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Jason Alderman was beaming as he got out of church Feb. 22. The 26-year-old Red Deer man had just taken part in the annual Rite of Christian Election and felt excited about becoming a Catholic. Alderman said shaking Archbishop Richard Smith's hand during the ceremony made him feel welcome to his new faith. Alderman, an auto mechanic and electrician, grew up a Baptist and professed that faith until he met his girlfriend Khristine a year ago.
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Pope Francis is a radical reformer who is facing enemies inside and outside the Church opposed to at least some parts of his agenda, says a prominent Church historian. Dr. Massimo Faggioli, an expert on the Second Vatican Council and the author of several books, said the pope is not a liberal who exalts the individual as the centre of the world and who sees a minimal role for the Church in public life.
OTTAWA – Prominent ethicist Margaret Somerville has called for the federal government to launch a royal commission on "physician-assisted death" and to invoke the notwithstanding clause. Liberals, meanwhile, have called for the establishment of a parliamentary committee to investigate ways to revise Canada's suicide laws now that the Supreme Court has struck down laws preventing voluntary euthanasia and physician assisted suicide.
By listening to people's suffering, joys and daily endeavours, Catholics bring the vision of the Second Vatican Council to the world, said Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Philippines. Such action shows that the Church values the dignity of every person, especially the poor, and that it welcomes encounters with the world without fear, Tagle told an audience at The Catholic University of America in Washington.
When the Redemptorist Fathers arrived in the Archdiocese of Edmonton 91 years ago, they were an energetic bunch of missionaries with a desire to change the world. They became known for their vibrant parish missions and their dedicated pastoral work, principally at St. Alphonsus Parish on Edmonton's 118th Avenue. They also did some teaching, some counselling and some work on bioethics.
Lent should be a time for Catholics to spiritually prepare for the celebration of Christ's resurrection and less about forgoing materialism. "When we think of Lent we think we have to give up something and we've kind of lost that whole focus on the interior aspect," said David Gilbert, president and founder of the Burlington, Ont.-based Serviam Ministries.
An endorsement of democracy is sometimes seen as one of the "achievements" of the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (Gaudium et Spes). The constitution does not actually use the word "democracy," but its intentions are clear enough. While the political community needs to respect an order established by God, "the choice of the political regime and the appointment of rulers are left to the free decision of the citizens" (GS 74).