Sexual Abuse and the Church: Complicated Recovery

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The last decade has uncovered the seriousness of abuse in the Church.  The Church has done a great deal to make certain that young men and women are safe but the road for the victims of institutional abuse can be long and hard. New research shows that institutional abuse (abuse that occurs in the context of a school, church, universities, scouts, etc) can lead to an even more complicated recovery than other forms of sexual trauma. Researchers are now learning that recovery from sexual … [Read more...]

Parenting Style at Adolescence Predicts Child’s Ability to Have a Happy Marriage at Adulthood

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The Church teaches parents' are the child's primary educators.  Moms and Dads, you can't overestimate the importance of your role in raising children who are capable of having healthy, holy, happy marriage and family lives. A new study really highlights the importance of giving teens a strong family life.  Here are some of the findings... Individuals who themselves expressed greater levels of positive engagement in their families as adolescents displayed and received more positive … [Read more...]

He Blinded Me with Science Part… the Third: The Final Chapter

I know... I know... different 80's science reference. But how often will I get a chance to use this pic on a Catholic blog?

The conversation continues... BOB:  "I’m asking for evidence for this remarkable claim"  (that Christian cosmology is necessary for science). Dr. Greg: You mean other than the entire academic discipline of the history of science?  I'm afraid you've got me there.   Start with Stanley Jaki's foundational book, "The Savior of Science."  Columbia University has a brief summary of some of his major points here. BOB:  "I’ve read this claim from other Christian thinkers, but I … [Read more...]

Catholics and Protestants Look for Different Skills in their Counselors.

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A few years ago, I published a study examining the different attitudes religiously committed Catholics and Protestants had toward counseling.  In particular, I was curious, considering the number of Catholics who go to generically "Christian" counselors, if Catholics were being well-served by Protestant counselors.  The study revealed some interesting results.  In a survey of over a 1000 respondents drawn from every diocese in the US, it was shown that, given the choice, religiously … [Read more...]

He Blinded Me with Science: Conversations with an Atheist on The Christian Roots of Reason and Science

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Over at the Atheist blog, Cross Examined, Bob Seidensticker, posted an article that examines the debt secular society owes to Christianity.  Last night, Bob and I agreed to attempt a respectful "interfaith" discussion about various topics, beginning with a look at the relationship between Christianity and the roots of science and reason.   Here is the first exchange in that discussion. Bob:   (Here's) a popular article argues that all of us—atheists, too—owe a great debt to … [Read more...]

The Mindful Catholic

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"Mindfulness" is a quality psychologists define as the ability to be (1) present in the moment and (2) consciously able to choose the best response out of a number of emotional possibilities.  Mindfulness is the opposite of being reactive.  For instance, if my kid was getting on my nerves and I was being reactive, I would feel angry and yell at him  But if my kid was getting on my nerves and I was being mindful, I would feel angry, be aware of that anger, and be able to decide whether this … [Read more...]

Is Atheism a Religion?

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Dan Fincke, who  has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Fordham and hosts the Patheos Atheist blog (way to go,  Catholic higher ed.) , Camels with Hammers, asks the question, "Is atheism a religion?" Psychologists of Religion might have something to say about this question.  I would suggest that the answer hinges on the definition of "faith," "belief," and "religion." Although religious people tend to think of faith as necessarily transcendent, psychologists of religion like James Fowler, … [Read more...]


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