March 14, 2019

This inability to hear is also associated with a need to protect institutions. People don’t want to believe bad things about the institutional church to which they have given heartfelt allegiance their entire life, on which their identity is based. They don’t want to Catholic institutions they’ve been trained to revere are not only just as bad as secular ones, but sometimes worse. They can’t accept that the institution of Catholic sacramental marriage might be a place for abuse so awful that a woman would need to flee. Read more

March 11, 2019

Davidson’s criticisms are not anti-Catholic, however. They are anti-rape, anti-assault, and anti-injustice. And insofar as the Catholic church, its leaders, and even its laity, have committed and enabled these iniquities, we deserve criticism. Read more

March 8, 2019

I’m sorry, but if you don’t just differ on certain points, but in fact stand totally against the vast collective of diverse women who are advocating for equality –  if you deride them as “not real women” or “fake feminists” – you are not a feminist. Read more

March 6, 2019

Political stances are not just aesthetic poses. All political views are not equally deserving of respect, and all politicians and political parties are not the same. What policies are enacted can mean life or death, and not just in a roundabout way. Read more

February 24, 2019

If the church were to turn out to have been wrong in its teaching, we are informed, she will cease to be the church. All our faith will vanish, poof. But what if the church is the church – and is also, often, wrong in its hierarchical teachings? Read more

February 22, 2019

And for most of our history, false accusations have broadly been made by white people, against people of color. We all grew up reading To Kill A Mockingbird, which accurately depicted how easy it was even for the worst of white men to destroy the life of an honest Black man, with a lie. Read more

February 21, 2019

It doesn’t require a special class. One need not pay for and download a program. The number one resource for understanding women and consent is right here, men: it’s us. Women. Your friends, family, acquaintances, co-workers. Read more

February 17, 2019

Our own scandals seem especially revolting juxtaposed against our constant reiterations of specialness: the one true Church, the Church that Jesus founded, the fullness of revealed truth. Only here can we find the sacraments through which divine grace is guaranteed to flow. And, most bleakly ironically of all, only here do we supposedly receive the truth about men, women, sex, bodies, and reproduction. Read more

February 17, 2019

Rather than working for equality, the church has enshrined and anointed male authority. For all the talk of the priesthood not being an institution of power, the reality is that the church is in thrall to a culture of radical clericalism. Read more

February 13, 2019

Pope Francis sits during the traditional greetings to the Roman Curia at the Vatican in December 2018. Filippo Monteforte/Pool Photo via AP by Timothy D. Lytton, Georgia State University Pope Francis is gathering 200 bishops and heads of religious orders from around the world for a global summit in Rome to discuss the crisis facing the Catholic Church over sexual abuse scandals. The meeting begins on Feb. 21 and will last four days. It is likely to produce a new… Read more

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