Archive for 2012

Archive pour 2012

WCC F&O Commission approves new theological agreement

At a historic meeting in Malaysia, the World Council of Churches (WCC) Commission on Faith and Order approved a new theological agreement and proposed a major restructuring of its work in the future.

The commission approved the text on “The Church: Towards a Common Vision” the second convergence document in the history of Faith and Order. The WCC director of Faith and Order, Canon John Gibaut, explains that “this ‘convergence’ text show how closely the members of the commission are able to come together to agree on what it means to be the one Church of Jesus Christ. The agreement reached by the commission then will be tested among the churches.”

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Posted: July 3, 2012 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=2199
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: church, ecclesiology, ecumenism, WCC, WCC Commission on Faith & Order
Transmis : 3 juillet 2012 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=2199
Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : church, ecclesiology, ecumenism, WCC, WCC Commission on Faith & Order


New particle may unlock new discoveries, says Vatican astronomer

The discovery of a new sub-atomic particle — the so-called Higgs boson — may help scientists discover how the hidden structure of all matter in the universe works, a Vatican astronomer said.
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Posted: July 5, 2012 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=2202
Categories: CNSIn this article: science, Vatican
Transmis : 5 juillet 2012 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=2202
Catégorie : CNSDans cet article : science, Vatican


Auxiliary Bishop appointed for the Archdiocese of Edmonton

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI today appointed the Reverend Gregory Bittman as Auxiliary Bishop of Edmonton, Alberta. He will assist the Archbishop of Edmonton, the Most Reverend Richard W. Smith, who is also President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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Posted: July 14, 2012 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=2207
Categories: NewsIn this article: bishops, Catholic, Edmonton
Transmis : 14 juillet 2012 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=2207
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : bishops, Catholic, Edmonton


Archbishop Sylvain Lavoie retires

On July 16, 2012, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, accepted the resignation of the Most Reverend Sylvain Lavoie, O.M.I., Archbishop of Keewatin – Le Pas, Manitoba, according to canon 401, §2, and at the same time appointed Father William Stang, O.M.I., as Apostolic Administrator of the same Archdiocese.
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Posted: July 16, 2012 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=2213
Categories: NewsIn this article: bishops, Catholic, Saskatchewan
Transmis : 16 juillet 2012 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=2213
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : bishops, Catholic, Saskatchewan


The anguish of imperfect communion

by Julia Smucker

For about the past five years, I have been a participant in the Mennonite/Catholic ecumenical movement known as Bridgefolk – first as a Mennonite drawn toward communion with the Catholic Church but also strongly connected to my ecclesial heritage, and now as a Catholic seeking to maintain that connection with the church that formed me. I had agonized over the choice I was presented with in the unavoidable reality that joining with one communion would mean breaking with another, and wondered whether I could do so without it being tantamount to a rejection, a cutting off of my roots. And then I discovered a group of people who had been agonizing over this division for years before me. In the many honest and in-depth discussions I’ve been a part of since, it’s been clear that these people who are doing their best to bridge two Christian traditions share a deep longing for a fuller communion than we are as yet able to have, as well as an acute awareness that what we long for cannot be attained quickly or easily.
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Posted: July 16, 2012 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=2212
Categories: OpinionIn this article: eucharist, sacramental sharing
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Catégorie : OpinionDans cet article : eucharist, sacramental sharing


Catholic bishops welcome court appeal on assisted suicide

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops welcomes the decision of the Federal Government to appeal all aspects of the British Columbia Supreme Court decision on assisted suicide, rendered June 15, 2012. We agree with the statement by Federal Justice Minister, Rob Nicholson, that “laws surrounding euthanasia and assisted suicide exist to protect all Canadians, including those who are most vulnerable, such as people who are sick or elderly or people with disabilities”.

In a statement issued June 18, 2012, the CCCB President, Most Reverend Richard W. Smith, Archbishop of Edmonton, underscored the importance of respecting the gift of life, from the moment of conception until natural death. He reminded us: “We are the stewards, not the owners, of the life God has entrusted to us. It is not ours to dispose of.” (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2280)

The CCCB will continue to monitor this issue closely and offer its perspective as it unfolds.
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Posted: July 16, 2012 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=2234
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, euthanasia, physician assisted suicide
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Catholic, euthanasia, physician assisted suicide


Communiqué: Lutheran–Roman Catholic Commission on Unity

The Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity had its fourth meeting from 12-19 July 2012 at the “Johann-Adam-Möhler-Institut für Ökumenik” in Paderborn, Germany. This is the fifth round for an official dialogue which began already in 1967. Looking toward the 500th Reformation anniversary in 2017, the Commission noted that this year will mark also the 50th anniversary of this process of dialogue. Harvesting the results of this ecumenical work, the Commission finalized a document “From Conflict to Communion: Lutheran-Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017.”
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Posted: July 19, 2012 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=2253
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, Lutheran
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Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, Lutheran


Anglicans in Saskatchewan to elect indigenous bishop & council

On July 28, the Anglican diocese of Saskatchewan will convene a general assembly to elect a diocesan indigenous bishop as well as members of a new indigenous council.
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Posted: July 20, 2012 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=2220
Categories: Anglican JournalIn this article: Anglican, bishops, Indigenous peoples, Saskatchewan
Transmis : 20 juillet 2012 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=2220
Catégorie : Anglican JournalDans cet article : Anglican, bishops, Indigenous peoples, Saskatchewan