Monthly Archives: October 2015

Laudato Si 133: Genetic Modification

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Let’s talk about modifying animals and plants from the genetic code. We’ve been doing this for millennia, of course. But we can do it faster and more dangerously … Continue reading

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Scheduling Confessions

In my new parish, ninety minutes of time with the confessor are offered Saturdays. Then there is an hour of time between the end of individual confessions and the start of Mass. That gap works for a priest who is … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 132: A Framework For Human Intervention

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Back to plants and animals, a brief paragraph of three sentences and a quote from a saint: 132. This, then, is the correct framework for any reflection concerning … Continue reading

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Synod Wraps

Synod15 is more or less done. Father Louis Cameli has five suggestions for future efforts, and I like numbers 2 and 4. Moving the synod to a monastery or a place of retreat sounds about right to me. More theologians … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 131: The Impulse of Science

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. JP2 understood the impulse of science, and is cited here twice: 131. Here I would recall the balanced position of Saint John Paul II, who stressed the benefits … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 130: New Biological Technologies

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. We’ll spend the next week discussing “New biological technologies.” Today we begin with how other living things are treated: 130. In the philosophical and theological vision of the … Continue reading

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Adoption in English Group 4

I checked the final small group reports for mentions of adoption. Two groups hit the topic. This paragraph in English #4 for starters: In the section on adoption, some discussion ensued about the right of a child to have both … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 129: An Economy Diverse and Creative

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. 129. In order to continue providing employment, it is imperative to promote an economy which favors productive diversity and business creativity. An anti-corporate impulse: For example, there is … Continue reading

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Phobos and Deimos Orbiting Synod15

I have tuned in a few times to Archbishop Coleridge’s site, including today’s update from the synod. When he described his recent experience with the rigorists, I was thinking of the nomenclature for the moons of Mars. The archbishop has … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 128: The Vocation of Work

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. People were made to work. Not to be enslaved, but to create, produce, and incarnate their inspiration. 128. We were created with a vocation to work. The goal … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 127: The Meaning of Work

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. St John Paul gives us guidance today, rooted in the impulse of the Second Vatican Council: 127. We are convinced that “(humankind) is the source, the focus and … Continue reading

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What A Difference A Decade Makes

Ten years ago today, I linked John Allen quoting a bishop about the 2005 synod. I wonder why in the hell they brought us here and put us through all this, to say absolutely nothing more than what has been … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 126: Ora et Labora

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. From Francis and Charles de Foucauld in section 125, the Holy Father considers the tradition of ora et labora: 126. We can also look to the great tradition … Continue reading

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On Still Alice

Recently I caught the well-regarded film Still Alice. At the risk of offering a significant spoiler, one scene in particular struck me and stayed with me long afterward. The title character is suffering an aggressive loss of her mind with … Continue reading

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Another Minority

I was tipped off to Cardinal Dolan’s brief essay on “a new minority.” I am thinking of … Couples who … approach the Church for the sacrament; Couples who … have persevered through trials; couples who welcome God’s gifts of many … Continue reading

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