The Bada-bing, Bada-boom Nursing Center

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Many years ago, when we were only a few years married, my husband and I joined friends at a local club, for a New Year's Eve celebration. As the night progressed, we discovered that part of the entertainment included a young woman performing a strip-tease, down to her g-string and miniscule pasties, which she proceeded to set "fire" to, as she vacated the room.Perhaps it is because of my childhood history, but I have never been comfortable around such displays, which always strike me as … [Read more...]

Christ Crucified Explains it All…

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A friend of mine, reading about Pope Francis' admission to children that he is sometimes fearful, wrote admitting that he too was often fearful -- debilitatingly so -- particularly when reading the headlines and watching our social dynamics. He wondered how to not be afraid.I told him, "I know I sound like a broken record, but get a crucifix." I told him to "study the crucifix while pondering the words of Julian of Norwich."Her words, juxtaposed against the crucifix, explain everything. … [Read more...]

A Gay CEO with Balls Needs to Hire Eich and Halt this Crap

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If the headline strikes some as offensive, it will nevertheless remain, because that's the case I'm making, and I'm sticking with it: a gay CEO with a pair of brass ones needs to step up and speak truth to a growing, and most illiberal new power. He or she needs to hire Brendan Eich in some sort of corporate leadership capacity for the sake of the most fundamental of freedoms -- the freedom to think what you want to think, even if your thinking is unpopular or deemed "mistaken" -- and in so … [Read more...]

Noah and The Lent of Christian Screaming, 2014

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How is your Lent going? Are you feeling like you're making some spiritual progress, with the fasting and the alms-giving, and the extra prayer-time?Well, Lent is almost over and if you think you've been working hard on your faith in these forty days, know that the evil one has worked even harder. He always does. Every Lent, it's something; every Lent the evil one exploits a matter, with four reliable effects:It impacts the culture-at-large It foments doubt about precepts of faith It … [Read more...]

BREAKING: Jesuits to Admit Women to the Society

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:::BREAKING!!!:::PATHEOS EXCLUSIVE!!!:::PARODY!!!!!:::LIGHTEN UP PEOPLE!!!:::This is huge, guys, and I'm so proud that we're breaking it here at Patheos!In a move that is sure to reverberate within the deepest corridors of the Vatican, members of the Society of Jesus have today announced that they will be admitting women into the Society as full Sisters. "They can't be ordained, at least not yet," said James Martin, the Jesuit author of the best-selling book Jesus: A Pilgrimage, "but … [Read more...]

On Finding a More Useful Word Than “Homophobia”

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In my capacity as managing editor for the Catholic channel (and also as the anointed "Mommabear of the New Homophiles") I am seriously thinking about laying down a decree to Patheos' Catholic bloggers that the word "homophobia" will no longer be used, unless it describes a truly "phobic" situation.This comes after watching Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry's piece on anti-gay laws in Uganda get waylaid -- and made irrelevant -- due to people, in comboxes and social media, landing on a variation of … [Read more...]

Baseball Invites Reverie and Prose like No Other Sport

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Very much enjoyed Mike Barnicle's piece on "The Timeless Beauty of Baseball":But nobody really grows out of baseball. Go ahead. Do it. Put the glove on your hand. Flip the ball in the air and it’s 1958 and Teddy Ballgame is in the batter’s box, or it’s 1967 and ‘Yaz’ is dragging the Red Sox across September into the impossible dream of a world series. Catch it and you can still hit and still run and still stand in the infield or outfield, hands on your knees, waiting for the pitcher to throw … [Read more...]

Cultivating a Habit of Ejaculation

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I just spent more time than I had planned typing the word "ejaculations", along with my name or blog name, into search engines and, later, into document files.Okay, let's get it out of our systems: "she said 'ejaculations'! Heh-heh!"I was looking for a phrase I had written about what we used to call "ejaculations of prayer," and I was sure I had talked about it in Strange Gods, but I couldn't find it in my files and the only thing turning up in search engines was one line in this First … [Read more...]

Constitutional Crisis: Freedom of Religion is Fundamental

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Over at Patheos' "Public Square" page, they're asking whether religious freedom is under threat in America.Not as many takers on the offer to opine on this topic as I had supposed, but some of the essays may (or may not) surprise you.Indianapolis' Bishop Christopher Coyne is a participant and he points out that "Freedom of Worship" is not "Freedom of Religion":[Catholic Bishop Shlemon Warduni of Iraq] issued a very clear warning to the gathered American bishops on what he saw … [Read more...]

The Nun and the Rapper: “It’s All Good” Despite Naysayers

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Yesterday's piece at First Things discussed how an ingrained lack of gratitude can skew all of our reactions away from both generosity and joy. How we receive a good has a great deal to do with whether we receive more good.In truth, within the continual embrace of the Creator, we are on the receiving end of constant-good. As the saying goes, "it's all good," except as our limited human perceptions may perceive.It is precisely because our perceptions are so narrow, so unable to know what … [Read more...]

“Rem acu tetigisti, Sir.” Freaking Lent. – UPDATED

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Nothing is more annoying than being correctly judged, even in a small way.A broad or inexact hatchet thrown at one's defects often just-misses the target, but a tiny arrow of truth, aimed and fired at precisely the most tender spot within the conscience, can devastate. It is as discomfiting as a poppy seed caught in one's bridgework. You can try to ignore it, but you know its there, and you also know if you don't address it -- if you let the thing remain trapped and hidden beneath the … [Read more...]

Grief, a Joyful Nun, Misery-lovers & the Annunciation

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My column at First Things looks at two stories from last week -- one grievous, and one glad -- and how, amid the mysteries contained within each, some people could only be miserable:The immediate responses seemed like reasonable ones: The plight of a family facing a wound of such depth would naturally evoke empathetic sadness in others, and our human need to feel empowered in dreadful circumstances fueled an impressively-answered fundraiser meant to defray the costs of emergency airlifts, … [Read more...]

Who didn’t walk out on Benedict will stay for Francis

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It was mere moments after Pope Benedict XVI left the balcony after pronouncing his first blessing as pope, and I perfectly recall the insta-drama-queening that commenced:E.J. Dionne described himself as "petrified" of what a Pope Ratzinger might bring. Sr. Joan Chittister suggested that Benedict was so retrograde he represented the theology of the 13th century, and predicted, "[if women are not allowed ordination] . . . we're going to lose an entire generation of young women and we're going … [Read more...]

PEG O’ My Heart: Patheos goes Parisian!

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It is a great pleasure to announce that we've gone "international" with the creation of a new blog here at Patheos Catholic."Inebriate Me" is hosted by Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry (or as everyone on Twitter and Facebook knows him, "PEG"), who is writing from Paris.The blog's title is, of course, the prayerful plea that is part of the Anima Christi, often mistakenly credited to Saint Ignatius of Loyola, and PEG brings a taste for Ignatian spirituality to his blog, where he writes:I like the … [Read more...]


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