March 10, 2016

And why are we so accepting of the idea that men are reducible to tools of the state, that it is acceptable to send men out to fight, to destroy, to be horribly wounded, to kill, to be killed? Read more

March 9, 2016

  The topic of victimhood came up yesterday in two entirely separate groups devoted to Catholic feminism. In one group the emphasis was on “badass feminism” – in the other, it was on the irrelevance of words and images.  In both cases there was an insistence that refusing to be a victim is not only an option, but a morally superior option. This viewpoint I find untenable from a philosophical, from a feminist, and from a Christian perspective. Badass feminism… Read more

March 8, 2016

(image credit: pixabay) There’s been a lot of talk about intersectionality lately, not only in academic circles but in the mainstream corporate and social media. The term, coined by legal professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, refers to the way in which discrimination happens along a number of intersecting lines of power, privilege, and prejudice, and was initially introduced to talk about the particular prejudice directed against black women. The term is popular in identity politics, but has to do with social justice, too,… Read more

March 7, 2016

  “Moreover, friendship would seem to hold cities together, and legislators would seem to be more concerned about it than about justice.  For concord would seem to be similar to friendship and they aim at concord above all, while they try above all to expel civil conflict, which is enmity. Further, if people are friends, they have no need of justice, but if they are just they need friendship in addition; and the justice that is most just seems to… Read more

March 5, 2016

Have you heard about this controversial writer? A political exile and vocal critic of several recent popes, she is renowned in literary circles for her poetic innovation in the genre of erotic verse. She rose to prominence as a poet early on, with a series of poetic-philosophical reflections justifying the spirituality of her passion for a married man, as well as her radical new ideas about both language and church politics. Her political activism in opposing church corruption has on… Read more

March 4, 2016

But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us.  Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles. No nation is the special elect of God, and our identity transcends nationality, so we should know better than to idolize earthly rulers – but faith has relevance in the public square, so we have political obligations. If we… Read more

March 3, 2016

Earlier I discussed gender bias in voting. Yes, it exists, but there’s a latent hypocrisy in the assumption that this is some exclusively female problem, given that for centuries men were so gender biased as to exclude women from the public sphere entirely. This brings me to my next topic: that hegemonic male gender bias may be less obvious to some because masculine identity is so often elided with human identity. The idea of “man” is connected with the supposedly-gender-neutral-universal MAN,… Read more

March 3, 2016

I would love to have a woman for president, but am not supporting Hillary Clinton. This is not because she is a democrat; nor because she seems awkward and cold; nor is it even because she is pro-choice.  Party affiliation runs counter to my loyalty to Christ, as well as my freedom as an intellectual.  And, as a woman whose profession involves public speaking (hours a week in the classroom) I ran very early on into the gender prejudices that make… Read more

March 3, 2016

In college, I used to go drink Guinness at a nearby Irish pub, where traditional musicians played, and we clapped and danced and sang along –  songs about love, songs about drinking, songs about killing the English. Anti-English sentiment in this type of pub culture is usually a trope, not an emotional reality. It’s a way of keeping solidarity with oppressed people, connecting with history, maybe of catharsis. I’ve got English and Irish both mixed up in my heredity, and… Read more

March 1, 2016

  “Diabolical Narcissist Peronist-Fascist.”   “The massive crime against humanity … will carry on utterly unchecked and uncontested through time until Our Blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ returns in glory… UNLESS positive, proactive, countermeasures are taken.” “Satan has made his move… and his tool…has a new diabolical meme or soundbite nearly every day – something to disorient, confuse, mislead or repulse human souls AWAY from the Truth of Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church.” “Because the good German… Read more

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