Remember the old tropes

01/19/2011 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

01/17/2011 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…

01/14/2011 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) 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

01/12/2011 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

01/10/2011 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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I Hate Being Right All the Time

01/07/2011 Comments (15)

Some time ago, I pointed out that when you make consent the sole criterion of the good, that’s gonna get you a whole lot more than just the gay marriage fracas that is currently agitating our cultural waters.  Ultimately, it’s going to throw open absolutely every permutation of perversion that the human mind can conceive. 

As if to demonstrate my point, we now see that Switzerland is contemplating getting rid of those silly laws against incest.  After all, if two people love each other, who are we to impose our barbaric taboos on that?  Consent is (once again) invoked as the sole criterion of the good.  No other consideration for the common good matters.

You may think that’s hitting...READ MORE

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The New 15 minutes of Fame

01/05/2011 Comments (15)

Way back when, Andy Warhol said that, in the future, everybody would be famous for 15 minutes.

Then the polarization of American political discourse happened.  Suddenly everybody was Adolf Hitler for 15 minutes.

Now, with the expansion of the Paranoid American Security state, everybody is a national security threat for 15 minutes.  Currently at bat, fat kids:

“Military leaders … tell us that when more than one in four young people are unqualified for military service because of their weight,” the first lady says in the prepared remarks, “childhood obesity isn’t just a public health threat, it’s not just an economic threat, it’s a national security threat as well.”

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Does Everything Happen for a Reason?

01/03/2011 Comments (12)

A reader writes:

I have a quick question, and I apologize if it’s awfully trite, but I haven’t been able to find a satisfactory answer after (admittedly,
not-so-exhaustive) searching.  Here it is:

From the standpoint of the Catholic Church: does everything happen for a reason?

If it does, it smacks a bit of predestination; if it doesn’t, does that mean that God is out of control or doesn’t care? Say a flower grows on a mountaintop and it dies, and no human ever saw a trace of it or knew it existed; how much of that is an effect of an ecosystem going through its natural cycles, and how much is God putting a flower on a mountaintop?

Again, sorry if this is simplistic.  And if you’ve...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.