Listen to Jesus, speak in parables

Some years ago I was challenged by a bishop regarding an article I’d written. We were talking in his office and the tone eventually got a little testy: “How can you write something like that?” he asked. “Because it’s true,” was my blunt reply. He already knew it was true, but now, realizing that, he became more aware of his real agenda: “Yes, I know it’s true, but that doesn’t mean it should be said in that way in a Catholic newspaper like ours. This isn’t a university classroom or the New York Times. It’s a diocesan newspaper and that’s not the best context within which to say something like that. It will confuse a lot of readers.”

Daniel and the great unveiling

Toward the end of the liturgical year, we Catholics hear at Mass from the mysterious, often confounding and utterly fascinating Book of Daniel. Recent scholarship has demonstrated that the Book of Daniel had an extraordinarily powerful influence on the first Christians, providing them a most important template for understanding the significance of Jesus.

Faith is getting its due on the small screen 

WASHINGTON - Treatments of the Catholic faith are getting their due on various TV networks. Except that, with the fractured nature of the 500-channel universe -- a quaint term to anyone with satellite TV -- you have to keep your eyes wide open. Blink and it'll be gone.

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