WCR This Week

Homosexuality book strives to bring more light than heat

January 30, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

While theology professor Paul Flaman has received positive feedback to his new book Homosexuality and Following Jesus, he expects the ultimate reaction will be mixed.

A priest-psychologist once told him, "It's practically impossible to say anything significant about homosexuality without getting somebody mad at you."

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Christian division, plus those on morality, weaken witness

January 30, 2012
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Divisions among Christians, including those on moral issues, weakens their credibility and their ability to respond to the spiritual yearning of many men and women today, Pope Benedict said.

"There is more that unites us than divides us" on the basic tenets of faith – belief in Christ, the Son of God and saviour of humanity, the pope said.

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Christians are united as children of God

Rev. Dr. Catherine MacLean

January 30, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Nothing that we do in love is ever wasted.

That was the central message of the Rev. Dr. Catherine MacLean, from St. Paul's United Church, when reflecting on the theme of this year's Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

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Prayer takes on a multitude of guises

January 30, 2012
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

PICKERING, ONT. – Believers in every religion and through every century of human history have done something they can't quite describe, justify or do without. They pray.

They may meditate, contemplate, recite, babble or immerse themselves in silence. They may seek solitude or seek company to pray with others. They may follow the rules of a liturgy, improvise or seek a simple, direct encounter with God.

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Antigonish borrows to pay abuse victims

Diocese of Antigonish-Coat of Arms

January 30, 2012
COREY LEBLANC
THE CASKET

ANTIGONISH, N.S. – The Diocese of Antigonish had to tap into $2 million of bridge financing to make its second payment towards a class action suit settlement for victims of sexual abuse.

The $4.2 million instalment had to be made by Nov. 1.

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Chinese parish opens its doors to year of Dragon

January 30, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Authentic Chinese cuisine, dance and arts, and kung fu demonstrations plunged people into the Oriental world, allowing them to not only cherish Chinese culture but also to celebrate unity.

Mary Help of Christians Parish hosted a two-day celebration of Chinese New Year, Jan. 21-22.

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Vatican dusts off the art of apologetics

January 30, 2012
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

In the Catholic Church, it's true that everything old can be new again, and the Vatican wants one of those things to be the art of "apologetics" – dusted off and updated to respond to new challenges, including those posed by militant atheists.

The term "apologetics" literally means "to answer, account for or defend." Through the 1950s even Catholic high school students were given specific training in responding to questions about Catholicism and challenges to Church teaching.

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Local Anglicans, RCs mark 40 years of joint actions

Pope Benedict

January 23, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Being friends and knowing each other well has served as a model for ecumenical ventures between Anglicans and Roman Catholics in Edmonton.

"The more that we know each other in life, the more we have an ability to talk to each other about Church matters, whether theological, practical, liturgical or whatever," said Julien Hammond, associate director of ecumenical and interfaith relations for the Edmonton Catholic Archdiocese.

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VLT hamster wheel spun out of control

Book Cover

January 23, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Gisele Jubinville became a millionaire in 1993. By 2009, she had lost a good chunk of her fortune in video lottery terminals (VLTs) and slot machines.

She couldn't stop and would spend her days at bars, lounges and casinos trying to get her fix.

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Author spots Christian-Hindu similarities

Reid Locklin

January 23, 2012
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Libera nos a malo" is usually translated "Deliver us from evil," but the Latin word "libera" can also mean liberation.

The fundamental Christian desire to be free comes from the Lord's Prayer. But a Toronto university professor claims it's also a good way for a Catholic to understand Hindu theology.

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