Catholic Controversies · Catholic culture · divorce

Bai Macfarlane and John Farrell

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

annulment · divorce

But what about abusive marriages?

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?

Catholic Controversies · Refugees from the gay lifestyle · Survivors of the Sexual Revolution

Root for the Home Team: Dan Mattson’s new non-gay book

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

Benedict Option · Pope St. John Paul II · Sexual politics · Survivors of the Sexual Revolution

A Friendly Amendment to “The Benedict Option”

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”