In midst of gloom, new life brings hope

Mark Pickup
March 9, 2015

February 2015 was a hard month for the pro-life cause. Canada's Supreme Court struck down the laws prohibiting assisted suicide. The high court stooped low to endorse the murder of Canada's suicidal sick and disabled and even those suffering from "psychological pain." When I learned that 80 per cent of Canadians support assisted suicide, I was horrified and thought "What has to my nation come to?!' I do not know this kind of Canada. I felt like a stranger in the country of my birth.

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Revoke 15th century 'doctrine' which approved the Conquest

Joe Gunn
March 9, 2015

Do 15th-century edicts from Rome stand in the way of reconciliation with indigenous people in Canada today? The Hon. Justice Murray Sinclair, chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), recently suggested that the commission's final report may demand that the Vatican repudiate papal bulls which many feel are the basis of the inhumane treatment aboriginal people have received in Canada.

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When speed replaces patience, our sense of wonder is hijacked

Dr. Gerry Turcotte
March 9, 2015

In 2004 I published a multi-genre book entitled Border Crossings: Words and Images that featured poems, essays, short stories and images. Virtually all of the photographs were "old school" – that is, analog not digital. The book was a combination of writings that I had written for performance, including a live dramatic reading with a jazz ensemble at the famed Sydney Opera House, and a photographic installation at the Wollongong City Art Gallery, also in Australia.

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Council gives thumbs-up to democracy

March 9, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

An endorsement of democracy is sometimes seen as one of the "achievements" of the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (Gaudium et Spes). The constitution does not actually use the word "democracy," but its intentions are clear enough. While the political community needs to respect an order established by God, "the choice of the political regime and the appointment of rulers are left to the free decision of the citizens" (GS 74).

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St. Joseph's College offers theological opportunities

March 9, 2015

Re: "Need for theologically-educated laity is growing" (WCR, Feb 23). I was very pleased to see the WCR highlighting the need for a theologically-educated laity. Catholicism has a very rich intellectual tradition, the study of which can feed both the head and the heart and support Catholics in incarnating their faith in the world.

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Supreme Court ruling repeats original sin

Archbishop Richard Smith

February 23, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Supreme Court decision legalizing assisted suicide in Canada is a repeat of the original sin in which men and women believed they can be like gods, says Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve "surrendered to the lie" that they could be "something other than what they were created to be," Smith said in a Feb. 12 interview. "God is eclipsed and his supremacy and sovereignty is replaced with that of the individual," the archbishop said. That human decision in Eden has been the root of all sin and disharmony in the world ever since, he said.

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Archbishop's message on assisted suicide ruling

February 23, 2015

On Friday, February 6th, the Supreme Court of Canada rendered a landmark decision granting legal permission for physician-assisted death in our country. In so doing it agreed with claims that a human person faced with suffering has the right to determine when and how to end one's life, and that the legal prohibition against assisted suicide impeded the exercise of this right and infringed upon their liberty. In its ruling, the Supreme Court outlines the conditions within which the provision or administration of lethal medication to a patient who has requested it would be permissible.

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Groups line up to oppose decision on assisted suicide

Michele Boulva

February 23, 2015
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Disappointment, sadness and calls to invoke the notwithstanding clause greeted the Supreme Court of Canada's Feb. 6 decision striking down laws against physician-assisted suicide. "Catholics are called by their faith to assist all those in need, particularly the poor, the suffering and the dying," said Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher, president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. "Comforting the dying and accompanying them in love and solidarity has been considered by the Church since its beginning a principal expression of Christian mercy," Durocher said.

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Journeying with a friend to death can be life-giving

Jo-Anne Paquette

February 23, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Jo-Anne Paquette's three-month journey with Martha Shephard as she died from a brain tumour was both physically draining and a spiritual gift for Paquette. "Martha lived in a house in Ottawa, and I really grew to respect her, thought of her as a mentor," said Paquette. "When I was dropped into the pool of caring for her and journeying with her, it was a sudden thing. It felt like a whole lifetime to me."

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Schools should be communities of shalom

Fr. Raymond Carey

February 23, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

God wants those working in Catholic schools to experience shalom so they can be ministers of shalom to Catholic students, an Oregon theologian told staff of Edmonton Catholic Schools. "It's God's will that we are in shalom relationships with one another," Father Raymond Carey told about 3,200 employees of the Edmonton Catholic School District. "Let's be ministers of shalom one to another." The priest said shalom refers not only to peace but to wholeness, perfection in Christ and balance with God in one's personal life and in the many roles one may have in Catholic education.

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