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Time to raise the bar on oilsands standards

Bob McKeon

October 18, 2010

The public debates around the Athabasca oilsands appear to be entering a new phase. We see new developments in the media almost every day.

Until recently, provincial government and industry leaders insisted that the oilsands plants had no measurable pollution effect on the Athabasca River despite the claims made by environmentalists and independent scientists. When doctors spoke of serious damage to human health in downstream aboriginal communities, government officials bullied them into silence. more . . .

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Calling people vegetables denies them dignity

Mark Pickup

October 18, 2010

There is a commonly used term that I find deeply offensive. Perhaps I find it offensive because there is a chance that one day I may be referred to by this term: The term is "vegetable" and its extension is "vegetative state."

I knew of a man with multiple sclerosis so advanced he could not move or speak; all he could do was blink his eyes to communicate. I was incensed to hear of him referred to as a vegetable. more . . .

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John Paul elevated lay vocation

The Holy Spirit

October 18, 2010

It used to be commonly thought that only priests and religious have vocations; laity have careers where they basically do their own thing within the bounds of basic morality.

This was a notion that represented a gross impoverishment of the mission of the Church. It not only relegated the laity to the status of ecclesiastical hangers-on, but also underestimated the action of the Holy Spirit in each person. more . . .

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Pray for the healing of the eye of our heart

John Connelly

October 18, 2010

In this week's Gospel, Jesus speaks of two men - a tax collector and a Pharisee.

The parable begins in the following way: "Jesus addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else." more . . .

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Calgary puts roofs over the homeless

Bishop Fred Henry

October 18, 2010

In 1967, Pope Paul VI issued his encyclical letter Populorum Progressio, challenging us to help our neediest sisters and brothers to achieve full human development.

We have indeed made huge strides forward as we understand ever more clearly that poverty in the form of cruel need – the need for decent living, clean water, land for food, basic health care, appropriate education, participation in decisions which have the most impact on personal and community life – is a dominant fact in the life of so many people today. more . . .

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Believe God plays favourites? It's time to look in the mirror

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 18, 2010

Does God love some people more than others? Does God have favourites?

This is an old, disputed question with centuries of history: Is there a chosen race? Are some people predestined for heaven or hell? Does God love the poor more than the rich? Does God love sinners more than the righteous? Does God love virgins more than married persons? more . . .

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Green light for world's greatest oppression signals moral decay

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October 18, 2010

Prostitution may be the world's oldest profession. But a recent Ontario court decision striking down the country's laws against prostitution does more than recognize the inevitable. It will bring harm not only to the sex trade workers, but also to the johns, the families of the johns and neighbourhoods. If the Supreme Court of Canada upholds the ruling, the common good of the country will be undermined.more . . .

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Mid-East church called to stronger sense of mission

October 18, 2010
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – The survival of the Christian communities in the Middle East is threatened by violence and political repression, but also by the churches themselves. more . . .

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Covenant Health reaches out to seniors

Patrick Dumelie

October 18, 2010
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Covenant Health, Canada's largest Catholic provider of health care, continues to expand.

In addition to opening a new facility for seniors in Edmonton, Covenant Health plans to open similar facilities in Killam, Lethbridge, Red Deer and Calgary. more . . .

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Historic roots of Alberta's health care revered, remembered

October 18, 2010
RAMON GONZALEZ
ORGANIZATION

EDMONTON – Covenant Health bears witness to the words God spoke to Abraham – "I will be there for you," says the archbishop of Edmonton.

God's covenant of love calls us to live lives of justice, mercy, tenderness and compassion, Archbishop Richard Smith said at the annual meeting of Covenant Health Oct. 5. more . . .

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