WCR This Week

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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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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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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Gay-straight student clubs draw fire

February 6, 2012
LUC RINALDI
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – The Marshall Medium student newspaper was looking for hot topics for its spring 2011 issue. So when 12th-grader Erica Lenti pitched a story about the gay-straight alliances springing up in Ontario schools, the newspaper staff was sold.

Lenti interviewed staff and students at Marshall McLuhan Catholic Secondary School in Toronto and the article passed through editing. But when Lenti picked up a copy of The Medium, she learned her story had been pulled.

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Parents called to witness faith more than teach it – Wells

Davis Wells

February 6, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

SHERWOOD PARK – The religious task of the parent is give witness to, rather than teach, faith.

"What the Church asks of the families is to model love," says David Wells, director of education for the Diocese of Plymouth, England. "If you want to raise healthy kids, show them your love."

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Should there be a new Church council?

Dr. Richard Gaillardetz

February 6, 2012
CLARE LAZZURI
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

ANTIGONISH, N.S. – For most Catholics, the image conjured up at the mention of a Church council is that of the Second Vatican Council, the most recent in Church history.

As the 50th anniversary of the beginning of Vatican II approaches, one theologian is offering some food for thought on the possibility of a new council.

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Still not a museum piece

February 6, 2012
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Fifty years ago this October, Blessed John XXIII and more than 2,500 bishops and heads of religious orders from around the world gathered in St. Peter's Basilica for the opening session of the Second Vatican Council.

Over the following three years, Vatican II would issue 16 major "pronouncements" on such fundamental questions as the authority of the Church's hierarchy, the interpretation of Scripture, and the proper roles of clergy and laity.

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CWL takes action against poverty

February 6, 2012
ANNAMARIA MATSUI
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

EDMONTON — Leading the charge of Women Against Poverty, the Alberta Mackenzie Provincial Council of the Catholic Women’s League decided to take action.

They chose to perform acts of service as part of their midwinter meeting. On Jan. 27, 13 members and their spiritual advisor, Father Jim Corrigan, split into two groups and spent the afternoon in service.

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Passionate debate continues over Keystone pipeline

February 6, 2012
DENNIS SADOWSKI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama's decision to deny a permit for the 2,700-km Keystone XL pipeline to carry Alberta crude oil to Gulf Coast refineries should have surprised no one, not even the project's staunchest supporters.

The president promised he would nix the permit after Congress inserted a deadline for his decision in the bill extending the middle class tax cut passed just before Christmas.

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Sisters offer prayer groups, phone-in requests for prayer

February 6, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Nuns who distributed food and clothing to Vancouver's most disadvantaged residents are taking on a new mission in Edmonton.

The Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement, a New York-based order, arrived in Vancouver in 1926. If they had stayed until October, it would have been an 85-year stint.

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