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Trudeau's denial of conscience rights undercuts rule of law

Douglas Roche

September 22, 2014

With his latest statement repeating that Liberal MPs will not be allowed to vote their conscience on the abortion issue (CBC, Sept. 14), Justin Trudeau has rejected efforts by the pro-life movement to build a bridge to him. This is very troubling, for it shows that the leader whom polls show could become the next prime minister of Canada has turned his back on a sizable number of Canadians. I was part of a small group of Edmontonians, Citizens for Conscience Voting, who recently wrote to Trudeau, asking him to review his previously announced policy denying Liberal MPs a free vote in Parliament on abortion.

Son of God meets us in irritating people

Brett Fawcett

September 22, 2014
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 5, 2014

When we donate money to a charitable cause, choose to spend time with a relative or friend who we find tiresome or exhausting, or volunteer for church functions, we may be inclined to be a little proud of ourselves. We could have used these resources for ourselves, but instead, we've benevolently chosen to share them with others. This Sunday's Scriptures should end that kind of thinking once and for all.

Church should cherish hidden life of Nazareth

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September 22, 2014

It is encouraging that 14 married couples have been invited to the World Synod of Bishops on the Family next month. One hopes that a significant majority of these couples have had the joyous and demanding experience of raising children. Unfortunately, this cannot be taken for granted, despite the Church's own emphasis on procreation as an essential end of marriage. Too often, the couples the Church holds up for imitation are those who have lived marriage in a state of celibacy or who, at least, have been childless with the result that they can better devote their time to various ministries.

Autumn 'mysticism' can spur hunt back into recesses of time

Lasha Morningstar

September 22, 2014

September is a mystical time of year. It's a time of transformation. Flowers droop and die. Leaves trade their green for gold, scarlet, chestnut brown and flutter to the ground. Insects disappear, save for an angry wasp or two. Most birds move house, some flying south, others north. Some stay with us the whole year round. So out come the feeders – both seed and suet. Gutters are scrubbed clean, storm windows latched on and car winterized.

How do Christians interpret the Old Testament?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

September 22, 2014

I know we Catholics use the Old Testament in many ways, including as Mass readings, but how do Christians interpret the Old Testament? Is it used mainly as it relates to the New Testament and Christianity?

Jesus used parables to challenge his hearers with a radical message

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

September 22, 2014

Few people would deny the importance of education. This week I had the pleasure of welcoming a record number of new students to the St. Mary's orientation. It was a thrill both to watch the excited faces in the crowd and to observe the educational styles of the many speakers who came forward to greet our students: from campus ministry to student advisor to the president of the student legislative council. What struck me most about our event was the range of rhetorical techniques the speakers used to communicate with the audience.

In numbing the voice of pain, grief makes it hard to experience love of God

Mark Pickup

September 22, 2014

A family friend recently lost his wife after 65 years of marriage. Ted Byfield is heartbroken, except for one thing: He is a devout Christian. My wife and I sent him a sympathy card. A few weeks later we received a note of acknowledgement from Ted. He wrote, in part: "Many thanks for your card of condolence. I knew of course that my wife was a remarkable woman, but now that I am having to live without her I am discovering just how remarkable. . . .

Chew on this! Canada's tax cuts take priority over ending poverty

Joe Gunn

September 22, 2014

My daughter just can't believe the poverty she has seen this past week. I was a bit surprised at this news, when she reached us by phone. Here, after all, is a young woman who has traveled to Ecuador, Chile, Guatemala and Bangladesh, and completed her university degree. She had just left for a six-month stint, along with 17 other young adults from Nicaragua and Canada, to live with host families, learn each other's customs and work with social agencies.

World stands idly by as terrorists wreak havoc in Iraq

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September 8, 2014

Again the world has been impotent in the face of a major humanitarian crisis, this time in the area of northeastern Iraq controlled by Islamic State terrorists. Although nations have deplored the massacres and other forms of terrorism of the ISIS militants, little has been done beyond U.S. bombing raids. Those raids are themselves morally problematic as they are unilateral actions by one nation, rather than a coherent response from the global community.

Life of goodness can sap our joy and leave us bitter

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 8, 2014

Sometimes everything can seem right on the surface while, deep down, nothing is right at all. We see this, for example, in the famous parable in the Gospels about the Prodigal Son and his Older Brother. By every appearance the Older Brother is doing everything right: He's perfectly obedient to his father, is at home and is doing everything his father asks of him. Unlike his younger brother, he's not wasting his father's property on prostitutes and partying. He seems a model of generosity and morality.