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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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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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School bus donation a boon to Tuktoyaktuk

Sr. Fay Trombley

May 16, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

TUKTOYAKTUK, NWT — Through the assistance of Edmonton Catholic Schools, some transportation difficulties will be eased for Canada's northernmost mainland community.

A devout Catholic family in Vancouver, who wish to remain anonymous, donated a school bus that will be used in Tuktoyaktuk, NWT.

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Pope's preacher offers ways to share Gospel

May 16, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa focused on the need “to re-evangelize the secularized Western world” in delivering the annual Anthony Jordan Lecture Series May 7 at St. Joseph’s Basilica. Cantalamessa, the 76-year-old preacher to the papal household, singled out three obstacles that he said makes “countries of ancient Christian heritage, including Canada, immune to the Christian message.”

His three talks, attended by more than 300 people, focused on scientism, rationalism and secularism and spelled out a Christian response to each of those obstacles.

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Historic Vigil

May 16, 2011

A four-hour Easter Vigil at St. Matthew Parish in Rocky Mountain House was the culmination of months of work under the parish's Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program.

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Singing can 'take us places' with the spirit

May 16, 2011
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG — We are to sing for each other, says Paul's Letter to the Colossians.

According to a Los Angeles-based Gospel singer and recording artist, the Bible commands us to sing a total of 122 times.

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15 receive sacraments in Lloydminster

May 16, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Lloydminster – More than 15 members of St. Anthony Parish here were called to faith in the sacraments at the parish’s April 23 Easter Vigil.

These people expressed their happiness and promise with the help of God to live a committed life in Christ.

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Seeking God in soup kitchens, Peru

May 16, 2011
The text of the talk Cam and Nadine MacDonnell gave at the May 5 session of Nothing More Beautiful.

When His Grace asked us to give this talk we had thoughts that are probably similar to those some of you may be experiencing now — “Why these people?”

There is no earth shattering revelation coming. I will give the disclaimer that we live a remarkably ordinary life and from a marriage perspective, we’re not very far along that life yet. So you can be assured that this talk will not be as retrospective as some others since our lives, God willing, are mostly in front of us.

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Bible is inspired word, not literal truth — Benedict

May 16, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - While Catholics believe the Bible is inspired by the Holy Spirit and that it is true, one cannot take individual biblical quotes or passages and say each one is literally true, Pope Benedict said.

"It is possible to perceive the Sacred Scriptures as the word of God" only by looking at the Bible as a whole, the pope wrote in a message to the Pontifical Biblical Commission.

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