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

Amoris Laetitia 285: Respecting Differences

Today, it seems the Holy Father suggests respect for differences between the sexes. I’d say that’s less a problem than some think. More a problem still, would be respect for individuals being somewhat outside the mainstream. I mean that sexually, … Continue reading

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RIP Celebrities and Others

If you go by pop culture and one of its more visible facets, Facebook, 2016 was a bad year.  There is wonderment about the non-participation of Keith Richards (among others), and a wistful hope about the Kardashians (among others) joining the … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 284: Two Levels of Reality

Erich Fromm enters the discussion today: 284. Young people should not be deceived into confusing two levels of reality: “sexual attraction creates, for the moment, the illusion of union, yet, without love, this ‘union’ leaves strangers as far apart as … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 283: On Safe Sex

Pope Francis is critical of the notion of safe sex. I suspect this is less a matter of dangerous sexual contact and more one of a regard for the possibility of people having a mature wait for a marital commitment: … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 281-282: On Age-Appropriateness and Modesty

The Church’s ideas on sex education include age-appropriateness: 281. Sex education should provide information while keeping in mind that children and young people have not yet attained full maturity. The information has to come at a proper time and in … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 280: Sex Education

What about a controversial topic? Let’s talk about sex: 280. The Second Vatican Council spoke of the need for “a positive and prudent sex education” to be imparted to children and adolescents “as they grow older”, with “due weight being … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 279: Children In A Wider Community

The home is a prime place for socialization and formation as a believer, but children have other possibilities to explore: 279. Nor is it good for parents to be domineering. When children are made to feel that only their parents … Continue reading

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