Handwritten word still offers an intimate touch

Dr. Gerry Turcotte
June 27, 2016

There is a cute cartoon of a morose individual who complains that because he has such beautiful handwriting, no one believes he's an actual doctor. I'm certainly old enough to have gone to school when penmanship mattered, and my school reports always included devastating comments from my respective teachers about the appalling state of my letters. It could have been worse. The year before I started, left-handers were still having their offending hand tied behind their back in the hope that the true right-hander might emerge.

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Pope's ecological spirituality provides grist for reflection

Bob McKeon
June 27, 2016

This month we celebrate the first anniversary of the publication of Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si'. Over the past year, I have had the privilege of being part of many conversations about this ground-breaking encyclical with different Catholic, ecumenical and interfaith groups. In most discussions, attention is focused on the headline issues such as paying for costs associated with climate change, shifting away from fossil fuels to renewables, impact on poor communities and countries, and criticizing the functioning of global capitalism.

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Misery of poverty rooted in immorality of economic system

Douglas Roche
June 27, 2016

I have been reflecting on U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and the World Humanitarian Summit. What, you may ask, is the connection? The U.S. political establishment treated Sanders as a fly in the ointment they use to smooth over the violence and injustice that racks America today. Unexpectedly, Sanders touched a nerve with young people, who sensed his commitment to build an economic system based on the common good. He may have lost the battle for the Democratic Party nomination for president, but he's obviously still pressing the powers-that-be.

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Jesus has authority, not just good ideas

June 27, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Although many have argued in recent centuries that there is no such thing as a miracle and that the Gospels' miracle stories were either invented or can be "scientifically" explained, something must have been going on. Why would the synoptic Gospels have contained the accusation that Jesus was in league with Beelzebul - an accusation that puts Jesus in a bad light - unless it had actually been made?

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Kasun shocked when named Toronto auxiliary bishop

Fr. Bob Kasun
June 21, 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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CWL opened McCarthy up to a much wider world

Rose-Marie McCarthy
June 13, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Rose-Marie McCarthy lived a sheltered life until she joined the Catholic Women's League. Growing up near Edmonton's St. Alphonsus Church and attending St. Joseph's High School in the 1950s, all her friends were Catholic, and she was blissfully unaware of the social problems that existed around her. "I had absolutely no idea what went on in the city," McCarthy said in an interview, hours before being presented with the Elsie Yanik Award June 4 for outstanding service to the league and the community.

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CWL offers spiritual connection for today's busy women

Cathy Bouchard
June 13, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Members of the Catholic Women's League are busy focusing on advocacy and service concerns ranging from assisted suicide to sponsoring refugees. The 9,800 CWL members in the Alberta-Mackenzie region have organized petition drives, lobbied the provincial government on behalf of Catholic schools as well as the need for a government-appointed seniors' advocate.

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CMiC provides support to nearly 700 Canadian missions

Patricia Gyulay of Catholic Missions in Canada.
June 13, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

WESTLOCK - Canadian missions are "some of the most difficult in the world," and Catholic Missions in Canada is working to support them, says the organization's outreach officer. Patricia Gyulay told the annual provincial convention of the Catholic Women's League that many Canadian Catholics believe the only missions are in foreign countries. "Canada is a mission country," Gyulay said June 4. "Missions are right here in our own backyard, albeit a big backyard."

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Covenant Health freed from task of killing patients

Dr. Mary Ellen Haggerty
June 13, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON - Alberta Catholic institutions and physicians are determined not to take part in assisting their patients in dying. And it seems they will not have to. The province has said no doctor will be forced to participate in the practice against their will. However, as Alberta Health spokesperson Timothy Wilson put it, "Any medical professional who conscientiously objects to medical assistance in dying will be obligated to transfer care to Alberta Health Services, regardless of what facility they work in.

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Videos offer insight on the end of life

ccbi
June 13, 2016
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

A click of the computer mouse and one watches a casual conversation between two bioethicists as they define words surrounding death and physician-assisted suicide. The YouTube presentations, dubbed Catholic Moments, are produced by the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute and vary from seven to nine minutes long. Each topic begins with series producer Dr. Bridget Campion asking Dr. Moira McQueen to explain questions surrounding death, euthanasia and foregoing medical treatment.

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