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Archive for January 22nd 2010

Every year Fordham University brings together Catholic and Jewish leaders to engage in dialogue at the Nostra Aetate lecture. The dialogues are inspired by the Vatican II document that addresses the church's relations with non-Christian religions. This year, newly installed Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York sat down with Arnold M. Eisen, the chancellor of Jewish Theological Seminary. They discussed the pressing issues facing both faiths, notably the diminishment of religious practice among the young. Archbishop Dolan's remarks are reprinted in the Feb. 1-8 issue of America under the title "A Shared Path."

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Special Podcast on Haiti

Catholic Relief Services has been providing aid to Haiti since 1954 and had 300 workers in the country when the earthquake hit on January 12. John Rivera, the director of communications for CRS, gives an update on the agency's relief efforts, and explains how CRS is working with the U.S. government and faith-based aid agencies to deliver food where it is needed. Donate to CRS here.

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Ever since President Obama named Reinhold Niebuhr as his favorite philosopher, this mid-20th century public intellectual has been much invoked by pundits and columnists, especially in relation to the president's Nobel acceptance speech defending war as a tool for building peace. Here Drew Christiansen, S.J., argues that a closer examination of Niebuhr's entire career reveals not just a foreign policy realist but a skeptical critic of American exceptionalism. Fr. Christiansen recommends these books for a fuller understanding of Niebuhr's career, as well as a biography of Niebuhr by Richard Wightman Fox. To read the article by David Cortright mentioned during the podcast, click here.

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Thoma Massaro, S.J., a respected social ethicist at Boston College, reviews Michael Sandel's PBS series, "Justice: What's the Right Thing To Do?" based on the Harvard professor's popular course. The 12 episode series can be viewed online at www.justiceharvard.org". Read Father Massaro's written review of the show here.

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