Is it easier for rich people to have big families?

David Mills is doing a little self-examination at Aleteia with A Marxist Lesson for Breeding Catholics: What is romance to the comfortable can be a burden to the poor and sick. Mills is a good and honest man, and has a knack for prodding our weak spots without excusing himself. I think he's only half right in this essay, though.His main thesis: Most of the Catholics writing about Catholic sexuality are resting comfortably in a place of privilege -- and they should knock it off. For a … [Read more...]

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An Ethically-Produced Shingles Vaccine?

Many pro-lifers still decline to use any vaccine that was not ethically derived, choosing instead to face the risk of contracting and spreading preventable, often fatal diseases. Whatever is keeping Americans from taking full advantage of vaccines, this potential new shingles vaccine is a step in the right direction, and pro-lifers are rightly heartened by the possible advent of at least one ethically-derived vaccine. It's a bit early to celebrate, though. Read the rest at the … [Read more...]

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Bagels from Heaven, very imperfect contrition, and conversations with the dead

These are all topics we discussed yesterday during Mark Shea's radio show, Connecting the Dots, where I am a co-host every Monday. I keep forgetting to remind people about this show, but it's lots of fun! Here is a podcast of yesterday's show, where we answered reader's questions, including "Should we pray for the conversion of Satan?" … [Read more...]

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Reading, watching, listening to …

I'm reading ...When You Are Engulfed In Flames by David SedarisSedaris is the master of the short, comic, grotesque personal essay.  Are his rambling ideas connected, or is he just really good at making it seem like they are? I don't know, but I die of envy. A little David Sedaris goes a long way, though, and the essays in this collection are not quite as tight and sharp as some of his other works -- but still, very funny stuff, enough to make me snort while I'm reading in bed.  An ex … [Read more...]

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What’s for supper? Vol. 10: ‘At’samatta for you?

  SATURDAY HOBBIT BIRTHDAY! Roast chicken, asparagus, braided stuffed bread, and roast apples; hot cider; birthday cake and ice cream.One of my four teenagers had a birthday. Fine, her birthday was last month. But when we finally got around to having a party, it was pretty good. It was a dinner party very loosely based on The Hobbit.Mommy blogging alert and disclaimer. I like making crafts, decorating cakes, and crap like that. It is fun for me. If you hate crafts and stuff, … [Read more...]

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China’s One-Child Policy Relaxed Nationwide

Chinese couples will soon be permitted by the state to have two children. According to the New York Times, the Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua has announced that the Communist party is relaxing its decades-old population control policy, which brutally punished couples for having more than one child.Read the rest at the Register.Image by Carol Schaffer licensed under creative commons … [Read more...]

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Not everything is fixable (God have mercy on us all)

A caller once asked radio host Dr. Laura for advice about an impossible situation. I forget the details -- something about lots of children and lots of fathers, various addictions, various betrayals, and a family tree that was twisted and ingrown and diseased. Dr. Laura could not offer much hope to the caller, other than to point out that her story shows why it's so important not to have kids out of wedlock."But--" the caller protested.  "What if I can get my boyfriend to go to therapy?" Dr. … [Read more...]

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