KAIROS signals alarm over free trade deal with Colombia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday November 24th, 2008 KAIROS signals alarm over free trade deal with Colombia Ignoring the calls of both civil society and the parliamentary trade committee for a Human Rights Impact Assessment, Prime Minister Harper signed the controversial Canada-Colombia Free-Trade Agreement (FTA) on November 21st. “It is disturbing that the Prime Minister signed this deal given Colombia’s severe human rights crisis.  The testimony I heard continues to haunt me to this day,” said Pastor Jim Dekker, KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives board member, who...
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The Eddies

  One of the privileges of being the dogsbody at cntsf is the opportunity to do just what I am now doing. The Eddies are the annual event where the best education blogs of the year are decided by well, you when you vote. Nominations are now open for the 2008 awards and I am invoking dogsbody privilege to nominate two of my favourite blogs. For the Best Group Edublog 2008, I nominate Tomorrow’s Trust: A Review of Catholic Education found at http://www.tomorrowstrust.ca/ Tomorrow’s Trust, run by John Borst describes itself thus: The purpose of Tomorrow’s Trust is to provide a web...
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Education and Discipleship

  To be a disciple is to be a pupil. Christianity, I have long urged, is best understood, in these culturally uncongenial times, not as a “religion”, in the modern sense, but rather as a kind of school, a school of lifelong adult education in the knowledge and the love of God. Consider, from this perspective, questions such as the following: how are adult Catholics, in this country, taught to pray and taught to think, to make their faith a faith in quest of understanding, a fides quaerens intellectum? How are adult Catholics, in this country, taught to read the Scriptures? How are...
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Educated Catholics have sown dissent and confusion in the Church, claims bishop

   The Rt Rev Patrick O’Donoghue, the Bishop of Lancaster, has claimed that graduates are spreading scepticism and sowing dissent. Instead of following the Church’s teaching they are “hedonistic”, “selfish” and “egocentric”, he said. In particular, the bishop complained that influential Catholics in politics and the media were undermining the Church. While not naming names, he suggested that such people had been compromised by their education, which he said had a “dark side, due to original sin”. Prominent Catholics in public life...
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The Church:The Evolution of Catholicism by Richard McBrien, HarperOne, New York, 2008, 496 pp reviewed by Ted Schmidt

  Richard McBrien is the Crowley-O’Brien professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame and without a doubt as his book jacket says   “a leading authority on Catholicism.” He dedicates his latest book to his hero Yves Congar OP, “the greatest ecclesiologist in the history of the Church.” This encomium is beyond dispute. It was Pere Congar’s often proscribed writings which gave such an impetus to a new understanding of the Church as evidenced in the revolutionary leap in thinking at Vatican ll. The documents Lumen Gentium and Gaudium et Spes have...
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