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Editorial

Non-Christian inmates need chaplains of their own faith

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October 22, 2012

The federal government should restore the $1.3 million in funding that it hopes to save by eliminating part-time chaplains from the federal prison system. The most noxious aspect of this particular funding cut is that it will mean an end to almost all non-Christian chaplains who work to meet the spiritual needs of inmates in federal prisons.

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MP Woodworth moved abortion to nation's front burner

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October 15, 2012

MP Stephen Woodworth did what many thought was impossible – he put the issue of abortion back on the political front burner in Canada. By trying to establish a parliamentary committee that would look at medical and other evidence of whether the unborn child is human, he made the rights of the unborn a topic of discussion across Canada.

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Being a Christian means living life according to Jesus 24/7

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October 8, 2012

As the World Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization opens Oct. 7, a pressing question awaits an answer: We know the synod will lead to yet another Vatican document on evangelization; will it also lead to a missionary outburst that challenges the deadening, dehumanizing secularism of the West? Will the synod's deliberations lead to a metanoia, a conversion, in our attitudes and actions, or will it remain business as usual?

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Karol Wojtyla tapped laity to reveal Vatican II's power

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October 1, 2012

As the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council approaches on Oct. 12, it is well to remember the diocese which likely did the most thorough job of implementing the council's teachings - the Archdiocese of Krakow, Poland.

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Is Church really 200 years behind the times

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September 24, 2012

Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini of Milan was one of the great churchmen of our age. If he had been in good health, he might have been a leading candidate for pope at the last conclave, the one that elected Pope Benedict XVI.

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When Quebec rejects faith and family, it cuts off its roots

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September 17, 2012

The lack of strong reactions from the outside world to the Parti Quebecois victory in the Sept. 4 Quebec election is a sign of how much things have changed. This change may be due to an acceptance of the regular change of governing parties that takes place in provinces with a lively democracy.

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Office of bishop offers tradition, liberating truth

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September 10, 2012

The ordination of a bishop in Edmonton is a great and rare event. It hasn’t happened since 1958 when Bishop Emmett Doyle, chancellor of the Edmonton Archdiocese who served 31 years as bishop of Nelson, B.C., was “consecrated” as the rite was called in those days.

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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).

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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.

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Feast of Assumption: Let us rejoice, embrace hope

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August 20, 2012

The feast of Mary's Assumption, celebrated Aug. 15, is one of the most hopeful feasts of the liturgical year. In our archdiocese, it is the focus of pilgrimages at Skaro and St. Albert. Yet, perhaps we could do even more to celebrate this mid-summer feast with verve and joy.

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