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Why the Church is portrayed as a purveyor of hate

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February 25, 2013

A society that does not admit the existence of God will not, of course, recognize offences against God. It will not admit the existence of sin.

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Pope Benedict: He shepherded us with grace and humility

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February 18, 2013

Even when the one favoured to be elected the new pope prior to the conclave actually is elected, it is still a surprise. That’s how it was when Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was chosen almost eight years ago. As often as not, however, the choice is a bolt out of the blue – Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli in 1958, Albino Luciani and Karol Wojtyla in 1978.

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A repentant soul welcomes Lent's springtime

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February 11, 2013

The repentance of Lent gives birth to the new life of Easter. Yet, repentance cannot occur without a sense of one's personal sin and guilt.

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Christianity must weave its fibre through all of life

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February 4, 2013

One characteristic of the modern world is the propensity to separate. We separate work from home, both of those from recreation, and the economy from the environment. More than anything, we separate faith from life. Faith, we are frequently told, can only be acceptable if kept in a private realm that touches nothing else.

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It took violence to drive faith out of public realm

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January 28, 2013

Pope Benedict, to his credit, repeatedly challenges the old canard that religious divisions are a primary source of societal violence. Most recently, the pope told diplomats accredited to the Holy See that true religion reconciles men and women with God.

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Harper assumes leadership role in aboriginal relations

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January 21, 2013

Prime Minister Stephen's Harper declaration that he will take a leading role in managing the relationship between the federal government and Canada's aboriginal people is the best news that could have come from his Jan. 11 meeting with native leaders.

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Global South will have impact on 21st-century Church

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January 14, 2013

Journalists typically cope with the slow news season at Christmas and New Year's by engaging in a wrap-up of the year-that-was and predictions for the year-to-come. The first task is journalistically safe, while the latter is an adventure, one almost certain to go awry in its details.

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Human rights come before gun ownership

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December 24, 2012

It is long past the point when one can describe the abundance of mass murders – 31 school shootings since the Columbine massacre in 1999 – in the United States as a sign of the decay of Western civilization. It is that, but the psychological destruction of the person in a technological society and the decline in morality is not limited to the U.S.

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Word made Flesh overcomes secularism with power of grace

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December 17, 2012

We have reached the point in Western society where it needs to be asked whether we still celebrate Christmas. That is, is it Christmas – the revolution of the Word made Flesh – we celebrate or has a Bacchanalian, consumerist ritual taken over?

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Ambassador for religious freedom to protect sacred right

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December 10, 2012

The Catholic Church holds the right to religious freedom in the highest regard. This right is not just one more among what appears to be an ever-growing list of rights, but rather is the most fundamental of all freedoms. That is because the right to religious liberty is grounded in the nature of the human person as a being radically oriented toward the transcendent. The denial of the right to religious freedom is an assault on the dignity of the person.

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