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Prof's book on sex, marriage creates space for dialogue

May 30, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

One of the most frequently asked questions in Paul Flaman's recently-released book, Sex, Love and Marriage, is "What do you think?" It's a different approach for a Catholic textbook on sexual and marital morality, one that cuts against the widespread belief that the Church wants to dictate moral precepts to an increasingly rebellious or uninterested public. Flaman, soon to be raised to the level of a full professor of theology at the University of Alberta's St. Joseph's College, says the book developed out of more than 30 years of teaching undergraduate students on the topics of sex, love and marriage.

Excerpts from Sex, Love and Marriage

May 30, 2016
Following are two brief excerpts from Paul Flaman's book, Sex, Love and Marriage.

Benedictines offer world a spirituality of listening - abbot

St. Benedict

May 30, 2016
PAUL PAPROSKI, OSB
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

Benedictine spirituality has much to offer the world through its teaching of "listening," Abbot Lawrence Stasyszen told a gathering May 5 at St. Peter's Abbey in Muenster, Sask. The first word of the Rule of St. Benedict, the guide for Benedictines, is "listen." It begins the sentence, "Listen carefully, my son, to the master's instructions and attend to them with the ear of your heart," said Stasyszen of St. Gregory's Abbey of Shawnee, Okla. The rule begins with an invitation to seek the peace of God's kingdom by listening.

Tears flow over memories of St. James

May 30, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Teary-eyed, Michele Wallace felt a mix of emotions as she walked down the halls of Edmonton's St. James School for the last time. She burst into laughter with her mother Pat Moorhouse as she pointed to her June 1981 yearbook photo. "It's just the nostalgia, just remembering everything. And a flood of memories," said Wallace. "Some things, as a child, they seemed so big." Wallace and Moorhouse were among the former and current students, parents and staff present May 11 for the St. James School closing celebration.

Rosica denounces online 'character assassination'

Fr. Thomas Rosica

May 30, 2016
ED WILKINSON
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Commentary on the Catholic Church in online media is suffering from "character assassination" by those who believe themselves to be "the clean, the perfect and the saved," says Basilian Father Thomas Rosica. In a May 11 talk in Brooklyn, N.Y., the founder of Canada's Salt and Light TV Network said the work of the Catholic media is to build bridges that encourage encounter and inclusion. Rosica pointed out that Catholic media will be held to accountability and responsibility for creating communion and engaging in a dialogue that is fueled by mercy and understanding.

Pope's call to study women deacons has speculation rising

May 30, 2016
CAROL ZIMMERMANN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

When Pope Francis accepted a proposal at the Vatican May 12 to form a commission to study the possibility of women serving as deacons today, it generated plenty of buzz. The pope's agreement on the idea - raised by members of the International Union of Superiors General, the leadership group for superiors of women's orders - was interpreted by some as a thumbs-up to women deacons and eventually women priests. The Vatican spokesman was quick to rebut such notions the next day.

Nigerian scientist objects to Canada funding abortion overseas

Obianuju Ekeocha

May 30, 2016
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - The federal government says it will begin funding abortion in the developing world in order to help "the poorest and most vulnerable." Amy Mills, a spokeswoman for Global Affairs Canada, said, "The government will close existing gaps in reproductive rights and health care for women as part of its commitment to refocus Canada's development assistance on helping the poorest and most vulnerable." Mills said Canada supports the health care systems of countries in line with their legal frameworks and priorities.

Winnipeg panel dispels myths about palliative care

May 30, 2016
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

With physician-assisted suicide becoming a reality, there is renewed urgency for expanding palliative care, which is currently available to only one in three Canadians. But palliative care is surrounded by misconceptions, says a Winnipeg palliative care doctor. Some people believe it actually hastens death; others think it is only for the very old or cancer sufferers. Others believe palliative care means nothing more can be done. "There is always something we can do" to bring comfort to the dying, said Dr. Chantale Demers.

Senate wants changes to euthanasia bill

May 30, 2016
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

A Senate committee has recommended amendments to strengthen euthanasia Bill C-14's safeguards and add conscience rights protections to aid quicker passage of the bill. Senator Denise Batters recommended the House of Commons pass these recommendations before returning the bill to the Senate after a third reading vote. The Liberal government tried to force a vote on third reading May 18 by shutting down debate, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau derailed that plan by wading into a group of New Democrat MPs who were blocking the Conservative whip from returning to his seat so the vote could begin.

Lawyers debate whether no law is better than current proposal

May 30, 2016
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - Constitutional lawyers opposed to euthanasia and assisted suicide are divided on whether passing Bill C-14 without further amendments is preferable to no bill at all. Euthanasia Prevention Coalition's legal counsel Hugh Scher said it is important to have a bill that addresses the Supreme Court of Canada's Carter decision with "comprehensive safeguards to protect vulnerable people from the risk of abuse. "The existing bill does not do that," he said.