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By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture, Sep 12, 2022

 Fr. Jerry Pokorsky is a priest of the Diocese of Arlington who has also served as a financial administrator in the Diocese of Lincoln. Trained in business and accounting, he also holds a Master of Divinity and a Master’s in moral theology. …

When we consider world religions, the eastern religions disappoint. Buddhist Nirvana is an implausible doctrine. The prospect of reincarnation is as terrifying as it is unrealistic. Muslim religious views also disappoint. The denial and suppression of free will are offensive to authentically human sensibilities and untenable. (Every sin is an abuse of free will.)

The Jewish faith poses challenges to Catholics because of its beauty, majesty, and reasonableness. Mary helps us reconcile Jewish belief with the Christian faith.

Most elements of traditional Jewish teaching have a Catholic appeal. The rabbis emphasize the compatibility of the natural with the holy in the covenant. They acknowledge God’s quest for man and the unique existence of the Jews following the call of Abraham as the Chosen People to declare God’s glory. They describe how God’s directives calibrate the simple acts of ordinary lives to holiness under His sovereignty….

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