I'm a Catholic mom trying to live her vocation in accordance with God's will, with Mary as my "star of hope" and inspiration.
7 Quick Takes Friday - July 20, 2012
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Prayers for all the people affected by the shooting in Colorado today.
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In happier news, I have a new nephew! Collin's brother Corey & my SIL Ramona had their second son this morning. His name is Bryce William and he is 9lbs, 4oz. There's a pic on FB and he's a cutie! He also shares a birthday with my sister. :)
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Sorry if these Quick Takes are rather disjointed, bordering on incoherent. Gabriel has not been sleeping well lately. He apparently didn't nap at all yesterday, so I was hoping he'd sleep well last night. Alas, 'twas not to be. He was fussy and cranky and woke up at 11pm and 1:30am (and didn't go back to sleep very easily). I think it's teething-related. I'm so tired.
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I made Sweet and Spicy Bacon Chicken for supper last night and it truly was amazing. I wish I'd remembered to bring some leftovers for lunch today.
Yet again, Pope Francis is being attacked for reiterating the teaching of the Catholic Church. This time, he made the not-so-revolutionary statement that parents are called to both generosity and prudence in discerning their family size.
However, like always, the media interpretation is quite different. According to them, Pope Francis says "Catholics shouldn't breed like rabbits." Which is, of course, not at all what Pope Francis said.
But I'm not really interested in rehashing what the Pope actually said as opposed to what the media claims he said, as several other bloggers (such as Leila and Simcha) have already done an excellent job doing so. Rather, I'd like to expound upon what the Church means by responsible parenthood, because this seems to be a concept that Catholics on both end of the spectrum don't fully understand.
What is Responsible Parenthood?
Pope Paul VI gave a very clear, concise explanation about w…
The difference between 'abortion' and 'miscarriage' is that the first is a medical term and the second is a layman's term.
Technically, this is true. However, "miscarriage" is more often used in medical parlance to refer to a spontaneous abortion, as can be evidenced by the quote in my original post from the National Center for Biotechnology Information: "A miscarriage may also be called a 'spontaneous abortion.' This refers to naturally occurring events, not medical abortions or surgical abortions."
Here is the medical definition as doctors use the term from emedicinehealth.com "Abortion: In medicine, an abortion is the premature exit of the products of conception (the fetus, fetal membran…
Hypothetically*, let's say a generic Christian minister made the following comment during a news interview:
"Some women think that, in order to keep a boyfriend, they have to have sex. No. Responsible sexual behavior."
The next day, the media reports, "[Pastor] states women shouldn't have sex! War on Women!"
It'd be ridiculous, right? Anyone could look at the actual comments in context and see that's clearly not what the pastor said, or meant. He clarified his words with "In order to keep a boyfriend"; clearly, his statement was not directed to all women - only those who believed that they had to have sex in order to keep their boyfriends.
As a woman, I wouldn't be offended by his words, since I agree with him that women shouldn't feel like they have to have sex in order to keep their b…