About Jennifer Fitz

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

Suspected Abuse? Call the Police. You and Your Bishop Both.

There are a couple stories circulating to the effect that new Catholic bishops are being told they don't necessarily need to contact the authorities when they are presented with evidence of child abuse.  The Guardian reports it here, and John Allen from Crux discusses it here.  Reporting on religion is notoriously unreliable, and I'm in no position to confirm or clarify these reports.  But whenever such nonsense gets promulgated, I'm here to remind you: Tell the police.It is not your job to b … [Read more...]

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What Place for Bare Minimum Catholicism?

What is it a Catholic really must do?You don't have to go to Mass on Ash Wednesday or Good Friday.  You do have to fast, unless for some reason you don't.  You don't have to go to confession for your venial sins, though you ought to, but you do need to confess your mortal sins.  You need to go to Mass on Sundays, unless for some serious reason you can't.  You need to generally rest on Sundays, and allow other people to rest, but exactly how much restaurants and house chores are implicated in … [Read more...]

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Is Catholic Lent Too Easy? + Lent-o-Rama – UPDATED

UPDATED: Ted Seeber saves Lent by reminding me that no Lent-o-Rama is complete without This Time of Forty Days.  I love you, so I post it here:Now resuming our previously written post . . .A friend posted this useful infographic on Lenten basics, but observed that the current norms seem like an awfully light penance.  They are.  At this time, the Church has, in her wisdom, chosen to throw out a little test: Are you in or aren't you?Are you so very intractable, so very rebellious, … [Read more...]

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Does Eating Doritos Make You More Human?

Pootstert the purple hippo dressed up and sitting in a cardboard carseat.

We watched most of the Superbowl (go cats!), the Downton hour excepted, and we thought the Doritos commercial was sorta funny. NARAL was mortified at the way the commercial "humanized" the baby on the ultrasound, and the counter-reaction seems to be missing something important in that protest: the Doritos.Let's take NARAL at their word, for a moment, and examine what it was about this ultrasound that was different from every other:The baby expressed clear personal preferences and acted … [Read more...]

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Lent in the School for Evangelization

We Catholics like our programs.  Love our programs.  So here's this program we have starting this month, and the whole Church is enrolled.  It's called "Lent" and it features prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  That's the theory, anyhow.During Lent your parish is likely to take on some kind of other program as a sort of evangelization-thingie.  Small groups (I approve), or a parish mission (ditto), or some other worthy pursuit.  These things are good.  But what if your parish isn't doing one of … [Read more...]

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Why Mention 5,000 Men, and Slight Those Women and Children?

As I mentioned the other week, Sr. Simone Campbell has shown herself to be a dreadful sexist (and a bit of an atheist) in her reflection on the Gospel accounts of the feeding of the 5,000 men.  The question she posed, however, is a good one.What she wanted to know is: Why do the Scriptures give a counting of the men present so specifically?  We can't even say the authors were using the term "men" in a generic way to mean "mankind" or "people."  The Bible clearly states that the estimated at … [Read more...]

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What Kind of Place was Nazareth?

Jimmy Akin has a good review of this past Sunday's Gospel reading up at the Register.  Meanwhile, something to think about:When Philip asks, "Can anything good from Nazareth?" the intensity of the question is lost on us.  When we hear other references to Jesus being from that town, there's no real significance.  It's just this place.  A little town like any other.We tend, then, to dismiss the rejection of Jesus in his hometown as just one of those things -- people won't let you out of you … [Read more...]

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