Mount St. Mary’s President Resigns: Do YOU Work for A Narcissist?

The news was released today that President Simon Newman of Mount St. Mary's University resigned in the wake of the scandal caused both by his policy to aggressively encourage underperforming students to leave the school as a ploy to increase the school's rankings, and then summarily firing tenured faculty who opposed the policy for being "disloyal."  Matters were made worse when it was released that President Newman defended his unpopular policy by asserting, "You just have to drown the … [Read more...]

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Why Porn Is NOT An Addiction (Part Deux) and Why That Matters For Your Healing.

A while back, I shared a study arguing that porn was not an addiction. I also explained why this matters for treatment.  In the months since then, I've gotten several emails from people asking questions about that post. Many of these messages cited a response by Matt Fradd  that took issue (very respectfully, thank you Matt) with my position.  Most recently, I received an email from a pastor who was interested in the debate about the issue. My conversation with this pastor--who, like many past … [Read more...]

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All Hell Breaks Loose: The Prodigal’s Brother

Guest post by Dave McClow, M.Div, LMFT.  Clinical Pastoral Counseling Assoc. of the Pastoral Solutions InstituteThe immensity and beauty of the Grand Canyon are an inexhaustible mystery for me.  This natural wonder must be experienced from different vantage points to be fully appreciated.  I have hiked along the rim and taken different trails into the canyon; I have flown over it in a plane!  Each perspective reveals something different, but all inspire awe!Journeying through this Year of … [Read more...]

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Speaking Ill of the Dead: Why is the Media Silent on David Bowie’s Sexual Abuse of Minors?

WARNING:  POST FEATURES DESCRIPTIONS OF SEXUAL ACTS AND STRONG LANGUAGE.The movie Spotlight highlights the media's rightful role in holding the Catholic Church accountable for the abuse scandals.  It does seem, however, that the media can be selective in choosing whom it holds accountable.  David Bowie was a brilliant artist, a vaunted sexual icon and, according to several accounts, a serial child rapist (or, to use a word that became popular during the priest scandals, an ephebophile; that i … [Read more...]

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This is Your Brain on Terrorism…Any Questions?

Dr. Eric Haseltine is a recognized expert in both neuroscience and counter-terrorism.  He has a great article in Psychology Today about how understanding the way our brains work can lead us to a healthy response to terrorism.  Although he is not writing from a religious perspective, regular readers of Faith on the Couch will recognize how consistent Dr. Haseltine's approach is with the Theology of the Body, the assertion by Pope St. John Paul the Great that by understanding the way God made our b … [Read more...]

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4 Ways Parents and Adult Children Can Get Along

Relationships between parents and adult children--and vice versa--can be tricky.  Today, on More2Life Radio, we discussed the challenges that these relationships face and how to negotiate them more effectively.  In particular, we focused on four action-steps that help parents relate more effectively with their adult children and, for that matter, allow adult children to relate more effectively to their parents.  We used the acronym RISE.R--RELATIONSHIP  I--INTERCEDE S--SUPPORT E-- … [Read more...]

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Sloth at the Synod? OR…Why Cardinal Johnny Can’t (be bothered to) Read

Some years back, Rudolph Flesch wrote a book called, "Why Johnny Can't Read" about the poor state of literacy among children.  As I listen to the various conversations going on at the Synod on the Family in Rome, I wonder if Flesch could be persuaded to write a sequel for Catholic Cardinals and Archbishops.During the synod, there have been many discussions about how to handle various challenges such as what can be done to help Catholics who have remarried after divorce without the benefit of … [Read more...]

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OUTRAGE! Divorce, Remarriage and Getting Kicked Out of the Catholic Hospital.

I had a conversation with a reporter yesterday from a prominent newspaper about the ongoing Synod on the Family.  We had a great discussion and I appreciated her time.  In particular, we talked a lot about people who felt alienated from the Church (and those who are divorced and remarried in particular).  The conversation left me in a thoughtful mood. In particular, I was left reflecting on the question, "Why, exactly, do so many people feel excluded by the Church--especially those who are di … [Read more...]

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