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

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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Amoris Laetitia 278: On Social Media

Today, children and social media: what helps and what hurts? 278. The educational process that occurs between parents and children can be helped or hindered by the increasing sophistication of the communications and entertainment media. Facilitating communication: When well used, … Continue reading

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