7 Quick Takes: Favourite Posts from April

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-- 1 -- 3 Ways to Distinguish Between God's Voice and Satan's Voice From Philip Koloski: One of the most necessary skills to have in the spiritual life is the ability to discern who is speaking to us in the depths of our soul. Without this skill we run the risk of following a voice that leads us away from God to a place of eternal loneliness and despair... We NEED this. Big time. -- 2 -- Who Would Dare to Love ISIS? (A Letter from the People of the Continue Reading

A Pro-Life Argument for the Monarchy

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The Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth any day now. A royal baby on the way means two things. Firstly, monarchists like me will be giddy with excitement. We'll be speculating on whether it will be a boy or a girl, what name the little one will get and anything else we can think of. For the record, I'm hoping for a girl: HRH Princess Sophia Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge. Yes, I've already chosen a name. You're welcome, Your Royal Highnesses. Secondly, others will start grumbling Continue Reading

Can You Be a Feminist and Not Be Pro-Life?

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I'm a pro-life feminist. I'm pro-life because I'm a feminist, not in spite of it. Feminism, by its own logic, should be the greatest pro-life movement but it's not. For me though, I don't see how you can be feminist and not be pro-life. Abortion kills unborn children. These children are human beings. They are alive and they are human. They are deeply dependent on their mother's bodies but this doesn't make them any less alive or any less human. Feminism holds to the sacrosanct dignity of Continue Reading

3 Quick Book Reviews: Gay and Catholic, Triumph of Christianity, Filling Our Father’s House

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I love a good book, particularly a good Christian book. (I'm a non-fiction fiend!) I'm always meaning to review books and yet, somehow, it just doesn't happen. But inspired by the Modern Mrs. Darcy, I'm going to try do shorter reviews. Let's see how it goes, shall we? Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My Faith by Eve Tushnet Eve's book has been on my to-read list for a while now. I'm so glad I've finally read it. Eve's graciousness and intelligence shine Continue Reading

Aussie Churches Burn While Media Rejoices

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In Holy Week, three historic Catholic churches were torched in Melbourne, Australia. On Holy Monday, St Mary's Church, St Kilda East and St James' Church, Brighton were set alight. On Holy Wednesday, the third, St Mary's Church in Dandenong went up in flames. Maybe I just haven't been paying attention but, as an Australian Catholic, I only heard about this today -- two weeks after it happened. There has been little media attention on this tragedy. Sadly, what coverage there was focused Continue Reading