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Weak Church needs 'spectacular popes' – Collins

May 12, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

ROME – Toronto Cardinal Thomas Collins mused whether the extraordinary popes the Catholic Church has had in Popes John XXIII and John Paul II and other recent popes is a sign of weakness. God has blessed the Church with "spectacular popes" in recent centuries, Collins said in an April 25 interview. That "may be a sign that we are rather weak because there are times in the history of the Church when we didn't have such good popes," he said.

French TV Mass escapes unscathed from CBC budget cuts

May 12, 2014
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – CBC budget cuts in April that will cost more than 600 employees their jobs left the weekly Mass in French relatively unscathed. Le Jour du Seigneur, the Radio-Canada broadcast of the Mass, is guaranteed through the 2014-15 television season. However, Masses to be broadcast will now originate in Quebec City. In recent years, the broadcast originated in a variety of parishes in Ottawa and Montreal.

School chaplain saves sacred items from profane destiny

Mark Siolek, with his daughter Madeline

May 12, 2014
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

When Mark Siolek read an article about a bar owner purchasing confessionals from the Archdiocese of Buffalo to be used in bathrooms, his stomach turned. "They were having like a church yard sale (and) one fellow had bought confessionals and they took the confessionals and he put them in his bar as urinal stalls," said Siolek. "That really didn't sit well with me, so any time parishes were closing I would put out a feeler to see if there was anything that we could do."

Church must embrace multiculturalism

Fr. Van Nam Kim

May 12, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Christians need to embrace multiculturalism in order to evangelize, says Father Van Nam Kim. "Recognizing the multicultural reality of the Church and society is essential for successful evangelization," says the St. Joseph Seminary professor. "All members of the Church are called to be more receptive to multiculturalism." Kim is the author of the book Multicultural Theology and New Evangelization, which sheds light on the central role of multiculturalism in the Church in the third millennium. His previous work includes A Church of Hope, released in 2005.

B.C. First Nations people remember St. John Paul II as supporter

May 12, 2014
AGNIESZKA KRAWCZYNSKI
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER – Before Vancouver faithful began their celebration of the canonization of two popes, members of the Squamish, Tsleil Waututh, and Musqueam tribes welcomed more than 9,000 participants to the land. "Over 300 years ago, you would not be sitting in chairs in this building; you would be sitting in a forest," began Rennie Nahanee, First Nations ministry coordinator for the archdiocese, April 27. "We hold up our hands to the indigenous people who lived on this land for many generations and thank them for letting us speak our words and hold our ceremony here at the Pacific Coliseum."

Rolheiser stokes spiritual fire burning in the middle of life

May 12, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Sacred Fire: A Vision for Deeper Human and Christian Maturity by Ronald Rolheiser. Crown Publishing Group (New York, 2014), 344 pages.


Success, writes Ron Rolheiser in his new book Sacred Fire, has little to teach us in the second half of life. Where we learn as we mature is through our disappointments, boredom, resentment and frustration. In the first part of life, one has the big dream. But as one makes or falls into serious commitments and one's energy begins to decline, it becomes clearer and clearer that the dream will not be realized.

The Church of Mercy

Pope Francis

May 12, 2014

Following is an excerpt from The Church of Mercy: A Vision for the Church by Pope Francis. North American copyright Loyola Press, 2014. Distributed in Canada by Novalis.


In the Creed we say, "I believe in one . . . Church." In other words, we profess that the Church is one, and this Church by her nature is one. However, if we look at the Catholic Church in the world, we discover that it includes almost 3,000 dioceses scattered over all the continents: so many languages, so many cultures!

Muller chides U.S. nuns' group for 'fundamental errors'

May 12, 2014
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Using what he acknowledged was unusually "blunt" language, the head of the Vatican's doctrinal office rebuked officers of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) for honouring a Catholic theologian whose work was judged "seriously inadequate." Cardinal Gerhard Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, also had strong words for the sisters for promoting futuristic ideas he described as "opposed to Christian revelation."

Doctors said Denise should be aborted; now she brings life

May 12, 2014
RUANE REMY
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

A month before Bernadine Marhong was due to give birth, doctors recommended that she abort her unborn baby. The baby, whose name would be Denise, was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition where fluid builds in the brain and causes brain damage. The doctors thought Denise would have no cognitive function and would die within 48 hours of birth. On July 31, Denise Marhong will turn 29.

Ark of the Covenant a precursor to motherhood of Mary

May 12, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When I first heard the Virgin Mary called the Ark of the Covenant many years ago, I was surprised. At that time, the Ark was getting more publicity from Indiana Jones movies than in Catholic circles. But when I thought about it, it made sense. Just as the original Ark, which contained the tablets of the Old Law, represented the fullest presence of God in the world, even more so did Mary contain the full presence of the Lord during the nine months she carried Jesus in her womb.