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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Living in a panic room: Virtuous pedophiles?

"Eternally hunkered down in a panic room." That's how one psychologist describes  the interior lives of people who are sexually attracted to prepubescent children.Who could pity a pedophile? Of all the crimes in the world, child abuse rightly seem unforgivable.  "It would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea." That's what Christ said about people who hurt little children.But that's how we feel about people who act … [Read more...]

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At Synod, Sex-Obsessed Catholic Church Finally Talks About Sex, Finally

It is stunning that the Bishops are talking about sex! As long as you are the kind of person who wakes up stunned to see the sun rise, stunned to find that you have feet at the end of your legs, stunned to discover that the floor under those feet is still made out of wood, just like it has been for decades and decades. Read the rest at the Register. PIC John Paul II waving … [Read more...]

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Don’t be a sex sponge.

Most women bloggers have a loyal reader and commenter who can be described as "Issues Guy."  Like a dog has fleas, he's got issues with women -- and man, do they bite.My Issues Guy put himself right in the middle of this post on idolatry, in a tangential combox conversation which turned out to be far more interesting than the post itself  (even though the post itself had "foreskin" in the title!). Issues Guy described his perfect potential wife and marriage thus: The Plan Find a woman w … [Read more...]

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And that’s exactly why I wrote my book.

Okay, so I've been trying not to grouse publicly about it every time someone says boo to me. This is not that!I came across a review that thought the first two third of my book ("NFP and your spiritual life" and "NFP and the rest of the world") were good, but he really didn't like the third part ("NFP in the trenches").  He's an NFP teacher, and thinks that maybe we need to talk about intimate things, but only in an intimate setting:  literally, person to person. His review got a c … [Read more...]

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Sex is about lovers, not about sex

People need to hear this more.  Will Duquette (are you reading Will Duquette?  You should be!) says It is true that the first stages of Eros are like shooting the rapids on a river: exciting and scary, and great fun, especially if you’re an adrenalin junky. But mature Eros is that like that same river, downstream: wide and deep, flowing strongly, deeply peaceful but in no way static or stagnant.Oh, yes: and sometimes there’s sex involved, and it gets better over time, especially when you get … [Read more...]

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Great stuff from Steve Gershom

Humans don’t make sense without gender.When I tell people I don’t believe that homosexual acts are right, I don’t mean two men shouldn’t have sex; I mean they can’t. See what he means. … [Read more...]

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