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Militant secularism undermines physicians' rights –– Collins

Cardinal Thomas Collins
June 29, 2015
VIRGINIA BATTISTE
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

CALGARY – A battle to protect physicians' conscience rights must be fought to counter the militant secularism shaping today's society, says Cardinal Thomas Collins. "Don't be misled by government who would allow conscience rights only if you are treating a patient of your own belief. That is not right," Collins told Christian physicians meeting here June 13.

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Quebec's largest churches facing uncertain future

Logo - Archdiocese of Quebec
June 29, 2015
PHILLIP VALLANCOURT
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

With the decision to close one of its largest and most important churches, the Archdiocese of Quebec is sending a clear message: The future of even the most majestic churches cannot be guaranteed anymore. On May 24, one last Mass was celebrated in renowned St. John the Baptist Church. Dedicated to the patron saint of French Canadians, the church stands among the high-profile churches of both the archdiocese and the province of Quebec.

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Women at the cross inspire Faithful Companions

June 29, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

One might wonder how the women of the Gospel, especially those who stood beneath the Cross of Jesus, might live out that devotion on earth today. Those women at the foot of the cross are the inspiration that drew Madame Marie Madeleine d'Houët, a mother and wife, to establish the Sisters Faithful Companions of Jesus, founded on Holy Thursday 1820 in France.

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Alta. CWL called to replace complacency with creativity

Cathy Bouchard
June 29, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Catholic Women's League must embrace bold and creative rethinking, national president Barb Dowding told members at this year's provincial CWL convention. Dowding explained the 2015-17 theme One Heart, One Voice, One Mission in her speech to the members of the Alberta Mackenzie Provincial Council who attended the two-day convention which kicked off in Yellowknife June 5.

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Provincial head wants league to speak for justice

CWL crest
June 29, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

YELLOWKNIFE – Being chosen to lead the provincial Catholic Women's League during the time of Pope Francis is a significant coincidence for new president Cathy Bouchard. Bouchard, of Red Deer, is a secular Franciscan. She was named president at the Alberta Mackenzie provincial council convention held here June 5-6. "It's kind of a nice synchronicity for me as a Franciscan," she said. "All of us are very happy that this pope reflects St. Francis of Assisi."

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1. Pope calls us to move beyond superficial ecology

June 29, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

People have a growing ecological awareness, but that awareness "has not succeeded in changing their harmful habits of consumption," Pope Francis said in the opening chapter of his encyclical Laudato Si', On Care For Our Common Home. Rather than decreasing, those "harmful habits" appear to be all the more on the increase, the pope said.

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2. Ecological duties are essential to Christian faith

June 29, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Christians have a responsibility to respect nature and the Creator, a duty that is an essential part of the Christian faith, says Pope Francis. While nature is a system that can be studied and controlled, creation "can only be understood as a gift from the outstretched hand of the Father of all," the pope wrote in the second chapter of his encyclical On Care for Our Common Home.

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3. Only revolution can overthrow 'logic' of technology

June 29, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The growth of technology has led to an "ironclad logic" that diminishes human freedom and the human capacity for making decisions, Pope Francis wrote in the third chapter of his new encyclical Laudato Si', On Care for Our Common Home. New policies, ways of education, lifestyles and even spirituality are needed to resist the "technological paradigm" for societal decision-making that has become so dominant that it has become "inconceivable" to consider alternatives, the pope says.

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4. Consumerism sending society into ethical, cultural decline.

June 29, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Consumerism and individualism have seriously eroded traditional cultures and sent society into "ethical and cultural decline," says Pope Francis. An emphasis on economic growth has led to increased standardization through efforts to cut costs and simplify procedures, the pope said in a chapter on Integral Ecology in his encyclical On Care for Our Common Home.

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5. Pope Francis will not settle for halfway measures

June 29, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Humanity is engulfed in "a spiral of self-destruction" which can only be halted through dialogue at the international, national and local levels, Pope Francis said in his encyclical On Care for Our Common Home. In his fifth chapter of the encyclical, Lines of Approach and Action, the pope shows greater faith in the ability of public pressure to bring about positive change affecting the natural environment than he does in current political and economic processes.

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