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Monday, September 24, 2018

Why Christians Need to Support Women’s Rights and Religious Freedom in the Muslim World

Religious Freedom
There is a correlation between these two liberties that must be uncovered.
Shirin Taber
Although women’s rights and religious freedom are not commonly associated with one another in the world of the 1.6 billion Muslims, there is a correlation that must be uncovered.
According to Women and Religious Freedom by Nazila Ghanea, inherent in religious freedom is the right to believe or ...
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ten women from Christian history

She Shaped Me: 10 Exemplars of Faith
Christian leaders reflect on the women from history who’ve influenced them.
Kelli B. Trujillo
Throughout history, God has used faithful women in powerful ways for the good of the church and the world. They are women of character and virtue, women who struggled and made mistakes, women who took risks and devoted their lives to answering God’s call. Above all, they are women who deeply loved God. Here, ten contemporary women reflect on the examples of ten women from Christian history who have significantly influenced their own faith in Jesus.
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The Problem with Sacred Spaces

Any space can, and does, become sacred when it’s animated by God’s presence and activity through the lives of a submitted people.
Jeff Christopherson
Cultures are often defined by their sacred spaces. Think of the majestic cathedrals throughout Europe—their vast ceilings and ornate wall coverings testified to the grandeur of the God worshipped inside.
But sacred space is not limited to religious buildings. Some vividly recall formative conversations ...
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Hope you like to laugh

Christian life always includes the cross

Archbishop Charles Chaput offered Friday on First Things a critique by a theologian of the working document for the upcoming Synod on Youth, which highlights five principal theological difficulties in the document.
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China aims to control Christianity

Do politics belong in church?
Christian Century: 11 pastors and theologians weigh in.

Faith leaders encouraging members to be 'political' not partisan
The Deseret News: Voter awareness efforts do come with some risks for faith groups that want to increase political engagement, not partisanship.

With Vatican talks and bulldozers, China aims to control Christianity
The New York Times: The moves to assert control over Catholic and Protestant churches reflect a broader effort to establish control over society under President Xi Jinping.
The (London) Guardian: Vatican signs historic deal with China -- but critics denounce sellout

Where is the Jewish Mister Rogers?
Religion News Service: Judging from his Facebook feed, Jeffrey Salkin may be the last rabbi in America to see the bio-pic about Fred Rogers -- "Won't You Be My Neighbor?"

Did Kamala Harris cover up for San Francisco archdiocese sex abuse?

Did Kamala Harris cover up for San Francisco archdiocese sex abuse?: Former San Francisco district attorney could have legally intervened, but chose not to
Pope recognizes illicitly ordained Chinese bishops: Vatican announces decision after provisional Vatican-China deal on the nomination of bishops was signed in Beijing on Sept. 22

Save Us From the Deniers of Hell

Save Us From the Deniers of Hell

John Horvat II

Anyone who wonders why the Catholic Church is in its present crisis need only read Dr. Scott Bruce’s “Do We Still Need to Believe in Hell?” The Wall Street Journal article (9/15-16/18) recently appeared in its popular weekend review section. It was a rather typical yet brutal appraisal of the notion of Hell. The author […]

Modeling Manhood: From Homer to Paul

Regis Nicoll

In Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, a Greek war hero faces imposing challenges in his long journey home. After decimating the armies of Troy, king Odysseus sets out for Ithaca only to find himself wrestling against more formidable foes. For ten years the whims of gods and the winds of fate hinder his journey, while […]

The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh (Not for the Squeamish)

Sean Fitzpatrick

When Evelyn Waugh came to Hollywood in 1947 to discuss the film rights for Brideshead Revisited, he visited a graveyard: Forest Lawn Memorial Park. He had heard it praised as a place unsurpassed in beauty, taste, and sensitivity; a place where “faith and consolation, religion and art had been brought to their highest possible association.” […]

Saturday, September 22, 2018

In private letters, Benedict rebukes critics of Pope Francis

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Benedict XVI defends resignation and title ‘pope emeritus’

A $4.6 billion funding package for Catholic and independent schools in Australia has won the support of a national Catholic education group, which says the plan corrects key flaws from the previous funding model.
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