Subvert the Dominant Paradigm!

One of the most fun things about being Catholic is being genuinely counter-cultural even–and especially–among the thoroughly bourgeois heirs of the counter-culture.  Go John Barnes!

Memo to the selfish baby-haters who pretend to care about the earth but really just want to spend your dough on boats and trips to Paris on gas-guzzling jets, all while lecturing Catholics on staying out of your bedroom while you force us to pay for your contraceptives at gunpoint:

We will bury you.

  • Jared Clark

    The “we will bury you” link appears to be broken

  • thisismattwade

    Replies like Mr. Barnes’s make me wish I could be so witty! Awesome!

  • Stu

    Mark,

    When you wrote that last line, were you pounding your shoe on the table.

    Just wondering. :)

    • chezami

      Da!

  • Rebecca Fuentes

    This also makes me think about how many women I know who would love to marry and have families but, at 40 or close to it, have given up. They don’t buy into the hook-up culture; they’re looking for Christian men to share their lives with. It just hasn’t happened for them, for whatever reason. These also need to to be taken into account when we look at our fertility rate. There are the women who want no children, and on the other end of the spectrum, those who would dearly love to have them, but are not going to go out and artificially inseminate, etc.

  • silicasandra

    A few months ago I was in a checkout line (dangerous place to be with young kids, for sure) and saw a magazine about so-called green living advertising the latest in “eco-friendly sex toys.” One, talk about a niche market, and two, truly eco-friendly people wouldn’t be using any!

    • silicasandra

      And I see that this is basically the exact same thing. Zero mention about maybe sleeping with fewer people, and finding ways to enjoy sex without depending on yet more products to buy. (How “green” is it to peddle unnecessary consumer products, anyway?)

      • Newp Ort

        What’s wrong with toys?

        • silicasandra

          I wouldn’t say there’s anything wrong with them in and of themselves (though many of them would be tempting to use in an immoral way)…but it doesn’t seem fitting for environmentalists to propose buying things as a way to greenify their sex lives. Better to get better at it so they become unnecessary. ;)

  • lavallette

    “all while lecturing Catholics on staying out of your bedroom” ; Just a reminder that the gays were demanding that not just the Catholics but the entire state stays our of the bedroom when they demanded the decriminalization of their life style. Now they are all out to get back the state back into their bedroom by there demand for the legislation of gay marriage. By then intellectual consistency is not a criterion for any of the progressive social engineers!!.

  • Ginny

    I am a 75 year old Catholic woman raised by devoutly Catholic parents, educated in Philadelphia Catholic schools together with my six brothers and sisters. The fly in the ointment is that my parents were unskilled and uneducated and thus we lived in poverty while my parents gave birth to children on a yearly basis. My father was a radical John Bircher political conservative, profoundly fearful of communism, the last days, and pretty much anyone who thought differently than he did. He sadly had some sexual problems that caused immeasurable harm, particularly to his two daughters. My parents brought seven children into a home filled with poverty and bitterness. However, we attended First Friday 6:30 a.m. Mass monthly, after which we walked a mile back home for breakfast and then retraced our steps back to our parish school. At some point the secrets of Fatima (as I recall; I could be mistaken about the source) revealed that the Virgin Mary called for us to attend Mass on First Saturdays also. And so all of us aged 7 & older who had made our First Communion were now required to go to early Mass on the first Saturdays of the month. Fortunately, this didn’t last too long, perhaps because my father was required to go as well, on his day off. The family rosary was also part of our regimen of faith. Father Peyton, who said “the family that prays together stays together” unfortunately did not know my father, who would become angry at small children who didn’t know the particular mystery of the rosary they were called upon to say, causing the family rosary to devolve into weeping children and a raging father. When my husband & I married in 1963, I had unquestioningly accepted the chaos of our lives and failed to attribute it to the conditions under which I was raised. My brothers, most of whom fled my father’s home to sleep on their friends’ sofas or in their own cars if they had them, had long since left the church. I, on the other hand, had bought into the whole Catholic faith message, Two months after our marriage, I became pregnant. When our baby was two months old, I became pregnant again. When I told my mother, she wept in sadness and said, “I had hoped it would be different for you.” I tried to tell her we were happy and would be all right. When our baby was two months old & we were using an old, second hand washing machine and could not afford to buy a clothes dryer, I was hanging his cloth diapers in our musty basement to dry into hard boards & I had no money for Desitin ointment for a bleeding diaper rash, I began to think something was terribly wrong with my life. You are right. Children are precious and they should all be welcomed into the world by loving and protective parents, who should be educated and/or skilled and prepared to provide for the children they bring into the world. I am not suggesting they should be “perfect” parents. At seventy-five, I am old enough & wise enough to know better. But they should be able to love and care for and protect their children. Mine were not. Neither were my husband and I. Because we were not, we lost our first son who was hit by a car and killed because his mother did not know any better than to let him play outside unsupervised at age four-and-a-half. I was pregnant with our daughter when he died and his brother was three-and-a-half. Following my daughter’s birth, I had a tubal ligation, which I have never regretted for one moment. Nor do I believe that my loving God will punish me for a loving and responsible decision. Having written all of the forgoing respectfully and honestly, I want to say something more before signing off: How dare you sit in such harsh judgment of so many people, most of whom are doing the best they can in lives that are frequently difficult beyond belief? And before you respond that they are not the ones you are castigating, I would remind you that you know little of anyone’s reasons for their decisions, even when you think you do. I would remind you that Jesus reserved his anger for the hypocritical Pharisees and those who would stone the woman who had sinned while never saying a word against her himself. Your self-righteous comments and attitudes make me ashamed to be a Roman Catholic and bring shame to your church as surely as did those priests who harmed the children of God (the other population Jesus spoke out against when he said it would be better that a millstone be tied around their necks and they be thrown into the sea. God forgive you for your lack of charity and compassion and for the shame you bring to the Catholic Church.


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