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This is the final installment in a three-part series.  For parts one and two, click here

Let’s get right to it: Theologically speaking, what’s so special about being a girl?

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For part one, click here

Quick recap: A study covered on “Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly” revealed that six-year-old girls tend by an overwhelming margin to think their own gender of inferior intelligence compared to their male counterparts.

I suggested that the ubiquitous image of the “sexy female” in popular culture goes far to undermine girls’ sense of female dignity and, therefore, intelligence.

Okay — I also said we’d look at possible secular responses to this phenomenon, along with the thoughtful Catholic response I intend to share.

But I’ve changed my mind.  It is a little presumptuous of me to assume I can predict how the culture will respond, and such responses are hardly relevant until they are actually manifest.

So I’ll just share the Catholic response.  If anyone has a more secular viewpoint they’d like to share, please feel free to do so.

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Megyn Kelly

Well I’m not a regular “Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly” viewer.  But I cannot help catching things out of the corner of my eye from time to time, and I was intrigued when I saw that she was covering a study of gender perceptions among 5- and 6-year-old children.

The results of the study were pretty straightforward:

  1. When asked whether they thought boys were smarter than girls or vice versa, 5-year-old girls tended to favor their own gender.
  2. 6-year-old girls, meanwhile, almost universally (if not universally) answered that boys were smarter — even those whose mothers were working women (even, in fact, the daughter of Kelly herself, whose husband is a work-at-home author, and therefore more often home with the kids while she is out “making it big”).

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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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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.

So we’re right in the middle of Autism Awareness Month, and a friend of mine recently shared with me a wonderful video documenting the struggles and triumph of Carly Fleischmann, a nonverbal autistic teenager.

But before we get to the video (and I do encourage you to watch it; it’s less than 10 minutes long), I should spend a moment on how it fits into the overall purpose of Into the Dance — specifically, how I see it in relation to the Catholic worldview I hold dear.

What it comes down to is the inviolable dignity of the human person.  This dignity is much greater than we think — so great that it cannot be expressed in the trappings of fame, power, prestige, accomplishment, or even ability.  On the contrary, it is at its height in hiddenness.

Thomas Howard puts it this way:

[Speaking of a wheelchair-bound child]: Who knows what glory inhabits that enfeebled frame?  What honor is incubating there, quite hidden from worldly eyes?  Or what of the Down’s syndrome child?  What exquisite fruit is adumbrated in the sweetness and vulnerability that gild this child’s limitations?  The answer to such questions lies hidden among the secrets laid up by the Divine Mercy. (pg. 219-20)

Lest we doubt this, let us see how this can become clear in the natural course of things:

Reference

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  2. Howard, Thomas.  On Being Catholic.  San Francisco: Ignatius, 1997.

 

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handgunWell we’ve seen several more tragic and senseless shootings these last couple weeks, most notably those at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado and at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, CA.

And with the three-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting fast approaching, dealing with these tragedies casts an even greater pall over our holiday anticipations.

There is no way around it: We’re in the midst of an epidemic.  It has not yet reached the level of a Black Plague, but it’s not inconceivable that it will.

As always, to point to a single cause is surely simplistic and potentially irresponsible.  But there are a number of “currents” in our great cultural ocean that feed into this phenomenon (more…)

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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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