About Jennifer Fitz

Jennifer Fitz is the mother of four fantabulous children, and author of Classroom Management for Catechists. She writes online for Patheos and for the Catholic Conspiracy. When she isn't blogging, teaching, or complaining about something, she likes to play outside.

McDonald’s to Close Down After Accusations of Cultural Appropriation

Just weeks after launching its Great Tastes of America burger series in the United Kingdom, McDonald's Corporation reports it is shutting down amid accusations that they ripped off their recipes.The accusations arose after advertisements touted a "sweet and tangy South Carolina sauce" that some viewers believed may bear a vague resemblance to mustard-based barbecue sauces used in some regions of the state.  Fox News reports:Though the eatery had been open for several months decades, th … [Read more...]

Why Does the Ascension Matter?

This is my annual reminder of why we bother with all this Jesus business.  If you're not in it for this, I'm not sure what you're doing.  First ran at the Wine Dark Sea. *** We think of atheists as the people who actively deny the existence of God, but there’s a much more pernicious and widespread atheism among religious people today: Faithy-ism. We talk about God, and do God-themed activities, but we don’t really mean it.  It’s all just a metaphor.  Our spirituality consists of our deeply felt … [Read more...]

Bleg: Name this Pain

Two interesting things happened this week:(1) I finally met the physician I'd been referred to last October, and now I know why there was a seven-month wait on appointments.  The guy is both competent and humane (like Tod Worner, but a different guy).  I like that in a doctor.(2) I'd been planning to tell him everything's fine now, but actually it's not fine.  I've had a wind-up of fatigue and the same kind of pain I was having last fall -- it was still fairly mild on Thursday, but is get … [Read more...]

When Warfare Doesn’t Work

The excellent guest post at Simcha Fisher's blog about the experience of being a Catholic woman in an abusive marriage provoked a heated discussion among several of my online friends.  What is the good solution to this problem?Sometimes there is not a good solution.I'm as prone to, "If we just did ___" thinking as anyone else.  Because I'm from Gunlandia, when I read about a domestic abuse victim shot at a school, my instant reaction is: What an injustice that women who work in education … [Read more...]

Chastity for Thee But Not for Me?

Here is what I find most amusing about the reactions to the Pence Anti-Adultery plan:It turns out the people who ordinarily believe that it is both impossible and undesirable to refrain from intercourse out of wedlock are, in the case of the sitting Vice President, certain he must be an exception to that rule.  Ordinary mortals have no such capacity for self control! They'd be harmed by trying, and anyway it wouldn't work!But either they know Mr. Pence to be a class apart, or they are so … [Read more...]

Conservative Healthcare Reform

In reaction to the proposed Republican repeal of the Affordable Care Act, some have asserted that the only way to provide health care coverage to the poor is via an insurance mandate and a single-payer system.I don't believe that's true.  There are no doubt other good solutions, but I'll toss out an idea for a system that conservatives could love. #1 Cut the cord between employment and insurance. Employer-provided health insurance stifles the labor market. It leads to underemployment as … [Read more...]

Child Welfare and State Supervision of Homeschools

In discussion online recently, the topic of child welfare came up.  Question of the day was, "How do we provide adequate state supervision in order to ensure parents aren't using homeschooling to cover up abuse or neglect?"  My answer: State supervision doesn't work.It does not work in foster care.  Here we are speaking of the most extensively state-supervised family population in the nation: Sally Schofield, the foster mother of Logan Marr, was found guilty June 25 of wrapping the 5- … [Read more...]