Legitimate Therapeutic Means: Can Catholics Use the Pill?

It’s NFP awareness week. So let’s talk about the Pill. Specifically, I want to talk about people who are struggling with NFP hard cases, people who are profoundly frustrated and in some cases on the edge of despairing about their faith, who actually have legitimate reasons for going on the Pill: “On the other hand, [Read More…]

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Is ‘Turn or Burn’ the Only Option?

A lot of the responses that I get in my combox seem to assume that there are basically only two ways to think about gay sex. Either it is a total abomination that must be opposed with every fibre of your being, a hideous atrocity that will result in gay people suffering improbable torments for [Read More…]

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My Gay Albatross: What To Do When Your Kid Comes Out Queer?

I want to touch on a delicate subject, one that I write about frequently in private correspondence but don’t generally talk about in public: the question of what traditionally-minded Catholic or Christian parents should do when their child comes out as LGBTQ. Most of the advice that I’ve seen out there falls cleanly into the [Read More…]

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God Will Not Be Trumped

I’ve been mostly avoiding commenting on the presidential circus in the US: it’s not my country, and for the most part it’s not my business who Americans elect. It is, however, the business of every Christian to care about the misuse of God’s name, so I feel there is one aspect of the Republican National [Read More…]

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Why I am (Really) Not an Atheist: Rational Faith Pt 2

Recently, I was writing about the difference between rational faith and irrational forms of fundamentalism. Naturally, some of my atheist commentariat concluded that I was either an atheist in Christian clothing, or else that I’m on the quick and slippery slope that leads to atheism. So I want to talk about why I’m not an [Read More…]

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Natural Law vs. Natural Law

Dan Mattson just published an answer in Crisis to my natural law articles, and I want to talk a little about his arguments and why, ultimately, I still don’t think a natural law approach is going to be effective in achieving cultural change on issues of sexual morality. I want to start by noting that [Read More…]

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Beyond Nature: 10 Alternatives to Natural Law

Previously, I criticized the traditional natural law approach to promoting Catholic sexual ethics. Today, I’m going to talk about ten of the alternative approaches that I think are much more effective. Infrastructure of Love – The Gospel didn’t just spread because the Apostles were courageous and willing to tell the truth even under persecution. It [Read More…]

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10 Reasons Why Homosexuality is Not a Natural Law Issue

Okay, so someone in a com-box responding to Steel Magnificat’s recent post asked for a serious essay about whether homosexuality is a religious issue, or a natural law issue. Dealing with this in terms of Catholic doctrine, and the way that we understand the natural law, is a fairly complex undertaking.Today, I want to do [Read More…]

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The Shocking Truth About Homosexuality That You’ve Only Heard 1,000 Times Before

So Crisis Magazine published two articles yesterday about the Pope’s apology. Who’s surprised? Well, to be honest, I really only expected there to be one. The one I expected is that one by John Henry Westen, “The Pope is Right for the Wrong Reasons.” It’s about how, really, what the Pope should have apologized to [Read More…]

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Rational Faith: Why God is Not a Malevolent Bully

Yesterday, I promised that I would address the charges that the God which I (as a Catholic) worship is a “misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.” I can see from the combox that some of the atheist peanut gallery are standing by, waiting for me to tangle myself up [Read More…]

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