WCR This Week

Praise God as you walk through trials

Connie Schumacher

July 18, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — When things are going well, people are prone to praise God. They praise God when they land a new job, get married or have a grandchild.

But Connie Schumacher praised God when her truck caught on fire and when her neighbour shot bullets through her kitchen window. She even praised God when her husband left her.

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Grouard-McLennan Archdiocese moves office to Grande Prairie

Archbishop Gerard Pettipas

July 18, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

McLENNAN - The Archdiocese of Grouard McLennan plans to move its offices from the town of McLennan into Grande Prairie.

The move is motivated primarily by transportation and staffing needs, says Archbishop Gerard Pettipas.

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RC-Anglican reconciliation crucial to healing for northern natives

Bishop Murray Chatlain

July 18, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

INUVIK, N.W.T. — In the midst of a gathering which seeks reconciliation and healing from the 130-year history of residential schools in Canada, Catholic and Anglican bishops from the North took responsibility for the 400-year-old division between the churches and pledged continued dialogue, co-operation and reconciliation.

"This is a road we're on and there are no exits," said Bishop Gary Gordon of Whitehorse.

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Church has role to play in recovery of native culture

July 18, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

INUVIK, N.W.T. — The Church in the North can help native people recover their languages and cultural identity, but it won't be easy, said Oblate Archbishop Sylvain Lavoie.

Church support for native culture begins with help for families — whether through ordinary, daily ministry or special programs, Lavoie said July 1.

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Shepherds for the forgotten ones

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July 18, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

It's Sunday morning and, as usual, the Bissell Centre's drop-in centre is full of people attending the ecumenical worship service. They sit at round tables, which they will later use to eat lunch.

At the front is the altar, which had been wheeled in just before the service. Dressed in white clergy gear, Pastor Rick Chapman, the Anglican pastor of the Community of Emmanuel for the past five years, opens the service by announcing the stabbing death of a young member of the congregation.

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Corapi accused of sexual, financial faults

Fr. John Corapi

July 18, 2011
NANCY FRAZIER O'BRIEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Father John Corapi was involved in "years of cohabitation" with a former prostitute, repeated abuse of alcohol and drugs and "serious violation" of his promise of poverty, according to a fact-finding team appointed by his religious order.

Corapi has been ordered by the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity to return to live at the order's regional headquarters in Robstown, Texas, and to dismiss a lawsuit against the woman whose accusations prompted the investigation.

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Militant's case may define religious freedom

July 18, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Bill Whatcott is the kind of man who would carry a "Repent" sign to a gay pride parade and preach about the evils of sodomy for the length of the parade.

Whatcott's lawyer Tom Schuck said Whatcott not only did that — the scene is captured in the new documentary Freedom of Whatcott produced by the Moon Brothers — but also his client arrived ahead of the parade to the rallying point and grabbed the microphone.

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Winnipeg churches bring together offender, community members

Wilma Derksen

July 18, 2011
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG — Everyone is forgivable, even society's worst offenders, say the facilitators of a program they believe is a new approach to restorative justice.

Wilma Derksen and Adam Klassen describe Journey to Justice as a group of volunteers with varied backgrounds meeting with prison inmates to explore issues of justice.

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Novalis celebrates 75 years of bringing the liturgy to Canadians

Joseph Sinasac

July 18, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Novalis Publishing celebrated its 75th anniversary at Saint Paul University July 7 at a reception to honour its authors, editors and past and present staff.

Novalis began in 1936 when Oblate Father André Guay, who founded the Catholic Centre at the University of Ottawa, began publishing pamphlets to help ordinary Catholics better understand their faith in a post-Depression era.

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Lahey's sentencing hearing delayed until Dec.

July 18, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - Bishop Raymond Lahey will have to wait several more months in jail before his sentencing on charges of importing of child pornography.

Already postponed from June to early August, the end of the sentencing hearing has been delayed until December because the forensic psychiatrist who examined Lahey is not available on the Aug. 4 and 5 dates that were set aside.

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