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Mary Beth Bonacci

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The priesthood is more than just a job

In October, the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian Region will be held at the Vatican. On the agenda: a discussion on the possibility of ordaining […]

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Radical living and my friend Shelly

I saw my friend Shelly the other day, for the first time in 28 years. Back in the day, she was Shelly Pennefather, basketball phenomenon. She led Denver’s Bishop Machebeuf […]

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Fulfillment: Way better than mere happiness

Lately I’m seeing lots of studies — or, more accurately, articles about studies — claiming that non-parents are happier than parents. The accompanying commentary essentially concludes that everybody since the […]

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Unplanned and the destruction of innocence

I saw the movie Unplanned this weekend. It hit me hard. Not that I suddenly realized abortion is wrong. I have known that since I was a kid. I counseled […]

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Opinion: ‘Comprehensive’ sex ed bill robs sex of its sacredness

When I was speaking full-time to teenagers, I used to have a transition in my talk. I would talk about love, and then about marriage. And then I’d get to […]

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On ‘toxic masculinity’

Is masculinity “toxic”? The American Psychological Society apparently thinks so. They issued a long report about it recently. I tried to read it, but I barely made it through the […]

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Not the right kind of funeral homily

There is a controversy brewing in the Archdiocese of Detroit over a funeral homily. In case you haven’t read about it, here is a brief summary. An 18-year-old young man […]

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Run into God’s arms — he loves you

As I have confessed to you many times before, I do not consider myself a good pray-er. My prayer is often dry. Dry as in, “is anybody listening?” Not that […]

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Don’t just do something – be.

I just returned from the Catholic Leadership Conference — or, as I like to call it, “the best three days of the year.” In the midst of the current crisis […]

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An open letter to a disgusted Catholic

I wasn’t sure what name you are going by these days. “Angry,” “Disgusted,” “Demoralized,” “Fed Up,” “Devastated.”  I figured it was one of those.  Maybe all of them. I know […]

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Trusting God is an act of the will

I’m a cancer survivor, although mine was more of a “skirmish” than a battle. It was brief and relatively easily treated. But one long term consequence of even a cancer […]

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Love and mercy: A Christian response to suicide

Two high profile suicides in four days.  Awful. In the wake of the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, my Facebook feed has been filled with various musings and […]