Matt C. Abbott
Holiday blues; Opus Dei priest endorses condom use?
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By Matt C. Abbott
December 9, 2010

So we're in the midst of, to quote the old Christmas song, "the most wonderful time of the year"? Well, religiously speaking, Christmas is indeed a wonderful time. As is Easter.

That said, I wish I could experience the joy that some are experiencing. For me, the holidays — particularly the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas — have been a time of depression and stress. I could sit here and write all the pious platitudes in the world, but it would simply mask the reality that it's been extremely difficult for me to experience true joy and peace in this "valley of tears" in which we live, especially, but not exclusively, now. I'm sure I'm not alone in this feeling.

Also, I'm convinced that the prayers of others have kept me going over the years. Alright, enough of the pity-party. Pray for me ... and for those who are suffering far more than I.



Steve Kellmeyer has an interesting analysis of a recent interview in Our Sunday Visitor with an Opus Dei theologian who appears to espouse a morally problematic view of condom use. Click here to read the analysis.



Our Lady of Good Help, pray for us.

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Matt C. Abbott

Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic commentator with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, media, and theatre from Northeastern Illinois University. He also has an Associate in Applied Science degree in business management from Triton College. Abbott has been interviewed on HLN, MSNBC, Bill Martinez Live, WOSU Radio in Ohio, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's 2019 ‘Unsolved’ podcast about the unsolved murder of Father Alfred Kunz, Alex Shuman's 'Smoke Screen: Fake Priest' podcast, WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, WMTV (NBC) and WISC-TV (CBS) in Madison, Wisconsin. He’s been quoted in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and other media outlets. He’s mentioned in the 2020 Report on the Holy See's Institutional Knowledge and Decision-Making Related to Former Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick (1930 to 2017), which can be found on the Vatican's website. He can be reached at mattcabbott@gmail.com.

(Note: I welcome and appreciate thoughtful feedback. Insults will be ignored. Only in very select cases will I honor a request to have a telephone conversation about a topic in my column. Email is much preferred. God bless you and please keep me in your prayers!)

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