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Glen Argan

Canada, U.S. bombs will only deepen tragedy of Syria, Iraq

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October 20, 2014

Once again Western nations, led by the United States and including Canada, are trying to impose a military solution on Middle East countries where terror has overrun any semblance of the common good. It has not worked in the past, and it won't work this time. Indeed, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) grew out of the situation created by the two Iraq wars of the last 25 years. The successful overthrow of dictator Saddam Hussein led, not to meaningful peace, but rather to the rise of an even more bloodthirsty monster intent on wreaking murder and mayhem.

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Marital breakdown calls for true mercy

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October 20, 2014

Most attention in preparation for the world synod of bishops on the family has focused on whether ways can be found to allow divorced-and-remarried Catholics to receive Communion without having their first marriage annulled. While this is an important topic for discussion, a singular focus on this issue is a symptom of overly legalistic times. When modern Western society has a significant social problem, it habitually seeks a juridical solution. In preparation for the synod, possible changes in Church law have been described in terms of a search for mercy. Mercy, according to Pope St. John Paul II, is "a superabundance of justice." Mercy is more powerful and more profound than justice, the late pope wrote in his encyclical Rich in Mercy (Dives in Misericordia, 4).

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Ebola outbreak is a result of global inequality

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October 20, 2014

The rapidly growing Ebola crisis in West Africa, says Robert Walker, president of the Population Institute, has the potential to become "one of the greatest humanitarian disasters of our time." As of Oct. 9, the estimate of those dead from Ebola had reached 3,865 people worldwide. The disease could do much greater damage than it already has in developing nations with inadequate medical facilities and compromised public health systems, Walker said in an article in The World Post. Medical personnel are particularly susceptible to the disease, and if large numbers of them die, the people could be left to fend for themselves.

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Church must navigate dangerous currents with the ship of mercy

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October 6, 2014

One need only compare the stories on the reports given by four Canadian bishops with the efforts of several cardinals to uphold Church teaching on the family and marriage (Pages 18 and 19) to see the huge disconnect between doctrine and pastoral reality in today's Catholic Church. If the chasm between teaching and the lives of today's Catholics widened following Pope Paul VI's reaffirmation in 1968 of the immoral nature of artificial contraception, it has expanded even more during the intervening decades.

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Mireau blessed us by being himself

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October 6, 2014

Prior to his ordination in 2002, Michael Mireau told the WCR that the priesthood is realized differently in different people. There will be differences in personal taste, appearance, many things. But the minute a priest drops his individual identity and becomes "the priest," Mireau said he stops being human. Because of that, he stops being an effective priest. One thing for sure was that Father Mireau never lost his unique identity, never bowed to whatever pressure there was to compromise the person God had created him to be in order to fit into some watered-down human standard of "the priest."

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Rosary is our prayer for peace

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October 6, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Traditionally, October has been the month in which Catholics pray the rosary with added fervour and greater frequency. Oct. 7, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, is the high point of this month of devotion. The date of the feast of the rosary was not chosen arbitrarily; it is the date in which the forces of the Christian League defeated the advancing forces of the Ottoman Empire in 1571 at the Battle of Lepanto, perhaps the greatest and bloodiest naval battle ever fought.

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Guarantee the right to be loved

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October 6, 2014

In a little book called Tears of Silence, published in 1970, Jean Vanier wrote, "He who is or has been deeply hurt has a right to be sure he is loved." A right to be loved? To be sure that you are loved? What a novel concept! Ours is an age of rights (even though those rights are routinely violated the world over). Rights can seal the individual in a cocoon of autonomy, in a protective separation from violence, hatred and other forms of abuse

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We must join with aboriginal woman in caravan of solidarity

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September 22, 2014

The murders and disappearances of nearly 1,200 aboriginal women over the past 30 years is one of Canada's greatest national shames. And yes, Prime Minister Harper, while these incidents are criminal matters, they are also a sociological phenomenon. Aboriginal people make up 4.3 per cent of Canada's population. Yet, 16 per cent of female victims of homicide are aboriginal. This is a sociological issue.

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The faithful have a voice in the Church

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September 22, 2014

The recent document, Sensus Fidei in the Life of the Church, produced by the International Theological Commission (ITC), is a landmark statement that gives great credence to the views of the lay faithful in the formation and presentation of Catholic Church teaching. Unfortunately, the Catholic News Service report published in the July 21 WCR failed to capture the ground-breaking nature of this report.

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Church should cherish hidden life of Nazareth

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September 22, 2014

It is encouraging that 14 married couples have been invited to the World Synod of Bishops on the Family next month. One hopes that a significant majority of these couples have had the joyous and demanding experience of raising children. Unfortunately, this cannot be taken for granted, despite the Church's own emphasis on procreation as an essential end of marriage. Too often, the couples the Church holds up for imitation are those who have lived marriage in a state of celibacy or who, at least, have been childless with the result that they can better devote their time to various ministries.

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