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Mike is a convert to the Church who “Swam the Tiber" back in 2007. Growing up in a Methodist/Jewish household, Mike would later convert to Mormonism, study Eastern Philosophy and then find his home in the Catholic Church by researching to find what Christ left for us and what His disciples believed and did. This religious pursuit would cause him to change his major in college and subsequently receive his Bachelors in Religious Studies, his Masters in Theological Studies, a second Masters in Catholic Pastoral Education and is currently pursuing his PhD in Catholic History. Having lived all over the United States, Mike has found his home in Nashville, Tennessee where he lives with his beautiful wife and two young children. Read his personal blog at Rants and Random Thoughts of Mike.
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12 Jul, 2016 Commented Of course!
05 Jul, 2016 Answered God and Suffering
25 Apr, 2016 Commented There is actually a lot that I agree with in your comment. However, I think this is designed to be more of a pastoral care guide than anything else. I think that's where the confusion starts. To me much of this document is really geared towards the pastor and the faithful in helping them to not make assumptions. We do not know the culpability of a person, or the justifications for the life that they lead. We do not know of their guilt nor we do not know the culpability of a person and cannot judge where their heart is. We do not know of their guilt before God, and what mitigating factors could've led them to the situation and they are in. Before we start throwing our religious stones, I think the holy father is instructing us to take caution in making these assumptions. It would be better to side on the side of innocence and hope for the best, then to condemn them and exclude them from our midst. All that said, the pastoral exhortation by the pope does not change one letter of the faith of the church. There is not one doctrine that is changed, not one note changed in Canon law, and nothing that should be done, aside from extra care and understanding for those that we come in contact with. The church is still firm in the in the indesolubility of marriage, the damage that sin causes in our lives, and the separation that it affects us from the sacraments. How can we be a hospital for sinners, if we quarantine them at the first sign of illness?
08 Apr, 2016 Answered Researching for relevant information!
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