WCR This Week

Corapi accused of sexual, financial faults

Fr. John Corapi

July 18, 2011
NANCY FRAZIER O'BRIEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Father John Corapi was involved in "years of cohabitation" with a former prostitute, repeated abuse of alcohol and drugs and "serious violation" of his promise of poverty, according to a fact-finding team appointed by his religious order.

Corapi has been ordered by the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity to return to live at the order's regional headquarters in Robstown, Texas, and to dismiss a lawsuit against the woman whose accusations prompted the investigation.

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Militant's case may define religious freedom

July 18, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Bill Whatcott is the kind of man who would carry a "Repent" sign to a gay pride parade and preach about the evils of sodomy for the length of the parade.

Whatcott's lawyer Tom Schuck said Whatcott not only did that — the scene is captured in the new documentary Freedom of Whatcott produced by the Moon Brothers — but also his client arrived ahead of the parade to the rallying point and grabbed the microphone.

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Winnipeg churches bring together offender, community members

Wilma Derksen

July 18, 2011
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG — Everyone is forgivable, even society's worst offenders, say the facilitators of a program they believe is a new approach to restorative justice.

Wilma Derksen and Adam Klassen describe Journey to Justice as a group of volunteers with varied backgrounds meeting with prison inmates to explore issues of justice.

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Novalis celebrates 75 years of bringing the liturgy to Canadians

Joseph Sinasac

July 18, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Novalis Publishing celebrated its 75th anniversary at Saint Paul University July 7 at a reception to honour its authors, editors and past and present staff.

Novalis began in 1936 when Oblate Father André Guay, who founded the Catholic Centre at the University of Ottawa, began publishing pamphlets to help ordinary Catholics better understand their faith in a post-Depression era.

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Lahey's sentencing hearing delayed until Dec.

July 18, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - Bishop Raymond Lahey will have to wait several more months in jail before his sentencing on charges of importing of child pornography.

Already postponed from June to early August, the end of the sentencing hearing has been delayed until December because the forensic psychiatrist who examined Lahey is not available on the Aug. 4 and 5 dates that were set aside.

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Interfaith dialogue a Christian obligation

July 18, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - Since the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Church and other Christian communities have been seeking the right balance between a truly respectful dialogue with other religions and an obligation to share their conviction that the fullness of salvation is found in Christ.

Pope Benedict has been at the centre of the Catholic Church's search for that balance during his six years as pope and, before that, as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

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Run, jump, throw hammers — at 92

July 18, 2011
BRENT MATTSON
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER — Hard core athletes usually retire when they get "up there" in their sporting years, usually in their late 30s or early 40s.

Not so for Olga Kotelko. The West Vancouver track and field star is in her 90s and believes she can compete forever.

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Family Life Conference: A festival of Catholic Life

July 11, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

LAC STE. ANNE — Hundreds of Catholic families spent the Canada Day long weekend sharing with each other, barbecuing, praying, attending Mass and listening to renowned speakers from Canada and the United States.

The Lac Ste. Anne pilgrimage site was teeming with activity as more than 2,000 Catholics, about 500 families, from across Alberta and Western Canada descended on the site for the 16th annual Family Life Conference June 30-July 3.

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Bishops take pastoral approach to same-sex attraction

July 11, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Canada’s Catholic bishops have published a pastoral letter on ministry to young people with same-sex attraction that warns against “watering down” Church teaching yet shows sensitivity to the challenges faced by homosexuals.

The eight-page booklet prepared by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (CCCB) doctrinal commission released June 27 on its website (www.cccb.ca) comes when publicly-funded Catholic schools are under pressure from the Ontario government’s equity polity.

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Alta. Pilgrimages provide a way to celebrate summer

July 11, 2011
GREG BOUNDS
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

This summer avail yourself of the opportunity to take in one or all of the annual pilgrimages that occur in the Edmonton Archdiocese.

If those dates do not work then still take the opportunity to stop by on your summer travels and visit the shrine or historic church in the area to appreciate the design and sacredness of these holy sites.

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