Luxuriating in Kvetching [Pope Francis Bookclub]

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In 2014, I’m reading and blogging through Pope Francis/Cardinal Bergoglio’s Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus.  Every Monday, I’ll be writing about the next meditation in the book, so you’re welcome to peruse them all and/or read along.In this week's reading, Pope Francis discusses what we do with untransfigured pain and suffering: Our limitation and our weakness can be transformed by prayer into a cross.... The problem is that when we concentrate only on extern … [Read more...]

But Who Will I Take Care Of? [Desire of the Everlasting Hills]

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Last week, I had the pleasure of seeing Desire of the Everlasting Hills at a screening hosted by the Catholic Information Center.  The movie, which is available for streaming, is a documentary about three celibate, gay Catholics.  Eve Tushnet reviewed the movie for The American Conservative and wrote: There are some fascinating theological contrasts: Paul’s most direct experiences of God come when he is being rescued or spared something he expected to be unbearably painful—the most intense examp … [Read more...]

I’m Speaking in Maryland (and possibly Austin, Memphis, and New Orleans)

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On October 15th, I'll be heading out to Maryland to speak at a Theology on Tap in St. Mary's County.  Pax Catholic has been running a series of talks on conversion, and I'll be chiming in with a talk titled: "Backed into Belief: A Journey from Atheism to Catholicism."The full logistical details are available at the facebook event page at the link.  If you're in the area, I'd love to see you there!It also so happens that, as part of my current job, I'll be travelling a couple times t … [Read more...]

As We Have Also Forgiven Our Debtors…

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This year's Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of a shmita year for Jews; the time, once every seven years, when the land is supposed to be left fallow, the poor are allowed to eat what does grow, and debts are forgiven.  The New York Times had an interesting piece this week on how rabbinical authorities have translated the tradition in the modern age, when few people (Jewish or otherwise) work on farms: Yossi Tsuria, a founder of NDS, a video-software company now part of Cisco Systems, has been … [Read more...]

What’s Wrong with the Cuddling App?

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I've been trying to work out exactly how I feel about Cuddlr, the new app that connects partners for a bout of platonic cuddling.  On the one hand, I keep trying to find ways to promote more non-sexual touch.  On the other hand, this particular solution gives me a wiggins, and I've been trying to put my finger on why.  Here's how Salon describes the app: You log on, link up with your Facebook profile and start browsing for nearby cuddle partners. If someone looks especially smush-able, you send … [Read more...]

Debunking the NYT’s Numbers on Contraception

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You may have seen the New York Times's much shared infographic on contraception failure rates, and I'm here -- statistics cop badge in hand -- to tell you that it ain't necessarily so.  There are some huge methodological flaws in the way that the NYT chose to model the risk of unplanned pregnancy over ten years, and I'm explaining just how badly they went wrong at The American Conservative. The NYT generated these graphs by looking only at failure rates for contraception over one year, and then … [Read more...]

And a little child shall lead them (for the lack of anyone else) [Pope Francis Bookclub]

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In 2014, I’m reading and blogging through Pope Francis/Cardinal Bergoglio’s Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus.  Every Monday, I’ll be writing about the next meditation in the book, so you’re welcome to peruse them all and/or read along. In this week's chapter, Pope Francis praises the way that David follows God during the chaos of Absalom's rebellion: David places his liberty at the service of God's designs and cooperates with God's desires.  In so doing, … [Read more...]


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