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Catholics: Go Purple Today for #SpiritDay in Support of LGBT Youth!

Originally posted on Bondings 2.0:
Today, millions will ‘go purple’ to support LGBT youth and take a stand against all-too-prevalent bullying based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  They’ll be wearing purple and using purple on social media as a way to show that they…

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Posted in I BLOG, LGBT Catholics, LGBT Families, Uncategorized

A Prayer for the Synod

“….it is necessary to say everything that in the Lord one feels should be said, with human respect, without fear. And, at the same time, one must listen with humility and receive with an open heart what the brothers say.

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New Contracts for Catholic Teachers In Hawaii: No “Fragrance of the Gospel”

If it isn’t already hard enough to attract the best and the brightest to the teaching profession, the Honolulu diocese now plans to make full and part-time teachers in Catholic schools sign contracts that promise termination if they violate Church

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Posted in Catholic Teachers, Children, I BLOG, LGBT Catholics Hawaii, Uncategorized

From Solomon Northup to Pope Francis’ Abolitionist Movement

It feels like a minor, incidental scene. A slave wanders into a store where the free-born Solomon Northup is shopping with his wife. The slave is quickly followed in by his owner who apologizes for the intrusion and hurries him

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Posted in Catholics and Culture, Equality and Faith, I BLOG, Justice, Uncategorized

Exorcism and the Church as “the totality of God’s people.”

We may have just crossed some lunatic fringe. But as when a fever breaks, perhaps this may help to move us towards sanity and real healing. The lunacy was the “minor exorcism” conducted by Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Illinois to

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Posted in Child sex abuse, I BLOG, Lay Catholics, Uncategorized, US Bishops

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