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Daniel Hendrickson, S.J., reports on Contemplative Leaders in Action, an initiative of the Jesuit Collaborative. CLIA "is designed to nurture faith-centered leaders so they can impact society and culture." The program comprises retreats, lecture, study, and service work, and brings together young people from a variety of professions. Fr. Hendrickson is chaplain to the CLIA program in New York. He is pictured bottom row, left, next to New York program director Alison Donohue.

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John W. O'Malley, S.J., the esteemed Georgetown University historian, compares the role of theologians at the Council of Trent to the Second Vatican Council. At Trent, the theologians were not pre-selected by the pope, and represented a wide array of theological opinion. Theologians gave extended lectures to the assembled bishops, who then made decisions based on the information they gathered. Trent marked the first time that a class of theologians emerged as a distinct voice from the bishops, and thus offers an interesting lesson for today, when the relations between bishops and theologians are strained. Read Fr. O'Malley's article, "A Lesson for Today?" (10/31).

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The editors discuss the coming Mass translations and whether or not Catholic are allowed to criticize them; the outpouring of grief following Steve Jobs' death and what it says about the spiritual needs of our society; and the surprising religious language used to describe the Occupy Wall Street protests. Read Fr. Jim Martin's blog post on the death of Steve Jobs.

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Dr. Christine Firer Hinze is a professor of Christian ethics and the director of the Francis and Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies at Fordham University. She was one of the organizers of a recent conference called "Learning to Listen: Voices of Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church." The conference was the first of a four-part series entitled "More than a Monologue: Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church," which also will include events hosted by Union Theological Seminary, Yale Divinity School and Fairfield University. Kerry Weber spoke with Dr. Firer Hinze at Fordham University's Lincoln Center campus. Photo by Patrick Verel.

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