Court ruling offers a view of abortion mindset

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July 11, 2016

It was yet another U.S. Supreme Court ruling lifting state-legislated restrictions on abortion. The rulings are almost routine, but they do give a peephole into the mindset of those who favour legal abortion. The 2013 Texas law required abortion clinics in the state to meet the same safety requirements of other walk-in medical clinics, in regards to staffing, buildings and equipment. As well, it required abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.

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Sinclair urges respect for native spiritually

Joe Gunn
July 11, 2016

One year ago, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released its 500-page final report on Indian residential schools: Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future. Most importantly, the TRC issued 94 calls to action. Several of these recommendations should directly impact the ways people of faith live out our covenantal relationship with the indigenous people of this land.

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God or Mammon? Poverty or possessions?

July 11, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

As Jesus travelled from Galilee to Jerusalem, the crowd following him grew in number. One time, someone approached him and said, "I will follow you wherever you go." Perhaps we are like that too. Drawn by Jesus' personal magnetism or by the truth of the Gospel, we believe we are ready to go anywhere with him. Jesus, however, issues a caution. "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head" (Luke 9.57-58).

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Kasun shocked when named Toronto auxiliary bishop

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June 27, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Call Basilian Father Bob Kasun a most reluctant bishop. "I find this appointment shocking and really hard to handle," he said in a June 17 interview. When he started receiving mysterious phone messages from Ottawa one Friday afternoon, leaving a woman's first name and a number to call, he deleted them from his phone. Maybe it was a telephone solicitor or some sort of scam.

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New bishop wins rave reviews from St. Alphonsus parishioners

June 27, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON - Ask Fred Prather about the job Basilian Father Bob Kasun has done as pastor of Edmonton's St. Alphonsus Parish, and the response is immediate. "Phenomenal!" says the long-time parishioner. "This is a man utterly dedicated to the poor and downtrodden." Prather runs off a litany of outreach programs Kasun has started ranging from a group that prays the rosary while walking down the 118th Avenue strip west of Rexall Place to having an annual street barbecue for the immigrants and low-income people of the neighbourhood.

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Faith leaders unite in call for palliative care

June 27, 2016
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Quality, widely accessible palliative care is one of Canada's greatest needs, says Bishop Noël Simard of Valleyfield, Que. Simard, representing the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, was among the Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders who issued a call June 14 for a well-funded, quality national palliative care strategy. The interfaith leaders made the pitch as the assisted suicide Bill C-14 was headed to third reading in the Senate before being sent back to the House of Commons.

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WYD pilgrims sent off with Smith's blessing

June 27, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

'Don't be afraid," Archbishop Richard Smith told young people travelling to Kraków, Poland for World Youth Day. "Go with open hearts and understand that Jesus takes nothing and gives everything." Smith presided at the commissioning Mass for World Youth Day June 12 at Holy Rosary Church, a Polish church. Dozens of young men and women wearing the red and white T-shirt of the Canadian delegation attended the Mass - their last official activity before they depart for Poland in mid-July.

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Brothers commute to help parish prepare for Kraków

June 27, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Theodore Ng and his younger brother Jonhansel Ng are determined to get themselves and a group of Sherwood Park youths to Kraków, Poland for World Youth Day. They have the energy, the passion and the love to make it happen and so volunteered to coordinate preparations at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, although they no longer live in Sherwood Park. The Ng brothers live and work in Grande Prairie and commute weekly to organize meetings and fundraisers.

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Montreal mayor vague about Church role in anniversary

June 27, 2016
PHILIPPE VAILLANCOURT
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

As Montreal prepares to celebrate its 375th anniversary in 2017, it is yet unclear how the city will honour its Catholic heritage. Although Mayor Denis Coderre has offered reassuring words on the matter, many political and religious voices fear Montreal's rich religious history will be put aside. "Be patient," Coderre told Catholic News Service when asked about how he intends to include Catholic heritage in the festivities.

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Canadian Catholics ponder future of suicide on demand

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June 27, 2016
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Euthanasia and assisted suicide are legal in Canada, but opponents vow to fight on a number of fronts in hopes, ultimately, of seeing Canadian society reverse its position. In a June 20 statement, Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto said the Supreme Court and Parliament have "sent our country down a path that leads not simply, and obviously, towards physical death for an increasing number of fellow citizens, but towards a grim experience for everyone in our society of the coldness of spiritual death.

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