Category Archives: Commentary

Truth takes a back seat in Khashoggi case

By Glen Argan (originally published in The Catholic Register, October 28, 2018, My plan had been to write this week on the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul’s encyclical The Splendour of Truth, the sainted pope’s most controversial document. However, as often happens, events intervened, and I put off writing that reflection. Maybe next time. Writing about truth’s “splendour”

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Outsider Pope Francis was bound to draw hostile reaction

By Glen Argan In the current state of distress highlighted by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s claim that Pope Francis has long known about accusations of sexual abuse against American Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the story of the previous pope’s butler, Paolo Gabriele, should be recalled. In 2012, Gabriele was arrested and convicted of stealing sensitive documents from the office of Pope

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Bishops must be locally accountable

(Published first in The Catholic Register,, September 2, 2018) By Glen Argan The Roman Catholic Church today has nearly 3,000 dioceses and archdioceses, each with at least one bishop. The first letter to Timothy in the New Testament describes the character of a bishop in these words: “A bishop must be above reproach, married only once, temperate, sensible, respectable,

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Archbishop speaks of a crucifix which reflects the bruised nature of the Church

By Glen Argan In his Easter message, Regina Archbishop Donald Bolen has given a stunningly beautiful reflection on the meaning of the cross and resurrection. The archbishop sits beside a crucifix in the parish church in Balgonie. The original church was destroyed by fire, but in the remains of the church, someone found the wooden corpus, charred, but basically unharmed.

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Residential schools grew out of bad theology

(From The Catholic Register, April 8, 2018, Indian residential schools were established by Canada’s federal government, but Christian churches, including the Catholic Church, bought into the plan with enthusiasm. When the churches assumed the task of running residential schools in the 19th century, no one in the settler culture saw them with the same eyes that we possess today.

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