Dear Facebook: If This Isn’t Hate Speech, Then What Is?

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Last month, I and many of my friends filed a complaint with Facebook against an aggressively anti-Christian Facebook page titled “Virgin Mary Should’ve Aborted”.  Each of us received the following standardized response:"Thank you for taking the time to report something that you feel may violate our Community Standards. Reports like yours are an important part of making Facebook a safe and welcoming environment. We reviewed the page you reported for containing hate speech or symbols and found … [Read more...]

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Ostia Antica: St. Augustine’s Home Town

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On August 28, we celebrate the feast of St. Augustine of Hippo, the North African convert who became one of Catholicism's greatest educators after his conversion.I've posted several articles about St. Augustine (here and here and here).  I thought I’d round out the series with a few pics from some of his favorite hometown haunts.Back in 2003 or 2004, I had the privilege of leading a group of pilgrims to some of the fun spots in and around Rome.   One of my favorite spots, outside of t … [Read more...]

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Prayer Before Sex? It’ll Never Catch On!

When I was a child, I once heard my mother talking with a friend about sex.Not the “oh my gosh!” kind of sex talk. You see, the woman and her husband were very devout; and her complaint was that after they had sexual relations he would pop up, kneel beside the bed, and pray. Every time.I don’t know whether he intended it to be a prayer for forgiveness, but that’s how she took it. She felt—rightly or wrongly—that her husband considered sex to be a necessary evil, a means of conceiving chil … [Read more...]

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