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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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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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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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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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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 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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Guilty bystanders aid suicide and abuse

October 18, 2010
DELMER WAGNER
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

In light of the rash of recent teen suicides in the United States, the secular media have been reporting story after story dealing with the dynamic of bullying and the psychology of bullies, victims and bystanders. We are being told that had just one person stepped forward to either confront the bully and/or offer support to the victim, there might have been a more positive outcome for all involved. more . . .

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Bunk-filled culture lacks critical thought

October 18, 2010
BRETT FAWCETT
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

This morning I sat down to read the Edmonton Journal and saw the headline, “Gambling ban not in the cards.” Near the end of September, Archbishop Richard Smith issued a call to the Catholic School District to stop accepting funding raised by gambling.

The story quoted a piece the archbishop had previously written for The Journal. . . . more . . .

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Canada: An aging country with few kids

October 18, 2010
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Canadian families continue to shrink says a study from the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada (IMFC), so policy-makers must help them prepare for harder economic times.

"The country is rapidly aging with a birthrate of 1.6 children per women, well below the 2.1 level needed for replacement," writes IMFC senior researcher Peter John Mitchell in the executive summary of a study released in late September. more . . .

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Church called to open its ears

October 18, 2010
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – The Catholic Church obviously believes it has an important message to share with the world. And with relatively easy access to the printing press, the airwaves and the Internet, it would seem that communicating the Gospel would be easier than ever today. more . . .

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