Activism

Letter to the Editor: Mother Canada No ‘Rough Beast’

Letter to the Editor: Mother Canada No ‘Rough Beast’

December 5, 2018 at 12:30 pm

In a recent article, Mary Campbell raises some concerns regarding the Never Forgotten National Memorial (NFNM). To describe Mother Canada (which is, by permission of the Allward family, modeled after Walter Seymour Allward’s Mother Bereft at Vimy, France) as “some rough beast” is inappropriate — would she apply the sameRead More

Kings Bay Plowshares Seven Update

Kings Bay Plowshares Seven Update

November 28, 2018 at 12:34 pm

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction…” Matthew 7:13   In September, I reported the case of the Kings Bay Plowshares Seven (KBP7), a group of veteran Catholic pacifist activists facing draconian punishment for ‘committing’ acts of symbolicRead More

The famous NASA image of the earth from space which gave the Blue Dot movement its name. (Source: Blue Dot http://bluedot.ca/)

Connecting the (Blue) Dots

November 21, 2018 at 1:06 pm

CBRM Council has declared its support for the Blue Dot movement. Launched in 2014 with the backing of the David Suzuki Foundation, Blue Dot is a “national campaign to advance the legal recognition of every Canadian’s right to a healthy environment.” In passing its resolution of support last night, theRead More

XV Ordinary Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment (Vatican Media)

Synod Response to Sex Abuse Scandal Falls Short

November 14, 2018 at 11:19 am

More than 250 bishops from around the world came together at the Vatican from October 3-28 for the XV Ordinary Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. Also invited to participate were 30 young people, chosen (one assumes) for their engagement with the faith, representatives of bothRead More

Vladimir Putin and John Bolton, Kremlin, 23 October 2018 (Kremlin.ru [CC BY 4.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Gallows Humor in the New Cold War

November 7, 2018 at 1:04 pm

Last November I lamented ‘The Lost Art of Arms Control,‘ the abject failure to build on the platform left by the last leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, and US President Ronald Reagan, who famously urged Gorbachev to “tear down” the Berlin Wall dividing Europe into nuclear-armed camps. Nearly 30Read More

85th Cape Breton Highlandes, WWI. (Source Beaton Institute https://www.cbu.ca/campus/beaton-institute/)

Give Peace A Chance: An Experiment in War Remembrance

October 3, 2018 at 12:21 pm

When you see millions of the mouthless dead Across your dreams in pale battalions go, Say not soft things as other men have said, That you’ll remember. For you need not so. Charles Sorley (1895-1915)   On Friday, September 21 – United Nations International Day of Peace – Cape BretonRead More

By Milliped [CC BY 3.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Confronting a Culture of Secrecy — and Worse

September 12, 2018 at 1:17 pm

Nobody denies anymore the culture of secrecy and cover-up in the Catholic Church, but what if it is simply part and parcel of an even worse culture, one of pedophilia? How else to explain what has been revealed again and again as common practice among clergy? Especially as, hard onRead More

Profiles in (Non-Violent) Courage

Profiles in (Non-Violent) Courage

September 5, 2018 at 2:32 pm

“No policies in human history have more deserved to be recognized as immoral. Or insane. … Whether Americans, Russians, and other humans can rise to the challenge of reversing these policies and eliminating the danger of near-term extinction caused by their own inventions and proclivities remains to be seen. IRead More

Hiroshima Hiroshima Peace Memorial, also known as the Atomic Bomb Dome (“Genbaku Dome”). An exhibition hall, it was the only thing left standing in the area after the bomb.. (Photo by Kiyokun [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], from Wikimedia Commons

Escaping the Nuclear Neither-Land

August 22, 2018 at 9:02 am

On 27 July 1953, the Korean War Armistice was signed, suspending hostilities (after 4 million deaths, mostly civilian, in three years) “until a final peaceful settlement” was “achieved at a political conference” to be convened “within three months.” Sure enough, less than 90 days later, a treaty was concluded: theRead...

For Catholics, Truth Often Stranger than Fiction

For Catholics, Truth Often Stranger than Fiction

August 8, 2018 at 11:38 am

Summer is considered the best time for light reading, not for serious books that could actually destroy a beautiful sunny day on the beach or the deck, but I recently dove into Crimes of the Father, the 2015 novel by the prolific Irish-Australian author Thomas Keneally. Right off the bat,Read More