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Joe Gunn

Place the needs of the poor ahead of the claims of the wealthy

Joe Gunn

February 11, 2013

Do you celebrate birthdays? Catholic teaching certainly holds anniversaries in high regard. After 1891's Rerum Novarum, important encyclicals like Quadragesimo Anno, Octogesima Adveniens and Centesimus Annus recognized and deepened the social thought that preceded them. As well, witness the many articles written in this paper to comment on the 50th anniversary of Vatican II.

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Refugee sponsors exposed to greater financial risk

Joe Gunn

January 14, 2013

After the Epiphany, the Holy Family became refugees. The Gospel of Matthew reports that after the visit of the Magi, an angel appeared to Joseph and warned him to flee to Egypt.

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Churches ask feds for greenhouse cuts, national energy plan

Joe Gunn

December 10, 2012

On Nov. 20 the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) sent a letter requesting action on climate change to Environment Minister Peter Kent. Citizens for Public Justice, an affiliate member of the CCC, helped draft this document.

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Hurricane Sandy: An act of God or humans?

Joe Gunn

November 12, 2012

Last week at my parish, during the prayers of intercession, we asked God to minimize Hurricane Sandy's damage. We remembered the people of the Caribbean where 66 people were killed, and turned our thoughts towards those expected to bear the brunt of Sandy's continuing anger.

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Wipe out poverty and give dignity to all

Joe Gunn

October 8, 2012

Sitting in our parish basement, she told her story with a quiet dignity – and a carefully concealed anger.

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Canadians must till the ploughshares of peace and justice

Joe Gunn

September 10, 2012

I was a tad nervous at my new job. Surrounded by six bishops at my first meeting with the Episcopal Commission for Social Affairs, it was hard to know what to expect.

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Time for the federal gov't to step up to nation's empty plates

Joe Gunn

July 16, 2012

What would you say about hunger, if the United Nations wanted to hear from you?

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Stand up for the environment, Canadians

Joe Gunn

June 11, 2012

Three years ago, Canada's Catholic bishops asked Prime Minister Stephen Harper to take action on climate change. Then-CCCB president, Archbishop James Weisgerber wrote, "As Catholic pastors and teachers, we have a special concern for how climate change impacts the poor.

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Organize, rally, fight for CCODP funding

Joe Gunn

May 14, 2012

Ouch! The federal cuts to the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, the official international development agency of the Catholic Church in our country, really hurt.

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Government slammed for overseas aid cuts

Joe Gunn

April 9, 2012

I admit I was wrong. I couldn't imagine it would happen. Why would the federal government decimate the budget of the official overseas aid agency of the country's largest religious constituency, at the same time as Conservative Party leaders were availing themselves of every opportunity to ingratiate themselves to Catholic voters?

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