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Devra Torres

Papa Francisco

Mar. 14, 2013, at 4:04pm

Habemus Papam!

He’s a conservative, but a Jesuit who has compassion on single mothers, and kisses the feet of AIDS patients.

 No, wait, he’s a liberal, but he says the idea of “gay marriage” is “a machination of the Father of Lies” and outspokenly defends the right to life even of babies conceived in rape. 

Well, but he’s a conservative—but the son of an immigrant railway worker who eschews the episcopal palace for a small apartment, rides the bus,

and cooks his own meals. 

Or maybe he’s a liberal—but he puts a premium on doctrinal orthodoxy.  And a 76-year-old man with a single lung who radiates peace and strength.

Oh, never mind.

We all understand that the labels “conservative” and

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Devra Torres

The Gabe Axiom

Oct. 8, 2012, at 4:31pm

The other day, my son and I had the following conversation:

Mama: Gabe, why don’t you go play with the toys?

Gabe: Wah! Wah! You’re FORCING me to play with toys!

Mama: Well, what do you WANT to do?

Gabe: I WANT to play with toys, but you can’t make me!

There you have it: love of free will run amok.  Gabe is four, but his line of reasoning is common in teenagers,

and even in much older people who really ought to know better.

The core of the Gabe Axiom is this:

The object of my choice doesn’t matter. What matters is that it is I who choose it.

The extremist version (which, unhappily, my son appears to espouse) goes like this:

I will accept even something good and desirable only if

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