Originally published at the National Catholic Register, March 18, 2019 The reception of Frederic Martel’s widely anticipated book In the Closet of the Vatican has been surprising. The tantalizing hints dropped before the “bombshell,” “salacious” book’s release exclaimed, “80% of Vatican priests gay.” After an initial international media flurry, the book has dropped out of sight. Two… Continue reading What Did Author Hope to Accomplish With ‘In the Closet of the Vatican’?
Originall published at the National Carholic Register, February 27, 2019. In a recent column, I introduced the concept of weaponized self-pity. I noted how often I’ve seen divorced parents become defensive when I talk about the impact of divorce on children. Numerous times, my friend Leila Miller and I have assured people that, yes, of course,… Continue reading Weaponized Self-Pity, Part II: ‘Gay’ Clergy
Ruth Institute President Calls Response to Request That Cardinal Mahony Withdraw from Education Conference “Pathetic” March 8, 2019 For Immediate Release For More Information: firstname.lastname@example.org “Pathetic.” That’s how Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. characterized the response from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to the Institute’s petition calling on Cardinal Roger Mahony… Continue reading Pathetic: Ruth Institute to LA Archdiocese re: Mahony
Originally published at the National Catholic Register, February 25, 2019 Recently, I noticed my friend Leila Miller repeating online that she does not insist that people remain living with an abusive spouse. My inclination was to say, “Stop! You don’t need to say it again!” Around the same time, I noticed that I was about to repeat… Continue reading Weaponized Self-Pity, Part I: Divorce
Originally published at The National Catholic Register, February 11, 2019. Is a “purge of gay priests” imminent? Does the “Catholic right” seek such a purge? To hear self-described “gay Catholic writer” Andrew Sullivan in his recent article “The Gay Church,” you would think the answer to both questions is assuredly a fiery “Yes!” But as… Continue reading Memo to Andrew Sullivan: There’s No ‘Anti-Gay Purge.”
Daniel Mattson is a dear friend of mine and of the Ruth Institute. He spoke at our First Annual Awards Banquet last spring. We awarded him the Public Witness of the Year Award for his book Why I Don’t Call Myself Gay: How I reclaimed my sexual reality and found peace. Recently, an allegation of… Continue reading Daniel Mattson: Statement by Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, and the Ruth Institute
Originally published at The Stream on January 8, 2019, reprinted here with the exact tagline that appeared with the article. Tucker Carlson is right. But his method is wrong. Tucker Carlson’s monologue on January 2 set off a firestorm of negative commentary. I want to say for the record: I agree completely with Carlson’s closing statement, “If… Continue reading Why I Stopped Talking About Economics When I Started Talking About Family