Court ruling offers a view of abortion mindset

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July 11/25, 2016

It was yet another U.S. Supreme Court ruling lifting state-legislated restrictions on abortion. The rulings are almost routine, but they do give a peephole into the mindset of those who favour legal abortion. The 2013 Texas law required abortion clinics in the state to meet the same safety requirements of other walk-in medical clinics, in regards to staffing, buildings and equipment. As well, it required abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.

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Following the rules helps minimize mistakes

Lasha Morningstar
July 11/25, 2016

Mistakes are horrid. They happen usually when one is rushed, careless or does not follow the rules. These can range from violating rules of the road to society's rules, to family rules, to religious rules, to workplace rules and even rules about rules. Discipline slips. Or, one does not follow the system they have made for themselves. A mistake is made. When that happens one feels such shame, remorse. Apologies fly to the point of anguish. You vow to never break a certain rule again.

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Sinclair urges respect for native spiritually

Joe Gunn
July 11/25, 2016

One year ago, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released its 500-page final report on Indian residential schools: Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future. Most importantly, the TRC issued 94 calls to action. Several of these recommendations should directly impact the ways people of faith live out our covenantal relationship with the indigenous people of this land.

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Hope for the world's future comes by acting for peace

Douglas Roche
July 25, 2016

"There's nothing you can do about anything in the world anymore." These anguished words of a survivor in the Orlando mass shooting seared my mind. Out of the agony of losing a loved one to wholesale murder came this cry of despair. I watched his face on TV. His eyes seemed vacant, his body numbed by the shock of the mayhem in a gay nightclub where a gunman murdered 49 people.

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Families shouldn't have to run for their lives

July 25, 2016

My grandmother never said much about the "old country." I can remember her telling my little brother and me about the day Joseph Stalin's men came to round up her brothers and her dad. They lined them up against the barn to execute them. Then, for some unknown reason, they changed their minds. After Stalin's men left, my great-grandfather said only one thing to his family, "Run! Go, two by two, go to Canada - they're accepting us."

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Methane migration threatens rural life

July 25, 2016

In Laudato Si', Pope Francis calls each of us into action - to care for our common home. He invites us to reflect and act upon issues in our daily lives that need our care. He holds up the poorest of the poor and the oppressed for our special attention. There is an oppression within rural Alberta that is threatening the livelihoods and indeed the lives of rural Albertans.

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God or Mammon? Poverty or possessions?

July 11/25, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

As Jesus travelled from Galilee to Jerusalem, the crowd following him grew in number. One time, someone approached him and said, "I will follow you wherever you go." Perhaps we are like that too. Drawn by Jesus' personal magnetism or by the truth of the Gospel, we believe we are ready to go anywhere with him. Jesus, however, issues a caution. "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head" (Luke 9.57-58).

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Deacons urged to hear cry of the poor

july 15, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In a moving celebration at St. Joseph's Basilica July 9, Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith ordained four men to the permanent diaconate. He also ordained seminarian Roger Niedzielski to the transitional diaconate, the final phase of his preparation for the priesthood. After serving as a deacon for a year, Niedzielski will likely be ordained a priest. The four new permanent deacons are professional men with extensive ministry experience in their parishes. They just completed a four-year formation program and were ordained for the service of the Word, altar and charity.

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To Our Subscribers:

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July 6, 2016

As you are likely aware, Canada Post has given notice to its employees that puts it in a legal position to lock them out of work as of Friday, July 8. The Western Catholic Reporter, therefore, has decided not to publish either our regular print edition dated July 11 or any other print edition for the duration of the lockout or strike.

However, you can receive a free digital edition of the newspaper during the disruption to postal delivery. Just click on the button at the top of the right side of this page, and you will be taken to the digital edition of the current issue.

As well, the WCR will extend the subscriptions of paid subscribers by the number of issues not published during the lockout-strike.

When work stoppage is over, we will publish a special print edition with all the local news as well as major national and international stories from the time during the lockout-strike.

The WCR website – wcr.ab.ca – also will be regularly updated during the strike.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes you, and we look forward to restoring all of our regular services.

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Muslims, Catholics build bridges at Ramadan ritual meal

July 11, 2016
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Time and again one heard a familiar refrain from dinner tables at the Catholic-Muslim dinner held at Providence Renewal Centre June 28: "Building bridges." The event was an iftar, the ritual meal that is held at the end of each fasting day during the Muslim month of Ramadan. Two hundred Muslims, Catholics and people of other faiths came together to meet each other, and discover the meaning of the tenets of each others' faiths. By doing that, they, as was said many times during the evening, were building bridges.

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