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About catholicsensibility

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

William Lombardy

When I became an active tournament player in the 70s, I was certainly aware of the priest/grandmaster Bill Lombardy. He served as Bobby Fischer’s second (chief assistant) for the first half of the 1972 world championship match in Reykjavik, Iceland. He … Continue reading

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Aparecida 320: Taking Mary Into One’s Home

The Aparecida bishops’ examination of seminary formation concludes with a note advocationg a deeper connection with the Blessed Mother: 320. Throughout formation, an effort shall be made to develop a tender and filial love for Mary, so that each candidate … Continue reading

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Aparecida 319: Comprehensive Formation

One cannot argue against the comprehensive formation urged here: 319. There must be a seminary formation plan that offers seminarians a true comprehensive process—human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral—centered on Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd. It is crucial that during the … Continue reading

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Aparecida 318: Countering Negative Influences

318. The contemporary situation requires greater attention to formation programs in seminaries, since young people are victims of the negative influence of postmodern culture, especially the mass media, bringing with it the fragmentation of the personality, inability to take on … Continue reading

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Aparecida 317: Emotional Maturity

The presumption is that seminary candidates aren’t or might not be emotionally mature. One question: are seminaries really the ideal place for developing such maturity? Granted, all of us have some growing up to do. A healthy and integrated person … Continue reading

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Aparecida 316: The Special Setting of Seminaries and Houses of Formation

The Aparecida bishops tout the value of those who form priests and religious. But the true marker of their value is the welcome they provide to lay people and the extent they are involved in the formation of baptized disciples. … Continue reading

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Mediation and Possible Gnosticism

A pseudonymous commenter offered this: “The general rule today is for Mass to be said “facing the people.” While this seems to be “pastoral,” in fact it is a circumstance of great theological significance. In the traditional Mass, both the … Continue reading

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