Because it will come up in the questionnaires, see?
You can call it a sign of the times if you like. Most likely it’s because many states don’t recognize same-sex marriages, and income tax preparers are trying to help folks navigate the shoals of their state and local tax codes.
Oh, since we’re on the subject of homosexuality, a couple of the bloggers here at the Patheos Catholic Channel are talking about gay-related subjects. [Read more...]
Actually, Joe Six-Pack did the unthinkable and saw two (count ‘em!) movies this weekend. The first was for a date night with my wife, and the second was because of all the hullabaloo about Darren Aronofsky’s latest effort.
Since you’re dying to know what the first film was, lets get it out of the way first. [Read more...]
Got ten minutes? That’s all it will take for the Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture to help us make sense of dating, mating, and baby making. Even the folks at Freakonomics found this worthwhile to share.
Special guest appearance by the motivation changing, and soon to be ubiquitous (and free!), birth control pill.
Grab some popcorn, settle down with a favorite beverage, and learn a little about the birds and the bees, and the costs associated with the same. Who wins and who loses. It’s all quite fascinating.
Ready? Roll tape. [Read more...]
To find out about faith, you have to go to the people who have it and you have to go to the most intelligent ones if you are going to stand up intellectually to agnostics and the general run of pagans that you are going to find in the majority of people around you.
- Flannery O’Connor, writing to college freshman, Alfred Corn
Read the entire letter at A Catholic Thinker.
How can something good come from something tragic? This is a mystery to us all. We see the devastation and the loss of life, and we wonder, Why Lord? Can anything good come from natural disasters? It’s the riddle of our lives as bit players on the stage when we all believe we are the lead role in the play.
Ah, words. Can’t live with ‘em; can’t live without ‘em. Right now, I can’t live with ‘em.
There are better bloggers whom you can read today, though. Head on over to the Catholic Channel homepage for a bushel of their good stuff.
Or, put your headphones on and you can listen to a few of my favorite tunes instead.
Originally, this post was published in mid-January, 2012. A few days later, the thoughts I read by John Courtney Murray, SJ, inspired me to draft the little petition that, with the help of 29,000+ folks, got the White House’s attention when they determined that the HSS Mandate was, for the Church, a “fait accompli.”
It is ironic to run a post with a title claiming that one of the reasons Why I Am Catholic is to leave history behind. Especially when I have written in the past that one of the main reasons why I am Catholic today is because of Church history. Let me explain this paradox. [Read more...]