Yet another reason the all male priesthood makes sense

Chatting on Facebook about how nice it would be to hear more from men about NFP -- and how tricky it was for me to try to address men, as someone who is not their wife or mother.   We had the following exchange: Barbara Cobb: "In general men are more willing to accept direction from other men rather than women, including or especially their wives. I think that's why God in His wisdom set up an all-male priesthood."Me:  "Wow, I never thought of that. How many men would go to a woman priest f … [Read more...]

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Two great questions from men about NFP

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I had a great interview with the witty and insightful Scott Eric Alt of Logos & Muse yesterday, and he incorporated parts of our conversation into his review, Seven Reasons to Read Simcha Fisher’s Book on NFP.  This question came up: Why should we trust this mother of nine to make the case for NFP? That’s a fecun­dity beyond all rea­son! Either she’s not using NFP at all (oh the deceit!) or it does not really work. Nancy Pelosi infa­mously said that you call NFP-users “mama” and “dada,” and … [Read more...]

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At the Register: What Planned Parenthood Needs

News flash, Cecile:  Abortion is not and never has been #WhatWomenNeed.(Our pipes have been frozen for a few days, and my hair is in desperate need of washing; so my vanity won't let me post a picture of myself holding a #WhatWomenNeed placard.  But if you want to join in the fun with New Wave Feminists, where you can find a template for the placard, my suggestion for What Women Need is "PEACE IN THE WOMB.") … [Read more...]

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House of Cards – Which version hits harder?

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For the first time I can remember ever, I am looking forward to Valentine's Day.  Netflix will be releasing season two of House of Cards, hooray!  I didn't like every single thing about this series, but it was always interesting, and sometimes brilliant. It was juicy. I liked it.After we binge-watched season one, we went ahead and found the original, British version, and enjoyed that, too -- although, predictably, in a different way.  James Fallows at The Atlantic (who hastens to reassure us … [Read more...]

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Is there a story in Sochi’s gay bar? Up to a point, Lord Copper . . .

Sochi's only gay bar is overrun by reporters, who won't let Russians just sit down and have a damn drink while gay.Deadspin quotes eight different major news outlets who've dispatched reporters to Mayak, where the town's LGBT community goes to drink and dance. From a reporter at The New Republic: On Saturday night, I decided to check it out, along with friends who work for The Guardian, TIME, and The Independent. A flock of AP reporters was already there, enjoying mojitos. In the hallway, a … [Read more...]

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At the Register: Death of a Giraffe

Human are more important than animals; but caring about animals is part of what makes us human. … [Read more...]

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There’s nothing funny about race, sex, religion, handicaps, or ANYTHING, EVER.

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The other day, I got taken to task for giggling a bit over this story: a transgendered woman is running against an openly gay man for public office in Maryland.  My comment was, "Boy, it gets harder and harder to stand out."  This was, according to my critic, an unacceptably unchristian way of mocking a human person who struggles with a heavy cross.And I thought I was just having a larf.  The funny thing is, even the people involved thought it was kind of funny, too: “It’s strange and comica … [Read more...]

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