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

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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What Pope Francis Intends On Abortion Forgiveness

Lots of commentary today to overshadow the observance of the day for the care of all creation, not the least of which is Pope Francis’s announcement on forgiving abortion. Where John Allen sees a “double-play,” and Ed Peters is “less … Continue reading

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On Counter-Witnessing

Pope Francis was relatively gentle in his Sunday sermon at the Angelus: We all know in our communities, in our parishes, in our neighborhoods how much hurt they do the church, and give scandal, those persons that call themselves “Very … Continue reading

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When Do People Lose God?

To respond to my comment on the genesis of the monotheistic religions, Charles sent a link to a talk radio program that discussed what nearly all religious people would characterize as gravely sinful material, namely the enslavement of others. Do the … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 79: Evolution, Positive and Otherwise

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. It is interesting to read of relationships and participation as leading us to a transcendant God: 79. In this universe, shaped by open and intercommunicating systems, we can … Continue reading

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Cinquant’anni Dopo 21-22: Rivalries and Critiques

We conclude our examination of Cardinal Robert Sarah’s June 2015 essay for L’Osservatore Romano. In the previous paragraphs, he spoke of the need for unity. Here, he picks up on the mainstream/traditionalist divide: In this regard, it is necessary that … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 78: Disposing of Myths

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. 78. At the same time, Judeo-Christian thought demythologized nature. While continuing to admire its grandeur and immensity, it no longer saw nature as divine. In doing so, it … Continue reading

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