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Ont. Trustees oppose bullying, nix gay-straight clubs

February 6, 2012
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – The Ontario Catholic School Trustees' Association (OCSTA) has taken a stand for Catholic principles and denominational rights in a comprehensive anti-bullying policy.

In a long-awaited Jan. 25 document Respecting Difference, the OCSTA affirms the Catholic identity of its schools in its comprehensive anti-bullying policy and opposes gay/straight alliances or any single-issue club.

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Seminary cuts a deal on an organ

February 6, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When it came time to build the new St. Joseph Seminary, cutting expenses was a must. To save money, a pipe organ for the seminary chapel was left as a project for the future.

"We priced out how much an organ would be, and it's a lot of money," said Father Shayne Craig, seminary rector. "For a new pipe organ, for the size we would want in the chapel, we were being quoted a price of $500,000."

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Religious orders called to a deeper sharing

February 13, 2012
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Wealthier religious orders should share their resources with struggling religious communities, said the prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

Cardinal-designate Joao Braz de Aviz said that while religious men and women live a life of poverty and possess nothing, their religious "institution doesn't always give the same witness."

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MP's bill seeks debate over when child becomes human

February 13, 2012
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – A Conservative MP has introduced a motion that could re-ignite the abortion debate in Parliament.

MP Stephen Woodworth tabled a motion Feb. 6 that Parliament appoint a special committee of 12 members to review the section of the Criminal Code that states a child becomes a human being "only at the moment of complete birth."

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Strother leads way in Calgary Catholic

Gary Strother

February 13, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

CALGARY – Gary Strother is the new chief superintendent and CEO of Calgary Catholic Schools. He replaces Lucy Miller, who resigned to become president and CEO of Calgary's United Way.

As chief superintendent, Strother will be responsible for 106 schools, more than 47,000 students and a staff of about 5,000.

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Lots of time for TV, but no time for prayer: Now, there's a scandal!

February 13, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

SPRUCE GROVE – Sexual abuse scandals have made headlines for years. But Father Bill Casey says there's another scandal that has gone unnoticed.

"Here's a scandal you never hear about. We'll sit for one, two, three, four or more hours in front of the television set, and say we have no time for prayer, no time for God - that's a scandal," said Casey.

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Only Jesus can calm the seas

Fr. Bill Casey

February 13, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The strength of a man's faith impacts his family and his community. Yet there is a great spiritual battle in our times, and many fathers and sons are losing sight of what it means to be men of God.

Making matters worse is that many priests do not preach a clear, truthful message. Too many clergy are preaching lukewarm, watered-down, dumbed-down homilies or, what Father Bill Casey referred to as "Catholic lite."

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Faith informs political, economic decisions – Lois Wilson

February 13, 2012
LUC RINALDI
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – The separation of Church and state is engrained in the identity and culture of Western democracy in order to protect religion, not eliminate it, says the Very Rev. Lois Wilson.

But that definition has become less and less believable, Wilson told young adults gathered at a Theology on Tap event.

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Social Justice means looking in the mirror

Fr. Eduardo Soto Parra

February 13, 2012
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG – The quest for social justice involves a struggle with those who inflict social injustice. But the greater struggle is with ourselves, says a Venezuelan Jesuit who has taught ethics and human rights and lived and worked among the poor in a Caracas slum.

Father Eduardo Soto Parra said the struggle for social justice begins as a personal attitude. There is "a greater struggle" that is more than personal. But the ideologies that drive social injustice are "very close to us in ways that are both subtle and blatant."

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Cardinal Collins offers Church faith, courage

Archbishop Terrence Prendergast

February 13, 2012
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Over the years, Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast has come to appreciate the depth of Cardinal-designate Thomas Collins' scholarship, his love for the Scriptures and for sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ, and his courage in sharing his faith in the public square.

Though Prendergast had met Collins several times over the years, it wasn't until the two were in 1999 in Rome to receive their palliums – the symbol of being a metropolitan archbishop – that they began to know each other.

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