Authority in Community

   from Catholica Australia Dear Friends, Interestingly the discussion on our forum stemming from Peter Dresser’s commentary yesterday centres on this question Pilate asked of Jesus “What is truth?” None of us have the time in our lives to determine the truth about everything. There simply are not enough seconds in each lifetime to spend the time in the study that would be required. We all have to rely on Authority figures to tell us what is “the truth” about particular matters, whether they are scientific truths, truths about what happened long ago in history,...
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BOOK REVIEW: PAUL FINDLEY’S HEARTFELT MEMOIR, ‘SPEAKING OUT’

  Former Republican Congressman Paul Findley’s autobiographical “Speaking Out” incisively addresses core issues surrounding United States foreign policy towards Israel and the Middle East.  He asserts U.S. policy is characterized by an always-present “evidence of troubling subservience to Israel’s well-being, rather than America’s.” Findley has the curriculum vitae to make bold, thought-provoking statements based on personal observation rather than mere academic interpretation.  In his long and distinguished career in Congress he continually...
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You may remember the old Jewish Catskill comics of Vaudeville days:

You may remember the old Jewish Catskill comics of Vaudeville days: Shecky Greene, Red Buttons, Totie Fields, Joey Bishop, Milton Berle, Jan Murray, Danny Kaye, Henny Youngman, Buddy Hackett, Sid Caesar, Groucho Marx, Jackie Mason, Victor Borge, Woody Allen, Joan Rivers, Lenny Bruce, George Burns, Allan Sherman, Jerry Lewis, Peter Sellers, Carl Reiner, Shelley Berman, Gene Wilder, George Jessel, Alan King, Mel Brooks, Phil Silvers, Jack Carter, Rodney Dangerfield, Don Rickles, Jack Benny and so many others. And there was not one single swear word in their comedy. Here are a few examples: * I just got...
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from John Chuchman

  Life is full of Gifts, Gifts for which I did not ask,given me for some mysterious reasonI did not discover at first,and perhaps never will. These Gifts were not a matterof choicenor of my Quest. My life has been one of learning how toReceive them. It takes tremendous workto learn how to use themand they end up changingwho I am. A birth, a death,a joy, a sorrow,have each been teaching mehow to receive the Gifts. What seems to make the receiving of the Gifts possible isTrust,Trust that my relationship with the Creatoris the most important thing,with the content of the Giftssecondary. Before I...
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From The Sexual Believer by Noel Cooper

  Marriage in Scripture and Church:Traditional Values, Traditional Problems Most humans marry. It is reported that in 2009 some 57 percent of Americans were married, while 9.3 percent of Americans over the age of thirty have never married. Even if a marriage breaks down, many people marry again. Reflection on human experience has led most societies to affirm stable long-term unions as the most appropriate context for raising children to adulthood. Ancient cultures understood marriage primarily as a contract between families, arranged by elders and protected by the full force of social structures....
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