Catholicism, to the surprise of many, barely supports capital punishment. In fact, the robust history of Catholic social justice seems to be unknown to many Catholics, let alone non-Catholics. Otherwise I don't think there would have been such a collective sigh of relief when Pope Francis shifted Church rhetoric away from procreative issues. Just for fun, let me list… Continue reading What’s the point of Social Justice?
The topic of homosexuals, gay marriage, and Catholicism weighs heavily on people’s minds. I understand how confusing and hurtful Church teaching seems on this issue, and a good friend has been gently nudging me to address this for a while now. His most recent comment to me is as follows: One thing, as you might… Continue reading Why Can’t the Church Support Gay Marriage?
Pope Francis declared Saint Gregory of Narek a Doctor of the Church this morning. From Vatican Radio: St. Gregory of Narek is widely revered as one of the greatest figures of medieval Armenian religious thought and literature. Born in the city of Narek in about 950 A.D., St. Gregory came from a line of scholars and… Continue reading A New Doctor of the Church
Imagine my great surprise when, a few years ago, I was told that my marriage was an anomaly. I don't remember much of the exact wording, but I think the phrases "not normal" and "freakishly harmonious" sum it up well. I was frankly dumbfounded that the love my husband and I have for each other… Continue reading The Banal Evil of the Broken Love Story
Note: This post originated on radinfinitum. I'm sharing it here because future posts will revisit parts of this one, and I want y'all to have the background. Rabbits. Out of an entire lengthy interview that covers some incredibly heavy subjects, all people could talk about this week were rabbits. I think Mr. Cuddles aptly expresses my feelings… Continue reading On Rabbits and Responsibility
Do you love everything about the Catholic Church? No? Then this is for you. Yes? This is still for you. I'm not writing this to convert non-Catholics or make all Catholics theologians. All I want, all I really want, is for everyone to know a few basic things about Catholicism. If you hate the Church,… Continue reading What I Wish Everyone Knew About Catholicism
Note: I am a new contributing member of the weblog radinfinitum. One of the things I'll be doing over there is a weekly series called "Friday Francis Roundup" to give a fun recap of how the Holy Father is rockin' the world. Even better, this site offers a buffet of culture commentary that will give… Continue reading Weekly Series: Friday Francis Roundup