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Can Church attendance bounce back?

October 18, 2010
JOE MCMORROW
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Is the Roman Catholic Church growing, holding its own, or diminishing in Western Canada? There is more than one reasonable response to this question.

The most optimistic projection is provided by a sociologist at the University of Lethbridge, Reginald Bibby. Bibby has been charting the status of churches in Canada for 35 years. Bibby's optimism is based on three assumptions: more . . .

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Ethical treatment requires a delicate balance

Gordon Self

October 25, 2010

I was confronted by this fictitious case once: a 17-year-old presents to our emergency department with complications related to her newly discovered pregnancy. She has told no one she is pregnant. more . . .

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Can Catholics receive sacraments in the Anglican Church?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

October 25, 2010

Is it permissible for a Roman Catholic to be married in the Anglican Church? Is it right to receive communion in the Anglican Church if I attend a service there? Someone told me the two churches are the same and I disagree. more . . .

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Laity are agents of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit

October 25, 2010

Over the last 31 issues of the WCR, these articles have attempted to give our readers more of a taste, a feel, for the action of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in our Church. more . . .

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Forgiveness lightens life's burdens

Ralph Himsl

October 25, 2010

Big mistake!! Big mistake from the point of view of efficient use of time. As I prepared this text, the name Jericho took me to the Internet and its helpmate, Google Earth. more . . .

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Plagued by doubts? Sit in silent prayer for 30 minutes daily

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 25, 2010

Several years ago, a friend shared this story with me: Raised a Roman Catholic and essentially faithful in going to church and in trying to live an honest moral life, he found himself, in his mid-forties, plagued by doubts, unable to pray and unable (when he was honest with himself) to even believe in the existence of God. more . . .

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Brother André witnesses the Church's holiness

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October 25, 2010

Overestimating the importance at this time of the canonization of Alfred Bessette, Montreal's Brother André, would be nearly impossible. At a time when the Church is portrayed primarily as an institution, often an unsavoury institution, Brother André shows that the Church is, above all, holiness. The Church is a healing touch; it is the mercy of God in our midst. more . . .

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Let Br. André lead us to St. Joseph's feast

Fr. Raymond de Souza

Month Date, 2010

The Oct. 17 canonization of Brother André of Montréal is a moment of pride for Canada's Catholics, but something of a challenge too. How best to take advantage of the grace of this occasion? more . . .

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Economist adds a human factor to happiness

Mark Anielski

October 25, 2010
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – There's an old adage, "Money doesn't buy happiness."

If not money, then what does buy happiness? Offering a roadmap towards flourishing economies of well-being is Mark Anielski, an alternative economist who teaches corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurship at the University of Alberta's School of Business. more . . .

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Montreal's saint was 'pure of heart'

October 25, 2010
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Pope Benedict proclaimed Blessed André Bessette, "the miracle man of Montreal," a saint Oct. 17 and prayed that his example "inspire Canadian Christian life."

St. Bessette "lived the beatitude of the pure of heart," the pope said in his homily during the ceremony in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. more . . .

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