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Jesus serves as the bridge to the father

Kathleen Giffin

May 16, 2011
Fifth Sunday of Easter - May 22, 2011

A recent news article highlighted an evangelical pastor and author who was surrounded by controversy because of his unorthodox view of heaven. His theology includes the belief that one does not necessarily have to "confess with your lips and believe with your heart that Jesus is Lord" in order to gain admittance to heaven.

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'Let not your heart exult' when your enemy falls

May 16, 2011
Our Sunday Visitor: editorial

Catholics might easily feel a bit conflicted about celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden. That's as it should be.

On the one hand, it is right to feel relief at the killing of the man who is responsible for thousands of deaths of innocent people and who spearheaded a drive in the past decade that has made the world in no small way a more violent, fearful, hateful and costly place.

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Grandmas managed well in simpler times

Lisa Persche

May 16, 2011

Lately my eldest daughter has been asking about her great-grandmothers. I've been digging out photos and telling her what I can about those on my side of the family.

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McGill prof argues Church moralism is counterproductive

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May 16, 2011
Review by BRIAN WELTER
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Dilemmas and Connections: Selected Essays by Charles Taylor. Harvard University Press (Cambridge, Mass., 2011). 424 pp.

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Conflicting reports silence CCODP visitor

Joe Gunn

May 16, 2011

Like most teens these days, my daughter received the notice electronically. She was to sing at a benefit for the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace on a Saturday evening, and was anxiously awaiting the performance. For my part, I was looking forward to meeting the guest speaker from Mexico, Jesuit Father Luis Arriaga, director of the renowned Miguel Pro Centre for Human Rights.

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Does science allow for free will?

May 16, 2011
BR. JOACHIM OSTERMANN, OFM
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

In science, the outcome of natural processes is either random or determined by the laws of nature. And scientific inquiry has proven itself to be very powerful in explaining the world and how it came to be the way it is.

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Canadians ignore the real cause of looming labour shortage

May 16, 2011
JAYNE BURYN
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

The hype would be ironic . . . if it weren't so desperately distressing.

With the recession beginning to fade from the Canadian economy, businesses are starting to worry about a shortage of skilled labour in this country. To make sure the bottom line doesn't suffer, we're looking at developing agreements with other countries, especially our neighbour to the south, to send us their trained unemployed.

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Voters opt for end to useless antagonism, want to move forward

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May 9, 2011

The May 2 federal election was an overwhelming vote for a government that gets down to work and leaves the bickering and antagonism of recent years behind.

The election was, of course, an historic realignment of political parties in the country — the emergence of the NDP as Canada’s alternative party, the annihilation of the Bloc Quebecois and the pushing aside — at least for now — of the Liberals. But the realignment was the symptom of a desire for serious government without the gridlock of the past seven years.

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Jesus' resurrection vindicates our faith despite God's silence

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 9, 2011

Theologians sometimes try to simplify the meaning of the resurrection by packaging its essence into one sentence: In the resurrection, God vindicated Jesus, his life, his message and his fidelity. What does that mean?

Jesus entered our world preaching faith, love and forgiveness but the world didn’t accept that. Instead it crucified him and, in that crucifixion, seemingly shamed his message.

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Seek deliverance from the valley of darkness

Maria Kozakiewicz

May 9, 2011
Fourth Sunday of Easter - May 15, 2011

The dark valley is, as everyone knows, a symbol of difficult times we all encounter sooner or later in our lives. I have yet to meet someone who managed to skip this stage, although individual valleys seem to differ in length and degree of darkness.

For some of us, the valley is an illness or some disability, for others a loss of work and status. Aging is certainly one of the valleys, and not an easy one either, what with the trembling hands, dimmed eyesight and memory that fails in the most embarrassing way.

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