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Clericalism and the Doctrine of Scandal

The doctrine of scandal in the Catholic church is based on the scriptural injunction ((Romans 14:13ff, for example) to avoid doing anything that would shake the faith of others, particularly those whose faith is less mature. In practice, this has … Continue reading

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About the Vigano memo

Last night, the former papal nuncio to the US released an 11 page letter containing breathtaking allegations that many high-ranking clergy, even including popes, knew about the abusive behavior of former Cardinal McCarrick. If true, this is devastating, and it … Continue reading

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#CatholicsForAction gather this weekend

Thanks to Adrienne Alexander who shares the following information: After the PA Grand Jury, I was very disappointed with the initial USCCB response, then I went Mass for the feast of the Assumption, heard essentially nothing & got quite upset. I … Continue reading

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Dear Catholic clergy: Please say something.

Dear Catholic clergy, Please, say something about the Pennsylvania report at Mass. At every Mass. We need to hear you say something about it. We need to know you are paying attention, that this is not just business as usual. … Continue reading

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Shepherd Me, O God

The psalm at Mass tonight was Psalm 23, and we sang a paraphrased setting of it by Marty Haugen. I’ve sung it dozens of times before, but this time the refrain took my imagination somewhere new. Shepherd me, O God … Continue reading

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Signs of the Times

“Why don’t you just say all lives matter, ma’am?”

What I wish I’d said when he asked me, and why it matters. Continue reading

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“And for many”: a Lectionary Reflection

One of the most glaring changes made in the recent English translation of the Roman Missal was the words of institution. In the ICEL translation I grew up with, the phrase Jesus spoke over the wine was translated as “for … Continue reading

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Lectionary Reflection for the Day After Charlottesville

We are blessed on this nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time with readings that are very apt for the day after a white supremacist rally filled with rhetorical and literal violence. The first reading is from the book of Kings: the … Continue reading

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Conjugal Friendship? Works for Me.

Maria Gwyn McDowell at WIT engages vigorously with Giacamo Sanfilippo’s post at Public Orthodoxy, and I agree with a great deal of what she says, particularly the non-remarkableness of a man who is a husband and father finding “ultimate satisfaction” … Continue reading

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Do you understand what I have done for you?

“What I am doing, you do not understand now, but you will understand later.” Jesus had gone on to explain that he was giving them an example, and that they should wash one another’s feet, so they had almost forgotten … Continue reading

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