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  1. I think your negative view of Notre Dame, and this professor is a bit excessive, Father. After reading the full article, it seems as if the sensationalized language was mostly inserted by Yahoo, and not Professor Moss. Moss’ main point is to differentiate between Christians being persecuted solely for being Christian, and Christians being prosecuted for not following Roman Laws. She is a history professor researching history, and there is no need to question the legitimacy of her Catholicism (nor that of her institution) as a result of her research.

    ps. It’s the University of Notre Dame, not Notre Dame University, and “emperor” is spelled incorrectly.

    • It may have been persecution for not following the Roman law, precisely because it contradicted Christ’s. As it will soon be here in the USA. (Spelling error corrected)

      • Definitely, and I think that is actually the point Professor Moss was making. The fault is on Yahoo for using such inflammatory language to attract readers.

        • Jackson, did you read the title of her book? This is another tired re-hash of the mythicism gambit that still gets played by second and third rate “scholars” despite its being long past its early twentieth century “best before” date. Try Bart D.Ehrman’s book on the existence of Jesus for a treatment of mythicism by a real, actual scholar (an atheist dissenting one, I might add). Candida Moss is not “researching’ history, she is attempting to re-write it for personal gain.

          • Simon, yes I read the title of the book. Also, thank you for the book suggestion. It is a bit presumptuous to assume that Professor Moss’ is work is simply for personal gain, and most likely an assertion one cannot accurately make without knowing her personally. That said, my initial purpose in commenting was to express my discontent with Fr. Finelli questioning Professor Ross’ Catholicism, and his juvenile word play in labeling the greatest Catholic university in the world as “Notre Shame”.

          • I guess I hit a little nerve there Jackson! Just do a little research, I’m not the first and won’t be the last to call the University, “Notre Shame”. I would dare to say that Our Lady herself is ashamed of some of the recent decisions and atrocities that have come out of this “Catholic” University.

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