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

It’s been said family can provide us with great strength and expose our greatest weaknesses. Or, as comedian George Burns once said: “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.”

Comment: Education is the best way to tackle bigotry

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“What good can this wretched intolerance and religious bigotry effect?”

Comment: Talk of married priests is all about the math

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The Pope’s recent musings about the possibility of older, married men someday being ordained as priests is all about math, not theology, doctrine or politics.

Comment: Sts. Perpetua, Felicitas’ martyr story is both horrific, inspiring

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March 7 is the feast day for Sts. Perpetua and Felicitas — the patron saints of mothers and expectant mothers — and the story of these two courageous martyrs is appropriate to reflect upon.

Comment: Plenty of smoke but no fire at the Vatican

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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.