Meyer: Americans, feel pride re Obama!

Dick Meyer, writing over at NPR (when we all know he should be out there promoting his excellent book, Why We Hate Us) says we as a nation - regardless of our political affiliations or which way we're voting - should feel proud, tonight, to watch an African American be declared the official presidential nominee of a major political party.I would hope that as voters listen to Obama's acceptance speech and watch his campaign, they will do so with pride no matter how they ultimately vote. And I … [Read more...]

Questions the Dalai Lama is never asked…

...nor are Buddhist monks or nuns, or celibate Buddhists or Taoists:But what about SEX? Are you going to live without SEX? You can't really live without SEX can you? Aren't you curious about SEX? Don't you want to have SEX? Aren't you repressed if you're not having SEX?They never ask this of the Buddhists or the Taoists because...well, those are the "good" religions, the "enlightened" religions.But if you're a Christian - especially a Catholic - it's a backward thing, and you're … [Read more...]

After-lunch chat w/ Fr. Jim continues…

Our early-morning chat with Fr. James Martin is here. Now that we've all munched a bit, let us continue - there are questions here about 9/11, relativism and more. Don't forget, you can get a 35% discount on My Life With the Saints if you order via Loyola Press between today and June 8! Mention marketing code 2683 when ordering it either online at Loyola Books or calling 800-621-1008. Keep scrolling down for new questions and answers.Question/Comments from Jason, Martha and Snupnhomer: in … [Read more...]

Prudery, Virginity and Do-Me Feminism

John Hawkins is featuring an interview with Carol Platt Liebau wherein she discusses her new book, Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Damages Girls (and America, Too!)The cover-design is awful; it reminds me of one of Anne Rice's Vampire tomes, but the book itself sounds interesting. Here's an excerpt from the interview:CPL: my view, there has been a strand of feminism that has been very destructive to young girls and even to women of slightly older ages and I talk about them in … [Read more...]

Gay Marriage, Hate Speech, Good Lord.

:::UPDATE::: CALIFORNIA PASSES GAY MARRIAGE::: MY THOUGHTS here :::END UPDATE::::Let's put this in chronological order, shall we?Primo: The dispute began in January 2003, when the two Oakland employees created a subgroup at their workplace called the "Good News Employee Association." It was partly in response to a group of homosexual employees having formed their own group 10 months before and being given access to the city e-mail system. One e-mail, dated Oct. 11, 2002, invited city … [Read more...]

Every Sperm is Sacred?

Got an interesting email from another blogger, a fairly new Catholic, who is having a little trouble believing something. He writes:...some people on my blog suggested that every ejaculation had to hit the target, so to speak....meaning, umm, no completed oral tasks, for example.I am quite sure hardly anyone knows about the "every sperm is sacred" rule or thinks it is still valid - I hadn't known that some insist every sperm had to umm "hit the target" - certainly no one in RCIA mentioned … [Read more...]