The Magdalene’s Cave: Thoughts on Priesthood and Women

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I've said it before. I am a Catholic woman who once believed, passionately and thoroughly, that women were called to ordination in the Catholic Church. And now I don't. On the feast of the Magdalene, that Apostle to the Apostles and patroness of uppity women, some thoughts.First, though, a caveat. My changed position is not really about thinking. When people ask me why I no longer have issues with a male priesthood, I could say, like a certain president, that my thinking on the subject has … [Read more...]

Looking East Clearly: More on Orthodox Divorce and Remarriage

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My recent post on the "Orthodox solution" has provoked a lot of conversation here and on social networks. Most of the reaction has been from Catholics who do not wish to see the Church alter its practice of denying the sacraments to divorced Catholics who remarry, and interpreted calls to look to Orthodox practice as a signal that the upcoming synod might seek such an alteration. My purpose---and, I believe, the purpose of Cardinal Kasper and other Church leaders who recommend exploring what … [Read more...]

People, Look East: Exploring the Orthodox Experience of Divorce and Remarriage

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We're divorced and remarried, but we love God and love the Church. Are we excommunicated? Why can't we receive Communion? I heard Orthodox Christians can!In anticipation of the upcoming Extraordinary Synod on the Family, the question of pastoral care for the divorced and remarried has emerged as an issue of great concern. In areas of the world where divorce is common, this question rated high urgency on the surveys sent to bishops' conferences to prepare for the synod. (In other parts of the … [Read more...]

Strange Bedfellows, and Real Questions About Sex–UPDATED

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Yes, Planned Parenthood counselors enthusiastically provide "sex-positive" advice to teens who ask. What's more interesting to me is what kids are asking, and why.I admit I was more bemused than outraged by the Daily Caller's story on the release of Live Action's latest Planned Parenthood sting video. In the past, LA has used actors and hidden cameras to catch Planned Parenthood workers appearing to violate laws or policy with regard to sex-selective abortions or procurement of a … [Read more...]

Two Saints, No Waiting: Pope-pourri on Canonization Eve

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There's so much good stuff out there on Sunday's dual canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. I call your attention in particular, to Tod Worner's "St John Paul II: The 20th Century's Greatest Dissident" and Dr Greg Popcak's "Pope St John Paul II & Pope St John XXIII: Partners in the Universal Call to Holiness." My Patheos Catholic Channel neighbors, along with the entire Catholic media world, will continue to provide updates and reflections throughout the weekend and … [Read more...]

I Was on Death Row, and You Walked with Me: Being Prolife out on the Margins

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So a priest, a nurse, and a lawyer walk into a prison . . . and they're all the same guy. CNN had a great profile Friday of Fr Neil Kookoothe, pastor of St Clarence in the Diocese of Cleveland. Fr Kookoothe's unique skill set---he got a nursing license and a law degree before entering the seminary---helped him free a man from Death Row, and led to legislation widening Ohio's discovery rules. D'Ambrosio, Kookoothe said, had no previous criminal record. He had neither an alibi nor motive. He told … [Read more...]

Dear Jamie Stiehm & US News: Leave Jefferson Out of Your Know-Nothing Screed

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Image sourceIn a US News op-ed this morning, columnist Jamie Stiehm has put forth some of the most brazenly bigoted anti-Catholic crapola in this country's example-studded history of the stuff. Reactions have been immediate and pointed, with Elizabeth Scalia's "Fisking Stiehm's Bigotry at US News" the most cogent and damning.The nouveau Know Nothings have been stirring for a couple of years, but this marks a new low. It's not really surprising; the media's love affair with Pope Francis, … [Read more...]

Where We Were, When: One Boomer’s Apology for Carrying the Kennedy Torch

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Long stood Sir Bedivere Revolving many memories, till the hull Look’d one black dot against the verge of dawn, And on the mere the wailing died away. ---Alfred Tennyson, "The Passing of Arthur," from Idylls of the KingWhat changed that day was everything.Yes, with apologies to post-Boomers, this anniversary---like the past 50 years---is all about us. Of course we remember Where We Were, and not just because that was the day nonstop media coverage sprang to life to remind us. I t … [Read more...]


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