Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of September 9, 2002
CWL convention opens doors
700 delegates respond to needs of natives, refugees
Special to the WCR
"How long will it take for my language, my spiritual values, and my culture to be accepted by the Catholic Church?"
- Judge Graydon Nicholas
While Nicholas has been able to reconcile his native spirituality and Catholicism, he reminded his listeners "many others still walk in pain."
Crosby talked about the Innu and their practice of taking time away as a community to renew their commitment to God and to the land.
"For all people, fire, light, water and food are basic to life. These are also the key symbols of the Christian celebration of life especially at Easter and we need to recognize the power and importance of the symbols and values that unite us."
Many of the resolutions also sought to open doors.
Resolutions and motions originate in parishes, dioceses and provincial conventions throughout the country. Those that come to the national level are directed to national organizations such as the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and various ministries of the federal government or to the membership of the CWL itself.
The resolutions for 2002 covered such topics as: the use of Christian prayer at national ceremonies; anti-bullying programs; accessibility of the workplace for persons with disabilities; income supplement programs for seniors; tax on currency exchange programs that would help Third World countries; a national home care program; fetal alcohol programs; labelling on prepackaged foods; a prohibition of human embryonic stem cell research, but promotion of research on the use of human adult stem cells; biopatenting of plants, animals, micro-organisms and all other living organisms, including the natural processes that produce them; responsible use of the Internet, and child pornography.
Each resolution represents hours of research done by members at the parish, diocesan and provincial levels.
The new national president, Marie Cameron, brings 29 years of experience to her job. She is a Calgarian, actively involved in her parish and her community and she has been a member of the CWL for 29 years.
Joining her on the national executive will be: president-elect Agnes Bedard also of Calgary, first vice-president Laurette Noble of Quebec, second vice-president Danielle McNiel-Hessian of Nova Scotia, secretary-treasurer Shirley Bernier of Quebec and chairpersons of standing committees: Pat Crossman of Nova Scotia, Ann Doucet of New Brunswick, Velma Hareson of Saskatchewan, Jackie Lenarduzzi of British Columbia and Lucille Partington of Sexsmith, Alta.
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