Letters to the Editor

 

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Lavoie courageous in sharing his story

March 7, 2016

Re. "Lavoie shares story of boiling anger against his father" (WCR, Feb. 8). A harsh title for what is truly a love story as one reads to the end. Having worked in grief counselling for many years, this is a common thread that runs through many "father/son" and "mother/daughter" relationships.

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Catholic schools filled with 'paper Catholics'

March 7, 2016

Why the surprise that a Catholic school board should be at odds with bishops of the Church? There is a cancer that has been eating away at our Catholic schools for decades, and is on its way to being terminal.

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Ursulines stop to reflect on Word made flesh

March 7, 2016

Re: "How Catholics Pray" (WCR, Feb. 22). Thandiwe Konguavi captured very beautifully the heart of our conversation. However, I missed a significant link in the conversation. Tandi writes: "Because of the congregation's incarnational charism - recognizing God present in people and circumstances and events . . .".

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Church must include those with ambiguous sexuality

February 22, 2016

I would like to respond to the three public letters from some of our bishops sent to Catholic school trustees and the Catholics of Alberta in relation to the Department of Education bulletin on school board policy on the question of student gender and school practices. Bishop Henry, Archbishop Smith and Bishop Terrio all make reference to the Catholic position that God created humankind male and female. I am, however, concerned that there does not seem to be any consideration given to those human beings who are born with an ambiguous sexuality.

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Medical profession needs Hippocratic Oath

February 22, 2016

I am starting to get worried about our Supreme Court. First of all, we have no law on abortion, and that has continued since the court struck down the abortion law Jan. 28, 1988. The elderly, the preborn, and those with mental or physical handicaps all need our protection.

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Palliative care could ease demand for euthanasia

February 22, 2016

As they draft new laws on assisted suicide or euthanasia, our governments must proceed cautiously and adopt laws that are as restrictive as possible, to protect the most vulnerable. This is not just a religious issue. Concerns about the serious implications of legalizing assisted suicide or euthanasia come from many sources.

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Speak up against attacks on our children

February 8, 2016

It is time to take a stand and speak up for our children. It's time for us to pay attention to what has happened to us in the past 60 years. First, they came for our unborn. Birth control became socially acceptable, abortions were legalized and two generations of children were never born.

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No appetite for story about eating insects

February 8, 2016

The article in the Jan. 25 WCR that appears outside of the paper's mandate, "Insects may play a key role in halting climate change," is disturbing. The examples cited, where humans have consumed insects are portrayed as everyday staples. This is a myth; it was more likely out of desperation.

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School board diligent in facing complex issue

January 11, 2016

During the past six months the Edmonton Catholic school board has been engaged in producing a policy to ensure children whose sexual identity is not congruent with their anatomical sexuality can feel safe in district schools. The board and individual trustees have been subjected to a good deal of scrutiny and a degree of criticism in the policy development process. Most scrutiny and criticism has been well balanced but, as can be the case with complex emotional matters, some has not been helpful.

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Rolheiser confronted anti-Muslim prejudice

January 11, 2016

I read Father Ron Rolheiser's article's on Christian-Muslim dialogue on violence (WCR, Dec. 7). I was impressed with its overall message, as it appears to me that there is tremendous anti-Muslim prejudice in our society. It is difficult to listen to rants from people (including practising Christians and Catholics) blaming the very people who have been displaced by war by extreme Islamists.

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