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Harsh new rules in the classroom: the cap on faith-based admissions

Harsh new rules in the classroom: the cap on faith-based admissions

by: Mike Craven - The Tablet in Activities,

The decision to keep the cap marks a crossroads for Catholic education. The Catholic community should be proud of its schools, but if it is to secure their future it has to recognise the new and more hostile political reality. Most crucially, it must make the most of its assets – the communities of people in each school who make them the success they are.

The church should rethink its Sunday rituals

The church should rethink its Sunday rituals

by: t Élodie Maurot - La Croix International in Activities,

For example, it can propose contemplation sessions, a very open prayer with a ritual gesture, where families would be welcomed just as they are today. The spiritual demand is enormous. The need for a break, too.

Poverty, Chastity and Obedience in a Secular Age

Poverty, Chastity and Obedience in a Secular Age

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

What’s to be said about poverty, chastity, and obedience in a world that, for the most part, places its hope in material riches, generally identifies chastity with frigidity, and values individual freedom above all else?

Reasons to believe in God

Reasons to believe in God

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

Today belief in God is often seen as a naiveté. For many, believing in God is like believing in Santa and the Easter Bunny, nice, something for the kids, a warm nostalgia or a bitter memory, but not something that’s real, that stands up to hard scrutiny and indeed stands up to the dark doubts that sometimes linger below the surface of our faith. Where’s there evidence that God exists?

Chinese-state Protestants plan 'socialist' Christianity

Chinese-state Protestants plan 'socialist' Christianity

by: ucanews.com reporters, Hong Kong in Activities,

China's two main Protestant organizations have launched a five-year blueprint that includes writing a secular version of the Bible. They agreed to cooperate with the principle of Sinicization; to insist on self-government; to reflect the core values of socialism; and to espouse the leadership of the Communist Party.

More Indian or more Christian?

More Indian or more Christian?

by: Jason Keith Fernandes, New Delhi - UCAN in Activities,

There is of course no need for Catholic leaders in India to actively proclaim a refusal to participate in nationalist projects; this would be a foolhardy venture in the current climate. But there is similarly no need for us to contribute to nationalist rhetoric by asking that we become more Indian. Our call is to be more Christian, loving all without distinction.

The Shortcomings of a Digital Immigrant

The Shortcomings of a Digital Immigrant

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

Information technology and social media aren’t my mother tongue. I’m a digital immigrant. I wasn’t born into the world of information technology but migrated into it, piece-meal. I first lived in some foreign territories. I was nine years old before I lived with electricity. I had seen it before; but neither our home, our school, nor our neighbors had electricity. Electricity, when I first saw it, was a huge revelation.

Vietnam War vets donate bikes to ease kids' plight

Vietnam War vets donate bikes to ease kids' plight

by: ) ucanews.com reporter, Hue - UCAN in Activities,

American veterans who fought in the Vietnam War are offering hundreds of bicycles to poor students as way to ease people's suffering in parts of the country still dealing with the effects of the conflict. "We want to supply these bicycles for Vietnamese students from poor families in remote areas so that they can pursue their studies," said Michael Shuman, a former U.S. Marine.

Moral Outrage

Moral Outrage

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

Moral outrage is the antithesis of morality. Yet it’s everywhere present in our world today and is everywhere rationalized on the basis of God and truth. We live in a world awash in moral outrage. Everywhere individuals and groups are indignant and morally outraged, sometimes violently so, by opposing individuals, groups, ideologies, moral positions, ecclesiologies, interpretations of religion, interpretations of scripture, and the like.