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Glen Argan

Paradox of Lent challenges us to live fully human lives

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March 3, 2014

Many people live and die without seriously reflecting on the most important issues of existence – what is a human person, what are the origins of good and evil, why must I make peace with those I have wronged, what is our ultimate destiny, can I make this world better, is there a God and, if so, how does he relate with humanity?

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Alta. Must be proactive on mental health

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March 3, 2014

Alberta's addiction and mental health system is doing a good job of providing resources for those in crisis situations, but is doing poorly in providing counselling, information and screening resources that would help prevent crises from developing. That is a main finding of a report by University of Alberta professor Cam Wild.

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Take heed of Gospel forms of communication

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March 3, 2014

Most of us have done it and we've probably all had it done to us. Someone has something against you and, instead of talking to you directly, they report you to your superior. Today, we would call this dysfunctional communication. One might also call it a form of abuse.

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Catholic reflections on the morality of a good death

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February 17, 2014

The lack of universal awareness that there is no moral obligation to continue medical treatment of those who are brain dead is surely something that must be overcome. (See story on Page 24.) There is no duty to keep a dead person on life support systems in the hope that a miracle may resuscitate that person. Indeed, undue prolongation of care may itself be immoral if it wastes medical resources that could be used to treat other patients.

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Fr. Jack Spicer: A local visionary

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February 17, 2014

Redemptorist Father Jack Spicer, who died Jan. 31 at age 94, was one of the great visionaries of the Edmonton Archdiocese. There likely were few who believed more in the transformational power of the Holy Scriptures. Nor were there many as dedicated as Spicer to small Christian communities as the most effective vehicle for helping today’s Catholic laity to live their faith.

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UN body takes shots at Church records on abuse

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February 17, 2014

The Catholic Church has taken much deserved criticism over the past 20 years for its record on clergy sexual abuse. For years, the Church did not do enough to prevent abuse, and for years more it treated the victims of abuse shoddily and failed to deal adequately with those who perpetrated abuse and covered it up.

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Seismic shift begins in College of Cardinals

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February 3, 2014

Every pope puts his personal stamp on the College of Cardinals. Pope Francis has done that more than most with his first appointments announced Jan. 12. In two ways, the appointments were traditional. The pope named the usual coterie of cardinals from both Italy and the Vatican Curia. Some had suspected that he might move significantly away from those two longstanding sources of cardinals, especially in terms of drawing a line between the Curia and the College of Cardinals.

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The Trinity and society

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February 3, 2014

In today's Western society where the plurality of religions is a reality one encounters in daily life, knowledge of the different understandings of God found in those religions is an urgent task.

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Get down and dirty with Pope Francis

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February 3, 2014

In his recent exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis wrote, "I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security" (49).

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Red-faced editor provides first-week's main glitch

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February 3, 2014

We knew there would be glitches of one sort or another when the WCR upgraded its circulation software from a basic Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to a dedicated program with lots of bells and whistles. I just didn't realize that the editor himself would be the main glitch.

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