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June 21-July 4, 2013

Simplicity

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In today’s Gospel, the Lucan Jesus offers clear and concise directives to those who are to be his disciples in the world. First among these directives is the commission to go forth from the comfort of family and friends in order to bring the good news to the people and places Jesus would visit.

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Are Buddhism and science incompatible?

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ss06212013p06pha.jpgTHE SCIENTIFIC BUDDHA: HIS SHORT AND HAPPY LIFE
By Donald S. Lopez Jr.
Published by Yale University Press, $25

Donald Lopez is on a mission. In his “role as a scholar,” he feels called “to protect, preserve, and defend the religion that he studies.” More specifically in this book, he seeks resolutely to protect and defend “the old Buddha” from “the scientific Buddha.”

Radically free

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When I was a child, the sisters taught us to pray the Angelus as the noon bell rang at school. Then, it seemed like little more than a rote recitation of Hail Marys punctuated by call and response. The faster it went, the sooner we could start lunch and recess -- and that was the real importance of the bell.

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Pope Francis calls careerism a ‘leprosy’ on the priesthood

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Using especially strong language on one of his favorite themes, Pope Francis decried a plague of careerism among priests and urged them to renounce their personal ambitions for service to the church -- warning that failure to do so would make them look “ridiculous.”

“Careerism is a leprosy, a leprosy,” the pope said June 6 in a speech to students from the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, the school for future Vatican diplomats.

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