by JENNIFER ROBACK MORSE

This article was first posted January 26, 2015, at National Catholic Register.

The recent news-cycle flap over Pope Francis and the bunnies has confused many people inside and outside of the Catholic Church.

Lots of people continue to be concerned that the Holy Father ought to be clearer in his manner of speaking. I would like to make something good out of this latest situation.

The idea came to me from listening to homilies from two very faithful priests. I do not mind naming them. I heard Father Carl Gismondi, of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter and of St. Anne’s parish in San Diego, give a homily on the “Who am I to judge?” comment. I heard Father Jerome Fasano of St. John the Baptist parish in Front Royal, Va., preach on a similar topic.

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…and how we Catholics can help him

by Jennifer Roback Morse

This article was first published at The Daily Caller on January 9, 2015 and at aleteia.org, January 10, 2015.

Pundits left and right have been jockeying for position in anticipation of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment. This is quite amazing, considering that even the publication date hasn’t been published yet!

I do not know what he is going to say. Neither, dear reader, does anyone else whom you are likely to read. However, I can tell you two things that he will certainly NOT say. And those two unsaid things have the potential to speak volumes, if only we will listen.

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by Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse

This article was first published December 26, 2014, at ChristianPost.com.

In the midst of all our preparations for our Christmas celebrations, something serious appeared on the horizon. A former Evangelical, Valerie Tarico, wrote an article on Salon called “Why rape is so intrinsic to religion.” With a title like that, the week before Christmas: one can only surmise that she intended to provoke.

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For purposes of this article, I set aside my Ph.D. degree: I am speaking strictly on the authority of my MOM degree.

Ok, everyone. I realize I have been out of the loop for a while. I have been trying to finish a book. And I had an unexpected family emergency to deal with.

But Mom’s home now. Time to shape up.

What have you kids been doing, talking about your Father like this? Just today on my Facebook feed, I found someone referring our Holy Father Pope Francis as a “world class smart ass!”  And this person evidently considers himself a good Catholic! A better Catholic than the Pope!

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Priestly Celibacy Deserves a Closer Look

On December 19, 2013, in Uncategorized, by Betsy
By | December 19, 2013 at Ethika Politica

Bill Keller’s recent New York Times opinion piece—“Sex and the Single Priest”—gathers together nicely in one place all of the typical stereotypes and shallow reflections (which Fr. James Martin aptly identifies and briefly rebuts here) on why celibacy is asked of Catholic priests.

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