Tarry for the Nonce

May 30, 2004

Birth Control

Filed under: Rambles — lmwalker @ 1:02 pm

Most of you know that I have a strong opposition to abortion, but some are surprised that I also oppose contraception as an alternative. My viewpoint on the matter is very simple and Catholic Exchange explains most of my position:

. . . there is no culture or subculture in the world that has permitted contraception and then has not gone on to permit abortion.

The ultimate root of the evil of contraception is that it denies that God is God. The attitude behind it is, “I am the one who ultimately decides whether a human being will come into the world” . . .

As Dr. Bernard Nathanson explains: it is not that contraception causes abortion; rather, both are caused by the perversion of autonomy ó taking freedom and using it to stop rather than to welcome life.

I also think that contraception subconsciously objectifies women, making her “always available” and giving the false impression of consequence-free intimacy . . . at least for the male. So the latent feminism in my nature actually makes an surprising appearance in this instance.

And that’s my reasoning.


May 28, 2004

Road Trip!

Filed under: Anecdotes — lmwalker @ 3:24 pm

I like kooky roadside attractions.

Beyond Words

Filed under: Rambles — lmwalker @ 2:52 pm

For those that don’t know, I spent last weekend with the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.

Young women are joining this particular community in droves. After spending the weekend with them, I understand why.

The whole experience was . . . enlightening and . . . humbling. And really . . . beyond my powers of explanation. It was just . . . profound.

The Magadalene

Filed under: Rambles — lmwalker @ 2:41 pm

I really haven’t much respect for the hyper-politicized Catholicism of Nathan Nelson. I am particularly unimpressed with his policy of deleting comments that injure his feelings (resulting in his comments being naught but a series of “rah-rah”s and “good point”s). Nonetheless, I liked the Catholic Exchange article he wrote about Mary Magdalene:

To a world that is ready to skip the cross and head for the Resurrection, St. Mary Magdalene is a constant reminder that the glory of the Resurrection can only come after the agony of the cross. She was the first disciple to proclaim the risen Christ and rightly so as one who suffered with Him and contemplated His mercy. For that she was rewarded with His gospel of hope, and with the task of bringing it to His Church and to the entire world. In that sense, she is a model for all of us who have been entrusted with that same gospel. Let us all follow the example of St. Mary Magdalene ó ready at every Mass to kneel at the foot of the cross and listen to our Savior, and leaving always ready to proclaim the Good News: “I have seen the Lord!”

A beautiful perspective indeed. He also has some good posts (check the archives) at The Tower.

May 21, 2004

A Doctrinal Thought

Filed under: Rambles — lmwalker @ 11:48 pm

Just a Catholic tidbit:

Not all judgments of the Magisterium are equally solemn and binding. But the principle is the important thing. The Spirit can indeed guide each Christian on a daily basis. But the Holy Spirit also guides us through the teaching authority of the Church. The Spirit does not contradict Himself. So if our opinions grind against authoritative Church teaching, humility tells us that itís our opinion that needs a bit of adjustment.

May 20, 2004

NYT Deficiencies

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 10:47 pm

Like the Catholic Light blogger, I fail to understand the relevance of Maureen Dowd.

Among the Bushworld points he didn’t cover . . .

In Bushworld, it makes sense to press for transparency in Mr. and Mrs. Rival while cultivating your own opacity.

I thought Ms. Dowd preferred her candidates to be “nuanced.”

In Bushworld, you can claim to be the environmental president on Earth Day while being the industry president every other day.

Hmm . . . I actually don’t know which Bush incident Ms. Dowd is referencing, but it does bring to mind Kerry’s proudly touted SUV’s that weren’t his, but his family’s, the following month. Perhaps she has her candidates confused.

In Bushworld, imperfect intelligence is good enough to knock over Iraq. But even better evidence that North Korea is building the weapons that Saddam could only dream about is hidden away.

So . . . in Dowdworld, North Korea is gaping post-apocalyptic hole in the ground? (Just kidding.) Since Ms. Dowd is implicitly condemning the current strategy of diplomacy, I presume she would prefer the Clintonian strategy of bribery.

In Bushworld, there’s no irony that so many who did so much to avoid the Vietnam draft have now strained the military so much that lawmakers are talking about bringing back the draft.

Ignoring, of course, the fact that the military is so overloaded with new recruits that they are actually turning people away.

In Bushworld, we’re making progress in the war on terror by fighting a war that creates terrorists.

Clearly demonstrated, of course, by the conciliatory actions of Libya and Saudi Arabia. In Dowdworld (like Clintonworld or a kindergarten playground), it is apparently best to discourage terrorists by pretending they don’t exist.

That’s enough for now.

Paycheck was Late

Filed under: Rambles — lmwalker @ 12:04 pm

If you have bounced a check (which I did accidentally two weeks ago), you should know about ChexSystems:

You may never hear the name ChexSystems until you try to open a checking account elsewhere and are turned down. Again. And again. And again. At which point this altogether unassuming consumer-reporting company can seem like the Devil incarnate, out to ruin your credit rating, your reputation, even your life.

“It can haunt you for years,” says Steve Rhode, founder of Myvesta, formerly called Debt Counselors of America. “On the one hand, it does serve a very good, legitimate service in that it’s supposed to be a recordkeeping system of exactly how responsible you are with bank transactions. On the other hand, you can find yourself on the database and when you go to the grocery store they won’t honor your check.”

I think you are blacklisted if your bank closes your account with cause. I don’t think I’m quite at that point yet.

May 19, 2004

Aquatic Life

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 5:42 pm

It’s a small(er) world after all . . .

A study commissioned by the European Union’s executive and published on Monday found that coastlines in the EU are retreating on average by between 0.5 and two metres a year – up to 15 metres in some cases – resulting in houses toppling into the ocean and coastal roads crumbling.

Seeking Wolverine

Filed under: Anecdotes — lmwalker @ 5:40 pm

Researchers at the University of Chile warned the scientific community that the use of a certain chemical compound in the cloning of animal and human embryos could cause mutation.

Chilean scientist Ruby Valdivia and Japanese professor Motoe Kato issued the alert after a bacteria cloned in a university laboratory with the chemical 6-DMAP (6-dimethylaminopurine) was found to have mutated.

“We are issuing an alert, because there could be a risk if this chemical is used in human experiments, because it has a mutating effect,” Valdivia said at a press conference.

Can X-Men be far behind?

How ‘Bout Some Good News?

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 5:22 pm

Arthur Chrenkoff has a post about the good stuff in Iraq.

The bits that stood out for me:

  • [M]any of the thousands of academics forced into exile under Saddam are coming back to teach the next generation of students.
  • It’s the first time in Iraq’s history that Iraqi football team will compete in the Olympics.

I also liked the story about the amputees.

Read his summary though. He has all the “legit” links.

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