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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.

The Armchair Liturgist: Blessing New Hymnals

How do new hymnals in a parish get introduced? Fund-raising campaign? Negotiation with the finance committee? Your people come to Mass one weekend, and surprise! New books. Some of you may know the Book of Blessings provides for the blessing … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 143: The World of Emotions

Is the reason-driven world, including the reason-driven elements within our own church, ready to trust the human affect? Let’s read: 143. Desires, feelings, emotions, what the ancients called “the passions”, all have an important place in married life. They are … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 142: Passionate Love

Passionate love is the third subheading in chapter four, and will take us through the next three weeks (sections 142-162). A single paragraph to introduce the concept, so let’s begin with a citation from Vatican II: 142. The Second Vatican Council … Continue reading

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Against Comfort

Msgr Charles Pope is getting some attention for his essay against “comfort Catholicism.” There is a growing consternation among some Catholics that the Church, at least in her leadership, is living in the past. It seems there is no awareness … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 141: Dialogue With Substance

Today, the sixth and last section under the heading of “dialogue.” I don’t think Pope Francis is calling for a conversation of theological stuff: 141. Finally, let us acknowledge that for a worthwhile dialogue we have to have something to … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 140: Love, Not Fear

While we can be afraid of the people we love, I don’t think Pope Francis is talking about abusive partners: 140. Show affection and concern for the other person. Love surmounts even the worst barriers. When we love someone, or … Continue reading

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On Edward W. Haskell

What happens when there are no more gay music directors or school teachers to get fired? You go after unsympathetic bloggers on “faithful” sites like NCReg, like this one. In a few other reports, I saw a few oldies from … Continue reading

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