WCR This Week

Opportunity no longer knocks for the poor

June 1, 2015
MARK PATTISON
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON – Author Robert Putnam said the "inequality of opportunity" in the United States is leading to a sense of despair and isolation among the nation's poor. Putnam, a political science professor at Harvard University, said about 80 per cent of students in his high school graduating class of 1959 in Port Clinton, Ohio, did better than their parents. "Those who came from the bad side of the tracks did just about as well as those who came from the good."

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Respect the earth or pay the price, say's corporate head.

Paul Polman
June 1, 2015
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Consumers want products that are environmentally friendly, and businesses that are not on board are already starting to feel the pinch, said the CEO of the multinational Unilever. Paul Polman, CEO of the company that owns brands like Lipton, Ben & Jerry's and Suave, told a Vatican-sponsored conference that "the cost of inaction (on climate change) is starting to exceed the cost of action." As a small example, he said, people in communities facing regular power outages cannot keep his products in their freezers, and severe water shortages mean they don't take showers as often, so shampoo sales decline.

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University president says travel essential to higher education

David Mulroney
June 1, 2015
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

The diplomat's take on what it means to be educated includes getting out of your country and out of your comfort zone. For incoming University of St. Michael's College president David Mulroney, his diplomat's understanding of education also happens to be Catholic. The former ambassador to China takes over July 1 at Canada's largest Catholic university with more than 4,000 undergraduates and more than 200 graduate students.

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St. Joseph provides a model for Christian fathers, says painter

Michael O'Brien
June 1, 2015
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Author and painter Michael O'Brien says when, as a young man, he had no role models for how to be a good Catholic man, the Holy Spirit led him to see St. Joseph as a guide. O'Brien's father had died at a relatively young age, but St. Joseph helped him discover spiritual fatherhood as he struggled to raise a family while being committed to producing Christian art. Speaking May 19 to the Catholic Teachers' Guild of Ottawa, O'Brien noted there is little about St. Joseph in the Scripture, but the passages are "multilayered" and of "profound depth."

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Book introduces Catholics in Alberta politics

June 1, 2015
BRETT FAWCETT
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Even though Alberta's Catholic heritage is hidden in plain sight, from the mural at Edmonton's Grandin LRT Station depicting Bishop Vital Grandin himself to the statue of a nun in front of the Legislature acknowledging the work of the various orders of sisters in our province, most people are probably unaware of the contribution of Catholics to Albertan politics. We may, in fact, take it for granted nowadays, with the prominence that the Ukrainian community has in Alberta.

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Romero protected his flock from political repression

Archbishop Oscar Romero
May 18, 2015
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, who will be beatified in San Salvador May 23, has become a symbol of Latin American Church leaders' efforts to protect their flocks from the abuses of military dictatorships. However, his life and the 35 years it took the Vatican to recognize him as a martyr also reflect decades of theological and pastoral discussion over the line dividing pastoral action from political activism under repressive regimes.

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Knights shocked as future state deputy dies

Grant Mann
May 18, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Grant Mann believed the Alberta-Northwest Territories Knights of Columbus was beginning to stray from its original purpose and wanted to bring it back in line. With that goal in mind, he decided to run for the office of state deputy at the Knights' April 17-19 convention in Red Deer. He won and was to become the top leader of the 18,000 Knights in Alberta next month.

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Mother recalls trauma of daughter's disappearance, murder

Pauline Muskego
May 18, 2015
BLAKE SITTLER
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

SASKATOON – On May 18, 2004, Daleen Bosse was out with friends and was expected home that night. It was early the next morning that Bosse's mother, Pauline Muskego, began a journey that continues to this day. Muskego's son, Dana, was babysitting Bosse's daughter while she was out. He called his parents when Bosse did not call home to check on her daughter. "We came to Saskatoon right away to find out what was going on," Muskego recalled. "We didn't want to believe anything had happened."

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Destruction of native culture at root of women's disappearance

Glenda Abbott
May 18, 2015
BLAKE SITTLER
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

The deliberate attempt of European settlers to break down aboriginal communities lies at the root of the addictions, violence and incarceration that is the life of many indigenous women today, says a native studies professor. Europeans brought an end to the way aboriginal people passed on their culture from elders to their grandchildren by imposing an industrial school system, said Dr. Winona Wheeler. "It was a systematic, destructive, pre-conceived breakdown of our communities," Wheeler asserted.

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WCR again named top regional Church paper in Canada

WCR honoured
May 18, 2015
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Western Catholic Reporter has again been named the top regional Church newspaper in Canada, one of nine awards it received from the Canadian Church Press (CCP) May 1. The CCP has acknowledged the WCR as the country's first or second best regional Church newspaper seven times in the last nine years.

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