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Returning Catholics get frigid response

December 29, 2014

Does the media hype overstate the propensity of Pope Francis to revisit some formerly rigid positions? Some of the suggested cage-rattlings are obviously sensationalist. But his refreshing overtures towards the Orthodox Church are most encouraging, as is his decision to allow Eastern Catholic churches to ordain married men. Perhaps he may also have a more welcoming attitude than some high-ranking officials have had to former Catholics returning home, after having spent much of their lives believing they were good Catholic priests under an Anglican jurisdiction that professed the Catholic faith and lovingly celebrated a traditional Catholic liturgy.

Mainstream media turns its back on pro-life voices

December 29, 2014

One reason I write to the WCR is because it is one of the few papers in this country which still publishes pro-life letters. There is more freedom of speech and assembly in other countries, like Russia (letters to newspapers) and the United States (that is, bubble zones around Canadian abortion mills). I could write to The Edmonton Journal or Edmonton Sun, but my pro-life letter would likely go unpublished.

Petition opposes modern agriculture

December 15, 2014

After Sunday Mass we were reminded to sign the petition at the back of the church concerning farmers saving seed. As a farmer, this caught my interest, and I went looking for more information. The petition stems from the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace. The information on the website to support its position is misleading and contains incorrect statements, I suspect for the purpose of furthering an agenda which opposes modern agriculture.

Christmas gifts should be for those in need

December 15, 2014

No gifts for me at Christmas. It's not my birthday or anyone else's we are celebrating. It's Jesus' birthday. How can we give a gift to Jesus? See Matthew 25.31-46. "As long as you did it for one of these, the least of my brethren, you did it for me" and "as you did not do it for one of these least ones, you did not do it for me; and these will go into everlasting punishment, but the just into everlasting life." No Bible? It would make a good birthday present for your children and grandchildren.

Body on crucifixes is that of Jesus

December 15, 2014

After reading Janet MacLellan's letter to the editor, "Reader wants crucifix to state Christ's kingship" (WCR, Dec. 1), I would like to applaud her and make the following comments. At the time of Jesus Christ's ministry on earth, it was a fact that criminals were crucified just as Christ was crucified, one of them being the good thief.

Pope Francis is courageous defender of life

December 1, 2014

Pope Francis got a lot of flak when he said, "We cannot talk about the abortion issue all the time." Some people were aghast, mistakenly interpreting the pope's statement as not caring enough about abortion. Pope Francis' words and actions show that he is pro-life in the widest sense of the term. His caring is not limited to unborn babies, but to all children already born and to all living human beings of all ages.

Reader wants crucifix to state Christ's kingship

December 1, 2014

It is wonderful to see the crucifix from St. Joseph's Basilica on the front of the November Living with Christ. But every time I see the missalette, I wonder why the INRI was not put on this cross. In John 19.21-22, "The chief priest of the Jews then said to Pilate, do not write the king of the Jews but this man said, 'I am the king of the Jews.' Pilate answered, 'What I have written, I have written.'"

L'Arche offers lifein the heart of God

November 3, 2014

I would like to thank Glen Argan for the article entitled "Church should cherish hidden life of Nazareth" (WCR, Sept. 22). As a stay-at-home mom with three young children, I do agree that it can at times feel lonely and unsatisfying leading a "hidden," ordinary life, dedicated to the largely thankless task of raising a family.

Media bias is different than what writer said

November 3, 2014

This is a response to Celia Paz's letter in the Oct. 6 WCR. We tend to agree that mainstream media and social media coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict tends to be biased and constrained. However, we are not sure what coverage Paz is referring to because the mainstream media we hear and read commonly portray Israel as an aggressor.

Climate crisis calls for moral response

October 20, 2014

I am grateful the Vatican recently urged ethical action in response to climate change during a presentation at the United Nations ("Nations share responsibility for climate change," WCR, Oct. 6). "There is a moral imperative to act" because climate change "affects everyone, in particular the poorest among us," said Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

 

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