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Green light for world's greatest oppression signals moral decay

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October 18, 2010

Prostitution may be the world's oldest profession. But a recent Ontario court decision striking down the country's laws against prostitution does more than recognize the inevitable. It will bring harm not only to the sex trade workers, but also to the johns, the families of the johns and neighbourhoods. If the Supreme Court of Canada upholds the ruling, the common good of the country will be undermined.more . . .

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Believe God plays favourites? It's time to look in the mirror

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 18, 2010

Does God love some people more than others? Does God have favourites?

This is an old, disputed question with centuries of history: Is there a chosen race? Are some people predestined for heaven or hell? Does God love the poor more than the rich? Does God love sinners more than the righteous? Does God love virgins more than married persons? more . . .

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Calgary puts roofs over the homeless

Bishop Fred Henry

October 18, 2010

In 1967, Pope Paul VI issued his encyclical letter Populorum Progressio, challenging us to help our neediest sisters and brothers to achieve full human development.

We have indeed made huge strides forward as we understand ever more clearly that poverty in the form of cruel need – the need for decent living, clean water, land for food, basic health care, appropriate education, participation in decisions which have the most impact on personal and community life – is a dominant fact in the life of so many people today. more . . .

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Pray for the healing of the eye of our heart

John Connelly

October 18, 2010

In this week's Gospel, Jesus speaks of two men - a tax collector and a Pharisee.

The parable begins in the following way: "Jesus addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else." more . . .

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John Paul elevated lay vocation

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October 18, 2010

It used to be commonly thought that only priests and religious have vocations; laity have careers where they basically do their own thing within the bounds of basic morality.

This was a notion that represented a gross impoverishment of the mission of the Church. It not only relegated the laity to the status of ecclesiastical hangers-on, but also underestimated the action of the Holy Spirit in each person. more . . .

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Calling people vegetables denies them dignity

Mark Pickup

October 18, 2010

There is a commonly used term that I find deeply offensive. Perhaps I find it offensive because there is a chance that one day I may be referred to by this term: The term is "vegetable" and its extension is "vegetative state."

I knew of a man with multiple sclerosis so advanced he could not move or speak; all he could do was blink his eyes to communicate. I was incensed to hear of him referred to as a vegetable. more . . .

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Time to raise the bar on oilsands standards

Bob McKeon

October 18, 2010

The public debates around the Athabasca oilsands appear to be entering a new phase. We see new developments in the media almost every day.

Until recently, provincial government and industry leaders insisted that the oilsands plants had no measurable pollution effect on the Athabasca River despite the claims made by environmentalists and independent scientists. When doctors spoke of serious damage to human health in downstream aboriginal communities, government officials bullied them into silence. more . . .

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Newman's feast day honours his conversion

Fr. Raymond de Souza

October 11, 2010

It's called the dies natalis - the day of birth. For saints it refers to their birthday in heaven or, in the eyes of the world, the day of their death upon earth. When assigning feast days to saints, the Church usually chooses the dies natalis; for example, the feast day of soon-to-be canonized Brother André of Montreal is Jan. 6, the day of his death in 1937, even though that day is also the great solemn feast of the Epiphany of the Lord.

So it was something of a surprise when it was announced last month that the feast day of Blessed John Henry Newman would be Oct. 9 - which we will celebrate for the first time this week. more . . .

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Canada's ethnic tapestry needs mending

Joe Gunn

October 11, 2010

Even before this summer's boatload of 492 Tamil refugees docked on Canadian shores, government ministers in Ottawa were threatening firmer measures to deal with "traffickers." In Quebec, the provincial government has introduced legislation banning the niquab and other face coverings from public-sector venues.

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F-35 jets blast peace alternative, leave $16B vapour trail

October 11, 2010

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One might wonder how Canada plans to use 65 joint strike fighter F-35 jets with stealth capability. Of course, there are all sorts of possibilities, both fanciful and realistic, in the world beyond 2016 when the first of the jets will come into service.

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