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  • Holy See’s statement to cowardly terrorists, calls out mullahs, imams (Fr. Z)

    08/13/2014 2:44:36 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 19 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | 12 August 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    [Fr. Z's comments in brackets and italics.]Bolded sections are from the document, Fr. Z's emphasis.The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue released a statement about the wave of terror washing across Syria and Iraq. The statement was in French. HERE Here is an English translation: The whole world has witnessed with incredulity what is now called the “Restoration of the Caliphate,” which had been abolished on October 29,1923 by Kamal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey. Opposition to this “restoration” by the majority of religious institutions and Muslim politicians has not prevented the “Islamic State” jihadists from committing and continuing to commit...
  • In unusual video, pope speaks of his longing for Christian unity (with Evangelicals)

    02/20/2014 11:57:12 AM PST · by NYer · 48 replies
    cns ^ | February 20, 2014 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In an unusual video message, recorded on an iPhone by a Pentecostal pastor Pope Francis knew in Argentina, the pope says all Christians share blame for their divisions, speaks of his "longing" for their unity and insists that God will bring the miracle of Christian unity to completion. "Pray to the Lord that he will unite us all," the pope tells a group of Pentecostals meeting in the United States. "Let's move forward, we are brothers; let us give each other that spiritual embrace and allow the Lord to complete the work he has begun. Because...
  • Imam Arafat: respect for religious diversity

    10/09/2013 10:12:18 AM PDT · by haffast · 4 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 2013-10-09 14:06:05 | Vatican Radio
    (Vatican Radio) The death of several hundred migrants off the Italian island of Lampedusa this month has focused international spotlight on the broader, complex questions of EU policies regarding immigration and integration. According to one American Muslim leader, the United States model of integration has much to teach European countries at the present time. Syrian-born Imam Mohamad Bashar Arafat is founder and president of the Civilizations Exchange and Cooperation Foundation, which is based in Baltimore, in the United States. The organisation works to promote cooperation, rather than confrontation, between young people of different religions, cultures and backgrounds. He spoke to...
  • Jewish prayer shawl finds new home at Baptist church

    08/26/2013 5:09:02 PM PDT · by wonkowasright · 6 replies
    Sioux City Journal ^ | 8/23/2013 | John Quinlin
    The prayer shawl that Myron Slobin received when he was bar mitzvahed in 1955 will have a new home Sept. 8 when Slobin, spiritual leader of the Siouxland International Messianic Fellowship, presents it for dedication to the Rev. Jim Wilson, pastor of the Glendale Baptist Church. The shawl, or tzitzit will replace the runner on the church’s communion table which was accidentally damaged by the Messianic Fellowship which has been meeting on Fridays at the church for about 3 years. “It’s very significant to the Old Testament ties and to the Bible,” Wilson said of the tallit. “It’s something that’s...
  • Church welcomes Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

    06/12/2012 2:02:51 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 5 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 12 June 2012 | Cathcon
    Members of all denominations were invited to the service. Mayor Gerd Schwandner read from the Gospel. A service, which was characterized by tolerance: True to the psalm, "God, I thank thee, that I am fearfully and wonderfully made" members of all denominations and any sexual orientation were invited on Sunday to the Lamberti Church. Together they celebrated an enjoyable worship which is part of the supporting program for the Christopher Street Day Parade (CSD) on the following Saturday. With a rainbow flag - a symbol of lesbian and gay movement – six participants entered the Lamberti church and placed it...
  • Benetton pulls pope-imam kiss ad after Vatican protest

    11/16/2011 12:44:21 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 8 replies
    AFP ^ | Nov.16, 2011
    Italian clothes company Benetton backed down and pulled a photo montage showing the pope a leading imam from its new global ad campaign on Wednesday after the Vatican issued a stern condemnation. The company, which is no stranger to controversy over its advertising campaigns, said it was "sorry that the use of the image had so hurt the sensibilities of the faithful." The statement came shortly after the Vatican expressed "the firmest protest for this absolutely unacceptable use of the image of the Holy Father." Benetton's poster showed Pope Benedict XVI kissing on the lips Egypt's Ahmed el Tayyeb, imam...
  • Who are the Clergy among us?

    02/22/2011 6:28:38 PM PST · by padre35 · 20 replies
    Contemplation | Padre unknown
    I think one of the least utilized assets in all of America is the Clergy, how can you have a pool of College Educated, or Scripturally Wise men and granted, some Women, and shuttle them off to the side as if the knowledge accumulated is akin to those whom are expert at variations of color of sea snails? I also do believe in the concept of "whomsoever" as in a Sheepskin does not a wise man make, in that sense Christians who have served in Congregations worthily should also be included. A roll call perhaps? To the topic, even Lay...
  • The UN Meddling with Religion, Part 6: UN Climate Conference (COP16) Cancun, Nov./Dec. 2010

    12/24/2010 1:16:47 PM PST · by mikalasukala · 3 replies
    c5's Simian Roadhouse ^ | December 11, 2010 | Consigliere5
    UN Climate Conference (COP16) Cancun, Nov 29 - Dec 10, 2010According to this page: COP16 is the official name of the Cancun summit, which is the 16th Conference of the Parties (COP) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The COP is the highest body of the UNFCCC and comprises environment ministers from 192 countries who have met once a year since the 1992 Earth summit in Rio de Janeiro.Once again, the UN brought together many "faith traditions" in the spirit of Religious Syncretism and Interfaith Dreams. And. They. Just. Won't. Ever. Stop. Not until Christianity has...
  • What is the emerging/emergent church movement?

    11/05/2010 7:10:28 AM PDT · by wmfights · 27 replies · 1+ views
    The emerging, or emergent, church movement takes its name from the idea that as culture changes, a new church should emerge in response. In this case, it is a response by various church leaders to the current era of post-modernism. Although post-modernism began in the 1950s, the church didn't really seek to conform to its tenets until the 1990s. Post-modernism can be thought of as a dissolution of "cold, hard fact" in favor of "warm, fuzzy subjectivity." The emerging / emergent church movement can be thought of the same way. The emerging / emergent church movement falls into line with...
  • Do Mormons think they that they will become gods? [Open Thread]

    10/11/2010 1:21:07 PM PDT · by restornu · 46 replies · 1+ views
    Mormon answers ^ | 2010 | Jeff Lindsay
    Numerous critics claim that LDS religion is blasphemous and even Satanic because we allegedly think we will become gods. They say we try to rob God and Christ of their glory, the same dark sin that caused Lucifer to be cast to hell in Isaiah 14. When the critics make these claims, they never explain what LDS doctrine really is and what it is not. We absolutely DO NOT believe that we will ever be independent of God or no longer subject to Him. We do not believe that we will take away His glory, but we only add to...
  • This may be a first! A Unitarian vs. Catholic debate

    05/29/2010 1:58:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 36 replies · 632+ views
    PatrickMadrid ^ | May 29, 2010 | Patrick Madrid
    On my last "Open Line" radio show (Thursdays from 3:00-5:00 p.m. ET), I took a call from Ben, a pleasant and well-spoken Unitarian fellow who took the Catholic Church to task for its "divisiveness" on issues such as abortion and homosexuality. We had a friendly but animated 15-minute debate of his opinion. Take a listen and see what you think. (Click the picture to launch the audio.)
  • Are Books of Scripture Missing from the Bible? (Ecumenical)

    02/19/2010 7:42:49 AM PST · by restornu · 390 replies · 3,317+ views
    The so-called lost books of the Bible are those documents that are mentioned in the Bible in such a way that it is evident they were considered authentic and valuable, but that are not found in the Bible today. Sometimes called missing scripture, they consist of at least the following: Book of the Wars of the Lord Numbers 21:14 Book of Jasher Joshua 10:13; 2 Samuel 1:18 Book of the acts of Solomon 1 Kings 11:41 Book of Samuel the seer 1 Chronicles 29:29 Book of Gad the seer 1 Chronicles 29:29 Book of Nathan the prophet 1 Chronicles 29:29;...
  • Faiths unite in South Florida to help Haiti

    01/26/2010 3:33:22 PM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 3 replies · 197+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | January 26, 2010 | Jaweed Kaleem
    Faiths unite in South Florida to help Haiti The Haitian earthquake has brought together different religious communities in South Florida, including some unexpected pairings. Like many who lost family during the earthquake in Haiti, Jude Pierre turned to his faith for solace and wanted to find a way to help. On Saturday, Pierre, a Christian from Miramar, found himself among shouts of Arabic prayers as he packed boxes of canned goods in a Miami Gardens warehouse, affixing stickers to packages that read ``Muslim Americans Help Haiti.''``I found out through a friend who sent me a link on Facebook,'' said...
  • SURVIVING DAY BY DAY - Christian

    01/25/2010 3:18:37 PM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 7 replies · 239+ views
    Samaritan's Purse. ^ | January 25, 2010
    Surviving Day By Day Samaritan’s Purse relief supplies are helping earthquake victims who lost everything It was almost sunset and 77-year-old Marie Casimir was sifting through the ruins of a cathedral that the earthquake claimed in Petit Goave, searching for scraps of wood for the cooking fire.Marie wiped her dust-covered forehead with her hand and paused to tell the story of where she was the day the earth rumbled. “I was outside cleaning the pot when everything started going like this,” she said, gesturing wildly with her hands and stumbling from side to side. “Whoa! Whoa! I fell down...
  • Over 150,000 Americans Sign Manhattan Declaration (Catholics, Evangelicals, Orthodox unite)

    11/27/2009 5:21:16 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies · 1,217+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 11/27/2009 | Lillian Kwon
    More than 150,000 people have so far signed the Manhattan Declaration, just a week after the document was unveiled. And one of the document's drafters, Chuck Colson, hopes the number will soon reach a million so that Christians would put America on notice that they will not compromise their faith, no matter what. Leaders from the evangelical, Orthodox and Catholic traditions released "The Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience" last week to stand firm on what they consider the three most foundational issues in society – the sanctity of life, the historic understanding of marriage, and religious liberty. It...
  • Vanity: What would you think of having a Spiritual Book Club -- one book a month?

    10/20/2009 7:26:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 20 replies · 451+ views
    I have been thinking about this for a long time. I think several people have published book reports and others have given their take on certain books. We would need to have a variety of books by different denominational authors. Not everyone would have to read every book. Whoever might be interested in that month's title could post on that month's thread. We would have to have some kind of rules such as limited discussion until the half-point of the month so that the conclusion of the book wouldn't be given away in the first ten posts. There could be...
  • EWTN: Sunday Night: Live with Father Benedict Groeschel [prerecorded]

    12/13/2008 2:04:30 AM PST · by incredulous joe · 63 replies · 1,598+ views
    EWTN | December 13, 2008 | Incredulous Joe
    I suppose this thread could get messy? I've not tried to post anything like it and not seen anyone else do likewise. It is a prerecorded program of Fr. Benedict Groeschel's "Sunday Night Live" on EWTN. This particular program was broadcast last Sunday, December 7, 2008. At some point in the future, it might be interesting to stream the program in live forum, but I don't think that EWTN has streaming available yet. Go to: http://www.ewtn.com/podcast/index.asp and select the MP3 button next to "Sunday Night: Live with Father Benedict Groeschel" I usually podcast these programs and get around to listening...
  • Unitarians Make Halloween Official Church Holiday

    10/30/2008 8:56:30 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 27 replies · 694+ views
    Team Tominthebox News Network® ^ | 28 October, 2008 | Eric Carpenter
    BOSTON, MA - The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations announced on Monday that it has decided to make Halloween an official church holiday. According to Spokesperson Madeline Kay-Harris, "We at the UUA believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every person. Unlike most Christian denominations, when we say every, we mean every. We do not play favorites. Jesus Himself warned against favoritism in James 2:1-4, saying, 'My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine...
  • Vigil marks anniversary of mosque fire

    08/25/2008 10:30:34 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies · 160+ views
    ContraCostaTimes ^ | 8/14/2008 | Hilary Costa
    ANTIOCH — A year after a suspected arson fire destroyed the Islamic Center of the East Bay, Mohammad Chaudhry stood in an asphalt parking lot and gestured toward a new building rising on the same spot. "Beauty will emerge from the ashes," said Chaudhry, founding president of the Islamic Center. On Wednesday night, close to 50 people gathered at the Islamic Center's West 18th Street site for a prayer service and vigil to mark the anniversary of the fire and to mark the unity that somehow came out of the incident. The new mosque, still under construction, is set to...
  • Obama and Abortion

    08/18/2008 8:01:13 AM PDT · by CTrent1564 · 9 replies · 205+ views
    Inside Catholic ^ | August 18, 2008 | Deal Hudson
    Obama's Campaign Admits National Right to Life is Right Posted on August 18, 2008, 9:36 AM | Deal W. Hudson As I predicted on Saturday, Obama's accusation of "lying" against National Right to Life has forced him to admit Doug Johnson was correct. Johnson, chief lobbyist for NRTL, published written evidence of Obama's vote against a Born Alive Infant Protection Act that contained the same language as the federal bill. Obama had protested repeatedly that had he been presented with such a bill, he would have signed it. So much for that excuse... of course, now the campaign has come...
  • Why We Must Teach Evolution in the Science Classroom [Ecumenical Thread]

    08/02/2008 5:57:18 PM PDT · by Kevmo · 139 replies · 276+ views
    Red Orbit ^ | August 2, 2008 | Laura Lorentzen
    Posted on Saturday, August 02, 2008 8:44:19 AM by Soliton don't remember when I first learned about the theory of evolution, but nowadays I find myself reading of it a great deal in the popular press and hearing it discussed in the media. As my daughter enters elementary school, I find myself anxious to discuss with her teachers what they will cover in science class and where in their curriculum they plan to teach evolution. OUR COUNTRY HAS LAWS THAT SEPARATE church and state. Public institutions like schools must be neutral on the subject of religion, as required by the...
  • Should Scientism be considered a religion on Free Republic?

    06/30/2008 4:41:23 PM PDT · by Kevmo · 531 replies · 241+ views
    June 30, 2008 | Kevmo
    The crevo threads typically degenerate into name calling. Recently, the Religion Moderator declared that "science is not religion", and did not publish the criteria for such consideration. My suggestion to the evolutionist community has been to acknowledge that Scientism is a religion and start to utilize the protections offered under the religion tags that are different than other threads (due to the intensity of feelings over religious issues). So this thread is intended to be an ECUMENICAL thread under the tag of SCIENTISM. The intent is to keep discussion civil. I would like to see a straightforward discussion over the...
  • Lynchburg College's Associate Chaplain Shills For MoveOn.org [Anti-War Rally]

    03/16/2007 12:17:22 PM PDT · by VaBthang4 · 11 replies · 438+ views
    Forwarded E-mail ^ | Today [03|16|07] | Me
    I recieved this forwarded e-mail this morning... Friends and Colleagues, In case you haven’t heard about this, here is information about an upcoming peace witness. Please forward to your own friends and distribution lists as you feel appropriate. Iraq War Anniversary Vigil Americans across the country are more concerned than ever about our direction in Iraq. Now is the time for Congress to force a change. On March 19th, thousands of us from organizations across the movement will gather together to observe the fourth anniversary of the war through candlelight vigils. We’ll solemnly honor the sacrifice made by more than...
  • Primate of the OCA joins with the MP in assessment of Bishop Basil

    12/28/2006 10:08:25 AM PST · by kawaii · 35 replies · 473+ views
    interfax ^ | 28 December 2006, 11:25 | interfax
    28 December 2006, 11:25 Primate of the Orthodox Church in America joins with the Moscow Patriarchate in assessment of Bishop Basil (Osborne) Moscow, December 28, Interfax - Metropolitan Herman of All America and Canada expressed his solidarity with the Russian Orthodox Church in the assessment of actions of the former administrator of the Diocese of Sourozh Bishop Basil (Osborne) whom the Patriarchate of Constantinople received in its jurisdiction. ‘One of the important safeguards of church order has been the general observance (in the countries beyond the traditionally Orthodox lands - IF) of canonical norms with regard to transfers of clergy...
  • CP representatives concelebrated with the excommunicated Filaret Denisenko

    11/16/2006 8:01:14 AM PST · by kawaii · 13 replies · 239+ views
    Interfax Religion ^ | Nov 16 | Interfax Religion
    16 November 2006, 14:47 The Constantinople Patriarchate representatives concelebrated with the excommunicated Filaret Denisenko Moscow, November 16, Interfax - The U.S. clergymen of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) of the Patriarchate of Constantinople concelebrated with the excommunicated leader of the Kievan Patriarchate Filaret Denisenko unrecognized in the Orthodox world. With consent of metropolitan Konstantin Bagan and bishop Vsevolod Maidansky of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, Denisenko celebrated a requiem service for the soldiers of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army that fought on the Fascists’ side during the Great Patriotic War and also for the victims of ‘golodomor’ (starvation) of the 1932-33. Filaret...
  • A Popular Strategy For Church Growth Splits Congregants

    09/05/2006 2:24:04 PM PDT · by Terriergal · 140 replies · 2,710+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 09/05/2006 | Suzanne Sataline
    IUKA, Miss. -- In April, 150 members of Iuka Baptist Church voted to kick Charles Jones off the deacons' board. The punishment followed weeks of complaints by Mr. Jones and his friends that the pastor was following the teachings of the Rev. Rick Warren, the best-selling author and church-growth guru. After the vote, about 40 other members quit the church to support Mr. Jones.
  • Brian McLaren on The Da Vinci Code (barf alert)

    05/09/2006 1:40:04 PM PDT · by Terriergal · 13 replies · 547+ views
    Sojourners Mail ^ | 5-9-06 | Lisa Ann Cockrel
    Brian McLaren on The Da Vinci Code An interview by Lisa Ann Cockrel With The Da Vinci Code poised to go from bestseller list to the big screen on May 19, pastor and writer (and Sojourners board member) Brian McLaren talks about why he thinks there's truth in the controversial book's fiction. What do you think the popularity of The Da Vinci Code reveals about pop culture attitudes toward Christianity and the church? Brian McLaren: I think a lot of people have read the book, not just as a popular page-turner but also as an experience in shared frustration with...
  • Russians Remember John Paul II

    04/03/2006 4:56:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies · 211+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | April 3, 2006
    Ecumenical Meeting Held in Moscow Cathedral MOSCOW, APRIL 3, 2006 (Zenit.org).- An ecumenical gathering in a land he never visited remembered Pope John Paul II on the first anniversary of his death. At a Eucharistic celebration attended by members of other faiths and confessions, the Russian Catholic community on Sunday joined in the worldwide remembrance of the Polish Pontiff. The Catholic cathedral of Moscow welcomed hundreds of faithful for the event. On hand were representatives of various confessions and religions, Catholic priests of the Eastern rite, and diplomats from several countries. Images of the life of John Paul II adorned...
  • Vatican Statement on Offending Religious Sentiments

    03/11/2006 2:34:03 AM PST · by HarleyD · 39 replies · 405+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 2/7/2006 | Unknown
    VATICAN CITY, FEB. 7, 2006 (Zenit) - Here is a translation of the issued Saturday by the Vatican press office on reactions to the publication in several Western newspapers of caricatures of the prophet Mohammed. * * * In response to several requests on the Holy See's position vis-à-vis recent offensive representations of the religious sentiments of individuals and entire communities, the Vatican press office can state: 1. The right to freedom of thought and expression, sanctioned by the Declaration of the Rights of Man, cannot imply the right to offend the religious sentiment of believers. This principle applies obviously...
  • [Catholic] Tradition catching on with Baptists [Ecumenical Ash Wed. Service]

    03/01/2006 10:35:38 AM PST · by Full Court · 269 replies · 2,059+ views
    Birmingham News ^ | Wednesday, March 01, 2006 | Greg Garrison
    Tradition catching on with Baptists Protestants begin to take part in Ash Wednesday for its theological lessons Wednesday, March 01, 2006GREG GARRISONNews staff writer It used to be that Baptists had nothing to do with Ash Wednesday, a liturgical holiday they associated with Catholics. No more. "It's a good way of putting the congregation in the right mind-set to prepare for Easter," said the Rev. Christopher Hamlin, pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Smithfield. An ecumenical service at 6:30 tonight at Our Lady Queen of the Universe Catholic Church will include participation by three Baptist churches - Baptist Church...
  • Not to Forget, but to Forgive (Christian in Israel)

    06/17/2005 6:46:21 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 4 replies · 270+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | June 17, 2005 | Patricia Golan
    In Israel, Father Emile Shoufani is probably best known for having organized an extraordinary four-day Arab-Jewish pilgrimage to Auschwitz in 2003. Abroad, where he is known as "Le Cure' de Nazareth" (The Parish Priest of Nazareth)... Shoufani is director of one of the most prestigious schools in the country, St. Joseph's Seminary and High School in Nazareth. Muslim and Druse pupils make up 40% of the student body; the rest are Christians. "This is a Catholic school, but not in the sense of the Jewish religious schools," he explains. "It's a place for students of all backgrounds to be together."...
  • Hindu Ritual Performed at Fatima Shrine

    05/27/2004 10:22:01 AM PDT · by Land of the Irish · 113 replies · 488+ views
    Catholic Family News ^ | June 2004 | John Vennari
    “All the invocations of the pagans are hateful to God because all their gods are devils.”1 Saint Francis Xavier wrote these words to Saint Ignatius about the pagan religion of Hinduism. Francis Xavier, writing from India at the time, merely restates the truth from the infallible Sacred Scriptures: “The gods of the gentiles are devils”. (Psalm 95:5) Yet on May 5, 2004 — the Feast of Pope Saint Pius V — the Little Chapel of the Apparitions at Fatima was allowed to be used for a pagan Hindu ceremony. This Little Chapel (also called the Capelinha) is built on the...
  • Archdruid of Canterbury to meet Kaspar and his buddy Cormac

    10/01/2003 9:38:16 PM PDT · by ahadams2 · 9 replies · 113+ views
    Zenit News Service ^ | 1 October 2003 | staff writers
    Code: ZE03100106 Date: 2003-10-01 New Anglican Primate Nears His 1st Visit to the Pope Will Be Received by Cardinal Kasper and Accompanied by Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor VATICAN CITY, OCT. 1, 2003 (Zenit.org).- The Holy See is preparing to welcome the Anglican archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, who is scheduled to visit the Pope this Saturday. Public and private meetings are being planned in Rome with the leader of the Anglican Communion, according to the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, presided over by Cardinal Walter Kasper. This is the new archbishop of Canterbury's first visit to the Pope, and it reflects...
  • Jewish lawmakers threaten walk-out over reference to Jesus

    04/03/2003 6:25:58 PM PST · by honway · 871 replies · 1,707+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | April 3, 2003 | Diana Lynne
    A Maryland minister was barred from giving the opening prayer in the state Senate after he refused to drop a reference to Jesus. The Rev. David N. Hughes of the Trinity and Evangelical Church of Adamstown, Md., intended to round out his invocation yesterday with the line, "In Jesus' name, Amen." But the sergeant at arms – on the orders of Senate President Thomas Mike Miller Jr. – shut the reverend out of the body's chambers. Miller issued the orders after two Jewish lawmakers threatened to stage a boycott of the legislative session if the phrase was not removed. "I'm...
  • Interchurch Marriages: How to Help Them Succeed

    08/27/2002 5:13:55 PM PDT · by polemikos · 3 replies · 349+ views
    Catholic Update ^ | 2001 | Elizabeth Bookser Barkley
    Although this Catholic Update often focuses on the two partners in an interchurch marriage, it is a valuable tool for all of us—family members, friends and fellow parishioners—as we reach out to support them in their faith journey. Many Catholics married to persons of other Christian denominations feel left out of parish activities because they don't fit the profile of the "normal" Catholic marriage. This Update can remind the whole Catholic community of the vital role interchurch couples can play in the working toward full unity of those whose common bond is Jesus Christ. That these marriages succeed is the...