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Some Canadians saw what a council could achieve

September 10, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Canada’s bishops and Catholic universities were among those who responded to the Vatican’s call in 1959 for input about topics that ought to be considered at the Second Vatican Council.

Bishop Bittman gives hope for better times

Fr. Ayodele Ayeni CsSP

September 10, 2012

On Sept. 3, Father Gregory Bittman was vested with the fullness of the priesthood through episcopal ordination. While remaining Father Greg, he becomes Bishop Greg Bittman.

Canadians must till the ploughshares of peace and justice

Joe Gunn

September 10, 2012

I was a tad nervous at my new job. Surrounded by six bishops at my first meeting with the Episcopal Commission for Social Affairs, it was hard to know what to expect.

Catholic institutions must provide a Gospel witness

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September 3, 2012

About 2,500 years ago, Ezekiel issued a prophecy of woe to those leaders who used their positions to their own material advantage. "Ah, you shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep? You eat the fat, you cover yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fatlings, but you do not feed the sheep" (34.2-3).

Sharing our wealth provides more for the giver than the receiver

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 3, 2012

The rich are getting richer, and we are almost beyond surprise at how rich that is. Every day, our newspapers, our televisions and the Internet, report financial compensations that, even just a generation ago, were unimaginable: Corporate executives receiving a hundred million dollar bonuses, an athlete signing a contract for a hundred million dollars, entertainers signing contracts for tens of millions, people in information technology earning billions and ordinary folks everywhere joining the millionaire club.

Ponder the mystery of Jesus' travels

Ralph Himsl

September 3, 2012
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 9, 2011

In addition to a touching demonstration of the mystery of the healing power of Jesus, (more about that later), the Gospel for today has several mysteries.

Step One: Getting input from the bishops around world

September 3, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Between Pope John XXIII's announcement of an ecumenical council in January 1959 and the opening of the Second Vatican Council in October 1962 was a period approaching four years.

Firefighters are a special breed who get in harm's way

Lasha Morningstar

September 3, 2012

No matter how many years pass, Sept. 11 pushes our thoughts back to that savage infamy that changed our world – physically and spiritually.

Does Jesus want us to lack life's necessities?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

September 3, 2012

We are all to be God's co-creators; yet it is clear that some creative efforts are so much better paid than others. There are creative people who are starving in many parts of the world. How can we see the work of providence in this?

Paul Ryan must deliver the Church's full-meal deal

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August 27, 2012

Paul Ryan, the presumptive U.S. Republican nominee for vice-president, has been on the firing line for his use or abuse of Catholic social teaching to justify a draconian proposed budget that would cut both benefits to the poor and taxes paid by the rich.