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Brother André witnesses the Church's holiness

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October 25, 2010

Overestimating the importance at this time of the canonization of Alfred Bessette, Montreal's Brother André, would be nearly impossible. At a time when the Church is portrayed primarily as an institution, often an unsavoury institution, Brother André shows that the Church is, above all, holiness. The Church is a healing touch; it is the mercy of God in our midst. more . . .

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Plagued by doubts? Sit in silent prayer for 30 minutes daily

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 25, 2010

Several years ago, a friend shared this story with me: Raised a Roman Catholic and essentially faithful in going to church and in trying to live an honest moral life, he found himself, in his mid-forties, plagued by doubts, unable to pray and unable (when he was honest with himself) to even believe in the existence of God. more . . .

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Forgiveness lightens life's burdens

Ralph Himsl

October 25, 2010

Big mistake!! Big mistake from the point of view of efficient use of time. As I prepared this text, the name Jericho took me to the Internet and its helpmate, Google Earth. more . . .

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Laity are agents of the Holy Spirit

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October 25, 2010

Over the last 31 issues of the WCR, these articles have attempted to give our readers more of a taste, a feel, for the action of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in our Church. more . . .

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Can Catholics receive sacraments in the Anglican Church?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

October 25, 2010

Is it permissible for a Roman Catholic to be married in the Anglican Church? Is it right to receive communion in the Anglican Church if I attend a service there? Someone told me the two churches are the same and I disagree. more . . .

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Ethical treatment requires a delicate balance

Gordon Self

October 25, 2010

I was confronted by this fictitious case once: a 17-year-old presents to our emergency department with complications related to her newly discovered pregnancy. She has told no one she is pregnant. more . . .

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Guilty bystanders aid suicide and abuse

October 18, 2010
DELMER WAGNER
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

In light of the rash of recent teen suicides in the United States, the secular media have been reporting story after story dealing with the dynamic of bullying and the psychology of bullies, victims and bystanders. We are being told that had just one person stepped forward to either confront the bully and/or offer support to the victim, there might have been a more positive outcome for all involved. more . . .

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Bunk-filled culture lacks critical thought

October 18, 2010
BRETT FAWCETT
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

This morning I sat down to read the Edmonton Journal and saw the headline, “Gambling ban not in the cards.” Near the end of September, Archbishop Richard Smith issued a call to the Catholic School District to stop accepting funding raised by gambling.

The story quoted a piece the archbishop had previously written for The Journal. . . . more . . .

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Green light for world's greatest oppression signals moral decay

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October 18, 2010

Prostitution may be the world's oldest profession. But a recent Ontario court decision striking down the country's laws against prostitution does more than recognize the inevitable. It will bring harm not only to the sex trade workers, but also to the johns, the families of the johns and neighbourhoods. If the Supreme Court of Canada upholds the ruling, the common good of the country will be undermined.more . . .

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Believe God plays favourites? It's time to look in the mirror

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 18, 2010

Does God love some people more than others? Does God have favourites?

This is an old, disputed question with centuries of history: Is there a chosen race? Are some people predestined for heaven or hell? Does God love the poor more than the rich? Does God love sinners more than the righteous? Does God love virgins more than married persons? more . . .

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