Former Editor runs for Catholic school board: Glen Argan Pledges to Build Bridges

Glen Argan, former editor of the Western Catholic Reporter, is running to become the Edmonton Catholic school board trustee for Ward 75. If elected in the Oct. 16 municipal election, Argan, 64, is committed to building bridges with other trustees in order to overcome the divisiveness and infighting which has plagued the Catholic board during its current four-year term. “The

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How Canada can recover the exuberance of its centennial year

(From The Catholic Register, http://www.catholicregister.org, issue of June 25, 2017) Mustard Seed By Glen Argan So striking in Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations is the lack of the exuberance which marked our centennial in 1967. Fifty years ago, every village, town and city had a centennial project which, in some way, expressed its hope for an even better future. Hundreds of

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Arms sale to Saudi Arabia puts American jobs above Yemeni lives

(Originally published in The Catholic Register, Toronto, http://www.catholicregister.org.) By Glen Argan The global arms trade is a peculiar form of commerce. If, for example, you own an ice cream stand, all customers are welcome. You would sell your ice cream to your worst enemy without qualms. However, nations are more selective when it comes to selling weapons. They are keen

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Christ’s Ascension calls us to become obstacles to worldly power

Gospel for Sunday, May 28, 2017 Feast of the Ascension By Glen Argan The story of Christ’s ascension into heaven is a political story (Acts 1.1-11). It is not political in the sense that it would make Jesus and the Church political actors who compete against politicians, corporations and military leaders for worldly power. Far from it. Rather, the Ascension

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Truth is proclaimed through a heart of gentleness, kindness

Readings for Sunday May 21, 2017 Sixth Sunday of Easter By Glen Argan Our age is one where respect for truth is in decline. Whether it is political spokespersons presenting “alternative facts” or an ideological denial of the very existence of truth, that which is true is increasingly put in the shade. This presents a serious problem for Christian proclamation,

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Is Catholic education being preserved in Theodore, Sask.?

By Glen Argan I give Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall full marks for invoking the notwithstanding clause to protect Catholic schools in that province as well as the government’s right to fund the education of non-Catholic students attending those schools. A government that so openly and strongly defends Catholic education is a thing to be cherished in this era of militant

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The ways of peace: Our Lady of Fatima and non-violent resistance

By Glen Argan (Published in The Catholic Register, Toronto, http://www.catholicregister.org; issue of May 22, 2017) Students at St. Augustine School in Regina were abuzz in the fall of 1960 when we learned a priest was coming who would reveal a secret message from the Virgin Mary. Until then, my eight-year-old friends had known nothing about Our Lady of Fatima and

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