CCCB Committee of Inquiry Reports: Development and Peace cleared of suspicion

  For your information, (CCCB – Ottawa) In its report on five Mexican Non-Governmental Organizations that had received project funding from Development and Peace, the Committee of Inquiry of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has come to the conclusion the allegations are unfounded “that financial assistance by Development and Peace aided projects related to the promotion of abortion.” At the same time as recognizing that the five Mexican organizations were imprudent in signing a United Nations report on the human rights situation in Mexico that included...
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Abousfian’s Homecoming

Dear Friends, Abousfian is home. He touched down at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport on Saturday afternoon. He was accompanied from Khartoum by his lawyer Yavar Hameed and was greeted by two others from his legal team, Audrey Brousseau and Khalid Elgazzar (as well as myself) before emerging from arrivals to the jubilant cheers of some 40 supporters. Abousfian was beaming. “I want to say to my supporters from coast to coast, in every town, every city, every village, thank you very much for your supporting me and through your efforts, now I am here,” he told a throng of...
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A breakaway group of Roman Catholic traditionalists has ordained three men as priests, defying the Vatican.

  The BBC recently reprted that The Society of St Pius X (SSPX), which split from the Vatican in 1970, argues that ordinations are necessary as the Church is facing a decline in clergy. In January this year, Pope Benedict XVI revoked the 21-year excommunication of four bishops in the Swiss-based group. But the Vatican said the society still had no status in the Church and any ordinations would be illegitimate. Despite the warning from Rome, the SSPX went ahead on Saturday with the ordination of three men from Poland, Switzerland and Sweden at a ceremony held in   Latin in Zaitzkofen in...
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Do you need a better classical education? Take our quiz….

  Once, long ago, a classical education was all the rage. School pupils diligently learnt Latin and Greek, and writers from Shakespeare to Shaw assumed a knowledge of classical history or mythology. No longer…. But Caroline Taggart, who’s penned A Classical Education: The Stuff You Wish You’d Been Taught At School thinks that the Greeks and Romans do matter – despite being Ancient History. She says:“Well, the Greeks and the Romans had a huge influence on modern Western civilisation. What we still call classical architecture – those solid,...
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Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (http://www.cjpme.org/) protest Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit at ROM

  From June 27,2009 to Janyary 3, 2010 the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) will be showcasing artifacts illegally seized by Israel in 1967 after it occupied East Jerusalem. In cooperating with the Israel Antiquities Authority to import and exhibit the Dead Sea Scrolls, the ROM would be in violation of Canada’s obligations under UNESCO legal conventions and protocols. The Dead Sea Scrolls were largely excavated from Qumran (see map below) in the West Bank between 1947 and 1956 by the Palestine Archaeological Museum with the Department of Antiquities of Jordan and the École Biblique Française....
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