The Cardinal and the Crisis

There’s a biblical reference that the renowned Paul the Apostle once made, and which seems awkward to me, when I think of the numerous priests who have been caught abusing young boys: “I have learned”, Paul the Apostle said long ago, “ that in whatever state I am in, to be content…” Content in sexual abuse? (click on the blog's bold title to read the whole)

Pope Francis

Most of us don’t know it, but Pope Francis deeply loves his favorite hymn, the one with verses that I’m sure, touch your heart and his: “We are all God’s children.......(click on the blog's bold title to read the whole.)

Where Is It Leading?

If you live with rough and tough politics in your memory you may remember an expression of Lyndon Johnson’s wisdom back in the 1960s. He spoke with both insight and courage before his country and said: “Guns and weapons are all symbols of human failure.” I find that both strong and satisfying.     How insightful it really is just now in Toronto when you think of the fact that, as I write, Toronto has gone through six months with the utter insanity of young and old gunners taking the lives, as of today, 54 citizens. As of yesterday, homicide Detective Jason Shankaran of Toronto Police said with ever deepening anger and frustration: “We’re all fed with people up getting senselessly gunned down in any neighborhood.” They are murdered by weapons in the...

A Toronto Killer Is 13 Years Old

A city boy, only 13 years of age, was arrested a week or so ago and charged with murder after he’s said to have helped kill a young man, apparently by stabbing. The victim was a 19 year old, named Aaron Rankine-Wright, who was on his bicycle on his way to work when he was assaulted for no reason by three males who soon fled. (click on the blog's bold title to read the whole.)

The Many Missteps of Donald Trump

A few days ago, on a subway to downtown, I heard two young bright, polished school students, playing a game based on three words, “getting rid of.”: getting rid of advertising commercials, getting rid of personal tensions, then getting rid of politicians. Suddenly an elderly man spoke up saying “No, no, we need politicians.” (click on the blog's bold title to read the whole.)

Church Attendance in Decline

Over the past few years, I’ve spent profitable time reading theological books, each one, dealing with the decline of membership in their denomination: Methodist, Congregational. Lutheran and so on. One sample reveals the year after year descent. In 1925, the United Church of Canada was formed and its membership was 609,729. For the next 40 years, the United Church grew and grew until the membership struck its highest in 1965 at one million, sixty two thousand and six: 1,062,006. (click on the blog's bold title to read the whole. )