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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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New missal translation to be implemented in Advent

April 11, 2011
WHO
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Canadian Catholics will begin using the new English translation of the Roman Missal on the First Sunday of Advent, Nov. 27.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) made the announcement April 4, after receiving recognitio for all sections of the revised Missal for use in Canada.

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West has lost ability to believe in God, says Weisgerber

April 18, 2011
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

The great accomplishments of the Western world have come at the cost of our faith, says the archbishop of Winnipeg.

"Our world has a very difficult time believing in God," Archbishop James Weisgerber told a recent Theology on Tap session.

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Haunting Man of Sorrows entrances

April 18, 2011
BETH GRIFFIN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK — The graphic depiction of Jesus as the suffering Man of Sorrows is not a crowd pleaser but is a crowd draw, according to a Jesuit art historian.

"No one would dispute the importance of Christ's sacrificial death in Christian theology, but we are less inclined today to decorate our living rooms with bloody representations of him," said Jesuit Father Gregory Waldrop.

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