3 Things You Can Expect From Synod 14.

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Here are three things you can expect from the Synod - Rome is a colorful place, to say the least, and it has certainly left its stamp on the Vatican.Chaos. The Vatican is not Italian. It's Roman. Do not try to impose your standards on it. You want Romans to be in charge of things like food, fashion, all things epicurean and aesthetic. They do bureaucracy well if you think bureaucracy is a good thing in the first place, hence a Vatican that almost everyone acknowledges needs to be … [Read more...]

Why I’m Grateful to Cardinal Kasper: “Remaining in the Truth of Christ.”

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I am grateful to Cardinal Kasper. Indeed, I've long had a particular respect for him because I often attended daily Mass that he reverently offered at Santa Maria in Trastevere, a beautiful ancient Roman church with a vibrant parish community. He was usually assisted by seminarians and he was consistently emphatic in his teaching and formation of the seminarians even during the Mass.That made a lasting impression on me. I saw that he was a priest who took the sacrifice of the Mass very … [Read more...]

Marriage Isn’t Everything.

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Good post by an Evangelical pastor, Kevin A. Thompson, whose work I've cited before. [Marriage. What Does Peace Have To Do With It & Are We Ready To Do The Work Of Peace?] He writes: Many people undervalue marriage. This is why I spend a lot of time writing about its importance, pleading for spouses to take it seriously, and highlighting the value which comes when we hold marriage in high regard....It is an equal mistake to over value marriage—to exalt it above what it was created to b … [Read more...]

Same Sex Marriage & Catholics: Survey Says…

It's all about how you read the signs...Today's headline to a study claiming that Catholics support same sex marriage and want the Church to change its teaching:Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Catholics Want New Direction From Next PopeAmerican voter support for same-sex marriage is inching up and now stands at 47 - 43 percent, including 54 - 38 percent among Catholic voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.This compares … [Read more...]

Catholics in Washington State Defend Traditional Marriage in The Seattle Times.

If you live or have lived in Washington state, particularly the western side of the state, you know what's it's like. You're warned that we are the least churched state in the nation (a positioning we may have recently lost), that unless you're using NARAL talking points there's no place for your voice in a state that voted to make abortion legal before Roe v. Wade, and then voted at least two more times to confirm that vote. Despite the fact that you meet wonderful people both of faith and not … [Read more...]

Now What?

So the Washington State Legislature yesterday approved a bill to redefine marriage to allow same-sex couples to marry. Now what?As I predicted, the bill passed in time for supporters to make the most of Valentine’s Day. Sure, same-sex marriages can’t actually happen yet. But you can be sure that Valentine’s Day will take on a special significance for supporters of the bill next week. It’ll be a great publicity opportunity for them.But Valentine’s Day is the least of our concerns. Read … [Read more...]


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