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Tweedledum and Tweedledee lead our political parties

Bishop Fred Henry

May 26, 2014

My mom often used the expression – "tweedledum and tweedledee." My dad explained that it means – "six of one, half a dozen of the other." For example, two matters, persons or groups can be very much alike, as in Uncle George says, he's not voting in this election because the candidates are Tweedledum and Tweedledee. I later discovered that these terms were actually invented by John Byrom, who in 1725 made fun of two quarrelling composers, Handel and Bononcini, and said there was little difference between their music, since one went "tweedledum" and the other "tweedledee." The term gained further currency when Lewis Carroll used it for two fat little men in Through the Looking-Glass (1872).

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Suffering is a sign that God is still at work

Kathleen Giffin

May 26, 2014
Pentecost
June 8, 2014

The feast of Pentecost used to carry different significance for me than it does now. Pentecost was the celebration of the gift of the Holy Spirit, and that expressed the excitement and hope I experienced in my life of faith. The Holy Spirit was the one who came in power, who transformed from uncertainty and bondage to freedom and mission. Life was easy, evidence of God's love abounded as the Spirit opened my eyes and heart to the ways of the Father. Pentecost reminds me of that time in my life, a time which I know many others have also experienced.

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Synod of Bishops again under the microscope

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May 26, 2014

The authority of the world Synod of Bishops is again coming under the microscope now that a relatively new pope has called not one, but two, synods for the next two years to discuss issues affecting the family. In the background is the issue of whether the synod could allow those who are divorced and remarried without an annulment of the first marriage to receive Communion. The straight answer is that, no, the synod cannot do this. Nor could the synod ever be given the authority to make such a change.

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Catholic health care provides counter-witness to the push for euthanasia

Gordon Self

May 26, 2014

It's been months since my friend's daughter died. Siobhán Rock-Zych passed away Jan. 12 at the age of 42 in Ottawa. She was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (or ALS) in 2011. Her father, Michael, spoke of his daughter's courageous witness in the WCR following a press conference at Covenant Health announcing the release of the Parliamentary Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care report, in which we contributed substantive input ("Society must face up to human mortality," WCR, Nov. 28, 2011 by Lasha Morningstar.)

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Commitment to defend life is far-reaching

Bob McKeon

May 26, 2014

On May 8, I was asked to speak at the March for Life. The day started with the Alberta bishops leading a well-attended Pro-Life Mass at St. Joseph's Basilica. Bishop Mark Hagemoen of the Mackenzie Diocese gave the homily, spoke of the new life of the Easter season, and the strong family and community values of the aboriginal peoples of his diocese. After Mass, people gathered at the Legislature for prayers and some talks. Then everyone started walking together through downtown streets to Churchill Square by City Hall. At Churchill Square, we stopped again for prayers and some more talks. I was one of the speakers at Churchill Square.

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Some lost sheep remain long ignored, but never forgotten

Lasha Morningstar

May 26, 2014

Missing. It's a word that strikes terror in the heart. Certainly there are the minor gulps in the throat – missing car keys, missing wallet, a missing library book (and when you do find it, the dog has chewed the corner of it). Then there is the muttered prayer to St. Anthony, "Tony, Tony, listen, listen, hurry, hurry. Something is missing." But the missing that stops the heart is when a person or pet disappears.

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Church should pay heed to Fatima message

May 26, 2013

I am puzzled and saddened that we never see articles about the Fatima message in the WCR. I'm amazed that some priests I've spoken to seem to think they are free to ignore that message and regard it as a matter to accept or discard according to one's whim. Yet this message was authenticated by four popes. Our popes all seem to have a deep and genuine devotion to Mary. Pope John Paul II went to Fatima to dedicate his papacy to the Blessed Virgin.

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Retired priests, nuns should support laity

May 26, 2013

Your April 28 WCR carried an interesting commentary on the golden years quoting Sister Mary Rose Marrin ("A spirituality for golden years," Page 20). She stated, "As we get older, our potential for spiritual growth increases." I have had three sisters who became nuns in three different orders. I used to often comment to them how they keep all their spiritual knowledge locked up in their institutions and, when they retire, it should not be in the comfort of their homes.

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Constitution on Revelation born with labour pains

May 26, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

You won't have to travel far in the company of theologians before you find one . . . or many who declare that the Constitution on Divine Revelation (Dei Verbum) was the most important document produced at the Second Vatican Council. To a casual observer, this may not seem so obvious. It was the changes in the liturgy that had the greatest effect on the way we celebrate our faith; it was the document on the Church that cut a swath through clericalism and presented the Church as a communion first and a hierarchy second; it was the document on the Church in the modern world that really moved the Church out of the sacristy and into conversation with the secular movements of the time.

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Priest murdered in St. Paul

May 13, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The St. Paul Diocese in northeastern Alberta is in mourning following the tragic death of a beloved priest. Father Gilbert Dasna, 32, is dead after being shot multiple times in the chest on Friday evening, May 9. He was left to die in the doorway of the rectory of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Born in Cameroon, Dasna was the third child and the second son among four children. After his parents died when he was a boy, Dasna was raised by his sister, who became a nun in his hometown. She was killed in a car accident two months ago at the age of 42.

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