Michael Coren — Author of Epiphany: A Christian’s Change of Heart and Mind Over Same-Sex Marriage“In February 2015, a conservative Roman Catholic blog, Contra|Diction, gave me perhaps my best headline ever: ‘Michael Coren Complicit in Destruction of Souls Who Practice Homosexuality, Pt 1’ (I’m still waiting for part two). It was one of countless posts, tweets, and articles that have condemned me for coming out in favour of same-sex marriage. I’ve also been fired from columns that I wrote for years, been banned from various Catholic TV and radio stations, had speeches cancelled, and been accused of cheating on my wife. My children have been called gay, and I have been compared to a child molester and a murderer. These are new experiences for me. Until last year, I was considered something of a champion of social conservatism in Canada and was well known among politically active Christians. I hosted a nightly show on Crossroads Television for twelve years, was a syndicated Sun columnist, and wrote briskly selling books with such titles as Why Catholics Are Right.” How and why did it go so terribly wrong? What went “terribly wrong” is that Michael Coren had a profound spiritual and personal change of heart. Epiphany is about how and why that happened; the reaction from both sides of the fence; and how the Christian doctrine, when studied closely and without bias, heartily supports Michael’s findings. As a middle-aged, very white, very straight, very Christian man, he was obliged, first reluctantly and then eagerly, to explore the complex dynamic between faith and homosexuality and to work out a new narrative. The crux of that narrative: God is love. Honest, brave, and rigorous in its scholarship, Epiphany is a groundbreaking book on one of society’s most pressing issues.
Robert Spitzer — Author of God So Loved the World: Clues to Our Transcendent Destiny from the Revelation of JesusEven if we accept that God is real, why believe that he has personally revealed himself to mankind? In God So Loved the World, Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J., probes this major question. He shows how it is reasonable to believe that the Creator has revealed himself because he is completely intelligent and completely positive. As such, he is in possession of a completely positive virtue—namely, love. Fr. Spitzer then explores whether it is rational to believe that God is unconditionally loving, and if so, whether it follows to believe that God would want to make a personal appearance to us in a perfect act of empathy. He then reviews all of the world religions to see if there is one that presents such a God. This leads us to the extraordinary claim of Jesus Christ, who taught that God is the unconditionally loving Father. Jesus’ claims go further, for he said that he himself is also unconditional love, and that his mission is to give us that love through an act of complete self-sacrifice. He also claimed to be the exclusive Son of the Father, sent by God to save the world, and the one who possesses divine power and authority. Fr. Spitzer does an in-depth examination of Jesus’ forgiveness of sinners, his teachings, his miracles, and his rising from the dead. He also examines Jesus’ gift of the Holy Spirit, which enabled his disciples to perform miracles in his name and is present among us today. This is part 3 of Father Spitzer’s four part series that include Finding True Happiness and The Soul’s Upward Yearning.
*Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ, is a philosopher, educator, author and former President of Gonzaga University. He is founder and President of the Magis Institute, dedicated to public education on the relationship among the disciplines of physics, philosophy, reason, and faith. He is the head of the Ethics and Performance Institute which delivers web-based ethics education to corporations, and he is also President of the Spitzer Center of Ethical Leadership, which delivers similar curricula to non-profit organizations. His other books include Finding True Happiness, The Soul's Upward Yearning and Healing the Culture.
Lorelie Rozzano & Dr. Merville Vincent
A public health emergency was declared in British Columbia because drug overdose deaths have reached an average of 64 per month. Joining us from BC to discuss this and the legalization of marijuana:Lorelie Rozzano - Recovering Addict, Alcohol & Drug Addictions Counsellor, Author
18 years ago Lorelie took the most difficult walk of her life – through the front doors of a local treatment centre. She found in recovery, everything she’d been searching for in alcohol and drugs. Growing up in an alcoholic home she understands firsthand, the importance of a healthy family. Lorelie has worked in the field of addiction for the past 16 years at the Edgewood treatment center in Nanaimo, BC. She is an author, mother, wife, foster parent, and friend. She has written a series of books on addiction - Jagged Little Edges, Jagged Little Lies and soon to be released, Jagged No More. Lorelie has also written a book for children who are growing up with addiction, Gracie’s Secret. She hopes the honesty found in her books and blog, will inspire addicts and their families to reach out for help.
Dr. Merville Vincent - Author of Diagnosing and Treating Addiction: An Integrated Look at Substance Use Disorders and Concurrent Disorders
Dr. Vincent is a licensed physician registered with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia since 1993 and a faculty member in the Addiction Psychiatry Division, University of British Columbia. Dr Vincent is a certified Medical Review Officer with the American Association of Medical Review Officers. He graduated from medical school at McMaster University in 1984. He completed his psychiatric residency in 1988. This was followed by five years at the Homewood Health Center, two years of which were spent doing general adult inpatient psychiatry and three years doing addiction psychiatry on a full-time basis on the addiction unit. He successfully passed the American Society of Addiction Medicine examination in 1992 and has been a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, International Society of Addiction Medicine and Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Vincent moved to British Columbia in 1993 where he practiced community psychiatry in the Comox Valley. He is Past President of the British Columbia Psychiatric Association. He is currently the Director of Psychiatric Services at EDGEWOOD, a private 120 bed residential treatment program in Nanaimo British Columbia. Dr.Vincent has done numerous presentations at conferences, hospital rounds and various continuing medical education events. He is the co-director of a community training program in addictions for practicing physicians, which has provided training in addiction medicine to over 100 physicians and psychiatrists.
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This Week's Recording Artist: Cara MatthewCara Matthew fell in love with jazz and blues at age 14 in high school when a chamber choir teacher exposed her to the genre. Three years later she won the BC Interior Female Jazz Vocalist of the Year Award. In 2006 she left Vancouver to pursue her music dream in Toronto. Since then, she has been featured on Entertainment Tonight Canada, played to sold-out venues nationwide, garnered radio play in countries as diverse as the Netherlands and Japan, and performed at the Burlington Sound of Music Festival on the OLG Stage in 2015. In 2009, Matthew released her debut album, Make You Feel My Love, through Awesome Music and EMI Music Canada. The album, produced by Juno Award-winner Greg Kavanagh, featured jazz renditions of classic tunes by Joni Mitchell, Elton John, Bob Dylan, and Aerosmith. The album garnered praise from a variety of media outlets, with Doug Gallant of Canadian Music declaring, “Cara Matthew has the potential to become Canada’s next international jazz star.” A year after the release of her debut album, Matthew went to the drawing board and began work on her second album, Everybody Hurts, which was released in March of 2016. The album includes jazz covers of songs from artists as diverse as Katie Perry, the BeeGees, and even 80’s pop sensation Erasure. The album immediately hit #1 on the coveted iTunes Canada jazz chart. True to its title, a nod to the classic R.E.M. song, the album is “about reaching out to people so they feel like they’re not alone". The album also features a first for Matthew: a song she co-wrote with producer Greg Kavanagh. “Greg and I wrote something for this album that we both loved and wanted to share with the world.” Inspired by the brave example of individuals like Malala Yousafzai, Matthew encourages her fans to pursue their dreams, whatever those might be. “What is your dream and are you awakened enough to go after it?” Matthew asks. “Are you daring enough to dream?”
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Gary Chapman - Grammy Nominated Recording Artist
Gary has racked up an impressive list of Dove Awards, GRAMMY nominations and writing credits for legendary artists such as Kenny Rogers, Alabama, T.G. Sheppard, Wynonna and his former wife, Amy Grant. Gary Chapman and his wife Cassie recently starred in the new TNT reality series, Private Lives of Nashville Wives.
Lara Dewar - Chief Marketing & Development Officer at World Vision Canada
1/ Will you stop spanking your child if spanking becomes illegal in Canada?
A Canadian couple has been convicted of assault for spanking their 14-year old daughter with a mini hockey stick and skipping rope after they found out that she had sent nude photos of herself to her boyfriend. The Liberal government is considering removing Section 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada which states: “Every schoolteacher, parent or person standing in the place of a parent is justified in using force by way of correction toward a pupil or child, as the case may be, who is under his care, if the force does not exceed what is reasonable under the circumstances.” Do you think Canada should be like 40 other countries and make spanking illegal?
2/ Should a Confederate flag have been removed from a history classroom after a parent complained?
A Toronto school removed a Confederate flag from a history classroom after parent Rhoda Clarke, complained saying, “I felt despair that this flag was in that classroom, my son’s classroom,” she told CityNews. “It’s promoting hatred, It’s promoting racism, it’s promoting violence against a certain particular group, which is blacks.” The flag has been part of a display in this classroom for years. “It’s part of a display on the US Civil War which also includes an American flag, a National Geographic map on the battles of the Civil War and other historical information,” Toronto District School Board spokesperson Ryan Bird told CityNews. Did the school board make the right move or is this another case of giving power to the politically correct? Would you be offended if there was a Nazi flag hanging in the same history classroom?
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