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TRC national event defining moment for local churches

Bob McKeon

April 28, 2014

It is now almost a month past the Edmonton national event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). This was an historic event involving thousands of former students who attended Indian residential schools, members of their families, representatives of the churches who administered the schools, and many other aboriginal and non-aboriginal Canadians from all across Canada.

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Does excommunication send one to hell?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

April 28, 2014

When the Catholic Church excommunicates a member because of his or her different theological conviction, as in the case of a bishop who defied Church authority to ordain a woman to the priesthood, does God deny both the bishop and the woman salvation? Or, is excommunication simply a disciplinary tool of the Catholic Church to exercise her authority over disobedient members?

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Being stable on medication is brass ring for mentally ill

April 28, 2014
AUSTIN MARDON
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

My disability is invisible. When we see a person in a wheelchair or walking with a Seeing Eye dog, we immediately know they have special needs or challenges. Those of us with mental illnesses or mental disabilities don't carry visible clues to our challenges. With the stigma that mental illnesses carry, I suppose that I should be grateful that my schizophrenia isn't visible. Still, it can be hard for people to understand the kinds of accommodations my disability requires.

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TRC made us consumers of grief

April 28, 2014
ANUPAMA RANAWANA
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) event based its procedural style around the idea of speaking one's truth in order to begin a journey of healing such that the survivor is able to arrive at a place of peace and set one's spirit free from emotional pain. In a Catholic understanding, the sacrament of Reconciliation corresponds closely to these speaking acts that occurred at the TRC. We understand the matter and form of Reconciliation as being made up primarily of words, and to this end, part of the process that we encountered at the TRC had some correlation to the speaking, the naming, the words.

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Time to overcome the disastrous legacy of residential schools

Lorna Arcand

April 28, 2014
BRETT FAWCETT
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Anyone who goes to Confession regularly knows how hard it is to be honest about your sins. Harder still to say them out loud and apologize. But the conference of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, hosted in Edmonton during the last week of March, was committed to doing both. The TRC is dedicated to honesty about what the Canadian churches and government inflicted on the native population in the residential school system.

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Unsettling 'truths' of survivors need to be heard

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April 14, 2014

The first concern that one might have about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is that only one side of the "truth" was heard at its national events. While one heard numerous testimonies from survivors of Indian residential schools, no one spoke for those, mostly Church people, who worked in the schools. Even less was there any voice for the federal government which held ultimate authority for the schools.

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Our health depends on giving wealth to the poor

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 14, 2014

We need to give away some of our own possessions in order to be healthy. Wealth that is hoarded always corrupts those who possess it. Any gift that is not shared turns sour. If we are not generous with our gifts we will be bitterly envied and will eventually turn bitter and envious ourselves.

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Will Christ be alive in me today

John Connelly

April 14, 2014
Easter Sunday
April 20, 2014

Jesus is risen! This is the sacred cry of the Church in this holy season. We celebrate the reality that Jesus has overcome death so that we might all have eternal life. The question we need to ask ourselves is – Is Jesus risen in me? Is he alive in me today?

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Caging criminals is rarely a good solution

Lasha Morningstar

April 14, 2014

Chances are you will eat your dinner when you want. Go to bed when you want. Go out the door when you want. Inmates can't. So why should we care? They broke a law, maybe many laws. They deserve to be there. Really?

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In God's perfect love, suffering makes sense

Mark Pickup

April 14, 2014

When I met Moira (not her real name) she was completely broken-hearted. As the old song says, "I can tell by your eyes, you've probably been crying forever." That was Moira. The 42-year-old mother had developed severe chronic progressive multiple sclerosis which put her into a wheelchair within a year of her diagnosis. Moira's husband left her, and their only daughter went with him.

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