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Glen Argan

Energy projects deserve both scientific and moral scrutiny

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April 30, 2012

Many people, especially those in the oil industry, will not lament the federal government's intention to restrict public input in the approval process for major energy projects to those directly affected. The approval process is cumbersome, they may say, in large part because of the role played by environmental groups with no direct interest in such projects.

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Politics is one place to determine society's common good

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April 23, 2012

When Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger gave his famous "dictatorship of relativism" homily shortly before being elected pope in 2005, thoughts of Alberta politics were likely far from his mind. However, we need to ponder our society's dominant myth of relativism every time we draw near a ballot box.

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Let the people decide where gov't overseas dollars go

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April 9, 2012

One reason Canadians took pride in their nation in recent decades was Canada's assistance to the poorest people in the world's poorest nations to improve their own living conditions. This commitment was expressed not only through the donations of tens of millions of dollars by individuals, but also by our governments' matching of the donations that individuals made to non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

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Paschal Triduum reveals the nature of God's eternal love

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April 2, 2012

It was at a dinner party, recounted in Plato's dialogue the Symposium, that Socrates confronted the notion put forward by several people that love is a matter of like attracting like. That notion is most explicit in a speech by the dramatist Aristophanes who maintained that human beings were originally spherical beings who were cut in half by Zeus. Henceforth, each half longed to be reunited with its other half and "to heal the wound of human nature."

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Lefebvrists remain unbending in rejection of Church teaching

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March 26, 2012

Schism in the Church is a most serious matter. It ruptures the Body of Christ and defies Christ's stated desire that all be one in him.

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Besieged Church need not withdraw into circle of muskox

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March 19, 2012

The greatest threat to the Church is its own fears. We have nothing to fear from the powers of the world who, though they torture us, ban our worship and close our schools, can never harm the Church. The history of Christianity is replete with stories of persecution making the Church stronger.

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Strong societies built on virtue more than good institutions

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March 12, 2012

The leaders of the Arab Spring movement have found it easier to destroy a dictatorship than to build a democracy. That insight comes from Rashid Ghannushi, an intellectual leader in Tunisia, the north African country where the Arab Spring began a year ago.

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U. S. Church ignores teaching moment on contraception

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March 5, 2012

The Catholic Church in the United States is waging a valiant defence against a federal government plan to make all employee insurance benefit programs pay for contraceptives. The Church, led by the U.S. bishops, has argued that it would be a violation of the religious liberty to force Catholic institutions to pay for contraceptives.

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Bouchard leaving, but he leaves legacy of moral courage

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February 27, 2012

The appointment of Bishop Luc Bouchard as bishop of Trois Rivieres, Quebec, came as a bolt out of the blue. Bishop of St. Paul for 10 years, Bouchard seemed likely to minister here until his retirement in 13 years.

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Catholic colleges offer the gift of a liberal education

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February 20, 2012

It is a great misfortune that once was seen as the cornerstone of a liberal education is now widely perceived as the writings of dead, white, European males. The purpose of reading authors from Homer to Heidegger was not to narrow one's perspective to that of an antiquarian patriarchy. Rather it was to enable the people of today to participate in the great 2,500-year conversation of the Western world's greatest minds over central questions such as the meaning of life, morality, God, science, society and many others.

All are welcome to participate in that conversation no matter their race, creed, country or gender. However, to walk in on a conversation that has been going on for centuries and to pretend that one can make an immediate, creative contribution is, at best, impertinent.

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