Monthly Archives: July 2020

Redemptoris Missio 50: Ecumenism And Missionary Activity

This solicitude (of Christ for his sheep; cf. RM 49) will serve as a motivation and stimulus for a renewed commitment to ecumenism. The relationship between ecumenical activity and missionary activity makes it necessary to consider two closely associated factors. … Continue reading

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A Brief Quiz On Today’s Feast

Today is the observance of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. I’m not feeling particularly philosophical or religious these days, so maybe a quiz is in order: Cite his baptismal name: Ignacio Loyola Iñigo Suscipe True or false: he once killed a … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 49bc: Missionary Churches

Let’s pick up on yesterday’s discussion on the universality of the Church’s mission: Responsibility for this task (of establishing Christian communities everywhere) belongs to the universal Church and to the particular churches, to the whole people of God and to … Continue reading

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Inside Job

According to the AP, a parishioner started the fire at the cathedral in Nantes, France. He was charged with locking the building at night, and according to his lawyer … He confessed to the allegations against him which, as the … Continue reading

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Penny Lame?

With trillions going out to businesses, working-no-longer folk, and a few rich dudes, somebody’s thinking about saving a cent or two. Or not. This news item outlines the basic argument against minting the one-cent coin. Minting seven billion of the … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 49a: Universal Establishment

The Lord’s mandate at his Ascension seems clear enough: proclaim the Good News to all people. First come communities, then come churches: It is necessary first and foremost to strive to establish Christian communities everywhere, communities which are “a sign … Continue reading

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Problems With BLM, The Church

I saw a comment on a friend’s social media site this morning, regarding Black Lives Matter: The phrase is no problem. The organization is a problem. I think many people have the same attitude toward Christianity. They have no problem … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 48: Forming Local Churches

According to Pope John Paul II, “Forming Local Churches” follows from our last topic: Conversion and Baptism give entry into a Church already in existence or require the establishment of new communities which confess Jesus as Savior and Lord. This … Continue reading

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Godparents Gone

A second Italian diocese has put godparents on temporary leave. From the original article cited at the link: The presence of these people in these roles in the sacraments of baptism and confirmation often “is a kind of formal fulfillment … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 47bcd: More On Baptism

Let’s wrap up the discussion on “Conversion and Baptism” from sections 46-47, starting with the New Testament witness from writers other than Saint Luke. This is a long post on a lot of text, but Pope John Paul II’s thinking … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 47a: On Baptism

In writing of “Conversion and Baptism,” Pope John Paul II rightly cites baptism as an important step. He’s not wrong, but it is important to recognize that baptism begins the Christian life. It is far from being a final step. … Continue reading

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Years On, 5, 12, 32, 48

My wife reminded me that five years ago today, we left Iowa in the rear-view for the Pacific Northwest. What a five years it has been. Looking back on the closest thing I have to a diary, the personal posts … Continue reading

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A New Catechetical Directory

Last month it came out, a new directory for catechesis. We’ve done this document’s predecessor here. Not sure I have the energy for another examination on this site, but who knows? Maybe some of my catechetical peeps will attend to … Continue reading

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Church Vandalism

I heard a rumor of a parish in our deanery having some experience with vandalism. I’ve read more about it in social media. My Catholic friends have varying views. Some see it as the godless left taking out its frustrations … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 46d: The Problem Of Membership

I can’t say that’s I’ve been a missionary in the sense of serving in a place away from my homeland. It was only recently (2008-15) that intentional discipleship became a ministry focus in which I was welcomed. I can’t address … Continue reading

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