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Pope opens door to ordaining married men

June 9, 2014
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM TEL AVIV – Pope Francis said the door is open to allowing more married priests in the Catholic Church, in the Latin rite as well as the Eastern Catholic churches where the practice is already established. "Celibacy is not a dogma of faith, it is a rule of life that I appreciate very much and believe to be a gift for the Church," the pope told reporters May 26. "Not being a dogma of faith, the door is always open."

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New deacons urged to bring joy

Deacons Roger Reilander, Gem Mella and Hyland Fraser

June 9, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

With joy and awe the Edmonton Archdiocese welcomed three new permanent deacons to the fold. The large congregation erupted in applause as Archbishop Richard Smith ordained the trio May 31 at St. Joseph's Basilica. "Congratulations," the archbishop told Deacons Gem Mella, Hyland Fraser and Roger Reilander at the end of the ordination Mass. "Now we will put you to work." The Edmonton Archdiocese now has 29 permanent deacons and is expecting to ordain as many as five more within two years.

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Red Deer principal bandages wounds, laughs at kids' jokes

Ken Griffith

June 9, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Ken Griffith says students keep changing, and schools need to change to keep up with them. "Students learn differently today than they did even 10 years ago," said Griffith, principal of Red Deer's Maryview School and a recipient of the Alberta Teachers' Association 2013-14 Distinguished Leadership Award. "It's important that we're keeping up on current research and making all of our decisions upon accurate information and data that tell us how children work," he said.

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Kidnapped Canadian nun, 2 priests released unharmed

June 9, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – A Canadian sister of Notre-Dame and two Italian missionary priests have been released unharmed almost two months after being kidnapped in northern Cameroon. "It is with great joy that the sisters of the Congregation of Notre-Dame have learned . . . of the release of Sister Gilberte Bussiere," said a June 1 statement from the Montreal-based order. Bussiere, 74, had been working in Cameroon since 1979.

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Service honours dignity of those dead without shelter

June 9, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Forty people died in Edmonton last year. What makes their deaths unique is that they died because they were without shelter. They were homeless, unprotected from the brutal winter, street violence, a place to be safe. You won't find their obituaries in the newspaper. But to many – their fellow people, agencies who worked with them, family members – they mattered and are missed.

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Pope's Holy Land pilgrimage both religious and political

June 9, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Pope Francis said his three-day trip to the Holy Land was a religious pilgrimage, one that would bring to mind the famous encounter between Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras of Constantinople 50 years ago. While the pope did meet today's patriarch – several times, in fact – his trip will be most remembered as a political pilgrimage that tackled the humanly impossible task of bringing peace between Israel and Palestine. Who better to assume the role of the impossible peacemaker than the vicar of Christ?

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Scripture, Tradition flow from the one source of revelation

June 23, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Seemingly miniscule changes in wording can hide major shifts in understanding. So it was when the Second Vatican Council's Constitution on Divine Revelation (Dei Verbum) spoke of "Tradition" in comparison with "traditions" referred to in the teaching of the 16th century Council of Trent. The shift from the plural to the singular and from a small "t" to a capital "T" augured a significant shift in Church teaching. For Joseph Ratzinger, this was but one sign in Dei Verbum indicating that Tradition had come to mean something quite different than the strict "passing on" of unchanging truths and laws inherited from the past.

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Prostitution bill charts positive path

Bob McKeon

June 23, 2014

Last December, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously ruled that Canada's prostitution laws were unconstitutional. The judges gave Parliament one year to pass new laws that would pass the constitutional test. On June 4, Federal Justice Minister Peter MacKay introduced a new prostitution law (Bill C-36) into the House of Commons. Predictably, this proposed law has given rise to intense debates that go beyond predictable ideological divides. No government would voluntarily open up debates on prostitution legislation unless forced to by courts. Prostitution is a complex, difficult issue that defies a simple solution.

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Brilliant music crafted by composer battling deafness

Mark Pickup

June 23, 2014

I keep a bust of Ludwig van Beethoven on the mantle above the fireplace in my home. It reminds me of the human capacity to overcome adversity to achieve great things. When I doubt myself in my own acquired disability of multiple sclerosis, I listen to Beethoven particularly his Ninth Symphony written in near-total deafness but at the peak of his creative power His Ninth Symphony exemplifies a triumph of human spirit over adversity, sustained by a spark of God's love in a silent world. Although Beethoven used Schiller's Ode to Joy, there is a spirituality or mystical quality to Beethoven's Ninth.

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How do we know we are getting the real deal Bible?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

June 23, 2014

Why do we use readings from a Bible at Holy Mass which does not have an imprimatur? How do we know we are getting the truth?

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