Equal rights and the world of “Hunger Games”

Benjamin Church meets World, Human Relationships

There is a clear connection between the current campaign for equal rights for homosexuals and the great campaign for equal rights for women. That movement had started with equal voting rights for women, and then moved on to fight for equal access to education, to jobs and careers, and equal pay for women who were doing the same work as …

Bride and groom on church steps

The secret way for a wife to have a trusting and intimate relationship with her husband: obey him.

Benjamin Human Relationships, The Loving Life

When I was growing up, my mother sometimes mentioned that it was very important to her to be obedient to her husband. (I think she mentioned this more often to her children than she did to her husband. Her husband happened to be my father: we were very blessed that things worked out that way.) My mother was not always …

How Patty can be a priest in the Catholic Church (some imagination required!)

Benjamin Priesthood

Some time ago I published a series of three articles on why the Catholic priesthood is not open to women. (Since this continues to be an important issue, they can be found under the Priesthood section of this blog). Recently, a woman wandered over to our blog because she was looking for an answer to this question. She said that …

Couple on bicycle

Same-sex relationships are always missing something important

Benjamin Human Relationships

There is a certain pattern to this world: many things exist in pairs. When children discover this, they love to play the game “What’s the opposite of….?” What’s the opposite of day? night! What’s the opposite of hot? cold! and so on. The Book of Genesis describes this fundamental structure to the world as “God divided”: God created light, and …

Five things that don’t belong in the “modern wedding”

Benjamin Church meets World, Free Range, Human Relationships

Once upon a time, in a land far away, the fairy tales ended with a wedding. Why a wedding? Marriage was something definitive, conclusive, like death, except that it was happy. Marriage was permanent, and so it was hard to imagine anything better than being bound for your whole life to a wonderful and loving person. There was also the …

Girl altar servers

Benjamin Free Range

The rector of Sts. Simon and Jude Cathedral in Phoenix decided on a new policy – no girl altar servers at the Masses. Fr. John Lankeit, explained his decision from several perspectives: historically, that girls never used to be allowed to serve; philosophically, that men and women are different, priesthood is a male role and that altar serving is connected …

Mary of the Month (August 2011)

Benjamin Mary of the Month

In the city of Rome there are many depictions of Mary, placed on the sides of buildings to honor her, thank her, and remind people that they have a mother. This one is near the parliament building in downtown Rome. Here is a very thought-provoking reflection on Mary and femininity from Pope John Paul II’s encyclical Redemptoris Mater. This Marian …