Lenten fast should challenge injustice

Bob McKeon

February 23, 2015

Each year as we enter the first week of Lent, we naturally tend to think of fasting. Often we may think of things to give up and abstain from. Candies and deserts may be chosen. For adults, maybe it is alcohol or smoking. It is almost as if we can get a second chance to work at the New Year's resolutions we failed at a month earlier. Significantly, the Scripture passages for the first days of Lent each year speak of fasting. However, what is meant by fasting is different from simply giving up certain treats and pleasures for 40 days.

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Archdiocesan collection upsets D&P supporter

February 23, 2015

Re: "United appeal for Church charities achieves success" (WCR, Jan. 26).

As a registered and supporting member of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, I have always been and still am a strong advocate of its mission, wonderful work and witness to the cause of social justice.

My Lenten donation will be sent directly to Development and Peace. These are my reasons:

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CSS closed office in Bonnyville

February 23, 2015

The article in the Jan. 26 WCR ("CSS enjoys another successful Sign of Hope campaign") states that Catholic Social Services has an office in Bonnyville.

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Church reform needed for wounded Catholics

February 23, 2015

I support Cardinal Kasper's theology of mercy and would like to point out that the four letters to the editor (WCR, Jan. 26) have overlooked the essential message given by Christ - forgiveness, love and compassion versus legalism. I have documented a number of divorced Catholics who have gone through the annulment process with great bitterness and disappointment.

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Council challenged scandal of poverty amidst plenty

February 23, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The chapter in the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (Gaudium et Spes) that focuses on economic and social life is perhaps more notable for what it led to than for what it actually said. This is not to diminish the fact that the chapter underlines and thus strengthens the Catholic social teaching that had been developing since Pope Leo XIII's 1891 encyclical Rerum Novavum. It also links that teaching to the central theme of Gaudium et Spes - the dignity and vocation of the human person created in the image of God.

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Archbishop Smith ‘deeply disappointed’ with court ruling on assisted suicide

February 6, 2015
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In the wake of a unanimous Supreme Court decision legalizing assisted suicide in Canada, Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith urged Catholics to work with their members of Parliament to ensure that the nation’s health care system respects every human life to its natural end. The health care system should also provide “the best and most accessible end-of-life care possible,” Smith said in a Feb. 6 prepared statement. The archbishop said he was “deeply disappointed” to learn of the Supreme Court ruling in the Carter case, which struck down the law prohibiting doctors from assisting certain patients to die.

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Adorers committed to praising Jesus

February 9, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

For the past decade, Lorraine Kasper has been spending an hour or more each week adoring the Blessed Sacrament at Corpus Christi Chapel adjacent to St. Andrew's Centre on Edmonton's west side. Even when she moved to Onoway for a time, Kasper kept coming. "This is priority for me. I feel that I must do it," she says matter-of-factly. "I have to come because it's just part of me. It's like air." If for some reason she is unable to make it, she immediately notices changes in the people in her life.

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Religious practice shifting with growth of online media

Mary Anne Beavis

February 9, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The landscape of religious studies has changed dramatically in recent decades due to the development of social media, says a Saskatchewan biblical scholar. Mary Ann Beavis says in contemporary society the media is omnipresent and people increasingly conceptualize and live their religious lives via the media. Especially in the 21st century religious leaders, teachers and academics have moved to use popular culture to convey their message, Beavis said in an interview following a lecture on the topic. Many churches now use big screens, PowerPoints and videos during their worship services, she noted.

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Kennedy's priesthood marked by love of the common person

Fr. Edward Kennedy, CSsR

February 9, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Redemptorist Father Edward Kennedy will be remembered as a Vatican II priest who cared deeply about the common person. "I remember him very well. He was a very friendly man, a very kind man and a very intelligent man," says Archbishop Emeritus Joseph MacNeil, one of Kennedy's many friends. "He loved people. He worked for people. He was somebody who was committed to helping the common person." Kennedy died Jan. 20 from pneumonia. He was 89.

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Farmers must protect earth for the future – pope

February 9, 2015
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Farmers must find a delicate balance between reaping the precious gifts of the earth and protecting them for future generations, Pope Francis said. That task becomes even more serious given the threat of climate change, the pope said in a Jan. 31 meeting with an Italian trade group that lobbies to protect agricultural land and promote farm-friendly policies.

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