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The Synod Fathers Speak 8: Charity

At weddings, my pastor often preaches of the ideal of the married couple expressing their love in an ever-wider circle: the children they will welcome into the world, and ultimately, the poor who will come knocking at their door and … Continue reading

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What Does It Mean To Be A Christian?

Our friend Max returns with a series of questions. Those, plus my responses, seemed to merit a separate post. What does it mean to be ‘Christian’? Being nice? Being a generally forgiving person? Handling people with care and love despite … Continue reading

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The Synod Fathers Speak 7: The Domestic Church

That term, domestic church, is thrown about quite a bit. What does that mean? A house in which a biological family prays? A subunit of the parish? A privilege of marriage, but what about baptism? This journey is sometimes a mountainous … Continue reading

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The Synod Fathers Speak 6: Generativity

We continue with the so-called “short” document from the synod. It is online is here, in English. In today’s paragraph, the bishops get it, and don’t buy in totally to the meme of Catholic laity as breeding stock: This love spreads through … Continue reading

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The Synod Fathers Speak 5: Path and Miracle

For reference, the so-called “short” document is online is here, in English. As of early this morning, the full document is still unavailable in English. Some more lovely language; whoever is responsible should be writing more official stuff for the Vatican: … Continue reading

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Confusion?

Archbishop Chaput doubles down on rigorism. From David Gibson’s RNS report: “I was very disturbed by what happened” at the synod, Chaput said. “I think confusion is of the devil, and I think the public image that came across was … Continue reading

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The Synod Fathers Speak 4: “Light of a Wedding Story”

For reference, the so-called “short” document is online is here, in English. *** There is also the evening light behind the windowpanes in the houses of the cities, in modest residences of suburbs and villages, and even in mere shacks, which … Continue reading

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