May 3, 2019

I am surprised that I had to write about the Diocese of Buffalo again so soon. But I have to put in another word for the seminarians who blew the whistle on sexual harassment by priests there. I have just read, in a report by Buffalo’s ABC 7 Eyewitness News, that these seminarians are now being subjected to a “leak investigation.” They are being interrogated to find out who “leaked” the story to the press, by the very official to whom… Read more

May 3, 2019

I had an odd conversation with a priest, after I posted my article about the sexual harassment of seminarians in Buffalo. The priest said that nothing like this had ever happened at his seminary– there were no abusive priests involved in the formation there. However, he said, there were many women on campus and in the classes at his seminary, which provided “a challenge to human formation–” which challenge, he didn’t elaborate. And then he said, “choose your poison, I… Read more

April 30, 2019

I have just read a deeply upsetting article about the Diocese of Buffalo. I encourage you to read it yourself– but be careful if you read the attached complete written account, as it is extremely graphic. The article concerns a report from a group of seminarians who wish to remain nameless for fear of repercussions. These seminarians were forced to listen to extremely disgusting, sexually explicit conversation and jokes about sexual abuse made by priests at a party. These priests… Read more

April 26, 2019

  February is gray on gray. March is gold. April in the Ohio Valley is green. This is the month where the grass greens up, the weeds come to life, the dandelions pop. Trees start to get the first fresh, yellow-green buds of their leaves– but first come the flowers. There are flowering trees all over LaBelle. Most of them are those noxious Bradford Pears that look so lovely from a distance, but smell like rotten fish. But we also… Read more

April 23, 2019

Today I read a rather disturbing article about a woman who had an abortion. The woman reported that her driver, whom she identified only as “Scott,” picked her up to go to Planned Parenthood for a 5 1/2 week non-surgical abortion. The driver did not speak to her until they were far outside the city limits; then he asked if she was going to Planned Parenthood get an abortion, which she did not answer one way or another. He started… Read more

April 23, 2019

  Hi friends, This is your periodic reminder that Steel Magnificat, and my family, are run almost entirely on gratuities. I have been so often home-bound from my chronic illness that my husband is a full-time homemaker and takes care of our daughter; I support the family here at Patheos, writing three to seven literary art projects per week. I get a very small monthly check from Patheos based on clicks, and the rest of my family’s income is based on… Read more

April 23, 2019

  My mother used to tell us stories about the housekeeper who worked for her family when she was a child– an unholy terror named Margaret Shank. This doesn’t sound like a story for Easter Week, but it is, because my mother would often talk about Margaret Shank during the Easter preparations. Easter was the only time Ms. Shank had eaten junk food, as a child– her parents visited her in the orphanage once a year, on Easter Sunday, bringing… Read more

April 21, 2019

I had been dead for eons. I was not the first to die– the first to sin, but not to die. I had to see my second son murdered by my firstborn, before it was my time. And then I went down into the ground, and then my children all joined me, and then my children’s children, and so on for all the generations to come. All of my children were with me, the just and the unjust together in… Read more

April 20, 2019

  There is nothing good about this Friday. There is nothing good about a day when you cannot find the Lord. There is nothing good about a church with nothing the tabernacle, nothing on the altar, every statue draped, the candles extinguished, not even a drop of water in the font. There is nothing good about this Friday, when we shuffle into a bench, hungry from fasting, and find that the Bread of Life is not there. This is the… Read more

April 18, 2019

“She completely misunderstands the Atonement” Is such a strange thing to say. Someone said it about me the other day, and it seemed so obviously truthful as to be absurd. Of course I completely misunderstand the Atonement. Everybody does except God Himself. It’s one of those things that can’t be spelled out in a sentence like ordinary knowledge. As far as I’ve been given to understand, some of my Protestant brothers and sisters– not all, not even most, but a… Read more

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