About Sara Lin Wilde

Sara Lin Wilde is a recovering Catholic (and cat-holic, for that matter - all typographical errors are the responsibility of her feline friends). She lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where she is working on writing a novel that she really, really hopes can actually get published.

Canada’s Fight Against Government Prayer Heads to the Supreme Court

North of the border, many secularists (at least the ones I know) look on the spectacle of American religiosity in the media with a mixture of bemusement and incredulity: how can public officials get away with such blatant religious promotion. Yet Canada has its own religious demons, so to speak, that we’re working to exorcise from the public sphere.

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) has decided to take a closer look at one of those demons: the practice of opening government meetings across the country with an explicit or implied Christian prayer.

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The Vatican Finally Admits That Most Catholics Ignore Church Teaching on Sexuality

Call it the Catholic Church’s dirty little secret.

Well, their other dirty little secret.

Actually, at this point it’s kind of an open secret. Most people with even a passing interest in matters of religion and sexuality are aware that a huge percentage of European and North American Catholics ignore the Vatican’s teachings in areas where these matters intersect. Controversy over birth control notwithstanding, most Catholic families show evidence of family planning use, and the majority of Catholic women have used contraceptives at some point in life. A growing contingent of Catholics describe themselves as pro-choice in matters of abortion and assisted dying. And Catholics — youth in particular — express growing support for marriage equality and gay families.

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Nuns File Lawsuit Against Strip Club Outside Chicago, Claiming It’s Too Close to Their Convent

Last week, the Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo filed suit to shut down Club Allure, a strip club operating next door to the convent. They allege that Club Allure violates a state law prohibiting adult-entertainment establishments within 1,000 feet of a school or place of worship. (You can read the complaint in PDF form here.)

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Ontario Catholic Teachers’ Union Faces Criticism for Pride Parade Participation Plans

This June, on top of the usual Pride Week festivities that culminate in downtown Toronto’s Pride Parade, the city of Toronto hosts World Pride 2014, an annual international festival celebrated in a different city each year to highlight the culture, achievements, and activism of the world’s LGBTQ people as they strive for full legal and social equality.

Only three cities have been World Pride hosts thus far — Rome, Jerusalem, and London — and Toronto expects World Pride to bring more than $130,000,000 of tourism dollars into the city. So it’s kind of a big deal.

Specifically because of World Pride, teachers in the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) voted to “have a presence in the parade in support of students, teachers, and others in the LGBT community,” according to OECTA president James Ryan. Explaining the group’s convictions, he spoke of “trying to stand in solidarity with a group that is quite marginalized” and “their right to be free from bullying and harassment.”

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Former Irish President: Having Celibate Bishops Review Catholic Teachings About Family is “Completely Bonkers”

It’s not exactly a new idea, but few people have said it better.

Discussing the pontiff’s plans for an October synod so bishops can review questions of family life in Catholic doctrine, former Irish president Mary McAleese (below) had some very direct remarks; she said it was “completely bonkers” as well as “profoundly wrong and skewed.” But if you ask me, the money quote is this:

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