“Gradualism is Another Word for License.” No, It’s Not.

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I keep seeing these same six words all over social media:"Gradualism is another word for license."Think so? Really? No possibility that it is the process of grace, working within us?So, no grace at work, here? an atheist-turned-nun: I was attending Mass for an entire year before I went to confession. I don’t make excuses for myself. My soul was not in the proper state to be receiving the Body and Blood of Christ, but it took time for grace to work in me in order for me to realize t … [Read more...]

Anchoress Blog Hits the Big 1-0!

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This morning I realized that it was just about ten years ago that I was ignobly kicked out of a political discussion forum and found myself needing to opine endlessly, without a vehicle for blabbing. As we all know, no one puts Blabby in a corner, so Blogspot accessed -- the easiest blogging tool for a technophobe like me to handle -- and thus was thrown together The Anchoress Blog:In the beginning was the persona, and the persona was weird. And the persona was anonymous because I already … [Read more...]

Relatio, OY! Problematic Paragraph 50! #Synod14

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Yes, the language in paragraph 50 is troublesome, and fast-becoming notorious. Indeed, would homosexuals like hearing that the orientation of straights is "to be valued" in and of itself? I get it, you can stop sending me emails, b/c friends, I have no time to answer themBecause the language is causing a furor -- Father Dwight is pretty unhappy with it. I'm trying to keep in mind that this relatio we are all working from is an unofficial translation, and that those sometimes contain a … [Read more...]

Gradualism: Two More Thoughts on its Gravity #Synod14 – UPDATED

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I: It is instructive, and a little depressing, to watch Catholic social media come alive with reactions to the synod's relatio text, which -- let's remember -- is going to be revised and clarified in another week, and then studied, thought about and prayed over for at least a year. The secular media is, naturally, trying to drive the narrative to its preferred talking points (and they're making sure to beat up on poor old Pope Benedict XVI, so whisper up a prayer for him).In social media, … [Read more...]

#Synod14 Relatio: Catholics, Fasten Your Seatbelts! UPDATED

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Let us hold on to our hats, everybody!The Extraordinary Synod for the Family is only half-completed, and its denouement will not be known until October 2015 or even later, but if the relatio post disceptationem, the mid-term report of this Synod is any suggestion, then, as Vaticanista John Thavis suggests at his blog, it's going to be a bumpy year, Bette; a bumpy year!The relatio emphasized the “principle of graduality” – the idea that Catholics move toward full acceptance of chur … [Read more...]

Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble, FSP, comes to Patheos

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Amid all the layfolk, Patheos' Catholic Channel has enjoyed hosting the blogs of two fine priests, one deacon, and one cinema-savvy religious sister, who is more or less "shared" with the Entertainment group. Now, we are happy to add another sister -- unsurprisingly, a second Daughter of Saint Paul -- to the mix. We are happy to announce the arrival of Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble, who brings her excellent blog, Pursued by Truth into our lineup!Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble, FSP is a former … [Read more...]

Synod Archbishop: Let’s Better-State the WHYS of Our Teaching

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Boy, I was so glad to hear this because it's what we've been talking in the comboxes, re this piece. People "know" church teaching, but they "know" it as a barrel of absolute "noes". They mostly do not have any notion of the theological reasoning behind the teachings, or how they reveal the hidden but constant reality of the "Yes" of God that the church is charged to communicate**.And they often cannot see that Catholicism is so reasoned, and so nuanced, that (for the most part) it cannot … [Read more...]

2 Late (as in New) Entries to the Vocation Post – UPDATED

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Nothing is static. I recently posted my annual "Nun News Roundup" piece (which had helpful reader additions in the combox), but just a few days later -- on a great Marian Solemnity -- these two very Mary-connected communities welcomed newbies!I knew the Summit Dominicans were expecting a postulant in October (and more to come this year; that's why they desperately need to succeed in their building campaign), but not this early. Yesterday they welcomed Sister Emily, and decked her out in … [Read more...]

Synod Laity Suggest Families Need More Room to Love

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On social media and in email, people are expressing concerns about some of what they are hearing (or not hearing), coming out of the still-young synod.I am, so far, much more alarmed by the expectational excesses that are being created in the secular press, and in a few Catholic media venues as well, by people who should know better, but can't resist an impulse to politicize and to pretend that by the end of this thing, the doctrines will have been turned on their heads and the church will … [Read more...]

Collegiality or Papal Unilateralism? Be Consistent Reformers!

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From Crux, we learn that Reformers are telling Pope Francis not to wait for the bishops, but to just let 'er rip and "fix" the church, according to their notions, which they assume he shares: In the run-up to the Synod, the group is sending a letter to Pope Francis requesting a review of the arrangements for the summit.One recurrent theme in the meeting was a surprising note for many Catholic liberals, who over the years have called for tighter limits on papal authority. Now, however, they … [Read more...]


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