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An Annulment Story

Early in 2016, I applied for an annulment with the Roman Catholic Church. Last month, I received a Decree of Nullity, which says my marriage to Lou “did not create a permanent and sacramental bond and therefore is not an … Continue reading

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Short sales, symbols, and old things made new

Lou and I closed on the sale of our marital home earlier this month. This is a relief inasmuch as we no longer have a joint property to worry about, but it’s no special bonus. The transaction was a short … Continue reading

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God’s Gonna Kill You: A Love Story

Picture it: Pensacola. Summer 1998. I’m 18, just out of high school. It’s only a few months since my reception into the Catholic Church, which took place during an hours-long Easter Vigil Mass at my uber-traditional, ultra-conservative parish, and at which ceremony I … Continue reading

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Feel what you feel

Today after church, I went to the pier downtown and spent some time watching the pelicans diving for fish. The way they do it is pretty dramatic: they fly in great loops high in the air, then suddenly pivot toward … Continue reading

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Pope Francis: Nobody’s Rottweiler?

Thanks to PopeAlarm.com, I knew at 1:18 pm Central Daylight Time today that the white smoke was billowing from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, probably within about 10 minutes of its actually happening in Rome.   We don’t have … Continue reading

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Tell me, but don’t tell me. Say it. But don’t.

If you listen to as much Catholic radio as I do (and I listen to far too much of it for my own good), you know Catholics can’t vote for Obama. If you are a Catholic and go to church … Continue reading

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Double Standards and Inadequate Explanations

Originally written on 7/12/06. I’ve been thinking about women’s ordination recently. I don’t feel especially bothered by the fact that the Catholic Church doesn’t ordain women. It’s never bothered me. Even when Episcopal Father Fred told me during my foray … Continue reading

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