The “Thank You God the Synod Is Over” Post

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Well, that was fun, and by “fun” I mean “let’s never do that again.” At least not for another year. What a mess. The twitchy year leading up to the Synod on the Family has seen a steady rise in anxiety in the very tiny corner of the Catholic pool represented by social media and [Read More...]

Things St. John Paul II Didn’t Say …

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Judging from my social feeds, the message isn’t getting across.   I like this from Jonathan Sullivan: My new logo? A warning sign for readers of panicky blogs:   What my social feeds are like today: Relax. Pray. Have a drink. Read some Pope Benedict or maybe a little St. Thomas Aquinas. Engage with truth and [Read More...]

Fisking the Synod “Relatio”

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I’m going to do my first read-through of “Relatio post disceptationem” by Card. Péter Erdő, which is being described as an “earthquake” at the synod, and add comments as they occur to me. This is just me shooting from the hip without reflection, and should be taken as a first reaction rather than a considered response. [Read More...]

St. John Paul II on Gradualism

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John Allen points out that the idea of “gradualism” is being floated at the synod, with the expected responses of support from the progressives, skepticism from the orthodox, and outrage from the reactionaries. It’s not particularly clear if either side is really understanding how the word is being deployed in this case, including the people [Read More...]

The Synod on The Family and Technology

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The issue of communion for the divorced and remarried has occupied so much attention in the run-up to the Synod on the Family that the many other topics addressed in the working document are being largely ignored. One issue was how technology effects the family, and I addressed it in two pieces: Tech Addiction: Technology & [Read More...]

Alienation: Technology & The Synod on the Family

The Patheos Catholic Channel is hosting a Symposium on the Family in light of the upcoming Extraordinary Synod on the Family in October and the recent release of the working document for the Synod.   Yesterday, I wrote about Tech Addiction as one of several technology- and media-related problems cited in working document for the upcoming Synod [Read More...]

Tech Addiction:Technology & The Synod on the Family

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The Patheos Catholic Channel is hosting a Symposium on the Family in light of the upcoming Extraordinary Synod on the Family in October and the recent release of the working document for the Synod. The working document for the upcoming Synod on the Family lists “Dependence, the Media, and the Social Network” as one of [Read More...]

Should Parents Turn Gay Kids “Over to Satan”?

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Since this post wound up being too long, I’ll get to the short answer to the titular question and say, “No.” And let me just add “duh.” But noted anti-Catholic John MacArthur has a different perspective . He was asked a question about how a parent should respond to a child who is gay, and [Read More...]


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