Men’s Issues

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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Toward a Masculine Spirituality

I had the blessing of growing up in an incredible parish. Holy Cross bore many of the hallmarks of what we as a Church are beginning to recognize as the program for rejuvenating parishes. A perpetual adoration chapel. Beautiful liturgies. Dynamic preaching. Discipleship programs and evangelization retreats. A Catholic grade school that begins each day …

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Pat, Pat

“Pat, pat. Rub rub.” Just as a new family comes into being on the wedding day with the marriage of a husband and wife, so too does fatherhood begin on the day of conception with the creation of a new life. Wait, fatherhood begins then? Did I mean to write “motherhood,” or perhaps “parenthood?” The …

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The Catholic Church is No Enemy of Science or the Infertile

Because of her opposition to third party reproduction, the Catholic Church is often accused of being anti-science and insensitive to those who suffer the pain of infertility.  Last year’s CNN Belief Blog op-ed from  Sean Savage calling on the Catholic Church to reverse her opposition to IVF is a good example of the anger that is generally …

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I’m Not Saving Myself for Marriage

I’m not saving myself for marriage. First, I know no follower of Christ who thinks any of us can save ourselves. Secondly, to say “I’m saving myself” when you mean “I’m saving sex” equates who you are – and therefore your worth – with sex. But your worth is wrapped up in nothing except your …

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Men and Contraception: Loving Our Wives and Laying Down Our Lives

Recently, I noticed that our editor had put out a call to some of our female columnists to address a newly released study by the Archdiocese of Baltimore about Catholic women and contraception. Suffice it to say that the survey of Church-going Catholic women found that a substantial minority were in agreement with the Church’s …

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What the Church Needs to Know

Every so often a study comes out and inspires one to think “Why hasn’t this been done before now?”. Recently, Mary Rice Hasson, J.D. along with Michele M. Hill, have published their preliminary report “What Catholic Women Think about Faith, Conscience, and Contraception”, in which they seek the answers to questions which many have assumed …

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