“I don’t own my child’s body” is a clever mask for something cruel

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"I Don't Own My Child's Body" is the weirdly melodramatic title of a parenting piece from CNN Living.  (It's from 2012, but is making the rounds again.)   You can see from the URL that the original title was probably something more like, "Give Grandma a Hug" -- and that's really all the piece is about.  The author's kid sometimes doesn't feel like hugging or kissing somebody, so her mom doesn't make her: She doesn't have to hug or kiss anyone just because I say so, not even me. I will not ove … [Read more...]

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Those unsophisticated Catholics just exorcised the entire country of Mexico.

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He was speaking about being too guarded against inexplicable wonders, being so sophisticated that we "miss Christmas."  But I think his warning is just as useful when we encounter inexplicable horrors. Just as we savvy, sophisticated, skeptical Catholics are in danger of insulating ourselves against the glorious works of God, we might also miss the blunt and obvious signs that the devil is also busy and active in the world. If the Mexican clerics believe an exorcism was necessary, then I believe … [Read more...]

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At the Register: Evil Isn’t Private (And Neither Is Good)

Like it or not, we are all part of that family -- as we see in the story of a drug addict who infected dozens of patients in the hospital where he worked, and the young judge who thought hard about his sentence. … [Read more...]

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