Monthly Archives: January 2018

Aparecida 331: Catholic Educational Institutions

This brief paragraph kicks off a subsection that deals with Catholic educational institutions. The Aparecida bishops begin here with a succinct statement on the mission of the Church: 331. The primary mission of the Church is to announce the Gospel in … Continue reading

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VNO 28: After the Harvest

Harvest is a time of celebration for rural communities. Hard labor is done. A product has been gathered and sold at market. A different kind of work beckons farmers, ranchers, etc.. But celebrate first! Many of the Scriptures given for … Continue reading

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Aparecida 328-330: Catholic Education

The last theme of Chapter Six, The Formative Itinerary of Missionary Disciples (begun at paragraph #240) is Catholic Education. We’ll look at these sections through #346 to cover the topic. In this post, the Aparecida bishops introduce the issue: 328. … Continue reading

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Aparecida 326-327: Ongoing, Permanent Formation

Many Catholic commentators have spoken often these days about ongoing formation and the problem with the graduation model. Lamentably, clergy can be star exhibits on how to treat a sacrament as a graduation event. The Aparecida bishops seem to be … Continue reading

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Aparecida 324-325: Demands of Community Life, Inculturation

The Aparecida bishops acknowledge that living as part of a faith community is demanding. I don’t know that seminaries are the best place to accomplish the laundry list below. I’ve bullet-pointed the list of expectations of bishops of their clergy. … Continue reading

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Mile-High … Marriage?

From what I hear in pastoral ministry circles, the term “convalidation” is heading out the door. I’m sure there’s a reason. It’s likely a good one. Much cooing over Pope Francis doing something to regularize/recognize/bless a civil marriage between two … Continue reading

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Aparecida 323: Seminary Curriculum

Some words on academic training in seminaries: 323. At the same time, the seminary must offer a serious and deep intellectual formation in the field of philosophy, the human sciences, and especially in theology and missiology, so that the future … Continue reading

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