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Was the community of Jesus merely an offshoot of Judaism?


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Today's Reading
Acts 15:1-6

Paul and Barnabas had concluded from their missionary experiences that you didn’t have to be circumcised and observe Jewish law to be saved. Gentiles could belong and remain Gentiles. But not everybody agreed. Some who had come to Antioch from Jerusalem claimed that circumcision and the observance of Jewish law were essential for salvation.

The question was remanded to the apostolic authorities in Jerusalem. Some Pharisee believers there were insisting that you had to be a Jew or become a Jew in order to be a follower of Jesus.

This insistence threw the Church into bewilderment. Was the community of Jesus merely an offshoot of Judaism or something that had a nature and life of its own? The community of faith stood at a crossroads.

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Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk Archbishop Emeritus Daniel E. Pilarczyk, the eighth ordinary of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Ohio, is a nationally prominent churchman, educator and author. A native of Dayton, Ohio, he was ordained a priest on December 20, 1959, after studies in Rome. He was ordained bishop in 1974, and installed as Archbishop of Cincinnati in 1982, where he served until his retirement in 2009. In addition to a doctorate in sacred theology from Pontifical Urban University, he holds an M.A. in classics from Xavier University of Cincinnati, and a Ph.D. in classics from the University of Cincinnati. He has written more than a dozen popular books and many pamphlets and articles. His best-selling book is Twelve Tough Issues – And More. His most recent books are When God Speaks and Live Letters. Archbishop Pilarczyk’s service to the American church includes terms as vice president (1986-1989) and president (1989-1992) of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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