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Gregory Popcak

Joined: Jul. 1, 2012

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Dr. Gregory Popcak is the director of the Pastoral Solutions Institute and host of More2Life Radio which airs each weekday at noon (E) on the Ave Maria Radio Network.  He is a noted pastoral counselor and author of over a dozen books, including For Better!, Holy Sex, Parenting with Grace, and God Help Me! These People are Driving Me Nuts.


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Re: A Sinners Guide for the Self-righteous

Jan. 4 at 5:52pm | see this comment in context

Paul VI, himself, was quoted as saying that the "serious reasons" a couple may have for spacing children is, in fact, "very wide."   God Bless, G.

Re: A Sinners Guide for the Self-righteous

Jan. 4 at 5:51pm | see this comment in context

I'll second everything Katie said in my defense, but HV isn't the only document with anything to say about what constitutes "serious reasons."   Here is Gaudium et Spes on the topic.

Parents should regard as their proper mission the task of transmitting human life and educating those to whom it has been transmitted. They should realize that they are thereby cooperators with the love of God the Creator, and are, so to speak, the interpreters of that love. Thus they will fulfil their task with human and Christian responsibility, and, with docile reverence toward God, will make decisions by common counsel and effort. Let them thoughtfully take into account both their own welfare and that of their children, those already born and those which the future may bring. For this accounting they need to reckon with both the material and the spiritual conditions of the times as well as of their state in life. Finally, they should consult the interests of the family group, of temporal society, and of the Church herself. The parents themselves and no one else should ultimately make this judgment in the sight of God

Re: The concept of unprincipled forgiveness

Jul. 1 at 4:09pm | see this comment in context

Would it help to distinguish between forgiveness and reconciliation?   I believe it was Augustine who defined forgiveness merely as surrendering your natural desire for revenge.   By contrast, reconciliation-again for Augustine-is the tranquility resulting from right order.   You can forgive without reconciling.  In a sense, forgiveness is a gift we give ourselves (through God's grace) while reconciliation is something all parties must create together.  Thoughts?

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