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The Institution of Marriage – A First Look

This is the fourth of a series of articles outlining Pope St. John Paul II’s thought on human embodiment and sexuality. You can read the third installment here. ‘The very “core” of choosing a person must be personal.’ (Love and Responsibility, 116) Spousal love is realized in the mutual choice of lovers, whereby two unique and unrepeatable human individuals, a man and woman, come to belong to one another in a permanent and stable bond. The choice of the beloved is a motivated choice: both a being moved by the good of the beloved, and a choosing of the good of the beloved. It is at once a falling in love, and a choosing of love, a happening and a willing, and both together. Only in this way do we take adequate account for the human experience that love is a being moved by the good of the beloved, and, ...

Precision of terms in the field hospital

During my tenure as a journalist in Rome, I had the opportunity to cover the 2014 and 2015 Synods on the Family, and one of the topics of discussion was the Catholic Church\'s language surrounding certain pastoral matters, particularly homosexuality. It wasn\'t a question of Latin vs. modern languages that we were concerned with. Rather, it was the magisterium\'s mode of expression (best translated by the Italian word \"linguaggio\") when addressing this topic: specifically, the terms \"objectively\" and \"intrinsically disordered\" used to describe same-sex attractions (SSA) and same-sex intimate acts, respectively. In today\'s cultural climate, where it is becoming increasingly easy to (even inadvertently) close someone off to constructive dialogue with the wrong word, these terms present a significant pastoral and communications challenge. Critics of the Church\'s language on this issue have long decried this terminology, which they say implies that homosexuality is a disorder, and that it singles out ...

2018 Conference: Proclaiming the Splendor of Truth with Love

\"At times, in the discussions about new and complex moral problems, it can seem that Christian morality is in itself too demanding, difficult to understand and almost impossible to practise. This is untrue, since Christian morality consists, in the simplicity of the Gospel, in following Jesus Christ, in abandoning oneself to him, in letting oneself be transformed by his grace and renewed by his mercy, gifts which come to us in the living communion of his Church.\" Veritatis Splendor, 119 The 25th anniversary of Pope Saint John Paul\'s prophetic document, Veritatis Splendor, will be at the center of an upcoming formation event for clergy, religious, and professionals who minister to persons who experience same-sex attractions (SSA) and gender dysphoria. The event, which will focus on the theme \"Proclaiming the splendor of truth with love\", will feature presentations from acclaimed theologians, including Dr. Janet Smith, Dr. Mary Healy, and Fr. Paul Sullins. ...