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'Spiritual diseases' weaken service to the Lord

February 23, 2015

In December, Pope Francis made headlines around the world when he used his Christmas speech to members of the Roman Curia to describe 15 spiritual diseases which he hoped would spur an examination of conscience in order to prepare their hearts for the holy feast of Christmas. However, as the pope said, the Curia is "a small-scale model of the Church." If spiritual diseases are present in the Curia, they are most likely present throughout the people of God.

Archbishop Smith ‘deeply disappointed’ with court ruling on assisted suicide

February 6, 2015
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In the wake of a unanimous Supreme Court decision legalizing assisted suicide in Canada, Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith urged Catholics to work with their members of Parliament to ensure that the nation’s health care system respects every human life to its natural end. The health care system should also provide “the best and most accessible end-of-life care possible,” Smith said in a Feb. 6 prepared statement. The archbishop said he was “deeply disappointed” to learn of the Supreme Court ruling in the Carter case, which struck down the law prohibiting doctors from assisting certain patients to die.

Adorers committed to praising Jesus

February 9, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

For the past decade, Lorraine Kasper has been spending an hour or more each week adoring the Blessed Sacrament at Corpus Christi Chapel adjacent to St. Andrew's Centre on Edmonton's west side. Even when she moved to Onoway for a time, Kasper kept coming. "This is priority for me. I feel that I must do it," she says matter-of-factly. "I have to come because it's just part of me. It's like air." If for some reason she is unable to make it, she immediately notices changes in the people in her life.

Religious practice shifting with growth of online media

Mary Anne Beavis

February 9, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The landscape of religious studies has changed dramatically in recent decades due to the development of social media, says a Saskatchewan biblical scholar. Mary Ann Beavis says in contemporary society the media is omnipresent and people increasingly conceptualize and live their religious lives via the media. Especially in the 21st century religious leaders, teachers and academics have moved to use popular culture to convey their message, Beavis said in an interview following a lecture on the topic. Many churches now use big screens, PowerPoints and videos during their worship services, she noted.

Kennedy's priesthood marked by love of the common person

Fr. Edward Kennedy, CSsR

February 9, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Redemptorist Father Edward Kennedy will be remembered as a Vatican II priest who cared deeply about the common person. "I remember him very well. He was a very friendly man, a very kind man and a very intelligent man," says Archbishop Emeritus Joseph MacNeil, one of Kennedy's many friends. "He loved people. He worked for people. He was somebody who was committed to helping the common person." Kennedy died Jan. 20 from pneumonia. He was 89.

Farmers must protect earth for the future – pope

February 9, 2015
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Farmers must find a delicate balance between reaping the precious gifts of the earth and protecting them for future generations, Pope Francis said. That task becomes even more serious given the threat of climate change, the pope said in a Jan. 31 meeting with an Italian trade group that lobbies to protect agricultural land and promote farm-friendly policies.

Pope recognizes Romero as martyr

February 9, 2015
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – After decades of debate within the Church, Pope Francis formally recognized that Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero was killed "in hatred of the faith" and not for purely political reasons. Pope Francis signed the decree Feb. 3, recognizing as martyrdom the March 24, 1980, assassination of Romero in a San Salvador hospital chapel as he celebrated Mass. The decree clears the way for Romero's beatification.

Bishop urges West to crush Boko Haram

February 9, 2015
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

ROME – A Nigerian Catholic bishop has called for Western military intervention to stop the violent rampage of the Boko Haram terrorist organization. The Muslim group's increasingly deadly assaults and expanded recruitment from countries across North Africa mean "a concerted military campaign is needed by the West to crush Boko Haram," said Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Maiduguri, capital of the troubled Borno state.

History finally recognizes Katherine Hughes

Katherine Hughes

February 9, 2015
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Radicals have to fight their way into the history books. Ninety years after her death, Katherine Hughes is finally winning that battle. Hughes wasn't the usual sort of radical. She began her life and career as a solid contributor from within Canada's Catholic establishment. She was one of the founders of the Catholic Women's League.

Road rage victim walks path of restorative justice

February 9, 2015
BLAKE SITTLER
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

A Saskatoon man terrorized by an incident of road rage came to an accommodation with the perpetrator through a process of restorative justice. "Being willing and courageous enough to go out and meet with the person who committed a crime against you is a powerful faith statement," said Peter Oliver, community reintegration chaplain with the Micah Mission, an ecumenical restorative justice ministry in Saskatoon. It involves "faith in the humanity of other people . . . and hope about what is possible," Oliver told a recent meeting attended by 150 people at St. Anne's Church.