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Hope&Joy in South Africa: An interview with Raymond Perrier, part one

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Raymond Perrier, 45, is the director of South Africa's Jesuit Institute. He looks younger than his years, has a ready smile and is known for his outgoing personality. He is engaging and articulate, and it is easy to see how his energy might be interpreted by some as ambition rather than passion to do something meaningful for the people of God in South Africa.

More resources on 'Quest for the Living God'

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In a statement released this morning from the U.S. Catholic Conference, the bishops’ Committee on Doctrine reaffirmed their March critique of the book “Quest For The Living God” By St. Joseph Sr. Elizabeth Johnson, saying it is an inadequate expression of Catholic faith.

Sr. Elizabeth Johnson responded to the reaffirmation this morning.

Jesuit Fr. Michael Buckley wrote a column for NCR on the fact that the bishops seem to have ignored the guidelines laid out by "Doctrinal Responsibilities."

Check out more NCR coverage.

On this day: Statue of Liberty

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On this day we celebrate the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty.

"In October, 1886, there was unveiled on Bedloe's Island, New York harbor, a statue of 'Liberty Enlightening the World.' It was designed by M. Bartholdi and paid for by the contributions of 100,000 citizens of France, a country which had recently regained a republican form of government. The pedestal was built with money raised in the United States. This statue renewed the ancient feeling of gratitude to France, the oldest friend of our Republic."

--History of the United States for Catholic Schools, by Charles Hallan McCarthy, American Book Company, 1919, page 428.

Bishop faces tough question on difference between interracial, same sex marriage

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During testimony in Congress yesterday, the bishop placed in charge of the U.S. bishops' new ad hoc committee for religious liberty faced a series of tough questions about when government workers should be allowed to excuse themselves from their work because of issues of conscience.

Steve Jobs once tried to call the pope

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As a teenager, Steve Jobs called the Vatican to speak to the pope, says a new biography on the late Apple co-creator.

CNN has posted excerpts from the Walter Isaacson's new biography on Steve Jobs:

Jobs was introduced to Steve Wozniak in high school by a mutual friend, and despite their age difference (Wozniak was five years older), the two bonded over their love of electronics and practical jokes. "I was a little more mature than my years, and he was a little less mature than his, so it evened out," Jobs said.

Jobs and Wozniak built a "Blue Box," a device that allowed them to make long-distance calls for free by fooling the networks' routing switches. The two pranksters used the box to call the Vatican, with Wozniak pretending to be Henry Kissinger and asking to speak to the pope. They spoke to several Vatican officials but never actually got the pope on the line.

Crystal Cathedral plans

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For those who follow the Crystal Cathedral news ...
The Christian Science Monitor reports:


The Crystal Cathedral has endorsed selling its sprawling campus to a university as part of a bankruptcy reorganization plan, church officials said Wednesday.

The church's board of directors has backed Chapman University's offer to buy the property if the church is unable to raise enough money to avoid a sale, the church said in a written statement.

Under the plan, the church would be able to continue to use a number of buildings on the Garden Grove campus and possibly repurchase them at a later date.

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