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Stelmach's demise exemplifies lack of respect for politicians

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February 7, 2011

Premier Ed Stelmach's announcement of his decision not to seek re-election was an action typical of the man — to achieve what he believed is right, he sacrificed himself. Stelmach wanted the upcoming budget to meet infrastructure needs and provide jobs for Albertans. He would not accept fiscal masochism obsessed with the bottom line. In the odd logic of that political moment, Stelmach saw that the only way he could get the budget through his caucus was to resign. more . . .

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‘Random’ acts of violence occur in a social context

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January 31, 2011

It's just not good enough to say the sole responsibility for the Jan. 9 Arizona massacre rests on one individual. But neither is it fair to use the massacre as an excuse for a witch hunt against every outspoken conservative. more . . .

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John Paul II’s beatification recognizes what we already knew

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January 24, 2011

No sooner had Pope John Paul II died than some began to refer to him as John Paul the Great. That was a verdict on his papacy more than on the man. Such a verdict, however, cannot be delivered so quickly. It will take decades, at least, to judge the lasting effects of the unquestionably potent papacy of the first Polish pope. more . . .

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Assisi gathering offers united religious witness for world peace

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January 17, 2011

Pope Benedict's announcement at New Year's that he will travel to Assisi, Italy, in October to mark the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II's meeting there with leaders of other faiths has not so far drawn much comment. more . . .

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Religious indifference threatens the passing on of faith

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December 27, 2010

Not surprisingly, one major finding of the WCR's recent readership survey is that our readers say the main challenge facing the Church is passing on the faith to the next generation. One should go even further and say the challenge includes passing on the faith to the current generation. more . . .

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Jesus’ birth in poverty calls for solidarity with abandoned children

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December 20 2010

Every Christmas we hear from Luke's Gospel of how Mary "gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn" (2.7). This is an evocative image of the Son of God born in poverty and abandoned by all except for his own family. more . . .

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Catholic schools instill human values as well as faith

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December 13, 2010

David King, executive director of the Alberta Public School Boards Association, has announced that he will launch a petition calling for the end of public funding of separate schools. King, education minister in the Lougheed years, believes Alberta would be best served by taking away Catholics' constitutional rights and ensuring that the province has a monochromatic school system. more . . .

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A child is a creation of love, not scientific manipulation

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December 6, 2010

The 20th century theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar maintained there is an inseparable connection between love and truth. To know the truth is to perform an act of love. It is to step outside the confines of one's self and open oneself up to the object one is endeavouring to know. more . . .

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Voice of the faithful needs to be heard throughout the church

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November 29, 2010

When WCR readers sat down to complete our current readership survey — which they are doing in quite large numbers — they no doubt were thinking only of what their responses mean for the newspaper. Yet their answers to some questions might also reflect what they would like to see as pastoral priorities of the local Church. more . . .

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The power of silence allows us to hear God's word

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November 22, 2010

Perhaps it seems strange that in a document on the Word of God (Page 5), Pope Benedict would place a special emphasis on silence. Silence, after all, is the absence of words, is it not? Is it possible to find God's word in silence? more . . .

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