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Feb. 27 at 10:21pm
Last Tuesday, I brought my eight-year-old in for a checkup, sensing that something wasn’t right.
My mother’s intuition only took me so far, though: I assumed that, whatever it was, a week of amoxicillin would probably take care of it.
But it turned out to be juvenile diabetes.
Her prognosis looks very good, but treatment is time-consuming, especially for us beginners! So it’s a fine day for 7 Quick Takes. (Thanks to Jen at Conversion Diary for hosting.) Here are seven things that have been on my mind:
A heartening bit of personalism has found its way into the Pink Panther book, a highly acclaimed guide routinely given to parents of kids with this diagnosis.
" Think …
May. 20, 2013, at 3:14am
Over the last two months, eight friends and acquaintances of my family have died. Some deaths were expected, but many took us by surprise: two road-accidents, a sudden heart-attack occurring during sleep, a few cancer-deaths that suddenly took a turn for the worse etc. Some of the dead had been pious, some had distanced themselves from the Church, some hadn’t cared about religion at all. For the bystanders and mourners, death has a way of pulling them out of the hustle and bustle of the everyday; everything comes to a standstill, and what really matters is able to come to the forefront. The ultimate seriousness of it, the finality, the last judgment that everybody must expect shakes one …continue reading
Canada's criminal laws regarding prostitution were struck down a year ago by the courts after a challenge to them as endangering the health, wellbeing, and rights of the prostitutes. Parliament was given a year to rewrite the law. I know there was some push in some arenas to go to full decriminalization. Instead, we adopted (very recently--just this past month) a law very similar to Sweden's. It remains to be seen if we will be as good at implementing it as Sweden seems to have been. But I do see it as a great good for both men and women because it acknowledges that no, buying sex is not just another kind of commerce.
Nov. 22 at 12:12am | See in context
I seem to recall that there was more awareness of the effect of power differentials on consent in the early days of second-wave feminism. Remember the "All sex is rape" line often (inaccurately) attributed to Andrea Dworkin? But Dworkin and MacKinnon (who was also accused of equating sex with rape) were maligned precisely because they were interested in how the structural and cultural inequalities between the sexes affected things like sexual roles, expectations, and consent.
MacKinnon said that rape trials could not be just until they adopted female conceptions of consent and coercion rather than merely male ideas of what levels of force or coercion are acceptable when assuming consent (reading accounts of rape trials from 40 and 50 years ago makes me profoundly grateful for the work women like Dworkin and MacKinnon did, regardless of their flaws). On a much smaller scale, there was a lot of talk over the catcalling video that made the rounds a few weeks ago, and a lot of men said, "Most of those guys were just probably trying to be friendly." But the power differential is precisely what makes it feel threatening rather than friendly for the woman being catcalled.
Nov. 22 at 12:07am | See in context
Mr. van Schaijik,
(again, Thanks! for hosting, me.)
Limiting my focus to Jules':
My own sense, in case you like to know, is that allowing ... to receive communion, is incompatible with the Faith, and hence a corruption.
Attending Catholic grade-school, indoctrination to the Blessed Sacrament comes at a very-very early age. And how many kids have protested as they develop, only to meet compulsion by the adults? Then, when adult themselves, and self-willing, are met with the strictest of standards, and exclusion?
Appetizer to the last supper proper, Matthew 26, Jesus, knowing Judas would betray him, "He who has dipped his hand into the dish with me is the one who will betray me."-v.23. He did not prevent him. "Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands, bearing this inscription, 'The Lord knows those who are his';"-2 Timothy 2:19, hearkening to John 10:14, "I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me.". (See also catholic? v.16?)
Can a sinner "corrupt" the Lord of lords?! Why not: "Give us today our 'epiousios' bread;"-Matthew 6:11?
Catechism: 1324 1384 1385 1393 1397 2827
Also?: "benignant love" at footnote 1, p.352, George Holmes Howison's "Limits of Evolution" (essay 7).
Nov. 21 at 12:02pm | See in context
Part 2 of very long comment:
s it Cardinal Burke that you are pointing to in your comments? Isn't it "licit" for a Cardinal -- indeed even for a layperson -- to debate a doctrinal position at odds with others in the magisterium, and even the Pope? I have read and reread the Catechism chapters on teaching authority and papal infallibility and I do not see how Cardinals' academic debates in the context of a conclave, can be considered somehow "unfaithful" to the Pope or the Church.
My own elementary understanding of the Church's catechism concerning the Sixth Commandment (I taught it for 10 years at the fourth grade level) tends to agree with Cardinal Burke's view, but I am aware that there are many "liberal" Catholics who think such views are passe and simplistic. One liberal Catholic is the pastor of a church in Massachusetts where I was disinvited from teaching eighth graders as a guest lecturer on the Ten Commandments this year because I was planning to teach the Sixth Commandment in accordance with the written catechism for Children that age (i.e., chastity, and wait until marriage, and only traditional marriage). The children were preparing for confession in advance of eventual confirmation. Yet, I was instructed to either avoid all mention of the Sixth Commandment or to warn parents in advance that the Sixth Commandment would be taught and allow the parents to opt out their children, because such "traditional" views are now considered "controversial;" gay marriage is here to stay;-- and, I was told, the Pope's view is that at the parish level, we must not be "obsessed" with such issues. With this encounter in mind, I would have immediately understood, Jules, if you had expressed irritation with self-described "liberal" supporters of the Pope. My own opinion is that this one Pastor and others dealing with children who are daily inculcated with "diversity" training in public schools, have, by their withdrawal of Church teaching on the subject, done great harm to scores of young people who have been thus misinstructed (my opinion) on the catechism.
Since the only "conservative" view on the issue among theologians that I know of is Cardinal Burke's view --your irritation at "conservatives" is a great surprise to me. Surely Cardinal Burke is defending the Church's teaching as it has existed for more than 2,000 years. Is that really so bad -- even if it seems to irritate the Pope -- or "liberal supporters" of the Pope?
So, I have the impression that you may be referring to people and comments that I have not heard -- or perhaps have not paid much attention to because their comments were over my head. And here you seem to be trying not to name names. Still, if you can, please explain -- at least on a level that this poor fourth grade volunteer catechist can understand. Kindest regards - I know that I can be a pain. Freda
Nov. 20 at 8:48pm | See in context
Dear Jules, I am going to put this comment into several frames because it is way over the "word limit".
Part 1: I've re-read your responses several times and I'm afraid I still don't understand your point. Perhaps this is because I don't know what and who you are talking about when you speak of the "conservative" critics of the Pope. In terms of Church doctrine (truly my only current interest) the only names I know are Cardinal Burke on the "conservative" side and Cardinal Kaspar on the "liberal" side. Cardinal Burke seems to be of the opinion that to allow divorced and remarried persons to receive communion while they are living in adulturous relationships would be an abrupt reversal of doctrine, and, in Newman's terms, not be a "development" but a corruption of doctrine. Cardinal Burke also argues that condoning same sex relationships and other sexual alliances outside of traditional marriage would also be a corruption of doctrine. Admittedly, I base my understanding of Cardinal Burke's poisition on an interview he gave to Raymond Arroyo on EWTN. I have not read his book (though I plan to do so). I did not hear him criticize the Pope.
Nov. 20 at 8:47pm | See in context
Or maybe this one:
Nov. 19 at 9:44pm | See in context
Rose, here's a link I found:
I'm not sure if it will work--maybe if you cut and paste the link to your browser?
Nov. 19 at 9:42pm | See in context
I like that example Katie. Once a widely shared moral blindness of some sort is exposed as a blindness, insisting on it (though understandable for a while) turns into something worse than a mere blindness.
Nov. 19 at 8:40pm | See in context
I want to add a point.
The story of St. Francis cutting ties with his father is an especially dramatic one. Most cases of human conflict are not so clear and unambiguous.
Still, it offers us a pattern we can recognize in our own experience.
We can know and vividly experience that we are offering love and truth (the truth of ourselves) to a person who refuses it. Very often he not only refuses it, but heaps contempt on it, and tries to twist it into something else—something ugly and unacceptable. He tries to shame us into compliance with his false view of us, of himself and of reality. We experience the attempt both as a rejection of us, and as a terrible temptation to disconnect with ourselves and our mission of the moment.
Read the literature on co-dependency and other toxic forms of relating, and you'll soon see how normal an experience this is.
Nov. 19 at 10:23am | See in context
I just saw it's unavailable now on youtube. I don't know why. Maybe Devra can find it. Meanwhile, there's another very good one just put out by Courage, a group dedicated to supporting SSA Catholics in their desire to live chaste lives.
It's called Desire of the Everlasting Hills.
Nov. 19 at 8:13am | See in context
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