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Glen Argan

Christ's resurrection means we will receive incorruptible bodies

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April 6, 2015

One major theological disturbance of the 20th century was the undermining of belief in Jesus' resurrection from the dead. For too many, the meaning of the resurrection is not that Jesus rose from the dead but that his life challenges Christians to live more authentically. What matters, from this point of view, is not whether the corpse of Jesus remains in the tomb, but whether his spirit lives on in us.

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St. Luke's Gospel will guide us through the Holy Year of Mercy

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April 6, 2015

One key fact not noticed in reports about Pope Francis' declaration of the Holy Year of Mercy is that it will coincide almost exactly with Year C in the Sunday Lectionary, the Year of St. Luke's Gospel. It begins Dec. 8 and will conclude on the feast of Christ the King, Nov. 20, 2016. Luke gives us the Gospel of mercy, a matter which Pope Francis will no doubt emphasize throughout the holy year.

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Harper gov't must legislate on euthanasia

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April 6, 2015

Assisted suicide is now one of the main political issues facing Canada, yet the federal government will not discuss it. The Feb. 6 Supreme Court of Canada decision gave Parliament one year to pass a law to ensure mentally competent adults who suffer intolerably and permanently are able to take their own lives with a doctor's assistance.

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The cross remains a scandal for us today

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March 23, 2015

Even after 2,000 years of Christianity, the cross is a scandal. Good Friday annually confronts us with the message St. Paul says "is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, is the power of God" (1 Corinthians 1.18). In many nations today, violence is a lived reality. War, terrorism, marginalization in poverty or homelessness, or simple abandonment by loved ones are defining characteristics of the lives of tens of millions of people.

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Federal sentencing bill seeks to solve a problem that doesn't exist

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March 23, 2015

Government's most fundamental responsibility is that of protecting the common good. Part of that responsibility – in the Canadian system, it is a federal responsibility – is that of protecting the public order, including punishing the perpetrators of major crimes. Punishment serves three purposes. First and most important, it attempts to redress the disorder caused by the offence. The traditional term for such redress is retribution, widely misinterpreted as meaning revenge.

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Vanier found the path to true happiness

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March 23, 2015

It is fitting that Jean Vanier's doctoral dissertation focused on Happiness as the Principle and End of Aristotelian Ethics. (See story, Page 5.) One can only wonder what he thinks of that topic now that he has spent 50 years happily living with mentally handicapped people. Happiness is the goal of human living, but how does one find it? For Aristotle, it is through a life of virtue.

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At foot of the cross, Mary became our spiritual mother

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March 23, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The appearance of Mary, Jesus' mother, and the beloved disciple at the foot of the cross presents a scene perplexing to Scripture scholars. How did they get there? The three synoptic Gospels – Matthew, Mark and Luke – make no mention of Mary in Jerusalem, let alone at the cross. The synoptics do say women were present at the crucifixion, but only at a distance and only after Jesus' death. As for the beloved disciple, the other Gospel accounts say the disciples had fled Jerusalem prior to the crucifixion.

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Supreme Court is losing its sense of judicial restraint

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March 9, 2015

The Supreme Court of Canada has a responsibility not only to interpret laws, but also to chuck laws that are plainly unconstitutional onto the garbage heap. The court has done this throughout Canada's history, in one notable case radically redefining the relationship between the federal and provincial governments. The court's ability to overturn laws gained wide expansion, however, with the Constitution Act of 1982 and its Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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Our Lenten walk on the path of humility

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March 9, 2015

It was God's humility that prevented people from recognizing Jesus as saviour, and, even today, it is that humility that keeps us from following Christ. If there is one thing we need to learn in Lent, it is humility. But humility is not what we might think it to be. Humility does not involve bowing before greatness; that is a simple recognition of truth. There is no humility in bowing before God; we are acknowledging the truth of God's infinite greatness.

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Canada has a day to remember John Paul II

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March 9, 2015

Likely few Canadians have Thursday, April 2 on their radar screen. That day will not only be Holy Thursday, but also both Canada's first commemoration of Pope John Paul II Day as well as the 10th anniversary of the sainted pope's death. It might seem odd that Canada, a largely secular nation, has set aside a day on which to remember a Catholic pope. Pope John Paul, however, was no garden variety pope, if there be such a thing.

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