Daily Archives: 18 July 2015

On Scolding

If I had a chance for a brief meeting with Pope Francis, the topic about which I would inquire is not liturgy, but unity. For years, and especially online, one brand of Catholics made it a cottage industry to tattle … Continue reading

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NG on PF

Rocco whispered the National Geographic feature on Pope Francis. It’s a smartly written piece, and it asks the question will PF change the Vatican or will it be the other way around? I suspect we have the answer to that. … Continue reading

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Many Things Pluto

There’s a good summary of what we know about Pluto here at Universe Today. Among the interesting bits from history: The Lowell Observatory had captured images of Pluto in 1915, but it went unnoticed for another fifteen years until Clyde Tombaugh’s … Continue reading

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Basic Morality: Means, Ends

I have been following the PP video capture first via America where I noted that Sam Sawyer, SJ (here and especially here) was insufficiently congruent to the angry pro-life position offered there. I wasn’t surprised to find Mark Shea weighing in … Continue reading

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Dives in Misericordiae 10d: Asking Questions

St John Paul brings to light some important questions from Vatican II. Towards the end of the introductory exposition we read: “. . .in the face of modern developments there is a growing body of (people) who are asking the … Continue reading

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Axial Spot

Rita Ferrone writes of Aidan Kavanagh here on PrayTell. Two families of friends will celebrate infant baptisms tomorrow at my parish. This isn’t them, but it might look something like this: I think Aidan Kavanagh and Rita are thinking of … Continue reading

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A New Pecking Order

I feel a bone weariness continuing to read stories (like this one) of people subjected to a revised hierarchy of employment (see above). Note how the tattletale (often moneyed, but not always) is boss of the bishop, bishop (or pastor) of administrator, … Continue reading

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The Examen Adapted

Saint Ignatius was ever adapting his Spiritual Exercises to the particular needs of those under his direction. He knew some people were ready for the full experience. Others would benefit from so much, but not more. For the students I’ve … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 34: Looking Past Affections, and Diagnosing Anthropocentrism

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Pope Francis suggests we move past considerations of cuteness: 34. It may well disturb us to learn of the extinction of mammals or birds, since they are more … Continue reading

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