Tree Change Dolls: Because Mary Anne Over Ginger

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I love this.When my nieces wanted Bratz dolls, I couldn't bring myself to buy them.Had I had an option to buy fresh-faced dolls that actually look like the girls who play with them? I'd have gone nuts with them.But then, I always did think Mary Anne was prettier and in all ways more interesting than Ginger. … [Read more...]

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How is the RFRA Issue Like the Rape Culture Issue?

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Been working on a project and late to the headlines, but something occurred to me after reading this and this and this and this and all of these, and watching this and this.There is a staggering amount of hysteria and outrage being spewed about Indiana's RFRA by many of the same people who -- just mere weeks ago -- were spewing in hysterical outrage about the nation's growing so-called "rape culture", and this despite disputed claims that 1 in 5 women are raped on college campuses, and a … [Read more...]

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What Nuns Do on the Annunciation Feast

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Our friends, the Dominican Nuns of Summit, NJ have a lovely tradition on the vigil of the Feast of the Annunciation: they process together to the Solemn Chapter for the Solemnity of the Annunciation, and then have the youngest sister-in-religion give a homily, addressing the community for the feast.This year, the honor went to a very-young-in-religion postulant:Mary is the great contemplative, the model for all contemplatives. What God asks of us is also beyond any ability we have, and … [Read more...]

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The Unwitting Compliment Paid to Cordileone and the Church

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Hot Air's Ed Morrissey is once again guest-hosting the Drew Mariani Show on Relevant Radio, and this afternoon, around 3PM Eastern, I will be joining him to talk about many things, including Lent, and yesterday's piece on the Archdiocese of San Francisco and what Frank Weathers calls a sort of Catholic Watergate.I wonder, while we are on the subject, what sort of practical solutions might be available -- and not available -- in such a litigious age. Could a Cathedral supply a kind of tent or … [Read more...]

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Hosing the Homeless: Important Lesson Still Unlearned from the Scandals

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By now, you have doubtless heard the story about how the Archdiocese of San Francisco, and particularly Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone are under fire for setting the sprinklers on the homeless in order to discourage loitering around Saint Mary’s Cathedral.It's not a nice story, and it is also a rather "neat" bit of timing that it has broken while Cordileone is being pressured to resist clarifying church teaching and developing morality clauses for the purposes of both instruction and h … [Read more...]

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Neighborhood Learns Sign Language, Surprises Muharrem

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Ordinarily, uplifting and emotion-grabbing videos are Deacon Greg's bailiwick (he has one up today, in fact that is fun and moving) but -- perhaps because my indefatigable grandparents were deaf -- this one made me smile, and yes, tear up a little, so I thought I'd share it. It's pretty lovely. Enjoy!Bored Panda has the whole story … [Read more...]

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Patheos Catholic Joins Joint Call to End Capital Punishment

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This morning the editorial boards of four prominent and politically diverse Catholic news publications came together to call for the abolition of capital punishment in the United States of America. We, the editors of four Catholic journals — America, National Catholic Register, National Catholic Reporter and Our Sunday Visitor — urge the readers of our diverse publications and the whole U.S. Catholic community and all people of faith to stand with us and say, “Capital punishment must end.” … [Read more...]

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The Worth and the Witness of Women Bloggers

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I meant to write about this earlier this week, but I got distracted by something stupid and ultimately not worth my time.This, however, is worth your time, and not at all stupid: a terrific piece from Lisa Hendey, who looks at female Catholic bloggers and how their motivations and sense of mission can evolve as they move forward:In an age when many discount the role of women in the Church, I hold an opposite perspective, one edified by personal relationships. Indeed, Pope Francis … [Read more...]

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17 Silly, frivolous love stories, for Valentine’s Day!

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Love stories, courtesy of National Review, where you will find Charmaine Yoest, Elizabeth Kantor, John J. Miller, Richard Brookhiser, and many others talking about their favorite love stories.I'm in there, too. Were I holier, I would simply have said "The Incarnation" but since I am a sinner and self-obsessed, I told about "How I met my husband; aka An Irish Love Story":At age 20 I began the process of discerning a vocation as a contemplative religious, specifically as a Poor Clare … [Read more...]

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From the Chapel Hill Murders, an Opportunity for Real Tolerance

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When Representative Gabrielle Gifford was shot while meeting constituents, a reckless press took no time at all to blame ideology: obviously the shooter must have been a crazed Christian Tea Partier following the instructions of a hapless Sarah Palin who -- like some Kos diarists -- had used "targeting" language and imagery in discussing election strategies.You could tell the press really, really hated it when they had to admit that the shooter was so truly, pathetically, deranged that no … [Read more...]

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