We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world. This longing for transcendence is a longing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are called the transcendentals of being, because they are aspects of being. Everything in existence has these transcendentals to some extent. God, of course, as the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty, has these transcendentals to an infinite degree. Oftentimes, he draws us to himself primarily through one of these transcendentals. St. Augustine, who was drawn to beauty in all its creaturely forms, found the ultimate beauty he was seeking in God, his creator, the beauty “ever ancient, ever new.”―Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.

Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society.—St. Francis of Assisi.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Supreme Court of Canada nominee. Judicial activism Canadian style.

An article in the Globe & Mail says it well enough:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/trudeau-appoints-newfoundlands-malcolm-rowe-to-supreme-court/article32388416/
A judge who says the role of the Supreme Court is to create new law, not just apply existing principles, is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first nominee to the country’s highest court.
“The Supreme Court judges ordinarily make law, rather than simply applying it,” Justice Malcolm Rowe of the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal replied on his application form to a question on the role of judges in a democracy with a Charter of Rights.
It was an unambiguous, small-l liberal assertion in favour of judicial activism on a subject on which judges tend to muddy the waters at public nomination hearings, both in Canada and the United States. He also said law must change with the times.
Who needs government when we have a panel of nine unelected officials making law. And all this time, Canadians thought our elected parliamentarians were our lawmakers.

While we're at it, why don't we toss out the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The intellectual cousins of the (probable) new Supremer determined a few months back that the Charter does not apply on university campuses. Read more here.

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