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

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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Open Thread on Favorable Interpretation

Long-time readers know one of my favorite Catechism sections is #2478: To avoid rash judgment, everyone should be careful to interpret insofar as possible his neighbor’s thoughts, words, and deeds in a favorable way: Every good Christian ought to be … Continue reading

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The Arc From Canon Law To Astrophysics

Rocco whispered on the new rector at Mundelein Seminary. Chicago press release here. Until recently, it seemed one had to have a canon law degree to move upward in the Church. Father Kartje seems like a capable priest and spiritual … Continue reading

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Cinquant’anni Dopo 19-20: Obedience and Unity

Cardinal Robert Sarah hopes for obedience and unity in his June 2015 essay for L’Osservatore Romano. But will people have the courage to follow the Council this far? Such an interpretation, illuminated by the faith, is fundamental however for evangelization. … Continue reading

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