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Lahey pleads guilty to child porn charges, sentencing still to come

May 16, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Bishop Raymond Lahey pleaded guilty to the importation of child pornography May 4 and asked to go directly to jail, even though a date has not been set for his sentence hearing.

The former bishop of Antigonish, N.S., faced two child porn charges, but the Crown and defence counsel agreed to drop the more serious charge of possession of child pornography for the purpose of transmission.

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Journalist seeks to right Catholic myths

Michael Coren

May 16, 2011
VIRGINIA BATTISTE
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

CALGARY — Jesus was not a pacifist. Celibacy does not produce men who abuse boys. The existence of "Pope Joan" in the ninth century is an urban myth.

The Crusades were not an attempt by the Church to force conversion on Muslims.

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God loves Church in its imperfection . . . and so should you

May 16, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Too many Christians are willing “to point the accusing finger” at the Church without realizing that they cannot have Christ without the Church, said the preacher of the papal household.

“The children criticize their mother for being full of wrinkles, not realizing that they themselves are the cause of those wrinkles,” Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa said May 5.

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Smith reacts to Lahey's 'heinous sexual crime'

May 16, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — The involvement of one of the Church's shepherds in "a heinous sexual crime" goes against everything the Catholic Church stands for, says Archbishop Richard Smith.

Catholics have a deep sense, "almost in our genes," of the beauty, sacredness and dignity of the sacrament of Holy Orders, Smith said in reaction to Bishop Raymond Lahey's guilty plea to a charge of importing child pornography.

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Cut greenhouse gas emissions, urges Vatican-based group

May 16, 2011
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - Nations and individuals have a duty to cut greenhouse gas emissions and enact policies that mitigate global warming, said a Vatican-sponsored working group.

"The business-as-usual mode will not be possible because of both resource depletion and environmental damages," the group said in a report released by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences May 2.

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Canadians ignore the real cause of looming labour shortage

May 16, 2011
JAYNE BURYN
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

The hype would be ironic . . . if it weren't so desperately distressing.

With the recession beginning to fade from the Canadian economy, businesses are starting to worry about a shortage of skilled labour in this country. To make sure the bottom line doesn't suffer, we're looking at developing agreements with other countries, especially our neighbour to the south, to send us their trained unemployed.

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Does science allow for free will?

May 16, 2011
BR. JOACHIM OSTERMANN, OFM
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

In science, the outcome of natural processes is either random or determined by the laws of nature. And scientific inquiry has proven itself to be very powerful in explaining the world and how it came to be the way it is.

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Conflicting reports silence CCODP visitor

Joe Gunn

May 16, 2011

Like most teens these days, my daughter received the notice electronically. She was to sing at a benefit for the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace on a Saturday evening, and was anxiously awaiting the performance. For my part, I was looking forward to meeting the guest speaker from Mexico, Jesuit Father Luis Arriaga, director of the renowned Miguel Pro Centre for Human Rights.

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McGill prof argues Church moralism is counterproductive

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May 16, 2011
Review by BRIAN WELTER
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Dilemmas and Connections: Selected Essays by Charles Taylor. Harvard University Press (Cambridge, Mass., 2011). 424 pp.

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Grandmas managed well in simpler times

Lisa Persche

May 16, 2011

Lately my eldest daughter has been asking about her great-grandmothers. I've been digging out photos and telling her what I can about those on my side of the family.

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