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Canadian Democracy Inaction

I guess we’re now getting what we asked for. From the introduction to this morning’s episode of The Current on CBC Radio One:

A new poll finds that a majority of Canadians don’t believe in corporate tax cuts or buying F-35 fighter jets, two major pieces of the Conservative government’s plan. Currently, I guess those same Canadians also don’t believe in actually voting.

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“It Certainly Is Not The Catholic Faith”

Pat Quinn

Image via Interior Design Magazine.

I’ve always been extremely glad I’m not a Catholic politician. I’m all too aware that I don’t always live by Catholic orthodoxy. (Oh, who am I kidding? I hardly ever do.) But I would still be distressed to have bishops calling me out on it in public and telling me that I am not a Catholic when, for better or worse, that’s what I am.

Which is why I want to write a few words of encouragement for Illinois governor Pat Quinn, who just got called out by Bishop Thomas Paprocki for supporting legislation to permit same-sex civil unions. Bishop Paprocki warns that a true Catholic is “accountable to Catholic authority”, and reminds Quinn – and the rest of us – that homosexuality in any context, from the street-corner hookup to lifelong love, is “contrary to the natural moral law”.

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