Outwitting the Language Assassins (SYNOD)

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Greetings to one and to all! Guest blogger Ben Conroy here. First of all, a go raibh míle maith agat to the magnificent Anchoress that is as heartfelt as it may be cheesy. It’s an overwhelming honour to be posting here, and I will do my very best to live up to the ludicrously generous introduction Elizabeth has given me.As the Patheos Catholic Channel's Synodal Summer Symposium draws to a close, I keep thinking of the passage from Mary Eberstadt’s How The West Really Lost God that the Sym … [Read more...]

The Sickly Anchoress, Getting an Assist from Ireland

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So, this is how things happen, sometimes:Leah Libresco mentioned on Facebook that she would be heading to Ireland with her mother, and wondered if anyone would be interested in having her speak to their group while she was there.Naturally, because she is an endlessly interesting young woman who has countered the culture in a most public way, people did want to engage as you can see here.I am not her agent but one young Irishman, seeking to book her in Dublin, wrote an inquiring … [Read more...]

Marriage! Annulment! Sex! Sacraments! Symposium Roundup Part I

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Our Summer Symposium on the Synod is off to a great start (and there will be more to come, through next Wednesday!) and there are enough interesting topics and great pieces to keep you going, even if your holiday weekend is rained out! What you can't find on the symposium landing page you should be able to find on the channel page, and quite a few pieces are embedded within the text of this post, but let me help you out by category, too! Getting Familiar: What is a Synod? What is it … [Read more...]

A Summer Symposium on the October Synod for the Family!

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There is nothing like a Symposium in Summer, or at least that's the way Patheos sees it, and when we've undertaken them, they've been ambitious, thoughtful and fun.This year, scaling back a little and trying something different, Patheos has devised a Summer Symposium utilizing the Public Square section of the site, and leaving each channel manager to choose a topic. Given the enormous (and it must be said, often unrealistic) expectations being placed upon October's Extraordinary Bishop's … [Read more...]

So, Science Supports Complementarity? Why…YES!

Brain networks show increased connectivity from front to back and within one hemisphere in males (upper) and left to right in females (lower). (Credit: Ragini Verma, Ph.D., Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences)

As the guy in the Emerald City would say, "Well, bust my buttons!"A new brain connectivity study from Penn Medicine published today in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences found striking differences in the neural wiring of men and women that's lending credence to some commonly-held beliefs about their behavior.In one of the largest studies looking at the "connectomes" of the sexes, Ragini Verma, PhD, an associate professor in the department of Radiology at the Perelman School … [Read more...]

Open Hand, Open Heart: Ministry to Young Mothers

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It occurs to me that 21st century realities for young mothers -- particularly for young mothers willing to have larger families -- are quite different than they were thirty years ago, or fifty. In "the old days" -- back when my mother had me, for instance, and my Mother-in-Law had my husband -- families were larger to start with, and extended family members lived nearby. My grandmother lived with us; my husband's grandmother lived a few blocks away; one aunt lived right up the street and another … [Read more...]


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