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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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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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Jesus used parables to challenge his hearers with a radical message

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

September 22, 2014

Few people would deny the importance of education. This week I had the pleasure of welcoming a record number of new students to the St. Mary's orientation. It was a thrill both to watch the excited faces in the crowd and to observe the educational styles of the many speakers who came forward to greet our students: from campus ministry to student advisor to the president of the student legislative council. What struck me most about our event was the range of rhetorical techniques the speakers used to communicate with the audience.

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