About Jennifer Fitz

Jennifer Fitz is the author of Classroom Management for Catechists, and general editor of the Catholic Writers Guild blog. In addition to her pile of Catholic writing for Patheos, you can find her at CatholicMom.com, New Evangelizers, and Amazing Catechists. When she isn't blogging, teaching, or complaining about something, she likes to play outside.

Atheists Advise: Don’t Watch Just Anything, Be Discriminating to Safeguard Your Faith

The Washington Times reports that American Atheists have figured out what Catholics have long proclaimed: American Atheists unveiled Wednesday the “War on Christmas” line-up on its television channel, AtheistTV, featuring “original programs proclaiming the truth about Christmas on December 24 and December 25, featuring scholars and celebrities from the atheist community.”“Christmas is hard for many atheists, so we will provide programming free from superstition and fairy tales that allows  … [Read more...]

Something Useful: Cursive Worksheet Generator – You Specify the Text

What I'm thinking about today is . . . cursive.  This site rescued a child of mine this morning: Cursive Handwriting Practice Worksheet Generator.  You can make your own custom sheets with whatever letters, words, or sentences you like.  It's free to use for your private, educational use. … [Read more...]

Death by Bad Reasoning: Depressed Mothers Deserve Treatment Not Bereavement

In a mortifying follow-on to our discussion of why we mustn't do evil in an attempt at good, here's a case out of Australia that demonstrates the deadliness of bad ethical systems.  Mother and father are expecting a baby.  It's a desired pregnancy, and mother is doing just fine.  Then, in a routine ultrasound, an abnormality in the baby's hand is discovered.The mother, having been reared in a culture where any physical deformity is a source of both lifelong discrimination for the child and sh … [Read more...]

Subtle Smackdown: Vatican Report on American Women Religious is a Warning for Every Parish and Diocese

Don't let the headlines fool you, the freshly-released Final Report on the Apostolic Visitation of Institutes of Women Religious in the United States of America, 16.12.2014 is anything but glowing praise.  It's charitable and mannerly, but if you read closely and put on your thinking cap, the findings are harrowing.  All the more so because our religious orders don't exist in some bubble; every sister comes from a Catholic parish, and every sister in turn bestows her vocation on the Church.  W … [Read more...]

Why Can’t We Do Evil that Good Might Come of It? Even to Save a Life? – UPDATED

Erin Arlinghaus challenged me (update below) to explain why it so important for any ethical system, religious or otherwise, to be built on the principles I explain here.  I'll recap them quickly, but check the tutorial for more examples and explanations.Principle #1 is "Double Effect" or "Parallel Effect."  What it means is this: It's okay to do something good, even if there's a chance that something bad might happen.  Without this principle, you literally cannot act.  Everything you do bears … [Read more...]

Doing Something Right, Episode 2: Church Music

At my house tonight . . . Middle Schooler: What Mass are we going to tomorrow? Spouse: 9AM. Me: Are you singing both Masses then? Spouse: I dunno. Middle Schooler: Are we singing the Whitbourn? Spouse: Yes. Middle Schooler: Then I want to sing both Masses. And people say kids don't dig contemporary church music like the adults do.photo credit: Wikimedia … [Read more...]

More Bad Arguments: The Good Man Defense

Moving beyond any particular example of terrible writing, I want to address a non-argument I've seen circulating among Catholics of good will lately.  If you're going to be Catholic, set yourself firmly in favor of the truth.  If you're going to set yourself in favor of the truth, you need to know a non-argument when you see it.Again, I'm writing here not to philosophers, but to ordinary internet people like myself. Good Guys Do Bad Things Here's an example of a typical round.  Sam Rocha wr … [Read more...]