WCR This Week

RCIA: Everyone has their story

April 18, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

At Easter, 23 adults and children at St. Thomas More Parish will join the Roman Catholic Church. All of them have faith journeys poles apart that led them to the Church.

One decided to become Catholic after escaping injury when a table fell on his head. Another was intrigued by the writings of Pope Benedict. A third has been looking for the right church since she was six.

Read the rest of entry »

Haunting Man of Sorrows entrances

April 18, 2011
BETH GRIFFIN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK — The graphic depiction of Jesus as the suffering Man of Sorrows is not a crowd pleaser but is a crowd draw, according to a Jesuit art historian.

"No one would dispute the importance of Christ's sacrificial death in Christian theology, but we are less inclined today to decorate our living rooms with bloody representations of him," said Jesuit Father Gregory Waldrop.

Read the rest of entry »

West has lost ability to believe in God, says Weisgerber

April 18, 2011
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

The great accomplishments of the Western world have come at the cost of our faith, says the archbishop of Winnipeg.

"Our world has a very difficult time believing in God," Archbishop James Weisgerber told a recent Theology on Tap session.

Read the rest of entry »

New missal translation to be implemented in Advent

April 11, 2011
WHO
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Canadian Catholics will begin using the new English translation of the Roman Missal on the First Sunday of Advent, Nov. 27.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) made the announcement April 4, after receiving recognitio for all sections of the revised Missal for use in Canada.

Read the rest of entry »

CCODP visitor linked to Mexican pro-choice group

Michael Casey

April 11, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — The archbishop of Ottawa has cancelled a visit by a Mexican priest over concerns his human rights organization was too closely allied with other groups fighting to decriminalize abortion.

Father Luis Arriaga, director of the of the Miguel Pro Centre for Human Rights (PRODH), was scheduled to hold meetings and speak publicly on behalf of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) April 2-3.

Read the rest of entry »

Ex-soldier marches to St. Joe's College

Fr. Terry Kersch

April 11, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Basilian Father Terry Kersch is a walking enigma, previously living the life of a soldier and then another as a man of the Gospel.

"The religious life and the military life, in some fundamental ways, are not all that different," said Kersch. "In the military life, it's the mission that takes precedence and part of your identity is putting yourself at the service of an overall mission.

Read the rest of entry »

Prof's book on God misrepresents Catholic faith

Sr. Elizabeth Johnson

April 11, 2011
DENNIS SADOWSKI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON — The U.S. bishops' Committee on Doctrine has concluded that a 2007 book written by Sister Elizabeth Johnson "contains misrepresentations, ambiguities and errors" related to the Catholic faith.

The committee said in a detailed 21-page statement released March 30 that the book, Quest for the Living God: Mapping Frontiers in the Theology of God, failed to take the faith of the Catholic Church as its starting point.

Read the rest of entry »

Catholic thought enriches society — prof

Dr. Joseph Boyle

April 11, 2011
KIPLY LUKAN YAWORSKI
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

SASKATOON — There is a place for Catholic scholarship at secular universities — and Catholic thought enriches society at large, says Dr. Joseph Boyle.

"The way in which people learn and the way in which universities contribute to the common good is by the dialectic of ideas," said Boyle, stressing the need for Catholics to speak in their own distinctive voice.

Read the rest of entry »

Sr. Lina Gaudette taught with passion, dedication

Sr. Lina Gaudette

April 11, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — The Edmonton Archdiocese has lost one of its finest educators and intellectuals. Providence Sister Lina Gaudette, a theologian, religious educator, certified psychologist and writer, died at the Providence Centre infirmary March 27. She was 89.

The holder of a doctorate in theology from Notre Dame University, Gaudette served on the faculty of St. Joseph Seminary from 1967 and was one of the founding faculty members of Newman Theological College in 1969.

Read the rest of entry »

TV show looks at life in the time of Jesus

April 11, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

TORONTO — Most Christians know the famous stories from the Gospel, such as Jesus overturning the moneychangers' tables in the temple, Jesus restoring a blind man's sight and soldiers arresting Jesus.

But few Christians know the day-to-day lives of people who lived in first century Judea. Now a three-part documentary based on iconic events from the New Testament sheds new light on the ins and outs of everyday life over 2,000 years ago.

Read the rest of entry »