Archive: Donna Freitas
In my research across campuses, I found three very different attitudes among young adults about whether religion is useful in navigating hookup culture, sexual decision-making and identity formation, romance, and love:
By Donna Freitas | April 23, 2010; 09:29 AM ET | Comments (8)
The silencing and gagging of victims in the name of protecting the church hierarchy at all costs, even if that cost includes the ongoing suffering of children and the Catholic faithful, is stunning. Despicable. Unbelievable. Incomprehensible. And truly, truly heartbreaking.
By Donna Freitas | March 31, 2010; 07:06 AM ET | Comments (41)
Now I think of heaven as a place that's all around us, that might even include my kitchen, where a slight tear in the fabric of the universe--in the vein of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials--might allow me to step through and find that my mother and grandmother await there, standing in almost the very same spot on my wooden floor.
By Donna Freitas | March 21, 2010; 11:15 AM ET | Comments (1)
On an official level, the Catholic Church has made a choice: it has decided that it would rather continue to discriminate against a certain segment of the population than continue to provide services.
By Donna Freitas | March 10, 2010; 02:10 PM ET | Comments (0)
If the Catholic Church continues to ignore the way that adolescence in the west has changed with lightning speed because of technology, the sexual revolution, and the women’s movement (among other issues), then the Catholic Church will soon have to face an even greater drop in membership as this generation’s Catholics.
By Donna Freitas | April 22, 2008; 05:28 AM ET | Comments (158)
Catholic youth, especially, are alienated from a faith tradition and hierarchy that they see as "out of touch" and frankly, rather disinterested in what they deal with in reality on an everyday basis--especially when it comes to sex, romance, and dating.
By Donna Freitas | March 4, 2008; 07:36 AM ET | Comments (10)
Yes, Obama inspires revival-style fervor. Can we call it religious, though? I don’t think so. Will he challenge us to push each other beyond silence, sameness, and apathy, or enable us to tread water happily under the banner of hope?
By Donna Freitas | February 25, 2008; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (18)
The real question is whether we, as citizens, can come to terms with the fact that secularism is a theory, not a practical reality.
By Donna Freitas | February 12, 2008; 07:41 AM ET | Comments (64)
Why do we spend so much time and energy, and pay so much lip service, to a few "sex scandals," in place of attending the needs of our youth?
By Donna Freitas | December 4, 2007; 09:41 AM ET | Comments (21)
His approach doesn’t add up, given the good people I know who find in faith a beautiful, intellectual, satisfying, and giving life.
By Donna Freitas | October 2, 2007; 08:58 AM ET | Comments (48)
Perhaps this year, we will be colonized into stillness at the way that this tragedy has led this country to avenge itself by spreading tragedy across the globe.
By Donna Freitas | September 12, 2007; 04:27 PM ET | Comments (5)
The Latin Mass began to speak to me not as something old-fashioned and oppressive but instead of things wonderful and awesome.
By Donna Freitas | July 16, 2007; 08:03 AM ET | Comments (60)
I find that in the middle of grief, I internalize the negative far more than the positive.
By Donna Freitas | May 22, 2007; 06:41 AM ET | Comments (132)
As One Body, we are connected to all those at Virginia Tech who are suffering, mourning, and enraged.
By Donna Freitas | April 16, 2007; 11:11 PM ET | Comments (10)
When it comes to the gay community, Christians often have a blind spot.
By Donna Freitas | March 6, 2007; 11:17 AM ET | Comments (100)
I encountered far too many young whose faith lives were thrown into crisis or shattered with a single “sexual misstep,” sometimes even just a kiss.
By Donna Freitas | February 20, 2007; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (94)
If you understood God as immanent—incarnate in the world—would it change how you live, use, and destroy the earth’s resources?
By Donna Freitas | February 8, 2007; 09:50 AM ET | Comments (33)
While Bush has certainly shown that he is stubborn and unrelentingly confident during the course of his Administration, when have these qualities ever passed for wisdom?
By Donna Freitas | January 16, 2007; 03:42 PM ET | Comments (25)
Good atheist reads have long been widely available and are wildly popular in the classroom—anything by Sartre or Ayn Rand will do.
By Donna Freitas | December 28, 2006; 05:28 PM ET | Comments (63)
I am constantly amazed that we can still debate what so obviously is not even a question: The fact that Christianity—its history, values, morals, beliefs, practices, and sacred texts—forms the sacred canopy under which we Americans find shelter.
By Donna Freitas | December 19, 2006; 01:30 PM ET | Comments (703)