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The Hero-Complex

The Hero-Complex

by: Ronald Rolheiser, O.M.I. in Articles,

Several years ago, the movie Argo won the Academy award as the best movie of the year. I enjoyed the movie in that it was a good drama, one that held its audience in proper suspense even as it provided some good humor and banter on the side. But I struggled with several aspects of the film. 

Migrants enrich national identity

Migrants enrich national identity

by: The Tablet in Articles,

It was politically courageous of David Cameron, in the middle of an election campaign where controlling immigration was a key issue, to order the Royal Navy into action alongside the Italians and others to rescue migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean from Africa to Europe. 

Why I’d Rather Be a Hypocrite Than a Cynic

Why I’d Rather Be a Hypocrite Than a Cynic

by: Henry Longbottom, SJ - The Jesuit Post in Articles,

The UK is preparing for a general election in May, and apathy is on the rise.  The three main parties — Conservatives, Labour, and Liberal Democrats — are failing to inspire voters, especially the younger ones.  They all seem to be pretty much the same.  There’s a feeling that nothing will change whoever forms the new Government.  The mood among voters, in other words, is sadly… “whatever.”

That God of Stephen Fry doesn't exist

That God of Stephen Fry doesn't exist

by: Giles Fraser - The Guardian in Articles,

I don’t believe in the God that Stephen Fry doesn’t believe in either. There’s bravery in the entertainer’s imagined confrontation with God – but in describing it he shows that he misunderstands the nature of Christianity

After the Paris attacks: It’s time for a new Enlightenment

After the Paris attacks: It’s time for a new Enlightenment

by: Pankaj Mishra - The Guardian in Articles,

“What would happen, if religious language were to be taken more seriously in secular Europe and the preventable deaths in the global South of millions from hunger and war was to be denounced as ‘blasphemy?’” Jürgen Habermas: the “substance of the human” can only be rescued by societies that “are able to introduce into the secular domain the essential contents of their religious traditions”

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.