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Georgetown Sacred Lecture Series: Pope Francis, Synodality and Amoris Laetitia

September 13, 2017 0 Comments
Georgetown Sacred Lecture Series: Pope Francis, Synodality and Amoris Laetitia

The Catholic Church has a unique process for confirming Church teaching and setting pastoral guidance. “Synodality” is the process that has been used by Catholic bishops for centuries. But on Tuesday, September 12, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, in Georgetown University’s inaugural 2017-18 Sacred Lecture, explains how Pope Francis has taken this ancient Church ritual and, building […]

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Every Life is a Story, Only Known Fully by God – A Meditation on a Moving Video

August 28, 2015 8 Comments
Every Life is a Story, Only Known Fully by God – A Meditation on a Moving Video

When my father lay dying, I remember that one of the losses I began to grieve was that he was the keeper of so many family stories. He was the one who could look at an old family photograph, identify all the people, and tell you something about each one. As I saw him lying […]

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Focused on a Functional Family: A Homily for the Feast of the Holy Family

December 27, 2014 20 Comments
Focused on a Functional Family: A Homily for the Feast of the Holy Family

Here in the middle of the Christmas Octave, the Church bids us to celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. On the old calendar, the Feast of the Holy Family falls on the Sunday after Epiphany, which makes a little more sense since the gospels appointed for the feast often take us far forward in time […]

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Is There Anyone You Know Who Might Have Been Forgotten This Christmas?

December 25, 2014 8 Comments
Is There Anyone You Know Who Might Have Been Forgotten This Christmas?

Christmas is a beautiful time of the year for most of us, most of the time. But it is also true that Christmas can be a very painful time of year for some, especially those who have experienced recent loss or who, for various reasons, have fewer family options at Christmas. Yes, Christmas can be […]

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Focused on the Dysfunctional? A Consideration of the Need for the Synod on the Family to Refocus ON the Family

December 21, 2014 51 Comments
Focused on the Dysfunctional? A Consideration of the Need for the Synod on the Family to Refocus ON the Family

Many breathed a sigh of relief when the summary document of the extraordinary Synod on the Family was much improved and the seriously flawed sections (which no one seems to know who wrote!) were removed.  But in this case we cannot allow the better to become the enemy of the best. And frankly the relatio, though […]

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Pope Gregory the Great: Advice to the Married

December 18, 2014 48 Comments
Pope Gregory the Great: Advice to the Married

Every now and again when I write on Holy Matrimony, especially the Church’s more staunch biblical teachings (indissolubility, no contraception, etc.), someone will inevitably write in with a kind of sneer and wonder at or even laugh at a celibate man advising married people about marriage. To be sure, inner experience of something has its […]

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Pondering”Gradualism”and the”Midterm”Report

October 13, 2014 65 Comments
Pondering”Gradualism”and the”Midterm”Report

The so-called “midterm” report of the Synod is out. Please remember, it is only a rough draft and the final report may in fact look very different. Frankly, I am not sure why we are even being permitted to look at a rough draft. Nevertheless, presuming the Pope is serious about inviting discussion, let me consider a […]

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“I did not know him.”A mediation on a saying of John the Baptist

January 20, 2014 14 Comments
“I did not know him.”A mediation on a saying of John the Baptist

In the Gospel from this past Sunday John the Baptist says something strange about Jesus: I did not know him (Jn 1:30) Kind of an odd thing for John to say of Jesus. He was his cousin, and one would presume he knew Jesus quite well. Even if they lived in different towns, it was […]

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