WCR This Week

U.S. Catholic groups welcome veto of Keystone pipeline

March 9, 2015
DENNIS SADOWSKI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

American Catholic organizations welcomed U.S. President Barack Obama's Feb. 24 veto of a bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Obama's decision to block the pipeline allows more opportunity to consider moral questions about the environment and climate change, the groups say.

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Profit is a false god; money is the 'devil's drug,' says Pope Francis

Pope Francis
March 9, 2015
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Profit must never be a Christian's god, although it is one of the tools for measuring the effectiveness of business choices and the ability of a company to help workers feed their families, Pope Francis said. "Money is the devil's dung," the pope said Feb. 28, quoting St. Francis of Assisi. "When money becomes an idol, it dictates people's choices."

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Pope faces strong opposition inside, outside the Church

Dr. Massimo Faggioli
March 9, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Pope Francis is a radical reformer who is facing enemies inside and outside the Church opposed to at least some parts of his agenda, says a prominent Church historian. Dr. Massimo Faggioli, an expert on the Second Vatican Council and the author of several books, said the pope is not a liberal who exalts the individual as the centre of the world and who sees a minimal role for the Church in public life.

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Vatican II still being received by the Church, says Faggioli

March 9, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – The Second Vatican Council is an event that has more in common with a liturgy rather than with "a printing machine of documents," says Church historian Massimo Faggioli. As the liturgy is not the missal that guides the Mass so Vatican II is more than the 16 documents approved at the council, Faggioli said at the annual Anthony Jordan Lecture Series Feb. 27.

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Scattering ashes trendy, but irreverent – cemetery head

March 9, 2015
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Scattering the ashes of the recently departed is a rising trend in Vancouver despite the practice breaking both civil and canon law. "It is against canon law for the simple reason that it comes back to the Church's position that it is all about reverence and care for the body" or the cremated remains, said Peter Nobles, director of Catholic Cemeteries in Vancouver.

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Bill to fast track euthanasia law quashed

Justin Trudeau
March 9, 2015
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Conservative MPs quashed a Liberal motion to fast-track legislation on physician-assisted suicide Feb. 24 by a vote of 146-132. Instead, the Tories indicated the government will undertake extensive consultations and still meet the one-year deadline set by the Supreme Court of Canada when it struck down the laws against assisted suicide Feb. 6.

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Royal commission needed on euthanasia, says ethicist

Margaret Somerville
March 9, 2015
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Prominent ethicist Margaret Somerville has called for the federal government to launch a royal commission on "physician-assisted death" and to invoke the notwithstanding clause. Liberals, meanwhile, have called for the establishment of a parliamentary committee to investigate ways to revise Canada's suicide laws now that the Supreme Court has struck down laws preventing voluntary euthanasia and physician assisted suicide.

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Youth group urges divestment from fossil fuels

March 9, 2015
JEAN KO DIN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Fossil Free Faith has launched a new program recruiting youth to lead the conversation in their faith communities about divesting in fossil fuel companies. The aim is to lead the way in removing financial investments from companies that profit from the fossil fuel industry and reinvest into more ethical and environmentally friendly companies. To celebrate Global Divestment Day (Feb. 13), Fossil Free Faith introduced the BC Youth Fellowship Program. The program hopes to create a multi-faith network of youth activists, organizers, artists, writers, speakers and videographers.

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Listen to people's sufferings, joys, urges Tagle

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle
March 9, 2015
DENNIS SADOWSKI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

By listening to people's suffering, joys and daily endeavours, Catholics bring the vision of the Second Vatican Council to the world, said Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Philippines. Such action shows that the Church values the dignity of every person, especially the poor, and that it welcomes encounters with the world without fear, Tagle told an audience at The Catholic University of America in Washington.

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Redemptorists left positive mark on local Church

Consecrated Life
March 9, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When the Redemptorist Fathers arrived in the Archdiocese of Edmonton 91 years ago, they were an energetic bunch of missionaries with a desire to change the world. They became known for their vibrant parish missions and their dedicated pastoral work, principally at St. Alphonsus Parish on Edmonton's 118th Avenue. They also did some teaching, some counselling and some work on bioethics.

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