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About catholicsensibility

Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.

Humanae Vitae 4: Interpreting the Moral Law

Humanae Vitae is online at the Vatican site, and the text highlighted below is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Pope Paul acknowledges that church teaching prior to 1968 is now/was then insufficient to address the questions summarized in HV3. I … Continue reading

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DPPL 272-273: Sacramentals

These two sections are titled “Sacramentals,” but mainly we are concerned with blessings: 272. From earliest times, the Church is familiar with the practice of blessing people, places, food, and other objects. In our times, the custom of blessings presents some … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: When Saint Francis Saved the Church

Jon M. Sweeney’s 2014 release sat on my parish’s bookshelf until I picked it up for my trip this past week. Known as a historian, Mr Sweeney ventures a bit into spiritual autobiography here. And it’s well done. The man … Continue reading

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What’s a Lynch Mob?

At dotCommonweal, John Schwenkler takes Robert P. George to task for a clumsy metaphor. No doubt, both sides of the culturewar have some improvement to make, if not growing up to do. The blowback against opponents of LGBT rights looks … Continue reading

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DPPL 271: Celebrating the Liturgy of the Hours

Now that we’ve covered the celebration of sacraments at shrines, what about the Divine Office? 271. A visit to a shrine, which is always a special occasion of private and community prayer, affords a valuable opportunity to assist the faithful in … Continue reading

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Indifference

Do you readers know the Principle and Foundation from the Spiritual Exercises? As I understand (and would paraphrase) it, we are made by God to love and serve God. Perhaps its not in a human gene sequence (sorry Max), but … Continue reading

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Humanae Vitae 3: New Questions

Humanae Vitae is online at the Vatican site, and the text highlighted below is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana. This section offers questions. People still ask them today. I will be asking a lot of my own questions in … Continue reading

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