Speaking of fathers . . .

Katrina Fernandez adds her usual honest and direct take about father's day, from the perspective of a single mother. She says, It doesn’t build up motherhood or empower woman to tear down fathers, whether you think they deserve it or not. [...] 1- Don’t be bitter. Even if you feel your bitterness is justified and caused by circumstances that may have been out of your control you have to stop and consider what message that bitterness is sending to your children, especially if you … [Read more...]

At the Register: Embarrassment vs. Shame

While I was writing today's post, I whined on Facebook: Can't tell if I'm struggling because I have hold of an important idea that is worth working through, or because I'm tired and stupid and making something out of nothing. to which the wise and paternal Mark Shea responded:  Catholics are a both/and people. Anyway, here it is, the piece I might as well have entitled: PLEASE MISUNDERSTAND ME!  Okay, end of preemtive whine.   … [Read more...]

Excellent article on women priests

Help, help, I'm being oppressed because I'm a woman!

Women Priests -- No Chance by the redoubtable Joanna Bogle.  This came out in 1997, after John Paul II reaffirmed the Church's teaching that it ain't gonna (can't) happen, ever. Despite the abrupt title, this article goes beyond pointing to the long, unbroken tradition of the male priesthood, and draws out (or at least introduces us to) some of the reasons why Christ wanted men to do this particular work on earth. Just a solid, accessible read, something to keep on hand if someone asks you … [Read more...]

At the Register: Seeing pink? Follow the money.

Common sense is not profitable.  Pink cheese graters and pink shoelaces and pink garbage cans are -- and so is abortion. … [Read more...]

Sandra Bullock on motherhood

I don't know anything about the movie Gravity, but I liked a lot of the things Sandra Bullock had to say about motherhood and work, in this interview for NPR  Of course she is rich enough to be able to decide whether or not to work; but it was very, very good to hear a woman saying, [M]y baby before was my work. That's what I had. And then I was given the blessing of this extraordinary creature and human being, who's turning into a good little man. And you just, you just realize that, you … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes, in which I have fun doing my penance

simcha speaking

Okay, so I'm slow. I just got around to reading Francis' interview with America magazine, and now I want to do a quick round-up of last week's Catholic Women Rejoice conference in Vancouver, WA. (photo credit Caitlin Elder) --1-- It really was obnoxious, but I asked one of my dear, extremely busy hostesses to find me a priest who could hear my confession.  Because airplanes. So she did, and he found the time, and we found a sacristan who could open the confessional for us, and it … [Read more...]

At the Register: We Need the Courage to Christianize Feminism

And no, I don't mean offering yoga classes at the Newman Center. You know, when Catholic women tell me, "Oh please, we don't need a theology of women, " they really mean, "I always wanted to be a stay-at-home mom, and now I am one" or "I am temperamentally suited to homeschool" or "I really enjoy cooking and sewing" or "I have no desire or need to work outside the home."  There are many, many women who want desperately to follow God as women, but who can't or don't follow these paths. … [Read more...]