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Glen Argan

Gov't wants compromise of our beliefs

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January 25, 2016

More and more, relations between the sexes in Western society are being thought of as arbitrary. One's biological makeup does not matter; a person can even choose, based on their inner yearnings combined with advances in medical technology, whether to be a man or a woman. That one's biological makeup should determine whether one is a man or a woman is now thought to be archaic thinking. The forcing of people into biologically-determined social roles is considered an unwarranted form of social control.

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Rotten justification for rotten arms deal

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January 25, 2016

Canada has had a change of government, but no change of mind on selling light armoured vehicles to the government of Saudi Arabia. Not only has Saudi Arabia one of the worst human rights records in the world, but Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion had the audacity to announce the $15-billion arms deal will proceed days after the Saudis' mass execution of 47 people.

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Refugee crisis requires both open doors and vigilance

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January 11, 2016

The Canadian people and government deserve congratulations for their openness to receiving large numbers of Syrian refugees. Although the new Liberal government has promised to accept 25,000 refugees, the numbers may end up being higher, a fact with which the majority of Canadians are comfortable.

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Mercy is integral to spirit of Vatican II

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January 11, 2016

Although God's mercy is the recurrent theme of the current papacy, Pope Francis is not the only recent pope for whom it has been a major theme. St. John Paul II, for example, made it the focus of his second encyclical, Rich in Mercy, issued in 1980. Pope Francis, in fact, sees the theme of mercy as one way of keeping the Second Vatican Council alive as an event and in our hearts.

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Another step toward positive relations with Jews

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January 11, 2016

A new Vatican document on the Church's relationship with the Jewish people insists "there can only be one single covenant history of God with humanity." The New Covenant, established through Christ's death and resurrection and the descent of the Holy Spirit, fulfills, but does not replace, God's covenant with Israel. Understanding this is crucial to a proper relationship between Christians and Jews.

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John Paul's encyclical emphasized the role of the Holy Spirit

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January 11, 2016

This month marks the 25th anniversary of the public release of St. John Paul II's landmark encyclical, Mission of the Redeemer (Redemptoris Missio). The great pope's legacy is diverse, but his emphasis on evangelization is one of its hallmarks. Redemptoris Missio is notable for its emphasis on the role of the Holy Spirit as "the principal agent of mission."

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Year of Mercy a challenge to get priorities right

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December 21, 2015

Zacchaeus' story is fascinating. Zacchaeus is a tax collector and a sinner. "Zacchaeus, hurry and come down," Jesus said to the tax collector in the tree. "I must stay at your house today" (19.5). Others grumbled because Zacchaeus was a man entrenched in sin. Jesus was unmoved. He would be the guest of a sinner. Zacchaeus, however, was moved. He promised to give half of his possessions to the poor and would pay four times as much as he stole from those he had defrauded.

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<em>Nostra Aetate</em> a triumph for Vatican II

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December 21, 2015

The approval 50 years ago of Nostra Aetate, the Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions, was one of the great accomplishments of the Second Vatican Council. The council fathers honestly did not realize what they were doing when they approved that document. It has opened up a new realm of dialogue and tolerance among Catholics and people of other faiths. That goal was on nobody's agenda prior to Vatican II.

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Faith of today's Magi should inspire us

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December 21, 2015

When we visited Barcelona's Sagrada Familia (Holy Family) Basilica in September, I was struck by the reverence in the carving of the Magi displayed on the WCR's front page this week. The sculptor had caught the only reason that would draw three men to travel long distances over hostile terrain to gaze upon a baby - awe at the birth of the Saviour of the world.

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Finally, Alberta begins taking responsibility for Earth's future

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December 7, 2015

The Alberta government is to be congratulated for finally taking concrete steps to reduce the amount of carbon produced in this province that contributes to climate change. Pope Francis, in his encyclical Laudato Si', has called climate change "a global problem with grave implications," an issue affecting all people, including those of religious faith.

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