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Jesus of Nazareth, Vol. 2 (7420)

Pope Benedict XVI’s New Book Will ‘Get People to Think More Deeply About Jesus’

07/30/2010 Comments (3)
CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano

Pope Benedict at work at Castel Gandolfo.

– CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI’s second volume of his book Jesus of Nazareth is expected to challenge modern biblical scholarship and provoke readers into thinking more profoundly about Jesus.

That’s according to the president of Ignatius Press, the book’s appointed English-language publisher.

Mark Brumley told the Register July 30 that he expects the second volume, which will reflect on the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, to provoke “a great conversation about modern biblical scholarship” not only within the Church, but also between Catholics and Protestants and Christians and Jews. “The Pope’s objective is to get people to think more deeply about Jesus,” he said.


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Thriller Writer Uses Catholicism to Probe Rationalist Pretensions (3144)

A conversation with Michael Gruber

07/30/2010 Comment

When novelist Michael Gruber had his first religious experience, he was in the middle of a personal crisis that produced symptoms of self-destructiveness, hypochondria and agoraphobia, especially on airplanes.

He was also on a flight from New York to Seattle in the middle of a thunderstorm.

“The overhead compartments were popping open, the bags were falling out,” he recalled in a recent interview with the Register, “and I had what I can only call a very profound religious experience. I was aware of a Presence. I was being spoken to by it — and at that moment the turbulence stopped.”

Until then, Gruber had been an agnostic, though a lapsing one.

“I’d read a lot of Simone Weil, who was...READ MORE

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Selling Assisted Suicide, State by State (6503)

07/29/2010 Comments (3)

Wheelchair-bound disabled protesters against physician-assisted suicide are silhouetted as they hold up a banner outside the U.S. Supreme Court in 2005 on the day of the Gonzales v. Oregon case. The Supreme Court revisited the emotionally charged issue of physician-assisted suicide in a test of the federal government's power to block doctors from helping terminally ill patients and end their lives.


DENVER — Kathryn Tucker has been busy the past few years. As director of legal affairs for Compassion & Choices, she peruses state constitutions and laws to see if they address assisted suicide, which she refers to euphemistically as “aid in dying.”

So far, Washington and Oregon are the only states that have legalized assisted suicide in this country. Some believe that Montana has also, but a legal analysis of two court decisions which supposedly legalize assisted suicide in the state questions that assumption.

For all its efforts, Compassion & Choices, which was once known as the Hemlock Society, has seen more setbacks than successes. But that hasn’t stopped its latest campaign from...READ MORE

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‘Freedom Ride’ Pro-Life Rally Disrupted (8012)

Alveda King: ‘Okay, Lock Me Up, but Explain to My Uncle Why'

07/28/2010 Comments (12)

SPEAKING UP. Alveda King said ‘This is a time for boldness’ after Freedom Riders were denied the right to gather at the tomb of Martin Luther King Jr.

– PriestforLife.org

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated.

ATLANTA — A pro-life event at the Martin Luther King Jr. historic site was disrupted by officials July 24.

Participants in the “Freedom Rides for the Unborn” rally — more than 100 pro-life supporters — were kept from rallying on the federal park surrounding the gravesite of the black civil-rights activist.

Meanwhile, “pro-choice” opponents who showed up were ushered onto the grounds for a counter rally.

Organized by Priests for Life and Martin Luther King’s pro-life niece Alveda King, who heads the organization’s African-American Outreach, the event brought about 30 pro-life black pastors and a busload of supporters, accompanied by King and...READ MORE

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Fired for Teaching the Truth (11663)

Ken Howell Sacked for Presenting Church Teaching on Homosexual Sex; Support Pours In

07/28/2010 Comments (13)
Photo courtesy of Bryan Berry

Kenneth Howell has taught courses on Catholicism, including 'Introduction to Catholicism' and 'Modern Catholic Thought' at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 2001.

– Photo courtesy of Bryan Berry


JOLIET, Ill. — A Catholic professor who was relieved of his teaching responsibilities at the University of Illinois for teaching the Catholic doctrine on homosexual sex has won widespread support in his struggle to return to the classroom.

Kenneth Howell, Ph.D., was dismissed from teaching his courses “Introduction to Catholicism” and “Modern Catholic Thought” after a student complained that Howell’s teaching on homosexual sex constituted “hate speech.”

Michael Hogan, Ph.D., who became president of the university on July 1, has referred the dispute to the Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure, which is part of the Faculty Senate; the...READ MORE

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Not Preaching to the Choir? (7427)

Bishops Struggle to Air Their Views on Immigration

07/27/2010 Comments (19)
CNS photo/Joshua Lott, Reuters

A demonstrator is arrested during a protest against S.B. 1070, Arizona's immigration law, outside the U.S. District Court in Phoenix July 22. The law is being challenged by the U.S. Department of Justice to prevent it from going into effect July 29. It would make the failure to carry immigration documents a crime and require police officers to question the immigration status of suspects stopped for another offense if there's a "reasonable suspicion" they are in the country illegally.

– CNS photo/Joshua Lott, Reuters

WASHINGTON — Arizona’s controversial immigration law takes effect July 29 — unless the Obama administration succeeds in blocking it.

The law is expected to complicate efforts on Capitol Hill to pass comprehensive immigration reform this year — a longtime legislative goal of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

But even if the president’s legal challenge is successful, the nation’s Catholic bishops hope Arizona’s plight will be a wake-up call for legislators in Washington, D.C.

“The Arizona law is the result of growing levels of frustration and fear that have developed within the state,” acknowledged Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, who also serves as the U.S. bishops’ conference’s...READ MORE

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Green Sex vs. Pink Viagra (15435)

07/26/2010 Comments (16)

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This year there was a predictable amount of hoopla surrounding the 50th anniversary of “the pill.” Many pundits told us that the pill had delivered as promised: Women had become liberated. Sex in the City! Sex in dorm rooms! Sex behind bleachers! Women have it all.

But wait. Now comes word that women aren’t all that interested in sex any more. Their libidos are waning to the point that pharmaceutical companies are racing to find a Pink Viagra: a new pill; a pill that will restore the desire to have the sex that the pill made possible.

Why don’t women want to have sex? Is it because they are so absorbed in their careers? Is it because these careers force women to sacrifice their...READ MORE

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Prayer-Fueled Run Along the Camino (4552)

Travel Feature: Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela

07/25/2010 Comments (2)
Melanie Radzicki McManus

HOLY ROUTE.Pilgrims have been traveling to Santiago on ancient roads for hundreds of years with a specific end destination: the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, where St. James, whose feast day is July 25, is buried.

– Melanie Radzicki McManus

This is featured in the July 18 print edition.

The history of the famous pilgrimage to Santiago is intriguing. Several years after Jesus’ crucifixion, St. James — Santiago in Spanish — supposedly traveled to Spain’s Galician region to spread the Gospel. He didn’t have much luck; after converting a mere three people, he returned to Jerusalem, only to be beheaded. His loyal disciples recovered his body and set sail to give Santiago a proper Christian burial in the last place he ministered: Galicia.

For several hundred years, no one gave a thought to Santiago’s remains. But they say a man named Pelayo discovered the saint’s bones in the year 813 by following the bright lights of the...READ MORE

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