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CALGARY – Gary Strother is the new chief superintendent and CEO of Calgary Catholic Schools. He replaces Lucy Miller, who resigned to become president and CEO of Calgary's United Way.
As chief superintendent, Strother will be responsible for 106 schools, more than 47,000 students and a staff of about 5,000.
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OTTAWA – A Conservative MP has introduced a motion that could re-ignite the abortion debate in Parliament.
MP Stephen Woodworth tabled a motion Feb. 6 that Parliament appoint a special committee of 12 members to review the section of the Criminal Code that states a child becomes a human being "only at the moment of complete birth."
VATICAN CITY – Wealthier religious orders should share their resources with struggling religious communities, said the prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.
Cardinal-designate Joao Braz de Aviz said that while religious men and women live a life of poverty and possess nothing, their religious "institution doesn't always give the same witness."
The feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, Feb. 11, was a special day for Blessed John Paul II. In 1992, he expanded the feast into the World Day of the Sick. Eight years earlier, however, he issued his apostolic letter Salvifici Doloris (On The Christian Meaning of Human Suffering) on the anniversary of the first appearance of Our Lady to St. Bernadette.
Blessed John Paul rode against the tide on many topics, but perhaps none more than that of human suffering. Ours is an age, especially in the West, that views comfort and pleasure as the greatest good and suffering as the worst evil. The rising call for assisted suicide is due in no small part to the prevailing sentiment that esteems a comfortable, content life as the greatest to which one can aspire.
Henri Nouwen used to publish some of his diaries under the title, On Mourning and Dancing. The title was wholly appropriate since those diaries chronicled much of his own struggle to give public expression to what was bubbling up inside of him and, at the same time, respect a highly sensitive self-consciousness and reticence that made him hesitate to publicly express those same feelings.
His writings are a rare expression of both inner freedom and inner fear. His thoughts and feelings are sometimes tortured, but that's what makes them rich. It's not always easy to find that delicate balance between healthy self-expression and unhealthy exhibitionism.
Over time, our understanding of biblical scenes changes. The dramatic scene in which four men tear the roof over Jesus' head and use ropes to let down a paralyzed man has attracted me for years.
At first, I focused on the miracle in a literal sense – here is a man unable to move, speak and function, probably twisted and emaciated, and Jesus tells him to get up, take his mat and go.
In my years as an observer of and commentator upon things religious, I've become rather accustomed to radical positions. There is just something about religion that can bring out the irrational in both its advocates and opponents. For the most part, therefore, over-the-top opinion pieces and Internet commentary just roll off my back, but occasionally something comes along that is so egregious and indefensible that I sit up and take notice. This happened twice recently when I read editorials in the pages of the two major newspapers in my hometown.
Neil Steinberg, a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, who over the years has made eminently plain his animosity toward religion, chimed in on the Obama administration's recent dictate that all insurance plans in the United States, including those used by Catholic institutions, must include provisions for contraception, sterilization and certain abortifacient drugs, all of which are repugnant to Catholic morality.
Canadian Christians might wonder whether our overseas aid dollars make a positive difference.
In Catholic parishes, the collection for Development and Peace is taken up on Solidarity Sunday, the fifth Sunday in Lent. This can be a time to ponder deeper questions about the effectiveness of aid, the policies of governmental aid strategies and the guidance of Catholic social thought on such a crucial matter.
Re: Raeanne Lacoursiere's letter, "Mass Reform is Obstacle to Evangelization" (WCR letters, Jan. 23).
Since the new translation of the new Roman Missal has been implemented, I would like to make the following comments. I think it's time for the Roman Church to recapture some of its traditional devotions/practices.