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

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

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...]

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Who Knew? John 3:16 Answers Genesis 3:1-6 – UPDATED

Hmmmm, one of those weird, "cue the Theme from the Twilight Zone" moments.Maybe this is something everyone else already knows, but I didn't know it. In fact, I just figured it out for myself.So, I'm either a genius, or just so unstudied that to further remark would be pathetic.I'm figuring the latter.But it occurred to me this morning that we Christians take great refuge in John 3:16:For God so loved the world that he gave 7 his only Son, so that everyone who believes in … [Read more...]

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The Fruit of Chastity

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...]

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Sacred Sex: is a Doorway to the Eternal

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...]

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No, Virtue is not impossible

Call it Virtue. Call it Chastity. Call it Continence.Whatever you want to call it, our society loves to tell us that it can't be lived, is weird to try, and an attraction to it probably means that you're all neurotic and hung-up, provincial and you know, like, so lame.In an era where city governments are celebrating the creation of iphone apps that can take you to your leader nearest free condom (because when sex is just a bodily function, free condoms are the answer to many questions) … [Read more...]

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