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Being Catholic doesn’t mean putting your brain in park, nor does it mean seeing all saints as equal and worthy of emulating…

  “Here’s where I think Jon Stewart is (soon to be was) instructive. He freely admitted his positions were “informed” by his leftishness but that’s all, they weren’t determined by it. He treated each issue in great detail on its merits and didn’t fear siding against his own team if that’s what the specifics warranted.” http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2015/02/12/what-jon-stewart-can-teach-the-stephen-harper-fan-club-salutin.html I am Catholic educated: St. Fancis Xavier’s College, Salisbury St, Liverpool.                                  Jesuits St. Mary’s College, Strawberry Hill,...
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“Think Different – Accept Uncertainty” Part VI: Understanding the Source of Evil

Bad theology is inevitable when it is based on bad anthropology! That is, the way we understand human life always determines the way we understand God. This becomes very clear when religious people begin to grapple with and to try to explain the source of evil. One does not have to argue today about the reality of human evil. Stories documenting that reality find daily expression on the front pages of our newspapers and are the lead stories on all news telecasts. Though an evil presence is all but universally acknowledged, defining what constitutes evil can, however, still vary widely and explaining...
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Two from Daniel Maguire

The following is reprinted with permission from Religion Dispatches http://www.religiondispatches.org/ You can sign up for their free daily newsletter at http://www.religiondispatches.org/subscribe/ Daniel C. Maguire is a professor of ethics at Marquette University, a Jesuit institution, and past president of The Society of Christian Ethics. He is the author or editor of 13 books and some 200 articles and president of The Religious Consultation On Population, Reproductive Health and Ethics, an international collegium of 80 scholars from all the world religions. His most recent book is Whose Church? A...
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from Catherine Cavanagh

Praying for Trayvon   We live in a strange world. Unprecedented violence appears commonplace, even acceptable. It has taken weeks for the Florida shooting death of 17 year old Trayvon Martin, an innocent unarmed teenager who’s killer wasn’t even charged, to attain the kind of widespread international public outrage that should have happened on day one. The police believed Trayvon’s killer’s ‘self-defense’ excuse despite the fact that the teen was half his killer’s size, had no criminal history and his only ‘weapon’ was a packet of Skittles...
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“Hope is a Verb with its Sleeves Rolled Up”

  The other day I read this line from the eco philosopher, professor David Orr: “Hope is a verb with its sleeves rolled up.” Nothing generates hope like seeing people with a powerful vision working together to see it happen. In fact, that is the very meaning of “community,” working together at a common task. Consider the spectacle of the “Arab Spring” where people, many of them young adults, are waging a non-violent effort in Syria and Egypt and Tunisia (armed in Libya) to assert their rights to some kind of say in their political lives. Courage is afoot and...
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