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U.S. – ‘Trump a Threat to Catholic Values – Catholic Leaders

National Catholic social justice leaders, scholars from nearly two dozen Catholic universities, and several retired officials from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, have endorsed a nationwide open letter to Catholic voters released this week warning that President Trump “flouts core values at the heart of Catholic social teaching.” “The same President who used a…

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Pope Francis: The Driving Force of his Pontificate

Referring to the Synod for the Amazon, regarding the priestly ordination of viri probati, Francis wrote: “There was a discussion… a rich discussion… a well-founded discussion, but no discernment, which is something different from arriving at a good and justified consensus or relative majority.” He continued: “We must understand that the Synod is more than a  …

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Pope Francis: The Difficult Art of Discernment

On of the proposals that was most heatedly debated, both inside and outside the synod hall, was the possibility of ordaining married men into the priesthood to try to address the shortage of priests in the region. In the note published by Spadaro, Francis writes that sometimes the “bad spirit” ends up “conditioning discernment, favoring…

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Sunday Reflection: Transformation, Discernment

It is difficult to follow Christ, very much so, in Matthew 13 we have Jesus tackling Peter’s avoidance of the consequences of following the Good News. Not for the first time Jesus rebukes Peter for his lack of discernment, his moral cowardice in wanting to avoid the confrontation against evil which must come. In verse…

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The Parable of the Workers in the Vinyard Revisited

So, in the parable of the labourers in the vineyard Jesus simply is choosing a startling secular parallel to illustrate dramatically to his hearers a challenging religious truth: that no one ever deserves God’s love. God’s invitation is offered to all without strings and his acceptance of those who respond, whenever they decide to do…