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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

What the MSM Refuses to Acknowledge

People who oppose anything at all that pertains to the gay agenda are regularly called homophobic. They fear homosexuals. Weird.

Let's reflect on a few things the latest issue of MacLean's states in its feature, "How Canadian Are You?"

According to them 59 % of Canadians support gay marriage. That means 41 % do not. Accordingly, if the country has, say 35 million people, that means 14,350,000 Canadians are against it. More than 14 million Canadians are what gay activists would call "homophobes," or would seem to fit into that group of people the genius Justin Trudeau suggests are "repulsive."

14 million Canadians are repulsive to a man who thinks that he can be a leader of a national party some day. Good luck with that. But I guess that would be par for the course for Liberal success of late.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Spirit is Saying: Freedom!

We can find on the blog roll three important reflections on the ways in which entities are trying to chain the Word of God.

First, John Pacheco tells us about Quebec's latest witch hunt.

Next, but still here in Canada, Ezra Levant tells us about his war with the SBSC. I'm glad he's doing it. Let's support him in whatever way we can. He has some great suggestions.

Then, Fr. de Souza tells us about the fight of American Catholics to live their faith in light of Obama's persecution, something he connects to the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Atlanta.

In all these cases, we need to take a cue from these braver men...

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Do You Know CatholicCanada.com?

This is a great site, run by Fr. Sehl, who is a priest of the Hamilton Diocese. I think of it as the NewAdvent of Canada. That is more or less fair. Whatever the case, it is an excellent aggregator of all things Catholic with a strong emphasis on Canadian content. Whereas the Society of Canadian Catholic Bloggers sticks to Canadian Catholic blogs, CatholicCanada casts its net much more widely.

This is part of their description:

We hope to provide easy access to all that is happening in the Catholic Church, its hierarchy, and the Catholic people of Canada.

As bloggers know, and anyone who keeps any kind of website knows, a lot of work would go into such an ambitious project. No doubt it does! It certainly helps to fill a gap left by so many poor diocesan websites! Make sure you visit them.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Catholic Teachers, What's Their Deal, Man?

The National Post is carrying an article about a teacher who may lose his teaching job for refusing to follow the his principal's 'No Zero Policy.' This is in the Edmonton School Board. He failed a student who did 6 of the 15 assignments.

It focused my thinking on the situation of the Catholic Schools here in Ontario. I think about the OECTA - their union - how miserably informed and committed it is to their mission of Catholic Education. It's easy enough to deride from the outside such egregious failures in education as this particular case in Edmonton, but what about the equally - no, greater - failure of Catholic teachers to do their job? Yes, abundant apologies to those good Catholic school teachers I know. They, however, are in the minority. Visit the OECTA site any time and tell me if you are impressed by their commitment to excellence in education and in handing on the Catholic Faith. You'd get more Catholicity from a Jewish Board of education, if there were such a thing. I'm not joking.

There is very little Catholicity on that site. In fact, there is basically none. It is a disgrace. Here is something priceless from their president:

"Respecting Differences" is a document produced by the Ontario Catholic School Trustees' Association, which represents the officials elected to sit on Catholic school boards in Ontario. The document is not reflective of any views or input from the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA), which represents the 45,000 elementary and secondary teachers who work in Ontario's publicly funded Catholic schools.

It's hilarious when incompetence happens 2000 kms away in Edmonton, but not when it occurs here with those who teach my children.

So, in the spirit of Mr. Lynden Dorval (the Edmontonian teacher mentioned above) why don't we bring in some of kind of performance review for the OECTA teachers? Most industries incorporate some kind of performance review process. I am sure the teachers get measured on their classroom performance, but I bet not on their knowledge of the Faith. I could design a very simple test to measure the knowledge and commitment of these teachers. And, I'll do it for free - just because it's that important!

Unless Mr. Dorval and I are both wrong, and objective performance doesn't actually matter, neither for teachers nor for students.