Introduction to the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
 

Nationhood is rooted in profound faith

April 17, 2006
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

What defines a nation? What separates one national culture from another?

Is it language, geography or shared experiences? Could it be the nation's unique foods, dress, songs and dances?

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God, not man, reigns supreme

April 10, 2006
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Canada's official motto, "from sea to sea," was lifted from Psalm 72. When adopted in 1921, it no doubt reflected the country's pride in having Canada stretch from the Atlantic to the Pacific. More basic, however, was the desire to have the motto reflect the kind of country Canada is to be.

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Globealization is shaking up our society

April 3, 2006
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In his 1965 classic book Lament for a Nation, philosopher George Grant mourned the death of Canada as a sovereign state. With the hindsight of 41 years, it might seem that Grant was hasty in his judgment. Canada, after all, is still alive and kicking. Our athletes even won 24 medals at the Winter Olympics, Canada's highest total ever!

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Free markets free people

March 27, 2006
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In North America, we tend to see a free market economy as being as natural as the birds in the sky. We also tend to identify it with the economic system we today have in place. Both assumptions are perilous.

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Cultivate your can-do attitude

March 20, 2006
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

I am blessed to have several friends who are or who have been small businesspeople. All of these people are very service-oriented. They don't work 9 to 5 and they will always go the extra mile to ensure things are taken care of.

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The dichotomy of rich and poor

March 13, 2006
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Judeo-Christian understanding of wealth and poverty has vacillated between two attitudes. One attitude, rooted in Old Testament Wisdom literature, sees abundance as a sign of God's favour and poverty the result of laziness. "A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich" (Proverbs 10:4).

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Globalization trades on the world's poor

March 6, 2006
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church is a book replete with footnotes referring to previous Church documents. That's the way it should be. As a compendium, the book pulls together relevant Church statements and sorts them by topic.

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Workers deserve a living wage

February 27, 2006
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Recently, I had the privilege of meeting a young man and his wife and baby who had recently moved to Edmonton from a foreign country. They chose Edmonton over other Canadian cities because the man (let's call him Robert) realized the job opportunities were better here than elsewhere.

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Work gives us dignity, respect

February 20, 2006
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

More than 20 years ago, I was unemployed for four interminable months. It was, without a doubt, the most trying time of my adult life.

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Consider work's many aspects

February 13, 2006
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Karl Marx here made an important comment on the nature of labour. Viewed from the outside, labour is about producing things – material things, services or information – that are typically sold to others.

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Catholic Social Teachings