Patriarch of health care shared wisdom

Gordon Self

April 30, 2012

Last month, at age 85, we lost one of the most influential people in Catholic health care. Father Kevin O'Rourke was described as a "patriarch," whose contributions supporting clinicians and theologians alike to think clearly about the health care ethics issues of our times was incomparable.

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Bullying reveals a failure to turn boys into adults

Fr. Robert Barron

April 30, 2012

It is difficult indeed to watch the new documentary Bully without experiencing both an intense sadness and a feeling of helplessness. The film opens with the heartbreaking ruminations of a father whose son committed suicide after being brutally bullied by his classmates.

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Christ hears the purity of a child's Prayer

Mark Pickup

April 30, 2012

I entered my room to discover my five-year-old grandson looking up at a large crucifix on the wall above my bed. He turned and asked if that really happened. "Yes it did," I replied.

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Living a morally good life is beautiful, says primate

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April 30, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The moral life of a Christian is beautiful because it is inspired by communion with the aspirations of humanity to goodness and happiness, said the primate of the Church in Canada.

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Archbishop seeks end to 'hysteria' over CCODP

April 30, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON - Controversy over the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace has created "an awful lot of hysteria" on both sides of the issue, says Archbishop Richard Smith.

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All are created in God's image

Dr. Moira McQueen

April 30, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The foundational beauty of moral theology is that it stands on the belief that every person is made in God's image, a leading Catholic ethicist told the annual convention of the Edmonton Diocesan Council of the Catholic Women's League.

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Vatican imposes reform on U.S. religious

April 30, 2012
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Citing "serious doctrinal problems which affect many in consecrated life," the Vatican announced a major reform of an association of women's religious congregations in the U.S.

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Sister's reform a chance for dialogue – prelate

Archbishop Peter Sartain

April 30, 2012
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – The reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious will offer the sisters and their bishops an opportunity to work together more closely, said the archbishop who will oversee the reform.

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CWL councils support seminarians, fight poverty, plant gardens

Gladys Brown

April 30, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

RED DEER – A year into her two-year term as president of the Edmonton Diocesan Council of the Catholic Women's League, Gladys Brown seems remarkably relaxed, although she admits to been busier than expected.

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Dismissal from Mass hands you a mission

Fr. Huy Nguyen

April 30, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Growing up in Vietnam, Father Huy Nguyen, was one of 13 children, 10 of whom were girls. He always looked forward to Mass because he could socialize afterwards with other boys. He felt so good being at church that he was in no hurry to return home.

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