A Dallas bishop said that the public forgiveness offered by the brother of a murder victim toward the person who killed him was “an incredible example of Christian love.”
Bishop Edward J. Burns, who heads of the Diocese of Dallas, offered the statement after 18-year-old Brandt Jean forgave former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger in court, as he read his victim impact statement Oct. 2. He also asked and was granted permission by the court to give her a hug, even though she fatally shot his 26-year-old brother, Botham Jean, in his apartment last year.
Guyger said she believed he was a burglar, but she was the one who entered his apartment without permission and later said she believed she was entering her own apartment.
Watch the powerful video here; https://www.cathdal.org/home/statement-from-bishop-edward-j-burns-on-brandt-jeans-forgiveness-of-amber-guyger
“We want you to rekindle your missionary spirit in order to proclaim Christ’s Salvation everywhere”, write the Bishops of Burundi, in the message for the Extraordinary Missionary Month which opens today October 1st. In the document sent to Fides, read in all the parishes of the country on Sunday 29 September, it is recalled that “Pope Francis announced the Extraordinary Missionary Month so as to commemorate the centenary of the promulgation of the Apostolic Letter Maximum Illud by Pope Benedict XV”.
“The Church needs a new impetus, a new will and a new hope in missionary pastoral” the message emphasizes.
“Do not be spectators, be missionaries together with the Virgin Mary, Star of the Missionaries and Queen of the Apostles, because it is our dignity that we received in our baptism” the message concludes.
Read the full message; http://www.fides.org/en/news/66713-AFRICA_BURUNDI_Extraordinary_Missionary_Month_Be_missionaries_not_spectators_the_Bishops_exhort
America’s unique synthesis of wealth and worship has puzzled international observers and foiled their grandest theories of a global secular takeover. In the late 19th century, an array of celebrity philosophers—the likes of Friedrich Nietzsche, Karl Marx, and Sigmund Freud—proclaimed the death of God, and predicted that atheism would follow scientific discovery and modernity in the West, sure as smoke follows fire.
Stubbornly pious Americans threw a wrench in the secularization thesis. Deep into the 20th century, more than nine in 10 Americans said they believed in God and belonged to an organized religion, with the great majority of them calling themselves Christian. That number held steady—through the sexual-revolution ’60s, through the rootless and anxious ’70s, and through the “greed is good” ’80s.
But in the early 1990s, the historical tether between American identity and faith snapped. Religious non-affiliation in the U.S. started to rise—and rise, and rise. By the early 2000s, the share of Americans who said they didn’t associate with any established religion (also known as “nones”) had doubled. By the 2010s, this grab bag of atheists, agnostics, and spiritual dabblers had tripled in size.
Read the Statistic and more; https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/09/atheism-fastest-growing-religion-us/598843/