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Religious belief allows questioning, calls us to maturity

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March 28, 2011, 2011

Frequently, the Christian outlook is characterized as a comforting collection of certitudes that preserve adherents from doubt and save them from the hard toil of self-analysis. Religious dogmas are shrouded in mystery and beyond rational verification, but are guaranteed by power of an all-knowing authority. The fruits of such certainty are intolerance, intellectual servitude and self-righteousness.

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Eucharistic Congress 2012 to be held in Ireland

March 21, 2011

Irish Catholic leaders formally announced plans for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress.

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Parents push Catholic school to resume paddling

March 21, 2011

For the past 60 years, teachers and administrators at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans have wielded an 18-inch-long wooden paddle to administer corporal punishment to students for tardiness, sloppy uniform dress or other minor rules infractions.

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Parents 'infecting' kids with Christian beliefs — court

March 21, 2011

A British court has effectively disqualified a couple from becoming foster parents because of their Christian views on premarital and homosexual intercourse.

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Despite troubles, Church is gift of God — pope

March 21, 2011

Even if the Church is beset by problems, it is still a gift of God, Pope Benedict told several hundred pastors of Rome parishes.

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St. Thérèse in Israel

March 21, 2011

Catholic clergy and religious take part in a ceremony upon the arrival of the relics of St. Thérèse of Lisieux at the Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, March 14.

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Public school religion can promote dialogue

March 21, 2011

Education about religion in public schools can help students learn to respect others' beliefs, but government-run programs must exercise extreme caution not to promote or to criticize a particular religion, a Vatican official told the UN Human Rights Council.

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U.S. bishops support unions but urge cooperation

March 21, 2011

Amid ongoing battles between Republican governors and organized labour in Midwestern states, U.S. Catholic bishops have echoed the long-standing Church support for workers' rights.

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Pope encourages Lenten battle against evil

March 21, 2011

Setting out on the Lenten journey of conversion, Pope Benedict urged Christians to make a commitment "to take Jesus' side against sin and, as individuals and as a Church, to engage in spiritual battle against the spirit of evil."

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Exorcism movie a reminder that devil exists

March 21, 2011

The latest Hollywood movie on exorcism is a reminder that the devil truly exists and wants to prevail, said the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano.

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