At Florida Atlantic University, a professor was trying to teach a lesson on the power of symbols. The task she gave the class was to write the name of Jesus on a piece of paper, put it on the floor, and then asked them to step on the paper. One student, Ryan Rotelas, refused.
So the media has been talking for weeks now about how the new Pope is faced will all sorts of issues, from sex scandals to reforming the Curia, the official offices of the Vatican. We all agree the sex scandals are atrocious and need continual attention to fix and avoid in the future! But what is the deal with the corruption in the Vatican?
The icon of the Tour de France admits he cheated. He admits he lied about not cheating. He falsely accused people of lying and built a fortune by using illegal drugs and breaking all the rules. He was a cheat and an arrogant bully. But . . . he started a great foundation to fight cancer and help people. Is he a good or bad guy?
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Since the pontificates of Pope Paul VI and John Paul II, the Roman Catholic Church has been commissioned to engage and embrace the world with God's message of love once more with ‘new methods, new ardor and new expression.’ It has come to be phrased, 'the new evangelization.'
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