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

Amoris Laetitia 313: The Spirituality of Marriage and the Family

Let’s begin a look at Chapter Nine of Amoris Laetitia (online here) The topic is “The Spirituality of Marriage and the Family.” 313. Charity takes on different hues, depending on the state of life to which we have been called. Several … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 312: Advice For People and Pastors

We arrive at the end of Chapter Eight. A conclusion of sorts: 312. This offers us a framework and a setting which help us avoid a cold bureaucratic morality in dealing with more sensitive issues. Instead, it sets us in the … Continue reading

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On Clerical Culture

About that abuse report in Australia, commentators and experts take aim at clerical culture. Father Thomas Doyle: If you want to recommend one thing, it is that there has to be a primary concern on the care of the present … Continue reading

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Church Musician Self-Citation

We had a small choir for today’s funeral at the parish. I was thinking about the five musicians who assembled to assist with the music. Four were recruits from our parish’s music ministry. My second predecessor is now legally blind … Continue reading

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Papal Self-Citation

Frequent commenter FrMichael mentioned Pope Francis in a comment, referring to … … the endless self-citation he is apt to do … Apparently all recent popes do it. I checked the footnotes in three early papal documents, all apostolic exhortations: … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 311: The Highest Gospel Values

Is the Church’s integrity on moral teaching harmed when other aspects are emphasized? Many people would answer affirmatively. Often enough, the personal encounter with a minister of the Church is full enough of charity and mercy. Many good people who … Continue reading

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The Seven Percent Finding

On BBC this morning, this item from Australia. An inquiry examining institutional sex abuse in Australia has heard 7% of the nation’s Catholic priests allegedly abused children between 1950 and 2010. Australian bishops and religious orders weren’t singled out. Consider … Continue reading

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