WCR This Week

Conscientious objection debate faces Sask. doctors

July 13, 2015
MARY DEUTSCHER
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

Doctors should have the right to refuse to take part in treatments they consider morally objectionable, says Saskatchewan's College of Physicians and Surgeons. The college will open another public consultation in coming weeks, following the approval in principle of a revised policy on conscientious objection.

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Baby's trials spur crusade for liver transplant registry

Baby Naomi
July 13, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When baby Naomi Carlow was born last October, her grandmother Ramona Trombley immediately knew something was wrong. The baby was jaundiced, and any hope that it was just a normal baby jaundice was dashed upon Bilirubin testing the next day, which indicated a problem with Naomi's liver. Naomi was hospitalized five times and had two surgeries before she was diagnosed with biliary atresia, a rare and unpredictable liver disease, and flown to the Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton from her home in Lake Cowichan, B.C.

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Coverage of Pope Francis should dig deeper – Rosica

Fr. Thomas Rosica
July 13, 2015
CAROL ZIMMERMAN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Catholic journalists could easily "remain on the surface" when reporting on Pope Francis with his great photo opportunities and "buzz-catching expressions," but they need to take their coverage a step further, said Basilian Father Thomas Rosica. "Our work as Catholic media is not to remain on the surface but to go to the deeper level of that story within the story," urged the priest, founding CEO of the Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation.

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Canadians unaware of euthanasia's impact

July 13, 2015
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG – Canadians don't realize the legalization of doctor-assisted suicide will "include 25 year olds in car accidents who have lost the use of their legs," says a professor of law and bioethics. "Canadians weren't wanting this," said Dr. Mary Shariff. "This has only come through this one case, it's not like the Canadian public is saying this is a big issue."

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Toronto Archdiocese closes crumbling cathedral

July 13, 2015
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Construction first stripped Toronto's St. Michael's Cathedral of its spiritual atmosphere, now it is blocking parishioners from entering the building altogether. The Toronto Archdiocese on June 17 temporarily closed the cathedral due to safety concerns associated with the renovations that have been ongoing since 2011.

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U.S. same-sex marriage ruling 'a tragic error'

Seal of the U.S. Supreme Court
July 13, 2015
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The president of the U.S. bishops' conference called the Supreme Court's June 26 ruling legalizing same-sex marriage "a tragic error." Archbishop Joseph Kurtz urged Catholics to move forward with faith "in the unchanging truth about marriage being between one man and one woman.

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Only 'cultural revolution' can save the planet – pope

Pope Francis
June 29, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Pope Francis has called for "a bold cultural revolution" that will sweep away consumerism, myths about unlimited economic growth and the desire to constantly maximize profits. Human activities based on those habits and beliefs are destroying the planet, the pope said in his encyclical Laudato Si', On Care for Our Common Home, dated May 24, Pentecost Sunday, and released at the Vatican June 18.

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Pope's letter draws positive local response

June 29, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Alberta religious, environmental, industry and Aboriginal leaders hailed Pope Francis encyclical on the environment as a positive contribution to saving the planet. While some called it a guidepost for the energy industry, others greeted it as a call to a new lifestyle reflective of our duties to God, neighbour and nature. In the letter, the pope cites a solid scientific consensus indicating that global warming is real, and will limit drinking water, harm agriculture, lead to some extinctions of plant and animal life, acidify oceans and raise sea levels in a way that could flood some of the world's biggest cities.

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Pope offers practical tips for environmental action

June 29, 2015
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home is a call for global action as well as an appeal for deep inner conversion. The pope points to numerous ways world organizations, nations and communities must move forward and the way individuals – believers and people of good will – should see, think, feel and act. Here are some of the pope's suggestions, with references in parentheses to their paragraphs in the encyclical:

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Smith named Canadian delegate to family synod

Archbishop Richard Smith
June 29, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith will be one of four Canadian delegates to the world Synod of Bishops on the vocation and mission of the family at the Vatican in October. The other three Canadian delegates to the Oct. 4-25 synod will be Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher of Gatineau, Que., president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB); Bishop Noel Simard of Valleyfield, Que.; and Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto.

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