From the monthly archives: April 2016

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Love is the universal language of Pentecost

Brett Fawcett
May 2, 2016
Pentecost
May 15, 2016

Pentecost is an important and special time for me. I was raised in the Pentecostal Church, and my parents are both ordained Pentecostal ministers. On top of that, I received the sacrament of Confirmation on Pentecost Sunday. I remember being fascinated to discover that there were charismatic Catholics - people who prayed and worshipped the way that I was used to Evangelicals praying and worshipping, but who also loved Our Lady and the Eucharist.

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No such thing as 'just war' Vatican conference decrees

Douglas Roche
May 2, 2016

'We believe that there is no 'just war.'" This pungent declaration jumped off the page of a statement issued by a three-day Vatican conference that set the stage for a possible intervention by Pope Francis ruling out the justification for war to resolve conflict. The Pontifical Council on Justice and Peace teamed up with Pax Christi International (a vibrant anti-war group) to bring 80 experts engaged in global nonviolent struggles to Rome to develop a new moral framework rejecting ethical justifications for war.

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Legends of Knights' initiation left college head squeamish

Dr. Gerry Turcotte
May 2, 2016

Both my father and uncle were Knights of Columbus. Unfortunately, they were also inveterate pranksters, so that when I asked them about becoming a knight the picture they painted for me of the process almost drove me into therapy. "The Knights?" my uncle said, raising his voice alarmingly, and then he melodramatically scanned the surroundings for spies and agitators. "You mean, the . . . Knights?" He looked at my father who inexplicably began to shake his head and mop his brow. Then began what can only be construed as a handshake performed by two men being electrocuted.

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Divergent voices offer climate change strategies

Bob McKeon
May 2, 2016

A couple of weeks ago I attended the annual Social Justice Institute (SJI) in Edmonton. The theme was Care for Our Common Home: A Faithful Response to Today's Ecological and Social Crisis. It was an extended ecumenical reflection on Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si'. The main speaker was Jennifer Henry, the executive director of the KAIROS national ecumenical justice coalition.

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Catholic doctors stand against euthanasia

May 2, 2016

On behalf of the Calgary Catholic Medical Association and St. Luke's Catholic Physicians' Guild of Edmonton, we would like to extend this letter in support of the Catholic Bishops of Alberta and their strong stand against euthanasia and assisted suicide. Catholic physicians affirm with them that killing is not part of medicine. Catholic physicians affirm with them that killing is not part of medicine.

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Self-righteousness hides sin of social injustice

May 2, 2016

I am discouraged that many Catholics, including our bishops, are only now expressing their concerns regarding two important moral issues - gender identity and euthanasia. What concerns me is that the bishops, Christian communities and the provincial government are fixated on these two issues in isolation. What concerns me is that the bishops, Christian communities and the provincial government are fixated on these two issues in isolation. These issues do not exist in a vacuum; they exist precisely because we as Christians and as citizens refuse to acknowledge the larger issue of social justice.

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New parishes formed by people helping people

May 2, 2016

The miracle stories of the Gospels tell about what the risen Jesus does for those who believe in him. What happened recently in the parish communities of St. Theresa and Corpus Christi is a continuation of the missions left with us by Christ's death and resurrection. Fathers Bill Irwin and Don MacDonald were compliant missionaries - teaching, catechizing in community halls and school gymnasiums in Mill Woods, a new part of Edmonton.

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Law takes back seat to justice, mercy, faith

May 2, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Jesus opposed a severe interpretation of the Law. He healed people on the Sabbath even when they were not in immediate danger of death. He allowed his disciples to pick and eat corn while walking through a cornfield on the Sabbath. Jesus associated with sinners and others considered impure. He told people to follow him instead of burying their parents. All of this (and more) would have scandalized the Jews of his time, especially their leaders.

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Elderly coming to fear hospitals, Smith tells Every Life Matters

April 18, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The spectre of assisted suicide is leading aging people to "fear an institution that should be the last thing they should ever fear - a hospital," says Archbishop Richard Smith. "But the strong feeling is, 'If I can't speak for myself, if I'm alone with no family members, are they going to kill me?'" he said during the second of the Every Life Matters series April 5 at Edmonton's Corpus Christi Church. It is a question that "flows naturally" from the Supreme Court decision, the archbishop said.

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Art heals at-risk youth's addiction

April 18, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

It is not surprising Brooke sometimes speaks in treatment terms like "shame messages" when she tries to tell her story. They are negative things about herself that her brain tells her. She has been through a lot. At just 19, Brooke has lived on the street and been to four treatment centres, after spiraling into mental illness and addiction at the tender age of 12. It was also at age 12 that she discovered what would be her saving grace: art and writing.

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