- Feb 26, 2021
When the difficulties and uncertainties of the coronavirus pandemic were at their height in Italy this past spring, one Vatican cardinal defined the snowballing crisis as a form of “trauma.”
Women participating in the Walking with Purpose Bible study program at Catholic parishes around the country reported the courses have had a positive impact on their attitudes and lifestyle, in addition to being a source of inspiration and a tool to bring them closer to God.
For television series and documentaries exploring religion, serious religion scholars are needed, but those scholars worry about how what they say will be edited in the final cut.
One of the biggest puzzles of the Bible is the Last Supper: The Gospels disagree on what night Jesus had his final meal with his closest friends. Whether or not Jesus’ Last Supper occurred on the evening of the Day of Preparation – that is, in the evening after the Passover lambs were slaughtered in the temple – as attested to in the three synoptic Gospels, or the day before (as attested to in the Gospel of John), it seems clear that Jesus emphasized the symbolism of this ancient rite as he gathered his followers around him.
“A devout Catholic, a faithful priest, a Jesuit fiercely loyal to his identity as such, he was also — for all his crusty exterior — a deeply compassionate Christian, ever ready to help those in need,” said Father John Meier, professor at the University of Notre Dame.
Anyone who has taken a “New Testament 101” class in college will have been stunned and somewhat unsettled to discover that the Bible is, ahem, untrue. Having been taught all the stories about Jesus in Sunday School, first Holy Communion and Confirmation class, religious young people assumed all those tales