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Bishop Fred Henry

The voice of conscience follows God's will

Bishop Fred Henry

May 28, 2012

Thomas, I'll have no opposition," warned Henry VIII in A Man for All Seasons. The scene in Robert Bolt's play takes place in Sir Thomas More's garden. Henry has just learned that More does not support his plans to unmake his marriage.

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Millennium goals fall short on delivery

Bishop Fred Henry

April 23, 2012

In 2000, 189 nations made a promise to free people from extreme poverty and multiple deprivations. The pledge became the eight Millennium Development Goals:

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Calgary plays games with city homeless

Bishop Fred Henry

February 20, 2012

This song, same tune as Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush, tells the story of several children on a merry-go-round that - in a sadistic twist - collapses because so many children are riding it. The circle game that accompanies it is similar to the one for Ring Around the Rosie.

"The merry-go-round goes 'round and 'round,
The children laughed and laughed and laughed,
So many were going 'round and 'round,
That the merry-go-round collapsed."

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So whose birthday is it anyway?

Bishop Fred Henry

December 5, 2011

An eight-year-old boy named Jason lived in the land of puzzling tales where the unexpected always happened.

Instead of football, they played knee-ball; instead of children going to school, the teachers went to homes. In the summer, it was not uncommon to see the water freeze; in the winter, leaves grew on the trees. It was a strange place.

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Political control over religion corrupts

Bishop Fred Henry

October 24, 2011

With more than 100 religious leaders in attendance on Oct. 3, International Affairs Minister John Baird opened formal consultation on the creation of an Office of Religious Freedom.

The office's mandate is intended to promote and protect freedom of religion and belief, consistent with Canadian values such as freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law. The office will operate within the department of foreign affairs and international trade.

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Unions give people a voice, decent wages

Bishop Fred Henry

August 29, 2011

Upon reading both the signs of the times, and the 2009 encyclical, Charity in Truth, you might be tempted to conclude that Pope Benedict was offering a prophetic description of the 2011 labour scene in Canada.

He noted: "Through the combination of social and economic change, trade unions organizations experience greater difficulty in carrying out their task of representing the interests of workers, partly because governments, for reasons of economic utility, often limit the freedom or the negotiating capacity of labour unions."

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Living the virtue of chastity is a step-by-step process

Bishop Fred Henry

April 25, 2011

Our faith takes with joyful seriousness the mystery of the Incarnation: that the Son of God took flesh for our salvation. Jesus' body scourged, crucified and risen for us, tells us that God uses the human body to make his love present in our world. The body is our doorway to salvation, and so how we treat it matters.

Sexuality is a gift from God and a fundamental part of what makes us human. Each of us is called to acknowledge this gift and the One who gave it.

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Pornography exacts a hefty price tag

Bishop Fred Henry

April 11, 2011

"What the world needs now is _______."

If most of us were asked to fill in the above blank, we'd likely say "love" and would likely echo the Luther Vandross lyrics of "What the world needs now, Is love, sweet love, It's the only thing, That there's just too little of."

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Marriage commissioners hung out to dry

Bishop Fred Henry

January 31, 2011

Regrettably both the Calgary Herald editorial and the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal got it wrong regarding marriage commissioners. (See WCR, Jan. 24, "Sask. marriage commissioners must perform same-sex weddings.") more . . .

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Money silences outcry over Iraq slayings

Bishop Fred Henry

November 22, 2010

On Oct. 15, Syrian Catholic Archbishop Athanase Matti Shaba Matoka of Baghdad delivered one of the most memorable interventions during the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East - words made even more poignant by the Oct. 31 attack on worshippers at his cathedral. more . . .

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