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Pornography: What Everyone Needs to Know (Part II)

November 25, 2014

“Pornography – What You Need to Know“ Last week, we defined pornography and discussed how prevalent it has become. We were reminded that the Catholic Church has always maintained that pornography is a grave offense. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops writes, “Viewing pornography is not only sinful in itself but can also become an… Read More ›

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Pornography: A Harem of Imaginary Brides (Part I)

“Pornography-A Harem of Imaginary Brides (Part I)“ Shortly after I moved to Toronto in 1977, an uproar over the sale of pornographic magazines at mom-and-pop convenience stores in the west end of the city made headlines in local newspapers. Everyone knew that erotica was out there, but most people considered it sleazy. At that time,… Read More ›

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Coming to Grips with Ebola: A Reason for Hope

“Coming to Grips With Ebola-A Reason for Hope“ I first heard of the Ebola virus about 20 years ago when I read Richard Preston’s book, The Hot Zone. It’s the kind of non-fiction book that grabs your attention and reads like a thriller. It’s hard to put down. The ‘King of Horror’ himself, author Stephen King… Read More ›

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A Layperson’s Guide to the Synod on the Family

Last October, the Vatican announced that an extraordinary session of the Synod of Bishops would be held this year from October 5th to 19th. Its theme is entitled, “Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.” It’s a topic that immediately generated a lot of interest among Catholics as well as non-Catholics. The… Read More ›

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Be a steward!

Every year around this time, parishes invite us to consider getting involved in a variety of ministries. Some are in-house activities that help build up the church – things like greeting people at the door, making coffee after Mass, singing in the choir, or even serving as a Eucharistic Minister. Other ministries focus on reaching… Read More ›

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Time for Change!

A few months ago, we asked readers what you would like to see on our Swords of Truth website. We suggested a couple of possibilities to get you started, and we also gave you an opportunity to offer us some feedback. Thank you so much to everyone who responded! The results have been tallied, and… Read More ›

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Planning a Trip to the Holy Land?

If visiting the Holy Land is on your bucket list, we want to give you some practical tips and suggestions that may be helpful. Now I know what you’re thinking: who in their right mind is traveling to the Middle East these days? If you’ve seen the news lately, you know that this volatile region… Read More ›

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Ice Bucket Challenge!

Have you heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge? It’s gone viral on the Internet this summer. Once you’ve been nominated, you have a choice. You can douse yourself with a bucket of ice-cold water within 24 hours, film it and pass the challenge on to others via Facebook or other social media – or you… Read More ›

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The Francis Effect

March 13, 2013 was a big day for the Catholic Church. I – along with millions of viewers across the world – was glued to my television. We were all anxiously waiting to hear who had been chosen to replace Pope Benedict XVI as the next leader of the Catholic Church. But when the announcement… Read More ›

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“The Primacy of Peter – Do You Love Me?” – Homily by Fr. Jerome

“It was here that He, from whose fingertips tumbled forth planets and stars, first laid eyes on who would soon come to carry the TORCH of TRUTH to Nations around the world! It was here that Jesus saw Simon casting his net into the sea… It was here that he was called… “Simon, come and… Read More ›

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