‘I’m not going to vote for any of them’

After gazillionaire Santorum-supporter Foster Friess inadvertently discouraged women from voting for his pet candidate by saying that an “aspirin between the knees” was all the health care women need, he eventually offered a half-hearted apology. This comment from Friess’ pseudo-apology is revealing: My wife constantly tells me I need new material — she understood the [Read More…]

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Sunday favorites

1 John 4:7-12 Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that [Read More…]

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Where the streets have no name

“Dear 1962, This is The Future speaking. You spent a lot of time thinking about me lately. I’m touched. Let me tell you what’s happened …” “I told myself, ‘If you can only get to the stove and pick up one of the iron skillets, you might be able to knock him in the head [Read More…]

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Smart people saying smart things

Mary E. Hunt: “Communion or Disunion?: Sacraments do not ‘belong’ to the clergy“ The shift is in models of authority — from the top down, clergy-centered model to a more rounded, communal one. It is a new thing under the contemporary Catholic sun but it is real. … One account of Ms. Johnson’s experience at [Read More…]

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On ‘Fixing the Moral Deficit’ (part 2)

(Part 1 of this review here, by proxy.) At the end of Ronald J. Sider’s most recent book, Fixing the Moral Deficit: A Balanced Way to Balance the Budget, there’s an appendix of “Action Steps” for readers. The first of these reads as follows: Read and reflect on a few dozen of the hundreds of [Read More…]

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International Women’s Day

It’s International Women’s Day, so here’s another round-up of links on women in the church (and the world). Brooke Eikenberry: “Unbinding the Feet: Women in Ministry” To me, it is a question of injustice, and we as believers should seek justice for the oppressed and downtrodden. But it is more than that; it is also [Read More…]

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A fine rant from Scott Paeth on the U.S. Catholic bishops

Scott Paeth responds to the U.S. Catholic bishops‘ efforts to prevent insurance from covering women’s health care. Due in part to my own family’s recent interactions with that bunch, I particularly liked this part of Paeth’s post: In all honesty, my first reaction to any attempt by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to make [Read More…]

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Deporting the best and the brightest

Two recent stories that I find equal parts confounding and infuriating. First, from Raw Story/Reuters, “Miami students rally for valedictorian facing deportation“: A judge on Monday denied a green card request by Daniela Pelaez, an 18-year-old who was born in Colombia and brought by her parents to the United States when she was four. Her [Read More…]

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