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Amoris Laetitia, Recent Synods & Teaching on the Family

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington and Chancellor of The Catholic University of America, addresses students on Wednesday, April 27, as part of University President John Garvey’s class on “The Virtues.” In the talk, “Amoris Laetitia: The Recent Synods and the Church’s Ancient Teaching on the Family,” Cardinal Wuerl discusses Pope Francis’ recent exhortation on the family, specifically the many challenges contemporary families face and the Church’s pastoral response.

There is Conservative, Liberal & Then There is Sick

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Milo’s Right: That’s Why Catholics Go to Church

I must be getting old. Sorry, but who the heck is Milo?

Seems like a lot of hype about one strange and confused young man. Definitely he is someone who needs prayer more than either admiration or recrimination. But like I said, I had never heard of him until the last day or two. My conservatism is more in tune with Bill Buckley Jr., Jack Kemp, Bill Bennett and Ronald Reagan than either this juvenile weirdness or the polarizing populism of Trump. I much prefer gentlemen debating ideas than demigods deriding persons and shouting for attention.

Michael Novak Dies

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Michael Novak, Catholic Scholar Who Championed Capitalism, Dies at 83

He was one of those great Catholic thinkers whose intellectual honesty and rationalism made possible both a profound movement toward the truth and an appreciation of God’s place in all things. God bless you, Michael, you will be sorely missed, especially today when there is so much confusion in politics and faith. Rest in Peace.

Good Seminarians Expelled, Say It Isn’t So!

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Malta’s Archbishop: Seminarians Can Leave if They Don’t Agree With Pope Francis

I never thought I would see the day when men of true faith and obedience, and yet struggling to understand the interpretation of a “progressive” pope, would be shown the door.

In a World of Violence the Holy Father Targets Texting?

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Pope Francis Warns Young People: Texting During Meals Is the ‘Start of War’

Huh? Rude yes, but the start of war? The stronger case would be made by Mother Teresa, and not about texting, but about abortion. She stated: “Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want.” Similarly, she told us, “The greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child.”

There are many disconnects that I fail to follow. Large scale Islamic terrorism is denied and yet impolite kids texting at the table is critiqued as threatening war. Greater gravity is apparently given to theories of ecology and global warming than to the perennial praxis of the Church in support of Christ’s commands about fidelity in marriage. If the news is to be believed (and that is a major assumption) then orthodox churchmen are being censured while dissenters are promoted and leniency is shown reprobates, notorious sinners and the hardened enemies of the Church.

I love the Holy Father and the Church… but he has to make a clearer and more coherent case.

Battling Churchmen, Confusion & a Seismic Shift in the Church

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Cardinal Müller: Communion for the remarried is against God’s law

Cardinal Müller, German bishops clash on interpretation of Amoris Laetitia

Cardinal Müller stands up for the truth! “For us marriage is the expression of participation in the unity between Christ the bridegroom and the Church his bride. This is not, as some said during the Synod, a simple vague analogy. No! This is the substance of the sacrament, and no power in heaven or on earth, neither an angel, nor the pope, nor a council, nor a law of the bishops, has the faculty to change it.”

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Vatican’s top legal aide says divorced-and-remarried may receive Communion

Cardinal Müller and Cardinal Coccopalmerio seem diametrically opposed. Do we need further proof of confusion?

I am increasingly disheartened about this. It makes me want to run to a monastery and turn my back on the whole business. I am sorry but I cannot see how such convenient semantics can possibly serve the truth that comes from Christ’s lips. Is it not a slap in the face to heroic Catholics who embraced the moral life despite great sacrifice and loss? I feel Muller is right but will he win the day? The interpretation of this cardinal directly clashes with Muller and is light years away from Cardinal Burke. He points to paragraph 301 of Amoris Laetitia: “it can no longer simply be said that all those in any ‘irregular’ situation are living in a state of mortal sin and are deprived of sanctifying grace.” How can this be? Human nature has not changed… Christ has not revoked his words about divorce and adultery. Did we needlessly allow King Henry VIII to walk away with a whole nation on this point? We can say the doctrine is unchanged but the shift in praxis threatens to distort the teaching beyond recognition. How is this not a surrender to modernity?

Are other priests troubled in conscience about this? Have I taught people wrong for 30 years? No, I will not believe it.  I am too young to retire and not yet sick enough to die. We all better keep praying about this!

Norma Converted to the Gospel of Life

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Norma McCorvey, Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade turned pro-life activist dies

Rest in Peace.