When Your Class Is So Bad You Have to Apologize to Other Teachers

Over at the Conspiracy, I tell the story of my most spectacular teaching failure ever. I would like to be able to say that this was something that happened long, long ago when I was just starting out. No. It happened two weeks ago. I made plans for a class, and those plans turned out to be not what my students needed: About half the children were enthusiastic about games and eager to do interesting activities oriented towards developing an awareness… Read more

Loud Dogma Living at Your House? Get the T-Shirt

My editors over at the Catholic Conspiracy have succumbed to my pleading and issued a The Dogma Lives Loudly Within Me t-shirt that suits my aesthetic demands: The best link for the moment if you want one of your own is: http://www.cafepress.com/mf/110941637/the-dogma-lives_tshirt .  From there you can choose a variety of size options including maternity, kids’ and baby options.  The editors went with the more expensive shirts because their research indicated the quality is significantly better.  To offset that, they are offering… Read more

Misogyny and Motherhood

Why is it that we think it’s heroic when men choose to give their lives to save another person … but we have doubts about whether women ought to be so heroic? Read more

Gay Rights Activists Send Death Threats to Scientists – Yikes!

From that bastion of conservatism The Washington Post comes reports of gay rights activists sending death threats to scientists at Stanford: The backlash against the study wasn’t limited to GLAAD and HRC. Kosinski wrote that he received emails telling him to kill himself and comparing his work to the Holocaust. Others on social media were no more charitable. A reader on Twitter, for example, writes: I consider myself peaceful but think researchers @michalkosinski & @simonywang should be burned alive for this. https://t.co/F2hDXXwLpJ… Read more

“Price Gouging” and Catholic Social Teaching

Up at the Register, I’m talking about why price gouging is wrong: Catholics don’t reject free market economic principles out of hand, and yet most of us instinctively understand that price gouging in a crisis is morally wrong. There are two reasons for this, and both of them are related to a fundamental respect for free markets. The first is that the economic power of capitalism is intended to serve the needs of men, not the reverse; the second is that the… Read more

Can a Catholic Affirm the Nashville Statement?

The Nashville Statement is a set of 14 affirmations and denials concerning Christianity and human sexuality, composed by evangelical Protestants. There are two points on which Catholics should disagree. Read more

Generation Bodies-R-Us

This weekend walking the halls of the public high school hosting my daughter’s volleyball tournament, I saw handmade signs inviting students to join the club that fights against human trafficking.  I approve. This generation of high school students have particular reason to object to the buying and selling of human bodies: They are the Objectified Generation. Take a look at #43 on the annual Beloit Mindset List for the class of 2021: Having another child has always been a way… Read more

Linking Around: Violent Racism and Christian Conversion

Following up from yesterday’s brief blurb on Joseph Pearce’s autobiography, over at the Register you can read his latest essay, “Charlottesville Through the Eyes of an Ex-White Supremacist.” At Aleteia, Patrick McNamera tells the history of Fr. John Markoe, who fought racism within and beyond the Church in the early 20th century. Longtime readers will recall I’ve shared in the past the conversion story of Nathan Bedford Forest: Nathan Bedford Forrest the fierce fighter, gambler, racist, and sinner….was a changed man…. Read more

Speaking of White Supremacists . . .

. . . it is possible for people to change.   Joseph Pearce’s autobiography Race With the Devil is worth a look if you want to know how that can happen.  He gives a talk version of his story that makes a riveting presentation.   Look him up and invite him to keynote your next event. Read more

Parsing the Data on “Childhood Gun Violence”

Pediatrics has just released a study on childhood firearms injuries and deaths, and this CNN article is typical of the news coverage.  Unless you read very carefully, deep into the article, you would get the idea that we are having an epidemic of young children shooting one another. (How do I feel about the stories like the one that opens the CNN article?  As I’ve said on these pages: If you aren’t committed to keeping your firearms out of the hands… Read more

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