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Author Archive: Mary C. Tillotson

Mary C. Tillotson is reporter for Watchdog.org, covering education reform issues across the country. She is co-founder and blogger at The Mirror Magazine and founder of Vocation Story. She tries to blog at The Earth and the Ether. A Michigan native, she lives in Virginia with her husband, Luke.

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Four Things Faithful Catholics Can Learn from Modernity

June 12, AD 2014 32 Comments
Four Things Faithful Catholics Can Learn from Modernity

We orthodox Catholics tend to be a tight-knit bunch. We’re great at complaining about unfaithful Catholic politicians, and we love to compare shock stories about the worst liturgies we’ve attended. (“Oh yeah? Well, when we were on vacation last summer, we went to a parish and the priest and lectors acted out the gospel! And […]

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Healing the Body of Christ

June 4, AD 2014 28 Comments
Healing the Body of Christ

You may have heard about the controversial Cincinnati Catholic school contracts, which require teachers not to publicly support things contrary to Church teaching. If you haven’t heard about it, here”s CNN”s story highlighting all the teachers that are terrified of being fired; for whatever reason, the reporter didn”t bother to find anyone who thought it […]

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Considering Atheism? Try Catholicism.

August 12, AD 2013 6 Comments
Considering Atheism? Try Catholicism.

Maybe I’ve spent too much time listening to World Youth Day coverage and reading articles like this one written by a friend of mine who ran our college’s vibrant Catholic Society. I was surprised to find this article by Hemant Mehta on CNN’s Belief Blog explaining why young people are leaving their churches for atheism. […]

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Disabled Babies, Moms, and Men: Can We Please Love Them All?

July 17, AD 2013 5 Comments
Disabled Babies, Moms, and Men: Can We Please Love Them All?

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard about the baby with Down Syndrome who, it looks like, will not be aborted after all because some 900 families offered to adopt, thanks to Facebook and Fr. Vander Woude. If you haven’t heard, I think the Arlington Catholic Herald, my diocese’s paper, had . I feel a particular connection to this […]

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Can We Stop Fretting About Modesty?

June 17, AD 2013 24 Comments
Can We Stop Fretting About Modesty?

Seems like, lately, everyone’s been writing about how much women should wear, why it matters (or doesn’t), how too-strict standards can be emotionally damaging, and how we’re all contributing to the rape culture. I agree that modesty is important, but I’m sensing an unhealthy dose of fear, insecurity, judgment, and tunnel vision. Guys, we all […]

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The NFP Generation

December 31, AD 2012 3 Comments
The NFP Generation

I’m 24 years old and two years out of college, which puts me at that age when nearly all my friends are getting married. It seems to me very common that young married couples of the “good Catholic” variety are beginning their marriage with a year or two (or a few) of NFP. Our generation […]

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What Can a Wife Do?

December 10, AD 2012 6 Comments
What Can a Wife Do?

Everybody knows that men don’t understand women, but I think it’s easy for us women to play some sort of nuanced superiority card and pretend that our natural feminine intuition is enough to understand men completely. Or at least sufficiently. We like the idea that we’re naturally good listeners, but it’s a fact that we’re […]

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Changing the world in four easy steps

December 3, AD 2012 4 Comments
Changing the world in four easy steps

I want to change the world, and I think I can do it. But I’m a young 20-something, and the older adults I meet tend to be jaded. “I thought we could save the world by doing thus-and-such,” they say, “and look how that turned out.” So, of course, I worry that when I hit […]

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poverty of spirit

November 1, AD 2012 6 Comments
poverty of spirit

A few months ago, I quit the full-time job I’d landed right out of school, married a college senior, moved four states away, and planned to find work. It was taking longer than we expected, so in the meantime, we pinched our pennies: no bottle of wine to celebrate our first home together, no haircuts […]

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how a woman can win

October 8, AD 2012 15 Comments
how a woman can win

“New research shows that The Pill reduces lubrication, arousal, and a woman”s ability to orgasm, thus lending credence to my theory that a lot of hormonal birth control “controls” whether or not you give “birth” by making you never want to have sex. We just can”t win with our ladyparts, can we?” — We women […]

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On Condoms and Confession

September 10, AD 2012 0 Comments
On Condoms and Confession

Many of the pro-abstinence, anti-contraception types (mostly Catholics) will say that the “Don’t have sex, but if you do, use contraception” approach to reducing teen pregnancy is inherently flawed. They’ll say that the approach sets expectations low, and that it effectively says “Don’t have sex – but if you do, it’s okay.” Of course, many […]

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Mission: Perspective

August 13, AD 2012 8 Comments
Mission: Perspective

It’s interesting how different reality looks when it’s on paper, in neat paragraphs, all in the right order. There, I am a powerhouse. I am strong; I am adventurous; I am embarking on a mission with eternal consequences and not looking back. But for all my talk of heroism and mission, I’m often tempted to […]

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