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

Laudato Si 82: Exploitation Contrary to Christ

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Even for living things that do not possess personhood, there is no right to trample: 82. Yet it would also be mistaken to view other living beings as … Continue reading

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Trillions

So there are almost five-hundred trees on Planet Earth for every human being. At the time of Jesus it was 25,000 to 1. That’s just a guess.

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Laudato Si 81: The Consequences of Personhood

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Evolution may be a part of life on Earth, and even the state of Creation being incomplete. But it doesn’t totally explain the human situation. We are more … Continue reading

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In Paradisum

As a player of plucked and hammered instruments, I have yet to encounter a plainsong melody that doesn’t work wonderfully well on these. Voices, yes, of course are optimal. But there is something about plainsong on an instrument like the … Continue reading

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More On Forgiving Abortion

Providence bishop Thomas Tobin on the pope’s initiative: Most dioceses have had permission to (forgive abortion) that for many, many years — so while it’s a wonderful gesture on behalf of the Holy Father, it doesn’t make a whole lot of difference … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 80: A Creation Incomplete

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Even when we’ve gotten in our own way with regard to care for the environment–and ourselves–God is able to thwart the darkness. 80. Yet God, who wishes to … Continue reading

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Boycott

Just curious: what do you make of Steve Skojec’s call for boycotting the reception of communion at Pope Francis’s outdoor Masses later this month? I don’t know about those less scrupulous than I, but this blog-post is scary enough to … Continue reading

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