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John Paul's words must not be forgotten

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September 8, 2014

Next week will mark the 30th anniversary of Pope St. John Paul II's Sept. 16-17, 1984 visit to Edmonton, an historic moment for the local Church. The 10-day papal visit was, in fact, a landmark in Canadian Catholic history, a period during which the attention of the nation was riveted on the pope, his message and the Church itself.

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Bitter fruits of 'an adventure without return'

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September 8, 2014

As terror rages out of control in Iraq and Syria, one should not forget the First Gulf War, begun in 1991, that was so deeply deplored at the time by Pope St. John Paul II and other Church leaders. The sainted pope pleaded with the leaders of Iraq and the United States to avoid a war stemming from Iraq's invasion of Kuwait the previous summer.

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Legalization of marijuana would be folly

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August 25, 2014

Pope Francis' brief June 20 statement (WCR, July 21) in opposition to the legalization of marijuana is a needed intervention on a topic on which the Church has had little to say. The Church has been outspoken on the international drug trade, but less so on whether it would be appropriate to legalize "recreational drugs."

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Encounter with Christ would help resolve crisis in families

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July 21, 2014

Normally, the release of the instrumentum laboris (working paper) for a World Synod of Bishops attracts no mainstream media attention and little in the Catholic press. This time it is different because of expectations that the double synod (2014 and 2015) on the family may lead to greater acceptance at the Eucharistic table for those divorced and remarried without an annulment. Some media commentaries have not been enlightening. It is startling to read that the biggest problem facing families today is, in effect, that the Church continues to preach the Gospel. If the Church would only drop its teachings on contraception, same-sex marriage and the permanency of marriage, so the argument goes, the world would be better off.

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God's call is an invitation to love

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July 21, 2014

A vocation, any vocation, is a mystery, one whose meaning is slowly, but only partially, revealed to us over the course of our lives. Human vision is always extremely limited in the context of God's entire plan; fears, sinfulness and desires also limit our perspective. Yet, we know from the testimony of priests and religious that often the call to a life of ordained or consecrated ministry is resisted, sometimes strongly. We also know from the testimony of religious in the autumn of their lives that they have experienced great joy from turning their lives totally over to God through service to his Church.

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Poet's pen sealed reputations of greedy popes

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July 21, 2014

While Dante Alighieri was but a minor player in Italian politics of the late 13th century, it is through his Divine Comedy that the lasting reputations of many of the wealthy and powerful of that era have been framed. The pen may not be mightier than the sword, but its scribblings have more staying power. It is through the Divine Comedy that we see, for example, several popes of that era finding an everlasting home in hell because of their use of spiritual power to increase their temporal power and wealth.

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Northern Gateway would close doors on Canada's future

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July 7, 2014

Five years ago Bishop Luc Bouchard, then the bishop of St. Paul, began his landmark pastoral statement, The Integrity of Creation and the Athabasca Oilsands, with these words: "Our wasteful consumerist lifestyle, combined with political and industrial short-sightedness and neglect, are damaging our air, land, and water. Personal, social and political change will be necessary to meet this national challenge."

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Cheap shrimp result of slave labour

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July 7, 2014

Once an expensive delicacy, shrimp have dropped sharply in price in recent years as South East Asian countries have developed shrimp farms and created a huge industry aimed at both their domestic markets as well as those in Western Europe and North America. Yet, as tasty as those shrimp are, there are three reasons why you should stay clear of eating shrimp and supporting this industry.

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Canada must look beyond self-interest

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July 7, 2014

It would be a fine birthday present to itself and to the world if Canada could use the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017 to rise above national self-interest and stretch itself to make a greater contribution to global peace and development. In his final speech as a senator on June 16, Roméo Dallaire identified the need for "transcendent leadership" in our country. Daillaire said Canada has not maximized its potential since the Second World War.

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Assaults on common good put society on perilous course

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June 23, 2014

Modern liberal democracy and liberal notions of human rights are widely seen as the highest form of political organization and the clearest sign of moral progress of humanity. But this system of individual autonomy only works to the extent that there is overwhelming respect for legitimate authority and the common good.

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