Category Archives: Church News

Going Further

After I read Cardinal Nichols’ brief pastoral letter on the recent family synod, I got the idea Pope Francis is operating on a totally different plane from some of his critics. Cardinal Nichols pooh-poohs the idea the synod was a … Continue reading

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Theology of the Body Stands at the Door, Knocks

George Weigel, among others, is miffed that Theology of the Body wasn’t invited to the synod: It’s also disconcerting that John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, which is the Church’s best answer to that challenge, seemed to have been … Continue reading

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Are Conservatives In Retreat?

As a parent, I notice avoidance. Laundry piles up. Dishes pile up. Homework missing, the email report cites. The young miss doesn’t seem communicative. Sometimes there are good reasons. Sometimes it’s the blame game. On occasion, she just messed up. … Continue reading

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The Jan Brady of Luke 15

Foment, perhaps torment, about the synod continues today. One place online quoted someone who said that three-fourths of the bishops opposed the mid-meeting document that got people into an eruption. Of course, the usual blame was laid at the feet … Continue reading

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Damage Control

I assume it was a plan to release a mid-meeting document from the synod. Why was it a surprise? Josephine McKenna at RNS reports on admitted “damage control,” or at least that’s what it looks like to Cardinal Wilfrid Napier: … Continue reading

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Working Weekend

Just so I can establish some sliver of cred as not being a Francis-yes-man, let me suggest some criticism is in order for his adding six clergy and no lay persons to the weekend writing committee. I suppose it could … Continue reading

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Crickets in the Communion Line

The issue of the sacraments for the divorced and remarried has certainly caught on like fire. Mostly among people who are not affected by the doctrine and discipline it represents. It may be illustrative that remarried Catholics are not picketing, … Continue reading

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