Monthly Archives: June 2016

Planning Ahead

Yesterday I started looking at music planning for the coming Fall. Before I got to work, it had only Mass settings and Psalm assignments in the grid. As of quitting time last night, it had a few ideas. Charles will … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 85: Parents To Get Church Cooperation

The last paragraph devoted to the rearing of children: 85. The Church is called to cooperate with parents through suitable pastoral initiatives, assisting them in the fulfilment of their educational mission. She must always do this by helping them to … Continue reading

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Of Lament

RNS reported on a Service of Lament in a diocese where I once served. If we had still lived there, I would have asked the young miss to go with me. A few of her classmates were among those victimized. … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 84: Influence of the Media

This paragraph is heavily footnoted, as you see. A world-spanning culture is a significant challenge when values of that culture do not line up with the needs of today’s family, said the synod bishops: 84. The Synod Fathers also wished … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 83: Abortion, Euthanasia, Death Penalty

Pope Francis offers an aside in the text that I didn’t see cited as often by the Catholic Right as the later controversial bits: 83. Here I feel it urgent to state that, if the family is the sanctuary of … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 82: Procreation, Adoption, and Problems

Some citations from the 2014 synod bishops here: 82. The Synod Fathers stated that “the growth of a mentality that would reduce the generation of human life to one variable of an individual’s or a couple’s plans is clearly evident”.(Relatio … Continue reading

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Worship, Third, Points of View III

The third edition of Worship might have been the number one organ hymnal for Catholics for an entire generation. I’ll bring this series to a close here, I think. I looked at the next 25 texts, numbers 552 through 577 … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 81: Human Love and God’s Love

We know that human beings see children as possessions. In the Bible and among Christian aristocracy, royalty, and even among ordinary people, children have also been seen as legacies–carrying on the family business be it farm, business, or something royal. … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 80: The Transmission of Life and the Rearing of Children

Paragraphs 80 through 85 discuss “The Transmission of Life and the Rearing of Children.” Seven footnotes from documents remind us of the literal word of Church teaching. The basics: 80. Marriage is firstly an “intimate partnership of life and love”(Gaudium et Spes … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 79: Difficult Situations

Two citations here. First, Pope John Paul II: 79. “When faced with difficult situations and wounded families, it is always necessary to recall this general principle: ‘Pastors must know that, for the sake of truth, they are obliged to exercise careful … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 78: Imperfections

How does the Church work with couples who are not married within the bounds of acceptable practice? The synod bishops’ final document is cited in this paragraph: 78. “The light of Christ enlightens every person (cf. Jn 1:9; Gaudium et … Continue reading

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Too Much Deutero-Isaiah?

Two of the curious comments I read on the CMAA thread discussing my review of Worship 3 were these: One way in which I might want to qualify (Todd’s) claim about depth would be to note a lack of breadth in … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 76-77: Seeds of the Word and Imperfect Situations

Four paragraphs look at “Seeds of the Word and Imperfect Situations.” We start with the synod bishops from a few years ago: 76. “The Gospel of the family also nourishes seeds that are still waiting to grow, and serves as … Continue reading

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Worship, Third, Points of View II

I noticed CMAA is onto this series, at least the first post. Their opinions in a growing thread there: This is a strange conversation. Yea, even bizarre! Largely agreed. And then there’s: Troll by proxy Indeed. They sure spent more than … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 75: Who Ministers, Who Supports

More reviewing of Church teaching. Something of a view distinct from that of Eastern Christianity, that the wife and husband are the ministers of the sacrament: 75. In the Church’s Latin tradition, the ministers of the sacrament of marriage are the … Continue reading

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