Those Horribly Sappy Saints

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Belief in the Saints, properly understood, is a shocked assent to the fact that an ass like Ignatius, a self-abusing romantic like Francis, and a whore like Augustine all died loving God more than themselves. It’s those who don’t believe in the Saints that demand the greatest saintliness of them. This type imagines to have "exposed" the Saint by pointing out some error, hatred, or insanity glossed over by the hagiographers. But it's an odd sort of exposé, and one the Christian tends to enjoy: It' … [Read more...]

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Why “Getting Along” Isn’t Working

These violent, extremist, and racist days need to try the discussion of our differences all over again. No dumbass bumper-stickers this time. To tell the Jew that his culture is “worthy of respect” and “as valuable as any other culture” is to insult him in a far worse manner than telling him that the Jews can piss off. Being Jewish is precisely a being set-apart, being a chosen race and a royal priesthood. The recapitulation of the Jew as dwelling within the same, homogeneous value-status as … [Read more...]

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An Idiotic Hierarchy

I needed to make restitution for my sins. So I exposed my body to that combox anti-Catholicism that spits out the word "hierarchy" like it's Greek for "storm troopers" or "really bad STDs." I learned two things. First, one really ought to consult a spiritual director before undertaking any extreme forms of penance. Secondly -- hierarchy ain't no dirty word.Its earliest use was religious -- a "system of orders of angels and heavenly beings." In modern usage (devoid, like most of modernity, of … [Read more...]

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17 Things Only Humans Will Understand

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Inspired by those nifty BuzzFeed articles (“10 Things Only 90’s Kids Will Understand”) I decided to create a similarly nostalgic, identity-affirming list, but instead of appealing to a particular group, I want to leave everyone with that warm sense of belonging. So without further ado, have 17 cute and hilarious situations that only those who belong to that tribe homo sapien will ever understand.1. That moment when, alone among the great apes, you blush to be seen naked.As if, in a un … [Read more...]

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The Real World

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Human people are the creators of other-worlds, minor-league gods who daily exercises impossible powers without taking a moment to marvel. Our houses, for instance, are worlds. They do not conform to the geography of the universe. They impose their geography on us. Whatever notions of space we had "out there" are dropped on the welcome mat.  Now "front" is dictated by the front door and "back" by the rear patio. Even if we are in an apartment at the top of a skyscraper, technically towering … [Read more...]

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The Spirit of Rebellion

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One of my larger worries, considering that daily question of whether to be a Catholic, is whether it means giving up the spirit of rebellion. This, after all, is the common perception of things, that the sinner is the rebel and the Saint obedient, that those who "do what they want" deserve to swagger in the feeling of self-assertion -- while those who are subservient to a transcendent God have no cause for such cool.But what is rebellion? Surely it is an assertion of self against another -- … [Read more...]

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Eyeball the Enemy

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Eye-contact is a fascinating phenomenon. With our beloved, it is a delight. With a stranger walking down the hall, it is unbearable. This leads to the exciting game by which I -- knowing full well that I am about to cross paths with the aforementioned stranger -- pretend not to know it at all. I keep my head down, fascinated -- for some inexplicable reason -- with the movement of my feet, and only at the last moment look up, make eye-contact, and acknowledge the other’s presence with my most i … [Read more...]

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Is Female Purity Bullshit?

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Yerp, says the wonderful Lindy West of Jezebel.Her critique comes from being righteously pissed over an evangelical culture which has guys saying they want a "pure" girl without defining their terms. She discusses "sex-ed" classes which liken women who have had sex before marriage to chewed up pieces of gum no one wants. Allow me to murder my way through her thesis: "Purity" is a vague, repressive expectation imposed on women by men, a unique method of controlling female sexuality, with the … [Read more...]

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Why the Church Would be so Ridiculous as to Oppose IVF

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We have a godawful habit of seeing children as things so small, cute and fluffy that we hollow them of that dignity hard as titanium steel -- the dignity of being a human person.The child is not owned by his mother, father, community, or state. He is a unique human subject, a universe unto himself, an unfathomable subjectivity -- a being who finds himself free, existing for his own sake.In the glare of this freedom, it occurs to me that I cannot own a child any more than I can own an ad … [Read more...]

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Death as Orgasm

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Love sucks.To love is to desire communion with the beloved, to ache for unity, oneness, and a coming-together. But my beloved is infinitely not me, just as I am infinitely not her. Love seeks to bring me and not-me into one, that the "two become one flesh",  that "we'll be one tonight," that "you'll be in my heart" that "I'll melt with you," "lose myself" and on and on, a heaving tumble of ill-thought love-songs and poorly-constructed sonnets that lie to our hopeful faces.How can the two … [Read more...]

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