WCR This Week

Catholic sexual teaching is right

Fr. Jack Gallagher

January 16, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In the eyes of Father Jack Gallagher, sociologists have proven Catholic teaching on sexuality and marriage right.

"Study after study," says Gallagher, shows that the ideal place for children to be raised is with their two birth parents.

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Lahey on the street after 8 months in jail

Bishop Raymond Lahey

January 16, 2012
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

OTTAWA – Retired Bishop Raymond Lahey, convicted of importing child pornography, was released from prison Jan. 4 after the judge gave him double credit for eight months already served.

The judge also imposed a period of 24 months' probation with strict conditions on the 71-year-old former bishop of Antigonish, N.S.

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Weight loss program calls on the Lord

January 16, 2012
VANESSA SANTILLI
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Suzanne Fowler wants people to fill the hole in their hearts with God, not with food.

That's the premise of Fowler's Light Weigh program for weight loss, a program she created to solve her own struggles with eating.

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Haiti – joy, hope, softens the poverty

January 16, 2012
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

After a pre-Christmas solidarity mission to Haiti, Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith came away with a deep appreciation of the work Canadian Catholics are funding to help the poor through a range of Caritas partners.

"What I saw there was the Gospel in action; lives being changed," said Smith, who went in his capacity as president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB).

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Collins elevated to Cardinal

January 6, 2012
CATHOLIC REGISTER STAFF
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CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

TORONTO – Cardinal designate Thomas Collins is not anticipating great changes in his life after Pope Benedict XVI officially elevates him next month to the College of Cardinals.

His primary duty, he said, will be to continue to provide faithful leadership to the Archdiocese of Toronto.

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Preparing Christmas hampers: A military operation for the needy

December 26, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

For 25 years, Bill Petten has been involved with Edmonton's Christmas Hamper Drive.

On Dec. 16, Petten, 74, along with dozens of other volunteers of all ages and genders, came down to the gym of St. Francis of Assisi School to fill nearly 2,000 food hampers that were distributed to the needy across Edmonton the following day.

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Blessed Kateri on the verge of canonization

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha

December 26, 2011
WHO
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict has formally recognized a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, paving the way for the canonization of the 17th century "Lily of the Mohawks."

Blessed Kateri is the young Indian maiden who, despite objections from some in her own clan, came to know and love Christ.

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Play puts Jesus back into the season

December 26, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

SPRUCE GROVE – Sunday school children at Holy Trinity Parish once again reminded parishioners, and themselves, that Jesus is the reason for the Christmas season.

That's the title of their annual 15-minute Nativity play that takes the congregation through the saga of Jesus' birth in the stable of a Bethlehem inn.

 

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Psychiatrist details Lahey's fantasies, sexual attractions

December 26, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Bishop Raymond Lahey is not a pedophile and poses a next to zero chance of offending sexually or violently against children, a forensic psychiatrist told the court during a sentencing hearing Dec. 19.

Dr. John Bradford, who examined Lahey and put him through a battery of tests, described him as a homosexual with an addiction to Internet pornography.

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Calgary Anglican parish unites with Rome

December 26, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

CALGARY – Many groups of Anglicans have been asking Pope Benedict if they could become Roman Catholic but still maintain their 500-year Anglican traditions, such as liturgy, music and the Anglican Book of Common Prayer.

In November 2009, the Holy See responded to these requests by establishing a new structure that allows Anglicans to become Catholics.

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