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...]

You’re Invited to Simcha Fisher’s Baby Shower – Updated with Drink Recipe

Rebecca is a throwing a baby shower for Simcha Fisher -- I think you get one every ten babies -- and it's happening at a website near you. So you should go.There are drinks, and games, and drinks, and the gift-giving format is organized so that you are guaranteed to never, ever, have your gift featured in one of Simcha's Top Ten Most Horrifying Baby Gifts columns.UPDATED: I forgot to bring my contribution to the potluck: Grown-Up Chocolate Milk 1 Part Meletti Cioccolato or: 1 Part … [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...]

Are You Smarter than a Notre Dame Theologian? Episode 2, IVF Edition

Tom McDonald pointed me to this article, co-authored by Joel Baden and Candida Moss -- the latter being a professor in the Theology Department at Notre Dame University.  Who doesn't know Catholic moral theology.  Let's walk through the article and compare Notre Dame vs. The Catholic Church. In 2011, Emily Herx was teaching English at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She was also having trouble getting pregnant, so she began in vitro fertilization treatments. When she i … [Read more...]

PSA: 100% of Condom Failures Occur During those “Fertile Days”

 The Atlantic reports on the increased use of fertility-awareness methods of family planning, especially among us educated-types.  Quick caution if you read the article, take a look at this quote and put on your thinking cap: Every morning when she wakes up, Becca, a college student in Pennsylvania, puts a teardrop-shaped thermometer called the Daysy under her tongue. If it lights up green, she knows that day she and her boyfriend can have sex without a condom. If it’s red or yellow, th … [Read more...]


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