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Catholic education battles secular push in today's society

John Acheson

December 17, 2012

The passage of a new Education Act by the Alberta Legislature affords the opportunity for the Catholic community to give pause and to reflect on the great gift of Catholic education that we have here in Alberta. This is a gift that gives the Catholic communities of Alberta the right to organize and run their own Catholic schools – and this with full funding from the province.

Parents must be engaged in children's education

Paul Van Den Bosch

December 17, 2012

RED DEER – Many Alberta Catholic parents have heard about the passing last month of Bill 3, the new Education Act. But I haven't seen much detail to answer the question: "What does it mean?"

A holy night to remember

December 17, 2012

As Canadians and northerners, we share many memories of cold winters. At Christmas time, I often reflect upon one particular evening of a prairie winter in the early 1960s. Though the frost was cruel that night, the reminiscence is warm.

Ambassador for religious freedom to protect sacred right

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December 10, 2012

The Catholic Church holds the right to religious freedom in the highest regard. This right is not just one more among what appears to be an ever-growing list of rights, but rather is the most fundamental of all freedoms. That is because the right to religious liberty is grounded in the nature of the human person as a being radically oriented toward the transcendent. The denial of the right to religious freedom is an assault on the dignity of the person.

Great minds, great persons honour life's complexity

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 10, 2012

In a lecture recently, I made the point that Jesus shocked people equally in both his capacity to thoroughly enjoy his life and in his capacity to renounce it and give it up.

God became flesh and chose to live with us

Kathleen Giffin

December 10, 2012
Third Sunday in Advent
December 16, 2012

I had the opportunity, in my late twenties, to take a number of theology and Scripture classes. While most of those classes were informative and interesting, there were a few classes where I experienced moments that had a significant and lasting impact on me.

Churches ask feds for greenhouse cuts, national energy plan

Joe Gunn

December 10, 2012

On Nov. 20 the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) sent a letter requesting action on climate change to Environment Minister Peter Kent. Citizens for Public Justice, an affiliate member of the CCC, helped draft this document.

Which visions, revelations are authentic?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

December 10, 2012

I enjoyed your article on Hildegard but I noticed she had private revelations that seem to be accepted by the Church (WCR, Nov. 19). Today, it seems like thousands of people are having revelations, giving prophecies or having apparitions. How is a sane person to determine which are legitimate and which are pure hokum?

Christmas means opening our hearts to all

Mark Pickup

December 10, 2012

I was listening to a young woman on the radio. She talked about her childhood memory of receiving a Christmas shoebox. It was filled with toiletries, things for school and a small gift. She said the shoebox brought such joy to her. She has never forgotten that Christmas.

Cathedral Vespers light the lamp of liturgical prayer

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December 3, 2012

Now in its fifth year, Nothing More Beautiful at St. Joseph's Basilica is organized around a catechetical talk and a witness talk on a particular theme. The setting for those talks is the celebration of Cathedral Vespers.

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