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Author Archive: Mary C. Tillotson

Mary C. Tillotson is a freelance writer, contributing to Catholic Stand, Ignitum Today, and School Reform News. Formerly, she reported and photographed for The St. Ignace News in northern Michigan, covering the local city council and writing features. A Hillsdale College grad and Michigan native, she lives in Virginia with her husband Luke, without whom these articles probably would have remained in the "half-finished" folder. Click here for Mary’s personal blog and here to follow her on Twitter. (The marriage thing is relatively new. The maiden name is Petrides.)

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The Other Vocation Crisis

June 1, AD2013 11 Comments
The Other Vocation Crisis

We have a vocation crisis in the Catholic Church, and everyone, it seems, is focusing on the “shortage of priests” part of it. The Catholic world is praying for priestly vocations and having religious give talks to parish youth groups; the secular world is ragging on us for not allowing married priests (not likely) or […]

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Sometimes, Holiness is Boring

May 4, AD2013 14 Comments
Sometimes, Holiness is Boring

I was complaining to my husband the other day that there aren’t any prominent married saints – at least none who actually lived the sacrament of marriage. It seems like the only way to be a married saint is to be a 14-year-old girl who, having taken a vow of virginity, is forced to marry […]

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Anti-Misogyny, Pro-Life

April 7, AD2013 5 Comments
Anti-Misogyny, Pro-Life

A recent article in The Atlantic proposed that neither activism for or against abortion can solve the real problem behind sex-selective abortion, an issue raised in the recent documentary It’s a Girl. Sex-selective abortion isn’t about abortion, as the Atlantic article insightfully notes – it’s about a culture in which women are valued less than men; where women and girls are abused, […]

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Prudence and Scrupulosity

March 9, AD2013 9 Comments
Prudence and Scrupulosity

The scrupulous man excels at avoiding prudence. He doesn’t want to make judgment calls for fear of being wrong, and he is (perhaps secretly) proud of not having made bad decisions. He is like a hiker who, preferring clean clothes to reaching the end of the trail, goes nowhere. Unfortunately for us scrupulous people, life […]

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Maybe It Does Take a Village.

February 9, AD2013 12 Comments
Maybe It Does Take a Village.

I’ve been paging through Hillary Clinton’s It Takes a Village, and, to my surprise, agreeing with much of it. I’ve heard so many of my friends rail against Clinton’s “village” idea, saying “it takes a family” and “I do not need a village to raise my children.” Clinton advocates government solutions more than I think necessary, […]

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