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A broken mind deserves compassionate care

Mark Pickup

October 3, 2011

My wife, LaRee, never knew her maternal grandmother. Her grandmother's name was Dora and she suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. Dora was institutionalized in a mental hospital in 1932 at 34 years of age.

Seventy-five years ago the shame and stigma of having a family member in a mental institution was so great that few people in the family ever mentioned Dora. She never got out of a mental hospital and eventually died there. Life went on and it was as though Dora never existed. It seemed that everyone forgot about her — but my wife did not forget.

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Jesus' love heals the dark night of the soul

Maria Kozakiewicz

October 3, 2011
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 9, 2011

I still remember my first reading of the famous Psalm 23, "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want."

I stumbled upon this text while browsing through the rich library of my priest-friend. The book of Psalms I was holding in my hands was small and tattered, with many notes and exclamation marks in the margins.

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Today's celebrity culture blinds us to true heroism

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 3, 2011

Among all the great stories in the world, the most common, best-known and perennially intriguing are those that deal with heroes and heroines. These are stories that describe someone, a man or a woman who has to journey through danger, suffering, opposition, misunderstanding and humiliation to achieve some noble goal.

These kinds of stories abound in classical mythology, Scripture, epic novels and popular movies. The details of the stories vary enormously, but they have a common pattern: For noble reasons, the hero or heroine must descend into some underworld of suffering and endure that suffering, usually in the face of fierce misunderstanding and opposition, so as to eventually emerge victorious, a conqueror, a hero, an object of admiration and as one who now somehow stands above others because of this achievement.

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Alta. Government's moral blindness jeopardizes our future

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October 3, 2011

The longstanding attitude of the Alberta government that all of the province's petroleum resources must be developed as rapidly as possible remains one of its most morally dubious stances. Oil and gas are finite resources, resources that, however, will not disappear of their own accord. As well, the markets for those resources are not going away in the foreseeable future.

Nevertheless, the residents of Alberta have been subjected to a boom-and-bust economy with a discouraging rhythm of a skyrocketing cost of living followed by unemployment and government cutbacks. As well, while environmental safeguards for the industry and oilsands development are improving, there is still vast room for improvements.

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Church called to 'deep conversation' on abuse

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October 3, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

MONTREAL — While the protocols and programs dioceses have adopted to combat clerical sexual abuse are necessary, they only treat the symptoms of a systemic problem, says Sister Nuala Kenny.

Kenny said there has never been "a Church-wide, deep conversation" about the meaning of the sexual abuse crisis and the widespread harm it has caused and the transformation "where the Lord is calling us."

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Development and Peace raised $4.7M for African famine relief

October 3, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO — As the curtain came down on 10 weeks of double-your-money matching donations for famine relief in East Africa, the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace had raised approximately $4.7 million.

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U.S., Church debate marriage definition

October 3, 2011
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON — The president of the U.S. bishops' conference has told President Barack Obama that his administration's fight against the Defence of Marriage Act will undermine marriage and create a serious breach of Church-state relations.

The law, known as DOMA, defines marriage as between one man and one woman.

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Vaniers exemplify ideals of Catholic marriage in action

Georges and Pauline Vanier

October 3, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

The year 1959 is a couple of generations ago - hardly a blink of an eye in the gaze of history. But on Sept. 15, 1959, Georges Vanier took office as governor general of Canada with words few leaders would speak in public today.

"My first words are a prayer," said the old soldier. "May almighty God in his infinite wisdom and mercy bless the sacred mission which has been entrusted to me by Her Majesty the queen and help me to fulfill it in all humility. In exchange for his strength, I offer him my weakness.

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Disillusioned secularists of Germany prove to be a hard sell for evangelizing pontiff

October 3, 2011
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

FREIBURG, GERMANY — Pope Benedict's four-day visit to Germany highlighted two closely connected challenges for the Church: how to re-evangelize traditionally Christian countries in the West, and how to regain a credible voice in modern society.

In a sense, the pope's German homeland was a test case for the "new evangelization" project that has taken centre stage in his pontificate.

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Society cannot flourish without God

October 3, 2011
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

On a four-day visit to Germany, Pope Benedict warned that godlessness and religious indifference are undermining the moral foundations of society and leaving its weakest members exposed to new risks.

He repeatedly mentioned the duty to protect the unborn, and proposed this as an area where Catholics and non-Catholics can witness together and help resist ethical erosion.

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