WCR This Week

Elders speak their truth from a park bench

December 6, 2010
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

VILLENEUVE — Following the success of her two previous musical productions, Sandra Brenneis, a Villeneuve-based composer and playwright, decided to write a third.

Brenneis’ sister, Colleen Soetaert, is the chairperson for the West Sturgeon Aging in Place Foundation. In 2001, Soetaert recognized the need for an assisted living facility for area seniors. Since Brenneis had written a few songs for celebrations at St. Peter’s Parish in Villeneuve, she suggested hosting a musical production to generate seed money for such a facility. more . . .

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Newfoundlanders’ deep Catholic roots need evangelizing

Archbishop Martin Currie

December 6, 2010
SHEILA DABU NONATO
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO — Despite serious challenges to the Church in Newfoundland, Archbishop Martin Currie says there is an opportunity to evangelize communities in a province with deep Catholic roots.

“I believe with all that has gone on in the Church, in some way it’s part of the mystery of God. more . . .

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Ordaining women is not the Church’s choice to make - Benedict

December 6, 2010
RITA FITCH
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — In his latest book, Pope Benedict reaffirmed the Church has “no authority” to ordain women as priests.

The pope also rejected the idea that the rule was formed only because the Church originated in a patriarchal society. more . . .

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Unplanned pregnancy can lead to adoption

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December 6, 2010
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Only two per cent of single women who face an unplanned pregnancy choose to give their child up for adoption.

LifeCanada, a pro-life educational organization, has launched an awareness campaign so more women will consider this option. more . . .

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Pope stunned by Church’s wretchedness

November 29, 2010
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Pope Benedict's book-length interview is certain to spark global attention, and not only for his comments suggesting that condom use might be acceptable in some circumstances. more . . .

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Benedict stirs pot with AIDS-condoms comments

November 29, 2010
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - In a new book, Pope Benedict said the use of condoms may be a sign of moral responsibility in some specific situations when the intention is to reduce the risk of AIDS.

The pope addressed the issue in the book-length interview, Light of the World: The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times, released Nov. 23. more . . .

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Chance encounter launches 30-year mission to the poor

November 29, 2010
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

DEVON — In Guaymas, Mexico, he is known as the Canadian Santa Claus.

For 28 years, Glen Fraser, from Devon, Alta., has been helping the families at Mission Santa Clara by bringing them clothes, candy and toys every Christmas. more . . .

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Condoms: Use in disease prevention different from contraceptive uses

 

Vatican astronomer ponders possibility of intelligent aliens

November 29, 2010
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Are we alone in the universe? Probably not but, despite more than half a century of efforts, we still cannot connect with any other intelligent beings out there.

Maybe it is "because space travel is so difficult that we are not able to go to them to meet them or they are not able to come to see us here," speculated Jesuit Father Jose Funes, the Vatican's chief astronomer. more . . .

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Priest uses poetry as liberating prayer

November 29, 2010
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — The role of the priest is to bring the Good News of Jesus to the poor and to assist them in their liberation, says Father Ernesto Cardenal, a renowned Nicaraguan liberation theologian and poet currently visiting Edmonton.

To do that, he said, the priest must be not afraid to get involved in the political process because "the whole message of the Bible is a political message (about) justice, equality and love." more . . .

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