Best of 2014: Honored to be included on this list

mary dispenza on stage

It’s that Best of List time of year I’m so blessed. My coming out story was chosen as one of the best of 2014. And I was invited to tell it again on December 2nd at A Guide To Visitors, Seattle’s longest running personal storytelling event. The evening was called AGTV Presents Best Of. What Read the full article…

SPLIT Gets Launched In Style

Yes, I'm proud of this book.

The Best Book Launch Ever The launch party for SPLIT exceeded all my expectations. It also surprised the University Book Store. I now hold the record for most books sold at a launch party at the Bellevue store. Hooray for me, but even bigger cheers for all the folks who attended and bought copies. Thank Read the full article…

Angry at the Catholic Church

person holding up angry mask

The Language of Righting Wrongs The other night at my Spanish class I saw a woman I knew, but I couldn’t remember where I’d met her. So I introduced myself and we did that thing where you both list all your affiliations and social activities, looking for anything that connects. One of the activities I Read the full article…

Unabashed Book Promotion: My Memoir, SPLIT is Here!

cover of SPLIT by Mary Dispenza

Tooting the horn for SPLIT I’m very happy to announce that my memoir, SPLIT : A child, a priest, and the Catholic Church is now available. The ebook is available from most online booksellers. The triumphant cherub on the cover is blowing her horn just in time for the holiday season. Though SPLIT deals with Read the full article…

Happy Veterans Day – To all kinds of veterans

toddler and flags

If you think about it, the veterans we honor this Veterans Day are actually survivors. They have come through terrific conflicts, hardships, pain, injury, devastating losses of comrades. Theirs is a vast sacrifice and they deserve every ounce of honor and support we can give them, on this day and any other. But as we Read the full article…

Sexual Abuse Rings – Good Business?

From The Western Daily Press: “Police chiefs in Wiltshire have made six arrests as part of a major day of action against child sexual exploitation to try to prevent ‘another Rotherham’ happening in the county. ….. Officers also visited 22 hotels, spoke to 65 taxi drivers and visited six private hire firms to raise awareness Read the full article…

On the Confession of Child Abuse

From The Washington Post: “If someone tells you a child has been abused, the confession doesn’t seem to me a cloak for hiding that business. How can you hear a confession about somebody abusing a child and the matter must be sealed up and you mustn’t talk about it?” That’s the Archbishop of York, John Read the full article…

God Is Not Afraid, But Bishops Are

ruined church

It appears my reluctance to embrace the Vatican’s inclusive new stance on gays was appropriate. Just a week after the initial statement, the bishops backtracked, then watered-down the original wording, then failed to accept even that. And we’re right back where we started. The AP reported: Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, Read the full article…

John Grisham on child porn: They aren’t ‘real pedophiles’

In an unusual example of book promotion, author John Grisham gave an interview about his novel “Gray Mountain,” that turned instead into a contrarian opinion piece on people who look at child pornography. From The Washington Post He defended them. He described viewing child pornography as an accidental crime easily committed by pushing “the wrong Read the full article…

Is the Catholic Church Stance on Gays Changing?

snapshot of nun mary dispenza

King 5 News interviewed me the other day about the Vatican’s recent statement that all persons – even gays – deserve to be treated with dignity. I applaud the words, and absolutely agree. But I do like to see rhetoric followed up with action. And in this case, there’s been no suggestion that doctrinal modifications Read the full article…

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