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

Archbishop Chaput At Notre Dame, Part 1

NCReg has a full text of Archbishop Chaput’s address at Notre Dame. This has been getting some notice in Catholic media online, aggregators, facebook, bloggers and such. One or another bit has been singled out, depending on where one surfs. … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 201: Conversion, Values, Critique, and Dialogue

In their preliminary document, the synod bishops identified some important areas for work. First, continuing conversion: 201. “This effort calls for missionary conversion by everyone in the Church, that is, one that is not content to proclaim a merely theoretical … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 200: Proclaiming The Gospel Of The Family Today

Sections 200 through 204 deal with the first of the Holy Father’s five pastoral topics. Another instance of that lovely and positive term, domestic church: 200. The Synod Fathers emphasized that Christian families, by the grace of the sacrament of … Continue reading

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Saturn in Music

Many classical music folks and astronomers know the Saturn movement from The Planets. Here’s a very obscure astronomy-related piece of music: Saturn by Alan Hovhaness. An abbreviated version is on YouTube here in concert. I see the old Crystal recording … Continue reading

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Singing The “Unsingable”

During the prelude of my parish’s funeral Mass today, one of my singers rendered this chestnut of modern sacred music as a solo. It brought to mind my experience of that piece thirty-plus years ago in another parish. During my grad … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 199: Some Pastoral Perspectives

Chapter Six of Amoris Laetitia finds the Holy Father discussing “Some Pastoral Perspectives.” As you might surmise, these are among the most controversial and most resisted of the teaching contained in this document. We’ll continue to take things carefully, one paragraph a day, … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Hubble Cosmos

Upfront: I’ve been an avid reader of National Geographic since 1969. I usually catch up these days at the public library, as I never wanted to recycle their magazines. And those volumes get heavy as the years pile up. I … Continue reading

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