So, Science Supports Complementarity? Why…YES!

Brain networks show increased connectivity from front to back and within one hemisphere in males (upper) and left to right in females (lower). (Credit: Ragini Verma, Ph.D., Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences)

As the guy in the Emerald City would say, "Well, bust my buttons!" A new brain connectivity study from Penn Medicine published today in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences found striking differences in the neural wiring of men and women that's lending credence to some commonly-held beliefs about their behavior. In one of the largest studies looking at the "connectomes" of the sexes, Ragini Verma, PhD, an associate professor in the department of Radiology at the Perelman School … [Read more...]

Thoughts on DOMA and a Reaction Roundup! – UPDATES

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My First Thought on hearing the big news might surprise you: In other words, "Keep Calm and Catholic On". In terms of pure law, DOMA was unconstitutional and was not surprisingly struck down. Seriously, though, I have nothing more to say on the DOMA story than I already laid out, here, and the Gay Marriage angle only solidifies it: Civil unions (which I support) will not be enough. I suspect the churches to quickly be expected to conform to the zeitgeist or (first) lose tax-exempt … [Read more...]

A Divided Church and a Movement with Momentum

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(Image courtesy of shutterstock.com) Over at Egregious Twaddle, Joanne McPort asks (and answers) whether the church can survive the times: The received narrative paints a Church disproportionately and irreconcilably divided between The People, a vast international sea of those who reject doctrinal pronouncements, tradition, and authority in favor of relevance, inclusivity, and individual conscience, and The Bishops (among whom the Pope is just one of the boys), a tiny aged and withering … [Read more...]

Pelosi’s failure leads Dowd to Cuomo, again

Got an email from someone asking me to respond to this rant by Maureen Dowd, about the horrible, rotten, no-good, very bad, "un-catholic" Church. Dowd has demonstrated that she really doesn't understand much about Catholicism and its unending, beautifully nuanced and constant move toward God's ever-present "Yes" -- a fundamentally sophisticated and paradoxical means toward true freedom. As with many other issues, she has completely bought into the arrested-adolescent perspective, which can … [Read more...]

Pelosi Tries to Give Talking Points to Catholics – UPDATED

Right on schedule, Nancy Pelosi tries to do what Ted Kennedy and Mario Cuomo have done before her: give talking points to Catholics who wish to hop on to policy that flies in the face of church teaching. You'll recall it was Kennedy (and later Cuomo) who gave voice to the corkscrew notion that one could be “personally opposed” to abortion but too broad-minded to “impose my views on others.” Because, as you know, modern-day liberals would never presume to impose their views on … [Read more...]

Americans and Obedience: Oil and Water

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It's a rare thing when Julie Davis climbs up on a soapbox; she is the most genial of ladies, and not one to kick up a fuss, but she's got something to say, today and it's worth hearing and pondering: Why did God highly exalt Christ Jesus? Why did God bestow on him the name above every name, that at that name every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth? Why shall every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father? Obedience. He took the … [Read more...]

Horizontal Schisms meet Vertical Hope

Every once in a while, something comes across the desk or email and and it makes you aware of how quickly time goes by. For instance, it seems like just yesterday, I was talking about debuting a new column in The Catholic Answer Magazine, and "holy smokes...a month has gone by!" and here is my second column, entitled "And They Will Set You Free" Imagine a people, and the church in which they grow up — a church in which the people worshipped with fervor during adolescence and to which, … [Read more...]


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