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Path of legal euthanasia fraught with danger

Senator Betty Unger
February 22, 2016
SENATOR BETTY UNGER
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Last year, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the Criminal Code sections prohibiting physician-assisted suicide violate our charter rights. After declaring those sections to be invalid, the court paved the way for assisted suicide and euthanasia to become available to Canadians on June 6, 2016. This short article does not allow us to list all the concerns raised by the court's decision. But the experience of countries with legalized euthanasia clearly demonstrates that the road is fraught with great danger, including hundreds of cases a year where people are euthanized without their consent.

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Mother Earth offers a garden to be cultivated

Lasha Morningstar
February 22, 2016

Oh, oh. My eyes could hardly believe it. This year's seeds are here. To me, like so many others, it is like showing a hungry bear a beehive laden with honey. So much promise. Images of heavy heirloom tomatoes, green acorn squash, pollen-laden buzzing bees spring to mind. There is also the eminently practical side too. The tumbling loonie, roller coaster stock market, rampaging storms and drought from climate change are sending fresh produce's prices sky high.

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Project Ploughshares strives to build peace

Joe Gunn
February 22, 2016

Are you afraid of the terrorists? If not afraid, according to the most recent polls, most of your neighbours believe that Canada should at least be doing more to fight ISIL in Iraq and Syria. In response, this month the Liberal government announced increased measures to combat Islamic State fighters: more humanitarian assistance has been promised, a larger number of Special Forces will be sent to the region on an enlarged training mission, while two reconnaissance aircraft and an aerial refueling plane will remain in theatre.

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Church must include those with ambiguous sexuality

February 22, 2016

I would like to respond to the three public letters from some of our bishops sent to Catholic school trustees and the Catholics of Alberta in relation to the Department of Education bulletin on school board policy on the question of student gender and school practices. Bishop Henry, Archbishop Smith and Bishop Terrio all make reference to the Catholic position that God created humankind male and female. I am, however, concerned that there does not seem to be any consideration given to those human beings who are born with an ambiguous sexuality.

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Medical profession needs Hippocratic Oath

February 22, 2016

I am starting to get worried about our Supreme Court. First of all, we have no law on abortion, and that has continued since the court struck down the abortion law Jan. 28, 1988. The elderly, the preborn, and those with mental or physical handicaps all need our protection.

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Palliative care could ease demand for euthanasia

February 22, 2016

As they draft new laws on assisted suicide or euthanasia, our governments must proceed cautiously and adopt laws that are as restrictive as possible, to protect the most vulnerable. This is not just a religious issue. Concerns about the serious implications of legalizing assisted suicide or euthanasia come from many sources.

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Jesus, the New Adam, raises faith higher than culture

February 22, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Both Matthew's and Luke's Gospels provide genealogies for Jesus, a matter which fills with trepidation those who have to proclaim the Gospel at the liturgy, but which otherwise is of close to zero interest for contemporary Christians. Who really cares that Jesus descended from ". . . Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asaph, and Asaph the father of Jehoshaphat . . ." (Matthew 1.7-8)? What difference does this make to our faith and to our understanding of Jesus?

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Assisted suicide: Alberta Bishops voice concerns

Alberta Bishops Logo
February 11, 2016

The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in February of 2015 to strike down Canada’s existing laws prohibiting assisted suicide has opened a wide debate on the subject. The Catholic Bishops of Alberta make the following statement in order to express our deepest concerns with respect to the impact of the decision upon our fellow citizens of this province. The Catholic Church is committed to protecting and caring for the most vulnerable people in our society; this includes, of course, those who suffer and dying Albertans.

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Christianity 'running on fumes,' says Barron

February 8, 2016
SIMONE ORENDAIN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

CEBU, PHILIPPINES – Christianity is "running on fumes" as it tries to counter the trend of people leaving the Church or staying away from the Eucharist, Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron told the International Eucharistic Congress. "To stretch out like someone dying of hunger is the right attitude toward the Eucharist," Barron said. "What's sad today is so many in the Catholic world have become blase about the Eucharist."

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Lent is more than 'giving up'

February 8, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Lent is the penitential season of preparation for the celebration of Jesus' passion, death and resurrection. Ash Wednesday - Feb. 10 this year - is the beginning of the 40 days of Lent. During this season, Catholics are encouraged to pray, read Scripture, to fast and give alms. These observances are intended to help us to turn our hearts and minds to God.

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