Your Weekly Fix of Catholic Art – Mending

Awesome new hip-hop album from rapper Paradox and DJ Sean P.Go get ye some.  … [Read more...]

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Nude Beauty for Porn Addicts

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With all due respect - which I understand to be a statement that allows you to say anything you want - there were a lot of wrongheaded responses to my last two posts on pornography. Most were centered along the fallacy that there exists no difference between nude art and pornography, or if there does, it is so slight a difference that it is irrelevant. There was also the general insinuation that the real, deep reason I'm even posting about this at all is because it gives me an excuse to … [Read more...]

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Beauty Is Objective

Is beauty subjective or objective? Is it a thing defined by us, or a thing that exists apart from us? I guess it all comes down to this: Is beauty truly in the eye of the beholder, or is that particular maxim a particularly boldfaced lie? For those of you thinking this is a boring excursion of a non-controversial nature, let me tantalize your intellect - if beauty is objective, there is a God. If it isn't, there ain't.Oh we'll get there, you studly individuals, don't you worry. Now then, … [Read more...]

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The Best Porn in the World

The word 'pornography' means "writing about whores", from the Greek pórnē - harlots. Now it would seem to follow that best pornography in the world would have to display the best harlots. But the best harlot - by the true meaning of the word best - is a forgiven harlot, like Mary Magdalene, who makes the radical shift from the rotten to the whole. And if she is whole, she is no longer a harlot. She is a virgin. Unfortunately, there is no word for "writing about virgins", so I will make one up - v … [Read more...]

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Suffer On

About two weeks ago, sitting on my front porch and deep-talkin', a dear friend of mine - who plays a dirty blues guitar and has a deep and abiding love of The White Stripes -  relayed to me a conversation he'd had that I've been reflecting on ever since. The topic was Zen Buddhism. Now it came up that, somewhere in Tibet, there was a group of monks who had, by all accounts, done it, found The Answer, achieved Enlightenment and reached Nirvana. Whatever they termed it, it all amounts to this; th … [Read more...]

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The Afterthought

...in which I say all that I wanted to say in Beauty-Addicts.Besides the really long name, another funny thing about the Holy Roman Catholic Church - may she live long and prosper - is this: While she struggles to unite her own children into some form of agreement with her teachings, she maintains the extraordinary habit - it might even be called the extraordinary knack - of uniting mortal enemies in common disagreement with those very same teachings. Thus a lesbian activist and a Southern Ba … [Read more...]

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