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When injustice takes root in a parish

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March 17, 2014

Traditionally, there are four marks of the true Church – it is one, holy, catholic and apostolic. However, the 1970 world Synod of Bishops added a fifth mark. By saying that justice is a constitutive dimension of the Gospel, the synod in effect said the true Church is also known by its proclamation and living out of God's justice. This is a good thing, but it can also be problematic. For just as the Church is not united and its members often lack holiness, relations among baptized believers are sometimes unjust.

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Authorities riled as Jesus heals blind man

Ralph Himsl

March 17, 2014
Fourth Sunday of Lent
March 30, 2014

My copy of the Sunday Missal gives two options for the Gospel for today in which Jesus cures a blind man of his affliction. When I see the marking for a shorter version of the Gospel in the missal, I often say to myself, and I shame to confess it, "I hope the priest reads the shorter excerpt, but he probably will go for the longer one."

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Prosecute Johns, see prostitutes as the real victims

Bishop Fred Henry

March 17, 2014

On Dec. 20, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada issued a unanimous decision which struck down three Criminal Code provisions regulating prostitution: living off the avails of prostitution; communicating in public for purposes of prostitution; and keeping or being found in a bawdy house. Initially, I was not only saddened by this decision but perplexed by the reasoning behind it.

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Ugandan law violates human dignity

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March 17, 2014

The Ugandan government's decision to punish those who engage in homosexual acts with life imprisonment should be opposed by every person concerned about the dignity of the human person. African politicians are resentful of what they see as attempts by Western nations to export homosexual behaviour onto their continent. The United Nations' support for advancing so-called sexual and reproductive rights is profoundly disturbing to societies that continue to respect human life and traditional family structures. Nevertheless, the rabid reaction of African politicians to UN and other Western initiatives could easily lead to acts of violence against homosexuals.

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Jesus wants worship to be in Spirit, Truth

John Connelly

March 17, 2014
Third Sunday of Lent
March 23, 2014

What is God, Our Father, looking for? What ultimately does God want from you and me? Jesus answers these questions in this week's Gospel: God is looking for worshippers. Authentic worshippers who will worship him in Spirit and truth. >Worship is the deepest calling of the Church. It is an act of total surrender and love which allows our inner being to enter fully the loving presence of God.

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Creative performers make love to the song

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 17, 2014

There are three kinds of performers: The first, while singing a song or doing a dance, are making love to themselves. The second, while performing, are making love to the audience. The third, while on stage, are making love to the song, to the dance, to the drama itself. Of course, it's not difficult to discern who the better performer is. The one making love to the song, of course, best honours the song and draws energy from some deeper place. He or she does this by entering into and channeling the energy of the song rather than by entering into and channeling their own energy or the energy of the audience.

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Ukraine deserves peace, justice and sovereignty

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March 17, 2014

Why did thousands of unprotected Ukrainian protesters remain in Independence Square on Feb. 20 as sniper fire rained down on them from above? Why did they not run for cover as did the foreign journalists who were reporting on the protests? Think first of the Holodomor of 1932-33, the forced starvation of millions of people suffering under Soviet oppression. Think of the attempted annihilation following the Second World War of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, a body most determined to stand for Ukrainian national identity, cultural expression and freedom. Think of the imprisonment and exile of poet Taras Shevchenko and numerous other 19th-century Ukrainian artists who passionately wrote against the repression of Ukrainians by the tsar and in favour of Ukrainian national identity.

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Stained glass artist helps sisters recycle treasured windows

St. Raphael

March 17, 2014
RUANE REMY
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

When churches have a stained glass emergency – imagine a rock thrown through hundred-year-old glass – they call Mansu Han, artist, craftsman and stained glass superhero. So when the Sisters of St. Joseph in Peterborough, Ont. sold their Mount St. Joseph convent, they charged Han with rescuing more than 60 stained glass windows (44 fully painted) and prevent them from falling into the hands of developers.

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Picking up life's pieces after Typhoon Haiyan

Emmanuel Margat

March 17, 2014
DENNIS SADOWSKI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Mention the name of Maria Rosevilla Margate and many of the residents of the community known as Barangay 54A in Tacloban, Philippines, nod approvingly. They know exactly where to find her. People tell stories of her kindness and friendship. Maria and her husband, Emmanuel, have lived in the community just a block from Redemptorist-run Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church since 1983. For years, they say, Maria Margate has helped her neighbours in need.

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Book raises profiles of Canadian saints

Venerable Anthony Kowalczyk

March 17 2014
Review By LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

This surprising book introduces the reader to 24 of Canada's saints, blessed and venerable people. Many we already know. Many we have never even heard of. It's a voyage of discovery, taking us back to the early beginnings of those being profiled. It's not all sweetness and roses for many, and that too opens one's eyes.

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