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

Worship, Third, Points of View III

The third edition of Worship might have been the number one organ hymnal for Catholics for an entire generation. I’ll bring this series to a close here, I think. I looked at the next 25 texts, numbers 552 through 577 … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 81: Human Love and God’s Love

We know that human beings see children as possessions. In the Bible and among Christian aristocracy, royalty, and even among ordinary people, children have also been seen as legacies–carrying on the family business be it farm, business, or something royal. … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 80: The Transmission of Life and the Rearing of Children

Paragraphs 80 through 85 discuss “The Transmission of Life and the Rearing of Children.” Seven footnotes from documents remind us of the literal word of Church teaching. The basics: 80. Marriage is firstly an “intimate partnership of life and love”(Gaudium et Spes … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 79: Difficult Situations

Two citations here. First, Pope John Paul II: 79. “When faced with difficult situations and wounded families, it is always necessary to recall this general principle: ‘Pastors must know that, for the sake of truth, they are obliged to exercise careful … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 78: Imperfections

How does the Church work with couples who are not married within the bounds of acceptable practice? The synod bishops’ final document is cited in this paragraph: 78. “The light of Christ enlightens every person (cf. Jn 1:9; Gaudium et … Continue reading

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Too Much Deutero-Isaiah?

Two of the curious comments I read on the CMAA thread discussing my review of Worship 3 were these: One way in which I might want to qualify (Todd’s) claim about depth would be to note a lack of breadth in … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 76-77: Seeds of the Word and Imperfect Situations

Four paragraphs look at “Seeds of the Word and Imperfect Situations.” We start with the synod bishops from a few years ago: 76. “The Gospel of the family also nourishes seeds that are still waiting to grow, and serves as … Continue reading

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