Feminists Don't Respect Women; the Catholic Church Does

08/22/2011 Comments (206)

Did you see Amanda Marcotte’s post from last week? Honestly, I was shocked. I couldn’t believe she wrote that. Rarely have I seen such helpful tips for utilizing the food from Community Supported Agriculture shipments. Somebody hand me my apron, because I want to get started on that kidney bean and wine stew recipe right now!

Oh, and she also penned a reply to my post from Friday, exploring whether or not she was upset when she wrote about World Youth Day (conclusion: she was not), whether or not she was upset while writing the current post (conclusion: still not!), whether or not I personally hate women (conclusion: I do), whether or not the Church hates women (conclusion: it does), and...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, catholic, contraception, feminism, pro-choice, pro-life, women, women's equality

Amanda Marcotte is Right to be Upset

08/19/2011 Comments (187)

Amanda Marcotte’s article in Slate about World Youth Day is making the rounds this week. I don’t think I’m going out on a limb by suggesting that she was very upset when she wrote it. What was it about the event that got her so flustered? There’s not a clear thesis to the piece, but it seems that the Church’s anti-abortion stance, emphasized when Pope Benedict offered forgiveness to women who have had abortions, is what triggered most of her angst.

I get it. When I was pro-choice, I would have been upset too. The foundation of the pro-choice position is that access to abortion is necessary in order for women to have control over their bodies. Abortion = freedom. It’s that simple. Without...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, contraception, feminism, pro-choice, pro-life, world youth day 2011

Stay-at-Home Moms Need Help

08/17/2011 Comments (149)

I recently went to a playgroup with some other stay-at-home moms, and the subject of having household help came up. One mom admitted that she had a housekeeper come do a deep clean once a month. Two other moms said they had babysitters come a few hours per week. All of them seemed kind of sheepish about their confessions, admitting to having help the way one might admit to smoking a little crack to get through a long day.

There’s this idea out there that it’s self-indulgent for a woman who stays home to have help. After all, the thinking goes, isn’t one of the big benefits of staying home that you don’t have to spend money on childcare? It’s also seen as yet another luxury of the modern...READ MORE

Filed under children, kids, modern society, motherhood

Please Don't Read This Poem at Your Wedding

08/15/2011 Comments (96)

I’m starting to think that it’s required by law that people read Khalil Gibran’s poem On Marriage at their weddings. I recently saw a wedding message board in which almost all of the women planned to include it in their nuptials, and I’ve heard it recited at most of the out-of-church weddings I’ve attended. You can read the whole thing here, but here’s an excerpt:

Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are...READ MORE

Filed under divorce, marriage, secular society, weddings

What Pro-Choice Intellectual Honesty Looks Like

08/12/2011 Comments (114)

Ultrasound at 12 Weeks

I hope that everyone who is pro-choice reads this article from Wednesday’s New York Times, because it highlights a seldom-discussed side of the abortion debate: When women abort some of their children after conceiving multiple babies through reproductive technology.

The article starts with the story of a woman named Jenny, who is choosing to “reduce” her twins pregnancy to one child at 14 weeks gestation. (It’s worth noting that babies at that age can clench their fists and exercise their facial muscles. Their genitals have fully formed and their livers have begun to produce bile.) After noting that Jenny did not want to watch the abortion occur on the overhead ultrasound screen, the...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, abortionist, choice, in-vitro fertilization, pro-abortion, pro-choice, pro-life

Why the Scandals Increased My Faith in the Church

08/10/2011 Comments (276)

When people hear that my husband and I began exploring Catholicism in 2005, one of the first questions they often ask is, “What about the sexual abuse scandals? Didn’t that scare you away from the Church?”

They’re usually surprised when I report that the answer is no; in fact, the scandals and the negative media coverage actually increased my faith in the Church. Here’s why:

Getting the Facts Straight

One of the first things I did was to look into the numbers behind the sexual abuse cases. Was I heading into an institution that was filled with sexual predators, as the media would have me believe? I was shocked to find that, by even the most anti-Catholic organizations’ estimates, only...READ MORE

Filed under bishops, priesthood, scandal, sexual abuse, sexual abuse crisis

People are Worth the Resources They Use

08/08/2011 Comments (12)

I’ve received a few emails lately expressing concern about how Catholic teaching impacts the environment. As the thinking goes, orthodox Catholicism is bad for the planet because it encourages people to have too many kids, and there are already enough people on the earth. As a religion, its carbon footprint is too big.

Are you as Catholics not concerned about this?, people want to know. I think the right answer is: yes and no.

The “yes” part…

First of all, let’s clear up some common misconceptions. I’m surprised at how often people perceive that the Catholic stance is that every married couple must aim to have as many children as possible. This is not the case; the Church does not teach...READ MORE

Filed under environementalism, environmentalism, family planning, overpopulation

The Silence of the Howdys

08/05/2011 Comments (7)

The long-awaited Church and New Media is out this week! Brandon Vogt managed to put together a fantastic book, even despite having me write one of the chapters.

Though the entire book is chock full of insights about how new technology is impacting the Church, there is one part that I found particularly fascinating, and not in a good way. In Chapter 2, Marcel LeJeune drops the bombshell news that students at Texas A&M University no longer say “Howdy!” when they pass one another on campus. He speculates that it has a lot to do with new technology; students are too busy texting, talking on the phone, or listening to music to even notice the people around them, so the age-old A&M greeting has...READ MORE

Filed under evangelization, facebook, new media, texas a&m, texting, twitter

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About Jennifer Fulwiler

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Jennifer Fulwiler is a writer and speaker who converted to Catholicism after a life of atheism. She's a contributor to the books The Church and New Media and Atheist to Catholic: 11 Stories of Conversion, and is writing a book based on her personal blog, ConversionDiary.com. She and her husband live in Austin, TX with their five young children, and were featured in the nationally televised reality show Minor Revisions. You can follow her on Twitter at @conversiondiary.