Nuns who pose as prostitutes to battle trafficking

An organization of religious sisters called Talitha Kum (Mark 5:41) is devoted to battling sex trafficking and slavery.  One of their techniques is to dress up as prostitutes so as to infiltrate brothels, then rescue the children and slaves who are being used sexually.

According to the group’s website, this is not a separate order, but an organization comprising members of any religious order who wish to address this cause.  More details after the jump. [Read more...]

Catholic synod on family makes few changes

A synod of bishops has been meeting at the Vatican discussing “the family” and possible changes to Roman Catholic practice, including being more welcoming to gays and allowing divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion.  The meeting closed on Sunday, proposing very few changes to church teaching.  It affirmed that there is no basis for same-sex marriage and allowed for a very restrictive process that might allow some divorced Catholics, on a case-by-case basis, to receive the Sacrament.

The Pope expressed anger that so little, in his view, was accomplished, accusing conservative bishops of having “closed hearts.”

After the jump, excerpts from two stories:  One includes the reasons why divorced and remarried Catholics are excluded from the Sacrament (they commit a mortal sin every time they have sex an example of Catholic sin-counting that figured in the Reformation).  The other gives the reaction of Pope Francis, who theoretically could make changes on his own authority. [Read more...]

Sexual freedom for state control

In a discussion of Playboy Magazine’s new policy of not publishing nude pictures, Mollie Hemingway and colleague Rich Cromwell talk about the magazine’s political liberalism.  She refers to a book that argues that the seemingly opposite ideologies have libertarianism and socialism have come together in a trade-off of sexual freedom in exchange for state control of everything else. [Read more...]

Playboy to stop showing naked women

Playboy Magazine, which was a major player in the sexual revolution, has announced that it will no longer publish photographs of nude women. [Read more...]

Child abuse as cultural relativism

The New York Times has published a piece condemning the U.S. military for ignoring cases of child sexual abuse in Afghanistan.  And yet, a few years earlier, the Times published a piece praising military briefers who told the troops to ignore the custom of “boy play”–older men taking young boys on “Love Thursdays” to use them sexually–on the grounds of cultural relativism.  Read Mollie Hemingway’s expose of the Times, linked and excerpted after the jump. [Read more...]

Covetousness and idolatry

In our Bible class last Sunday, in which we are studying the hymns of Martin Franzmann, this Scriptural text came up:

“For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.” (Ephesians 5:5).

The question arose, in what sense is someone who is covetous also an idolater?  Think about that.  After the jump, I’ll tell you the quite illuminating explanation given by my son-in-law, Rev. Ned Moerbe.

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