Monthly Archives: October 2015

Invention or Innovation?

The Holy Father’s acrostic reflection on “FAMIGLIA,” or Italian for you-know-what word moves to the seventh letter in seven days. I’m a skeptic on the idealization of “programs.” But Pope Francis looks at four areas of ministry which do not … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 139: A Relationship Between Nature and Human Society

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. How people and the natural environment interact, intermix, and co-exist is at the root of the problem. Pope Francis suggests that we’re not talking about two separate crises, … Continue reading

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Laboring for Strong and Faithful Families

Does the Holy Father care about so-called faithful Catholics? It would seem so. He devoted one reflection on “FAMIGLIA” to the notion that we should work to assist those who remain faithful in the midst of obstacles:. Laboring intensely to sustain … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 138: Environmental, Economic and Social Ecology

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Paragraphs 138-142 cover “Environmental, economic and social ecology.” We lead off with a basic definition: 138. Ecology studies the relationship between living organisms and the environment in which … Continue reading

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Gaining and Rebuilding Trust

We continue with the final footnote from the synod-concluding speech of Pope Francis. Looking at “FAMIGLIA,” or Italian for you-know-what word, we turn to what we seek to gain: Gaining and humbly rebuilding trust in the Church, which has been gravely … Continue reading

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The Two-and-a-Half Solution

I read James Martin’s recent post with interest, but with some trepidation for the man. Pewsitter is already alight with glee and into full vilification mode. Because, really: the blogosphere is little better than an elementary school playground at its … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 137: Integral Ecology

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Chapter Four lives ahead, 26 numbered paragraphs. We’ll examine five topics with Pope Francis: Environmental, economic and social ecology [138-142], Cultural ecology [143-146], Ecology of daily life [147-155], The principle of … Continue reading

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