WCR This Week

CCODP visitor linked to Mexican pro-choice group

Michael Casey

April 11, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — The archbishop of Ottawa has cancelled a visit by a Mexican priest over concerns his human rights organization was too closely allied with other groups fighting to decriminalize abortion.

Father Luis Arriaga, director of the of the Miguel Pro Centre for Human Rights (PRODH), was scheduled to hold meetings and speak publicly on behalf of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) April 2-3.

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Ex-soldier marches to St. Joe's College

Fr. Terry Kersch

April 11, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Basilian Father Terry Kersch is a walking enigma, previously living the life of a soldier and then another as a man of the Gospel.

"The religious life and the military life, in some fundamental ways, are not all that different," said Kersch. "In the military life, it's the mission that takes precedence and part of your identity is putting yourself at the service of an overall mission.

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Prof's book on God misrepresents Catholic faith

Sr. Elizabeth Johnson

April 11, 2011
DENNIS SADOWSKI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON — The U.S. bishops' Committee on Doctrine has concluded that a 2007 book written by Sister Elizabeth Johnson "contains misrepresentations, ambiguities and errors" related to the Catholic faith.

The committee said in a detailed 21-page statement released March 30 that the book, Quest for the Living God: Mapping Frontiers in the Theology of God, failed to take the faith of the Catholic Church as its starting point.

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Catholic thought enriches society — prof

Dr. Joseph Boyle

April 11, 2011
KIPLY LUKAN YAWORSKI
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

SASKATOON — There is a place for Catholic scholarship at secular universities — and Catholic thought enriches society at large, says Dr. Joseph Boyle.

"The way in which people learn and the way in which universities contribute to the common good is by the dialectic of ideas," said Boyle, stressing the need for Catholics to speak in their own distinctive voice.

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Sr. Lina Gaudette taught with passion, dedication

Sr. Lina Gaudette

April 11, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — The Edmonton Archdiocese has lost one of its finest educators and intellectuals. Providence Sister Lina Gaudette, a theologian, religious educator, certified psychologist and writer, died at the Providence Centre infirmary March 27. She was 89.

The holder of a doctorate in theology from Notre Dame University, Gaudette served on the faculty of St. Joseph Seminary from 1967 and was one of the founding faculty members of Newman Theological College in 1969.

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TV show looks at life in the time of Jesus

April 11, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

TORONTO — Most Christians know the famous stories from the Gospel, such as Jesus overturning the moneychangers' tables in the temple, Jesus restoring a blind man's sight and soldiers arresting Jesus.

But few Christians know the day-to-day lives of people who lived in first century Judea. Now a three-part documentary based on iconic events from the New Testament sheds new light on the ins and outs of everyday life over 2,000 years ago.

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Secularization in health care silences power of spirituality

April 11, 2011
VANESSA SANTILLI
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO - The influence of secularization has reached not only into the religious sphere, but also into health care, Toronto Auxiliary Bishop William McGrattan said March 24.

"At the outset of our reliance and dependence on rational thought we attribute to the Enlightenment, certain forces have gradually eroded not only the authority of religion, but also social groups such as health care professionals and medicine," McGrattan told an audience of about 50 people at the annual Cardinal Ambrozic lecture.

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Stamp Collector pays tribute to Pope John Paul

April 11, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - Anthony Sales' childhood passion for stamp collecting has become a Philatelic Tribute to Pope John Paul II that tells an astonishing story of the "pilgrim pope" in stamps from the nations of the world.

"He was really loved," said Sales, who lives in Richmond, B.C. "He was a man people were just attracted to."

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Ethical voters inform themselves

April 11, 2011
WHO
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

It's hard to know what will be decided in the May 2 election, but it's just as hard to imagine that Canadians will decide well unless we inject respect, sincerity, honesty and a few high-minded ideals into our political culture.

We can't run a country on vitriolic rhetoric, political tactics and cheap-shot ads, said Christian think-tank director Peter Stockland. Looking at the latest attack ads turned Stockland's stomach.

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New Ukrainian leader champions Church unity

April 11, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The new head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, its youngest bishop, said he believes the other bishops elected him to promote unity within the Church and with other Christians.

The 40-year-old Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kiev-Halych, visiting Rome to meet Pope Benedict, told Catholic News Service he believes he was elected "despite my age."

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