What we have come to: little girls dropping the f-bomb

From USA TODAY:  “What is more offensive — a little girl saying (expletive) or the (expletive) unequal and sexist way society treats girls and women?” That’s the question five little girls in princess dresses and tiaras ask in a video that is going viral and sparking controversy online both because of the R-rated content and [Read More...]

Crescat: the big issue the bishops at the synod overlooked

This was, in her estimation, a glaring sin of omission—and I think she’s absolutely correct. What was missing?  Single parents—perhaps the most neglected demographic in the Catholic Church, and one that is only growing. As Katrina notes:  “Special attention should be given to the accompaniment of single-parent families, in a particular way to help women who [Read More...]

Must-see video: “How to Dad,” a great new ad from Cheerios

Smart, funny and utterly winning. One blogger writes:  It is well shot and the guy playing the dad is fantastic. Also, it is funny without being condescending, and that is hard. So often, humor in commercials is at the expense of someone. These diapers are so simple even these stumbling dads can handle them! Dad can’t [Read More...]

Most popular baby names for 2013

From the Social Security Administration, via USA TODAY, here they are: Noah ended Jacob’s 14-year reign as the top baby name for boys in 2013, while Sophia was the most popular name for girls for the third straight year, the Social Security Administration announced Friday. Jacob slipped to third; Liam was second. Among girls, Emma and Olivia ranked second [Read More...]

Woman who underwent fertility treatment carrying the wrong embryos

Oops. Details, from AFP:  A woman who underwent fertility treatment at a clinic in Rome became pregnant with the twins of another couple after their embryos were mixed up, press reports said Sunday. Italy’s health ministry said it was launching an investigation into the mix-up, which was only discovered when the woman was three months [Read More...]

American bishop on contraception: “That train left the station long ago”

The German bishops have weighed in on their survey results for the upcoming synod, and now an American bishop offers a snapshot of what some Catholics in his diocese had to say. Bishop Robert Lynch of  St. Petersburg, Florida, reports that nearly 7,000 people responded. Some highlights, from his blog:  Before you start looking at [Read More...]

Catholic father, claiming religious objections, sues over mandatory vaccinations

From The Staten Island Advance in New York City: Subjecting his children to required vaccinations would “defile” God’s creation of the immune system, anger God and constitute a sacrilege, maintains a Bay Terrace father, who opposes immunization on religious grounds, according to a recently filed lawsuit. A practicing Roman Catholic, the father, identified in an [Read More...]

Must-see video: “My parents brainwashed me”

And he’s eternally grateful. Check out this sensational performance from a Bronx Poetry Slam held earlier this year. This kid gets it. And so do his parents. [Read more...]

Judge: no, you can’t name your child “Messiah”

Details, from AP:  A judge in Tennessee changed a 7-month-old boy’s name to Martin from Messiah, saying the religious name was earned by one person and “that one person is Jesus Christ.” Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew ordered the name change last week, according to WBIR-TV (http://on.wbir.com/1cDOeTY).The boy’s parents were in court because they could [Read More...]

New app helps track best times to conceive

NFP on your smartphone? Sounds like it:  Glow, the fertility tracking iOS app co-founded by Max Levchin, is making its debut in the app store today. The app was first introduced earlier this summer by Levchin to a surprised audience at the D11 conference, where the crowd was likely not expecting to hear the co-founder of PayPal and [Read More...]