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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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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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Nicodemus seeks answers outside the organization

(Originally published in The Catholic Register,, March 25, 2018) By Glen Argan Nicodemus is the organization man who realizes his organization does not have the answers. So, he looks further afield. You are not supposed to do that, but he does it anyway. His heart hungers for more than arid policies, and what do you know, but he finds

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Developing a global conscience with the ‘Share Lent’ campaign

By Glen Argan (From 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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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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