Dissecting Bodies, Sex, Sin, Selves: Catholic, Muslim and Plasticine

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A couple of days ago Muslimah Media Watch examined the way the media indulges in reductive stereotyping of Muslim women, whenever sexual issues are discussed:Thank you Jezebel for your groundbreaking work in this field and for using phrases like “Islam, surprisingly…” and “All of which may make many a Muslim woman blush,” because that’s not reductive at all – particularly when discussing Muslim women and their intimate lives, completely missing the point that sexuality is a normal part of Is … [Read more...]

The Fruit of Chastity

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Max Lindenman has a good post up, on how to write about sex, when one is Catholic.Since we Catholics tend to do that a lot (one of the frankest bit of Catholic writing on sex I have ever read -- and appreciated -- was Elizabeth Duffy's essay on the subject, included in Hallie Lord's Style, Sex and Substance), I appreciated Max's very honest take on his own evolution on the issue:A few weeks ago, Joanne McPortland wrote a piece comparing Catholics to BDSM submissives. In sharing the … [Read more...]

Sacred Sex: is a Doorway to the Eternal

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Tim Muldoon winds up his five-part series on the "McDonaldsization of Sex" with some splendid theology:Here's God's proposal: "if you choose to enter into a lifelong relationship with a person of the opposite sex, and choose to love that person in every moment of every day for the rest of your life, you'll come to know who I am and how I love the people I've created. It will demand all of you; it will demand sacrifice and conversion and transformation. It will demand forfeiting all your … [Read more...]

Does Mo Dowd think Celibacy = Pedophilia?

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Zoran Karapancev / Courtesy of Shutterstock.comI hadn't read Mo Dowd's latest screed because I've been really busy and because, well, her Yosemite Sam act has really begun to bore me over the years -- as Joanne (envisioning Dowd as another Looney Toon fave) writes here:I wonder sometimes why she doesn’t simply self-destruct in her Tasmanian Devil hissing and spinning...Anyway, because I read Joanne's piece, I read Dowd's -- and if you're going to read either you should read both. T … [Read more...]

The New Celibates

How ironic that in a year where religious, and especially priestly, celibacy has been put under a microscope, debated and often excoriated, the secular hipsters in New York City are discovering the power that comes with celibacy:“I had man whiplash,” [Julia Allison] says. “I needed to put my neck in a brace.”She issued a proclamation, writing on her Web site last week, “I decided to codify my unofficial gut reaction of ‘I really don’t feel like dating’ into an official ‘No Dating, No Sex’ sta … [Read more...]

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...]

Lindsay Lohan & Jesus Christ

You know, from time to time, I have more conservative Catholics give me a hard time for linking (or referencing) the Jesuit priest and writer, Fr. James Martin.James is a Jesuit, so by definition, yes, he is going to be a little more left-of-center than me on some things, but those who would dismiss him as a far-leftist, or -more importantly- as anything but obedient and loving of the church wherein he works, and the Lord he serves, risks exposing himself or herself as uninformed and a bit … [Read more...]

July 22 St. Mary Magdalene

St. Mary Magdalene, Pray for UsAt our most recent Big Family Party I got into a conversation with a dear friend of the family - a lady in her 70's who is very modern-thinking, and on top of the conventional wisdom. Somehow the conversation got into television programming, and a general consensus was reached: television was more entertaining when there were five channels to choose from and afternoon and late-night movies. Now? "Hundreds of channels and there's never anything … [Read more...]

Mark Sanford: Crying in Argentina? UPDATES!

While Iran is in tumult, the whole world pauses: for a pathetic, sad, Sanford presser in which he admits he has been cheating on his wife.Now, go away, sir. Bravo to your wife for not standing there with you, allowing the cameras to chronicle her misery. You were never going to be president, anyway, because -as I have said repeatedly - men who seem like competent middle-management types are DONE being president in this country:A staid, respectable white fellow with no twinge of flavor is … [Read more...]

Letterman's Lame Non-Apology -UPDATED

Hey, David Letterman wasn't making sexual jokes about the 14-year old! He was just branding the 18-year old who, after all, "did get knocked up" and should therefore be forever caricatured as a slut by a 62 year-old progressive looking for adolescent laughs! And their mother looks slutty, too! Haw-haw! They're all sluts, haw-haw!So much for the progressive notions of "respect-for-women's-choices" and the "tolerant" mantra that "teenagers-will-have-sex-so-what's-the-big-deal." I wonder how … [Read more...]


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