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2 of 4 missing hunters from Fort Chipewyan to be laid to rest this week - CBC.caTuesday, May 9, 2017
Wednesday.Friends and relatives have raised thousands of dollars to cover the costs of the funerals and other expenses through raffles, craft sales, and a casino night in Fort Good Hope, Northwest Territories.A RCMP helicopter hovers over the Rocher River. Three helicopters assisted in the search for the missing hunters from Fort Chipewyan. (CBC)Search continuesMeanwhile, RCMP Cpl. Chris Warren said the search continues for the two other missing men — Andrew Ladouceur and Keith Marten."The RCMP boat and helicopter patrols are continuing in the area in search of the remaining hunters," Warren said.However, Warren said the RCMP dive team has gone home."The underwater recovery team from British Columbia has concluded their search with no other viable areas of interest to search. They are in the process of returning to B.C.," he said.Chief Steve Courtoreille, of the Mikisew Cree First Nation, said the search will continue as long as searchers continue to volunteer.More than 100 searchers and 35 boats have taken part in the search, including Fort McMurray Search and Rescue, Parks Canada officials, human remains detection dogs, and multiple RCMP divisions. Let's block ads! (Why?)...
Bishops issue guidelines to refuse funerals in assisted deaths - Edmonton SunFriday, February 17, 2017
EDMONTON — Guidelines from the Catholic Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories say priests should refuse funerals for some people who choose assisted suicide.The document describes how physician-assisted death is a “grave sin” and contradicts the teachings of the Catholic church.It says priests should weigh the circumstances of each funeral request, but high-profile assisted deaths can’t be celebrated.“If the church were to refuse a funeral to someone, it is not to punish the person but to recognize his or her decision — a decision that has brought him or her to an action that is contrary to the Christian faith, that is somehow notorious and public and would do harm to the Christian community and the larger culture,” says the document.It also says families should be supported, but those who want to celebrate the assisted deaths of their loved ones can’t do it at a church funeral.“This would be truly scandalous, as it would be an encouragement to others to engage in the evil that is euthanasia and assisted suicide. Such a request for funeral...
Bridgeport businessman Arnett Ray Burnside dies at 83 - WDTVFriday, February 17, 2017
Kodiak bear in several western states and Canada. He was the second person in West Virginia to achieve the Grand Slam of the four North American wild sheep--a Dall ram from the Northwest Territories, a Stone sheep from Yukon Territory, a Rocky Mountain bighorn from British Columbia, and a desert sheep from the Grand Canyon area of Arizona. In 1986 he traveled with his son to Spain where he hunted mouflon sheep, Spanish ibex, chamois, and red stag.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, New York 10018 or to a charity of your choice in memory of Arnett.Family and friends will be received at Burnside Funeral Home, 607 S. Virginia Ave., Bridgeport Sunday, February 12 from 1-8 p.m., where funeral services will be conducted Monday, February 13 at 11 a.m. with Reverend Etheldean Yanero presiding. Interment will follow in Bridgeport Cemetery.Let's block ads! (Why?)...
Canada's Pastoral Challenge: Ministering Faithfully in a Culture of Doctor-Assisted Death - National Catholic RegisterFriday, January 6, 2017
Church funeral might be broadly available to Catholics who choose to kill themselves with the assistance of doctors.
In contrast, the bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories earlier published a far more detailed document that explained why such a pastoral response might be precluded, while exploring in depth an extensive range of other responses that priests could apply as warranted.
Canada’s Catholic bishops, in the lead-up to the bill’s passage, were very vocal in opposing the change, appearing before government panels to warn against the perils of state-sanctioned killing and urging parliamentarians to vote against it, to no avail. Now that assisted suicide is legal, and a fully funded part of Canada’s socialized health care system, the bishops are grappling with the fallout.
A 2014 Ipsos Reid poll, among others, found 83% of Catholics supported assisted suicide and euthanasia. So there will be, and doubtless already have been, individuals and/or family members requesting the sacraments before being euthanized and Catholic funerals afterwards.
The Alberta Bishops
The six bishops of Alberta-Northwest Territories were first to respond in September with their “General Principles and Reflections on Sacramental Ministry to the Sick and Dying in Light of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia,” a 34-page vademecum (a handbook or guide) addressed to priests and parishes to assist their ministry to such persons. It followed a series of discussions hosted by Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton last spring, when it became clear that assisted suicide would be legalized. Priests and others in pastoral ministry sought guidance on how to respond and in collaboration with the other five bishops, the document was produced.
In a brief introduction, the bishops are clear: “Euthanasia is a grave violation of the law of God since it is the deliberate and morally unacceptable killing of a human person.” The theme is faithful accompaniment, which always includes compassion, love, prayer and support. Priests and ministers should guide the person to conversion to unite his or her suffering with Christ’s. It explains with great clarity the ...
Atlantic Canadian bishops approve last rites before euthanasia: 'Pope Francis is our model' - LifesiteWednesday, December 14, 2016
Champagne told the Catholic Register.
“Our concern is pastoral accompaniment. Pope Francis is our model,” he said.
Champagne said the guidelines released by the Alberta and Northwest Territories bishops in September do not, in the words of the Catholic Register, “express the vision of all Canada’s bishops.”
Champagne also referred to the Holy Father’s Amoris Laetitia in explaining the Atlantic bishops’ vision of pastoral care for those contemplating or arranging for assisted suicide or euthanasia.
Amoris Laetitia affirms Catholic teaching while recognizing “there are people who are not yet there,” Champagne said.
Thus when it comes to people who are suffering and contemplating, or are arranging for assisted suicide or euthanasia, “we will welcome them, try to understand and journey with them.”
LifeSiteNews was not able to reach Bishop Champagne before deadline.
The Atlantic bishops’ document, a mere three pages compared with the Alberta bishops’ 34-page Vademecum for Priests and Parishes, also quotes Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, or Joy of the Gospel.
The Holy Father “reminds us that the one who accompanies others must realize that each person’s situation before God and his/her life of grace are mysteries which no one can fully know from without,” the Atlantic bishops write.
“Consequently, we must not make judgments about people’s responsibility and culpability.”
“To one and all we wish to say that the pastoral care of souls cannot be reduced to norms for the reception of the sacraments or the celebration of funeral rites,” they note.
“Persons, and their families, who may be considering euthanasia or assisted suicide and who request the ministry of the Church need to be accompanied with dialogue and compassionate prayerful support,” the bishops note.
This pastoral accompaniment will “shed light on complex pastoral situations and will indicate the most appropriate action to be taken, including whether or not the celebration of sacraments is proper.”
The “Sacrament of Penance is for the forgiveness of past sins, not the ones that have yet to be committed, and yet the Catechism reminds us that by ways known to God alone, God can provide the opportunity for salutary repentance (CCC, no. 2283)...