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Silk Spanks Donohue

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Mark Silk at RNS writes on the differences between French and American attitudes towards language about religion, but rightly concludes that Bill Donohue of the Catholic League gets it wrong, blaming the victim in the case of Charlie Hebdo. What I do not get, what I have never gotten, is that satire only works when it is outrageous and, just so, not believable, although it succeeds when it touches on a deeper truth. This was the core issue in the famous case Falwell v. Flynt.

Contra Christiansen & Aldajani, Part I

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In the past year, NCR has published several articles written jointly by Fr. Drew Christiansen, S.J. and Ra’fat Aldajani all of which treat the subject of relations between the Israelis and the Palestinians. The articles share a bias so extreme as to warrant the harsh designation that they are tendentious at best and inflammatory at worst.

Here is a survey from some of those articles that prove the point.

Happy 175th Birthday to The Tablet

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The Tablet celebrates its 175th birthday this year. As readers know, I serve as one of their U.S.correspondents and I can say that my association with this venerable magazine has been entirely wonderful. Also strange, because I have yet to meet any of my colleagues on that side of the Atlantic. But, in our frequent emails and occasional phone conversations, I am always impressed with their intellectual rigor, their journalistic inquisitiveness and their deep, deep commitment to strong writing. So, to Catherine, Elena, Abigail, James and the rest of the Tablet Team, ad multos annos.

Finally, Sanity on Francis' Encyclical

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After a barrage of articles attacking Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment, which has not yet been issued, here is a thoughtful analysis at The Jesuit Post of some of the themes we can anticipate when the letter is finally released. I think items #4 and #5 are especially important: Look for the pope to link concern for the environment with concern for the poor and, as well, to treat the issues of human and natural ecology as a whole.

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