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Just_divorcedFor parts one and two, click here

All right, now for the hard part.

From part two:

What about when a husband either “dumps” his wife or becomes abusive?  Situations like this might require separation, and the Church fully acknowledges this.  But why would the Church, under any circumstances, not permit the woman to remarry?

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La Belle Dame sans MerciINTERLOCUTOR: Catholics are puritanical in their attitude toward sex.

ME: No we’re not.

INTERLOCUTOR: Prove it.

ME: Okay. (more…)

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DisgustJust published another post on Forming Horizons.  If you are a member of the autism spectrum community — which includes not only people on the spectrum but also family members, professional supports, etc. — I warmly invite you to read the post and share your thoughts (even if you disagree with me; I welcome all perspectives).

Once again, if you like this post or would like to comment, I respectfully ask that you do so on Forming Horizons rather than here.  It would help me tremendously.

Check it out: The Worst Way to Approach Autism.

Image obtained through a Google Advanced Image Search

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Young red-haired boy facing away from camera, stacking a seventh can atop a column of six food cans on the kitchen floor. An open pantry contains many more cans.

Not long ago, I mentioned that I was working on a website related to autism spectrum disorders.

Well, it’s ready.  I am very excited about it, and I hope you will join me in this new adventure!

The website, Forming Horizons, is intended for people on the autism spectrum (of all ages) and their families, teachers (as well as other professionals), and employers, as well as any other interested parties.

Disclosure: I have Asperger Syndrome myself.  Between sharing my own experiences and dialoguing with the various parties affected by autism spectrum disorders  (ASDs), I hope to play a small part in the bigger conversation being sparked by the increasing prevalence of ASD diagnoses.

I would encourage you to visit the “About” page first to get a more in-depth explanation of what Forming Horizons is all about.  For recent posts, you can go straight to the homepage.

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Young red-haired boy facing away from camera, stacking a seventh can atop a column of six food cans on the kitchen floor. An open pantry contains many more cans.

So we’re right in the middle of Autism Awareness Month, and a friend of mine recently shared with me a wonderful video documenting the struggles and triumph of Carly Fleischmann, a nonverbal autistic teenager.

But before we get to the video (and I do encourage you to watch it; it’s less than 10 minutes long), I should spend a moment on how it fits into the overall purpose of Into the Dance — specifically, how I see it in relation to the Catholic worldview I hold dear.

What it comes down to is the inviolable dignity of the human person.  This dignity is much greater than we think — so great that it cannot be expressed in the trappings of fame, power, prestige, accomplishment, or even ability.  On the contrary, it is at its height in hiddenness.

Thomas Howard puts it this way:

[Speaking of a wheelchair-bound child]: Who knows what glory inhabits that enfeebled frame?  What honor is incubating there, quite hidden from worldly eyes?  Or what of the Down’s syndrome child?  What exquisite fruit is adumbrated in the sweetness and vulnerability that gild this child’s limitations?  The answer to such questions lies hidden among the secrets laid up by the Divine Mercy. (pg. 219-20)

Lest we doubt this, let us see how this can become clear in the natural course of things:

Reference

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  2. Howard, Thomas.  On Being Catholic.  San Francisco: Ignatius, 1997.

 

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For those of you who weren’t aware, Fr. Robert Barron, whom I’ve admired and followed for years now and whose videos I have often shared on this blog, was recently appointed an auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles.  Hence, Into the Dance extends hearty congratulations to him!

Bishop Barron was one of the commentators on MSNBC’s coverage of Pope Francis’ Mass in Philadelphia, along with Brian Williams, Chris Matthews, and Notre Dame professor Kathleen Sprows Cummings.  In this short segment of the commentary, he offers a very concise, charitable, and brilliant defense of priestly celibacy within the Church.  Take a look!

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Instead of trying to answer that myself, I will defer to Fr. (soon-to-be Bishop) Robert Barron.  Do I do that too often?  Maybe…but consider it an exercise in humility on my part 🙂

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