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DC Courtyard of the Gentiles initiative features hip hop concert, Cokie Roberts

Catholic World News - April 09, 2014

The Courtyard of the Gentiles, the Pontifical Council for Culture's outreach to nonbelievers, is hosting “Faith, Culture, and the Common Good” at Georgetown University.

“In the US, political power has a vested interest in the religious world and has built strong relations with it, but at the same time the US is proud of its secular nature and the identity of the State is quite marked,” Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the pontifical council's president, said in an interview with Vatican Radio. “It will be interesting to observe the balance … between these two aspects.”

“Our national dialogue regarding the role of religion in public life and its contributions to the common good is at a critical juncture,” added Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington. “The Courtyard of the Gentiles format offers an opportunity to explore the relationship between religious faith and culture from a fresh perspective.”

The event begins on April 9 with a concert that “features artists of diverse faiths-- MCs Talib Kweli, Jin, Poetic Pilgrimage, AmKoullel, The Narcicyst, and Mandeep Sethi and DJ Boo-- in a performance showcasing interreligious diversity and tolerance through the hip hop lens,” according to the event program.

On April 10, Cokie Roberts, a critic of Catholic teaching on human life and marriage, will moderate a panel discussion entitled “Realizing the Common Good,” and Paul Elie, senior fellow at Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, will moderate a discussion on “Faith, Culture, and Community.” Each panel discussion is followed by “Tents of Dialogue” breakout sessions.

Following an interfaith celebration at a Jesuit parish featuring “readings, reflections, and songs from American traditions on the common good, justice, and freedom,” the event concludes with a dramatic performance of a Flannery O'Connor short story.

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  • Posted by: filioque - Apr. 10, 2014 12:18 AM ET USA

    I skipped this fatuous event at Georgetown tonight and instead heard Prof. Roberto de Mattei speak on the crisis in the Church: the ascendancy of practice over doctrine: for, example, as Card. Kasper would have it, so many Catholics are getting divorced and remarrying, the Church should change doctrine and legitimize the practice. Prof. de Mattei's latest book is The Second Vatican Council: the Untold Story, detailing how this strategy played at Vatican II.

  • Posted by: normnuke - Apr. 09, 2014 1:03 PM ET USA

    The Georgetown venue for this confab should certainly make 'nonbelievers' feel right at home.

  • Posted by: Defender - Apr. 09, 2014 12:08 PM ET USA

    It's appropriate that this "outreach to nonbelievers" is at Georgetown - the "intellectual" center of CINOism. Then there's the moderator, another CINO. Finally, there is a cardinal that ignores canon law, both with Georgetown and the politicians (et al)that surround the area.

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