Violence Against Women: The Underbelly.

What Incarnation?

Extreme violence has always bothered me. Forget trying to get me to watch a really violent film. I will have both of my ears stopped with my hands or a nearby cushion. But violence against women seems to me particularly unseemly and not just in an ungentlemanly sense. The movie The Passion of the Christ gave me a clue about this inclination.In the scene where Christ is being flogged, the character of the devil enters in a figure that mocks Mary, the mother of Jesus, and the birth of the … [Read more...]

White Smoke!, Women & the Church, Shoe Leather Evangelization, and Pope Francis’ Pontificate

This post is going to be a bit rambling as I want to mention several different things.But most importantly, happy anniversary to Pope Francis on the first anniversary of his pontificate. I was out for a walk, convinced that I didn't need to be glued to the television because it would be quite some time before the cardinals reached a consensus. (Shows you how dialed into the Holy Spirit I was/am…) I was on the phone talking to Teresa Tomeo and suddenly she kept repeating, "White smoke! Wh … [Read more...]

Ready to Rumble: Discussing a Theology of Woman.

I'll be on the Drew Mariani Show, hosted by Wendy Wiese at 4.30 ET today to discuss the theology of women. A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece prompted by Pope Francis' implicit call for a theology of woman. Generated a variety of responses. Check them out and guess which is my favorite...Simcha Fisher offered some much appreciated support, too.As did Elizabeth Scalia on Facebook. I'll just post her comment here. She cites Simcha's article:Look, Catholic women are in a very peculiar p … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day: Gender Matters

In his book Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe describes the women at an exclusive party in Manhattan. The first group, starved to near perfection, used fashion to compensate for the natural curves that they had denied their bodies. These were mostly the first wives and “women of a certain age.” Then he describes the “lemon-tarts,” the women who were young, the live-in girlfriends, or subsequent wives. But he notes that one type of woman was missing: “[N]o one ever invited … Mother.”R … [Read more...]

Presidential Debates Reveal Two Clashing Views Of Women

Just before yesterday’s debate, a USA Today/Gallup poll showed Gov. Mitt Romney taking the lead over President Barack Obama. The lead was largely attributed to more women giving their support to the governor. As I wrote yesterday, this suggests that maybe, just maybe, women care about more than “pelvic politics” (abortion, contraception, abortion and abortion).The debates gave considerable evidence of each candidate’s view of women.Read more here.  … [Read more...]

What Women Want: Romney Leads Obama

An outside observer, say an anthropologist hundreds of years from now, might survey the evidence of our conversations and conclude that women were only concerned about their genital regions. Look no further than the so-called war on women, just another version of pelvic politics. You know, abortion, contraception, abortion, and, oh yes,  abortion. As if women have no other concerns.Well, a USA Today/Gallup poll now shows Gov. Romney taking the lead over Pres. Obama precisely because more w … [Read more...]


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