More sensible Catholic commentary from the Washington Post (!)

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Sep 16, 2013

What’s happening at the Washington Post? And how can we make it happen at other American newspapers? For the 2nd time in less than a week the Post has published an eminently sensible op-ed piece about the Catholic Church. This time it’s by Georgetown undergraduate Kevin Sullivan, who points out that young Catholic Americans know very little about their faith, due to the failure of conventional approaches to religious education. Fortunately, he notes, unconventional techniques are showing greater promise. For now, however, “Millennials are are not leaving because the teachings of the Church are not ‘progressive’ enough, but because they themselves do not know the true substance of their faith.”

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: claude-ccc2991 - Dec. 12, 2017 4:36 PM ET USA

    In reality, the case is about the right of human nature to be itself. Not to say that the legal questions are unimportant. But in the hierarchy of meaning, the strongest call is for people to be faithful to the human nature which they've been loaned (it may be a forever loan, but it's still a loan). However, I agree that the "least coercive" criterion one usually sees in cases like this argues that the pseudople shop around for another baker.

  • Posted by: nix898049 - Dec. 07, 2017 11:39 AM ET USA

    On the morning of the 6th I was watching C-span. It ran 2 clips from the previous day. The first was a statement by one of the 'husbands'. You could have heard a pin drop. Next, a statement from the baker. Loud talking, music, shouting until he was almost drowned out. It's beyond forcing him to violate his conscience as a businessman, they won't be happy until he believes sodomy is good, true and beautiful. Shameful, just shameful. And his lawyer takes a 'live and let live' approach. Ha! As if.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 17, 2013 9:45 PM ET USA

    From Kevin's pen to the bishops' ears!

  • Posted by: mario.f.leblanc5598 - Sep. 16, 2013 3:07 PM ET USA

    Great piece of opinion indeed, but the comments published along with the article just show how poorly Jesus and his Church are understood. Not for the faint of heart!