Do Girls’ Sports Even Matter? What to do with the Transgender Athlete

Rebecca Hamilton reports on the recent ruling by the Department of Education that girls' sports teams must now admit certain boys -- both to playing on the team and to the girls' locker room.  It's a problematic ruling on many levels, but to get our minds around the issues, we need to pull apart the different questions involved. 1. Girls like to play sports. I know that girls like sports because I can't think of a single female in my family that I ever met who didn't take an interest in sports … [Read more...]

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When You Want to Understand that Marriage Thing

Two links and a note:The best summary of the theology behind the Great Communion Debate of 2015 is over at Darwin Catholic. A snippet from the conclusion: Given all of that, to say that a divorced and remarried couple (unless they have decided to live together celibately) may receive communion necessarily means that you disagree with one of the following teachings of the Church:- That someone in grave sin may not receive the Eucharist - That having sex outside of marriage is a grave … [Read more...]

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Gender Stereotyping is the Hot New Thing

I was raised on the kind of feminism that was about rejecting false stereotypes.  Your hobbies, your tastes, your talents -- none of these are what defines you as "male" or "female."  You can be a girl who likes sports (curiously, both my grandmothers played high school sports in the 1930's -- but that was Catholic schools, so it was different than normal, I guess) and woodworking and car repair, and that doesn't make you less of a girl.Boys were likewise accorded the complementary rights, t … [Read more...]

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The Music that Shapes Your Brain and Your Soul

One of the favorite bogeymen of freedom-from-religion types is the dreaded Religious Reactionary.  By day she locks her children away in the log cabin, at night she snuggles under a hand-knit blanket while the wood stove cheerily burns all those books she's out to ban.In counter-reaction, some Christians work hard to prove their pop-culture bonafides -- thank God I'm not like that Pharisee over there.  Which brings us to Taylor Swift.I've never gone through the trouble of banning Taylor S … [Read more...]

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Why I Love Presenting for Family Honor

This week while the executive director of Family Honor is up at the World Meeting for Families, I'll be getting ready for my first presentation of the new school year.  Family Honor offers courses in chastity for parents and for parents-and-teens.  Last year was the first year my husband and I participated as presenters, and I'm absolutely sold.  As a teacher and speaker, working with Family Honor is a dream.  Here's why:Your whole team is thoroughly trained.  It's not easy getting through Fa … [Read more...]

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Should Catholic Hospitals Sterilize Their Patients?

The answer is no, and neither should any other kind of hospital.In the news right now, the ACLU is suing a Catholic hospital in Michigan for declining to sterilize a woman who is requesting a tubal ligation.  Earlier this year, a Catholic hospital in California caved to ACLU pressure and decided to go ahead and sterilize a patient.  The ACLU's campaign has been building for several years, triggered by the number of mergers in which a Catholic hospital system acquired a previously secular in … [Read more...]

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Pro-Life, Married, and Contracepting: Is There a Problem?

In light of the recent Planned Parenthood videos, I've been thinking about a group of pro-life friends who don't fit the Catholic categories.  These are staunchly pro-life Christians who believe sex should be saved for marriage, that marriage is a lifelong, exclusive union between one man and one woman, but who take contraception as the 'default mode' for marital relations, and sterilization as an acceptable way to avoid pregnancy indefinitely.There are variations within that broad … [Read more...]

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