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The plague of fundamentalist violence

The plague of fundamentalist violence

by: Fr William Grimm - UCAnews in Articles,

The assassination of journalists in Paris, beheadings by Islamic State and the enslavement of children by Boko Haram in Central Africa all draw justly shocked reactions. Less prominent in global media is the persecution of Christians and others by fundamentalist Muslims in the Indian subcontinent, Indonesia, Malaysia and other parts of Asia.

Understanding and Appreciating Our Differences

Understanding and Appreciating Our Differences

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

What if what separates us, what if what makes other persons, churches, and faiths seem foreign and strange is also a grace, a difference intended by God?  Can we think of our differences, as we think of our unity, as a gift from God? Most religions, including Christianity, would answer affirmatively.

Being Ready for Christmas

Being Ready for Christmas

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

Moreover and more seriously, if we are honest with ourselves, we have to admit that in our preparations for Christmas, we, in fact, make very little space for the spiritual, for Christ to be born more deeply in our lives.

The whole point of Christianity is to create a deeper form of humanism

The whole point of Christianity is to create a deeper form of humanism

by: Giles Fraser - The Guardian in Articles,

Christians make better humanists. That could be the top line of a report just out from the thinktank Theos. And I suspect the timing – just in time for Christmas – is no coincidence. After all, the story of God becoming a human being is one of the deep wellsprings of European humanism.

Less People attend Church services - who is to blame?

Less People attend Church services - who is to blame?

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

It’s no secret that today there’s been a massive drop-off in church attendance. Moreover that drop-off in church-going is not paralleled by the same widespread growth in atheism and agnosticism. Rather, more and more people are claiming to be spiritual but not religious, faith-filled but not church-goers. Why this exodus from our churches?

Science just keeps proving the Church is right

Science just keeps proving the Church is right

by: Jim Schroeder for Aleteia in Articles,

Catholic beliefs have long been challenged by that elite triumvirate of academia, media and government. Today, many of us are also finding our beliefs challenged in our daily lives — in our professional careers, our parenting and how we live.

Pope: Evolution, Big Bang do not push aside God, who set it in motion

Pope: Evolution, Big Bang do not push aside God, who set it in motion

by: Carol Glatz - Catholic News Service in Articles,

The Big Bang theory and evolution do not eliminate the existence of God, who remains the one who set all of creation into motion, Pope Francis told his own science academy. And God's existence does not contradict the discoveries of science, he told members of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences Oct. 27.

Pope Francis’s healing, loving revolution is unstoppable

Pope Francis’s healing, loving revolution is unstoppable

by: Austen Ivereigh - The Guardian in Articles,

 A lot more discussion and reflection are needed before the synod of bishops comes up with concrete proposals next year. What matters is that the pastoral is being brought to bear on the doctrinal: the church has decided to live in that tension. It’s a lot less tidy, but a lot more holy.

The Egotism of Atheism

The Egotism of Atheism

by: Jim Schroeder - Aleteia in Articles,

Simply put, atheists think that belief in God is not 1) logical or understandable, 2) scientifically verifiable or 3) emotionally reasonable. Over and over, those who deny the existence of the Divine come back to these three "arguments."
 

Understanding Catholic France: A Conversation with a French Country Priest

Understanding Catholic France: A Conversation with a French Country Priest

by: By Harry Stevens - Regina in Articles,

France is a confusing place for outsiders, especially when they don’t speak French and they are trying to understand the position of the Catholic Church there. Here’s our interview with Pere (‘Father’) Gregoire Cieutat, who shares with us in Regina Magazine his background and his experience up close with Catholic France.

The myth of religious violence

The myth of religious violence

by: Karen Armstrong - The Guardian in Articles,

The popular belief that religion is the cause of the world’s bloodiest conflicts is central to our modern conviction that faith and politics should never mix. But the messy history of their separation suggests it was never so simple

Portrait of an Italian missionary in Korea

Portrait of an Italian missionary in Korea

by: Cristian Martini Grimaldi - UCAnews in Articles,

Interview: Fr Maurizio has worked for 25 years with the poor and marginalized in the divided península. He studied physics at the University of Messina in Sicily before moving to Marino near Rome to work in a youth center at the Missionari Oblati di Maria Immacolata.

The sad business of trying to disprove God

The sad business of trying to disprove God

by: Charles Moore - The Telegraph in Articles,

Ludwig Wittgenstein, the great philosopher, who understood religious belief throughout his life, mostly without quite sharing it, wrote: “Faith is faith in what is needed by my heart, my soul, not my speculative intelligence… Only love can believe the Resurrection.”

Don't Go There

Don't Go There

by: Steve Doughty - Mail Online in Articles,

Don't make our mistake: As assisted suicide bill goes to Lords, Dutch watchdog who once backed euthanasia warns UK of 'slippery slope' to mass deaths. Theo Boer, a European assisted suicide watchdog, said 'don't do it'. In Netherlands euthanasia has been legal since 2002. However, in six years the numbers of deaths have doubled  

Perpetually Distracted

Perpetually Distracted

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

To be a human being is to be perpetually distracted. We aren’t persons who live in habitual spiritual awareness who occasionally get distracted. We’re persons who live in habitual distraction who occasionally become spiritually aware. 

Europe from Evangelizer to Evangelized

Europe from Evangelizer to Evangelized

by: Reporter - Diocese of Fréjus-Toulon in Articles,

The Catholic Faith in Europe has its roots in antiquity, beginning with the arrival of the apostles themselves: Saint Peter, Saint Paul, and Saint James. Then, it was from Europe that the Faith radiated to all the corners of the world, thanks to the missionary force of the Church

Stingy with God's Mercy?

Stingy with God's Mercy?

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

As I age, I am ever more inclined to the old priest’s advice: We need more to risk God’s mercy. The place of justice and truth should never be ignored, but we must risk letting the infinite, unbounded, unconditional, undeserved mercy of God flow free.