Amoris Laetitia and the Trans-Bathroom Can of Worms

Humans, all humans, have a need to feel safe when we go to the bathroom.  It's a viscerally rooted survival instinct.Back when we were young and childless, if a transvestite friend came to the house there were never any issues.  But now we have these young Catholics filling our home, lovely children but still growing in their life of virtue, still easily swayed from the narrow road; we have to think carefully about how that affects our social choices.  And thus, when such a friend asks to use … [Read more...]

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Sexual Bravado vs. Sexual Maturity

My 8th grader was describing an acquaintance of the same age, and I paraphrase: Her rallying cry is, "Let's go f*** some sh** up!"  She says never posts *full* nudes of herself, so it's okay.  She's obsessed with having a boyfriend, and she keeps asking me what it's like to actually talk to a boy. This is the middle school narrative: If you sext, brandish vulgar language, and organize your life around the quest for a boyfriend, you're the sophisticated one -- even if you've never had a real c … [Read more...]

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Whom Does Modesty Serve?

I've got sex on the brain, and before I start into that conversation, I want to lay out a few comments about the limits of modesty.Here's a quick working definition: With respect to chastity, modesty is the collection of actions we take in order to safeguard our purity.  Modesty includes not only the way we dress, but the way we interact with others.There are of course other areas where modesty applies -- with respect to our wealth, our accomplishments, and so forth.  For your homework, y … [Read more...]

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On the Forming of Young Christians

The plan, if all my paperworking comes to fruition, is for 4/4ths of my children to undertake radically different modes of education next year.  Said plan involves one parochial school, one public school, and one homeschool (mine).This is by no means the first time my husband and I have changed tack in our children's formation.  One would hope that my 15-year-old is not receiving the same sort of formal education we started with when he was five (though there are fascinating similarities).   … [Read more...]

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Suspected Abuse? Call the Police. You and Your Bishop Both.

There are a couple stories circulating to the effect that new Catholic bishops are being told they don't necessarily need to contact the authorities when they are presented with evidence of child abuse.  The Guardian reports it here, and John Allen from Crux discusses it here.  Reporting on religion is notoriously unreliable, and I'm in no position to confirm or clarify these reports.  But whenever such nonsense gets promulgated, I'm here to remind you: Tell the police.It is not your job to b … [Read more...]

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Does Eating Doritos Make You More Human?

We watched most of the Superbowl (go cats!), the Downton hour excepted, and we thought the Doritos commercial was sorta funny. NARAL was mortified at the way the commercial "humanized" the baby on the ultrasound, and the counter-reaction seems to be missing something important in that protest: the Doritos.Let's take NARAL at their word, for a moment, and examine what it was about this ultrasound that was different from every other:The baby expressed clear personal preferences and acted … [Read more...]

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Chapel Veils and the End of Choice

It's the day of prayer and penance for the unborn, and not only am I not marching, I'm not even out teaching -- home with a cold and watching a child with a cold, while other people carry on doing responsible things.  As a result, I've tweeted a fair number of abortion-themed posts from this morning's reading, but this bit from a Fr. Z. reader about chapel veils sums it all up better than anything.The reader, a Catholic high school student (female), writes to Fr. Z. asking advice about … [Read more...]

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