enjoy this summer whether you find yourself

swinging in a hammock, sunning on the beach or lazing in a lawn chair.  

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Thursday
May052016

The 500-year-old Gift from Erasmus

A 1523 painting of Erasmus (1467-1536) by Hans Holbein the Younger. (Public Domain)

By Robert Sider

FOR ALL LOVERS of the Bible, 2016 is a year for celebration!  In March, 1516 – 500 years ago – the world was given the first published text of the Greek New Testament, an edition prepared by Erasmus of Rotterdam. Who was Erasmus? How did this first edition come to be published? What is its importance?

Erasmus was born in the Dutch city of Rotterdam in October 1466, an illegitimate child. He became orphaned as a boy, joined a monastic order

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Thursday
May052016

Deadly Problems with Bill C-14

By Will Johnston 

(Photo:Sue Careless)

IT IS NOT surprising that many Canadians are concerned about the dangers of the new assisted suicide and euthanasia bill, C-14.

What is really not credible is how the word-benders who used the Charter “right to life” to legalize the intentional suicide or killing of some patients are now protesting that they have been cheated of total victory. While they were in court, they said that all they wanted was for competent consenting adults who were suffering terribly at the end of life to

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Tuesday
Mar222016

A ‘Foul and Rainy Day’

Woodcut from John Foxe’s Book of Martyrs (1563) of Cranmer’s death on March 21, 1556. 

What we can learn from Thomas Cranmer on the 460th anniversary of his martyrdom

By C. Peter Molloy

IN HIS ACCOUNT of Thomas Cranmer’s martyrdom, John Foxe describes it as a ‘Foul and Rainy Day.’ Leading the mad processional from the Bocardo prison, at the doorstep of St. Michael’s to St. Mary’s was the Mayor and Aldermen of Oxford. Cranmer himself was escorted by two Dominican friars. Perhaps out of habit, or out of some nervous desire to sanctify the procession, these two friars mumbled some psalms responsively to each other. Upon entering St. Mary’s they escorted the beleaguered Cranmer to a stage under the pulpit and lead the congregation in the Nunc Dimmittis. And there before a packed church stood the former archbishop and primate of all England, in a bare and ragged gown, forced to listen

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Tuesday
Mar222016

Report would expand access to medically-assisted suicide

By Sharon Dewey Hetke

Ottawa – A REPORT ISSUED on Feb. 25th has reignited the debate around assisted suicide. Entitled “Medical Assistance in Dying: A Patient-Centred Approach,” the Report by the government’s Special Joint Committee contained recommendations for legislation on assisted suicide – and comes in response to the Supreme Court of Canada’s Feb. 6th , 2015 unanimous decision in the Carter case to strike down Canada’s ban on the practice. 

As part of its consultation process, the government had struck a Committee of 11 MPs (6 Liberals, 2 New Democrats and 3 Conservatives) as well as 5 Senators – three of whom are Conservatives and two of whom sit as independent Liberals. The Report comes four months in advance of the legislative deadline issued by the Supreme Court, June 6, 2016. (A 4-month extension had been granted, partly in light of the October change in government.)

In striking down the law, the Court said it did not intend to create a “a free-standing constitutional exemption,”

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