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This is a blog of stories about experiences with marriage, family and sexuality.   The stories come through the portal below called "Write Your Story."  The "demographic info"  can be as specific as you like i.e. your age, your gender, your religious affiliation, your name, ..., or none of the these.

1.  Demographic Info: Name: Paula Ruddy  Title:  Unnecessary Pain

A woman I know told me this story with tears. She married a divorced man whose first marriage was never annulled. They lived in a small city where he
had a professional practice. They went to the Catholic Church every Sunday,  brought up two children there, and never received communion. The profound pain
of the woman while telling me this moved me too. What thoughts she must have been having about herself and her marriage? What an unnecessary burden of pain!  The Church's doctrine of marriage indissolubility does not manifest a merciful God.

 

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Council of the Baptized Open Forum, March 13, 2018

  

Join the discussion of our Vatican II orientation with theologian Catherine Michaud, C.S.J. on Tuesday, March 13, 7:00 p.m.  It is at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 S. Snelling Avenue in St. Paul. 

Deepening our Vatican II Spirituality

Like many church councils before it, Vatican Council II effected an enormous change in the spiritual identity of Catholics. Still, fifty-six years later, Catholics feel insecure about what the Council has called us to embrace. Questions still nag at us. We are asking, among other things:

  • *How did this enormous change happen?
  • *Why did it happen?
  • *Why, over five decades later, does there seem to be such resistance to this Council? 
  • *What exactly does it mean to be a Vatican II Catholic? What is a Vatican II spirituality?


 

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