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Joly a vibrant priest who had a great love for nature

Fr. Jacques Joly, omi

January 12, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

He loved nature. He could stop and marvel at a flower. He had an ability to see beauty in everything. He loved hockey and was an Oilers fan. That's how colleagues remember Father Jacques Joly – a popular Oblate missionary who spent more than five decades ministering to flocks throughout Alberta. "He was a fellow who was very direct, very sincere and very honest. He spoke words that went to your heart," recalls his friend and colleague Father Camille Piche, a former provincial superior of the Oblate Fathers.

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Atonement sister supports victims of domestic violence

Sr. Lucinda Patterso

January 12, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Domestic violence happens in one out of three homes. This statistic comes from someone who deals with this tragedy – hidden by closed doors and threats. Sister Lucinda Patterson, CEO of Lurana Shelter for 17 years, has seen the damage first hand, and she and her staff work to heal the shattered lives of women and children, and to prepare them to live independently.

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Southside church on target to open before Christmas 2015

January 12, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Expectation is increasing among Corpus Christi parishioners as their new 1,500-seat church continues to go up without a hitch. The church, now more than half-built, is expected to be ready by December. "It's all up. We will celebrate Christmas at Corpus Christi in 2015," vows Father Jim Corrigan, the pastor. "What I have been telling people is, 'Take a drive by 34th Street and 28th Avenue and take a look at the church that you are building because it's really quite amazing.'"

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Catholics, evangelicals differ on space exploration

January 12, 2015
DENNIS SADOWSKI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON – How people value space exploration may depend on their particular faith. An analysis of several national surveys by a University of Dayton political science professor found that Catholics are more supportive of the U.S. maintaining a leading role in exploring space and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence than members of evangelical churches. Political scientist Joshua Ambrosius told Catholic News Service evangelical Protestants, on the other hand, are significantly less likely than people of other churches and faiths to see the value of the nation's space endeavours.

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Pope names 20 new cardinals

January 12, 2015

Here is the list of the new cardinals announced by Pope Francis Jan. 4 at the Vatican:

  • French Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, prefect of the Apostolic Signature, 62.
  • Portuguese Patriarch Manuel Jose Macario do Nascimento Clemente of Lisbon, 66.

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New cardinals reflect Church's global nature

January 12, 2015
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Underscoring the geographical diversity of his selections, Pope Francis has named 20 new cardinals, 11 of them from the global South. The new cardinals come "from 14 nations of every continent, showing the inseparable link between the Church of Rome and the particular churches present in the world," the pope said. Fifteen of the new cardinals are under age 80 and will be eligible to vote in a papal election.

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Council elevated Catholic teaching on the family

January 26, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (Gaudium et Spes) began as a patchwork of various proposed documents on social issues that had been put forward by the commissions charged with writing documents for consideration at the Second Vatican Council. It is tempting to see part two of Gaudium et Spes as an appendix to the main document that wraps some of these earlier documents into one huge pastiche. What is remarkable, however, is how well the five "urgent problems" discussed in part two are woven into one constitution and how well they flow from the Gaudium et Spes' central focus on the nature of the human person.

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Impossible to tolerate what is unacceptable

January 26, 2015

I am not a theologian, but a person doesn't have to have a degree to recognize muddled thinking. Really, what kind of double-speak is it to say we should "tolerate what is impossible to accept"? Am I a fundamentalist because I believe the Catholic Church teaches that a marriage has to be declared null before a person enters into a second (but hopefully this time by the grace of God), true marriage?

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Kasper's calculus muddled by Protestant thinking

January 26, 2015

Re: "Kasper honoured by WCR as Church 'mustard seed', WCR, Dec 29." Cardinal Walter Kasper's theology has caused severe response, and justifiably so, because it challenges the fundamental essence of Christianity staunchly defended by the saints and doctors of the Church, by Paul, Augustine, Aquinas all the way to John Paul II.

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Kasper's stance demeans Church's tradition

January 26, 2015

The Church's pastoral practices have always been rooted in mercy and compassion. The manner in which these are expressed varies. However, the essence of every Church doctrine remains intact. Cardinal Walter Kasper challenges the interconnectedness between doctrine and pastoral practice. In his haste to honour Kasper with the Mustard Seed Award ("Kasper honoured by WCR as Church 'mustard seed'," Dec. 29), Glen Argan overlooks legitimate concerns about Kasper's proposal that divorced and civilly remarried Catholics can receive Communion without annulment.

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