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Archbishop Durocher: Church Teaching is Pastoral Care

Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher, President of the Canadian Council of Catholic Bishops, discusses the relationship between church teaching and pastoral care.

 

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Freedom and rights grow out of human yearning for truth

October 20, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Although the Polish Archbishop Karol Wojtyla was not one of the main architects of the Declaration on Religious Freedom (Dignitatis Humanae) at the Second Vatican Council, he may have been the bishop who used the declaration most effectively after the council. For Wojtyla, the future Pope John Paul II, by rooting the right to religious freedom in the nature of the human person, the declaration provided a teaching that he could use to challenge the Communist rulers of Poland.

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School district touched by love for Fr. Catfish

October 20, 2014

It has been a difficult week for the Edmonton Catholic School District with the passing of our beloved district chaplain, Father Michael Mireau. His battle with cancer took him on a challenging journey that he shared openly with us in order that we might grow in our knowledge of how faith can carry us through adversity and pain; in the end bringing us all comfort and solace.

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Climate crisis calls for moral response

October 20, 2014

I am grateful the Vatican recently urged ethical action in response to climate change during a presentation at the United Nations ("Nations share responsibility for climate change," WCR, Oct. 6). "There is a moral imperative to act" because climate change "affects everyone, in particular the poorest among us," said Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

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Gov't puts stick in the wheel of refugee sponsorship

Joe Gunn

October 20, 2014

There are more refugees around the world than ever before – so why is your church having more trouble than ever in finding a way to receive, resettle and "welcome the stranger" (Matthew 25)? Canada's bishops are currently preparing a pastoral letter on refugees – will they raise this concern? In 2013, just over 12,000 refugees were accepted into Canada. Of these, 6,623 were sponsored by private groups who assisted their resettlement in Canada. Many privately-sponsored refugees are assisted by faith groups, but community or ethnic organizations, and even individuals can also play this role. The federal government supports the remainder.

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When one door of happiness closes, God opens another one

Mark Pickup

October 20, 2014

Helen Keller was deaf and blind from early childhood, yet she became one of the great humanitarians of the 20th century. When news of her death in 1968 came over the radio, I remember my father say, "There goes a great person." I was 15 years old at the time and too self-absorbed to understand. Only much later, in my own disability, did I begin to understand what my father meant. Helen Keller wrote: "When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door we do not see the one that has opened for us."

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What is Celtic spirituality?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

October 20, 2014

My family and I went to listen to the McDade family playing Celtic music. I understand there is a Celtic spirituality, as well. What is Celtic spirituality, and does it conflict with the teaching of the Catholic Church?

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Angle of Death puts reporter on notice

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

October 20, 2014

A recent CBC segment featured a radio host who explained that she had received death threats following an unexpectedly controversial news story. The letter, she said, was filled with spelling errors and it was signed: the Angle of Death! Which, let's be honest, is not quite as scary as an Angel of Death, except perhaps for Grade 6 students studying geometry. The anecdote reminded me of a Michel de Montaigne quote: "The greater part of the world's troubles are due to questions of grammar." This in turn invoked a funny line by Jennifer Crusie: "His sentences didn't seem to have any verbs, which was par for a politician. All nouns, no action."

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Ebola outbreak is a result of global inequality

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October 20, 2014

The rapidly growing Ebola crisis in West Africa, says Robert Walker, president of the Population Institute, has the potential to become "one of the greatest humanitarian disasters of our time." As of Oct. 9, the estimate of those dead from Ebola had reached 3,865 people worldwide. The disease could do much greater damage than it already has in developing nations with inadequate medical facilities and compromised public health systems, Walker said in an article in The World Post. Medical personnel are particularly susceptible to the disease, and if large numbers of them die, the people could be left to fend for themselves.

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Loved one's death can shake a person's faith

Brett Fawcett

October 20, 2014
All Souls' Day
November 2, 2014

Many devout believers in God have had their faith severely shaken by the death of a loved one. Even the great Christian apologist, C.S. Lewis, almost lost his faith when his wife died of cancer. It can be hard to believe that a God of love would allow us to experience something as cruel as grief. Yet grief is not a sin, even when it causes us to doubt God's goodness. Indeed, in our First Reading from Lamentations, the prophet Jeremiah bluntly expresses this sort of tortured grief over the destruction of Jerusalem and the massacre of the Jews.

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