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Glen Argan

Pope expounds mercy, not the whitewashing of sins

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August 26, 2013

Was Pope Francis washing away sin without repentance when he made his now-famous “Who am I to judge?” comment on the flight to Rome from Brazil after World Youth Day? Surely not. This is a pope who frequently speaks like an Old Testament prophet calling all, especially those in the Church, to repentance. If he did not believe in an objective moral order, which fallible human beings frequently violate with our actions, he would not be a faithful Christian, let alone the pope.

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Mary was 'a poor one' who always obeyed God's word

 

August 26, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Again and again, throughout its history, the Church has turned to Mary, the Mother of God. We turn to Mary because she hears our prayers and takes those entreaties to her son who, as a good Jew, would never violate the fourth commandment. Jesus hears his mother and does what she wishes.

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Women religious opened school doors to girl students

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July 22, 2013

One must stand in awe at the courageous witness of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot in the head by two Taliban men in October 2011 as she rode the bus home from school. Malala had the audacity to write a diary about her educational experiences and, more to the point, publish that diary on the BBC's Urdu network.

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Papal encyclical calls the faithful to new form of heroism

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July 15, 2013

With its focus on increased economic production and utilitarian thinking, the modern age has shuffled virtues such as heroism and courage into the back seat. The heroism we do honour tends to be more of the ephemeral variety - "Man rescues baby from burning house" - than a fixed feature of one's character.

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Keeping Catholic schools morally pure opens up many questions

July 15, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Catholic parents in Ottawa do not want federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau speaking in Catholic schools because of his support for legal abortion and same-sex marriage, two phenomena in our society that are directly opposed to Catholic teaching.

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Troubling signs overshadow Canada Day celebrations

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July 1, 2013

Is the glass half-empty or half-full? It's the question Canadians need to ask on every Canada Day. Our country offers so much for which to be grateful – abundant freedom, an extremely high standard of living, a relatively strong social safety net and a desire of many to strengthen the common good.

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Pope Francis leads us by walking with the poor

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June 24, 2013

When Pope John Paul II first called for a New Evangelization 30 years ago, it did not rank high on the Richter scale. Over the ensuing years, he spoke increasingly of the need for new methods of bringing the Gospel to formerly Christian countries. He also called for greater zeal and new ways to express eternal truths.

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Pope Francis shows how to respond to God's presence

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June 10, 2013

In but a few days, it will have been three months since Pope Francis was elected to serve as supreme pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church or, as he prefers to be known, the bishop of Rome. Every day, it seems, brings new evidence of the wisdom of the College of Cardinals who, without in any way deprecating the holiness and wisdom of Pope Benedict XVI, chose a very different man to be the public face of Catholicism.

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Buy with good conscience, not low prices

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June 3, 2013

Movies about philosophers rarely rise above the spoof level of Monty Python's depiction of a soccer game between German and Greek philosophers (won by the Greeks when Archimedes decides to stop pondering and actually kick the ball).

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Human dignity is based on our relationship with God

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May 27, 2013

Christianity and secular liberalism both hold the enhancement of human dignity to be one of society's key goals. However, what those two traditions each mean by "human dignity" is quite different. To understand what is happening in today's society, it is helpful to explore those different meanings.

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