Developing a global conscience with the ‘Share Lent’ campaign

By Glen Argan (From catholicregister.org of Feb.14, 2018) The disciplines of Lent – prayer, fasting and almsgiving – are an exercise in conscience formation. Lent is much more than conscience formation, but it is that. Likely, however, most adult Catholics believe our consciences are already well formed. We know the difference between right and wrong, and most often we do

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Archbishop Joseph MacNeil: We grew together into Christ

By Glen Argan Many people knew Archbishop Joseph MacNeil who died Feb. 11, 2018 at age 93 better than I did. There are priests, such as Fathers Mike McCaffery, Jack Hamilton, Archie MacKenzie and Don MacDonald, who worked closely with him over the years. McCaffery especially. MacNeil made him, at various times, president of Newman Theological College, rector of St.

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Healthy society cannot exist under state-imposed ideology

Here is my latest column in The Catholic Register. By Glen Argan Canadian Catholics should perhaps be upset with governments that trample on our basic rights. Whether our silence reveals resilience or indifference may be determined by the test of time. Last month, the federal Liberal government announced it will only give grants for hiring summer students to organizations which

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ACSTA president responds to my concerns regarding candidate eligibility

Last week, I received a letter from Adriana LaGrange, president of the Alberta Catholic School Trustees’ Association in response to the letter which I sent to the association Nov. 13, 2017 and posted on this website Jan. 21, 2018. Although the letter is long and contains detailed quotes from government legislation, I post it here, with Adriana’s permission, so that

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My letter defending the integrity of Catholic school boards

Following my campaign for a seat on Edmonton’s Catholic school board, I raised my concern publicly about non-Catholics being able to run for election to serve on Catholic school boards in Alberta. The Alberta Catholic School Trustees’ Association asked me to write a letter expressing those concerns. That, I dutifully did, sending copies, not only to the ACSTA president and

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Sexual dignity begins with respect for all

(Originally published in The Catholic Register issue of December 24, 2017, http://www.catholicregister.org) By Glen Argan Time Magazine’s choice of “the silence breakers” as its 2017 Person of the Year acknowledges the importance of a movement that is changing our culture for the better. Since female actors in October began revealing the sexual harassment they suffered from veteran Hollywood director Harvey

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Robert Barron calls for evangelization that lights a fire

Living a Christian life, too often seen as adherence to a list of “do’s” and “don’ts,” is better understood as creative participation in the artistry of the Holy Spirit. Each of us is given a mission in God’s eternal plan, a mission we are called to carry out with love, creativity and joy. Over the years, I have grown convinced

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