Walking a mile in another’s shoes

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Article Ecumenical & Interfaith Dialogue
  
In an effort to understand her Muslim students' faith and lives, a social studies teacher at a diverse high school in Fairfax Country, Virginia donned a hijab, prayed five times a day towards Mecca, fasted, and attended classes at a local mosque during the month of Ramadan last year. Rebecca Watt, who drifted from her Catholic faith in college, found that being "Muslim for a Month" (the name of her blog: http://www.muslimforamonth.blogspot.com/ ) was more enlightening than just talking.

We go way back

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Article Ecumenical & Interfaith Dialogue
The history of Muslim-Catholic relations is one of both confrontation and dialogue.

 

U.S. President Calvin Coolidge once said, "Little progress can be made by merely attempting to repress what is evil; our great hope lies in developing what is good." As creatures of the modern age, most of us take great consolation in the idea that, however dismal the contemporary scene may appear to be, we are constantly improving on the track record of our ancestors.


Won't you be my neighbor?

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Article Ecumenical & Interfaith Dialogue
Friendly meetings between Catholics and Muslims can make it a beautiful day in the neighborhood for all God's children.

 

A couple of Muslim children-fourth- or fifth-graders probably-squirmed and whispered to each other in the middle of midday prayer at the Muslim-American Youth Academy (MAYA) in Dearborn, Michigan.


Pardon our dust

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Article Parish Life Scripture and Theology
We live in a messy time of transition in the Catholic Church. Sociologist Bryan T. Froehle offers four tools to help us through the renovation.

How is the Bible true?

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Article Scripture and Theology
 
"Since many have undertaken," St. Luke begins his gospel, "to set down an orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us, I, too, decided... to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the truth concerning the things about which you have been instructed: (1:1, 3-4).

Battle fatigue

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Article Parish Life Vatican
Five years into the sex abuse crisis, some Catholics are growing weary, while others are cautiously optimistic.

 


Dear Pope Benedict

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Article Faith and Science
  
Lawrence M. Krauss
Ambrose Swasey Professor, and Director
Center for Education and Research in Cosmology and Astrophysics
CWRU

Monkey business: Why intelligent design is weird science

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Article Faith and Science

Francisco J. Ayala, a professor of evolutionary biology and philosophy at the University of California-Irvine, is both an expert in the field of evolution and its ardent defender.

From serving as an expert witness in court battles over the teaching of evolution in public schools to writing a letter defending evolution to Pope Benedict XVI just last year, Ayala has been a tireless advocate of what he calls the "fact" of evolution, arguing strongly against the theory of intelligent design, whose advocates claim that evolution leaves no room for God.


Semper ubi sub ubi

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Article Prayer and Sacraments
 If you don't understand that, you're gonna love the new, old Latin Mass.

The old German pastor of my first parish, Father Albert Henkel, was marked by both an endearing character-affectionately calling all us servers by our "real" name, George-and an almost indomitable resistance to change. When the liturgical reforms of Vatican II rolled around, the only new addition to the church was a plywood altar finished in family-room paneling, a reflection of Father Henkel's belief that the "old" liturgy would soon return.


...and what we’ve failed to do

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Article Vatican
The abuse crisis will never be over without a full confession and a freely given absolution.

The people of God in Los Angeles experienced collective jaw-drop in July when the archdiocese announced the largest sex-abuse settlement in U.S. history. Paying out $660 million to settle 508 claims, the archdiocese avoided costly litigation, which was to begin the next day.


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