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Bill C-14: Conscience Rights

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By now you may have heard of Bill C-14. It is the bill that regulates medically assisted dying in Canada. This bill will affect all of us, but in a special way, it will affect our medical practitioners, many who argue the restrictions are not adequate. The issue is complicated further by the fact that the bill is a Federal bill, but how it will be implemented is a provincial jurisdiction.

To explore the matter further, and to find out how the new Assisted Dying Bill will affect medical practitioners, I spoke with Deacon Larry Worthen, Executive Director of the Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada.

Join me for this special “end-of-life” edition of Perspectives, tomorrow, Friday, July 1st at 7pm ET / 4pm or 8pm PT. If you miss it because it’s Canada Day, it will repeat on Sunday, July 3 at 7pm and 11pm ET / 8pm PT.


Learn more about the issue:

S+L Programs on Assisted Dying:
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Perspectives: The Weekly Edition:
Catholic Focus interviews:
Other series:

From our Blog

Deacon-structing End of Life:

Deacon-structing End of Life Issues:
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Indigenous and Catholic: Sr. Priscilla Solomon on Perspectives Weekly

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In 2007, almost 60 years after the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights, the United Nations adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The declaration recognizes Indigenous people’s basic human rights, as well as rights to self-determination, language, equality and land, among others. There were four votes against: Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Canada. A few weeks ago, Canada officially removed its objector status and agreed to begin working to implement the declaration. To tell us more about Indigenous rights, Truth and Reconciliation and how one can be Indigenous and Catholic at the same time, I spoke with Sr. Priscilla Solomon, CSJ, an Ojibway and member of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph.

Hope you can  join us tomorrow, Friday, June 3 and Sunday, June 5 at 7pm and 11pm ET / 8pm PT.

Learn more about these issues:

Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Catholic responses to Truth and Reconciliation Commission Call to Action 48 and questions regarding the “Doctrine of Discovery”

Development and Peace supports the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Call to Action 48 and questions regarding the “Doctrine of Discovery”

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

More Resources:

What is Reconciliation? 

What Is Reconciliation from TRC – CVR on Vimeo.

Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples from Melanie Nielsen Emonet on Vimeo.

Feeding the hungry on Perspectives Weekly tonight

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In this special Jubilee Year, we are invited to remember the corporal works of mercy. One of them is to feed the hungry. Every day, all over the world, people have been doing this and the Church has been doing it for 2000 years. In Toronto, Sr. Margaret Patterson of the Congregation of Notre Dame runs a breakfast club for elementary school children. Join me, Deacon Pedro tonight, as we speak about her vocation, about mercy and the challenges and joys of caring for the hungry.

Friday, April 15th at 7pm & 11pm ET / 4pm & 8pm PT
If you miss it, watch it Sunday, April 17 at 7pm & 11pm ET / 4pm & 8pm PT

Perspectives Weekly: Can you baptise an extraterrestrial?

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I’ve always been interested in matters of science and of faith. Growing up, it never occured to me that there would be a conflict between faith and science or faith and reason, but as a young adult, these conversations became more and more common – and the consensus among some of my friends was that there is a conflict between faith and science. This is partly because this is what is promoted in the media. What we see in the media (think Dan Brown) about the Church is never really representative of the Church and what we see in media about science (think Star Trek or CSI) is also not truly representative of science. Add to that confusion about creationism, evolution and what really happened to Galileo, among other things.

It was in the last 10 years that I’ve been giving this much more thought. Certainly while working on our six-part series Creation, issues of faith, reason and science came up regularly. This is why I am very excited about our Perspectives Weekly guest this week: Brother Guy Consolmagno.

Brother Guy is the director of the Vatican Observatory. ‘Why does the Vatican have an observatory?’ and ‘Why do astronomers work for the vatican?’ are probably the first questions you may have. But, can you baptise an extraterrestrial? Was there really a Star of Bethlehem? How do we figure out the date of Easter? are also questions that regularly come to the inbox of Brother Guy and other Vatican Astronomners. And this Friday, we will be addressing them all on Perspectives: The Weekly Edition.

Join me as I speak with Brother Guy Consolmagno about these and many other questions related to the intersection of faith and reason, this Friday April 8th, at 7pm & 11pm ET / 4pm & 8pm PT. If you miss it, it will be back on on Sunday, April 10 also at 7pm & 11pm ET / 4pm & 8pm PT.

To learn more, be sure to watch all six episodes of Creation.
and for another interview with Brother Guy, listen to the November 15, 2014 edition of the SLHour.

Perspectives Weekly: What Makes A Marriage Catholic?

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Can a Catholic marry a non-Catholic? This week, on the third of our mini-series on Marriage and Canon Law, Deacon Pedro speaks again with Fr. Alex Laschuk of the Marriage Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Toronto. They speak about all the different possibilities there are to make sure that your Marriage is Catholic and share many examples, from a Catholic marrying a non-baptized person, and Catholics marrying Orthodox Christians or Eastern Catholics to what happens when two Catholics marry outside of the Catholic Church.

Don’t miss it, this Friday, April 1, 2016 at 7 and 11pm ET (8pm PT)
and on Sunday, April 3, 2016, 7 and 11pm ET (8pm PT)

Perspectives Weekly: What Makes Marriages Invalid?

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What is an annulment? Why is it not the same as divorce? Join Deacon Pedro again this Friday as he explores the beautiful teachings of the Catholic Church with regards to Marriage. This week, he speaks with Canon Lawyer, Fr. Alex Laschuk, of the Marriage Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Toronto about annulments and they outline the various impediments to a valid Marriage. Fr. Laschuk also explains what can be done about these impediments and why many should consider exploring whether a previous marriage is invalid.

Perspectives Weekly: What Makes Marriages Invalid?, this Friday, March 18 at 7pm and 11pm ET (5pm and 8pm PT) with repeats on Sunday, March 20.

What Makes Marriages Valid?

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Everyone knows that there’s no divorce in the Catholic Church, only that there are some marriages that are not valid. So what makes a marriage valid? To help us understand all of this better, join us for a special Perspectives on Marriage with Fr. Alex Laschuk, of the Marriage Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Toronto this Friday, March 11 at 7 and 11pm ET (8pm PT) with repeats on Sunday, March 13.

2015 Year-End-Review Special


What are the highlights of 2015? What stands out most in your memory? It’s time to gather this year’s Year-In-Review Panel and look at the Church in 2015. Join Deacon Pedro and producers, Sebastian Gomes, Alicia Ambrosio and Gabriel Chow as they remember and comment on the highlights of 2015.

Visit us on Facebook or Twitter and tell us what you think was the most important story for the Church in 2015 and share with us your favourite 2015 Pope Francis photo. Use the hashtag: #SL2015.

Tonight, Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 7pm and 11pm ET (4pm and 8pm PT).
Rebroadcast: Friday, January 1, 2016 at 7pm and 11pm ET (4pm and 8pm PT).
Sunday, January 3, 2016 at 7pm and 11pm ET (4pm and 8pm PT).

What are the highlights of 2013?


2013 has come to an end and so it’s time for our year-end-review. What are the highlights of this past year? What were the top news stories? What stands out the most in your mind? What’s your favourite Pope Francis moment? Join Deacon Pedro and our panel of S+L Producers, Cheridan, Alicia and Sebastian as they look at the Church in the year 2013.

That’s an all-new Perspectives: The Weekly Edition, this Friday, December 27 and Sunday, December 29 at 7 and 11pm ET (8pm PT). In the meantime, join our discussion on Facebook.

Should Catholics work on Sundays?



We all know that we must keep holy the Sabbath Day, but at the same time, in this day and age, in our society, we take for granted that businesses are open on Sunday and people work. Maybe we don’t work ourselves, but we go shopping, or in our desire for leisure time with our family we may go to an amusement park, the museum or to the zoo. Is that wrong? Can we keep the Sabbath holy and still work? Is the Sunday a day of rest or a day of worship? Should we go shopping on Sundays? And what are the obligations of a Catholic employer? These are some of the questions that we’ll be discussing this week.

Be sure to join us for a featured chat with Archbishop Daniel Bohan of Regina, this Friday, November 29th and Sunday, December 1 at 7pm and 11pm ET (8pm PT), and in the meantime, join our discussion on Facebook.