WCR This Week

Disillusioned secularists of Germany prove to be a hard sell for evangelizing pontiff

October 3, 2011
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

FREIBURG, GERMANY — Pope Benedict's four-day visit to Germany highlighted two closely connected challenges for the Church: how to re-evangelize traditionally Christian countries in the West, and how to regain a credible voice in modern society.

In a sense, the pope's German homeland was a test case for the "new evangelization" project that has taken centre stage in his pontificate.

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Vaniers exemplify ideals of Catholic marriage in action

Georges and Pauline Vanier

October 3, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

The year 1959 is a couple of generations ago - hardly a blink of an eye in the gaze of history. But on Sept. 15, 1959, Georges Vanier took office as governor general of Canada with words few leaders would speak in public today.

"My first words are a prayer," said the old soldier. "May almighty God in his infinite wisdom and mercy bless the sacred mission which has been entrusted to me by Her Majesty the queen and help me to fulfill it in all humility. In exchange for his strength, I offer him my weakness.

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U.S., Church debate marriage definition

October 3, 2011
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON — The president of the U.S. bishops' conference has told President Barack Obama that his administration's fight against the Defence of Marriage Act will undermine marriage and create a serious breach of Church-state relations.

The law, known as DOMA, defines marriage as between one man and one woman.

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Development and Peace raised $4.7M for African famine relief

October 3, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO — As the curtain came down on 10 weeks of double-your-money matching donations for famine relief in East Africa, the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace had raised approximately $4.7 million.

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Church called to 'deep conversation' on abuse

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October 3, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

MONTREAL — While the protocols and programs dioceses have adopted to combat clerical sexual abuse are necessary, they only treat the symptoms of a systemic problem, says Sister Nuala Kenny.

Kenny said there has never been "a Church-wide, deep conversation" about the meaning of the sexual abuse crisis and the widespread harm it has caused and the transformation "where the Lord is calling us."

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Growth in pornography has corrosive effect on society

September 26, 2011
MARK PATTISON
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

A recently launched campaign, War on Illegal Pornography, is maintaining that divorce, violence against women, increased sex trafficking and porn addiction are just some of the unhealthy results of pornography.

In fact, the evidence of the harmful effects of pornography is so strong that it is now difficult to get permission to do research on the subject because it is clear that those who take part in the research will be harmed by watching pornography.

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CCODP chair says organization has lost its vision

Rodrigo Loyola

September 26, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

LEDUC — The longtime chairman of Development and Peace in Alberta has stepped down from his position saying that the organization has lost its original vision.

In an emotional presentation at the archdiocesan CCODP annual meeting Sept. 17 at St. Michael’s Church, Rodrigo Loyola said in his opinion, the organization is now going in a new direction, one that does not necessarily reflect the experience and relationships formed during the 10 years he was the chair.

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Pilgrims trek through sacred inner city sites

Sr. Johanna Jonker

September 26, 2011
BRENDA SUDERMAN
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG — It’s not Jerusalem or Rome, but a walk to Winnipeg’s social service agencies is a pilgrimage to holy ground all the same, says Sister Johanna Jonker.

Beginning in mid-September and continuing throughout the fall and winter, Jonker is leading groups on walking pilgrimages to seven sacred sites, many of them in the inner city.

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McCaffery celebrates half century of inclusive priesthood

Fr. Mike McCaffery

September 26, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Even he himself wonders how he did it. Father Mike McCaffery, a lifelong advocate of married priests and the ordination of women, is marking 50 years of priesthood.

“I saw a lady the other day who said, ‘Oh, you are celebrating 50 years of priesthood. I thought you’d be dead by now or married.’

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K of C Charitable Foundation works to help 75 charities

September 26, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

RED DEER — Over the past 30 years, the Alberta Knights of Columbus Charitable Foundation has established itself as a reliable source of extra funds for many charities across the province.

The foundation is a major contributor to about 75 charities every year, from the Sign of Hope campaign to the Strathcona Christmas Bureau.

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