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Angry Old Testament God

“God’s Will,” Thoughts on Providentialism

September 30, 2020 at 12:26 pm

“It’s God will” is a statement so often heard that when one personally decides s/he no longer accepts it as reasonable, practical, or —  let’s face it — believable, a statement from a high-ranking clergyman in the Catholic Church endorsing such a view, especially with regard to COVID-19, has toRead More

Virtual Church-Going

Virtual Church-Going

May 13, 2020 at 12:19 pm

While much has been written about the many ways in which COVID-19 has changed our lives over the past few months, little has been said about how those who are regular church-goers have been affected as a result of being deprived of the spiritual support of weekly attendance at Mass.Read More

Jean Vanier’s Feet of Clay

Jean Vanier’s Feet of Clay

March 4, 2020 at 2:30 pm

The news that Jean Vanier, who died in May 2019, sexually abused six women surely devastated his followers and admirers around the world, including, one assumes, the L’Arche community in Iron Mines, Cape Breton. (I made an effort to contact them but heard nothing back after leaving a message.) TheRead More

Pope Francis meets a resident of the "Palace of the Poor" (Source: Community of Sant'Egidio https://www.santegidio.org/pageID/1/langID/en/idLng/1064/HOME.html)

Pope Francis: Right and Wrong

February 19, 2020 at 12:49 pm

I will give Pope Francis a tip of the biretta for his latest act on behalf of some of the poorest of the poor in Rome, or as he refers to them “society’s rejects, victims of today’s throwaway culture.” He has turned the Palazzo Migliori, a 19th palace named forRead More

St Jean-Baptiste et les pharisiens by James Tissot - Online Collection of Brooklyn Museum; Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2008, 00.159.47_PS2.jpg, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10195815

Virtuous Vipers?

December 18, 2019 at 12:45 pm

On 7 November 2011, Pope Benedict XVI was presented with the first printed copy of the revised English edition of the Roman Missal by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. I have admitted to not being very happy with the translation and as the years have gone by I still hearRead More

Sculptor Timothy Schmalz with his work 'Angels Unawares' Photo: Facebook

Angels Unawares

October 2, 2019 at 1:06 pm

Timothy Schmalz, a renowned Canadian sculptor, has a reputation for producing pieces of art that are influenced by the Bible, including “Homeless Jesus,” a sculpture of a man sleeping on a park bench, wrapped in a blanket and identifiable as Jesus by the wounds on his bare feet. The workRead More

Bishop Brian Dunn becomes Co-Adjutor Archbishop, Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth, July 5, 2019 St. Mary's Basilica, Halifax. photo: Aurea Sadi, Archdiocese Halifax-Yarmouth http://www.antigonishdiocese.com/index.php/news-to-you/our-blog/156-papalappointment2019

In Search of A Bishop: Who Need Not Apply?

August 7, 2019 at 12:36 pm

Amid the visions of airports and helipads, plus suggestions that Cape Breton should be a new province, a new territory or a partner with Membertou, and the publication of the financial position in which the CBRM finds itself, CBU Professor Tom Urbaniak’s notion that the seat of the Diocese ofRead More

"In My Heart," a tribute to all those who participated in the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls by Hermina Joldersma (Source: MMIWG https://www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/artists/in-my-heart/)

Relationships Are Sacred

July 10, 2019 at 11:19 am

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of articles about the conclusions of Canada’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) inquiry. You can read the first one here and the second here.)   Cassidy Bernard, a young mother died last fall in We’koqma’q (Whycocomagh). Last week,Read More

Sante’ Mawio’mi (Chapel Island Mission) in honour of St. Anne. photo: George Paul, Diocesan Communications Committee (via Diocese of Antigonish)

Antigonish Diocese Marks 175th Anniversary

May 22, 2019 at 11:04 am

The Diocese of Antigonish is marking its 175th anniversary this year although, so far, there hasn’t been a tremendous amount of publicity surrounding the celebration. However, a history of the diocese from its establishment in 1844 to 2018 has been posted on the diocesan website, including narration and videos coveringRead More

No Port News Dept: Where’s Barry?

No Port News Dept: Where’s Barry?

May 8, 2019 at 11:36 am

Clarification: On May 8th, 2019, the Cape Breton Spectator published a column entitled “No Port News Dept: Where’s Barry? that referred to Mr. Barry Sheehy’s role as a consultant to the Sydney Harbour Investment Partners.  The article expressed  a  concern about the lack of information from the Sydney Development CorpRead More