"Where's the Left's Palin?"

Taylor Marsh, who is a very smart woman whose knee does not jerk, asks the question, and it's a revealing one. Despising her as they do, the question suggests that -beneath the disdain- they appreciate what she brings with her. At least Marsh does:Mrs. Palin's politics aren't for me, and though I pine to see hot headliners from the left, instead we get the likes of Claire McCaskill, Kathleen Sebelius and other Obama blue dog duds, with no women of any wattage in sight.As much as they … [Read more...]

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The Myth of Held-back Catholic Women

New Monastery Going Up Through the Efforts of Five WomenPolitics is opportunistic; in the wake of the last three weeks unending coverage of the decades-old scandals in the Catholic church, Lisa Miller of Newsweek has decided that this is the time to push for the feminist interests.The chasm between the church's stated principles and its functional reality yawns wide. In the U.S., 60 percent of Sunday massgoers are women; thus most of the contributions to the collection plate—$6 billion a y … [Read more...]

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Abortion, the Sisters of Life & Hope – UPDATES

My friend Tony Rossi has had the opportunity to interview one of the foundresses of the Sisters of Life, Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, for The Christophers Closeup, and it's really rather wonderful and inspiring:Founded after New York’s Cardinal John O’Connor visited the Dachau concentration camp and vowed to protect the dignity of every human life, the Sisters of Life provide a safe haven for women who experience an unplanned pregnancy and aren’t sure what to do. Mother Agnes Mary Donovan tells … [Read more...]

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Bang! Zoom! Sally Jenkins goes off!

It's one thing for a nobody-former-Dem-former-feminist-blogger like me to say this sort of stuff; for a mainstream journalist writing in the Washington Post, a defense of Tim Tebow and a pro-life ad during Super Bowl time is truly noteworthy.This is dynamic truth-speaking to a stagnant and hypocritical establishment. This is someone who claims to be liberal actually writing like a liberal -as liberalism used to be defined; it is someone secure enough in her own abilities to reason that she is … [Read more...]

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Five years in a shelter?

Over at New Advent, I found a story from CBS news that I think was meant to be an amusing sort of "feel good" story:Manhattan Soup Kitchen Serves Caviar; Anonymous Donor Gives 150 NYC Needy a Taste of Luxury LifeThere was something special on the menu at a New York soup kitchen Thursday.Those eating lunch at the Broadway Community Inc. facility in Manhattan got a taste of the luxury life, thanks to a gift of caviar from an anonymous donor.The caviar was served along with sour cream and … [Read more...]

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NeW Women on Campus -PJTV

Hyper tied up, today, but may I strongly recommend you take 20 minutes (I know, that's long in blog-reading) to watch Dr. Helen explore the values and victimhoods of the modern feminist movement as it exists on college campuses. She speaks with a spokesperson for (NeW), the Network of enlightened Women, which works to counter the extreme rhetoric of these collegiate feminists, and their nearly all-encompassing grasp within the colleges, with little or no organized opposition.Really … [Read more...]

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A beautiful photo link!

Our Passionist friends at St. Joseph's Monastery in Kentucky invite us to make a retreat with them.I would love to be there right, when their lovely grounds are in splendid autumn, offering hope in the vivid colors that accompany approaching silence; promise of renewal.But, since I am nowhere near Kentucky (and like a bad wine, I do not travel well) I will content myself, for now, with enjoying the lovely photos which the sisters have posted on their blog.Maybe we should take up a … [Read more...]

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Dowd: Which are miserable nuns? – UPDATED

Dominican Nuns having funSo many people have written so well about Maureen Dowd's recent display of sublime ignorance on the subject of nuns and the oppressive, patriarchal church that has oppressed them and kept them down encouraged them to do and be and lead, teach, advise and build for lo these 2000 years that I really did not feel a need to comment.After all, Archbishop Timothy Dolan said it so well, in a letter to the NY Times, which they naturally declined to print, as he called Dowd … [Read more...]

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Polanski: Althouse dares to ask…UPDATED

Honestly, you'd think that -of all issues in the world- the rape of a 13 year old by a 44 year old man would be one issue on which people on the left and the right could come together.Apparently not.For the record, let Kate Harding remind us what Roman Polanski did.As the chronic moral arbiters of the world, who work out of Hollywood, rush to defend Roman Polanski by signing petitions, crying about how they can't watch movies in Switzerland "knowing Roman Polanski is sitting in a cell 5km … [Read more...]

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The Great Head-Covering Experiment

After the huge amount of interest and commentary generated by my musings on wearing a head-covering to church, I thought I would give an update!No, I did not look this prettySo, yesterday, I went to mass and I DID obey the nagging, nudging urge I've had to cover my head.But I did not use the black, veil-y scarf I'd been considering. Instead, heeding all the good advice so many had left here (or emailed), I chose a scarf that matched my blouse and wore it as a scarf, pausing before … [Read more...]

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