Jeffrey Lindholm

Writer

Wed

22

Feb

2017

Vatican Legal Chief Opens Door for Divorced and Remarried Catholics

 

by Jeffrey Lindholm

 

Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, the president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, published a book that is turning heads in the Vatican. Writing about the eighth chapter of Pope Francis’ encyclical Amoris Laetitia, Coccopalmerio says that Catholics in “non-legitimate” living situations, like the divorced or civilly remarried, are allowed to receive Communion as long as their intention is to change their situation, but doing so would lead to further sin.

 

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Wed

22

Feb

2017

Preparing for Ash Wednesday and Lent

 

by Jeffrey Lindholm

 

“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” This is yet another joyful Catholic phrase reminding us of our own mortality. But Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent goes deeper than this. Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the liturgical season of Lent, a forty-day preparation for Holy Week, culminating in Easter Sunday, when Catholics gather to bear witness to the Resurrection of Christ.

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Tue

06

Dec

2016

The Simplicity of Taizé Prayer

by Jeffrey Lindholm

 

Imagine walking into a church. Electric lights illuminate the altar, people are talking quietly, and the congregation worships through a form of the Eucharistic Prayer. Is this the case in Taizé? Quite the opposite. The scene is a dark church, with candles as the only source of light. Students, adults, and clergy members surround an altar formed by lit candles and a San Damiano crucifix. Prayer is quite simple, with one- or two-line chants. Participation is optional; one can take in the beauty of Taizé or join in on the simple refrains.

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Tue

15

Nov

2016

A Reflection on the End of Ordinary Time

by Jeffrey Lindholm

 

The end of Ordinary Time presents an interesting time of year. Many Catholics do not even realize that the end of the liturgical year is approaching. It certainly is a bit unusual to end a year in November, but every year the Catholic Church wraps up Ordinary Time and transitions into Advent and a new year. What can we Catholics learn from the end of Ordinary Time? 

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Tue

25

Oct

2016

Election Circumstances Create Difficult Decisions for Catholic Voters

by Jeffrey Lindholm

 

This year’s presidential race has proven to be one of the most extraordinary elections in recent memory. For many of us, this is the first election in which we can vote. Voting allows the public to lend their voice in the political realm. Yet many people are not thrilled at the prospects of this year’s candidates for president. Catholic voters beg the question, “How should I vote as a Catholic?”

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Tue

27

Sep

2016

Construction of Christian Churches in Egypt Sparks Debate

by Jeffrey Lindholm

 

 

On August 30, the Egyptian Parliament approved a new law that allows Christians, mainly from the Coptic Catholic Church and the Coptic Orthodox Church, to build and renovate churches in Egypt.  

 

According to AhramOnline, Christians have historically not had the same legal rights as Muslims to preserve their churches. The new law liberalizes the regulations for church building and renovation and will simplify the process.  

 

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