This week in Origins

Another edition of Origins CNS Documentary Service is online and in the mail. Here’s what’s in the new edition dated Nov. 8:

  • The “new evangelization” demands that the church first cover the psychological and sociological distances that separate it from the pluralistic postmodern world to which it is sent. This will undoubtedly bring death to a certain way of being church, to a certain identity, but “a missionary church must not nourish nostalgia for the past,” says Bishop Claude Champagne, auxiliary of Halifax, Nova Scotia. (Subscribers: Click here)
  • Cardinal Avery Dulles traces the development of five catechetical models and contrasts their different emphases. (Subscribers: Click here)
  • Those who would reject the natural moral law and base civil law on majority rule alone ignore the lessons of history and put basic human rights at risk, says Pope Benedict XVI. Only natural law provides the foundation for a universal ethic and true guarantee that each person may live in freedom, have his dignity respected and be protected from manipulation and abuse by the stronger. (Subscribers: Click here)
  • Bishop Randolph Calvo of Reno, Nevada, discusses the role of mercy in the justice system. Mercy not only tempers justice, it expands our awareness of those in need and “widens the scope of our concern beyond our individual rights and special interests to seek the common good and to promote social justice,” he says. (Subscribers: Click here)
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