“God is in the Pots and Pans”– Finding God in the Domestic Church

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Catholics refer to the family as the "Domestic Church" but it would be easy to experience this as a spiritually antiseptic phrase requiring families to be perfectly peaceful, perfectly quiet (and to borrow a phrase from Mary Poppins) practically perfect in every way.It can be hard to relate to that image of the family.  It seems too remote.  Too impossible.  Too lofty,  but it doesn't have to be.   I think the problem is that most of us think of church in too idealized a way which makes the n … [Read more...]

Catholics and Mental Illness (An Ongoing Series): Michelle–A Woman with Depression Suffers Alienation in the Church

St. Dymphna, Patroness of the Mentally Ill, Pray for Us.

A new post in our "What’s Your Experience?" Series,  in which People-of-Faith share their experience of depression, anxiety, and other mental illness as they relate to their parish and their Catholic faith.  Today, Michelle writes of her experience with crippling depression.Dr. Greg,  I was amazed when I came across a link for your article on Facebook because I have spent the past few days wondering about "What is my place in the Church?" as a mentally ill Catholic.I have been thinking a … [Read more...]

Catholics and Mental Illness (An Ongoing Series)– W. A Woman with Anxiety/Intermittent Explosive Disorder

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A new post in our What’s Your Experience?  Series,  in which People-of-Faith share their experience of depression, anxiety, and other mental illness as they relate to their parish and their Catholic faith.  W.  a young woman in her 20's writes of her experience with a disorder that leads to overwhelming and violent bouts of anxiety and anger.I'm a young adult, in my early 20s. It was only in college that major emotional wounds inflicted by my father manifested in what certain Catholic psych … [Read more...]

Catholics and Mental Illness (An Ongoing Series)–Spouse of Man with Bipolar I Disorder

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A new post in our What’s Your Experience?  Series,  in which People-of-Faith share their experience of depression, anxiety, and other mental illness as they relate to their parish and their Catholic faith.  In this post, Kate, the wife of a man with Bipolar I shares her experience with how priests, the Church, and her faith have been intertwined in the drama of her life.My DH has been diagnosed in the past year with Bipolar I.  He is 42 years old and a cradle Catholic.  I am 39 and a convert … [Read more...]

Catholics and Mental Illness–What’s Your Experience? (An ongoing series)

St. Dymphna, Patroness of the Mentally Ill, Pray for Us.

A new post in our What's Your Experience?  Series,  in which People-of-Faith share their experience of depression, anxiety, and other mental illness as they relate to their parish and their Catholic faith...Dear Dr. Greg,I'm writing in response to your series entitled "Catholics & Depression, Anxiety, & Mental/Emotional Illness. What is Your Experience?" As a Catholic Christian woman who has struggled to cope with mental and emotional illness for nearly 25 years, I am … [Read more...]

Why Doesn’t the Catholic Church Just Get with the Times?

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Contraception, abortion, women's ordination, gay marriage.  These represent just a few of the issues the Church is regularly criticized for being on the "wrong side" of.So, why can't the Church change?Today's episode of More2Life Radio was titled, "Stand Your Ground."  We looked at the challenge of knowing when we need to draw a line in the sand and when we need to be more flexible.  Part of that discussion involved an interview with Bishop Jeffrey Montforton of Steubenville (former rect … [Read more...]

Catholic Bishops Weigh in on Corporal Punishment

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Is it possible to articulate a consistent, coherent Catholic position on the use or corporal punishment?  As a family therapist and Catholic parenting author.  It's a question I spend a lot of time prayerfully considering.  Many good parents on both sides of the debate have very strong feelings on the subject and it can be confusing for parents to have to sort out the pros and cons on this issue.  My own thoughts on the subject have been widely circulated.In light of this, I was honored to  … [Read more...]

Celebrating the Sacraments in the “Domestic Church”

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Here is a piece I wrote yesterday for Pittsburgh Catholic Parent magazine (a quarterly publication of the Diocese of Pittsburgh) on some simple ways parents can help their kids (and themselves!) get more out of their experience of the sacraments. Supporting the Sacraments:  What Parents Can Do to Help Their Kids' Faith Stick. Dr. Greg Popcak              Whether, Baptism, first Confession, First Communion, or Confirmation, preparing to receive the Sacraments is a big step in our children's … [Read more...]


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