WCR This Week

Share Lent effort deserves strong support – Smith

February 20, 2012
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

In a Lenten letter inviting Catholics to contribute generously to this year's Share Lent campaign, Archbishop Richard Smith also urged those with any concerns about overseas projects to contact the conference.

"For Catholics in Canada, the annual Share Lent Collection offers a special opportunity to hear the cry of the poor and to reach out to those in need," Smith wrote in a Feb. 9 letter in his role as president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB).

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Superintendent at Elk Island will take time to listen

Michael Hauptman

February 20, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

SHERWOOD PARK – In various Catholic school systems, Michael Hauptman has assumed many roles, including student, parent, teacher, administrator and trustee.

Soon he will be the superintendent and CEO for Elk Island Catholic Schools.

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Think tank cool to classroom activism

Institute of Marriage and Family Canada Logo

February 20, 2012
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – An Ottawa-based think tank has recommended against forcing students into activism by the Ontario government's mandating gay-straight alliances (GSAs) as part of its anti-bullying strategy.

The Institute of Marriage and Family Canada (IMFC) warns of negative effects on freedom and equality if Ontario's Equity and Inclusion Strategy forces students to move "beyond tolerance to acceptance and respect," as the government's 2009 document states.

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Vatican conference told to put needs of abuse victims first

February 20, 2012
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – The take-away message from a Vatican-backed symposium on clerical sex abuse was clear: Victims, truth and justice come first. And the Church can no longer wait for a crisis to erupt before it begins to address the scandal of abuse.

"We do not need to wait for a bomb to explode. Preventing it from exploding is the best response," said Philippine Archbishop Luis Tagle.

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Open your heart to others this Lent – pope

Pope Benedict

February 20, 2012
MARY SHOVLAIN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - In his Lenten message, Pope Benedict has called on the faithful to be concerned for one another and "not to remain isolated and indifferent" to the fate of others.

Materialism and a sense of self-sufficiency are obstacles to a Christian life of charity, the pope said.

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Addictions recovery program is Christ-centred

February 20, 2012
LAUREEN MCMAHON
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER – Christ can change the lives of women caught in the enslavement of addictions, says Sharon Dobin, director of Sancta Maria House.

"Sancta Maria for me has the three most crucial things needed to recover: God, healing, and the 12-step program. I have been given peace and forgiveness and I can laugh again and for that I am truly grateful," said a former resident.

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Life issues get a pass on U of A campus

Go Life Logo

February 20, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON - The biggest hurdle facing pro-life students from the University of Alberta is the lack of concern and I-don't-care attitude toward pro-life issues.

"Some pro-life club members from other campuses tell me that they will pack a lecture theatre full whenever they do an event. With us, we feel lucky if we have 20 people come to an event," said Leila McMann, president of Go Life: U of A Campus Pro-Life.

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St. Joe's initiates university frosh to Catholic culture

Liam Key

February 20, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

First year art student Liam Kay is glad he enrolled in AcademiaONE as he began his university education last semester.

"It's been very good," he said. "The classes were good and the professors were accessible. It was a good way to transition to the university experience."

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Catholic colleges fight 'meltdown' of liberal arts programs

Emily VanBerkum

February 20, 2012
VANESSA SANTILLI
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – Emily VanBerkum believes the "interdisciplinary" aspects of her Catholic liberal arts education have made her a well-rounded student.

"It's very interdisciplinary and it relates to so many disciplines in your life, so many fields like business or politics," said the fourth-year Christianity and Culture student at Toronto's University of St. Michael's College.

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Newman imbues teachers with faith

February 20, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

While teachers in Catholic schools are expected to know the Church, be leaders of the faith, and instruct their students on those principles, most educational institutions that train teachers do not offer religion as part of their curriculum.

Newman Theological College, however, allows teachers to take a program that earns a diploma or a degree in religious education.

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