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Government ignores Easter's sanctity with advance poll dates

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April 18, 2011

It apparently is not a matter of great concern to Canada's political leaders that advance polling for the May 2 election will be conducted on Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Monday. A Christian nation would surely find a way to avoid having the electoral process trampling on the most holy season of the year.

Christians are perhaps more accepting of this situation than we would have been a few decades ago. After all, just about any religious holiday has been open season for shoppers for some time.

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Nuclear tragedy underlines bishops' call for 'ethical reflection'

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April 11, 2011

In 2003, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued a report calling for the construction of 1,000 to 1,500 new nuclear power plants around the world by 2050. The rationale? Those plants could displace 15 to 20 per cent of the expected growth in carbon emissions.

By the grace of God, the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns have so far had only local implications for the health and safety of people. With roughly 450 nuclear power plants in operation today, it seems unlikely that future nuclear accidents will always be so localized.

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Catholic witness in politics must be rooted in principles

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April 4, 2011

The Catholic perspective on the 2011 federal election is essentially the same as for every election. Church teaching supports the right to life, the dignity of the human person and a preferential option for the poor. Government policies should reflect those teachings, not because the Catholic Church teaches them, but because they are principles of fundamental human justice.

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Religious belief allows questioning, calls us to maturity

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March 28, 2011, 2011

Frequently, the Christian outlook is characterized as a comforting collection of certitudes that preserve adherents from doubt and save them from the hard toil of self-analysis. Religious dogmas are shrouded in mystery and beyond rational verification, but are guaranteed by power of an all-knowing authority. The fruits of such certainty are intolerance, intellectual servitude and self-righteousness.

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Pope's new book calls us to know and love Jesus

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March 21, 2011

In the Foreword to the new volume of his book Jesus of Nazareth, Joseph Ratzinger says he wants to lead his readers to both a personal encounter with Jesus and to "sure knowledge of the real historical figure of Jesus." The two goals are compatible, a fact that Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) has long striven to articulate and defend. It is possible to both know and love Jesus.

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New Evangelization a powerful idea that's not going away

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March 14, 2011

It is now nearly 30 years since Pope John Paul II first uttered the words "new evangelization" in a speech to the Latin American bishops in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. If the new evangelization has not yet hit your local parish in a big way — it probably hasn't — don't expect that the idea will go away. Major change in the Church takes time.

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Lent lets us give up so we can be more

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March 7, 2011

Lent, as is often noted, is the Old English word for spring. This year, with Ash Wednesday abnormally late on March 9, the beginning of Lent is that much closer to the official start of spring. Already, even if the weather is not spring-like, the sun is more in evidence and the end of winter's blasts are in sight. more . . .

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KAIROS does ‘not’ deserve such duplicitous treatment

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February 28, 2011

Perhaps the only way the work done by KAIROS, the Canadian ecumenical social action coalition, would receive much public attention would be for it to be the subject of a federal political controversy. The organization has worked in relative obscurity for decades despite significant funding from the Catholic bishops and religious orders, mainline Protestant churches and the federal government. more . . .

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Here’s the choice: Follow the Gospel or buy into materialism

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February 21, 2011

Parents of students in Edmonton Catholic Schools will now have to decide what is the best vision for the education of their children. Do they favour an education that follows the Gospel or do they want a school system dedicated to providing the latest and greatest technology? The overdue decision to end casino fundraising has forced this issue. more . . .

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Democracy is good, respect for human dignity is better

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February 14, 2011

The world should rejoice if the protests in Egypt lead to the establishment of democracy. The hundreds of thousands of demonstrators in Tahrir Square say this is what they want. They want free and fair elections, the rule of law, enforceable human rights and independent courts. Despite its weaknesses, democracy is much closer to the will of the people than is the arbitrary will of a dictator. more . . .

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