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Mutuae Relationes 31: Higher Learning for Clergy and Religious

As always, you can check the full document online at the Vatican site here. Today, we discuss the importance of doctrine. We aren’t talking doctrine as the catechism presents it, but how advanced learning is done in this area. Both … Continue reading

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Mutuae Relationes 30: Some Mutual Concerns

The Church makes a close connection between the “mystery of Christ” and the sacraments, especially the ministry of bishops. You can check the full document online here. 30. Right from the initial stages of both ecclesiastical and religious formation, the … Continue reading

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The Right To Work

David Gibson at RNS reports on the German bishop who went from $20,000 bathtubs to writing catechisms in a Vatican office. Some also felt that Tebartz-van Elst had been targeted because he was more conservative than his predecessor in Limburg. … Continue reading

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Mutuae Relationes 29: Topics of Vatican II

Please remember you can check the full document Mutuae Relationes online here. When I read affirmations of Vatican II from the years just after the Council, I realize it wasn’t just a dream or a false sense of the Church. In … Continue reading

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Convincing Skeptics or Doing Good Work?

I felt a bit miffed at the RNS headline on David Gibson’s analysis of the Vatican’s sex abuse commission. The point of the group is not to convince skeptics, but to do good work. Commission member Peter Saunders: I’m actually … Continue reading

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Mutuae Relationes 28: Duty and Advocation

Some question the involvement of the bishops in religious life at all. After all, religious communities span regions beyond dioceses. Men may lack a particular understanding of women, clerics of laity, chancery-bound prelates with people in the world, bishops in the … Continue reading

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Mutuae Relationes 27: Poverty and Service to the Poor

One of the three pillars of religious life is poverty. Here the Church reminds religious communities of the importance of that in context of the other evangelical counsels. The aim is a life of Christian perfection. We don’t achieve perfection … Continue reading

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