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Christians urged to care for Mother Earth

Joe Gunn

September 9, 2013

At the end of September, the best scientific minds in the world will release a report confirming that human activity is the largest factor causing climate change. This will be the fifth and most damning report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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Are you the person you want to be?

Joe Gunn

July 15, 2013

Do you live an ethical life? Most of us would certainly answer "yes" right away. We'd like to think that we have fine values and that we always make good decisions to act in the world based upon these.

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Time to take action, build a new culture

Joe Gunn

June 10, 2013

Canada's bishops believe that core truths have been spoken on environmental issues by recent popes – but much more has to be done. "What's needed is the reception of what's been said," says Saskatoon's Bishop Don Bolen. "Canadians need to adopt dramatic change in our relationship with the environment."

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Sisters of Service served the West's most abandoned

Joe Gunn

May 13, 2013

My first full-time job started in the mid-1970s at the Archdiocese of Regina, setting up a social action office in Archbishop Charlie Halpin's offices on 13th Avenue. Here I met, for the first time, the Sisters of Service, who had their offices on nearby Cameron Street.

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Gap between rich and poor rankles the Canadian psyche

Joe Gunn

April 15, 2013

Canadians are convinced that inequality matters. A poll from 2012 reported that 77 per cent of respondents believe income inequality is a "serious problem" and that the widening income gap undermines Canadian values (71 per cent).

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P(r)ay your taxes and count your blessings

Joe Gunn

March 11, 2013

It's tax filing time – are you cringing? My teens, still in school, don't make enough to pay tax, so their forms are simple to fill out. Yet they approach the task as a bothersome burden.

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Place the needs of the poor ahead of the claims of the wealthy

Joe Gunn

February 11, 2013

Do you celebrate birthdays? Catholic teaching certainly holds anniversaries in high regard. After 1891's Rerum Novarum, important encyclicals like Quadragesimo Anno, Octogesima Adveniens and Centesimus Annus recognized and deepened the social thought that preceded them. As well, witness the many articles written in this paper to comment on the 50th anniversary of Vatican II.

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Refugee sponsors exposed to greater financial risk

Joe Gunn

January 14, 2013

After the Epiphany, the Holy Family became refugees. The Gospel of Matthew reports that after the visit of the Magi, an angel appeared to Joseph and warned him to flee to Egypt.

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Churches ask feds for greenhouse cuts, national energy plan

Joe Gunn

December 10, 2012

On Nov. 20 the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) sent a letter requesting action on climate change to Environment Minister Peter Kent. Citizens for Public Justice, an affiliate member of the CCC, helped draft this document.

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Hurricane Sandy: An act of God or humans?

Joe Gunn

November 12, 2012

Last week at my parish, during the prayers of intercession, we asked God to minimize Hurricane Sandy's damage. We remembered the people of the Caribbean where 66 people were killed, and turned our thoughts towards those expected to bear the brunt of Sandy's continuing anger.

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