I am a fan of the writing of Fr. John Jillions, whose thoughtful, open and honest reflections almost always cause me to think. Here is a bit from his reflection on the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul:
Women in Theology: Theology of Whose Body?: Sexual Complementarity, Intersexuality, and Our Lady of Guadalupe
JK Rowling on why she will not be voting Tory in the upcoming British Elections. In case you don't follow British politics, that would be the British party that shares similar rhetorical values with the GOP. Courtesy of 3quarkesdaily via Crooked Timber.
I had become a single mother when my first marriage split up in 1993. In one devastating stroke, I became a hate figure to a certain section of the press, and a bogeyman to the Tory Government. Peter Lilley, then Secretary of State at the DSS, had recently entertained the Conservative Party conference with a spoof Gilbert and Sullivan number, in which he decried “young ladies who get pregnant just to jump the housing list”. The Secretary of State for Wales, John Redwood, castigated single-parent families from St Mellons, Cardiff, as “one of the biggest social problems of our day”. (John Redwood has since divorced the mother of his children.) Women like me (for it is a curious fact that lone male parents are generally portrayed as heroes, whereas women left holding the baby are vilified) were, according to popular myth, a prime cause of social breakdown, and in it for all we could get: free money, state-funded accommodation, an easy life.