BONDED IN FAITH

World Youth Day 2002 Has Already Produced A New Cadre Of Catholic Leaders

Published: Thursday, July 26, 2007

WOLFE ISLAND, Ont. – Yesterday, our new archbishop was formally installed across the water in Kingston, Ont., the ninth archbishop to take his seat at St. Mary’s Cathedral. An awful lot depends on the archbishop, so the arrival of a new one is a time of great excitement and expectation for the whole Archdiocese of Kingston, and in particular for the priests. The archbishop is my superior, to whom I promised obedience at my ordination, so he does make a great deal of difference in my life. As far as my superiors go, he is even more important than my editors at the Post.

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Sin and expiation

This Week’s Sexual Abuse Settlement In L.A. Is A Welcome Development

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2007

The mammoth scale of Monday’s sexual abuse settlement in Los Angeles drew worldwide attention. At the cost of some US$660-million, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and its insurers have settled some 500-plus cases stretching back to the 1950s.

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Lord Black won’t be broken

Published: Saturday, July 14, 2007

Is it just? That is, did Conrad Black and his co-defendants get what was due to them? Justice is a matter of proportion. The Black trial, in its entirety, utterly lacked any sense of proportion. The jurors curbed some of the worst excesses, but it remained in its conclusion what it was at the beginning. I wrote four months ago that I hoped for an acquittal “as a rebuke to the misuse of state power in the criminal justice system.”

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