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Pope's preacher offers ways to share Gospel

May 16, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa focused on the need “to re-evangelize the secularized Western world” in delivering the annual Anthony Jordan Lecture Series May 7 at St. Joseph’s Basilica. Cantalamessa, the 76-year-old preacher to the papal household, singled out three obstacles that he said makes “countries of ancient Christian heritage, including Canada, immune to the Christian message.”

His three talks, attended by more than 300 people, focused on scientism, rationalism and secularism and spelled out a Christian response to each of those obstacles.

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School bus donation a boon to Tuktoyaktuk

Sr. Fay Trombley

May 16, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

TUKTOYAKTUK, NWT — Through the assistance of Edmonton Catholic Schools, some transportation difficulties will be eased for Canada's northernmost mainland community.

A devout Catholic family in Vancouver, who wish to remain anonymous, donated a school bus that will be used in Tuktoyaktuk, NWT.

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Lahey pleads guilty to child porn charges, sentencing still to come

May 16, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Bishop Raymond Lahey pleaded guilty to the importation of child pornography May 4 and asked to go directly to jail, even though a date has not been set for his sentence hearing.

The former bishop of Antigonish, N.S., faced two child porn charges, but the Crown and defence counsel agreed to drop the more serious charge of possession of child pornography for the purpose of transmission.

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Journalist seeks to right Catholic myths

Michael Coren

May 16, 2011
VIRGINIA BATTISTE
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

CALGARY — Jesus was not a pacifist. Celibacy does not produce men who abuse boys. The existence of "Pope Joan" in the ninth century is an urban myth.

The Crusades were not an attempt by the Church to force conversion on Muslims.

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God loves Church in its imperfection . . . and so should you

May 16, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Too many Christians are willing “to point the accusing finger” at the Church without realizing that they cannot have Christ without the Church, said the preacher of the papal household.

“The children criticize their mother for being full of wrinkles, not realizing that they themselves are the cause of those wrinkles,” Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa said May 5.

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Smith reacts to Lahey's 'heinous sexual crime'

May 16, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — The involvement of one of the Church's shepherds in "a heinous sexual crime" goes against everything the Catholic Church stands for, says Archbishop Richard Smith.

Catholics have a deep sense, "almost in our genes," of the beauty, sacredness and dignity of the sacrament of Holy Orders, Smith said in reaction to Bishop Raymond Lahey's guilty plea to a charge of importing child pornography.

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Cut greenhouse gas emissions, urges Vatican-based group

May 16, 2011
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - Nations and individuals have a duty to cut greenhouse gas emissions and enact policies that mitigate global warming, said a Vatican-sponsored working group.

"The business-as-usual mode will not be possible because of both resource depletion and environmental damages," the group said in a report released by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences May 2.

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Sweden's startling daycare downside

May 23, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Experts from Sweden and New Zealand warned a pro-family conference of the negative social consequences of universal daycare, anti-spanking laws and legalized prostitution.

Sweden's 30-year experience with a universal daycare system has decreased the psychological health of youth relative to other Nordic countries, said Jonas Himmelstrand, author of Busting the Myths of Swedish Family Policy.

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Pope's reform of liturgy will continue

Cardinal Kurt Koch

May 23, 2011
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict's easing of restrictions on use of the 1962 Roman Missal, known as the Tridentine rite, is just the first step in a "reform of the reform" in liturgy, said the Vatican's top ecumenist.

The pope's long-term aim is not simply to allow the old and new rites to coexist, but to move toward a "common rite" shaped by the mutual enrichment of the two Mass forms, Cardinal Kurt Koch said May 14.

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Profits go up, economy flourishes, but quality of life plummets

Mark Anielski

May 23, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Western society has had 60 years of economic growth and yet people are increasingly unhappy, says economist Mark Anielski.

"Economic growth cannot lead us to the Promised Land," Anielski told the annual Social Justice Institute May 14.

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