Limiting physicians' conscience rights would have dire implications

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March 21, 2016

Physicians have a right to refuse to participate in assisted suicide, but they should have no right to refuse to refer a patient who wants assistance in dying to another physician who will help that patient. That was one central conclusion in the report of the parliamentary committee on physician-assisted dying issued last month. In short, a physician should have a right to be true to his or her conscience on matters of life and death, but has a responsibility to help every patient who wants to exercise his or her supposed right to receive help in dying.

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Easter more than a reason to make merry

Lasha Morningstar
March 21, 2016

The art history prof clicked the remote and a new slide flooded the screen. As always, my heart gasped, but not as much as it did the first time I saw the Pietà. The professor related how a friend had told her that when she saw Michelangelo's poignant Carrara marble statue of Mary cradling her son Jesus' broken body in St. Peter's Basilica, she burst into tears. I so understand that.

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Receiving God's mercy, we pass it to others

Kathleen Giffin
March 21, 2016
Divine Mercy Sunday
April 3, 2016

The Second Sunday of Easter is a special day for all Catholics; in this Jubilee Year of Mercy we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday. We have not long had this feast on our Church calendar; in 2000, our most recent year of jubilee, Pope John Paul II proclaimed this to be Divine Mercy Sunday. This jubilee year, it carries a greater significance for we celebrate it in the midst of a year set apart for us to reflect deeply on God's call to mercy and for us to become signs of mercy to the world.

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Reconciliation with Aboriginal people begins in parishes

Joe Gunn
March 21, 2016

Canadian society, and Canada's historical Christian churches in particular, have been rocked by the legacy of Indian residential schools. While much of the hard work of reconciliation is left to be done - a deadline for Catholic action is looming this month. Released last June, one of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's (TRC) calls to action asked faith groups "to formally adopt and comply with the principles, norms and standards of the UN's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) as a framework for reconciliation."

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LGBTQ guidelines violate human rights

March 21, 2016

The reason the Fort Vermilion Public School Trustees have rebuffed the minister of education's LGBTQ policy is that, in sharp contrast to other public school trustees, they have let their parents know the details of Eggen's Guidelines for Best Practice. These can be found online at https://education.alberta.ca/media/1626737/91383-attachment-1-guidelines-final.pdf

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Atheists can help in cause of justice

March 21, 2016

An atheist is a person who does not believe in God. An agnostic is one who holds the view that God is unknown, probably unknowable. In his 1974 book The Desert is Fertile, Archbishop Don Helder Camara of Olinda and Recife in northeast Brazil mentions two kinds of atheists. One does not believe in God, has no need, neither in thoughts or actions.

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Indian priest seeks help in ministry to homeless

March 21, 2016

I am a Catholic missionary priest working among the poor and homeless people in Kerala. I am delivering food, shelter and hopes to the poorest of my poor people. I request your good readers to send me their help by way of a Mass stipend, donation and religious articles.

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They didn't know who Jesus was

March 21, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

According to the Gospels, Jesus invited his disciples to "come, follow me" without any explanation of who he was or what they would gain by doing so. Amazingly, they accepted the invitation. The Twelve spent an extended period of time with Jesus - anywhere from one to three years - having left their families and jobs behind. They got to know him better than anyone. Even so, Jesus remained a puzzle to them.

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No love in recommendations on assisted death, says Crosby

March 7, 2016
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Canada's Catholic bishops, the Alberta bishops and an array of other groups have condemned recommendations in a special parliamentary report on assisted death tabled in the House of Commons Feb. 25. "Killing the mentally and physically ill, whether young or aged, is contrary to caring for and loving one's brother and sister," said a pastoral letter from Hamilton Bishop Douglas Crosby, president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Smith to take anti-euthanasia campaign to parishes

Archbishop Richard Smith
March 7, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Church needs to use "every means at its disposal" to challenge assisted suicide and raise awareness about the issue among the Catholic faithful, says Archbishop Richard Smith. The Edmonton Archdiocese will hold a five-session catechetical series shortly after Easter to answer questions and educate Catholics about issues connected with the coming legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide.

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