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Fundamentalism is the new '-ism' for the church to fight

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The Catholic church is well-known for its opposition to many important "-isms" over the years: It has railed against secularism, materialism, communism, and modernism with vigor and determination. Now it appears Pope Francis has decided to argue against an "-ism" of a different sort.

For more than a year now, Francis has repeatedly returned to the issue of religious fundamentalism and has condemned it, whether Christian, Muslim or Jewish fundamentalism.

Preview: God is always new

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Several years ago, I was a senior fellow at Woodstock Theological Center working on questions in science and religion. One day, the program manager appeared at my door and asked if I wanted some boxes of notes that had been taking up space in his office. The notes happened to be those of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and he did not know what to do with them. Woodstock had inherited the notes from Nicole Schmitz-Moorman, whose father, Karl Schmitz-Moorman, inherited the notes after Teilhard's death. Karl bequeathed the notes to his daughter, who, in turn, donated them to Woodstock.

Neighborhood kindness in St. Louis in the wake of the Ferguson shooting

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Sr. Regina Siegfried of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ sent this letter to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch describing some of the neighborhood kindness after an off-duty police officer killed Vonderrit Myers. I've tried to explain to people that the situation here expressed by the word "Ferguson" is a little like the blind men trying to grasp the idea of an elephant by touching only one part of its body.

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