WCR This Week

Defiant Aussie bishop finally 'removed'

May 23, 2011
ANTHONY BARICH
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

PERTH, AUSTRALIA — Toowoomba Bishop William Morris was asked to resign six times by three Vatican congregations and Pope Benedict before the pontiff finally insisted that he leave office May 2.

Documents obtained by The Record, Perth archdiocesan newspaper, also showed that Morris asked Vatican congregations for more time to resign because he was dealing with a protracted case involving sexual abuse.

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The true Church is apostolic

May 23, 2011

Before getting into the topic, the apostolicity of the Church, I should like to share a memory I have of John Paul II. Once a year, on Good Friday, my preaching is delivered at St. Peter's Basilica during the Passion liturgy. So the first time I had to speak at the basilica, I realized that I had to speak very slowly because there was a resounding in the basilica.

But speaking slowly, I lasted 10 minutes more than I was supposed to, and the man in charge of the timetable of the pope, the prefect of the pontifical household, was a little nervous, because the schedule of the pope on that particular day was very tight, and he often looked at his watch.

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Financial system's 'theology' avoids obligation to others

William Cavanaugh

May 23, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The modern financial economy is an attempt to replace the physical limits of creation with a fantasy world in which there are no limits to growth, no risk in investment and no need to trust those to whom one loans money.

That's the view of Chicago theologian William Cavanaugh who told the annual Social Justice Institute May 13 that the financial economy represents a form of theology and spirituality contrary to Christianity.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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