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Observations about important CDF document on “Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons”

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

A priest friend sent me some notes in response to my posting HERE of the CDF’s 2003 document: Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons. His points are worth sharing.  I’ll edit a bit: 1. Saint Charles Lwanga and his Companions, Martyrs. The document was published on June 3, 2003, Memorial of Saint Charles Lwanga and his Companions, Martyrs. I do not think this was a coincidence! Saint Charles Lwanga and his Companions were killed by the homosexual King Mwanga of Buganda (yes...

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Observations about important CDF document on “Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons”

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

A priest friend sent me some notes in response to my posting HERE of the CDF’s 2003 document: Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons. His points are worth sharing.  I’ll edit a bit: 1. Saint Charles Lwanga and his Companions, Martyrs. The document was published on June 3, 2003, Memorial of Saint Charles Lwanga and his Companions, Martyrs. I do not think this was a coincidence! Saint Charles Lwanga and his Companions were killed by the homosexual King Mwanga of Buganda (yes...

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The problem is the inversion of “God is love” and “Love is God.”

Posted by on Jun 28, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

I direct the readership to something I wrote before Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si’ was released.  HERE  The Pope quotes St. Francis’ song here and there.  But let us not forget how the song ends. My friend Fr. Rutler in NYC makes some additional points in his pastor’s page this week.  Should should check it each week.  HERE Thus, Rutler: On September 13, 1224, on the mount of Verna, Saint Francis received the stigmata, the marks of Christ’s five wounds in his flesh. Several months later, he composed the “The...

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Learning to be Human

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our guest blogger today is Jeremy Harrington, OFM, coauthor of A Friar’s E-spirations. In dedicating himself to those with special needs, Jean Vanier is a great inspiration to me. His message has wider meaning for the whole human family. That was the judgment of the Templeton Foundation, who gave Jean Vanier, now in his 80s, the 2015 Templeton Prize for “his innovative discovery of the central role of vulnerable people in the creation of a more just and humane society.” Previous recipients include Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama, and...

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Learning to be Human

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our guest blogger today is Jeremy Harrington, OFM, coauthor of A Friar’s E-spirations. In dedicating himself to those with special needs, Jean Vanier is a great inspiration to me. His message has wider meaning for the whole human family. That was the judgment of the Templeton Foundation, who gave Jean Vanier, now in his 80s, the 2015 Templeton Prize for “his innovative discovery of the central role of vulnerable people in the creation of a more just and humane society.” Previous recipients include Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama, and...

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Ask a Franciscan: How Did Evil Begin?

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Q. What is the absolute root cause of evil? How can an absolute evil (the devil) come from an absolute good (God)? Didn’t Satan choose something that already existed? If paradise is real, how could evil enter into it? When people speak of “free will,” it sounds as though they mean “without God.” If so, isn’t free will a bad thing? A. According to Genesis 1:27, men and women are made in God’s image and likeness. That image and likeness are not based on gender, race, age or similar factors. Did God have to create anything? No. For that reason,...

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3 Hard Words: ‘I forgive you’

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

We’ve all been dismayed by stories of callous shootings and escapes of murderers from prisons in recent weeks. It’s enough to knock the wind out of anti-death-penalty arguments, one might think. Then we hear the actions and prayers of the family members, person after person, of those nine prayerful people massacred after welcoming a stranger into their Bible-study class in Charleston, South Carolina, June 17, 2015. Said New York Times writers, “It was as if the Bible study had never ended, as one after another,...

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3 Hard Words: ‘I forgive you’

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

We’ve all been dismayed by stories of callous shootings and escapes of murderers from prisons in recent weeks. It’s enough to knock the wind out of anti-death-penalty arguments, one might think. Then we hear the actions and prayers of the family members, person after person, of those nine prayerful people massacred after welcoming a stranger into their Bible-study class in Charleston, South Carolina, June 17, 2015. Said New York Times writers, “It was as if the Bible study had never ended, as one after another,...

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The encyclical ‘Laudato si” and “integral ecology”

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Yesterday His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, the Extraordinary Ordinary of Madison, was on with a popular radio show host, Vicki McKenna – who really ought to have a national show! – to talk about Laudato si’. Also, since Rush’s critical remarks about the encyclical were played in the program, you might want to check his first two hours yesterday.  He also took on Card. Wuerl, who had attacked Rush on Fox News Sunday.  HERE Bp. Morlino had a great hour.  One of this things he mentioned was a troubling...

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The Lord Is My Shepherd

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

A Meditation For most people who like to pray the psalms, Psalm 23 is clearly a favorite. In this blog, my prayer is that, with the gracious help of the Holy Spirit, we may each come to a fuller understanding of this psalm. May we be drawn, like a humble lamb, to trust the good shepherd, who watches over us with total love. May this popular psalm become for us a prayer of simple trust! __________ “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” The first line suggests that the Lord will fulfill all of our needs and desires. As the...

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Stronsay Pier View

Posted by on Jun 21, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Today marks the longest day in the year.  Here as I write, it is wet and foggy, but if the skys were clear one could watch the sun make its slow decent  through the evening, and finally hide itself below the horizon at about 10:26pm. Midsummer’s night sunset 2012 on Papa Stronsay (more photos here) By the time midnight came around, one could still read a book outside without too much difficulty. Midsummer’s night midnight 2012 on Papa Stronsay (more photos here) The winter brings with it the excitement of storms and...

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Laudato si’ – It is not health “to cancel out sexual difference”

Posted by on Jun 20, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

The other day Stream.org posted a piece about 11 good things in the Pope’s new encyclical, Laudato si’, which you will not see covered by the MSM.  I’m going through some of them. The following is a paragraph that I knew about well-before the encyclical was released.   I had mentioned it in a couple posts, saying, pay attention to this one when the document comes out (no pun intended). (2) Human ecology means recognizing and valuing the difference between masculinity and femininity: (155) Human ecology also implies another...

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POLL: My plans for Pope Francis’ new encyclical ‘Laudato si”

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

A reader sent some questions for a poll.   Let’s see what the reaction is. Yes, I know there are other possible answers, but choose the best here and then use the combox to explain. Registered, approved users my post comments. What I will do, for a few hours at least, is just let the comments pile up in the queue, so that you can post your thoughts without other people jumping in (or on you). Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s poll....

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Laudato si’ 75 and 77 – Creation has a Creator

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

In another post I mentioned the Stream piece which points out 11 great moments in the new encyclical Laudato si’. Here is one of the good moments.  Read: (1) Creation has a Creator, and is more than just “nature-plus-evolution”: (75) A spirituality which forgets God as all-powerful and Creator is not acceptable. That is how we end up worshipping earthly powers, or ourselves usurping the place of God, even to the point of claiming an unlimited right to trample his creation underfoot. The best way to restore men and women to their...

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Good news about the new encyclical Laudato si’ – #PopeForPlanet

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Before anything else… don’t just bash the new encyclical.   Some people are having rancisull-fledged spittle-flecked nutties today.  I suspect that some of them are people who are happy only when they are unhappy. Dear readers… take a deep breath. There are good things in it.   Yes, there are bad things in it too.   Pope’s don’t get all things right all the time.  Sometimes Popes are… GASP… wrong, especially when they stray onto unfamiliar turf. Also, let me say that Popes can and should write about...

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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."