24 April, 2014

George Weigel on John Paul II's understanding of fatherhood, priesthood | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

George Weigel on John Paul II's understanding of fatherhood, priesthood | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

Where the Rubber Hits the Road passes another milestone

Keep 'er between the ditches folks!
It almost slipped past me without my noticing! I pay about as much attention to the stats that this blog generates as I do the odometer in my car - which is to say occasionally at best. But something made me check this morning and what did I discover... but that the blog has passed the 500,000 visit to the site!

It's heart warming to realize that it is of interest to so many folks. It's my pledge to do all I can to keep it as a place where you can find articles from a variety of perspectives on the questions facing the Church today for your reflection, edification, and comment.

So thank you to everyone who visits this blog. May it help you keep firmly attached to the road of faith in your life... or at least serve to keep you from crashing into the ditches our faith calls us to avoid lest we fail to complete our journey to God.

A Prayer for Death: A reflection on death through the lens of the 'Our Father' prayer

A Prayer for Death | Web Exclusives | Daily Writings From Our Top Writers | First Things

Pope phones divorcee ‘living in sin’ to tell her she can take Holy Communion | National Post

I love the line "Some priests are more papist than the Pope." Even if this is not exactly what the Pontiff said, it's true none the less. If you doubt this, watch for the various blog posts that will pop-up on line from guys decrying the Pope's instruction to this woman. They should be fun to read.



Understand this please: This is NOT the Pope pronouncing on the question of divorce in the Catholic Church. This IS an example of the Pope reminding this woman that she is an adult, responsible for her own spiritual decisions. If she believes in her heart, mind, and soul that there is nothing wrong with her taking communion, then she has the right to do so. It's not up to a priest to judge her as being unworthy. That decision belongs to God alone. The priest was correct in pointing out that she was not living in accord with Church teaching, but he was wrong in then denying her communion for what is essentially a personal matter between her and God.



Further, this is different than the case of politicians who promote issues like abortion or same-sex marriage. They are committing a public offense by bringing scandal to the community when they come to the communion table. This is NOT the case with a person living in an invalid marriage.



So once again I state: I LOVE THIS POPE! He gets it! He understands the pastoral obligations that he carries as a priest in God's Kingdom and does not concern himself with keeping people away from the communion table... he's more concerned with administering God's mercy to those who do!



Pope phones divorcee ‘living in sin’ to tell her she can take Holy Communion | National Post

How to Help Cohabiting Couples – Homiletic & Pastoral Review

How to Help Cohabiting Couples – Homiletic & Pastoral Review

John XXIII and John Paul II : The latest offering from George Weigel

John XXIII and John Paul II | Web Exclusives | Daily Writings From Our Top Writers | First Things

Did Pope Francis tell a divorced and civilly remarried woman she could receive Holy Communion? |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Did Pope Francis tell a divorced and civilly remarried woman she could receive Holy Communion? |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Science and theology both reveal splendor of our natural world | National Catholic Reporter

Science and theology both reveal splendor of our natural world | National Catholic Reporter

Pope's call to woman raises questions on divorced and remarried | National Catholic Reporter

Pope's call to woman raises questions on divorced and remarried | National Catholic Reporter

Pope phones 'sinner' to tell her she can take communion

Pope phones 'sinner' to tell her she can take communion

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