September 18, 2018

My response? “Well, at least he was on only one knee.” From that position, he could leap up and run, if he needed to. Read more

September 17, 2018

It’s not puritanical for us to stick by the single sine qua non for a sex act to be considered morally acceptable in a society that values personal dignity. Read more

September 13, 2018

No matter how hard it is for us to accept that the men we viewed as heroes were in fact guilty of terrible and disgusting acts, it will never be as hard for us to live with the readjustment of our beliefs as it has been for victims to suffer in silence Read more

September 10, 2018

Obedience to God is one thing. But how do we know when it’s God? Why should we believe those who say “I speak for God” – when they compel our assent with threats, standing between us and the sacraments we have been taught that we need, for salvation? Read more

September 8, 2018

In brief, when your church is the center of your community’s social life—whether in a rural village or an urban enclave—being alienated from it (even when you’re still participating in it) makes it much more difficult to define yourself, whether by or against—or outside—of it.  Read more

August 31, 2018

While “forgiveness” of “sins” might give the perpetrator a clean slate, it does nothing to alleviate trauma and its effects in victims.  If anything, asking (or, more precisely, guilt-tripping) a victim to “forgive” a perpetrator only re-traumatizes that victim. Read more

August 30, 2018

Given the repressive conditions I’ve described—one in which authority is not questioned, church leaders have absolute authority and children do not learn about their own bodies, let alone how they can be used against them—is it any wonder that most victims don’t recount their abuse by priests to anyone but themselves—if, indeed, they ever do—until they are well into adulthood? Read more

August 28, 2018

On the basis of the evidence of past action, it does not seem to me that the far-right tabloid crowd has any interest whatsoever in defending victims, while it is quite heavily invested in undermining the pope. Read more

August 22, 2018

Above all, though, I feel that I have spent my life as a Catholic with my hands bound, with heavy burdens placed upon me, and now when I am bent and exhausted asked to join in the rescue of those who bound my hands, and laid the burdens on me. Read more

August 19, 2018

To give up because “it’s all in God’s hands” is a kind of nihilistic rejection of the good and profound meaning of this earth, this life, these living bodies – and our moral obligation to be instruments of peace, love, and liberation. Read more

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