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    The Work Ahead: Changing a Clerical Culture.Christine Burke - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (4):460.
    Are young men who will be entrusted with leadership in the church being given the skills and insight to face a future which recognises the equal call to discipleship of all the baptised?
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    Women Reading the Bible: An Emerging Diversity in Service of Liberation.Michele A. Connolly - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (4):438.
    An apparently simple answer to this question is 'diversity': there is a diversity of women readers, diversity of interests, diversity of methods and diversity of results of women reading the Bible. In this article I will discuss the complex reality of the diversity of contemporary women's reading of the Bible. I will discuss women readers under two headings, namely the everyday, non-academic reader on the one hand, and the professional, academically trained biblical exegete on the other. I will first suggest (...)
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    Greek for Life: Strategies for Learning, Retaining, and Reviving New Testament Greek [Book Review].Michael E. Daniel - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (4):494.
    Review of: Greek for Life: Strategies for Learning, Retaining, and Reviving New Testament Greek, by Benjamin L. Merkle, Robert L. Plummer, Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2017, pp. 176, US$21.99.
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    The Virtues of Saint Mary of the Cross, Mary Mackillop, 1842-1909 [Book Review].Michael E. Daniel - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (4):505.
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    Ecclesiology at the Beginning of the Third Millennium [Book Review].Jack Green - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (4):500.
    Review of: Ecclesiology at the Beginning of the Third Millennium, edited by Kevin Wager, M. Isabell Naumann, Peter John McGregor, Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2020, pp. 251, $52.25.
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    Raymond E. Brown and the Catholic Biblical Renewal [Book Review].Bede Heather - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (4):492.
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    Deacons Today: New Wine and New Wineskins [Book Review].Deacon Tony Hoban - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (4):497.
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    Life to the Full: Stories of Infertility, Faith and A Hope-Filled Future [Book Review].Brian Lucas - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (4):502.
    Review of: Life to the Full: Stories of Infertility, Faith and A Hope-Filled Future, by Debra Vermeer, Strathfield, NSW: St Pauls, 2020, pp. 158, paperback, $24.95.
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    The Status of Religion and the Public Benefit Test in Charity Law [Book Review].Brian Lucas - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (4):507.
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    Pluralism and Peace: The Religions in Global Civil Society [Book Review].Patricia Madigan - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (4):495.
    Review of: Pluralism and Peace: The Religions in Global Civil Society, by John D'Arcy May, Bayswater, VIC: Coventry Press: 2019, pp. 224, paperback, $34.95.
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    Renewed Focus on Scripture in Religious Education in Catholic Schools.John McGrath - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (4):425.
    As Pope Benedict XVI stated, 'Youth is a time when genuine and irrepressible questions arise about the meaning of life and the direction our own lives should take' so 'we need to help young people to gain confidence and familiarity with sacred Scripture so it can become a compass pointing out the path to follow'. The 'instrumentum laboris' for the Synod on the Word of God recommended that 'greater appreciation needs to be given to teaching the Bible in schools, especially (...)
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    Ministerial PJPs Advancing Lay Leadership in the Australian Church.Gabrielle Oakley McMullen - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (4):450.
    The Second Vatican Council promoted the calling of all the baptised to the mission of the church and highlighted the 'indispensable role' of the laity. The 1965 Decree on the Apostolate of Lay People stated: An indication of this manifold and pressing need is the unmistakable work being done today by the Holy Spirit in making the laity ever more conscious of their own responsibility and encouraging them to serve Christ and the Church in all circumstances.
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    Before I Forget: Fifty Years with the New Testament.Francis J. Moloney - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (4):397.
    In 1970, exactly fifty years ago, I took entrance examinations in Hebrew and Greek to begin studies at the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome. I have shared in various ministries since then, sometimes in positions that distracted from my academic interests. Nevertheless, I have been a privileged 'insider' to the development of critical studies of the New Testament over the past fifty years. Given my history, the title of this essay shamelessly plagiarises Geoffrey Blainey's delightful recollections of his early years, 'Before (...)
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    Abuse and Coverup: Refounding the Catholic Church in Trauma [Book Review].Gerard Moore - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (4):498.
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    Jewish-Christian Relations and the Sacramentality of God's Word.Teresa Pirola - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (4):411.
    This article explores the idea that, just as the Jewish-Christian dialogue today benefits from the historical consciousness of critical biblical scholarship, so might the dialogue further benefit by a stronger engagement with the corporeal consciousness that permeates both Christian and Jewish traditions in relation to Sacred Scripture. That is, the well-attested 'turn toward history' is also a 'turn toward the body'. Attention to the corporeality of God's word enables a deeper reception of Scripture as 'body' and therefore, I argue, enables (...)
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    Balaam's Donkey: Random Ruminations for Every Day of the Year [Book Review].Geoff Plant - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (4):504.
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    Reflections on the Readings of Sundays and Feasts: December 2020 - February 2021.Joseph Sobb - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (4):471.
    In today's readings from Mark's Gospel and from the book of the prophet Isaiah we hear the stirring affirmation of 'Good News'. We use the words gospel and good news in many different situations, evoking different responses, including a colloquial statement for truthfulness, a book of the Bible, a sermon, a successful or a hoped-for happy outcome, and many others ways. On the other hand, sadly, we sometimes say, 'no news is good news'. We are also accustomed to hearing 'The (...)
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    Devotional Readingof the Scriptures.David Walker - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (4):387.
    One of the great themes of the Second Vatican Council was its emphasis on the Sacred Scriptures, especially bringing the Scriptures to the lay faithful. All the faithful are urged 'earnestly and especially' to enter this experience of knowing Jesus Christ by frequent devotional reading of the text and getting in touch with the sacred text itself. The church documents speak more about how the professional exegete should approach the Scriptures, but here is an invitation to reflect on the approach (...)
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    Laughing with God: Humour in the Scriptures.Gerald A. Arbuckle - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (3):275.
    That the Bible rejoices in humour might come as a surprise to many. Yet since humour can be the most powerful method of communicating serious information in an appealing, relaxing and respectful manner, we must surely expect to find humour in the Scriptures. In fact, as this article explains, it is there in abundance. It is at the heart of our salvation history. The Bible 'revels in a profound laughter, a divine and human laughter that is endemic to the whole (...)
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    Popes Benedict XVI and Francis on the Sexual Abuse of Minors: Ecclesiological Perspectives.Mariusz Biliniewicz - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (3):297.
    The wound inflicted by the clerical sexual abuse scandal and its cover-up runs so deep that it is sometimes deemed impossible to talk about the church at the beginning of the twenty-first century in a credible way without making at least some reference to this problem. This opinion is seemingly partially shared by current and previous pontiffs, who, on many occasions and in various contexts, have touched upon this issue. In the many interventions in which Benedict XVI and Francis have (...)
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    A Missionary Impulse Capable of Transforming Everything.Therese D'Orsa - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (3):259.
    I dream of a 'missionary option', that is, a 'missionary impulse capable of transforming everything', so that the Church's customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures 'can be suitably channeled for the evangelization of today's world rather than for her self-preservation'. The renewal of structures demanded by pastoral conversion can only be understood in this light: as part of an effort to make them more mission-oriented, to make ordinary pastoral activity on every level more inclusive and (...)
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    My Dear Young Friend: Letters on Youth, Faith and Future [Book Review].Michael E. Daniel - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (3):381.
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    A Commitment to Excellence: Essays in Honour of Emeritus Professor Gabriel A. Moens [Book Review].Brian Lucas - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (3):382.
    Lucas, Brian Review of: A commitment to excellence: Essays in honour of emeritus professor Gabriel A. Moens, ed. Augusto Zimmermann, pp. 495, paperback, $49.95.
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    Relics, Red Tape and Reminiscences: The 2020 Australian Pilgrimage of the Relics of St Therese and Her Parents.Brian Lucas - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (3):332.
    The pilgrimage of the relics of St Therese of Lisieux and her parents, Louis and Zelie Martin, was to begin in Sydney on 2 February and conclude in Perth on 10 May 2020. This article will outline the original purpose of the pilgrimage, the planning and logistical challenges involved, some of the responses from participants, and how the eruption of the COVID-19 pandemic severely curtailed the proposed itinerary.
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    Reflections on the Readings of Sundays and Feasts: September-November 2020.Chris Monaghan - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (3):363.
    Communities of faith are not perfect and the readings this week invite us to deal with the reality of sin in ways that lead to positive change grounded in our mutual responsibility to and for each other.
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    Early Catholic Education in Sydney: Lyndhurst College.Graeme Pender - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (3):350.
    In this article I will examine the purchase and opening of Lyndhurst College in 1852 and its contribution to early Catholic education in Sydney. In a previous article, I discussed the establishment of St Mary's Seminary by Archbishop John Bede Polding in 1836. Lyndhurst College was another Benedictine school set up by Polding in Sydney that gave students of wealthier Catholics the opportunity to prepare for the church, university and the civil service.
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    Pornography and Christology.Matthew John Paul Tan - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (3):312.
    This article results from the experimental convergence of five elements. Three of these are seemingly unrelated names: the Anglican philosopher John Milbank, the German critical theorist Walter Benjamin, and the incarnate Word, Jesus Christ. The remaining two are themes that seem to have little relation to each other: the explosion of online pornography, which is making addicts of younger and younger users, and Christology or the study of the nature and work of the Second Person of the Trinity.
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    What Fire Drew Them?: A Question on the 130th Anniversary of the Death of the Founder, Julian Tenison Woods.Janice Tranter - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (3):284.
    The year 2019 saw the 130th anniversary of the death of Julian Tenison Woods, Founder of the Sisters of St Joseph and Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. He died in Sydney on 7 October 1889, aged fifty-six. In the anniversary year the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart invited the Lochinvar Sisters of St Joseph to join them in raising his profile and recognising him as Founder. The founding of the sisters in South Australia and the life of Mary (...)
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    Is Thomas Aquinas's Account of Creation Compatible with Contemporary Science?Brandon Zimmerman - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (3):320.
    Q: Is Thomas Aquinas's account of creation compatible with the account of the natural world given by the contemporary empirical sciences?
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    It is Not Inevitable: The Future Funding of Faith-Based Schools After Ruddock.Renae Barker - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (2):144.
    The current public debate about the role and place of religion in Australia's education system feels very much like deja vu. The Religious Freedom Review2 may be new, but we've been here before. Religious schools have regularly been at the forefront of the evolving relationship between the state and religion in Australia, from the creation and collapse of the Church and Schools Corporation in the 1830s, and the implementation of the dual board system in the 1840s, to the removal of (...)
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    The Curious Case of the Priest Who Had Lost His Faculties.John Ormerod Collins - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (2):206.
    With greater sensitivity to the issues around sexual abuse, and keen to minimise potential pastoral damage and legal exposure, the church is finding an increasing number of ordained men unable to operate in pastoral ministry, on leave or with suspended faculties. However, the problem is not restricted to just criminal matters. The continuing shortage of vocations to the priesthood has led to an increasing willingness to overlook other personality issues that are serious impediments to the ability of newly ordained priests (...)
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    Some Reflections on Clericalism.John Hill - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (2):172.
    I intend, in this article, to outline an argument against the indiscriminate use of the word, 'clericalism'. I do not dispute that something answering to the word does exist, but I argue that it should be used more carefully; that we should aim for a reasonable precision in its use, avoiding confusion between connotation and denotation,1 on the one hand, and between the condition itself and its manifestations, on the other. It is with the last consideration that I begin.
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    Friendship and Synodality: An Ecclesiological Suggestion on the Eve of the Australian Plenary Council 2020.Joseph Lam - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (2):156.
    Since Pope John Paul II's visit to Australia, in 1986, the face of the Australian Catholic Church has changed dramatically. The once celebrated 'comfortableness at calling themselves Catholics', has given way to shame and calamity caused by hundreds of moral and sexual misconduct cases. The Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse not only challenges the church's governance. It also questions certain practical aspects of ecclesiology, for example, the priestly celibacy or the seal of confession that might (...)
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    A Priesthood Imprisoned: A Crisis for the Church [Book Review].Richard Lennan - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (2):254.
    Review(s) of: A priesthood imprisoned: A crisis for the church, by John E. Ryan, (Bayswater, VIC, Coventry Press, 2017), pp. 126, $24.95.
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    Self-Reform of Bishops: A Plea for a Different Manner of Listening.P. A. McGavin - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (2):189.
    Mapping one's ignorance also has affective benefits. Wherever mastery of knowledge and skills creates professional status, especially in practices that give professional power over clients, there arises a natural pride that rests on what one knows, and a regrettable tendency for authority to develop arrogance. We know the effects: failure to listen, premature dismissal of relevant information, overreaching and overbearing professional conduct, mistakes and the denial of them, and so on. An explicit acknowledgement of ignorance may generate a corrective humility, (...)
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    Learnings From the Development of New Lay-Led Church Entities in Australia.Gabrielle Laverty McMullen - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (2):131.
    Since 1994, eleven ministerial public juridic persons have been established in Australia to take the education, health and community service ministries of the instigating religious institutes purposely into the future as ministries of the Catholic Church. Subsequently other ministries have been entrusted to established MPJPs, including some diocesan and parish health and aged care services. In the period from 2012 to 2016, representatives of the MPJPs explored means of fostering collaboration between the respective entities, leading to the founding of the (...)
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    Reflections on the Readings of Sundays and Feasts June-August 2020.Chris Monaghan - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (2):237.
    After the episode of the golden calf, in his anger Moses had smashed and broken the tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments. Despite the shameful apostasy of the people, they were given another opportunity to enter into a covenant relationship with the living God. The first set of tablets God had given to Moses, and now it is Moses who must bring new tablets that God will inscribe. It is symbolic of the fact of the covenant relationship that humanity must (...)
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    Religious Education and Theology: Separate Sails in the One Breeze.Gerard Moore - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (2):227.
    There is an ongoing tension between the spheres of religious education and of theological studies. It is somewhat evident in the academy, and often enough emerges when the inevitable university restructure places religious education and theology in the same school, or situates religious education within education at a remove from theology, or any range of permutations. The tension is also felt in discussions between clergy, with a theological education behind them, and classroom teachers and religious education coordinators, whose training is (...)
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    Early Catholic Education in Sydney: St Mary's Seminary.Graeme Pender - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (2):216.
    Two challenges facing Archbishop John Bede Polding after arriving in Sydney in 1835 were providing for the spiritual needs of Catholics in the colony and managing their affairs in a way that attempted to guarantee a good working relationship with the government. It became apparent to Polding that education was fundamental in developing both these areas. Polding regarded education as a means of social advancement, beneficial to those 'on the lower steps of the social scale'. He wanted a 'native race (...)
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    Towards the Establishment of a Permanent Catechumenate for the Sacrament of Matrimony in Australia.John Francis Collins - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (1):18.
    On 27 September 2018 Pope Francis addressed priests, deacons, and lay people at a formation course promoted by the Roman Rota. In the presentation, Francis reaffirmed the need for a permanent catechumenate for the sacrament of matrimony. The Pope noted that the permanent catechumenate for the sacrament of matrimony is a journey that is shared with priests, pastoral workers and Christian spouses. The Pope also stated that in the context of the sacrament of matrimony, a catechumenate concerns marriage preparation, the (...)
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    Reformation Divided: Catholics, Protestants and the Conversion of England [Book Review].Michael E. Daniel - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (1):120.
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    Cicero and the Sermon: Further Reflections on the Art of Preaching.Geoffrey D. Dunn - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (1):45.
    As my time writing scripture reflections for this journal has drawn to an end, it is a good opportunity to reflect more theoretically about the nature of homiletic preaching today. My first peer-reviewed publication was on this topic. Since then I have returned on occasion to investigate preaching in the early Christian centuries both on its own terms qua preaching and as source material for theological expression. It is a matter worthy of fresh reflection, because in the twenty years since (...)
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    Paul: A Biography [Book Review].Bede Heather - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (1):122.
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    Euthanasia and the Sacred.Michael Kelly - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (1):74.
    For euthanasia the case is deceptively easy to make. When the suffering of others is ended by death we often feel relief. Commonly we accept that animals must sometimes, as the saying goes, be 'put out of their misery'. And, while most people who advocate euthanasia do not rely simply on our revulsion from suffering as though there were no other considerations, the public appeal of their view probably does rest largely on it.
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    Medieval Augustinism as the Source of Modern Illness?: Etienne Gilson's Thomistic Realism Vs Idealistic Augustinism.Joseph Lam - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (1):59.
    Being questioned about the nature of Christian faith, Mark Twain famously declared it as 'believing what you know ain't so'. Indeed, the role of reason for faith is a matter of dispute. Jesus, some argue, was not a philosopher or a teacher of wisdom. Rather, he is the saviour because of his unassuming sacrificial death and resurrection. Not reason, but the leap of faith is the ultimate condition of salvation. The Enlightenment however epitomises a Copernican revolution in favour of reason. (...)
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    World Christianity Encounters World Religions: A Summa of Interfaith Dialogue [Book Review].Patrick McInerney - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (1):124.
    McInerney, Patrick Review of: World Christianity encounters world religions: A summa of interfaith dialogue, by Edmund Kee-Fook Chia, pp. 272, US$29.95.
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    Reflections on the Readings of Sundays and Feasts March-May 2020.Chris Monaghan - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (1):101.
    Many people wonder as they look at their newborn child about how this perfect child can be marked by original sin. This invites us to look more deeply at our understanding of human nature and our capacity to make choices that can give life to ourselves and others, or take life and diminish it. While we have tended to identify the sin of the first couple as some sort of sexual sin, this is not supported by the text of Genesis. (...)
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    A Brief History of Australian Catholic Youth Ministry-Part II.Christopher Ryan - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (1):30.
    This article continues an historical overview of Australian Catholic youth ministry begun in the previous issue of the 'Australasian Catholic Record'.
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    One Theologian's Personal Journey.John Thornhill - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (1):82.
    How is one to tell the story of a life without becoming lost in uninteresting details? I had lived with this question for some days, when the answer came - as has often happened - in the early hours of the morning. I should tell my story from the end, rather than from the beginning. Destination achieved, the stages of one's progress become more meaningful.
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    The Petrine Keys of Mercy: A Biblical Defence of 'Amoris Laetitia'.Robert Tilley - 2020 - The Australasian Catholic Record 97 (1):3.
    In the last few decades there has been no more controversial a papal document than that of 'Amoris Laetitia'. The controversy revolves around divorce, in particular allowing the divorced and remarried, with no annulment, to communicate at the Eucharist.1 The critics of 'Amoris' argue that Pope Francis, under the claim to be exercising mercy, is effectively undermining the truths of the faith. The defence of 'Amoris', however, is that in answer to the exigencies of the time mercy is being applied (...)
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