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Canada must accept blame for mining abuses – KAIROS head

Jennifer Henry

December 1, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Canadian mining companies are responsible for water pollution, community displacement, and human rights abuses in the developing world said KAIROS' executive director. "Are we prepared to accept responsibility?" asked Jennifer Henry, when she spoke during a panel discussion at Saint Paul University Nov. 7. Henry also called on Canadians to accept responsibility for our complicity in exploitation through our lifestyles and pension funds. KAIROS, the ecumenical justice initiative, has been involved in "mining justice for 10 years," Henry noted.

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Parishes respond to Smith's plea to sponsor refugees

December 1, 2014
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Paulette Johnson of Catholic Social Services wonders why Canada is not doing more to help the besieged people of Syria. "We should do so much more to relieve them. What do you do when people are so desperate? How can Germany take in 10,000 when we take in only 200?" Her plea came at the same time Archbishop Richard Smith asked parishioners to consider helping these war-torn people. To date, six parishes have made commitments to sponsor Syrian or Iraqi families – nine cases with a total of 33 refugees to be sponsored.

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Churches celebrate Catholic milestone

Bishop Donald Bolen

December 1, 2014
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

When Saskatoon's Bishop Don Bolen worked for Cardinal Walter Kasper in the Vatican, the boss would tell him that all those documents produced at the Second Vatican Council weren't supposed to sit on shelves gathering dust. "We're supposed to act on them," said Bolen, recollecting his time with Kasper at the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Bolen had just finished co-presiding with Anglican Bishop Linda Nicholls at a Nov. 9 ecumenical celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Decree on Ecumenism. The event was held at St. James Anglican Cathedral in Toronto.

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Repairing the washer can heal your soul

December 1, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Matthew Crawford, author of Shop Class as Soulcraft, says work involving making things or fixing things has a wider cultural significance in combating growing passivity and dependency. Today, it is harder to be self-reliant, with some high-end cars lacking even a dipstick to check the oil, he told about 100 people Nov. 19 at this year's Cardus Hill Family lecture. Instead people get an email to remind them, said the Virginia-based motorcycle mechanic and fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. "We can't check our own oil."

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Groups favour outlawing 'barbaric practices'

December 1, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – The Catholic Civil Rights League and REAL Women of Canada both support Canada's Zero Tolerances for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act. Introduced by the Government Leader of the Senate Conservative Senator Claude Carignan Nov. 5 as S-7, it has the support of the Tory cabinet. Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said the act would close various loopholes in the Criminal Code and other legislation to prevent honour killings, polygamy and forced marriages.

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Family fragmented as son flees Lebanon for life in Edmonton

December 1, 2014
DOREEN ABI RAAD
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

From the time he arrived in Lebanon alone from war-torn Syria nearly two years ago, resettlement to a peaceful nation in the West has been Gabriel's sole aim. But it is with mixed emotions that the 28-year-old Syrian Christian sets out to begin a new life in Edmonton. Expectant hope covered a heavy heart as he spent his final two weeks in Lebanon with his parents and brother who arrived from Syria for his send-off.

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Parish team offers Montrealers simple plan for rebuilding parishes

Fr. Michael White

December 1, 2014
ERIC DUROCHER
CATHOLIC TIMES MONTREAL

MONTREAL – Do you want to rebuild your parish? Then get ready to "step out of your comfort zone" and focus your energy on disciple-making, the pastoral team from a Maryland parish said Nov. 13. Father Michael White and Tom Corcoran laid out a simple but challenging three-fold strategy for making disciples and renewing the parish: redirect parish energy toward "non-church people," priorize the weekend experience (the Mass) and galvanize parishioners into action. The co-authors of trailblazing book Rebuilt, published in 2013, shared defining moments in their 17-year ministry in north Baltimore, during which they and their sleepy, suburban parish were transformed into a dynamic evangelizing community.

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New prostitution law makes johns the criminals

December 1, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Canada's prostitution Bill C-36 passed the Senate Nov. 6 and will become law in early December, criminalizing the purchase of sex for the first time in Canadian history. While groups representing some "sex trade" workers are not pleased with the legislation, pro-family groups and those opposed to human trafficking welcomed the new law. Based on the so-called Nordic model, it treats prostitutes as victims, but prosecutes the "johns" and the pimps who exploit them.

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Liberation theology rooted in the Gospel, says Gutierrez

Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez

December 1, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Liberation theology, which interprets the teachings of Christ in relation to liberation from unjust social, economic and political conditions, is rooted in the Bible and the life of Jesus, said the priest who developed the concept nearly 50 years ago. Dominican Father Gustavo Gutierrez said Nov. 7 at St. Paul University in Ottawa that "theology is a hermeneutic of hope. Theology touches on the motive, the story of our Lord in history." "Theology is a letter of love to God," the Peruvian theologian known as the father of liberation theology added during a program in which he received an honorary doctorate.

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Monsanto, CCODP divided on the value of local, organic foods

December 1, 2014
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Charina Umagat has been an involved, engaged parishioner at St. Emile Parish in Winnipeg for 20 years. The last thing she expected to find in her pew on a Sunday was a pamphlet casting moral doubt on her job and her employer. The pamphlet was part of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace's Sow Much Love campaign highlighting economic justice, agriculture and environmental issues. Umagat works for biotechnology giant Monsanto Canada. The Development and Peace pamphlet asked Umagat to go to her local grocer and ask the store manager to stock more local and organic products. It asked her to pledge to eat local and organic foods.

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