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About catholicsensibility

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

Open Book

From the Pennsylvania grand jury report, cited in this WaPo op-ed: Monsignors, auxiliary bishops, bishops, archbishops, cardinals have mostly been protected. (M)any, including some named in this report, have been promoted. Until that changes, we think it is too early … Continue reading

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GeE 138: The Need For Missionaries With Passion

138. We are inspired to act by the example of all those priests, religious, and laity who devote themselves to proclamation and to serving others with great fidelity, often at the risk of their lives and certainly at the cost … Continue reading

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Aparecida 518a: Urban Pastoral Style

Today we begin a look at fifteen needed developments to present the Gospel more fruitfully. The aim is to the baptized, those unchurched, and the various stages in between. Let’s read: 518. So that the inhabitants of cities and their … Continue reading

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GeE 137: Complacency

Significantly timely advice for the second emergence of the cover-up scandal among bishops around the world. Words for bishops and discouraged laity alike: 137. Complacency is seductive; it tells us that there is no point in trying to change things, … Continue reading

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Aparecida 517k: Proposals For Urban Ministry In New Centers

The last of the eleven proposals for urban ministry. In subsection j, the last few opportunities involved newcomers to cities and people on their outskirts (geographical or otherwise). 517. k) Through new parishes and chapels, Christian communities, and pastoral centers, … Continue reading

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The Pennsylvania Bomb

It has exploded in the Keystone State. Over one thousand underage victims in six of eight dioceses. I have no heart or stomach to read the whole report as some are doing. Rod Dreher seems to be live-blogging as he … Continue reading

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GeE 136: Jesus Knocks

Pope Francis uses a very familiar New Testament image: 136. True enough, we need to open the door of our hearts to Jesus, who stands and knocks (cf. Revelation 3:20). Standing the image on its head, as the pope often … Continue reading

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