April 2005

Primate culture 1, human culture 0

The professional college governing Quebec doctors has decided that teenage girls will now be able to receive birth control pills from their school nurse, without needing a prescription. Reason? “We wanted to make it easier for adolescents to get birth control.”

As well, “under the new agreement, nurses will also be able to raise the issue of contraception, instead of waiting for the teen to bring it up during their discussions.”

Just call me “Sir”

This evening I had the honour of passing the 1st degree of the Knights of Columbus.

Want to know how the initiation ceremony unfolds? I could tell you, but I’d have to kill you. ;-)

Seriously, I am very glad to be part of this organization. I’ve not a big joiner of groups, but the more I’ve come to know the Knights the more impressed I have become. They do lots of great charity work, they live true mutual support in a brotherhood, and they stand up for their faith. I’ll wear the pin with pride.

Frustrating frustration

Yesterday an opinion piece was presented in the Montreal Gazette regarding the election of Cardinal Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI. I had objections to its content, and the tone was very disrespectful. In reply I fired off a letter to the editor, which was published this morning. Looking at it in print, I had to admit that I hadn’t done much better. (Note to self: don’t write letters to the editor when still in the midst of reaction.)

We have a Pope!

I’ve been completing my stuff for Concordia, but in the meantime we’ve had great news: HABEMUS PAPAM!

The reaction to Cardinal Ratzinger’s election as Pope Benedict XVI has been quite mixed — many people don’t seem to know how to react. Let me offer this observation: the reaction of people to Josef Ratzinger’s election reveals more about them than about Josef Ratzinger. The election holds up a mirror to us as Catholics: we need to have the courage to look inside and see what our hidden hopes and fears might be.

Making history

Tonight I had the opportunity to do something historic: I was invited by the Coptic Orthodox of St. Mark’s Church to address them on the subject of same-sex marriage. The schism between the Catholics and the Copts goes back to (believe it or not) 451 A.D. That a loooooonnnnnnggggggg time, and quite frankly it is pretty unusual for a Catholic priest to be invited to speak in their church, from their pulpit. I received a very warm welcome, and I felt very honoured to be able to speak with them on this very important issue.