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Religious Differences Compatible With Freedom, Jewish Leader Says (1919)

Jewish leader said that being an American means both respecting the distinction between religious groups and standing for religious freedom for all members of American society.

05/31/2013 Comment
Courtesy of the American Religious Freedom Program

Rabbi Meir Soloveichik

– Courtesy of the American Religious Freedom Program

WASHINGTON — True religious liberty does not require religious individuals to minimize differences in the tenets of their faith, said Jewish Rabbi Meir Soloveichik.

Instead, he maintained, religious freedom demands that people of faith live “both as stranger and neighbor” within society.

“We do not need to deny our differences to achieve a covenant,” he emphasized.

Quoting Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, chief rabbi of Great Britain, he explained that “utopias have no room for differences, and difference is what makes us human.”

Rabbi Soloveichik is a professor at Yeshiva College in New York, known for his writings on the relationship between Judaism, Christianity and society.

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U.S. Bishops Tap Maryland Jesuit to Guide Doctrine Initiatives (3179)

Father Peter Ryan’s appointment as the USCCB Secretariat of Doctrine’s executive director comes as the bishops’ conference steps up its engagement with theologians.

05/31/2013 Comments (11)

Jesuit Father Peter Ryan

WASHINGTON — Jesuit Father Peter Ryan has been named the new executive director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat of Doctrine and Canonical Affairs.

The selection of a Jesuit spiritual director, teacher and scholar, who has defended Church teaching in his academic work, will draw renewed scrutiny of the U.S. bishops’ efforts to address problematic theological texts, while also recruiting academics to help advance the New Evangelization.

Father Ryan’s primary responsibility is to serve the USCCB doctrine committee, which provoked a furor among some American theologians after it issued a 2011 statement strongly criticizing a popular undergraduate textbook written...READ MORE

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Don't Give Away the Bride! The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in Catholic Art and Much More! (3656)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/31/2013 Comment

Don’t Give Away the Bride! Follow the link by Michelle Arnold of the Catholic Answers website to read more.

Don’t Give Away the Bride! by Michelle Arnold of the Catholic Answers website - BigPulpit.com

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in Catholic Art – H. Reed Armstrong, Crisis Magazine

Pope Francis Knows the Difference Between Redemption and Salvation, Do You? - Leila Miller, Catholic Stand

Beethoven’s “Missa Solemnis” – Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, Views from the Choir Loft

Very Few Atheists in Fox Holes – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Catholic Blogger Invested into Pontifical Equestrian Order – Fr. Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

An Explanation of the Internal Divine Relations – Stacy Trasancos PhD

Anna Karenina on Contraception – Just Thomism

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SDG Reviews 'Epic' (5461)

Lord of the Rings meets Star Wars by way of FernGully in a tale of good vs. evil with dazzling images and a so-so story.

05/30/2013 Comments (9)

In a gorgeously designed computer-animated action-fantasy film where striking visuals are the main selling point, one of the most memorable images isn’t one of fantastic creatures, pitched battles or dizzy flight sequences.

It’s a teenaged girl futilely trying to get the attention of her distracted father, who looms above her like a colossus, to whose eyes she is practically invisible. Later in the scene, he finally sees her, as if for the first time: a creature as strange to his eyes as a specimen in a jar — which, as it happens, is what she is.

It’s a remarkable image of domestic dysfunction, of broken family relationships. Epic is full of potent images; a better written film would have...READ MORE

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Christian Sportscasters Come Under Fire for Opposing Homosexuality (5833)

ESPN’s Chris Broussard is criticized but keeps his job, unlike a Canadian Catholic sports anchor who also defended traditional marriage.

05/30/2013 Comments (22)

NEW YORK — U.S. sportscaster Chris Broussard came under fire after condemning homosexuality recently in the context of the “coming out” of pro basketball player Jason Collins, but he appears to have weathered the storm.

Canadian sports anchor Damian Goddard suffered a very different fate: Last month, a Canadian human-rights tribunal upheld his firing in 2011 for tweeting support of traditional marriage two years ago.

Now, Goddard is urging American Christians to stand up for their rights, in order to prevent the United States from following Canada’s lead in enforcing politically correct views on homosexuality in the public square and the workplace.

The pitfalls for a sportscaster in...READ MORE

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Francis Upholds Tradition, Pope on When Christians Lack Difficulties, Something Is Wrong and More! (2346)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/30/2013 Comment

Pope Francis Shoots Down Those Who Don’t Want the Extraordinary Form Mass. Follow the link via Fr. Z's Blog to read more.

Pope Francis Shoots Down Those Who Don’t Want the Extraordinary Form Mass via Fr. Z's Blog - BigPulpit.com

Pope Francis: When Christians Lack Difficulties, Something is Wrong - Kevin Jones, EWTN News

Book Review: Pope Francis in His Own Words - DarwinCatholic, The American Catholic

The Invisible Boy - Anthony Esolen, The CWR Blog

Corpus Christi: Linking Up To Redemption – Fr. James Melnick, Catholic Stand

Who Said Blogging is a Waste of Time? - Leila Miller, Little Catholic Bubble

Was There Death Before the Fall? - Matt Fradd, Catholic Answers

Cultured, Yet Counter-Cultural - Catholic Gentleman, Whiskey Catholic

The Boy Scouts: Caught in the Culture Wars - Thomas L...READ MORE

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Indian Film 'Christaayan' Depicts Life of Jesus (3171)

The six-hour Hindi-language film, seven years in the making, makes a favorable debut.

05/30/2013 Comments (1)
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NEW DELHI — Christaayan, a new Indian-language film on the life of Jesus, is being hailed by secular media outlets as “Jesus Christ, Indian Superstar.”

The English-language daily newspaper DNA (Daily News Analysis), based in Mumbai, wrote glowingly about the six-hour “Bollywood” film, produced and directed by Divine Word Missionary Father George Kannanayil, and compared it to Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ.

Hindi-language media outlets also have praised the film, set in an Indian milieu. The dialogue is in Hindi, with English subtitles. Fewer than 25% of the 17 million Catholics in India speak Hindi, which is the dominant tongue in northern and central India.

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Legion of Christ, Regnum Christi Begin Stage of Prayer and Penance (2280)

Representatives of Regnum Christi will soon hold a meeting in Rome, while, this summer, territorial assemblies will be held to revise the draft of the Constitution of the Legionaries.

05/30/2013 Comments (2)

Father Sylvester Heereman

ROME — The Legionaries of Christ and the members of Regnum Christi will enter a period of atonement and prayer in preparation for upcoming events that will determine the future of their spiritual family.

The announcement was made in a May 28 letter signed by Father Sylvester Heereman, the vicar general and acting director general of the Legion, along with Gloria Rodríguez and Jorge López, directors of the female and male branches, respectively, of the consecrated members of Regnum Christi.

“It is a great joy to be able to send you this letter as the feast of the Sacred Heart approaches — a celebration of one of the pillars of our spirituality,” the letter explained. “What is the...READ MORE

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