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Church offers salvation to the whole person

September 5, 2005
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Religion is increasingly being seen as a negative, divisive force in history. The Crusades, the Inquisition and contemporary troubles in Northern Ireland and the former Yugoslavia are often cited as negative happenings with organized religion at their root.

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Catholic Social teaching: Neither right nor left

September 12, 2005
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Catholic Church's contribution to public debate in Canada is increasingly portrayed as a morally conservative agenda opposed to same-sex marriage and opposed to abortion. To be sure, those are major issues, ones of which the Church tends to speak not from a religious perspective, but from a view of what is good for the human person.

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Gospel demands revolution of love

September 19, 2005
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Christian vocation is quite simply the vocation to love.

The Trinity itself is a communion of infinite love. Because of that love, God created humanity and then sent the Son to reveal to us the fullness of that love.

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Ignite the flame of human dignity

September 26, 2005
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When Copernicus showed that, despite appearances, the world was not flat nor the centre of the universe, we began to gain a much more accurate picture of the cosmos.

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Only God knows his eternal plan

October 3, 2005
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

I believe God wants me to be president," George W. Bush once said. Well, perhaps. One's personal call from God is a mysterious thing and God's "plan" for human history is even harder for mortals to fathom.

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The Church must teach morality

October 10, 2005
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

One of the least-examined assumptions of our supposedly enlightened age is the belief that history can be compared with an individual's growth from childhood to maturity. Just as the child leaves behind its imaginary world of toys and Santa Claus, so too does the mature society abandon its comforting notions of God, objective morality and other "superstitions."

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Jesus taught social justice

October 17, 2005
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Modern Catholic social teaching is generally seen as having begun with Pope Leo XIII's 1891 encyclical Rerum Novarum (On New Things).

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In our lives, there is no room at the inn

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 22, 2003

Christmas is like a well-cut diamond. Every time you turn it in the sun it gives off a different sparkle. It has many meanings.

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Catholic roots nourish contrary directors

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

January 17, 2005

Canadian theologian Michael Higgins recently made this observation. At the upcoming Academy Awards, two movies will take centre stage, Mel Gibson's The Passion of The Christ and Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11.

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Belief in life after death allows joy today

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

January 24, 2005

Does belief in life after death have an impact on how we live our lives right now? Should it?

Several years ago, I watched a panel of theologians discuss this question on national television and was surprised by their conclusions: All of them, theologians who professed to believe in God, stated that it shouldn't make any difference whatsoever whether there is life after death in terms of how we live our lives. Belief in life after death, they said, shouldn't affect really our daily lives.

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