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Theologians say kill the death penalty

October 10, 2011
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON — More than 200 Catholic theologians, scholars and social justice advocates have united in a call to abolish the death penalty in the United States.

In A Catholic Call to Abolish the Death Penalty, posted Sept. 26 on the website Catholic Moral Theology, the signers cite the executions of Troy Davis in Georgia and Lawrence Brewer in Texas in mid-September as the impetus for their decision to speak out.

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Canada’s bishops speak on Roman Missal

October 10, 2011
Dear brothers and sisters who assist in the liturgical and catechetical ministries of the Church,

This coming First Sunday of Advent, Nov. 27, 2011, the Church in our country will implement the liturgical norms of the third “typical edition” of the Roman Missal, as well as the revised Liturgical Calendar for the Dioceses of Canada. “Typical edition” means the text is the official version to which all copies and translations are to conform.

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Collins calls Catholic educators to be Christ’s disciples

Archbishop Thomas Collins

October 10, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — As Catholic schools across Canada face government pressure to adopt policies contrary to Church teaching, Toronto Archbishop Thomas Collins urged Catholic school trustees not to compromise fidelity to the faith.

Speaking to the annual conference of the Canadian Catholic School Trustees’ Association (CCSTA) here Sept. 23, Collins exhorted everyone involved in Catholic education to become disciples of Jesus and to fully participate in the new evangelization.

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Veteran reporter dispels Vatican myths

John Allen Jr.

October 10, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Veteran Rome-based reporter and author John Allen Jr. says there is no such thing as “the Vatican” as commonly portrayed by the mainstream media.

“Only seen from afar” is the Vatican perceived as a bunch of “Stepford wives all in lockstep,” the National Catholic Reporter’s senior correspondent told the Canadian Catholic School Trustees Association annual conference here Sept. 23.

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Fr. Carrier remembered for devotion to native people

October 10, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

SPRUCE GROVE — When William Alexander Carrier, “Alex,” joined the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in 1959, he thought the road to the priesthood would be a straight one. Little did Carrier know what the future held in store.

Seven years into his studies for the priesthood he started doubting his vocation and left the Oblates. Thoughts of marriage crossed his mind.

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Vigil at abortion clinic aimed at changing hearts

October 10, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Lori Buhiire decided to take part in the local 40 Days for Life campaign for two reasons — to pray for an end to abortion and to pray for the Edmonton abortion clinic to close down.

“I definitely want to see an end to abortion all over the world, and I am also praying for the workers here,” Buhiire said in an interview.

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Empty cradle rocks the global economy

October 10, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Throughout the developed world, lowered birth rates and family breakdown will have a devastating effect on the global economy and the welfare state’s viability says an international study released Oct. 3.

“On current trends, we face a world of rapidly aging and declining populations, of few children — many of them without the benefit of siblings and a stable, two-parent home — of lonely seniors living on meager public support, of cultural and economic stagnation,” says the study.

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Evolution is part of God's creation

Prof. Denis Lamoureux

October 10, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Evolution is the scientific theory that natural processes over billions of years produced all living organisms, including humans. Creationism is the belief that the world is the product of a Creator.

"Is there a middle-ground position that can accept both Christianity and science?" asked Prof. Denis Lamoureux, lecturing in a Sept. 29 talk at the University of Alberta.

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Young men come to seminary to see where God is calling

Paul Kozinkiewicz

October 10, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Four years ago, following a trip to Europe and pilgrimage to Lourdes, Ben van den Bosch was discerning whether he was called to the priesthood.

“Out of that experience I really felt called to the seminary,” van den Bosch said.

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St. Angela Merici, St. Pius X, to close doors permanently

October 10, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Two north Edmonton parishes that have been sharing a pastor for the past decade will soon close their doors permanently.

St. Angela Merici Parish and St. Pius X Parish, which were twinned about a decade ago, are scheduled to close their churches in the next few months.

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