For the average abortion advocate…

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 3:00 AM Comments (22)

...advocacy of abortion is dealt with as an aesthetic, not a moral, problem.  That is why, for instance, the person writing this thinks that abortion is the solution to infanticide.  Abortion is private and we are strongly encouraged not to look at what is done.  Infanticide is more public and there is a danger that there might blood or screaming or a tiny corpse visible.

This aesthetic approach to killing people also, by the way, completely dominates our discourse about the death penalty.  That is why we blab about “deterrence” while making sure that there are as few witnesses as possible.  We desire death and lots of it.  But we want it very very tidy, quiet and *clean*.

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Robin of Berkeley is a self-described "recovering liberal"

Monday, January 24, 2011 3:00 AM Comments (2)

And like recovering people in general, she is hyper-sensitive and alert to the faults of the false religion she once embraced.  Here she is, remarking on the secularized Left’s (seeming) congenital inability to take the supernatural and the concept of sin seriously.

I’m with her part of the way.  There is something extraordinarily weird about a culture that can emerge from the 20th Century confident that the one lesson we can take away from that massive bloodbath is that the devil does not exist.  I can buy her eye rolling about the shallow Berkeleyesque theorizing that there is no such thing as sin.

But she loses me when she speaks as though the Left is completely amoral and as though...READ MORE

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Materialist Dogma

Friday, January 21, 2011 3:00 AM Comments (47)

A reader writes:

I may not be the first to have observed this, but it seems to me that many materialists are working with at least one fundamental dogma in tow: anything is more probable than God. Two observations support this: (a) the tendency of materialists to tell Darwinian stories to explain how things came about (“Science indicates that it COULD have happened like this…”), and (b) the support that things like “M-theory” have garnered (see Stephen Hawking’s recent book).

To elaborate on the first, imagine trying to explain the basic behavior of a caterpillar using Darwinian evolution. I can’t, and I wouldn’t begin to try to. And truthfully, all we could ever look at were fossils to...READ MORE

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Remember the old tropes

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 3:00 AM Comments (16)

...about how contraception would make abortion go away?  Turns out a Spanish study finds, much to its chagrin, that as contraceptive use rates increased, abortion rates skyrocketed, thus thwarting their assumption that they would plummet. Eric Scheidler offers his analysis.

Turns out that when you decouple sex from having children, you teach people that children are an interfering imposition on one’s right to pleasure at all costs.  If “costs” include “the cost of the interfering nuisance’s life” then lots and lots of people say, “Works for me” and kill their child (after first swallowing euphemistic rubbish to dull the sense of guilt for their crime).

The euphemistic rubbish doesn’t work...READ MORE

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Apologetics Question

Monday, January 17, 2011 3:00 AM Comments (18)

A reader asks:

Before I re-read volume 1 of “Mary, Mother of the Son” I wanted to ask if you think it is worthwhile or advisable to try to address my friend’s claim that Catholics worship Mary.  For brief background, he is a former Catholic who was poorly catechized and now belongs to a large non-denominational church.

I believe you’ve said that even after your conversion, you aren’t drawn to a strong devotion of Mary, even though you accept all the teachings of the Church (perhaps I am mixing you up with someone else; my apologies if I am).  Since Marian devotion is such a contentious issue for so many Protestants, is my effort better directed at other areas of apologetics, like the Real...READ MORE

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A reader wants to know…

Friday, January 14, 2011 3:00 AM Comments (21)

Quick question, from a fellow Catholic (only needing a short, short answer, I think… like even just “yes” or “no”, if sufficient):
Do you push the view that, in order to follow Protestantism, you have to accept that its core differentiating beliefs were nowhere to be practiced in the entire history of the Earth, until the 15th century? (when a MAN brought them about, for the first time) ...in other words, pushing the question: “Why would God allow all Christianity to be misled for 1,500 years, then finally introduce the “truth” in some “new beliefs package”?” As I understand it, even the Jews never thought you needed to believe in God to get to Heaven, and they certainly allowed non-written...READ MORE

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Mom Cross-Dresses Her Five Year Old

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 3:00 AM Comments (11)

and hawks a book.

I once knew a man who was forced to box with his twin brother from the age of five.  Whoever lost got beaten up by Dad when he got home.  I think this woman is every bit the abusive parent he was.  If ever there was a justification for CPS, she is it.

Naturally, the hawkers of beer and shampoo at Today glorify this.  In a just world, their ratings would drop to zero and the producers and stars of the show would be pelted with mud in the street.  But since an audience with a normal sense of sexuality and its limits is an audience with little sales resistance, the tendency of our media class (whose first duty is to the manufacturers of beer and shampoo) is to instinctively...READ MORE

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Our Glorious Multicultural Adventure in Afghanistan

Monday, January 10, 2011 3:00 AM Comments (5)

A document released by WikiLeaks described efforts by high-ranking Afghan officials to quash reports of police officers and other Afghans arrested for “purchasing a service from a child.”

The leaked diplomatic cable quoted former Minister of the Interior Hanif Atmar’s concern that publicity about the arrests, which involved the hiring of “dancing boys,” would “endanger lives.”

The author of the diplomatic cable fretted that the case would be “blown out of proportion, an outcome that would not be good for either the U.S. or Afghanistan.”

The vast gulf between U.S. and Afghan attitudes about homosexuality and pedophilia has generated concern among U.S. advisers in Afghanistan since the...READ MORE

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Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.