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Should there be a new Church council?

Dr. Richard Gaillardetz

February 6, 2012
CLARE LAZZURI
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

ANTIGONISH, N.S. – For most Catholics, the image conjured up at the mention of a Church council is that of the Second Vatican Council, the most recent in Church history.

As the 50th anniversary of the beginning of Vatican II approaches, one theologian is offering some food for thought on the possibility of a new council.

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Parents called to witness faith more than teach it – Wells

Davis Wells

February 6, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

SHERWOOD PARK – The religious task of the parent is give witness to, rather than teach, faith.

"What the Church asks of the families is to model love," says David Wells, director of education for the Diocese of Plymouth, England. "If you want to raise healthy kids, show them your love."

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Gay-straight student clubs draw fire

February 6, 2012
LUC RINALDI
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – The Marshall Medium student newspaper was looking for hot topics for its spring 2011 issue. So when 12th-grader Erica Lenti pitched a story about the gay-straight alliances springing up in Ontario schools, the newspaper staff was sold.

Lenti interviewed staff and students at Marshall McLuhan Catholic Secondary School in Toronto and the article passed through editing. But when Lenti picked up a copy of The Medium, she learned her story had been pulled.

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Ont. Trustees oppose bullying, nix gay-straight clubs

February 6, 2012
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – The Ontario Catholic School Trustees' Association (OCSTA) has taken a stand for Catholic principles and denominational rights in a comprehensive anti-bullying policy.

In a long-awaited Jan. 25 document Respecting Difference, the OCSTA affirms the Catholic identity of its schools in its comprehensive anti-bullying policy and opposes gay/straight alliances or any single-issue club.

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Seminary cuts a deal on an organ

February 6, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When it came time to build the new St. Joseph Seminary, cutting expenses was a must. To save money, a pipe organ for the seminary chapel was left as a project for the future.

"We priced out how much an organ would be, and it's a lot of money," said Father Shayne Craig, seminary rector. "For a new pipe organ, for the size we would want in the chapel, we were being quoted a price of $500,000."

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Religious orders called to a deeper sharing

February 13, 2012
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Wealthier religious orders should share their resources with struggling religious communities, said the prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

Cardinal-designate Joao Braz de Aviz said that while religious men and women live a life of poverty and possess nothing, their religious "institution doesn't always give the same witness."

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MP's bill seeks debate over when child becomes human

February 13, 2012
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – A Conservative MP has introduced a motion that could re-ignite the abortion debate in Parliament.

MP Stephen Woodworth tabled a motion Feb. 6 that Parliament appoint a special committee of 12 members to review the section of the Criminal Code that states a child becomes a human being "only at the moment of complete birth."

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Strother leads way in Calgary Catholic

Gary Strother

February 13, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

CALGARY – Gary Strother is the new chief superintendent and CEO of Calgary Catholic Schools. He replaces Lucy Miller, who resigned to become president and CEO of Calgary's United Way.

As chief superintendent, Strother will be responsible for 106 schools, more than 47,000 students and a staff of about 5,000.

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Lots of time for TV, but no time for prayer: Now, there's a scandal!

February 13, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

SPRUCE GROVE – Sexual abuse scandals have made headlines for years. But Father Bill Casey says there's another scandal that has gone unnoticed.

"Here's a scandal you never hear about. We'll sit for one, two, three, four or more hours in front of the television set, and say we have no time for prayer, no time for God - that's a scandal," said Casey.

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Only Jesus can calm the seas

Fr. Bill Casey

February 13, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The strength of a man's faith impacts his family and his community. Yet there is a great spiritual battle in our times, and many fathers and sons are losing sight of what it means to be men of God.

Making matters worse is that many priests do not preach a clear, truthful message. Too many clergy are preaching lukewarm, watered-down, dumbed-down homilies or, what Father Bill Casey referred to as "Catholic lite."

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