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In the second NPR essay, carisoprodol online review novelist and poet Julianna Baggott writes of leaving the church but retaining her Catholic identity. She honors the nuns and priests who welcomed and educated her mother during a troubled childhood and who schooled Baggott in a radical, carisoprodol online review inclusive faith. Baggott credits the church for shaping her as a writer, carisoprodol online review for “the basic rule of storytelling is show, carisoprodol online review don't tell. Carisoprodol online review Christianity shares this idea — the word made flesh. Of all the Christian denominations, carisoprodol online review no one does more bloody, carisoprodol online review impassioned showing than Catholicism.” Finally, carisoprodol online review religion scholar Donna Freitas, carisoprodol online review who has published a guest essay on Her.meneutics, carisoprodol online review debuted her new Washington Post column called “Stubborn Catholic” this week. Her first post revealed her own experience with priestly sexual impropriety. That experience left a scar, carisoprodol online review but that scar is only one piece of her Catholic identity. Carisoprodol online review Catholicism “is my family, carisoprodol online review my friends, carisoprodol online review my professional life as a theologian and scholar of religion. It's the way I mark time during the week and the year and the food I cook depending on the holiday. It is a childhood and a lifetime of experience.” These women are so brave. To understand why, carisoprodol online review just read the comments following their essays (although really, carisoprodol online review I want to say don’t, carisoprodol online review because the vitriol is discouraging, carisoprodol online review sometimes sickening). 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Original article can be found at:  http://blog.christianitytoday.com/women/2010/04/the_brave_women_of_the_catholi.html Ellen Painter Dollar is a writer who focuses on Christian reproductive ethics and disability theology. Carisoprodol online review She is writing a book for Westminster John Knox Press (forthcoming in 2011) about the ethics and theology of assisted reproduction and genetic screening. Carisoprodol online review She blogs at ChoicesThatMatter.blogspot.com and Five Dollars and Some Common Sense. Carisoprodol online review She has written for Christianity Today about disability and genetic testing. Carisoprodol online review She also wrote on adoption and in vitro fertilization for Her.meneutics.