Nuns and Bishops and Popes, Oh My! – UPDATES

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The sisters are all Joan of Arc and the Bishops are all Don Giovanni!Allow me to clear my tabbar of these numerous links touching on the Sr. Margaret Farley story, the LCWR leadership meeting with Rome story and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad menfolk -- offering "the contorted thinking of celibate men" -- who just don't appreciate the linear and perfect thinking of the celibate women.I guess female celibacy is superior to male celibacy and therefore confers credibility on … [Read more...]

Heather King’s Poor Baby

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You have to be a pretty interesting person to be able to write three short, funny and spiritually wise biographies before you're terribly old. Heather King is onesuch. She describes herself as "an ex-lawyer, ex-drunk Catholic convert" and upon reading her book Redeemed, I promptly fell in love with her work.Then I actually began to correspond with Heather, (and corralled her into sharing some great stuff with Patheos) and came to love her person.Barbara Nicolosi has called her a … [Read more...]

Style, Sex, Substance:Frank Talk from Catholic Women – UPDATED

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The first time I head the title of Hallie Lord's new book, I was intrigued:Then I saw the list of formidable female writers Hallie had assembled to write ten frank, strong, funny, thoughtful and wrenching essays on the challenges of living an authentically Catholic life in a world where women are expected to take their cues from Kim Kardashian and Reality Wives (no thinking required) or Hillarys-Clinton-or-Rosen (the thinking is settled). I was hooked.What writers? Besides Hallie … [Read more...]

Hilary Rosen, Ann Romney and the Credentialists – UPDATES

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Although I use it during the day mostly to promote Patheos writers, after hours I consider Twitter to be something of a virtual pub; it's a place to wind down, engage in some casual conversation, yell about baseball and then say goodnight.Last evening, I tootled in to find the tweets flying fast and um, furiously. "Wha'd I miss?" I asked someone.It seems lobbyist and Dem operative Hilary Rosen had gone on CNN last night and spoken unwisely not once, but twice, first declaring that the … [Read more...]

Manna, Music and Men

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Marcia Morrissey has a really inspiring piece up at Patheos this week as she writes of volunteering with her granddaughter at Feed My Starving Children:This past week I brought my oldest granddaughter with me to volunteer as a food-packer at Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), an organization committed to feeding the hungry in places as disparate as Belarus, Mexico, Niger and North Korea. [...]We heard the story of a 14-year-old girl who came to an orphanage and was first thought to be … [Read more...]

Dowd's Yips Derail Even Her Praise – UPDATED

Seems yesterday was my day for writing about female journalists. Last night I was late to the Anthony Weiner/Andrew Breitbart story, barely having time to observe Barbara Walters diminish herself by allowing her hate to overrule her sense. Before that, I was filing my latest column for First Things, which looks at how Maureen Dowd -- whose whole career, latterly, has been about stone-throwing and filtering hate through pop-references -- has so ruined her pitching mechanics that even when she … [Read more...]

Is Society Purposely Messing with Boys' Heads?

A very thoughtful and surprisingly moving piece by Anthony Esolen, at Inside Catholic:Why, I wonder, do boys these days get no love? What have they done to deserve their treatment at our hands?Recently, a boy competing for his high school in the Iowa state wrestling tournament chose to forfeit his initial match rather than wrestle against a girl. He spoke about his decision with an admirable reserve and good sense, saying that wrestling could be a violent sport, and that in this case he … [Read more...]

Women's History: Drexel, Connelly, Addiss?

March is Women's History Month, and a good time to introduce you to the sorts of formidable women who made (or are making) enormous differences to the lives of many, but who frequently go unmentioned in the mainstream. Today I am going to introduce you to three of them. Interestingly enough, the first two hail from the affluent Philadelphia Society of the 19th century -- one was heiress to a fortune -- and the other is a modern woman of boundless energy, imagination and great warmth.Because … [Read more...]

Mo Dowd Shows Bullies How it's Done – UPDATE

Bullying and the Tolerance Disconnect have been subjects brought very much to the fore, thanks to recent tragic events. It is a serious subject that deserves to be defined in serious terms and discussed in serious tones.Maureen Dowd, ever attuned to the cultural narrative (though increasingly unable to comprehend it) has glommed on the notion of bullies; she has taken this very sober topic and rendered it--as she frequently does--into cartoon and caricature. She then casts her Candyland … [Read more...]

Tales of Two Women

Two women whose stories are completely unrelated (except perhaps in their similar insistence on living life by their own lights) but I found both rather fascinating.Patricia HeatonPatricia Heaton has managed to carve out a successful career in an industry that doesn't much cotton to pro-life Christians. Tony Rossi captures some of her essence and energy:Reason played an important part in the development of Heaton’s pro-life views. She learned to articulate her position when she moved to N … [Read more...]


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