Interruptions

A great many keyboards have suffered a great deal of clacking over the topic of “Catholic guilt,” a phenomenon which ex-Catholics blame for their neuroses and dietary restrictions. This confuses practicing Catholics, for whom “Catholic guilt” more often refers to the...

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The World and its Vicious Appetites

Humans are those kind of animals who are not content to mate, eat, drink, and otherwise whittle away existence by taking care of their natural appetites. When these appetites are filled, other animals fall asleep. Mankind alone gets up to build altars, start wars, and...

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Catholicism > Globalism

When I was ten-ish, my family was stationed in Germany. Being "stationed" makes it sound like the United States Army hired me and my five siblings to sit tight in a bunker and scan the horizon for the return of the Nazi Threat. In fact, only my father was bunkered-in....

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Offerings Review Part One

I wanted to review Typhoon’s new record, Offerings, when it came out last year. I wanted the review to be hip and short. But Offerings predicts the apocalypse. Hip and short reviews of apocalypse-predictions only work if the reviewer is being dismissive -- and I can’t...

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identity is not a fortress

It is fashionable to argue that no one may argue for or against a proposition unless one has had experience of its contents. Men are to make no arguments concerning abortion; cisgendered types ought not speculate on transgender experience; white people should stop...

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we are not radical

     I am a writer. It’s how I pay for things like food. And when I hear about an accusation of sexual assault against a Supreme Court candidate, my ears perk, my stomach growls, and I begin casting about for a hot take, some opinion, some theory from which to react....

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Use Your Children

    If you spend enough time reading the promoters of contraception -- whether for business or the refined pleasure of being moralized to -- you’ll come across a common description of a barrier to contraceptive access.  “Children are wealth to Africans,” as one poor...

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Pro Child Labor

     I am excited to have children, largely because I have a lot to do, and after a certain increase in muscle mass and spiritual faculty, a child can help me to do it. I tested this humdrum thought in my social circle, under the assumption that its busy occupants...

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Stock Photo Blues

I am beset by faces I cannot trust. They glower at me from billboards, they simper at me from screens, and look! There goes one now! Baring her teeth in the room where I wait to have the tender center of my tooth drilled out. Poor, dental stock-face. Tanned,...

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Reverence and Contraception

Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humane Vitae gave the perennial “no!” to the question of whether contraception could be used without endangering and degrading the human person.  Since its release and world tour in 1968, critics have characterized the encyclical as an...

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