As I said yesterday, Bai Macfarlane has resources available for Catholics who wish to defend their marriages in an annulment proceeding. Her website, Mary’s Advocates, has information and resources. I have a high opinion of Mrs. Macfarlane and her efforts. As far as I know, she is the only person offering assistance to those who… Continue reading More about Bai Macfarlane
Some of my readers are familiar with the very inside-Catholic-baseball question about whether a Catholic is required to get the permission of his or her bishop before filing for a civil divorce. The extensive discussion of my most recent article on Crisis convinces me that people are indeed interested in this topic. To the best… Continue reading Bai Macfarlane and John Farrell
When people learn that I oppose no-fault divorce, some will say, “You have forgotten about abusive marriages.” When the Ruth Institute, the organization that I lead, describes itself as “The World’s Only Campaign to End Family Breakdown,” we hear again, “But what about abusive marriages?” So, let me deal with this important issue. What about abusive… Continue reading But what about abusive marriages?
I do not have the bandwidth to have an opinion on everything that comes out of the Trump Administration. I will say this: in the unlikely event that Anthony Scaramucci were ever a Facebook friend of mine, his foul mouthed rant to the New Yorker reporter would have gotten him unfriended in a hurry. That… Continue reading Mooch
My friend Dan Mattson has written a truly Catholic, truly great book, called, “Why I don’t call myself gay.” Part memoir, part social commentary, part theological commentary, “Why I don’t call myself gay” is a great counter-weight to the numerous people in society, including sadly, many in the church, who tell young people to “come out.”… Continue reading Root for the Home Team: Dan Mattson’s new non-gay book
My son and I saw the new Beauty and the Beast. It was lovely. Magical. Almost perfect. This is the story everyone wants to hear: darkness and evil and selfishness transformed by love into light and good and self-surrender. Life and love conquer death and fear. This just happens to be the Christian story. That… Continue reading Beauty and the Beast
Dreher’s chapter on the Sexual Revolution neglects both John Paul II and contraception. That struck me as odd. St. John Paul wrote volumes, literally, on the human sexuality. Michael Waldstein, the editor of the second edition of Male and Female He Created Them: A Theology of the Body, goes so far as to say that… Continue reading A Friendly Amendment to “The Benedict Option”