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Glen Argan

Pope Francis offers discerning view of leadership

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September 30, 2013

Reading between the lines of Pope Francis' interview with Antonio Spadaro of La Civilta Cattolica one finds a pope who is passionate about hearing the voice of God in the voice of the people. Pope Francis criticizes the man he was as head of the Jesuits in Argentina 40 years ago for being too authoritarian. Being authoritarian leads to many problems, but the one of greatest concern to the pope is that by being sure of the rightness of his own view, he made it impossible to hear anyone else.

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Praying the rosary, we can contemplate the face of Jesus

September 30, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Such a beautiful, simple prayer is the rosary. Prayed by small children and great saints, it leads us to see Jesus through the eyes of his mother.

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Angels a testament to porous line between material, spiritual

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September 23, 2013

Our relationship with angels is one of the clearest signs of the mentality with which we live. At one time, everyone saw the world as shot through with mystery. The line between the material and the spiritual was porous and few questioned that God, the saints and angels frequently affected our lives and our world.

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Candidates needed for difficult, but noble art of politics

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September 16, 2013

Capable Catholics should not be reticent about becoming candidates in the civic elections held across Alberta Oct. 21. Serving in public office is one way lay Catholics can help to renew the "temporal order," the life and breath of society.

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Labour Day lament for the loss of creative workplaces

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September 9, 2013

The origins of Labour Day in Canada can be traced to an 1872 strike in Toronto in which striking typographers sought a 58-hour work week. The issues facing workers have altered drastically since then. It's not that exploitation has disappeared; it hasn't. However, urban economies have changed from industrial ones to those based on the knowledge and service industries.

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Quebec continues its long march to complete secularism

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September 2, 2013

The Quebec government, should it proceed with enshrining the secular character of the province into law with its Charter of Quebec Values, will be undermining the very nature of the society it wants to protect. Justice, peace, human rights and the rule of law all have their foundation in humanity's faithfulness to God and his divine will.

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Marian feasts testify to her importance in salvation history

September 2, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Two of the more unusual feasts on the liturgical calendar are the Nativity of Mary (Sept. 8) and the Presentation of Mary in the Temple (Nov. 21). There is no scriptural description of either Mary's birth or her presentation.

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Pope expounds mercy, not the whitewashing of sins

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August 26, 2013

Was Pope Francis washing away sin without repentance when he made his now-famous “Who am I to judge?” comment on the flight to Rome from Brazil after World Youth Day? Surely not. This is a pope who frequently speaks like an Old Testament prophet calling all, especially those in the Church, to repentance. If he did not believe in an objective moral order, which fallible human beings frequently violate with our actions, he would not be a faithful Christian, let alone the pope.

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Mary was 'a poor one' who always obeyed God's word

 

August 26, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Again and again, throughout its history, the Church has turned to Mary, the Mother of God. We turn to Mary because she hears our prayers and takes those entreaties to her son who, as a good Jew, would never violate the fourth commandment. Jesus hears his mother and does what she wishes.

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Women religious opened school doors to girl students

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July 22, 2013

One must stand in awe at the courageous witness of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot in the head by two Taliban men in October 2011 as she rode the bus home from school. Malala had the audacity to write a diary about her educational experiences and, more to the point, publish that diary on the BBC's Urdu network.

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