October 5, 2016

The problem is, the people leading the discussion know very little about what’s going on in the culture where abortion emerges as a “choice,” except for in theory. Read more

October 2, 2016

Why don’t we emphasize violence – any violence, for any reason – as the primary identifying principle of the Things We Must Not Do? Perhaps because long ago we began to come up with convenient, utilitarian reasons for presuming that Jesus didn’t really mean all that tough stuff, or didn’t mean it to apply to me, in this present moment. Read more

September 28, 2016

Just as a sports fan obsessively cheers for his team even after it’s traded his favorite players, even when he can’t afford a ticket to the game – just as a self-professed Dodge owner repeatedly buys Dodge trucks even if they happen not to be very reliable – so, too, those who have conditioned themselves to product loyalty will buy the brand because it wears the right logo. Trump adopted the pro-life logo, plastered it on as sloppily as a sticker on the bumper of a car that nearly runs over a pregnant woman. Read more

September 21, 2016

The point of being a mother is not my own identity; it’s the well-being of my children. If I sit here loving being a mother, laughing over my salad, doing wholesome crafts in an impeccable home, the point of this is not the curated image of my Mothering; the point is that my children are well cared for, happy, learning, loving. And maybe they can be happy in a messy home. Read more

September 20, 2016

With the rise of the Alt Right, anti-semitism has becoming acceptable, paradoxically because it is supposedly edgy and daring Read more

September 19, 2016

You need to hear what it’s like, right here where it’s happening, but Big Media won’t give you this. Read more

September 18, 2016

fashion has always been about ideology, and the ideology has almost always been sexist: whether covered or uncovered, the female flesh becomes the conquered territory on which masculine politics inscribes its boundaries and opens its territories for conquest Read more

September 14, 2016

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross: how regal, how sonorous, the phrase; how solemn the image, one to which we are accustomed, since any time we walk into a church we see an elevated cross, with the image of a bleeding body on it. Wooden crosses with carved bodies, modern crosses with stylized bodies, Baroque crosses all golden splendor, Medieval crosses with the twisted body and the arcane symbolism of death and birth. We have our different tastes in artistic representation,… Read more

September 10, 2016

And here’s what I keep asking myself: is there a sacramentality in absence, or in loss, an unseen hand that holds us, even the most lost or violent? Read more

September 5, 2016

The value of work ends up being separated from the value of the person, and treated as another commodity. Its value ceases to be connected with the dignity of the person, and is relativized to the use we can make of it, whether we need it, how much of it there is – and what we can get away with. Read more

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