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Oct 11, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read Read on X
Nothing in the official #Synod2018 documents seems to pass the sniff test. For instance, to communicate with youth, Synod says: "We propose a two-element solution. Firstly, a series of small messages, updates, perhaps at the end of each week from the Commission for Information."
"Secondly, a message from the Synod to the Youth of the World." Taken from:…
Is the big-bureaucratic-state-mode--the "commission of information" loves you!--the "Synod" has something to say to you!--really the best they could come up with? Witness the instinctive modus operandi of current Church leadership.
Of note, this particular recommendation came from a small group moderated by @CardinalBCupich

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Jan 30
Important long read from FT, nicely sums up the situation.

Birth rates are low and falling everywhere--in countries with pro-family policies and those without.

@AnnaRotkirch says "nobody really knows what's going on." That's why we have to study the outliers. #hannahschildren 🧵1/N…
Leah, 5 kids, told me: "I think I always knew that I wanted to have children, but I never had a preconceived notion of, ‘I want to have x amount of kids.’ I just knew that I wanted to be a mom and I knew that I wanted to have a family. But I didn’t grow up with a lot of siblings and I didn’t have that experience and I didn’t grow up super religious.

Like I grew up in a reformed congregation which is basically completely secular except you do token Jewish things. And now, we’ve chosen a different life where we are much more intentionally practicing religion and the traditional." 2/N
She continued: "I was in a very intentional mindset when I got married. I was really dedicated to prayer and [Jewish] practice, and I was surrounded by like-minded people.

So, I lived in a community that was very conducive to that—a lot of other young people that were getting married and having families. And older people that were still having children and/or just there as support and mentors in my life. And [my son] was born 10 months after we got married basically." 3/N
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Jul 22, 2020
Brilliant Kevin D. Williamson @NRO on weddings and debt:

“a society disconnected from divinity will always find something to worship
— what do you think is really going on in our ridiculous modern weddings?”…
“And, then, the kicker: ‘I had to take out a loan from my retirement in order to pay for our wedding.’

At which point, I found myself saying out loud: “Well, no. No, you didn’t.”
“You didn’t have to. It wasn’t obligatory. You could have gone to city hall in the morning and taken your friends and family out to a nice lunch afterward. (You know what they would have done? They would have thanked you. Most weddings are dreadful.) People do it all the time.”
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Feb 24, 2020
I am going to start saying this once a week. We’re not a Christian country if kids are languishing in foster care in need of adoption. Fellow church-goers: we have to do better.
Let us resolve in 2020 to take home every child who needs a home. Anything less is a scandal.
If you need a home study get a home study. Talk to friends who have adopted. Cast into the deep!
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Dec 4, 2019
We should revive operation rescue. There is so much conservative angst right now we should put it to good use. #AbortionIsMurder #Conservatives #savethebabyhumans
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Postcards for Macron #postcardsforMacron Image
@CRPakaluk PhD Harvard (2010), AM Harvard (2002), BA UPenn (1998). Eight children by choice. Keep it going ladies, add your own. #postcardsforMacron
@obianuju @COLAfrica can we get this to catch on in Africa? let's flood Macron with beautiful postcards from educated women with large families born from their own loving choice.
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