Restoring common good will save us from evil

May 30, 2016

My young sons come running for me after each visit to town and the local credit union. "Daddy, blow up my balloon!" I know, after a great deal of practice, the toughest part of filling the balloon with air is the initial push. This is similar to filling our culture with the truth of the Gospel. The initial push takes great self-sacrifice and suffering.

Let God judge when my life shall end

May 16, 2016

Who can judge my quality of life? Here I am; aging, relatively healthy but having faced the fragility of my life through illness. What is to become of me if the lines of communication with society are severed? Who has a right to judge? If I lose my sight, hearing and ability to speak, I am still me. If I then lose my ability to taste, smell and feel, I am still me. I am still here.

Reference to Ukrainian Church was incorrect

May 16, 2016

I refer to the article "Ukrainian men's choir exudes paschal joy" (WCR, April 4). The third paragraph refers to the "Ukrainian Eastern Orthodox Church." This is misleading in two respects.

MPs should reject assisted suicide bill

May 16, 2016

Members of Parliament should vote against Bill C-14. Clearly, this bill is morally wrong. As well, similar euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide legislation enacted in other countries has proven over time to decrease an individual's end-of-life choices and to give doctors more autonomy in these matters.

Volunteers can contribute to parish music ministry

May 16, 2016

Re: "Music festival throws open doors of the basilica" (WCR, April 18). With regard to the above article, all is manageable until we come to the passage: "Edmonton, teeming with professional and amateur choirs . . . is a very choral city, . . . but that is not reflected in its Catholic churches. People think music in churches tends to just be the best that some volunteers can offer."

Catholic doctors stand against euthanasia

May 2, 2016

On behalf of the Calgary Catholic Medical Association and St. Luke's Catholic Physicians' Guild of Edmonton, we would like to extend this letter in support of the Catholic Bishops of Alberta and their strong stand against euthanasia and assisted suicide. Catholic physicians affirm with them that killing is not part of medicine. Catholic physicians affirm with them that killing is not part of medicine.

Self-righteousness hides sin of social injustice

May 2, 2016

I am discouraged that many Catholics, including our bishops, are only now expressing their concerns regarding two important moral issues - gender identity and euthanasia. What concerns me is that the bishops, Christian communities and the provincial government are fixated on these two issues in isolation. What concerns me is that the bishops, Christian communities and the provincial government are fixated on these two issues in isolation. These issues do not exist in a vacuum; they exist precisely because we as Christians and as citizens refuse to acknowledge the larger issue of social justice.

New parishes formed by people helping people

May 2, 2016

The miracle stories of the Gospels tell about what the risen Jesus does for those who believe in him. What happened recently in the parish communities of St. Theresa and Corpus Christi is a continuation of the missions left with us by Christ's death and resurrection. Fathers Bill Irwin and Don MacDonald were compliant missionaries - teaching, catechizing in community halls and school gymnasiums in Mill Woods, a new part of Edmonton.

LGBTQ guidelines violate human rights

March 21, 2016

The reason the Fort Vermilion Public School Trustees have rebuffed the minister of education's LGBTQ policy is that, in sharp contrast to other public school trustees, they have let their parents know the details of Eggen's Guidelines for Best Practice. These can be found online at https://education.alberta.ca/media/1626737/91383-attachment-1-guidelines-final.pdf

Atheists can help in cause of justice

March 21, 2016

An atheist is a person who does not believe in God. An agnostic is one who holds the view that God is unknown, probably unknowable. In his 1974 book The Desert is Fertile, Archbishop Don Helder Camara of Olinda and Recife in northeast Brazil mentions two kinds of atheists. One does not believe in God, has no need, neither in thoughts or actions.