The Art of Being Overwhelmed

A lot of you are probably aware of the “spoon theory” of chronic illness. For those who aren’t, the idea is that if you are chronically ill, you have a limited (usually fairly low) number of spoons that you can spend in order to perform actions, and you have to carefully steward which things you [Read More…]

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Scripture Has Nothing New To Say to Me

Recently I was talking to a friend about various difficulties in the spiritual life, and one of the issues that came up is the idea that reading Scripture is infinitely rewarding – that every time you return to it you will find new insights. His basic complaint was that this isn’t necessarily true: especially living [Read More…]

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Gender Dysphoria: My Talk from Q Denver

My talk from last year’s Q conference is currently featured on their web-site. The main page also links to Mark Yarhouse’s talk and our Q&A session. Hope you all had a lovely Christmas! [Read more…]

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When a Yes or No Question is Not a Yes or No Question

I’ve mostly said what I have to say about the dubia, but there is one more aspect of the problem that I want to comment on because it pertains to a broader habit that I’ve encountered a number of times over my years as a blogger: the “clear yes or no, please,” trap. Why do [Read More…]

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Tradition Unbound – Part II

Last time on Catholic Authenticity, we were talking about development of doctrine, specifically in reference to the fear that many conservatives have that Pope Francis is undermining eternal, changeless Church teaching in an unprecedented way. A lot of this fear seems to stem from an unduly rigid sense of how doctrine ought to be promulgated, [Read More…]

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An Immodest Proposal

Rebecca Bratten Weiss has recently written a post about modesty culture. This is an area of Catholic morality that I’ve thought about a lot over the years. Partly because I’m a mother with daughters. Partly because I’m a woman who tends to wear male clothes and hang out with guys in male-dominated spaces – which [Read More…]

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Tradition Unbound: How the Pope Changed The Church’s Theology of Marriage

The controversy over the treatment of communion for the divorced and remarried in Amoris Leatitia has been rekindled recently as a result of the publication of five dubia by a group of Cardinals who seem to be concerned that Pope Francis is changing doctrine. A lot of people seem to be really disturbed and upset [Read More…]

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In My Greek City State…

We have a game at our house that we occasionally play as part of our homeschool curriculum called “In My Greek City State.” The rules are fairly straightforward: everyone is given an imaginary polis that they can run however they want. They get to make up laws, invent an economic system, design the government, and [Read More…]

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Sad Bad SAD

I mentioned in a fairly recent post that I suffer from seasonal depression. It’s not something that I talk about a lot, partly because I don’t want my critics saying “oh look, another crazy queer person,” and wondering about whether my depression is caused by my “father wound.” Partly because depression is the thing that [Read More…]

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Crucifixion of Desire

Is the only true way to deal with a homosexual inclination to “crucify” it? This is the question that has recently been raised at Crisis. Readers who are familiar with this debate will not be surprised to know that Crisis’ answer is “yes.” I’d like to open my response by sharing the reaction of a [Read More…]

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