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Archive for September 24th 2010

Kyle T. Kramer recounts his recent trip to Eastern Kentucky where he witnessed the horrors of mountaintop removal, an injustice that he describes as almost Biblical in scope. In addition to destroying the natural landscape, MTR creates nearly unlivable conditions for the families who live in the vicinity. Kramer explains why all people of faith have a special calling to work against MTR and reduce the energy consumption that feeds the growth of the coal industry.

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Eboo Patel, the co-founder of the Interfaith Youth Core, talks with Kerry Weber about his campaign to foster interfaith dialogue among young people, and why Catholic campuses are uniquely suited to host these conversations. Patel also discusses how he was inspired by Dorothy Day and other Catholic figures. In part 2 of his interview, Eboo Patel assails the anti-Islamic prejudice at the heart of the simmering controversy surrounding the so-called "Ground Zero" mosque.

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Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York recently spoke with James Martin, S.J., about his new book The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything during the the archbishop's weekly radio program on The Catholic Channel. During the show, the archbishop shared his admiration for the Society of Jesus and for the gift of Ignatian spirituality. Archbishop Dolan also speaks movingly, and candidly, with Father Martin about his own experiences with Ignatian contemplation. Audio courtesy Sirius Satellite Radio.

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John W. Martens, an associate professor of theology at St. Thomas University and the principal blogger for "The Good Word," introduces America's Scripture blog by asking, what is the Bible? The answer depends on whether you are Jewish, Catholic, Orthodox or Protestant. Even among English speaking Catholics there is disagreement about which Biblical translation is the best. Professor Martens shares his favorite translation and his favorite book of the Bible. He also explores the deeper question of what it means to say the Bible is inspired by God.

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