Donna Freitas

Stories by Donna Freitas

Religion in a hookup culture

Q:Do your religious beliefs exalt or stigmatize sex (or both)? Is religion a useful tool for helping young people navigate … Continued

A pope resign? Mind-boggling but soul-healing

Q:Should Pope Benedict XVI be held responsible for the escalating scandals over clerical sexual abuse in Europe? Should he be … Continued

A Communion of Saints

Q:What is your vision of heaven? What images – from Scripture, tradition, culture or your personal experience – best describe … Continued

The church chooses to serve all or some

Q: If a church or other religious charity receives government funding, should it follow all government rules, including those against … Continued

My Three Catholic Wishes

The Question: What can Pope Benedict XVI say and do to repair the growing rifts between the Vatican, the clergy … Continued

Young Adults Already Know

I don’t know that it is a mark of health or sickness, so much as a sign of the information … Continued

Strong on Inspiration, Soft on Faith

I like Barack Obama. A lot. If he wins the nomination I will vote for him come November. If anyone … Continued

The Need for Honest God-Talk

The real question is not whether this year’s presidential campaign is too religious or even whether secular ideas get short … Continued

The Real Sex Scandal: Youth Leading the Youth

While America frets about the bedroom activities of its leaders, many young adults across the country and across traditions agonize–most … Continued

Fundamentally Missing the Point

Normally, Mr. Hitchens, I would disagree with you—at least with your tone in how you go at religion. Your approach … Continued

Amazing Glitz

I am sitting in Balthazar, one of New York City’s famed cafés, immortalized by the fab four on Sex and … Continued

St. Anthony, Raise Me Up

It is difficult to find satisfaction amid great loss. Death and the terminal illnesses of those I love have come … Continued

Remembering We Are All One Body

I do not believe that any faith tradition can adequately “explain” tragedies such as the massacre at Virginia Tech yesterday. … Continued

Love is Blind, or Should Be

What I believe about gay marriage and gay clergy—that anyone who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) should … Continued

Religious Teachings on Sex Can Throw Young Into Crisis

It’s not that some religions regard sex as sacred while others regard it as sinful, since most of the world’s … Continued

Save the Earth for God’s Sake

“Look out the window,” I tell my students each fall in my Women’s Spirituality class. “See that beautiful tree? If … Continued

A Review of Ed Young’s

OUTRAGEOUS, CONTAGIOUS JOY: Five Big Questions to Help You Discover One Great Life by Ed Young Berkley Praise. 342 pp. … Continued

Pacifism In No Way Means ‘Passive’

Theologians such as St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas have, more out of necessity than desire, waded through treacherous ground … Continued

Too Soon For Genuine Believer-Atheist Dialogue?

When I became an atheist during my first year of college (thanks to my leftover high school obsession with Ayn … Continued

Give the Gift of the Divine Feminine This Holiday

I count myself fortunate to be a child of many kinds of mothers and fathers when it comes to my … Continued