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'Cosmos' doesn't duck the truth


The TV series "Cosmos" is the product of huge choices about what to show and how to show it. Neil deGrasse Tyson, the brainy, avuncular host, steers a path aimed at those who know almost nothing about the universe's origins and those who have learned a lot. Perhaps the biggest divide he faces is between evolutionists and creationists. While it's tempting to assume that overwhelming evidence has put evolution in the driver's seat, the fact is that up to half of the population identifies with creationism on the surveys.

Critic challenges Kasper on issues facing divorced and remarried Catholics


In a closed-door, two-hour session in February with some 185 of the world's cardinals, Cardinal Walter Kasper strongly suggested the church needs to deepen its theology and alter its pastoral practices regarding families and, especially, divorced and remarried couples. The former president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity raised eyebrows and ruffled feathers among those who view church teaching as set in stone.

Scripture apps & podcasts for your phone & tablet


Pope Francis this week urged commuters to get a pocket Bible and read it while traveling to and from work. 

"A Christian's first task is to listen to the word of God, to listen to Jesus, because he speaks to us and saves us with his word," the pope said Sunday during a homily at the parish of Santa Maria dell'Orazione on the northeast outskirts of Rome, according to CNS.

A pocket Bible? How 20th century! Why not try an app?

Maybe it's time to bring the church to the people


In recent years, it seems there has been an effort to make it harder for the faithful to participate and receive the sacramental actions of the church. One example would be the denial of Communion to politicians with certain views as well as the denial of Communion to divorced and remarried Catholics. Another example would be the refusal to provide general absolution for parishioners even during the Christmas and Easter seasons.


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