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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.

EG 246: Christian Divisions

Pope Francis offers some commentary on Christian disunity in this section of Evangelii Gaudium: 246. Given the seriousness of the counter-witness of division among Christians, particularly in Asia and Africa, the search for paths to unity becomes all the more urgent. … Continue reading

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Hearing and Listening

Is Pope Francis doing a crazy thing weaning Catholics off every word uttered by the Bishop of Rome? Phil Lawler thinks little of the lawless approach, especially giving interviews to less-than-respectable organs. (I notice that he doesn’t bother to link … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Who Makes Announcements?

The topic of announcements at Mass usually centers on when. For a change, I’d like to change it up and suggest you sit in the purple chair and render judgment on who. A few years ago, my parish switched from … Continue reading

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EG 244-245: Ecumenical Dialogue

Pope Francis write on “Ecumenical dialogue,” citing Vatican II: 244. Commitment to ecumenism responds to the prayer of the Lord Jesus that “they may all be one” (Jn 17:21). The credibility of the Christian message would be much greater if Christians … Continue reading

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When A Bishop Can No Longer Be A Bishop

Grant Gallicho at Commonweal keeps Archbishop Nienstedt in the news. The commentary there is interesting. It illustrates how administrative mismanagement tears at the fabric of unity in the Church. It also smears us in the mainstream media: a thousand miles away, … Continue reading

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Good Guy Awarded

… and not just because he’s an astronomer and/or a Jesuit. Guy Consolmagno SJ, coordinator for public relations at the Vatican Observatory scored the Carl Sagan Medal. From the awarders: (He) has become the voice of the juxtaposition of planetary science and astronomy with … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: James 3:1-12

The Reconciliation Lectionary gives four passages from the Letter of James, and this post reviews one of the two lengthy offerings. To whom much is given … Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you … Continue reading

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EG 242-243: Dialogue Between Faith, Reason, And Science

Evangelii Gaudium looks at the “Dialogue between faith, reason and science.” It will be just these two sections. Instead of the adversarial approach between religion and science so often celebrated in our culture, Pope Francis suggests we look at a synthesis … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: On The Steel Breeze

Not every science fiction novel, especially recent ones, have their own Wikipedia entry. Is that a good thing? My latest read does, which I checked after finishing the book earlier this afternoon. I really want to really like Alastair Reynolds’ books. … Continue reading

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EG 240-241: Dialogue With the State

In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis describes the role of the state: 240. It is the responsibility of the State to safeguard and promote the common good of society.[Cf. CCC 1910; Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Compendium of the Social Doctrine … Continue reading

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Roll Over

Chuck Berry wrote it. The Beatles recorded it. But my exposure to the ELO cover in the 70’s sticks in my mind. My brother was really big into this band. I heard they blew the roof off with their concert … Continue reading

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Silence of the Wolves

Another lament about the state of the conservative blogosphere from Dr William Oddie at the Catholic Herald. Dr Oddie on his own writing: More and more, my heart just isn’t in it; and I blog less than I did. Now, … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: James 2:14-26

One might ask what the discussion about faith and works is doing in the Reconciliation Lectionary. It’s a frequent Christian discussion, sometimes an unfortunate argument across our sad divisions, as to what Saint James means when he insists that faith … Continue reading

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17 Tammuz

Tuesday as a fast day for peace: Rabbi Arthur Waskow writes in The American Muslim: What is 17 Tammuz about? It commemorates the day when the Babylonian Army broke through the walls of Jerusalem in 586 BCE, three weeks before … Continue reading

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EG 238-239: Social Dialogue As A Contribution To Peace

With this post, we turn to section IV of Chapter Four in Evangelii Gaudium, “Social Dialogue as a Contribution to Peace.” Three partners in dialogue are suggested: politics, culture, and non-Catholics. It’s not a Pope Francis idea here; the originator is Pope … Continue reading

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