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Blind man has personal epiphany

Ralph Himsl

March 28, 2011

If we confine our acquaintance with the Gospels to the readings set out for the Masses, we run a risk of missing an interesting something, namely the difference in the writing style of the evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

By way of example: Reading the complete Gospel of Luke and that of John makes the point. Luke's Gospels, often so spare in their details can occasionally read like a police report, like a response to Sgt. Joe Friday's challenge to witnesses in Dragnet, that TV series of long ago. "All we want are the facts," he would growl.

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Jesuit makes writers 'gold' available to average Catholics

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 28, 2011

One reason why we don't often find a good Christian apologetics today is because so many of our best theologians write at such a level of academia that their thoughts are not accessible to the ordinary person in the pews. Apologists like C.S. Lewis and G.K. Chesterton are rare. We have great thinkers in theology today, but unfortunately many of them cannot be profitably read outside of academic settings.

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Religious belief allows questioning, calls us to maturity

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March 28, 2011, 2011

Frequently, the Christian outlook is characterized as a comforting collection of certitudes that preserve adherents from doubt and save them from the hard toil of self-analysis. Religious dogmas are shrouded in mystery and beyond rational verification, but are guaranteed by power of an all-knowing authority. The fruits of such certainty are intolerance, intellectual servitude and self-righteousness.

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Eucharistic Congress 2012 to be held in Ireland

March 21, 2011

Irish Catholic leaders formally announced plans for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress.

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Parents push Catholic school to resume paddling

March 21, 2011

For the past 60 years, teachers and administrators at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans have wielded an 18-inch-long wooden paddle to administer corporal punishment to students for tardiness, sloppy uniform dress or other minor rules infractions.

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Parents 'infecting' kids with Christian beliefs — court

March 21, 2011

A British court has effectively disqualified a couple from becoming foster parents because of their Christian views on premarital and homosexual intercourse.

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Despite troubles, Church is gift of God — pope

March 21, 2011

Even if the Church is beset by problems, it is still a gift of God, Pope Benedict told several hundred pastors of Rome parishes.

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St. Thérèse in Israel

March 21, 2011

Catholic clergy and religious take part in a ceremony upon the arrival of the relics of St. Thérèse of Lisieux at the Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, March 14.

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Public school religion can promote dialogue

March 21, 2011

Education about religion in public schools can help students learn to respect others' beliefs, but government-run programs must exercise extreme caution not to promote or to criticize a particular religion, a Vatican official told the UN Human Rights Council.

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U.S. bishops support unions but urge cooperation

March 21, 2011

Amid ongoing battles between Republican governors and organized labour in Midwestern states, U.S. Catholic bishops have echoed the long-standing Church support for workers' rights.

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