Life and church teaching
The church is gathering many of the world’s bishops in October to start talking about how the Christian life is really lived, writes Michael Swan. A deep change in culture has caught the church by surprise. “It never expected its teaching about love and children and duty and human connection would become unintelligible.”
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Frowning won't save marriage
Smiling Pope Francis has brought about a vast change in the way the Catholic Church is regarded by its ordinary members. He has made it seem not just fit for human habitation, but warm and welcoming. It is becoming clear that he wants to see a similar shift in perception with regard to marriage.
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Large institutional facilities that care for the intellectually disabled are gradually being closed in favour of placing residents into smaller community settings. While the intentions are honourable, the issues involved in closing such facilities are quite complicated, writes Will Braun.
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Before his experience at L’Arche, Jason Reimer Greig had a dismal view of what working with people with intellectual disabilities might be like. But he found that “entering into relationships with core members transformed my whole perception of what it means to be human.”
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A day in the life
Holly Gerein, Care Manager at Mont St. Joseph Home in Prince Albert, developed an experience that would be a glimpse into the life of a resident with Alzheimer’s disease, writes Sandra Kary. The results were dramatic.
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