The Innocent Grown-Ups Abandoned by Obergefell

Shortly after the Supreme Court decision imposing same-sex marriage laws, I read this reaction from Lindsey at A Queer Calling: If you were to ask me to name my top fear, I would tell you that I am most afraid of Sarah losing health care access. Currently, Sarah’s health care access rests entirely on my employer extending coverage to domestic partners. We first opened the conversation about protecting ourselves legally over 20 months ago. We’ve been encouraged to grant one another durable power … [Read more...]

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Good Cause: Support Local Catholic Radio – Updated

UPDATE: Here's the link to the Quick Give form (hosted by OSV), where you can designate your gift to be used for Catholic Radio. From in the inbox, a request for help from St. Peter's Catholic Church in Columbia, SC, to fund a local radio station ASAP.  This was a bit of a surprise, and is a use-it-or-lose-it situation.  Details in the pastor's letter:At the end of the three Sunday Masses I celebrated last weekend, I announced that Saint Peter’s School has received a Low Power FM … [Read more...]

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Confederates and Conversion

H/T to Joe Long for the link to this history of the conversion of Nathan Bedford Forrest, which begins by explaining just how unconverted the man was: Nathan went on to become a very successful and wealthy businessman. Though uneducated and “backwoods” by nature, he was a skilled entrepreneur, albeit in an immoral trade. He made his fortune as a slave trader and as a plantation owner, and by the time the Civil War began in 1861, he was worth 1.5 million dollars, an astronomical figure, when con … [Read more...]

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Cut Out The Iconoclast Nonsense, Y’all

I'm losing my patience with the sudden anti-Confederate Flag hysteria that seems to be infecting everyone, everywhere.Some of us who live in South Carolina and were glad to see the flag come down from in front of the State House would like to remind you:We didn't think up that resolution two minutes ago.  This has been a long and peaceful democratic process that has unfurled in stages.  The late unpleasantness was a catalyst for something we've been thinking about for a long while. T … [Read more...]

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XY Motherhood: What do Recent IVF Cases in the News Tell Us? – Updated

UPDATE: For a detailed treatment of the question of intersex persons and the possibility of sex change, see Christopher Tollefsen writing at Public Discourse, "Sex Identity."   *** A friend shared two articles about genetically XY women who conceived via IVF.  She wonders what we are to make of such cases.  A few thoughts:1. The real scandal in these particular stories (here and here) is the use of IVF, which is gravely immoral.2. I'm not aware of any particular Church teaching on how t … [Read more...]

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#Edel15 – Wow did I need this.

What I'm doing this weekend is hanging out at the Edel Gathering (read and weep on Twitter at #Edel15).  Going to parties is not the kind of thing that I do.  But I live in the general neighborhood, and my friend was going and she asked if I'd meet her for lunch, and then new tickets opened up, and next thing I knew, wow, party!Coming here was the best decision ever.  I have a great network of faithful Catholic mom friends at home in regular life, and a massive network of Catholic geek fr … [Read more...]

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What’s the Point of Pointless Suffering?

An acquaintance lamented privately about a particular difficulty her family had faced, and the senselessness of it all. She had endured any number of trials past and present, but those had all had meaning. She could see in those other cases how the sacrifices and hardships were oriented towards a greater good. Now she faced a situation that was nothing but purposeless torment.Adding to the insult, she was aware of ways to possibly relieve her family's suffering, but every avenue that offered … [Read more...]

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