Deacon Jim Russell

November 25, 2015

Let’s Stop the Falsehoods About Live Action

We’re almost at that time of year in which Catholics of good will revive the debate over whether the Santa Claus “myth” counts as lying to
November 9, 2015

Dear Spouses: What if Natural Family Planning Didn’t Exist?

There’s been a lot of blog-splaining lately about just how difficult Natural Family Planning can be, particularly for those facing economic challenges. I thought I’d be
September 4, 2015

Sorry, Catholics—the Word ‘Gay’ Is Already Taken

  It’s just a fact of life that we Catholics have to get used to. Secular society—not Catholics—owns the word “gay.” And, just as was said
August 25, 2015

Why Am I Such a Jerk to ‘Gay’ People?

  Over the last couple years, and most recently in light of my Crisis essay on the August conference on same-sex attraction in Detroit (http://www.crisismagazine.com/2015/why-being-gay-is-not-enough ),
August 5, 2015

Planned Parenthood: ‘Every Child an Unwanted Child’

With the barbaric practices of Planned Parenthood exposed now more than ever, so many people of faith across the country are scratching their heads. Many are
July 28, 2015

‘Church Militant’s’ NFP ‘Beware-ness’ Week

So, how did the Catholic apostolate “Church Militant” celebrate the annual “NFP Awareness Week” last week? Unfortunately, by offering two web articles mis-stating Catholic teaching and
July 9, 2015

Poor, Pure St. Maria Goretti

Every July 6, Catholics everywhere celebrate the feast of St. Maria Goretti, who at age 12 valiantly resisted attempted rape, was stabbed, and died from her
June 30, 2015

Is ‘Owning Our Faith’ Disowning Our Faith?

The poetically provocative title to this post refers to “Owning Our Faith,” a group that started earlier this year with the mission of “sharing life stories