A Different Kind of Fatherhood for All Men?

A guest blog by Pastoral Solutions Institute pastoral counseling associate, Dave McClow, M.Div., LISW, LMFT.The Ultimate Challenge, at least in this column, is about men and faith.  But today I will use an example of a fictional female character to illustrate a different kind of fatherhood.C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce tells the story of a man from hell who takes a bus tour of Heaven. He sees some “bright Spirits.”  Amongst them is a lady surrounded by musicians, and boys and girls singin … [Read more...]

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Holy Apostles College Appoints Dr. Popcak Concentration Chair in Master of Pastoral Studies Program

Holy Apostles College and Seminary announced today that their hiring committee has unanimously approved Dr. Greg Popcak to serve as the Chair of the Marriage and Family Concentration in their Master of Pastoral Studies (MAPS) program.The MAPS program is a fully accredited, online masters degree program intended to prepare individuals who wish to serve the faithful as pastoral counselors, marriage and family life ministers, spiritual directors, and other ministry professionals.  In addition … [Read more...]

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What IS A Catholic’s “Job” When It Comes to Voting, Anyway?

This is not a political blog, nor is it about to become one, but I have seen so many comments lately about what Catholics "must" do in this next election and it seems to me that every single one of these posts is missing an obvious point.Once Upon A Time...I once had a conversation with a prominent bishop in which I expressed my frustration that he and his brother bishops were not more strenuously and publicly opposing Catholic politicians who proclaimed themselves to be "good Catholics" … [Read more...]

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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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