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The Daily Haul: Benedict XVI, Bono, the Bible and 3 Glasses of Wine

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The Daily Catch - published on 04/13/16

The Daily Catch has casts out, and look what the ‘net has dragged in:

Fr. James Bradley
Fr. James Bradley

Father James Bradley, (@FrJamesBradley) writing in the Catholic Herald (UK) writes that that Amoris Laetitia‘s Language of Accompaniment is “Nothing New”

In his own apostolic exhortation, Sacramentum Caritatis, Pope Benedict XVI used the same term in the same context of the pastoral care of the divorced and remarried. […] Pope Francis has taken up Pope Benedict’s pastoral concern and run with it, albeit with the same caution and caveats, seeking to put into practice the laudable sentiments expressed by his predecessor, themselves a reflection of the mind of the bishops gathered for the XI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in 2005.

You’ll want to follow that up with Canonist Jenna Cooper’s look into Chapter 8 of the exhortation.

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David Shankbone-cc
Image/David Shankbone-cc

Meanwhile, Reuters reports that U2’s Bono, speaking before a Senate Subcommittee hearing on foreign aid, urged the creation of a new “Marshall Plan for the Middle East”. He also submitted that an unused, underappreciated weapon against evil might be laughter::

“…don’t laugh, but I think comedy should be deployed. Because if you look at National Socialism, and Daesh and ISIL, this is the same thing, we’ve seen this before, we’ve seen these people before. They’re very vain, they’ve got all the signs … it’s show business. And the first people that Adolf Hitler threw out of Germany were the Dadaists and the Surrealists. It’s like, you speak violence, you speak their language. But you laugh at them when they’re goose-stepping down the street and it takes away their power. So I’m suggesting that the Senate send in Amy Schumer and Chris Rock and Sacha Baron Cohen. Thank you.”

Ah, well, James 4:7 said “laugh at the devil and he will flee from thee.” Or words to that effect.

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Acer11/Wikimedia Commons-cc

A Newsflash from Science:The Bible is REALLY Old!, and literacy was surprisingly widespread:

“Key parts of the Old Testament may have been compiled earlier than some scholars thought, suggests a new handwriting analysis of text on pottery shards. The shards, found at a frontier fort dating to around 600 B.C., were written by at least six different people, suggesting that literacy was widespread in the ancient kingdom of Judah, said study co-author Israel Finkelstein, an archaeologist and biblical scholar at Tel Aviv University in Israel. “We’re dealing with really low-level soldiers in a remote place who can write,” Finkelstein told Live Science. “So there must have been some sort of educational system in Judah at that time.”

Would seem so!

DO Try This At Home, When You’re Not Driving Anywhere: What do YOU look like after 3 glasses of wine? Do you look anything like these folks?

Finally, while both Bishop Barron is writing about The Problem of Theodicy, and David Mills is writing about when it’s time to just shut up, Tony Rossi gives us something on the real power of Hope.

Happy Reading!

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