"They are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate."

This affirmation of the intent and sanctity of marriage, first set forth in the Book of Genesis and then repeated by the Marcan Jesus, may appear to be a beautiful but impossible ideal -- as seem so many of the teachings postulated by Jesus in the Gospel. But Jesus was not a proponent of the impossible.

The status trap


Pope Francis has tried to warn us that the word of God is unruly, that it accomplishes what it wills in ways that surpass our calculations and ways of thinking (“The Joy of the Gospel”). Frankly, the unruliness of the word has been a problem for God’s people from their very beginnings, and today’s readings show us how and why.

Hundreds shut out of sole session on gays at World Meeting of Families

Philadelphia — The packed, four-day schedule of the World Meetings of Families, had a single session devoted to families and homosexuality. Scheduled for Thursday afternoon in the main hall, capable of seating at least 10,000, and it was moved at the last minute to another room room capable of seating only about 1,000. Hundreds of others were turned away.



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December 2-15, 2016