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Catholic schools instill human values as well as faith

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December 13, 2010

David King, executive director of the Alberta Public School Boards Association, has announced that he will launch a petition calling for the end of public funding of separate schools. King, education minister in the Lougheed years, believes Alberta would be best served by taking away Catholics' constitutional rights and ensuring that the province has a monochromatic school system. more . . .

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A child is a creation of love, not scientific manipulation

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December 6, 2010

The 20th century theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar maintained there is an inseparable connection between love and truth. To know the truth is to perform an act of love. It is to step outside the confines of one's self and open oneself up to the object one is endeavouring to know. more . . .

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Voice of the faithful needs to be heard throughout the church

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November 29, 2010

When WCR readers sat down to complete our current readership survey — which they are doing in quite large numbers — they no doubt were thinking only of what their responses mean for the newspaper. Yet their answers to some questions might also reflect what they would like to see as pastoral priorities of the local Church. more . . .

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The power of silence allows us to hear God's word

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November 22, 2010

Perhaps it seems strange that in a document on the Word of God (Page 5), Pope Benedict would place a special emphasis on silence. Silence, after all, is the absence of words, is it not? Is it possible to find God's word in silence? more . . .

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Drink the fine wine found in John Paul II’s Rich in Mercy

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November 15, 2010

This month marks the 30th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s second encyclical, Rich in Mercy. While John Paul’s first encyclical, Redeemer of Humanity, showed how Jesus reveals man to himself, Rich in Mercy spoke of how Jesus reveals the Father. What Jesus reveals about the Father is love, in particular, his mercy. more . . .

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Slaughter of Christians drives nail into Iraqi Church’s coffin

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November 8, 2010

The massacre of 58 Catholics in Baghdad’s Our Lady of Salvation Cathedral Oct. 31 was far from being the worst incident of violence since the U.S. invasion of the country in 2003. But it was the worst slaughter of Christians and it occurred in a place of worship. The event may well drive nails into the coffin of the Church in that blood-stained country. more . . .

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Russ William's criminal rampage depicts the vortex of sin

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November 1, 2010

In an article in the Oct. 23 Globe and Mail about former Col. Russell Williams, "How a psychopath is made," reporters Anne McIlroy and Erin Anderssen, write, "A growing number of (scientists) now see psychopathy as a neurodevelopmental disorder, one in which a combination of genetic and environmental factors, such as neglect or poor bonding with parents, lead to deficits in the brain. And if biology is to blame, can society hold the psychopath responsible?" more . . .

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Brother André witnesses the Church's holiness

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October 25, 2010

Overestimating the importance at this time of the canonization of Alfred Bessette, Montreal's Brother André, would be nearly impossible. At a time when the Church is portrayed primarily as an institution, often an unsavoury institution, Brother André shows that the Church is, above all, holiness. The Church is a healing touch; it is the mercy of God in our midst. more . . .

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Green light for world's greatest oppression signals moral decay

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October 18, 2010

Prostitution may be the world's oldest profession. But a recent Ontario court decision striking down the country's laws against prostitution does more than recognize the inevitable. It will bring harm not only to the sex trade workers, but also to the johns, the families of the johns and neighbourhoods. If the Supreme Court of Canada upholds the ruling, the common good of the country will be undermined.more . . .

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F-35 jets blast peace alternative, leave $16B vapour trail

October 11, 2010

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One might wonder how Canada plans to use 65 joint strike fighter F-35 jets with stealth capability. Of course, there are all sorts of possibilities, both fanciful and realistic, in the world beyond 2016 when the first of the jets will come into service.

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