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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Grace is free, but not all fees are simony

The expense of obtaining a decree of nullity makes it difficult for some people to come into full communion with the Church. When annulments are expensive, there is also the risk that outsiders (or even Catholics) perceive that annulment is just "Catholic divorce," for sale to parishioners with enough ready cash. But here's the problem: it really does cost money to do it right. Read the rest at the Register. image By Gratianus (culture.gouv.fr) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons … [Read more...]

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The boy has an aha moment.

PIC Aha band "Not this kind, fortunately. Never this kind."Says the boy: My tooth is almost out. Can I just have my tooth fairy money now so I can buy this thing? Me: Nope. Sorry. Boy: Okay. I guess I better haul some more rocks so I can earn the money, because I really want it. Me: Good idea. [Me on the inside: HALLELUJAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!]Now to spread the word to everyone who owns a credit card . . . … [Read more...]

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Defund! Defund! Defund!

From the Boston Globe:A Massachusetts antiabortion group has unveiled a bill that would let individual taxpayers opt out of paying for publicly funded abortions. Under the measure, a taxpayer could choose to have whatever portion of their state taxes pays for abortion coverage directed instead to the Baby Safe Haven Law. That law allows parents to leave unwanted newborns at fire stations and other designated locations. I LOVE this idea.  Puts those Planned Parenthood ghouls in the position … [Read more...]

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You can’t be any poorer than dead – UPDATED

Trick-or-treaters might be coming around with UNICEF donation boxes.  Don't give 'em a dime -- UNICEF pushes for abortion and sterilization as part of its efforts to improve the lives of women and children.  Beyond the immediate irony of that idea, it's not even good policy.  According to CatholicCulture.org (emphasis mine): Pro-family UN watchers are concerned that [UNICEF'S] disproportionate focus on unsafe abortion, based upon questionable maternal mortality figures, detracts from addressing … [Read more...]

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7 Quick Takes: “Fair’s Fair” Edition

Don't worry, it's not another scholarly fisk of the cultural significance of Billy Jean.  I'm talking about the county fair!  The fair!  Who doesn't love the fair?If you're taking your kids to the fair for the first time, you are going to hate it. - It will be, second only to the birth itself, the most miserable, sticky, disappointing, and ludicrously expensive day of your life as parents.  You will go home wondering why you just paid hundreds of dollars to make your kids this dirty and u … [Read more...]

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Simcha’s guide to financial empowerment

Does your library give out copious prizes just for checking out books in the summer?  Ours does:  ice cream and pizza coupons, tickets to sports events, T-shirts and toys, games, stickers, etc.But the prize that thrilled my kids the most was something new this year:  ten dollars!  Their enthusiasm was only slightly dampened when we explained that no one was actually going to hand them a ten-dollar bill--they'd have to open an account at a local bank, which would credit them $10.Daddy was … [Read more...]

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