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ADVENT HOPE ON A BUS RIDE TO BALTIMORE

by Ted Schmidt

The existing religious traditions are too distant from our new sense of the universe to be adequate to the task before us. We cannot do without the traditional religions, but they cannot do what presently needs to be done. We need a new type of religious orientation. This must emerge from our new story of the universe.
Thomas Berry, the Dream of the Earth

It is time to embrace the cosmic and planetary context within which our life story and the story of all life enfolds.
Diarmuid O’Murchu

The church in America — in fact, in the West as a whole — has accepted as religion a kind of cultural syncretism, culminating in near perfect allegiance to the State. Not a few of our more prominent Bishops have even waited upon the Presidency like court jesters….we want to express our fidelity to the Church and the Chair of Peter, even as we sorrow over Christian myopia, hardness of heart, and even cowardice.
Phil Berrigan in a letter to Bishop William Baum of
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