2 Men Might Make a Lady, but Never a Woman

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Colonel Pickering and Henry Higgins might have made a lady out of Eliza Doolittle, but together they could not have made the woman. Guest post by Russell ShawDoes Henry Higgins hold the key to settling the same-sex marriage debate? Not quite. But in the wake of the Supreme Court decision declaring a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, it’s well worth considering what Higgins has to tell us.In “My Fair Lady” Professor Higgins sings a song called “Why Can’t a Woman Be Like a Man?”. … [Read more...]

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8 Things Catholics can “Do” to “Fix” Things

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I really appreciated this piece by Father Robert Barron, which looks at past challenges of the church, in light of the Obergefell decision legalizing gay marriage.His piece, along with many other headlines and blogposts I'll link to below, got me thinking, and -- as Father Barron would say -- "here's the thing...":My email is full of people wringing their hands and fretting -- really fretting -- "how do we fix this? What to do, what to do, what to do?"What do people mean, when they … [Read more...]

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SCOTUS asks if Marriage is a “Right”; Is it Something More?

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I'm down with an illness that has rocked me with some high fevers, so posting hasn't happened, and won't for another day or so, but my radio is on and I'm hearing reports that Justices Kennedy and Breyer are asking questions that suggest they're wondering whether marriage ought to be considered a "right".That reminded me of my own wonderings on that question, which I shared at First Things in 2012: Is Marriage a "Right" or an "Office"? I think it comes down to offices, and the equality to be … [Read more...]

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RFRA Tempts Kristallnacht but Sane Voices Arising?

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Well, America -- pitching between lunacy and sorrow -- seems to be reaching a tipping point.The Indiana RFRA story has inspired hypocritical businessmen to declare they won't sell their wares to the Midwestern rubes who won't settle down and think right.It has lured dependable establishment shills into bravely expressing the exact moral outrage guaranteed to get a cheer from the audience.It has assured some in the press that cutting off the microphone of a guest who will not buckle … [Read more...]

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Blurred Lines: Religious Freedom and Indiana SB101

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Melinda Selmys believes some lobbyists behind Indiana's SB 101 intend to blur important lines of distinction between authentic religious freedom and “Christian freedom.”[While I am still on book-writing break, Melinda Selmys guest-posts about important distinctions that are becoming blurred in our national discourse on religious freedom and the inviolability of an individual's religious conscience. Melinda is a convert to Catholicism, a contributor at Spiritual Friendship, and the author of 4 … [Read more...]

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Francis “Endorses Referendum” Denying Gay Marriage, Adoption

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At yesterday's General Audience, Pope Francis -- greeting Slovak pilgirms, and apparently referencing an upcoming vote in Slovakia on same sex marriage and adoption -- encouraged them to work "to continue their efforts in defense of the family, the vital cell of society."I'm not sure anyone -- except the most extreme and unrealistic of Francis' haters and admirers, both of whom seem to believe that he intends to upend church teaching any minute, now -- would expect him to say differently. … [Read more...]

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4 Vital Conversations the Church Must Have Without Passion or Prejudice

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Echo chambers can be very deceiving. You go into the same sites everyday -- the sites you either love, because they validate your thinking, or love to hate because you can show them to others who also hate them, and have your feelings validated, once again -- and after a while you fall for an illusion of breadth and width; you begin to think that the 80 or 800 people with whom you agree are the vast silent majority; that "everybody" -- or at least the right-thinking folks with common-sense -- … [Read more...]

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You Want Dignity? You Should Have It. So Should Everyone.

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All day I had hoped to find time to respond to this piece by Frank Bruni in the New York Times wherein he argues that religious liberty must be regulated and sidelined, for the sake of human dignity, particularly his:Christian fundamentalists in this country are practiced at claiming marginalization and oppression. “They’re always saying they’re kept out of the public square, and that’s baloney,” said Marci Hamilton, a constitutional law expert and the author of “God vs. the Gavel.” “They’re … [Read more...]

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Gay and Catholic: A Vital Book for Our Time

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Over at the Patheos Book Club, they're talking about several interesting new titles -- it's always a good place to stop and explore books; like an actual, old-fashioned, store you can read excerpts while sipping coffee in your comfy chair.I'm particularly interested in their November offerings, because they include titles by Patheos Catholic bloggers, Lisa Hendey (whose book, The Grace of Yes) will be featured in the second half of the month, so more on that, later) and Eve Tushnet, whose … [Read more...]

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Relatio, OY! Problematic Paragraph 50! #Synod14

Yes, the language in paragraph 50 is troublesome, and fast-becoming notorious. Indeed, would homosexuals like hearing that the orientation of straights is "to be valued" in and of itself? I get it, you can stop sending me emails, b/c friends, I have no time to answer themBecause the language is causing a furor -- Father Dwight is pretty unhappy with it. I'm trying to keep in mind that this relatio we are all working from is an unofficial translation, and that those sometimes contain a … [Read more...]

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