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donald_trump_august_19_2015_croppedIf the firestorms surrounding Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump were literal, America would long ago have been reduced to cinders.

A 10-year-old video, recently shared by the Washington Post, shows Trump and Billy Bush (of Access Hollywood) making lewd comments about women on the set of the soap opera Days of Our Lives.

Let’s state the obvious first: (more…)

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Crowning_in_Syro-Malabar_Nasrani_Wedding_by_Mar_Gregory_KarotemprelIn part one, I talked about hermits and celibates, quoting from the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

[Hermits] manifest to everyone the interior aspect of the mystery of the Church, that is, personal intimacy with Christ.

(CCC 921 — italics mine)

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Virgins who, committed to the holy plan of following Christ more closely, (. . .) are betrothed mystically to Christ, the Son of God, and are dedicated to the service of the Church.” By this solemn rite (Consecratio virginum), the virgin is “constituted . . . a sacred person, a transcendent sign of the Church’s love for Christ, and an eschatological image of this heavenly Bride of Christ and of the life to come.

(CCC 923 — italics mine)

If you’ve read part one (and I encourage you to do so), you may have noticed that I’ve changed my use of italics slightly.

In addressing the question of why the Church only recognizes the validity of sex within the bonds of the marital union, I want to draw attention to the nuptial character of Catholic spirituality. (more…)

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La Belle Dame sans MerciINTERLOCUTOR: Catholics are puritanical in their attitude toward sex.

ME: No we’re not.

INTERLOCUTOR: Prove it.

ME: Okay. (more…)

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DisgustJust published another post on Forming Horizons.  If you are a member of the autism spectrum community — which includes not only people on the spectrum but also family members, professional supports, etc. — I warmly invite you to read the post and share your thoughts (even if you disagree with me; I welcome all perspectives).

Once again, if you like this post or would like to comment, I respectfully ask that you do so on Forming Horizons rather than here.  It would help me tremendously.

Check it out: The Worst Way to Approach Autism.

Image obtained through a Google Advanced Image Search

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Young red-haired boy facing away from camera, stacking a seventh can atop a column of six food cans on the kitchen floor. An open pantry contains many more cans.

Not long ago, I mentioned that I was working on a website related to autism spectrum disorders.

Well, it’s ready.  I am very excited about it, and I hope you will join me in this new adventure!

The website, Forming Horizons, is intended for people on the autism spectrum (of all ages) and their families, teachers (as well as other professionals), and employers, as well as any other interested parties.

Disclosure: I have Asperger Syndrome myself.  Between sharing my own experiences and dialoguing with the various parties affected by autism spectrum disorders  (ASDs), I hope to play a small part in the bigger conversation being sparked by the increasing prevalence of ASD diagnoses.

I would encourage you to visit the “About” page first to get a more in-depth explanation of what Forming Horizons is all about.  For recent posts, you can go straight to the homepage.

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French-born anthropologist, philosopher, historian, literary critic, and social scientist René Girard, arguably one of the pivotal figures in Christianity during the last half-century, passed away yesterday at age 91.

Some of my more faithful readers may remember me referencing Girard in my commentary on Frozen.  One of his major contributions was his exploration of Christianity in light of the ages-old scapegoat mechanism, which he discusses in the following video.  It’s just a few minutes long, and is worth a look:

NOTE: This video was posted by a Youtube user who is from all available evidence a devout Catholic of good conscience.  Hence, I am assuming fair use here.  But if anyone knows or suspects otherwise, please let me know, and I will promptly delete this post.

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For those of you who weren’t aware, Fr. Robert Barron, whom I’ve admired and followed for years now and whose videos I have often shared on this blog, was recently appointed an auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles.  Hence, Into the Dance extends hearty congratulations to him!

Bishop Barron was one of the commentators on MSNBC’s coverage of Pope Francis’ Mass in Philadelphia, along with Brian Williams, Chris Matthews, and Notre Dame professor Kathleen Sprows Cummings.  In this short segment of the commentary, he offers a very concise, charitable, and brilliant defense of priestly celibacy within the Church.  Take a look!

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