Marriage is Not a Purchase, Your Spouse is Not Your Slave

Unclear on the concept is abounding these days.  Michelle Arnold shared the link to this terribly twisted approach to marital relations and all I can say is no.  Just no.For a clear-headed discussion of the patriarchy movement in general, here's those wild liberals at HSLDA stepping up to disown this nonsense.  Christianity is not about this.  Just no, never, no way no how, end of story.What is marriage?  The free gift of self between husband and wife.  It's faithful, it's fruitful, it's … [Read more...]

Unclear on the Concept, Teachers Sexting Edition

A friend passed on this article, about a public high school coach who texted her students a photo of a man licking the teacher's ear.  You can read the article if you want to know more about the contents of the image.  Here's the part we want to talk about here:“This picture is extremely inappropriate,” Mafes said. “If she had on what I have on and he was licking her ear, it would still be extremely inappropriate.” Mafes doubts the district will do much. However, district policy does state “ … [Read more...]

50 Shades of Arousal Disorders: BDSM and the Moral Life

If you browse among the purveyors of sex toys, which you most emphatically should not do, among the offerings you'll find all the regalia of oppression and humiliation.  BDSM as a variant on traditional women's porn as sold at the grocery store didn't come out of nowhere.   Long before the intelligentsia were conflicted in their literary analysis by the clash between "cutting edge" and "terrible writing", the neighbors were busy acting out sexual fantasies straight from the annals of Amnesty In … [Read more...]

For the Love of Rabbits, Have Another Baby Already

I wasn't going to comment on the Pope's rabbit talk until I saw Dr. Greg Popcak's summary of what the Church actually teaches about responsible parenthood.  The picture reminded me of how much I love rabbits, which is directly related to the other side of the same coin, the Church's teaching about openness to life: 1652 "By its very nature the institution of marriage and married love is ordered to the procreation and education of the offspring and it is in them that it finds its crowning … [Read more...]

Scantily Clad Teenage Dancer Friends on Facebook

From the inbox, a question re: Discussing Modesty from a friend who said he'd be willing to see it answered on the blog.  Here's the original question: Hi Jen,Being of a similar mindset on Faith and parenting (and having the common Family Honor reference point between us), I have a question for you (and your husband)? I have a Catholic friend who is a marginally-involved Catholic who has a daughter who is VERY into dance. She's 13, tours the country in various dance competitions, and all this … [Read more...]

Catholic School Principal Learns $2 Million Catechism Lesson

The IVF case that generated as much heat as light earlier this month has been decided, a jury determining that the Diocese of Fort Wayne - South Bend was indeed guilty of discriminating against a female employee in firing her for seeking IVF treatments.  When I initially commented on this case, working only from a few anecdotes told from the plaintiff's side, I wrote: Terrible handling of the situation.  There should have been no doubt, long before Ms. Herx ever began her job at St. Vincent’s, t … [Read more...]

Something Beautiful for Christmas: Marriage, Faith & Alzheimer’s by Larry Peterson

Up at Catholic Writers Guild today, Larry Peterson is stealing the show with his beautiful essay on his first Christmas with Alzheimer's under the tree: The past ten years of her life seem to have literally vanished from her brain. She does not remember us getting married. (We were both widowed and married eight years ago. She has no clue.) So she asks me if we are really married. I show her our marriage license and pictures from our wedding. She is shocked. “I can’t believe it, ” she says. We r … [Read more...]


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