Daily Archives: 2 December 2016


Or, When Is A Question Not A Question? One of the sidebars in the War on Christmas is the thrust and parry of commentary on semi-liturgical songs. “Mary Did You Know” is a popular battlefield for Catholics. In parishes, I get … Continue reading

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Misericordia et Misera 9: Missionaries of Mercy

Misericordia et Misera is Pope Francis’ apostolic letter released at the end of the Mercy Jubilee. One of the features of the Jubilee was the institution of “missionaries of mercy,” priests, presumably with a special mission to promote mercy in … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 242: The Need For Special Discernment

When I read of “special discernment,” it doesn’t suggest a legal approach alone is sufficient. Not a one-size-fits-all application of a particular conversation with Pharisees long ago. 242. The Synod Fathers noted that “special discernment is indispensable for the pastoral … Continue reading

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