Posts tagged "mary valle"

Abbey Sweet Abbey

Mary Valle: Via Elizabeth Castelli, here's a look at a mostly-gutted, vacant and ready-for-finishin' disused Anglican convent. Apparently this gem of a building is to be turned into "luxury condos" -- which is good because it will keep the abbey standing, but is bad because, you know. Condos. Nothing against condos. I think I'd...

Recreational Grieving: A 9/11 Reader

"Recreational Grieving," by Mary Valle for The Revealer

Whose Heaven is for Real?
Or, Jesus Looks A Lot Like Kenny Loggins

Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo, Sonja Burpo, Lynn Vincent, Colton Burpo (Thomas Nelson, 2010) by Mary Valle Perhaps all you really need to know about this book is that it is for sale at my local discount supermarket, the un-mellifluously named Industrial Food Product...

Discarded Theologians

A quick shout-out to Bilgrimage, a blog by theologian William D. Lindsey, that recently linked an article by Mary Valle from our series on the John Jay report about sex abuse in the Catholic Church -- and caused some good discussion.  (Other contributors aren't shabby either, by the way.  See the entire series...

Whole Lotta Testosterone

by Mary Valle I don’t think that men and women are the same. I think we have a lot in common, being humans. However, if you look around, you’ll agree that there’s a big difference between us and that difference is testosterone. Skyscapers. The space program, with its great missiles impregnating the silvery, virginal moon. Football....

Report on Sex Abuse in the Roman Catholic Church


With commentary from FRANCES KISSLING, AMANDA MARCOTTE, ELIZABETH CASTELLI, SCOTT KORB, MARY VALLE, PETER BEBERGAL, JACK DOWNEY

Catholic Workers Take a Stand Against Anti-Terrorism

Mary Valle: Way to go, Baltimore City Paper, for covering Viva House's rejection of the loyalty oath now demanded of United Way fundees, as directed by the USA PATRIOT act. Edward Ericson Jr. reports that a soup kitchen, which has been run since 1968 by Catholic Workers Brendan Walsh and Willa Bickham, will no longer receive the small "write-in...

Ross Wants Your Snowflakes

Mary Valle: My favorite cheek-shaved, neck-bearded Catholic convert, Ross Douthat, weighs in today (sort of? His columns seem to consistently defy "logic" and "making a point") on abortion and infertility. Citing a recent MTV broadcast of a show in which a teen mother has an abortion, an article about how years of...

The Melancholy Rite

Mary Valle: I recently voted in my state's primary election, because I like voting. Where I vote is in the gym of my local Catholic school, which, since the last election, has closed. Been consolidated. I noticed the cornerstone as I walked in: 1957. Boom times in America; boom times for Catholics. It seems...

Stuff to Do, Updated

Mary Valle: We here at The Revealer were wondering just who was the "American who taught that Catholics could dissent from church teachings about abortion, birth control and homosexuality" in the Goodstein/Halbfinger article? Who was cited as a special target of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith? Laurie Goodstein edified us: good ol' Charles Curran,...

They Had Stuff to Do, Give Them a Break!

Mary Valle: A huge New York Times piece on the Ratzinger-led Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith's role in the "sexual abuse scandal" (or, as I like to call it, Pontifigate) by Laurie Goodstein and David M. Halbfinger draws the trail of crumbs ever closer to the Vatican. Indeed, they say "it was Cardinal Ratzinger who might have taken...

Pontifigate: The Flaccid Sword of Priestly Justice

Mary Valle: Rapist priests! Good news! You can rape, abuse and lie all you want in the great lag time when your case is sent for review, investigation, further inquiry, empanelation and cooling on a desk in Rome somewhere. You may even be shuttled from parish to parish, which is convenient if you are...