The Catholic Church Attempts to Silence Abuse Victim


Let's talk about a Louisiana court case you probably haven't heard about. What I find fascinating about the case is how completely divorced the actual case is from the rhetoric about it on Catholic blogs and news sites.Here is how the Catholic News Register describes the case: The Diocese of Baton Rouge, La., is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court to review a ruling that a diocesan priest may be forced to break the seal of confession.

 This is how the case is being reported, but what is it … [Read more...]

Bad Catholic’s Grating Paternalism

pill power

I want to take a moment to address one more thing from Marc's recent post on chastity and contraception, written as a rebuttal to one of my own posts: I can think of quite a few other reasons contraception could be, at the very least, a contributing factor to marital dissolution, though I don’t have the studies to back me up. For instance, consider that the weight of contraception falls unfairly on women. Men have to wear a free condom. Women have to suppress their menstrual cycles with hu … [Read more...]

Bad Logic from Bad Catholic


Marc of Bad Catholic has offered a "rebuttal" of my post of last week criticizing that simplistic dandelion rose illustration supposedly showing the bad fruits of contraception and the good fruits of chastity. I'm not going to bother with most of his rebuttal---feel free to go over and read and critique it yourself---but I do want to point out what horrid logic Catholics like Marc are reduced to in insisting that there's this huge gulf of a divide between "unnatural" contraception like the pill o … [Read more...]

Could Savita’s Death Have Happened in the U.S.?

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I swore I wasn't going to write about Savita again today, but it seems I can't avoid it. I had thought until today that Savita's death could not have happen in the United States today, because the "right of conscience" bill put forward in the House last winter, which would have let doctors with religious objections to abortion refuse to perform an abortion even to save the life of a woman, ultimately failed. I just learned that I was wrong, and I am sitting here in a bit of shock. I'll never … [Read more...]

How the Catholic Church Made Me a Progressive


I grew up in an evangelical bubble. When I left this bubble to attend college, I found my beliefs challenged. When my evangelical beliefs began slipping through my fingers, I grasped for something to hold onto. I found that in Catholicism. When I first converted I was extremely conservative in addition to being very fervent and devout. I read the early church fathers and the catechism, Catholic apologetic books and the lives of the saints. Of course, this didn't last. All this is to preface the … [Read more...]

“Pro-Lifers” Play Fast and Loose with the “Life of the Mother” Exemption


This morning I wrote about Savita, a woman who died because she was denied the abortion that would have saved her life. Well, I just found this and now I'm even more outraged. AN INTERNATIONAL symposium on maternal healthcare in Dublin at the weekend has concluded that abortion is never medically necessary to save the life of a mother.Eamon O’Dwyer, professor emeritus of obstetrics and gynaecology at NUI Galway and a conference organiser, said its outcome would provide “clarity and confi … [Read more...]

Savita Halappanavar: When “Pro-Life” Means Death


I am completely and totally appalled right now. “This is a Catholic country” was what Irish doctors told Savita Halappanavar after she learned she was miscarrying her pregnancy and asked for an abortion to avoid further complications. She spent three days in agonizing pain, eventually shaking, vomiting and passing out. She again asked for an abortion and was refused, because the fetus still had a heartbeat.Then she died.She died of septicaemia and E.Coli. She died after three and a half … [Read more...]