Love Among the Ruins and Lightbulbs Over Our Heads

Isn't that a most beautiful banner? And it heads up a most beautiful new blog with a most original and surprising concept. The blog is Love Among the Ruins; the focus is "finding the Theology of the Body in unexpected places", and the concept? Well, I'll let Kathryn, the blog's curator, explain:One year ago today, I published a post on my own blog (Through a Glass Brightly) which was titled “Good Clean Fun”: The Theology of the Body in Groundhog Day.. . .Several months later, I learned that … [Read more...]

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Absent Grown-Ups: Over-sexed and Material-Worlded to Death

My column at First Things today is about what creates grown ups in the world, and what happens to the world when we resolutely refuse to be raised into it:A psychotherapist friend once confessed to me that she still makes each of her five grown children call her on rainy nights, to tell her they are safely at home. “So many mothers run away from their children or put them in nurseries or go out to work,” Dorothy Day noted, “because they can’t stand . . . the suffering that such love entails … [Read more...]

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Catholic Bloggers Refute Resurgent “Sex is Dirty” Narrative – UPDATES!

If you look around our landing page today, it might seem like we've got sex and abortion on the brain, here at PatheosCatholic.It's not true; we also talk about music and tv and baseball and gardening and books and politics, of course. But Calah Alexander, who is dealing with pneumonia, managed to write a barn-burner of a post yesterday about the ill-advised trend in abstinence-only education, that equates a teenage girl's imperfect chastity with filth and worthlessness:You can’t tell a … [Read more...]

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How to Make Prudery Readable?

For my curtain call, I'd like to solicit thoughts on an essay that appeared several months ago in the Times. Critic Katie Roiphe argues that this generation of male novelist writes lousy sex toys. A bold previous generation, including Norman Mailer, Philip Roth and John Updike, regarded sex -- particularly transgressive sex, like adultery, hate-couplings and some liaisons that come dangerously close to rape -- as material deserving thoughtful explication. This new generation, including … [Read more...]

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