Moral Theology

Pope Francis’s much anticipated document on the family has now been released. Here are 12 things to know and share . . .   1) What are the basic facts about the document? It is called Amoris Laetitia (Latin, “the joy of love”), and it is what is known as a “post-synodal apostolic exhortation.” An […]

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The second amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads: A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. This amendment, along with the various interpretations given to its opening clause, guarantees that gun ownership will be a perennial […]

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During his plane flight back to Rome from Mexico, Pope Francis gave an interview in which he touched on a number of hot button issues. Here are 9 things to know and share   1) What issues did he address, and where can I read the interview as a whole? The issues included: What the […]

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There is a good bit of conversation about how conscience may play a role in the question of whether divorced and civilly remarried Catholics can receive Holy Communion. For example, Chicago’s Archbishop Blase Cupich discussed the subject at a press briefing in Rome during the synod of bishops. What the archbishop said or was trying […]

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Remarks made by a key official at the opening of the current Synod of Bishops seem cool to the idea that there will be a change in the Church’s doctrine and practice regarding the divorced and civilly remarried. This comes as heartening news to supporters of the Church’s historic doctrine and discipline. Here are 9 […]

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After having failed to get a doctor-assisted suicide bill passed earlier this year though the normal legislative process, the California legislators who are in the pocket of the assisted-suicide lobby recently rammed one through in a surprise move. The time they did it happened to be suicide prevention week! Now the bill is on the […]

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Pope Francis recently gave a general audience in which he discussed the situation of those who have divorced and remarried without an annulment. His remarks are particularly significant in light of the upcoming Synod on the Family and the proposals to give Holy Communion to those in this situation. They also attracted attention because he […]

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Recently Pope Francis made some impromptu remarks about weapons manufacturers at a meeting with young people in Turin. These were poorly misreported in the press and have resulted in a number of questions being asked. First we will take a look at what he said and then look at some of the questions that have […]

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Recently I heard a priest describe something that happened to him in the early days of his priesthood. From his age, I’m guessing this would have been the mid-1970s. He said that, for the first twenty-five years of his priesthood, he had really long hair (down to his waist, if he stretched it out) and […]

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Spanking is quite controversial in some quarters. Some people speak of it as if it is tantamount to child abuse. Other say, that they were spanked as children, that it didn’t do any long-term harm, and that it actually did them good. So I was interested to see Pope Francis’s remarks on spanking in a […]

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