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Around the Diocese 06.25.15

Deacon to speak with those struggling with addiction

PROVIDENCE — Deacon John Silvia of St. Matthias Ministry, which provides support to individuals and families struggling with substance abuse, will speak on the topic of addiction on the weekly television broadcast hosted by the Office of Life and Family Ministry. The broadcast will take place on Wednesday, July 1 at 9:30 a.m./9:30 p.m. on Cox channel 14 and Verizon channel 33.

Mistaken Identity
It is difficult to read the news and not hear something of Bruce Jenner’s transgender journey to become Caitlyn. At the same time there have been no shortage of stories preoccupied with ex-NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal, who has announced, “I identify as black.” Her entire biological family has refuted the identification of the blond-hair, blue-eyed girl that they have known all their lives. Nonetheless, she has been celebrated for having the courage to forsake a socially conditioned identity that was so unjustly thrust upon her. Like Jenner, many see Dolezal as a hero and a model for us all. One opinion that is not socially acceptable, it seems, is the one that recognizes such grasping at an alternate self as inconsistent with objective reality.
The Both/And of Laudato Si’
G.K. Chesterton once noted that what makes the Christian faith so thrilling, even perilously exciting, is its ability to avoid extremes and combat illogical nonsense by incorporating what he described as the “both/and.” Catholics can hold passionately to the vitality of conjugal life in marriage and to the fruitfulness of celibacy; we celebrate, says Chesterton, St. Francis of Assisi for joyfully praising all good things and St. Jerome for denouncing audaciously all evil things.
Without a doubt