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Eastern churches gain greater respect

August 25, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Although the Decree on the Catholic Eastern Churches (Orientalium Ecclesarium) is the third shortest document produced by the Second Vatican Council, it is a significant statement that goes far beyond maintaining the status quo. While the decree is not exactly a Magna Carta for the churches of the East which are in union with Rome, it does signal a shift to a more positive view of those churches than had been the practice of recent centuries.

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Financial report displayed accountability

August 25, 2014

I write to compliment the archdiocese on the recent annual report that was distributed in the WCR (WCR, July 7). The report meets or exceeds the best practices of public reporting for non-profit/charitable organizations. The financial statements provided are understandable and a solid narrative is provided. The finance committee is identified, proving the assurance of the expert advice overseeing the archdiocese's finances.

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Teaching may be rejected because it is wrong

August 25, 2014

I was disappointed with the article you published regarding the document, "Sensus Fidei in the Life of the Church" in the July 21 WCR. The author's opening paragraphs outline the document's major reasons for why the people of God might reject or disagree with a particular Church teaching: either our faith is too weak, or we just don't understand the teaching properly.

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One 'warning' is enough

August 25, 2014

Our funerals gather people of many faith traditions and people with no church connection. We do not have open Communion, but welcome those who are not receiving Communion to come for a blessing. Surely this simple announcement before the Eucharist begins is sufficient.

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West must defend Iraqi Christians

August 25, 2014

Why is it that to date, France is the only Western country that has offered asylum to the thousands of Christians who have recently had to flee the Iraqi city of Mosul? And what is the international community doing to cut off the weapons supply to the Muslim extremists who are responsible for this mass exodus? According to a July 21 Catholic News Service story, 60,000 Christians were living in Mosul before the 2003 U.S.-led invasion and 35,000 living there in June 2014. However, over the past month, all the Christians in Mosul have had to flee the city or be killed for not converting to Islam.

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Summit a chance to push leaders to fight climate change

Joe Gunn

August 25, 2014

In September, Christians can help change the climate in Canadian environmental policy - as well as the climate in our faith communities. In response to the global climate crisis, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has invited heads of state along with business, finance, and civil society leaders to a climate summit Sept. 23 in New York.

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Science, religion can walk hand and hand

Austin Mardon

August 25, 2014

Young scholars are often told they must choose a path between science and religion. In centuries past, when learning in the Western world was isolated in religious institutions, this would have been unnecessary. Many ground-breaking scientists were either also religious leaders or deeply religious themselves.

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Can devotions help us be aware of God?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

August 25, 2014

"Keep in touch" are words we often hear friends say to one another. Don't we need to keep in touch with God? Wouldn't it be good to recover some of our old devotions which enabled us to be aware of God in our busy lives?

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A gift of plagues for our supporters and a cross-eyed bear for Jesus

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

August 25, 2014

Of all the columns I have written over the years, a few seem to have had special resonance, though perhaps none more so that my column about typographical errors.Readers may remember that I began by admitting my own most embarrassing moment when I wrote to my then faculty with the salutation, "Good morning Dead Colleagues," instead of "Dear Colleagues.".

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Proclaim the hard truth with courage

Brett Fawcett

August 25, 2014
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 7, 2014

We all know the quote attributed to St. Francis of Assisi: "Preach the Gospel at all times, and, if necessary, use words." What we often forget, or choose not to notice, is that this aphorism explicitly tells us that sometimes it's necessary to use words, and the appropriate time for them is usually when it's most uncomfortable to speak.

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