Columns in the WCR
Earlier this month, Covenant Health opened two newborn safe havens in Edmonton at the Misericordia and Grey Nuns Community Hospitals. They are the first newborn safe havens in Alberta, intended to augment the existing safety net and to help prevent unsafe abandonment that threatens the life, dignity and respect owed to vulnerable newborns.
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Classical philosophy and science sought to understand things in terms of Aristotle's four causes: material (what something is made of), formal (a thing's essential structure), efficient (how it got the way it is) and final (its purpose or destiny).
Pope John Paul II once said that the answer to the "why" of suffering depends on the ability to comprehend the sublimity of divine love. Unfortunately for most of us, it is beyond our ability to comprehend the wonder and perfection of God's love. Left to my own means, I could not comprehend it; the "why" of suffering would remain unanswered.
The Catholic Church maintains it has the line of apostolic succession but some Protestants believe that line was broken during the Middle Ages when there was confusion as to who the real pope was. How do we still justify apostolic succession in view of Church history?
It was just a year ago that the latest media priest crashed and burned. Father Thomas Williams, a priest of the Legionaries of Christ and a well-known writer and television commentator, acknowledged in May 2012 that he had fathered a son many years ago. He took a leave of his public ministry.
Another Mother's Day has come and gone, and it is with quiet marvel that I look back on the occasion. Certainly, like so much else in western culture – from Christmas to Easter to Valentine's Day – the event has been commercialized until you feel not another drop can be wrung out of it. Sales, gifts and wrapping paper.
Our human desire is to project an aura of confidence, of success, of being in control. We want to know it all and to have others believe we know it all.
Recently an op-ed piece appeared in the New York Times by Frank Bruni, entitled, "The Wages of Celibacy." The column, while provocative, is fair. Mostly he asks a lot of hard, necessary questions.
The traditional statement of "food, water and shelter" as the three essentials to human life probably needs a revision. I would say that there are four essentials to human life: food, water, shelter and love.
Pentecost seems to be a forgotten feast. Christmas and Easter are mega-feasts but Pentecost comes and goes, hardly being noticed.