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Pastoral-needs quiz

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Oct 10, 2014

Among the following groups, which does NOT require special pastoral attention and a warm welcome into every Catholic parish?

  • active homosexuals
  • cohabiting couples
  • couples who are divorced and remarried (no annulment)
  • daily communicants who do not contribute to the Bishop’s Appeal

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: claude-ccc2991 - Mar. 08, 2017 3:50 AM ET USA

    That our Holy Father might be spiritually well, and well spoken but brief, and preferably silent, unless he is completely obdient to Your Law and Your Will for the Church in all his thoughts, words, actions, desires and omissions. Amen.

  • Posted by: jeremiahjj - Mar. 07, 2017 6:38 PM ET USA

    I pray for the Holy Father daily, especially that he might hear the voice of the Holy Spirit whispering in his own ears. We have quite enough dissension coming out of the White House; the faithful do not need it coming out of Rome too.

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  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Oct. 10, 2014 2:42 PM ET USA

    The last mentioned. In fact, the parish should open an inquiry into the activities of these people. Is there some peculiar reason they feel they HAVE to come to Mass daily? Maybe they have "hateful attitudes" toward the sins practiced by those in the first three groups mentioned. I am sure we can find SOMETHING to censure them for.