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Beyond Blue

I spent this morning in Washington DC among all the other journalists covering the pope’s visit. My interview on Sirius Radio, the Catholic channel, got pretty heated with the listeners who called in, after I spilled the beans about my disagreeing with the whole birth control thing.Here’s the thing: my recovery from bipolar disorder, and also from addiction, depends on my listening to and adhering to my conscience, which sometimes clashes with the Catechism. In 12-step circles, they say you will relapse if you don’t have a clear conscience. I think the same is true for recovery from depression.That is why I have taken so much time and energy to hear what mine is saying.

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