The cancellation of Jason Evert

Jan 18, 2020 by

by John McGuirk, Gript Ireland:

It’s been a busy week, with the election, so readers may have missed an important tale in the middle of all the political noise. This is the story about the cancellation of Jason Evert, after an outcry that amounted to Mr. Evert’s desire to teach Catholicism to Catholics in Catholic schools and church halls. To tell it, it is necessary to first explain who Jason Evert is.

Evert is one of those American evangelical Catholics – the kind of lay preacher that the USA seems to specialise in producing. Utterly orthodox, in a way that’s probably unrecognisable to most Irish mass-goers, what makes Jason Evert interesting is that he actually appears to believe in the things the catholic church teaches, on subjects from the importance of going to confession, to fasting on fast days, to – and this is where it gets controversial – sexual teachings.

Evert and his wife Crystalina run a website called “The Chastity Project”. Like all well-named enterprises, it does exactly what it says on the tin – it promotes the catholic idea that abstention from sexual activity before marriage is the best way to be faithful to God, and to your chosen husband or wife. It promotes the idea of a “chaste lifestyle” – if you browse through the articles on their website, you’ll see the concept coming up again and again, here in advice for young people:

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