Category Archives: Blithe Spirit

The good and the bad, emphasis on Trib and Sun-Times

In Ireland, the old is out and the out are in | Catholic World Report

Glory be to God for strange and unusual things.

Gays’ struggle for tolerance

has long been about much more than “tolerance”. But “tolerance” and “equality” have been the two rhetorical hammers constantly employed by the Reign of Gay, which has now claimed its most significant, high profile conquest. As expected, The New York Times is delighted that the good (gay) guys have crushed the nasty (Catholic) guys:

Ireland has become the first nation to approve same-sex marriage by a popular vote, sweeping aside the opposition of the Roman Catholic Church in a resounding victory Saturday for the gay rights movement and placing the country at the vanguard of social change.

Ah, who doesn’t want to be “the vanguard of social change”? Change is good, as they say, although reasons for why change in general is good are often vague and reactionary, and the reasons for why this particular change–the wholesale celebration and installation of homosexuality as a social good–are built on the sands of sentimentality and subjectivism.

In honor of the occasion, let us consider this from the nay-saying Family Research Council offering Ten Arguments From Social Science Against Same-Sex Marriage, here excerpted at risk of verbal disembowelment by supporters of same.

1. Children hunger for their biological parents.
Homosexual couples using in vitro fertilization (IVF) or surrogate mothers deliberately create a class of children who will live apart from their mother or father.

Yale Child Study Center psychiatrist Kyle Pruett reports that children of IVF often ask their single or lesbian mothers about their fathers, asking their mothers questions like the following:”Mommy, what did you do with my daddy?” “Can I write him a letter?” “Has he ever seen me?” “Didn’t you like him? Didn’t he like me?”

Elizabeth Marquardt reports that children of divorce often report similar feelings about their non-custodial parent, usually the father.

Kyle Pruett, Fatherneed (Broadway Books, 2001) 204.
Elizabeth Marquardt, The Moral and Spiritual Lives of Children of Divorce. Forthcoming.

2. Children need fathers.
If same-sex civil marriage becomes common, most same-sex couples with children would be lesbian couples. This would mean that we would have yet more children being raised apart from fathers. Among other things, we know that fathers excel in reducing antisocial behavior and delinquency in boys and sexual activity in girls.

What is fascinating is that fathers exercise a unique social and biological influence on their children. For instance, a recent study of father absence on girls found that girls who grew up apart from their biological father were much more likely to experience early puberty and a teen pregnancy than girls who spent their entire childhood in an intact family.

This study, along with David Popenoe’s work, suggests that a father’s pheromones influence the biological development of his daughter, that a strong marriage provides a model for girls of what to look for in a man, and gives them the confidence to resist the sexual entreaties of their boyfriends.

* Ellis, Bruce J., et al., “Does Father Absence Place Daughters at Special Risk for Early Sexual Activity and Teenage Pregnancy?” Child Development, 74:801-821.
* David Popenoe, Life Without Father (Boston: Harvard University Press, 1999).

Etc., from #3, “Children Need Mothers,” to #10, “Women and Marriage Domesticate Men.” Meaty enough stuff, it seems to this longtime dabbler in the art of sociology.

Cautionary notes, at least, warning us that all that glitters in the enthusiasm for gummint (societal) recognition of same-sex marriage is not to be enthusiastic about. Just sayin’.

How priests enter the mass scene walking down the aisle

Some come waving and smiling.

Where a man’s heart is, there is his treasure, Chicago-style

Don’t touch my junk.

Impose election blackout on grant announcements – Daily Southtown

There’s this bill in Springfield that bans gummint giveaway announcements in pre-election months.

It would impose limits on gummint as Santa Clause, a favorite Dem stance.

The House passed it unanimously, but at the Senate it fell into the hands of one Donald Harmon, senator from Oak Park.

Weeks ago.

Harmon sits on it to this day, will be seeking clarification when he has time.


The pope, Abbas, and the fuss over the ‘angel of peace’ | Crux

Much ado about nought?

Could be, but Francis has this unserious streak or manner that is often unsettling. He’s Pope Bubbly.

Middle Easter smiles at Dunkin D? Sorry, Plus waves of peace at St. Ita

This a.m. at Dunkin D at Bryn Mawr “L” station. Middle Eastern women who do not smile, indeed are somewhat insulting about it. One had a smile for a handsome, well-dressed, prosperous-looking Middle Eastern gent who did not return it. Plus, coffee was watered! Maybe because I got it free with a coupon. Busy, busy place but courtesy-challenged.

Then to nearby St. Ita church for 8 a.m. mass, Broadway and Catalpa, on way home — walking, btw. Nice group mostly women, as at St. Edmund-Oak Park and elsewhere employing the hand-wave of peace at the proper time, becoming a sea or small lagoon of waving arms and hands, like seaweed on ocean floor or above-water of a pond, in this case reeds waving in the breeze.

Not what fellow Palestinians went out to see when they flocked to see John the Baptist, as Jesus said. Not knocking the wave, just being observant.

The individual decides worth of an institution

This popped out at me from my daily dose of memorable quotations:

“The worth of a state, in the long run,
is the worth of the individuals composing it.”
— John Stuart Mill
(1806-1873) English philosopher and economist

Why so? Because it’s true of many things and as stand-alone is a truism. (Mill did not spout truisms, is my bet, knowing him as I do only by reputation.)

Among which are schools. Great schools depend on great students, meaning ones willing to learn. True?

Interstellar and “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”

Originally posted on Bookshelf Battle:

I saw Interstellar tonight and overall found it very moving and enjoyable.  As soon as I figure out what the hell happened, I’ll give it an actual review.  In the meantime, I wanted to share the text of the poem that featured prominently throughout the film:


BY: Dylan Thomas

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late…

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Obama at Georgetown: A welcome to the viper?

He and two other panelists had their say on a number of matters, the President chiming in about church and state working together on social issues. Robert Royal commented:

People will have differing reactions to all this. But over and above the mixture of dark and bright spots, Catholic institutions like Georgetown have settled into a quite comfortable stance. Prominent politicians who are pressuring the Church and promoting grave moral evils are welcome.

Don’t think people inside and outside the Church don’t notice. If the Church truly believed that the nation was killing over one million innocents in the womb yearly, would it coexist happily with those promoting that holocaust – just because they’re thoughtful on poverty?

As Flannery O’Connor once said, you can’t be any poorer than dead.

He had earlier provided context:

The Catholic Church in America sometimes looks as if it’s on a suicide mission. Individual bishops or institutions don’t seem able to tell friend from foe, invite enemies into their midst, ignore threats, give the impression that the best they can hope for is that people won’t be too angry at the Church. Which they would rather be thought of as doing nice, uncontroversial things like providing social services, and not overemphasizing more difficult moral matters.

As the hard-ball player Leo Durocher said, “Nice guys finish . . . ” Where?

Author Websites, Blogs, and Book Sales Pages — The Book Designer

Being an avid do-it-myself-er in book publishing, also known as getting oneself between covers by hook or by crook(ed means), I pay attn. to stuff like this from Book Designer on what to do after writing the damn book and while trying to sell it.



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