Robert Brehl is a writer in Port Credit, Ont., and can be reached at bob@abc2.ca.

The headline on the front page of the New York Times last week about Donald Trump’s key advisor was ominous: “Steve Bannon Carries Battles to Another Influential Hub: The Vatican.”

Comment: More to Malta Affair than meets the eye

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One must wonder whether the rather bizarre clash between the Vatican and the Knights of Malta — a Catholic humanitarian organization with diplomatic ties to more than 100 countries — is really about distributing condoms as part of an aid project.

Comment: The duke with a detached look on his face

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On a family holiday in London earlier this month, I learned many fascinating stories while wandering the old town, but one involving the last Catholic king of England and his nephew may well have been the most captivating, so to speak.

Comment: Aunt Marge certainly made the most of her 'second life'

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Oscar Wilde famously said “to lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.”

Words matter: euphemisms and assisted suicide

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Reading through the obituary recently of iconic Canadian author and baseball lover W.P. Kinsella, one paragraph jumped off the pages of the Globe and Mail; dripping with irony.

Modern medical miracle brings family joy

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Each year, there are more than 5,000 heart transplants around the world — that’s about 14 every single day.

Diverse, diligent panel gets female deacons talks off on right foot

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The swiftness of Pope Francis setting up a Vatican panel to study the question of women deacons clearly indicates His Holiness wants resolution to the prickly issue.

America is reaping what it has sown

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Earlier this month, we were driving to Minnesota to visit relatives on the night a black man was shot dead by police in a St. Paul suburb after being stopped for a broken tail light. That was a day after another black man was killed by police in Baton Rouge.

Time to rethink role of women in Church

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Does anybody today believe men are intellectually superior to women because of their gender? The question is not about the intelligence of an individual man or woman, but collectively. Simply put: if you have the Y chromosome does it make you smarter?

Perhaps Carolyn Bennett should check her mirror

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Have you heard the one about the long-time politician preaching to Catholics about morals and obligations?

A little girl, a potato and the President

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A long-anticipated trip to Ireland, researching ancestors, a poignant story about children playing with a potato, even the name Barack Obama, all eventually led me to pondering the plight of Syrian refugees and the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace.

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