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

Amoris Laetitia 251: Same-Sex Unions

Two quotes today: 251. In discussing the dignity and mission of the family, the Synod Fathers observed that, “as for proposals to place unions between homosexual persons on the same level as marriage, there are absolutely no grounds for considering … Continue reading

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Misericordia et Misera 16: Mercy As An Open Door

Some optimism from Pope Francis as we leave behind the Jubilee. Is he justified? Can he hope that believers will choose to imitate God’s loving mercy to our sisters and brothers? 16. The Jubilee now ends and the Holy Door is … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 250: On Same-Sex Attraction

Today, a topic with which we in organized religion have our struggles: 250. The Church makes her own the attitude of the Lord Jesus, who offers his boundless love to each person without exception.(Misericordiae Vultus, 12) As long as a … Continue reading

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Misericordia et Misera 15: At The Hour Of Death

Pope Francis addresses a moment of human misery we all inevitably share: physical death. Many human instincts rebel against death. Even in our “enlightened” age, we deny it, avoid it, and put it off as much as possible. Innocent aspirations … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 248-249: Disparity

These two sections consist of quotes from the final document of the synod bishops. In the United States, we might think we have problems, but Christians in other parts of the world have more serious concerns: 248. “Marriages involving disparity … Continue reading

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Misericordia et Misera 14: Careful, Profound, Far-Sighted Discernment

At the conclusion of the Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis issued an apostolic letter. Follow this link for the full document, Misericordia et Misera. When in troubled times, two instincts come to the fore. One, people can be chided. Two, … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 247: “Mixed” Marriages and Eucharistic Sharing

Today, the first of six paragraphs that deal with “certain complex situations” Let’s read of one concern from Pope John Paul II: 247. “Issues involving mixed marriages require particular attention. Marriages between Catholics and other baptized persons ‘have their own … Continue reading

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