Video: The Economics Of Sex, Sex, Sex, And More Sex

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.

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For Your Flannery O’Connor Quote Of The Year

 

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.

For All the Saints: Paul of the Shipwreck

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.

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A Few Words For Wednesday (Music Edition)

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.

 

U2, Mysterious Ways.
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BREAKING: SCOTUS Suspends Same-Sex Marriages In Utah

The Associated Press shared the news a few minutes ago.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has put same-sex marriages on hold in Utah, at least while a federal appeals court more fully considers the issue. [Read more...]

Because the Mandated HHS Rules Strike at the Heart of Freedom

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.”

Given Justice Sotomayor’s decision to block the Administration’s HHS Mandate toward’s The Little Sisters of the Poor, I’ve decided to dust this off and republish it. [Read more...]

To Leave the Shackles of Human History Behind

Image credit: Adam Cuerden.

“Hancock at Gettysburg,” credit: Adam Cuerden.

 

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...]

The Number One Reason Why Folks Admire Pope Francis

 

In a word, authenticity. Pope Francis is renovating the crumbling structure of what it means to be a Christian these days, see? [Read more...]

An Advent Mix (Music for Mondays)

It’s the first week of Advent, and though by no means is this the definitive Advent Music mix, I hope you will enjoy it. We have a couple of versions of a timeless classic, Matthew Maher, an unknown group, an ensemble, Joan Osbourne, and Rare Earth, believe it or not.

To start it off, here’s a New Wave lamentation from Naked Eyes[Read more...]

And Now You Know Why The Italian Press Isn’t Exactly the Gold Standard of Journalism

So when we learn the details of Scalfari’s interview, it’s like Simcha Fisher says, [Read more...]


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