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Come and See weekend uncovers growing interest in priesthood

Francis Tesalona and Matthiew Gratton

December 1, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Luke Tamayo has been thinking about the priesthood for years. But before making a decision, the 28-year-old St. Albert architect wanted to meet other people who felt called to serve the Lord as priests. "I wanted to meet the full spectrum of people who feel like me," Tamayo said in an interview. On Nov. 21 Tamayo came to a Come and See retreat at St. Joseph Seminary and found plenty of company – 14 others who were pondering the same question.


All Eastern churches gain right to ordain married men

Bishop David Motiuk

December 1, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Alberta's Ukrainian Catholic bishop is elated the Vatican has lifted the ban on the ordination of married men to the priesthood in Eastern Catholic churches outside their traditional territory. But Bishop David Motiuk says the lifting won't have a major impact on the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada. Ukrainian Catholic bishops in Canada have been ordaining married men to the priesthood since the early 1990s, Motiuk said. In fact, most priests in the Edmonton Eparchy who don't belong to a religious order are married.


Guadalupe feast an occasion to pray with aboriginal people

Dennis Whitford

December 1, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The concerns of aboriginal people will take centre stage across Canada Dec. 12 as Catholics gather to pray in solidarity with them. The Edmonton Archdiocese will mark the day with evening prayer and a Mass at St. Joseph's Basilica. The National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples is celebrated annually on Dec. 12, the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, who appeared to a humble aboriginal peasant, St. Juan Diego, in Mexico in 1531. "Because Our Lady appeared to this indigenous person, the indigenous people from across America recognize this as a particularly significant devotion for them," explains Archbishop Richard Smith.


Grey Nuns founder brought to life in 14-minute drama

Maureen Rooney

December 1, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Married to a whiskey trader who died and left her with debts, Marguerite d'Youville also suffered the loss of four of her six children from disease. Yet d'Youville opened her heart to provide a home for Montreal's poor. Three other women joined forces with her. An astute businesswoman, she paid off her husband's debts, sent her children to school and saw her two sons become priests. With a generous heart, she looked for others to help and found four starving men in a tumbling down hospital. Her determination saw the hospital refurbished and those in need clothed and fed.


Liberation theology rooted in the Gospel, says Gutierrez

Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez

December 1, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Liberation theology, which interprets the teachings of Christ in relation to liberation from unjust social, economic and political conditions, is rooted in the Bible and the life of Jesus, said the priest who developed the concept nearly 50 years ago. Dominican Father Gustavo Gutierrez said Nov. 7 at St. Paul University in Ottawa that "theology is a hermeneutic of hope. Theology touches on the motive, the story of our Lord in history." "Theology is a letter of love to God," the Peruvian theologian known as the father of liberation theology added during a program in which he received an honorary doctorate.


Churches celebrate Catholic milestone

Bishop Donald Bolen

December 1, 2014
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

When Saskatoon's Bishop Don Bolen worked for Cardinal Walter Kasper in the Vatican, the boss would tell him that all those documents produced at the Second Vatican Council weren't supposed to sit on shelves gathering dust. "We're supposed to act on them," said Bolen, recollecting his time with Kasper at the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Bolen had just finished co-presiding with Anglican Bishop Linda Nicholls at a Nov. 9 ecumenical celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Decree on Ecumenism. The event was held at St. James Anglican Cathedral in Toronto.


Christ reveals meaning of being human

December 1, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (Gaudium et Spes) is divided into two lengthy sections – the first on the Church and the human vocation and the second on five "urgent problems" facing the world. The first section begins with a chapter on the dignity of the human person where the council fathers discuss what makes someone human. Why does the document focus on that concern? To answer that question, one needs to see where the first part is going. It wants to set down a foundation for discussing those urgent problems in part two – marriage and the family, human culture, economic and social life, the political community and the need for world peace.


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