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World peace needs the UN's influence

June 12, 2006
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The United Nations has come under increasing fire in recent years.

It has been blamed for failing to prevent the U.S. invasion of Iraq and for its Iraq food-for-oil program being mired in scandal. Its peacekeeping efforts have proved impotent in the face of mass slaughters in several nations over the last 15 years.

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Nations must help nations

June 19, 2006
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In July 2004, economist Jeffrey Sachs and some of his colleagues visited the Sauri sublocation of eight villages in western Kenya. The region is beset with AIDS, malaria and hunger.

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Christians are earth's stewards

June 26, 2006
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In 1967, historian Lynn White wrote an influential essay in which he blamed Christianity for the contemporary environmental crisis. White argued that Christianity, especially Western Christianity, "not only established a dualism of man and nature, but also insisted that it is God's will that man exploit nature for his proper ends."

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Soften our ecological footprints

July 3, 2006
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

China and India are preparing to join the industrialized nations, not only in prosperity, but also as major consumers of resources. It is good to see the world's two most populous nations overcoming their long legacy of poverty and building a bright economic future.

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Cut the carbon gases, Canada

July 17, 2006
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Hunting and gathering societies were likely the societies that walked most lightly upon the earth. People got their food by gathering the produce of the trees and fields and flowers and by killing animals as they needed them to eat.

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True heros stand up for God's peace

August 21, 2006
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Dictionaries tend to define the word "peace" negatively. Peace is an absence of war, an absence of conflict. Inner peace is an absence of inner turmoil.

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Wounds of war fester down through time

August 28, 2006
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Pope John Paul II was rarely, if ever, more outspoken than in the months leading up to and then following the start of the 1991 Persian Gulf War. In a Jan. 16, 1991 prayer, the pope called the war an "adventure without return."

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Disarm first and then talk peace

September 4, 2006
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Catholic Church has been one of the world's most outspoken opponents of war and also one of the strongest advocates of disarmament. It's a simple truth that if there were no weapons, there would be no wars. At the very least, the battles among peoples would be fought with sticks and rocks rather than with AK-47s and cruise missiles.

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Battle terrorism with dialogue, forgiveness

September 11, 2006
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church tends to approach most topics in its 255 pages of text in a cool, dispassionate manner. In places, it appears to be written more for academics than for the average layperson whose task it is to implement Church social teaching.

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Erase that disloyal rift between faith and life

September 18, 2006
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Sean O'Sullivan made history in 1972 when he was elected at age 20 as, at that time, Canada's youngest-ever member of Parliament. By his own account, O'Sullivan was a combative sort who mostly made his mark battling other members of his Progressive Conservative Party.

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