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Francis calls for reorientation of catechesis away from 'simply scholastic sphere'

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Pope Francis has called for a reorientation of the Catholic church's way of educating people in the faith, saying the process of catechesis should steer away from using "simply the scholastic sphere" in order to teach people to encounter and follow Christ.

The pontiff has also offered a new definition for a term that has long befuddled many church observers, redefining the "new evangelization" as an effort by Catholics to evince their faith by working to help those on society's peripheries.

If the Guccis Were On the Other Foot

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Every society, every person, unofficially abridges the New Testament to suit its preferences and values. Certain passages, perhaps whole chapters, are effectively ignored as contrary to their interests. Among the bitter pills that Americans have identified and judged irrelevant are the warnings about wealth. They are among what are called the "hard sayings" for good reason. Here is a particular hair-raising example, Jesus speaking in the Gospel of Luke about what it takes to be a disciple: "So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions."

Irish archbishop: 'There's a growing gap between Irish young people and the church'

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Ireland voted to legalize same-sex marriage on Friday. Afterward, Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin spoke with The New York Times.

"The church needs to take a reality check," he said. "It's very clear there's a growing gap between Irish young people and the church, and there's a growing gap between the culture of Ireland that's developing and the church."

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