Friday, December 1, 2017

"The God who can change our desires": My Advent reflection for the Catholic Herald

This week's Catholic Herald features my reflection on the readings for the First Sunday of Advent: "The God Who Can Change Our Desires". I invite you to subscribe to the magazine to read the reflection, which includes insights along similar lines to those of Remembering God's Mercy.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

How I overcame my "Splendid Isolation": Part 2 of Eric Metaxas's interview with me

In Part 2 of best-selling author Eric Metaxas's interview with me for his nationally syndicated Eric Metaxas Show (continued from Part 1), I tell about how the threat of being fired from the New York Post led me to discover the saint whose intercession would bring me to find my spiritual home in the Catholic Church. We also talk more about classic rock performers, including Warren Zevon, whose "Splendid Isolation" describes my state of mind before I knew the thrill of the chaste. Chastity, too, comes up for discussion, as does spiritual healing — click below to listen online or to download the interview.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

New interview for "The Eric Metaxas Show": I tell of my rock-journalism experiences and my conversion

New York Times best-selling author Eric Metaxas featured me this week as a guest on his nationally syndicated Eric Metaxas Show, asking me about my conversion story and my pre-conversion life as a rock and roll historian. It was a real pleasure doing the show; Eric asked great questions, and his engineer set the scene by playing songs by artists I interviewed back in my rock journalism days, including Harry Nilsson.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Sexual abuse leaves spiritual wounds. Here are some resources that can help.

An article today on the Catholic news website Crux, "In wake of Weinstein abuse scandal, Catholics call Church to leadership," features quotes from me about what the Church can do to help abuse victims heal.

If you or a loved one seek healing from the spiritual wounds of abuse, here are some resources from my writings and apostolate:

Remembering God's Mercy is my newest book and is for anyone seeking healing from the effects of past trauma — not only those who have suffered sexual abuse but also veterans, people in recovery, and anyone who needs help seeing God's goodness in the wake of experiences of evil. Because its spirituality draws primarily from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, it is especially helpful for readers who are making a spiritual retreat. Fr. James Kubicki, S.J., says of Remembering God's Mercy, "This is an exceptional book. In her usual highly readable and storytelling style, Dawn Eden helps us understand the Ignatian spirituality of Pope Francis, as well as how and why suffering can be ‘redemptive.’ Remembering God’s Mercy breaks new ground and adds significantly to works about healing from trauma and the painful memories that follow. One quotation sums it up: ‘when I unite my own wounded heart with the wounded and glorified heart of Jesus, his wounds heal mine.'"

My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints is the most popular Catholic resource for readers seeking spiritual healing from sexual abuse. This is the book for people who want to know, not merely if there were saints who suffered sexual abuse, but if the saints truly knew the pain of the misplaced guilt and shame that accompanies such abuse. Moreover, I show in My Peace I Give You how such saints found healing through uniting their wounds with the glorified wounds of the risen Christ.

One characteristic of both Remembering God's Mercy and My Peace I Give You is that I offer an alternative and more traditional Ignatian form of prayer for people who have not been helped by newer, Pentecostal/charismatic-type "inner healing" or "Theophostic" approaches. Here is a brief video in which I discuss why I believe the Ignatian approach is superior:

More videos of me discussing healing are available on the Dawn Patrol's Video page.

Likewise, on The Dawn Patrol's Audio/Podcasts page, you will find several talks and interviews in which I speak about healing from the wounds of trauma and abuse. Among the best is the interview that Alison Gingras did with me for her Reconciled to You program:

I have given many talks to priests on ministry to the abused and would like to continue to do so. If you would like to bring me to speak to priests or other pastoral caregivers, or to a lay audience, please email me at dawneden [at] (replace the [at] with @).

Thursday, October 12, 2017

I write in Angelus magazine on "The Double Birth and Lonely Death of Hugh Hefner"

Angelus, the weekly newsmagazine of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, this week features an article I wrote on "The Double Birth and Lonely Death of Hugh Hefner." It begins with these words:
There is a scene in Ken Russell’s film of The Who’s rock opera “Tommy” that depicts a church whose goddess is Marilyn Monroe. In a grotesque mockery of Catholic devotion, the faithful rise from their pews to venerate a larger-than-life porcelain statue of the actress, while preacher Eric Clapton croons that she “gives eyesight to the blind.”

I thought of that scene when I learned that Hugh Hefner, the Playboy magazine founder who died Sept. 27 at the age of 91, paid $75,000 in 1992 to buy the vault next to Monroe’s at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles so that he could be buried next to the ill-fated star.

Hefner made the purchase because, as he told the Los Angeles Times, he was “a believer in things symbolic.”

“Spending eternity next to Marilyn,” he added, “is too sweet to pass up.”

Where Hefner may, in fact, be spending eternity is not for me to say. But he was right to recognize the symbolism in his desire to enjoy the afterlife in the presence of Monroe, whose nude image (published without her consent) was the major selling point for Playboy’s premier issue in 1953.

Read the rest on the Angelus website.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

I write in Vatican Insider: "Critics of Amoris laetitia ignore Ratzinger's rules"

La Stampa's Vatican Insider website today features a new commentary I wrote with Prof. Robert Fastiggi of Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit: "Critics of Amoris laetitia ignore Ratzinger's rules for faithful theological discourse."

The article begins:

It seems that the case for the Amoris laetitia critics’ self-proclaimed “Filial Correction” of Pope Francis is weakening. Dr. Joseph Shaw, one of the signers of the Correctio filialis, recently wrote: “It is not that we’re saying that the text of Amoris cannot be bent into some kind of orthodoxy. What we are saying is that it has become clear that orthodoxy is not what Pope Francis wants us to find there.”

Shaw’s claim that Pope Francis doesn’t want orthodoxy, however, is based on subjective impressions derived from mostly non-authoritative statements of the Pope. This does not seem to be a very strong foundation for accusing the Roman Pontiff of promoting false teachings and heresies.

The supporters of the Correctio and other critics of Amoris laetitia often try to contrast what Pope Francis says in this exhortation to teachings of St. John Paul II and Benedict XVI. It is interesting, therefore, to note that many of these same critics fail to follow the guidelines for theologians published by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 1990 when John Paul II was pope and Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, the future Benedict XVI, was prefect of the CDF. These guidelines are contained in the instruction, Donum veritatis (Instruction on the Ecclesial Vocation of the Theologian) — a document that traditionalist opponents of Amoris laetitia, such as Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, ironically claim to hold in high esteem.

Read the rest at Vatican Insider.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

I write in Vatican Insider: "Does Amoris Laetitia 303 Really Undermine Catholic Moral Teaching?"

Today, La Stampa's Vatican Insider features an article I wrote with Sacred Heart Major Seminary Professor Robert Fastiggi: "Does Amoris Laetitia 303 Really Undermine Catholic Moral Teaching?"

The article begins:
Although most Catholic bishops, pastors, and teachers commenting publicly on Pope Francis’s post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris laetitia have welcomed it, a small but persistent chorus of critics accuse the Holy Father of obscuring and even undermining the foundations of Catholic moral doctrine. In this article, we show that one contested passage in the document, when read in its original Latin, has a significantly different meaning than it does in the official English translation. We argue further that many of the critics of Amoris laetitia are basing their criticism precisely upon what the Latin text does not say.
Read the rest at Vatican Insider.

Update, 9/29/17: E. Christian Brugger has issued a response to Fastiggi's and my article. Here is a reply to Brugger that Fastiggi posted in the comments section of Brugger's article (an expanded version of the statement I posted here earlier):
Dr. Dawn Eden Goldstein and I are grateful to Prof. Brugger for his reply and his tone of civility. We are glad that he finds our translation "superior." The flaw in his analysis is his claim that the "quod" is clearly referring back to "statum quendam." This does not seem to follow from the Latin. The "quod" refers to to the "liberale responsum" (generous response) and not to the "statum quendam" (given situation). This is made clear from the copulative verb, "sit," which links "quod" to "responsum." Furthermore, a "response" involves an act of the will, but a "given situation" is a condition and not a personal act. We believe Professors Brugger and Seifert are reading into the text what they think Pope Francis is saying, but their reading does not seem to follow from the text itself.

We should also note that even the English translation posted on the Vatican website (which preceded the Latin posting) can be read in a more benign way than Professors Brugger and Seifert claim. The Latin text, which is now in the Acta Apostolicae Sedis, should be considered normative, and it makes more clear the Holy Father's meaning, a meaning which we explained in our article.