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S+L BLOG: Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB

From the Toronto Sun This month we have been recalling the 40th anniversary of the end of the Second Vatican Council. I would like to remember a man who was deeply influenced by the Second Vatican Council and became one of its main champions in Canada. George Bernard Cardinal Flahiff, born in Paris, Ont., would ...read more
From the Toronto Sun As we mark Armistice Day — now Remembrance Day — today, remembering is our duty and common responsibility. What is the best way to honour those who have died in war? Parades, rallies, memorial services, moving ceremonies with old veterans and the wearing of poppies are all good and important in ...read more
From the Toronto Sun A very important 40th anniversary was marked on Oct. 28 — that of the Second Vatican Council’s declaration “Nostra Aetate” (“In our time”), which dealt with the Catholic church’s relations with Jews and other non-Christians. The 1965 declaration said the church rejects nothing that is true and holy in non-Christian religions. ...read more
From the Toronto Sun On Tuesday, we begin the month of November, a time traditionally set aside by Catholics to remember both the Saints and those who have died. “All Saints Day” (Nov. 1) and “All Souls Day” (Nov. 2) set the tone for the month. The pain of death and loss touches all people ...read more
From the Toronto Sun In recent weeks I have received numerous requests from readers asking for clarification on one of the principal themes emerging from the Pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI — the struggle against moral relativism. Shortly before he was elected Pope, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger preached the homily at the pre-conclave Mass, warning against ...read more
From the Toronto Sun Twenty-seven years ago today, on Oct. 16, 1978, Polish Cardinal Karol Wojtyla walked out onto the world stage. From that moment onward, he was known to us as Pope John Paul II. This youthful, athletic pope took the world by storm and the media responded to him in an extraordinary way, ...read more
From the Toronto Sun The celebration of Thanksgiving in Canada makes an interesting counterpoint to the holiday celebrated by our American neighbours. While Americans remember the Pilgrims settling in the New World, Canadians give thanks for a successful harvest. At the heart of our Thanksgiving celebration is the idea of giving thanks for the goodness ...read more
From the Toronto Sun Since 1670, the Catholic Church has marked today by celebrating the guardian angels. And this past Thursday, we commemorated the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael — angels in the big leagues! (Michael is the captain of the heavenly host; Gabriel foretold the coming of the Messiah; Raphael brings prayers before God.) ...read more
From the Toronto Sun Sometimes it seems that the only narrative coming out of the Middle East, and especially from the lands of Israel and Palestine, is war, terror, fear, displacement and hopelessness. This past week another message went forward from the lands of Israel and Palestine — the lands we call “holy.” Last Wednesday ...read more
From the Toronto Sun It’s that time of year again when many dinner-table conversations revolve around new teachers and new courses at school, college or university. What’s the new prof like in the history department? Does the TA at the medical faculty follow in the footsteps of the master professor? What pedagogy is the theology ...read more