Federal sentencing bill seeks to solve a problem that doesn't exist

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March 23, 2015

Government's most fundamental responsibility is that of protecting the common good. Part of that responsibility – in the Canadian system, it is a federal responsibility – is that of protecting the public order, including punishing the perpetrators of major crimes. Punishment serves three purposes. First and most important, it attempts to redress the disorder caused by the offence. The traditional term for such redress is retribution, widely misinterpreted as meaning revenge.

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Silence is one of God's greatest gifts

Lasha Morningstar
March 23, 2015

Silence. That is one powerful word. When there is not a vestige of a sound, brain cells dance the synapse of thoughts, whirling through one's mind, opening secret doors, letting answers and truth fly out. Sometimes it can be joyful. Sometimes one staggers with pain. Silence is hard to come by in this clattering world. But oh is it precious.

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We see road to heaven; its beauty is hidden

Kathleen Giffin
March 23, 2014
Resurrection of the Lord
April 5, 2015

When our children were little, we continued an Easter morning tradition that was part of my childhood. Somewhere in the house the children would find the beginning of a trail of small Easter candies, and they would gather together and begin to follow the path. There were all kinds of rules: they couldn't run on ahead to see where the trail ended, they had to follow the trail, one candy at a time, picking them up one by one in turn, oldest to youngest, or youngest to oldest. The ones who were more capable would help those who needed direction, patiently helping them to gather their candy in turn, slowly moving along the path until all the candies were gathered.

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Vanier found the path to true happiness

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March 23, 2015

It is fitting that Jean Vanier's doctoral dissertation focused on Happiness as the Principle and End of Aristotelian Ethics. (See story, Page 5.) One can only wonder what he thinks of that topic now that he has spent 50 years happily living with mentally handicapped people. Happiness is the goal of human living, but how does one find it? For Aristotle, it is through a life of virtue.

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Taxation must support the common good

Bob McKeon
March 23, 2015

Today in Alberta we find ourselves often talking about government budgets. Because of low oil prices, government revenues are down. Alberta relies heavily on ever-changing revenues from the sale of fossil fuels to balance its budget, between 15 and 40 per cent of total government revenues depending on the year. Of course, world oil and gas prices over the years rise and fall dramatically. When gas and oil prices are high, Alberta has budget surpluses.

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In which Bethlehem was Jesus born?

Sr. Louise Zdunich
March 23, 2015

I was surprised recently to read a brief article that indicated we celebrate the wrong place for Jesus' birth as we read it in the Gospels with angels announcing his birth to the shepherds.

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News coverage of Iran nuclear program is one-sided hypocrisy

Douglas Roche
March 23, 2015

In all my years of watching distortions and propaganda in the general news media, I have never seen anything to equal the duplicity of the Iran coverage. Israel and right-wing politicians in the U.S., opposing any deal between the Security Council's permanent members (plus Germany) and Iran to ensure Iran does not develop a nuclear weapon, are undermining the prospects for peace in the Middle East, but they don't seem to care.

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At foot of the cross, Mary became our spiritual mother

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March 23, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The appearance of Mary, Jesus' mother, and the beloved disciple at the foot of the cross presents a scene perplexing to Scripture scholars. How did they get there? The three synoptic Gospels – Matthew, Mark and Luke – make no mention of Mary in Jerusalem, let alone at the cross. The synoptics do say women were present at the crucifixion, but only at a distance and only after Jesus' death. As for the beloved disciple, the other Gospel accounts say the disciples had fled Jerusalem prior to the crucifixion.

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Judge the action, not the person

March 23, 2015

Re: "Pope faces strong opposition inside, outside the Church" (WCR March 9). I think it is important to clarify a potentially misleading sentence in this article. The article states, "The popular mandate is defined by his (Pope Francis') comment 'Who am I to judge?' in relation to homosexual activity."

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Call to Protect should be optional

March 23, 2015

I have prayed for some time about this topic and yet every Sunday when I am in church, I feel compelled to write this letter. My concern is the Call to Protect program. I find it wrong on so many levels that we are compelled to take this course rather than making it optional. I have always believed that our Church welcomes sinners, that in fact we are all sinners.

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