WCR This Week

Catholic movement tackles climate change with Lenten fast

Renée Mercuri
March 9, 2015
JEAN KO DIN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – Catholics around the world are participating in a 40-day Lenten fast to pray for unity in the Catholic Church and among world leaders in addressing climate change. Organized by the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM), an international coalition of Catholic organizations and individuals advocating for climate justice, 45 countries have pledged to host one day of the 40-day Lenten season to fast from food, as well as reduce their waste and carbon consumption.

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Lent should prepare us to meet Christ

March 9, 2015
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Lent should be a time for Catholics to spiritually prepare for the celebration of Christ's resurrection and less about forgoing materialism. "When we think of Lent we think we have to give up something and we've kind of lost that whole focus on the interior aspect," said David Gilbert, president and founder of the Burlington, Ont.-based Serviam Ministries.

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Is not this the fast that I choose?

March 9, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Fasting is an essential part of Lent. To many, fasting means giving up some delicious treat. Maybe it is chocolate. Wine before dinner. Something we find yummy. In truth, we still do that. In fact, some use this time to lose weight. Yes, we do lose weight, but it is the weight of emptiness and sin.

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Students study death to appreciate life

Mark Shelvock
March 9, 2015
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

At King's University College in London, Ont., second-year student Mark Shevlock is hoping to teach others what he's learned already: that the key to happiness can be found in the exploration of death. Shocked to discover the school had no academic club attached to its thanatology department, unlike the majority of the school's departments, Shevlock formed the Than Club motivated by a desire to give back to the King's community.

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Be wary of spiritual Alzheimer's, gossip and grumbling

March 9, 2015

Here is the second installment of the WCR Lenten series taken from Pope Francis Dec. 22, 2014 Christmas greetings to the Roman Curia. We trust that the pope's reflections on "spiritual diseases" that weaken our service to the Lord will assist you in your own Lenten examination of conscience.

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Supreme Court ruling repeats original sin

Archbishop Richard Smith

February 23, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Supreme Court decision legalizing assisted suicide in Canada is a repeat of the original sin in which men and women believed they can be like gods, says Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve "surrendered to the lie" that they could be "something other than what they were created to be," Smith said in a Feb. 12 interview. "God is eclipsed and his supremacy and sovereignty is replaced with that of the individual," the archbishop said. That human decision in Eden has been the root of all sin and disharmony in the world ever since, he said.

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Archbishop's message on assisted suicide ruling

February 23, 2015

On Friday, February 6th, the Supreme Court of Canada rendered a landmark decision granting legal permission for physician-assisted death in our country. In so doing it agreed with claims that a human person faced with suffering has the right to determine when and how to end one's life, and that the legal prohibition against assisted suicide impeded the exercise of this right and infringed upon their liberty. In its ruling, the Supreme Court outlines the conditions within which the provision or administration of lethal medication to a patient who has requested it would be permissible.

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Groups line up to oppose decision on assisted suicide

Michele Boulva

February 23, 2015
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Disappointment, sadness and calls to invoke the notwithstanding clause greeted the Supreme Court of Canada's Feb. 6 decision striking down laws against physician-assisted suicide. "Catholics are called by their faith to assist all those in need, particularly the poor, the suffering and the dying," said Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher, president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. "Comforting the dying and accompanying them in love and solidarity has been considered by the Church since its beginning a principal expression of Christian mercy," Durocher said.

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Journeying with a friend to death can be life-giving

Jo-Anne Paquette

February 23, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Jo-Anne Paquette's three-month journey with Martha Shephard as she died from a brain tumour was both physically draining and a spiritual gift for Paquette. "Martha lived in a house in Ottawa, and I really grew to respect her, thought of her as a mentor," said Paquette. "When I was dropped into the pool of caring for her and journeying with her, it was a sudden thing. It felt like a whole lifetime to me."

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Schools should be communities of shalom

Fr. Raymond Carey

February 23, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

God wants those working in Catholic schools to experience shalom so they can be ministers of shalom to Catholic students, an Oregon theologian told staff of Edmonton Catholic Schools. "It's God's will that we are in shalom relationships with one another," Father Raymond Carey told about 3,200 employees of the Edmonton Catholic School District. "Let's be ministers of shalom one to another." The priest said shalom refers not only to peace but to wholeness, perfection in Christ and balance with God in one's personal life and in the many roles one may have in Catholic education.

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