Assisted suicide court ruling is morally twisted

Mark Pickup

February 23, 2015

On Feb. 6, in a unanimous ruling, Canada's Supreme Court struck down the law on assisted suicide. It was a terrible decision that will irrevocably change the character of Canadian society for the worse. It will place the lives of vulnerable people across the land in great danger. It was not a victory for liberty. It was a victory for licence and abuse of human freedom. The Supreme Court said the section of the Criminal Code prohibiting assisted suicide was in conflict with section seven of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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Can Sunday Mass be offered for a private intention?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

February 23, 2015

A Catholic friend of mine recently asked me why a priest at his parish would announce a message such as the following: "Today's Mass is being offered for the intention of Mrs. So-and-So, as requested by her family." My friend was perplexed because a Sunday Mass is a collective liturgical worship by and for everyone attending. It should not be celebrated just for the intention of a particular person. Isn't the Mass a memorial of the death of Christ that brings grace to all, in fact to the whole world?

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Global persecution of Christians often ignored in West

Douglas Roche

February 23, 2015

Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world, with oppression against them - I mean us - reported in 110 countries. That slip I made reflects the myopia we Christians in safe countries like Canada have about the immense suffering endured by fellow followers of Jesus Christ around the world. We are, for the most part, rightly concerned about Muslims, who are the principal victims of jihadists, but seem unable to focus on the tragedies in our own family.

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Ruling will increase suicide temptation for the mentally ill

Austin Mardon

February 23, 2015

We knew it could happen. Still it was a shock to hear that the Supreme Court of Canada had struck down the law banning doctor-assisted suicide. Our society has been slowly excising God and morality from so many aspects of our public life that we knew it was only a matter of time before we replaced the will of God with the will of humans in regard to when life should end. We are the frog in the pot of water that is slowly being heated to a boil. When the law prohibiting abortion was originally struck down, we waited to see what laws the government would pass to regulate the practice. We are still waiting.

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Lenten fast should challenge injustice

Bob McKeon

February 23, 2015

Each year as we enter the first week of Lent, we naturally tend to think of fasting. Often we may think of things to give up and abstain from. Candies and deserts may be chosen. For adults, maybe it is alcohol or smoking. It is almost as if we can get a second chance to work at the New Year's resolutions we failed at a month earlier. Significantly, the Scripture passages for the first days of Lent each year speak of fasting. However, what is meant by fasting is different from simply giving up certain treats and pleasures for 40 days.

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Archdiocesan collection upsets D&P supporter

February 23, 2015

Re: "United appeal for Church charities achieves success" (WCR, Jan. 26).

As a registered and supporting member of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, I have always been and still am a strong advocate of its mission, wonderful work and witness to the cause of social justice.

My Lenten donation will be sent directly to Development and Peace. These are my reasons:

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CSS closed office in Bonnyville

February 23, 2015

The article in the Jan. 26 WCR ("CSS enjoys another successful Sign of Hope campaign") states that Catholic Social Services has an office in Bonnyville.

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Church reform needed for wounded Catholics

February 23, 2015

I support Cardinal Kasper's theology of mercy and would like to point out that the four letters to the editor (WCR, Jan. 26) have overlooked the essential message given by Christ - forgiveness, love and compassion versus legalism. I have documented a number of divorced Catholics who have gone through the annulment process with great bitterness and disappointment.

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Council challenged scandal of poverty amidst plenty

February 23, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The chapter in the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (Gaudium et Spes) that focuses on economic and social life is perhaps more notable for what it led to than for what it actually said. This is not to diminish the fact that the chapter underlines and thus strengthens the Catholic social teaching that had been developing since Pope Leo XIII's 1891 encyclical Rerum Novavum. It also links that teaching to the central theme of Gaudium et Spes - the dignity and vocation of the human person created in the image of God.

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Archbishop Smith ‘deeply disappointed’ with court ruling on assisted suicide

February 6, 2015
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In the wake of a unanimous Supreme Court decision legalizing assisted suicide in Canada, Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith urged Catholics to work with their members of Parliament to ensure that the nation’s health care system respects every human life to its natural end. The health care system should also provide “the best and most accessible end-of-life care possible,” Smith said in a Feb. 6 prepared statement. The archbishop said he was “deeply disappointed” to learn of the Supreme Court ruling in the Carter case, which struck down the law prohibiting doctors from assisting certain patients to die.

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