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

Amoris Laetitia 246: Support for Children

The Church faces a difficult, yet sometimes self-imposed shackle when dealing with children who have experienced “irregular” situations in their parents’ marriages, unions or other choices. Some pastors vacate the opportunity, denying student placement or sacraments. It’s a telling move … Continue reading

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Star Dawn

In a liturgy/music/astronomy/science fiction mash-up, I’d like to nominate Alan Hovhaness’ mini-symphony “Star Dawn” for your December listening experience. From the review at a tribute site for the composer: In this work evoking space travel, bells symbolize the stars, flowing … Continue reading

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When The Cup Is All Empty

PrayTell reports on the word from above in New Hampshire. One commenter there offered this opinion, which pretty much sums it up for me: I also wish pastors and bishops would not withhold the chalice from me during flu outbreaks. … Continue reading

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Misericordia et Misera 12: An Extension of Penance Faculties

One notable bit picked up by various media from the Mercy Jubilee was the faculty to forgive abortions. This faculty continues from here on out: 12. Given this need, lest any obstacle arise between the request for reconciliation and God’s … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 245: Consequences For Children In Broken Families

Today, concern for children: 245. The Synod Fathers also pointed to “the consequences of separation or divorce on children, in every case the innocent victims of the situation”.(Relatio Synodi 2014, 47) Apart from every other consideration, the good of children … Continue reading

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Misericordia et Misera 11: Other Penance Practices

We continue looking at Pope Francis teaching on the Sacrament of Penance in his recent apostolic letter. His reflection in section 11 begins with Saint Paul’s personal awareness of sin, a theme in at least four of his letters to early … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 244: Declarations of Nullity

Pope Francis has already directed a streamlining of the process to determine the sacramental nature of broken marriages. This was supported by the synod bishops. 244. A large number of Synod Fathers also “emphasized the need to make the procedure … Continue reading

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