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Glen Argan

Is Church really 200 years behind the times

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September 24, 2012

Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini of Milan was one of the great churchmen of our age. If he had been in good health, he might have been a leading candidate for pope at the last conclave, the one that elected Pope Benedict XVI.

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Paranoia over 'modernism' stifled Catholic theology

September 24, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

From our point in history, more than 100 years after the so-called modernist crisis of the early 20th century, it is easy to be appalled by the Church's repression of any and all creative theology in the 60 years prior to the Second Vatican Council.

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When Quebec rejects faith and family, it cuts off its roots

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September 17, 2012

The lack of strong reactions from the outside world to the Parti Quebecois victory in the Sept. 4 Quebec election is a sign of how much things have changed. This change may be due to an acceptance of the regular change of governing parties that takes place in provinces with a lively democracy.

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Office of bishop offers tradition, liberating truth

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September 10, 2012

The ordination of a bishop in Edmonton is a great and rare event. It hasn’t happened since 1958 when Bishop Emmett Doyle, chancellor of the Edmonton Archdiocese who served 31 years as bishop of Nelson, B.C., was “consecrated” as the rite was called in those days.

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Some Canadians saw what a council could achieve

September 10, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Canada’s bishops and Catholic universities were among those who responded to the Vatican’s call in 1959 for input about topics that ought to be considered at the Second Vatican Council.

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Catholic institutions must provide a Gospel witness

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September 3, 2012

About 2,500 years ago, Ezekiel issued a prophecy of woe to those leaders who used their positions to their own material advantage. "Ah, you shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep? You eat the fat, you cover yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fatlings, but you do not feed the sheep" (34.2-3).

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Step One: Getting input from the bishops around world

September 3, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Between Pope John XXIII's announcement of an ecumenical council in January 1959 and the opening of the Second Vatican Council in October 1962 was a period approaching four years.

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Paul Ryan must deliver the Church's full-meal deal

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August 27, 2012

Paul Ryan, the presumptive U.S. Republican nominee for vice-president, has been on the firing line for his use or abuse of Catholic social teaching to justify a draconian proposed budget that would cut both benefits to the poor and taxes paid by the rich.

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Pope John's call for a council was greeted with a stony silence

August 27, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Pope John XXIII was known for his sense of humour and his positive outlook on life. Perhaps it was these factors that led him to say, two years after his Jan. 25, 1959 announcement that the Church would hold a worldwide council, that the announcement was greeted by the cardinals present with "a devout and impressive silence."

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Feast of Assumption: Let us rejoice, embrace hope

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August 20, 2012

The feast of Mary's Assumption, celebrated Aug. 15, is one of the most hopeful feasts of the liturgical year. In our archdiocese, it is the focus of pilgrimages at Skaro and St. Albert. Yet, perhaps we could do even more to celebrate this mid-summer feast with verve and joy.

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