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Habemus Episcopum

That did not take as long as I feared! Our dear Bishop Johnston was transferred to Kansas City last November by Pope Francis. We were very sorry to see him go, but in a certain way it seemed inevitable; he

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Posted in Ecclesiology, Etc, Francis I

Musings on an idiom

Internet Catholic and Protestant pugilists have had plenty of “fun” for a long time quarreling about Matthew 16:18: And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of Hades shall

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Posted in Apologetics, Papacy, Scripture

Inhumanity – Caritatis in Veritate post 10

I expect that this will be my last post in my little series drawing from Pope Benedict’s final encyclical, Caritatis in Veritate. How can we be surprised by the indifference shown towards situations of human degradation, when such indifference extends

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Posted in Benedict XVI, Charity, Natural Law, Rerum Novarum

Consumption and Social Responsibility

This is the ninth post in my occasional series of comments from and about Caritatis in Veritate, Pope Benedict’s final encyclical. It is good for people to realize that purchasing is always a moral—and not simply economic—act. (§66) And therefore,

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Posted in Benedict XVI, Charity, Natural Law, Rerum Novarum

Caritate in Veritatis Post 8 – culture is not tech

Benedict XVI has this to say about the relationship of technological and cultural development. In short: there isn’t any correlation. Technologically advanced societies must not confuse their own technological development with a presumed cultural superiority, but must rather rediscover within

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Posted in Benedict XVI, Natural Law, Rerum Novarum

Caritate in Veritatis Post 7, on religious liberty

In his final encyclical, Benedict XVI has this to say about religious freedom: Religious freedom does not mean religious indifferentism, nor does it imply that all religions are equal. (§55) Saying such a thing sounds outlandish, maybe, to the modern

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Posted in Benedict XVI, Free Will, Rerum Novarum

It is not good to be alone – Caritatis in Veritate post 6

God says it is not good for man to be alone (Gen. 2:18). We need other people. We are social beings. We do not build villages and towns and cities merely from selfishness; we do so because we need each

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Lumen Fidei Post 1 – Tradition and the Spirit

In Lumen Fidei, the first encyclical of his pontificate (a collaborative effort with his predecessor Benedict XVI), Pope Francis has this to say about the importance and role of Tradition in the Church: It is through the apostolic Tradition preserved

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Posted in Faith, Francis I

Caritatis in Veritate, Post 5: Duties and Rights

An overemphasis on rights leads to a disregard for duties. Duties set a limit on rights because they point to the anthropological and ethical framework of which rights are a part, in this way ensuring that they do not become

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Posted in Benedict XVI, Rerum Novarum

Development for all, or the privileged few?

Many of us have alternately had a good laugh or got our dander up thanks to Limbaugh’s ludicrous assertion that Pope Francis’s Apostolic Exhortation (n.b.: not encyclical; there is a difference) exposed the Pope as a “Marxist [sic]”. One of

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