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Churches celebrate Catholic milestone

Bishop Donald Bolen

December 1, 2014
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

When Saskatoon's Bishop Don Bolen worked for Cardinal Walter Kasper in the Vatican, the boss would tell him that all those documents produced at the Second Vatican Council weren't supposed to sit on shelves gathering dust. "We're supposed to act on them," said Bolen, recollecting his time with Kasper at the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Bolen had just finished co-presiding with Anglican Bishop Linda Nicholls at a Nov. 9 ecumenical celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Decree on Ecumenism. The event was held at St. James Anglican Cathedral in Toronto.

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Repairing the washer can heal your soul

December 1, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Matthew Crawford, author of Shop Class as Soulcraft, says work involving making things or fixing things has a wider cultural significance in combating growing passivity and dependency. Today, it is harder to be self-reliant, with some high-end cars lacking even a dipstick to check the oil, he told about 100 people Nov. 19 at this year's Cardus Hill Family lecture. Instead people get an email to remind them, said the Virginia-based motorcycle mechanic and fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. "We can't check our own oil."

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Groups favour outlawing 'barbaric practices'

December 1, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – The Catholic Civil Rights League and REAL Women of Canada both support Canada's Zero Tolerances for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act. Introduced by the Government Leader of the Senate Conservative Senator Claude Carignan Nov. 5 as S-7, it has the support of the Tory cabinet. Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said the act would close various loopholes in the Criminal Code and other legislation to prevent honour killings, polygamy and forced marriages.

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Family fragmented as son flees Lebanon for life in Edmonton

December 1, 2014
DOREEN ABI RAAD
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

From the time he arrived in Lebanon alone from war-torn Syria nearly two years ago, resettlement to a peaceful nation in the West has been Gabriel's sole aim. But it is with mixed emotions that the 28-year-old Syrian Christian sets out to begin a new life in Edmonton. Expectant hope covered a heavy heart as he spent his final two weeks in Lebanon with his parents and brother who arrived from Syria for his send-off.

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Parish team offers Montrealers simple plan for rebuilding parishes

Fr. Michael White

December 1, 2014
ERIC DUROCHER
CATHOLIC TIMES MONTREAL

MONTREAL – Do you want to rebuild your parish? Then get ready to "step out of your comfort zone" and focus your energy on disciple-making, the pastoral team from a Maryland parish said Nov. 13. Father Michael White and Tom Corcoran laid out a simple but challenging three-fold strategy for making disciples and renewing the parish: redirect parish energy toward "non-church people," priorize the weekend experience (the Mass) and galvanize parishioners into action. The co-authors of trailblazing book Rebuilt, published in 2013, shared defining moments in their 17-year ministry in north Baltimore, during which they and their sleepy, suburban parish were transformed into a dynamic evangelizing community.

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New prostitution law makes johns the criminals

December 1, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Canada's prostitution Bill C-36 passed the Senate Nov. 6 and will become law in early December, criminalizing the purchase of sex for the first time in Canadian history. While groups representing some "sex trade" workers are not pleased with the legislation, pro-family groups and those opposed to human trafficking welcomed the new law. Based on the so-called Nordic model, it treats prostitutes as victims, but prosecutes the "johns" and the pimps who exploit them.

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Liberation theology rooted in the Gospel, says Gutierrez

Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez

December 1, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Liberation theology, which interprets the teachings of Christ in relation to liberation from unjust social, economic and political conditions, is rooted in the Bible and the life of Jesus, said the priest who developed the concept nearly 50 years ago. Dominican Father Gustavo Gutierrez said Nov. 7 at St. Paul University in Ottawa that "theology is a hermeneutic of hope. Theology touches on the motive, the story of our Lord in history." "Theology is a letter of love to God," the Peruvian theologian known as the father of liberation theology added during a program in which he received an honorary doctorate.

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Monsanto, CCODP divided on the value of local, organic foods

December 1, 2014
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Charina Umagat has been an involved, engaged parishioner at St. Emile Parish in Winnipeg for 20 years. The last thing she expected to find in her pew on a Sunday was a pamphlet casting moral doubt on her job and her employer. The pamphlet was part of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace's Sow Much Love campaign highlighting economic justice, agriculture and environmental issues. Umagat works for biotechnology giant Monsanto Canada. The Development and Peace pamphlet asked Umagat to go to her local grocer and ask the store manager to stock more local and organic products. It asked her to pledge to eat local and organic foods.

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Anglican sees Canada on slippery slope

December 1, 2014
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – Watching the world slide down a slippery slope to euthanasia and assisted suicide, or "medical aid in dying," is disheartening to a Second World War veteran who confronted state-sanctioned killing while helping to liberate Europe. "I am 91 and it is probably a good thing you don't live to 150 because it is really hard to buy a lot of this garbage that is going on," said Father Robert Greene, rector of St. Andrew Anglican Church in Gleichen, Alta. "This is a crazy society we are in." For Greene, active in the pro-life movement since the 1960s, seeing the rise in support for euthanasia and assisted suicide is an affront to what he and 1.1 million other Canadians fought against during the Second World War.

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Collins casts his vote for a more jolly world

Cardinal Thomas Collins

December 1, 2014
CATHOLIC REGISTER STAFF

Christians must pay attention to the reality of evil but do so with hope-filled joy, Cardinal Thomas Collins told the annual Cardinal's Dinner. Speaking on Nov. 6 to some 1,600 religious, business and political leaders in Toronto, Collins said it would be naive to ignore the evil that abounds today. The modern world is not always a "jolly place," he said. But we must respond with an ability to "see all events, no matter how evil, in the hope-filled context of divine providence."

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