- Aug 6, 2020
If someone is lacking autonomy, they can be pompous and self-divinized on one hand or an existential wasteland on the other.
A May 7-9 conference taking place at the Gregorian University, titled “Jesus and the Pharisees: An Interdisciplinary Reappraisal,” aims to challenge negative stereotypes that have built up over the centuries about the Pharisees.
A May conference at the Pontifical Biblical Institute will urge a reconsideration of prejudices regarding the Pharisees, the ancient Jewish movement that figures often in the New Testament.
During his morning Mass, Pope Francis told a story about a priest who demanded a father not be present at his child’s baptism ceremony because he had been divorced. The pope said such a priest takes away “the key of knowledge” and “closes the door” on people. Francis said God wants his disciples to live so that they can also help “open the door” to God for themselves and for others.