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Bonhoeffer in Rome

DERMOT ROANTREE :: On his visit to Italy as an 18-year-old in 1924, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was enthralled by the sights he witnessed in the Jesuit mother-church, the Gesù, and in other Roman churches. This experience gave him a new understanding of the meaning of 'Church'.

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Je ne suis pas Charlie

BRIAN LENNON SJ :: 'Je suis Charlie' is a passionate cry to defend our right to dissent and to challenge. But a question remains to be answered: even if we have a political right to mock and blaspheme, do we have a moral right to do so? Can we not disagree without being gratuitously insulting?

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Why Jesus never read the New Testament

Jesus meant so much to Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, that Ignatius once said he would have loved to have been Jewish himself, so that he could have been related to Jesus by blood as well as by discipleship.  It is almost 500 years since Ignatius begged his way to Jerusalem, hoping to stay for good ...

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Pope Francis and his discontents

DERMOT ROANTREE :: Pope Francis may be the most popular man in the world, but he certainly has his critics. The most vocal – and at times intemperate – of these may be found in the ranks of those who self-identify as conservative Catholics. The problem at base is different understandings of Vatican II.

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