Hours of Louis de Laval, France ca. 1480 DEBORAH: I just want to ask if I have understood the following correctly. I understand that we are all the Church and that it is not just the clergy, Pope or Magisterium. So when we talk about what "the Church" thinks about an issue, it should consider all views—not just those of the Magisterium.
JULIA: What are some of your thoughts on the traditional Marian devotions, especially May crowning? I think it's so gendered and Westernized. I don't think it's what the real Mary would have liked. I love Mary and as a convert was drawn to Catholicism because of some beliefs of Mary and ask her to pray for me often. My sponsor who I care for
by Mary Pezzulo As I write this, I’m eagerly waiting for the final episode of Season One of The Handmaid’s Tale to drop on Hulu.* I wasn’t an Atwood fan three months ago. I barely knew anything about The Handmaid’s Tale. I’d read a short synopsis of the novel at one point, and it sounded ham-fisted, more like preaching than art. I hadn’t read book,
by Rebecca Bratten Weiss Margaret Atwood’s feminist dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, has been made into a television series, and as many remark that its themes seem especially relevant at this time, I can’t help but wonder: was there ever a time in which the theme of the appropriation of female fertility was not relevant? Is there any respect in which this story
BEATRICE: I have a question for theologians among us. Has being a theologian contributed to personal spiritual growth and clarity, and let's name it piety, or not? How did it contribute (or not)? SOFIA: Well, I'm a church historian, but I'll admit to doing the odd bit of theology now and again. Has it contributed to my personal spiritual growth, clarity and piety?
SOPHIE: Hello all! I am doing some research and writing on women saints and blesseds from about the twelfth century to the present and have found a terrific number of them who are celebrated for what we in the 21st century would consider extreme and bizarre penitential practices of self–mortification. Eating next to nothing, drinking pus from the sores of the sick they