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Bob McKeon

'Pacem in Terris' was a major shift in Church teaching

Bob McKeon

April 22, 2013

Pope John XXIII started writing Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth)around the time he received the diagnosis of cancer from his doctors. This landmark encyclical can be called his last will and testament.

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CCODP listens to impact of citizens' movement in action

Bob McKeon

March 18, 2013

Each year, on Ash Wednesday, Catholic clergy, religious and lay people who pray the daily Prayer of the Church read the assigned Scripture from Isaiah 58 that speaks about fasting that is pleasing to God. The prophet Isaiah says, "Is not this the fast that I choose, to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free."

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Prepare now for truth telling and healing

Bob McKeon

February 18, 2013

One key area of conversation has been the difficult history and legacy of the government-funded, Church-run Indian residential schools. It is estimated that over a period of 130 years, more than 150,000 First Nations, Metis and Inuit children attended approximately 130 residential schools. The majority of these schools were run by Catholic religious orders or dioceses.

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Climate change calls for Catholic response

Bob McKeon

January 21, 2013

The issue of climate change has been much in the news over the last couple of months.

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Prison chaplains witness the right to religious freedom

Bob McKeon

December 17, 2012

One of the concerns raised in the Last Judgment scene in Matthew's Gospel is whether "when I was in prison you visited me."

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Listen to joys, hopes, grief of companions

Bob McKeon

November 19, 2012

This year, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Vatican II, many of us are going back and rereading the documents of the council. A while back I agreed to give a public presentation on Gaudium et Spes, and so lately I have been researching all I can find about this document, the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World.

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Canonizing Kateri can open our hearts to aboriginal people

Bob McKeon

October 15, 2012

Oct. 21 will be an important day in the life of the Canadian Church. On this day in Rome, Pope Benedict will canonize Kateri Tekakwitha a saint.

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Strategize now to put local food on the table

Bob McKeon

September 17, 2012

Like many in the Edmonton region, I find summer to be a special time because I can buy fresh fruits and vegetables at local farmers' markets. Over time I get to know some of the vendors and learn that the food I am buying is grown nearby by local farmers, some even within Edmonton's city limits.

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Stopping health care for refugees could block sponsorships

Bob McKeon

August 20, 2012

Controversial changes in Canada's refugee laws and policies have been very much in the news this summer. Bill C-31, a bill making it more difficult for those escaping persecution in their home countries to gain refugee status in Canada, received royal assent and became law at the end of June.

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Omnibus bill threatens the environment

Bob McKeon

June 18, 2012

Over the past several weeks, Canada has been gripped by an increasingly divisive and loud parliamentary debate over Bill C-38, which is ostensibly a budget bill.

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