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Ecological crisis is a moral problem

Bob McKeon

October 21, 2013

Ecological issues are very much in the news these days. We read about the latest international report on climate change, debates on proposed bitumen pipelines and oil being shipped across Canada in railway tank cars, and provincial court decisions about the right of environmental groups to be able to attend and speak at public hearings concerning the construction of new oilsands plants.

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Be a bridge between city's rich and poor

Bob McKeon

September 16, 2013

Last month I attended an afternoon meeting at the Marian Centre in inner city Edmonton. At the end of the meeting, I was invited to join with the Marian Centre staff for the 5:15 pm Mass at St. Benedict's Chapel at Edmonton's City Centre Mall.

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Rose Prince Pilgrimage – a spiritual transformation

Bob McKeon

July 22, 2013

Last week I participated in the Rose Prince Pilgrimage at Lejac on Highway 16 in northern B.C. I was at the pilgrimage because I am a member of the organizing committee for the Directions in Aboriginal Ministry Program, a program initiated and supported by the Western Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Edmonton targets poverty's root cause

Bob McKeon

June 17, 2013

Several months ago, I was invited to join the steering committee for the Edmonton Poverty Reduction Initiative. This city committee is composed of leaders from different sectors of society including city council, business, front-line social agencies, health, education, labour and different orders of government. I am there as a "faith sector" representative.

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Welcome housing for the homeless in your backyard

Bob McKeon

May 20, 2013

Last month I attended a special event at the Bissell Centre in the heart of Edmonton's inner city. This event was the occasion for the public release of the Year 4 Update report on progress in Edmonton's 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness.

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'Pacem in Terris' was a major shift in Church teaching

Bob McKeon

April 22, 2013

Pope John XXIII started writing Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth)around the time he received the diagnosis of cancer from his doctors. This landmark encyclical can be called his last will and testament.

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CCODP listens to impact of citizens' movement in action

Bob McKeon

March 18, 2013

Each year, on Ash Wednesday, Catholic clergy, religious and lay people who pray the daily Prayer of the Church read the assigned Scripture from Isaiah 58 that speaks about fasting that is pleasing to God. The prophet Isaiah says, "Is not this the fast that I choose, to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free."

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Prepare now for truth telling and healing

Bob McKeon

February 18, 2013

One key area of conversation has been the difficult history and legacy of the government-funded, Church-run Indian residential schools. It is estimated that over a period of 130 years, more than 150,000 First Nations, Metis and Inuit children attended approximately 130 residential schools. The majority of these schools were run by Catholic religious orders or dioceses.

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Climate change calls for Catholic response

Bob McKeon

January 21, 2013

The issue of climate change has been much in the news over the last couple of months.

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Prison chaplains witness the right to religious freedom

Bob McKeon

December 17, 2012

One of the concerns raised in the Last Judgment scene in Matthew's Gospel is whether "when I was in prison you visited me."

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