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Even the most expensive treatment won't bring good health

Sr. Nuala Kenny

July 4, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Health care providers are facing ethical challenges unheard of a generation ago.

One of those challenges, said Sister Nuala Kenny, is the desire of many patients for treatments that are bigger, faster, stronger.

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Think you will live forever? Not!

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July 4, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — People today have different expectations of what health care can achieve in providing ethically sound and clinically appropriate care. Some even have the false mindset that with today's medical technology, they are immortal.

Both birth and death tend to happen with a lot of kafuffle. But the two concepts are not approached in the same way.

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CWL awarded 2011 Monsignor Bill Irwin Award of Excellence

Gladys Brown

July 4, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — From helping women and children to flee domestic violence to supporting new immigrants, the Catholic Women's League has a reputation for responding whenever there is a need in Edmonton.

The Catholic Women's League of the Edmonton Archdiocese is this year's recipient of the 2011 Monsignor Bill Irwin Award of Excellence.

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CSS applauded for presence, caring

July 4, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Caregiving is more oriented to being present to others than being successful in solving their problems, says Sister Sue Mosteller.

When people fix things and make good things happen, others "applaud and they say, 'You are a success, you won my court case, and you cured my mother when she was sick,'" Mosteller told the annual meeting of Catholic Social Services.

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Triumphant Corpus Christi procession

July 4, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Downtown motorists, people waiting at bus stops and those looking out from their apartment balconies saw Catholics proceeding through the streets.

Many of the general public asked what was going on. Those in the procession were quick to respond that they are Catholics, and that this was the archdiocese's Corpus Christi procession.

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Sports anchor canned for tweet supporting marriage

July 4, 2011
SHEILA DABU NONATO
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO — The Catholic Civil Rights League is standing by the human rights appeal of Damian Goddard, a sports anchor fired for his Catholic views on traditional marriage.

Goddard, a former host of Connected on Rogers Sportsnet, plans to file a human rights complaint against his former employer, Rogers Communication Inc.

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Marriages get a boost as couples draw near to God

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July 4, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Miriam and Terry Sharp say they now have the kind of relationship they dreamt about thanks to a movement for married couples they joined in 2006 at Edmonton's Our Lady of Guadalupe (Spanish) Parish.

Not long after getting married in 2005 the Sharps started to notice something was missing in their relationship. Things were good, but not good enough.

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Reading the Bible inspires, reveals treasures

Ralph Himsl

July 4, 2011
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time - July 3, 2011

Readers may remember when last fall, Pope Benedict encouraged us to read the Bible. As I remarked then on these pages, his urging came timely on for me and happily as I had not more than a month before started on that very mission.

Even so, it embarrassed me, because I should have done such reading long ago. I can almost hear a reproach - "And he calls himself a Catholic!"

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'Apologists' needed to respond to fervent atheistic critics

Fr. Robert Barron

July 4, 2011

The CNN Belief Blog, which has graciously featured a few of my pieces, just celebrated its first anniversary, and for the occasion, its editors reflected on 10 things they've learned in the course of the year. The one that got my eye was this: Atheists are by far the most fervent commentators on matters religious.

This completely coincides with my own experience as an Internet commentator and blogger. Every day, my website and YouTube page are inundated with remarks, usually of a sharply negative or dismissive nature, from atheists, agnostics and critics of religion.

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Technology often pushes ethical boundaries

Gordon Self

July 4, 2011

Earlier this month Covenant Health held its biannual ethics conference, entitled, Great Expectations? The allusion to Charles Dickens' masterpiece comes to mind, for the world of health care ethics today represents how both the "sun shines hot and the wind blows cold."

Ongoing advances in technology have created new possibilities, tempered, like a cold wind, by new ethical conundrums.

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