Gay, Lesbian must be treated with dignity

December 26, 2011
KELLY WILSON
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

In the form of Human Rights Day, agreement to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is celebrated each December. Adopted in 1948, the declaration begins by asserting that all human persons are born free and equal in dignity and rights.

Dignity and rights are not conferred by governing bodies. Rather, to quote a recent speech by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, because we "are human we therefore have rights, and because we have rights (our) governments are bound to protect them." Clinton noted that while much progress has been made in making human rights a human reality, a great deal of work remains.

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New Missal offers healing to those wounded by liturgy

December 26, 2011

I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation for the new Roman Missal. We have awaited this new translation with joy and excitement and are now just beginning to experience its beauty.

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New translation marks 40-year step backward

December 26, 2011

While I am open to a new Mass translation, I am not open to a 40-year step backwards as is represented by some of the new Roman Missal. If the new translation is a more accurate translation from the Latin, then surely the Latin was flawed, examples of which are given below.

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Society's sexism has religious roots

December 26, 2011

"Women shackled by poverty, low wages" – Thank you for publishing this article as it shines a light on the hardships that women face just because they are women.

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Youth can promote peace, justice, Benedict says

December 26, 2011

When young people recognize the dignity and beauty of every human life, including their own, and are supported in their natural desire to make the world a better place, they become agents of justice and peace in the world, Pope Benedict said.

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Mosque vandalism spurs call to respect sacred sites

December 26, 2011

The day after an ancient mosque in Jerusalem was vandalized and burned, allegedly by Jewish extremists, participants at a Rome conference on "sacred space" called for absolute respect for all places of worship.

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Praising the Lord crucial part of prayer, says pope

December 26, 2011

Prayer should not centre just on asking God to fulfill one's hopes and desires, but must include praise, thanks and trust in God's plan which may not match one's own, Pope Benedict said.

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Economy needs values of religion, says rabbi

December 26, 2011

The free market is the economic model that seems most consonant with biblical teaching, but the global economic crisis demonstrates that, without moral values, the market economy can implode, said Great Britain's chief rabbi.

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Small Andean community honoured for water fight

December 26, 2011

With the help of the Catholic Church, the small community of Cruz de Mayo, high in the Peruvian Andes, has been waging a legal battle for nearly four years over the lake that provides its drinking and irrigation water.

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Thousands abused in Netherlands – report

December 26, 2011

A report on a Dutch inquiry said "several tens of thousands of minors" were sexually abused by Catholic Church personnel between 1945 and 2010, and it faulted Church leaders for covering up the abuse and failing to help victims.

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