Posts tagged "Roman Catholic Church"

Not all Sex is a Scandal

Cain, Sandusky, Catholic Priests. Sex has been in the headlines a lot lately. But some important distinctions are getting lost in the rush to categorize offenses, blurring the difference between crimes against marriage with those against women or minors, or the crimes of institutions with those of individuals. So much commentary about the cover...

Keeping the Patriarchy: Sex as Dominance in the Catholic Church

by Amanda Marcotte To quickly summarize a recently- released,  five-year study funded by the Catholic Church on the priest sex abuse scandals: “We’ve investigated ourselves and concluded that it was the hippies that did it.”  It may be easy to be hoodwinked into believing the report isn’t as dodgy as it is, as the researchers did...

Much Love to You Always, Dorothy

All the Way to Heaven: The Selected Letters of Dorothy Day; Marquette University Press (2011), $35 Reviewed by Jack Downey The acclaimed Catholic University of America professor, John Tracy Ellis, once said that you can’t be a good historian unless you enjoy reading dead people’s mail. Happily for anyone who considers herself a Dorothy Day aficionado but...

Hitchens Named “Promoter of the Faith”

Actually, the Vatican abolished that office — also known as the “devil’s advocate” — 20 years ago, but when it came time to beatify Mother Teresa, the Church turned to Christopher Hitchens, contrarian on-call, to offer evidence against the last century’s most famous nun. Hitchens, author of The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice, wanted to...

An American Pope?

Should Gray Davis be allowed to take communion? Some conservative Roman Catholic leaders say no, but not because they’re stumping for the Austrian Oak. Rather, they’re part of a “social renewal” movement within the Church that seeks to show some muscle of its own by making politicians choose between their pro-choice views and their right...