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Do Not Be Afraid! ABBEY ROADS - April 9, 2016 ... reasons. I explained that if that would have happened in my case, I may never have been Catholic. Another young priest I knew wouldn't give marriage instruction/prep counselling to a cohabiting couple unless they separated and lived a part. I remember saying - but what if they just sleep in separate beds - considering the added expense of moving out and so on. He laughed and said I was naive to think they could live together chastely until ...http://abbey-roads.blogspot.com/2016/04/do-not-be-afraid.html
Certain Matters of Sex and the Believing Deacon Καθολικός διάκονος - March 31, 2016 Over the past few weeks I have been having what I think is a very fruitful dialogue with an old friend, a Christian brother who I love very much. We have been discussing Church teaching on the matter of homosexuality. While I believe and seek to personally adhere to what the Church teaches on matters of sexuality, I don't presume for one moment to have it all figured out. The immediate cause of our exchange was a homily he heard at Mass in which the ...http://scottdodge.blogspot.com/2016/03/certain-matters-of-sex-and-believing.html
Reflection 18, March 20, 2016, Palm Sunday PONDER THESE THINGS IN YOUR HEART - March 21, 2016 ... monastery) on Friday evening after work and I stayed until Sunday late afternoon. I was a new convert to the Catholic Church and to Christianity as well. I grew up Lutheran but for all practical purposes, I was an atheist. I was received into the Church the year before. It was exciting. My faith was growing. I soaked up everything I could. That year, 1995, I was reading the Bible through in its entirety. I was on fire for the Lord and for the Church. And so today is a special ...http://ponderintheheart.blogspot.com/2016/03/reflection-18-march-20-2016-palm-sunday.html
Moscow: Upcoming Council Is Not an Ecumenical Council BYZANTINE, TEXAS - February 3, 2016 A lot of discussion has been had about what might happen if some strange innovations found their way into the Church through the upcoming Council. The answer has often been, "Councils aren't Ecumenical because the hierarchs say so. It is made Ecumenical by its digestion and reception by the whole Church." The below statements by Moscow forestall that tête-à-tête entirely by categorically denying that this Council will be Ecumenical as it is not handling ...http://byztex.blogspot.com/2016/02/moscow-upcoming-council-is-not.html