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Youth Rally: Greens outnumber reds

Colm Leyne

November 3, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Beginning his first talk at the Edmonton archdiocesan youth rally, speaker Colm Leyne told the young people in attendance to vote for or against him. If he said something inspirational or told a story that resonated with them, they were to put a green slip of paper in a box at the back of the room. However, if he could not keep them enthused or change the way they think about God or their faith, they were to vote with a red slip.

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CSS Alpha programs help clients end addictive behaviour

Beth Allard-Clough

November 3, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Chad used to drink a lot. As a result, he neglected his responsibilities to his now nine-year-old daughter. It was his love for his daughter that led him to quit drinking, seek treatment and join Catholic Social Services' Alpha House for Men, a recovery house for men with addictions. "I would drink and I would isolate myself, and I couldn't live life in those terms," Chad, who didn't want his last name to be used, recalled in a recent interview. "I was on a path of destruction. If I wasn't at Alpha House, I would either be in jail or dead."

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Bishops fear terrorism growing out of Canadian soil

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November 3, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Anti-terrorism experts warn terror attacks involving lone assailants are likely to increase, but faith leaders urge a Christian response to ensure Canada remains an open society. "This is a time of profound national sadness for all Canadians," said Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops president Gatineau Archbishop Paul-André Durocher Oct. 24 in response to two attacks on Canadian soldiers during the week of Oct. 20. "We worry that the horror of terrorism is taking root in our soil, so long a land of peace, cooperation and inter-cultural collaboration," said Durocher.

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Muslim leaders rebuke ISIS for 'abominable crimes'

Muslims making the Hajj

November 3, 2014
MARK PATTISON
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

More than 100 Muslim leaders – clerics and laypeople alike – have signed on to a letter criticizing the Middle East Muslim military group ISIS, short for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. In the 17-page letter, the leaders quote extensively from the Quran, the Muslim scriptures, to rebuke ISIS' tactics and actions. Since the letter was issued Sept. 19, more than 125 Muslim leaders around the world have signed the letter.

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Council sets out to read the signs of the times

November 17, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The famous opening line of the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (Gaudium et Spes) is a stirring reminder of the Church's solidarity with the global society: "The joys and hopes, the grief and anguish of the people of our time, especially of those who are poor or afflicted, are the joys and hopes, the grief and anguish of the followers of Christ as well. Nothing that is genuinely human fails to find an echo in their hearts." The second sentence should not be surprising since the followers of Christ are themselves "genuinely human."

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Will Supreme Court put an end to suicide prevention strategies?

Mark Pickup

November 17, 2014

These are perilous times for the sick and disabled. Canada's Supreme Court is considering whether the country's law against assisted suicide discriminates against suicidal disabled people and those with incurable illnesses. Assisted suicide advocates argue that the incurably sick and severely disabled are denied the physical ability to commit suicide that able-bodied suicidal Canadians have. This argument is so deeply flawed and ridiculous it hardly deserves comment, but I must comment: Just because someone can commit suicide does not mean they have a right to do it. There is no "right" to suicide in Canada. If there was a right to suicide, why would Parliament unanimously support the idea of a National Suicide Prevention Strategy as it did in October 2012?

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Why avoid negative side of Old Testament?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

November 17, 2014

I am puzzled by your column on the Old Testament (WCR, Sept. 22). It is unfair and inappropriate to quote only positive statements and to say the whole document is sacred or the emphasis is on God's glory. No doubt that is present but your explanation is not complete and "spins" the truth of the Old Testament. There is the traditional teaching of the Church on homosexuality. Church leaders never comment on the idea of a father offering his daughters for whatever the townspeople want to do with them. What an atrocity! Further in the passage, the two daughters conspire to have sex with their father. You offer not a word about this disgusting plan, carried out. If the story requires that the reader tune out the immorality of how this parent respects his offspring, then the story is worthless. To focus on one shallow aspect of this story is anti-intellectual.

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Why people put their safety on the line to save another

Lasha Morningstar

November 17, 2014

Shock racked my mind – and no doubt thousands of others – as they watched film cameras capture citizens leaning over the dying body of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. The unarmed soldier had been guarding the National War Memorial. The alleged killer moved up behind him and shot the young father. The first shots, of course, prompted people on the street to think they really were not bullets – blanks for a movie set, a drill maybe. But the minute they saw the shooter and heard someone call 911, people knew the body lying on the ground had been hit by real bullets.

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Parliament Hill shootings change perception of Canada

Joe Gunn

November 17, 2014

The events of Wednesday, Oct. 22 shocked the nation. Gunshots on Parliament Hill? Soldiers killed? Could that happen in Canada? The events in Ottawa that day unsettled me. Two of my female staff colleagues at Citizens for Public Justice had been invited to the Hill that morning, and were stuck in the security lockdown with members of Parliament until 9 p.m. As the hours wore on, we couldn't understand why they were not allowed to go safely home, if indeed the situation was under control. Canadians grappled with confusion and grief, hoping for events to be somehow explained, throughout the endless rounds of repeated "news."

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God 'comes down to reveal his weakness

Brett Fawcett

November 17, 2014
First Sunday of Advent
November 30, 2014

p>Today is New Year's Day, liturgically speaking. November is when the Church looks forward the Second Coming, and now we leave this time of preparation to enter another one, Advent, where our eager anticipation of Christ's second Advent becomes a meditation on those who longingly waited for his first one. This expectation is expressed in the First Reading. Isaiah cries out, "O, that you would tear the heavens and come down," and reveal "your presence" to the whole earth. There are two ways that someone can beg God to "come down" and reveal himself. One is a demand that God vindicate himself, that he come out of hiding and prove to his enemies that he is who he says he is.

 

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