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Lectures depict future pope as a young radical

Fr. Karol Wojtyla, the future Pope John Paul II

October 20, 2014
JONATHAN LUXMOORE
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WARSAW, POLAND – Less than six months after St. John Paul II was canonized, questions are being raised about a book of lectures he penned as a young priest in his Polish homeland. The two-volume Katolicka Etyka Spoleczna (The Catholic Social Ethic) has never been officially published. But it could, some observers said, affect interpretations of the future pope's philosophical development, highlighting a youthful commitment to radical change which sounded, at times, close to Marxism. "The text certainly reveals how he viewed the political realities of the early 1950s, as well as his deep sensitivity to social issues," said Msgr. Alfred Wierzbicki, director of the John Paul II Institute at Poland's Catholic University of Lublin.

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Mission has brought churches together for 25 years

Strathcona County Ecumenical Mission – Logo – Small

October 20, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

SHERWOOD PARK – The Strathcona County Ecumenical Mission has been the high point of church life in the county for the past 25 years. Christians look forward to it and attend in droves. Attendance keeps growing. About 1,500 people from participating churches have been taking part in the mission events in recent years. Ten churches from four denominations were represented this year, including Catholic, Anglican, United and Lutheran. Worshipping together, learning together and growing together in Christ are important aims of the ecumenical mission held at churches in and around Sherwood Park.

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Two young priests replace Mireau as schools' chaplains

October 20, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Two young Edmonton priests have been appointed chaplains of the Edmonton Catholic School District to replace the late Father Michael Mireau. Father Dean Dowle, adjunct judicial vicar of the Alberta Interdiocesan Tribunal, and Father Julian Bilyj, a Ukrainian Catholic priest and school teacher, were appointed to their new positions Oct. 9. They will begin their duties as chaplains Oct. 27. Dowle, 32, was born in Edmonton, raised in Fort Saskatchewan and ordained to the priesthood in 2010. He served in parish ministry at St. Theresa's Parish and St. Joseph's Basilica before beginning graduate studies at St. Paul University in Ottawa.

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Coren claims Islam waging war on Christianity

Michael Coren

October 20, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In case you haven't noticed, Islam is waging war on Christianity. That's the view of Michael Coren, the controversial Catholic author. In his new book Hatred: Islam's War on Christianity, Coren blasts the West's hypocritical tolerance of the persecution of Christianity, which, he says, is administered by the hand of Islam, not by accident, but by design. However, John Esposito, an expert on Islam, says he understands Coren's concern with the increased tension, discrimination, conflict and violence towards Christians in some parts of the Muslim world. But Esposito, a leading Catholic expert on Islam and a professor of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., says the attribution of these facts to Islam rather than to some Muslims and Muslim groups is "simplistic and reductionist."

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Durocher: Gospel is really good news, not a set of rules

Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher

October 20, 2014
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – The Church needs to find better ways to show how the Gospel message is a way of life meant to bring great joy to couples and families, the president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops said during the synod on the family. The Gospel is not a burdensome set of rules aimed at exclusion, said Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher of Gatineau, Quebec. "Church teaching has to be rediscovered not as a set of rules, but as a true good news, a good news that frees people," Durocher told Catholic News Service Oct. 8. "God's plan for marriage is not a structure in which people have to bind themselves in order to somehow gain God's love. God's plan for marriage is a gift of God's love for us," he said.

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Sisters train pro-lifers to battle abortion

Sisters of Life

October 20, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

How can I be sure I'm pregnant? How should I tell my family? Can I keep my job? What about my finances? These are just a few questions that run through the mind of a woman with an unplanned pregnancy. Sister Magdalene, with the Sisters of Life, said that by understanding the fears of a pregnant woman, one may better understand and sympathize with her predicament. The woman might feel all alone, and no one is supporting her. This is one of the most poignant hurts that a pregnant woman faces, she said. The Sisters of Life is a contemplative religious community founded in 1991 by Cardinal John O'Connor of New York for the protection and enhancement of the sacredness of every human life.

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Violent 'doctrine of discovery' repudiated centuries ago

October 20, 2014
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

A 30-year effort to get the pope to take back the words of two 15th century popes got another boost this summer when Leadership Conference of Women Religious, representing about 80 per cent of American sisters, passed a resolution calling on Pope Francis to repudiate the doctrine of discovery. The resolution, approved in August, called on Pope Francis to formally repudiate the events of Christian history when religion was used "to justify political and personal violence against indigenous nations and peoples and their cultural, religious and territorial identities."

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Mireau rode roller coaster in adventurous priesthood

October 6, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Father Paul Kavanagh was one of Father Mike Mireau's closest friends. The pair met in the seminary in 1997, were ordained three weeks apart in 2002, went to Disneyland together and Kavanagh was at Mireau's side when he died Sept. 22. The two buddies had a lot of laughs at Disneyland just a few months ago. They had gone to California for a religious education congress in March and stayed on for a day or two. What was Mireau's favourite ride? Kavanagh bursts out laughing.

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Meet Christ among the marginalized – Gordon

Bishop Gary Gordon

October 6, 2014
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Look to the peripheries for it is there you'll find the suffering, the marginalized and Jesus Christ. "Where you meet Jesus is in the peripheries and on the edges," said Bishop Gary Gordon, a veteran missionary priest. "I have met Jesus so many times in the peripheries." Although Gordon now serves the Diocese of Victoria, a position he has held since June 14, he says being an urban priest was never his intention.

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Cardinal returns to bless his school

Cardinal Collins

October 6, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

With scissors in hand and a wide smile on his face, Cardinal Thomas Collins cut the red ribbon declaring the new Cardinal Collins High School Academic Centre officially open. Dignitaries from the local Church, Edmonton Catholic Schools, the city and provincial government accompanied the former Edmonton archbishop at the Sept. 24 opening. The Collins Academic Centre was built in partnership with the City of Edmonton and is attached to the Clareview Recreation Centre at 3802-139 Ave. It offers students an alternative way to complete high school or upgrade courses.

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