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Doctors' rights under siege in right-to-life debate

July 21, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Doctors who refuse to prescribe birth control pills have become the focus of a debate over physicians' rights to freedom of conscience when practising medicine. An Alberta doctor has been in the media spotlight recently for posting a notice at the clinic where she works that she will not prescribe the pill and now faces a human rights complaint. Earlier this year, three Ottawa doctors came under fire for similar reasons. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) is doing a public consultation on its guidelines that could be revamped to restrict doctors' rights to abstain from legal medical practices on religious or conscientious grounds.

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Bargain with God? He gave young man the best return

July 21, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Father Matthew Chojna's faith began to grow when he ran into academic trouble in school and he began asking God for help and bargaining with him. Ordained to the priesthood June 27 at Notre Dame Cathedral in Ottawa, Chojna (pronounced Hoy-nah) spent the first 10 years of his life in Poland before his family moved to Toronto. The Chojnas were faithful Catholics who attended church regularly and did not question the Church's role "as a vessel through which God teaches his people," he said.

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Senior Anglican clerics give thumbs up to assisted suicide

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

July 21, 2014
SIMON CALDWELL
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – Some senior Anglican leaders have voiced their support for assisted suicide just days before a crucial debate on the subject in the British House of Lords. Lord Carey, who served as archbishop of Canterbury from 1991 to 2002, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, each said they were in favour of the practice. Anglican Bishop Alan Wilson of Buckingham also has declared his support for "assisted dying," making him the first serving bishop of the Church of England to say that doctors should be legally permitted to help their patients to commit suicide.

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Francis blasts 'despicable actions' of clerical abusers

July 21, 2014
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Asking for forgiveness, Pope Francis told abuse survivors that "despicable actions" caused by clergy have been hidden for too long and had been "camouflaged with a complicity that cannot be explained." "There is no place in the Church's ministry for those who commit these abuses, and I commit myself not to tolerate harm done to a minor by any individual, whether a cleric or not," and to hold all bishops accountable for protecting young people, the pope said during an early morning Mass for six survivors of abuse by clergy. The Mass and private meetings held later with each individual took place in the Domus Sanctae Marthae – the pope's residence.

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Sexual abuse victims get pope's listening ear

July 21, 2014
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

More than a meeting and homily, Pope Francis laid out a clear road map for the Church when he celebrated Mass and welcomed abuse survivors to the Vatican. The morning he dedicated to six men and women who had been abused by clergy was a powerful combination of upholding the importance of the letter of the law and displaying the proper spirit behind it. Jesuit Father Hans Zollner, a German psychologist and psychotherapist who accompanied two abuse survivors July 7, said: "This is not only about the letter of the law. This has to come from the heart if this is to really take fruit" and make real, lasting change.

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Youth unemployment is a defeat for humanity – pope

July 21, 2014
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

CASTELPETROSO, ITALY – Youth unemployment is a defeat for humanity, Pope Francis said during a visit to the southern Italian region of Molise July 5. "We cannot resign ourselves to losing a whole generation of young people who don't have the strong dignity of work," Pope Francis said during a meeting with the region's young people in the town of Castelpetroso. "A generation without work is a future defeat for the country and for humanity," the pope told the young people.

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Benedict opened a door; will Francis walk through?

July 21, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Sympathizing with all the unknowns facing young people today, Pope Francis – half joking – said it is easier for a pope because he knows where his earthly life will end. "I think the pope's definitive path is more certain. Where will the pope end up? There, in that tomb," in St. Peter's Basilica where most popes are buried, he said June 28 to a group of young men involved in a vocational discernment process run by the Diocese of Rome. But that is not the way things turned out for St. Celestine V, who until 2013 was known as the last pope to voluntarily resign. When he renounced the papacy in December 1294, after only five months in office, his successor had him imprisoned.

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Virgin Mary kept Fr. Ray faithful to the priesthood

Fr. Ray Guimond

July 21, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Following the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s, seminarians, priests and religious left their ministries in droves. "It wasn't easy for anybody," recalls Father Ray Guimond. Five of his classmates at the seminary simply left. Guimond, however, stayed the course and has lived a productive and rewarding life as a priest for 50 years. He thanks the Virgin Mary for helping him to stay focused. "I never let go of Our Lady; I never let go of the rosary," he says. "I really never stopped praying because that's deadly."

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Solstice shines light of Christ in cathedral

July 21, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

MCLENNAN – Thanks to a parishioner whose hunch, based on observations and calculations, proved true, several members and friends of the Cathedral Parish of St. John the Baptist in McLennan witnessed an occurrence they will never forget. The McLennan cathedral has been constructed in a manner which takes full advantage of the morning sunrise at the annual summer solstice. A huge vaulted window is in the wall above the entrance to the cathedral, and in the centre of this window is a large glass cross, running from top to bottom and from side to side.

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Famous Church St. throws a party

July 21, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Friends of Church Street seeks to promote the historical significance of 96th Street in Edmonton's McCauley neighbourhood, commonly referred to as Church Street. Church Street has numerous houses of worship across a five-block stretch, from 106th to 110th Avenue. The inaugural Church Street Fair on July 12 gave people an opportunity to tour the churches and learn their histories. "We have a diverse, exciting and wonderful community that is inclusive and welcoming. Our diversity is in our spirit, our culture, our nationality, and in our religion," said Colleen Chapman, the president and founder of Friends of Church Street.

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