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Mary Valle, communicating while munching on communion, reports the news in verse.

Killing the Buddha

Ross’s Magic Monogamy

Dear Ross, Thanks for teaching me something new today: “Monogamy, not chemicals or latex, is the main line of defense against unwanted pregnancies.”  All this time I’d thought that deciding “when sex makes babies”—which is a phrase I recently heard, oddly enough, when sitting in on an innovative new kind of sex-ed class in Liberal California—had…

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The Year of the Bi-i-ble

Good News! The Pennsylvania Legislature just declared 2012 the Year of the Bible.  Since they didn’t specify exactly which Bible, as in the “King James Bible Heritage Month” resolution from the same session, and since I only live in neighboring Maryland, I’m going to go ahead and play along with my trusty Good News Bible.…

Killing the Buddha

Who Do I Want to Praise?

Do you ever get taken by surprise when watching shows with your spouse or significant other or pet? I was watching That Mitchell and Webb Look with my husband and pets the other night. You know how it is: Last night of vacation, laptop, electric mattress pad, wind blowing, had my face all lotioned up,…

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Happy Hopkins Eve

This being Baltimore, we’re celebrating Christmas Eve morning by gathering around the grave of Johns Hopkins. He’s buried in the expansive Greenmount Cemetery, which is now located in the so-called “Station North Arts District.” Doctors tell tales of great men and women and their muscle, bravado and intellect. We hear about Mary Elizabeth Garrett, whose…

Killing the Buddha

Douthat’s Atheist

Oh Ross. You are making me violate my custody of my mind with your words again. You’re talking Hitchens and his “atheism” or whatever, but the most important thing about this column is the part where Hitchens “cornered” you in a “pantry” at a “Washington dinner party” and “insisted on having a long argument about…

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Manger Mania!

Your Communicant has spotted a new trend: “Stable births”—giving birth in a barn, attended by animals—are the new-old way for babies to come into the world. Amongst some New Yorkers, finding a nice spot with animals has almost become de rigeur. “Stables are great because they’re semi-outdoors,” says Laurel Minley-de Deseriato, 35, of Manhattan. “I had Lorenzo…

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Belief-O-Matic Results!

I took BeliefNet’s Belief-O-Matic test and here are the results. Check out #1 and #27 out of #27. OK. Fine. I’ll light some candles and don a shawl and pray to the Goddess. Oh wait. I already do that. The first shall be last and the last shall be first, Belief-O-Matic. Click any Faith for…

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Biblioclasm Now!

The state destroyed 5,554 books this morning. Support the restocking and retelling of the OWS library tonight!

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Occupy, Eh?

I keep planning to go visit Occupy Baltimore and then I keep getting stymied by the cold or just my own love of staying home. I was super-excited to go sing some protest songs at OB one afternoon, but it rained. Friends, it would take me about 15 minutes to get there. I’d love to visit…

Killing the Buddha

Gayness Continues to Boggle Rome

In Catholics-coping-with-homosexuality news, an actual D.C. bishop-advising lawyer, Daniel Avila, who works “in the office that opposes the spread of same-sex marriage,” has indicted the “devil” “for same-sex attraction.” In print. In The Pilot, which has since apologized for the theological error and deleted the column:  “A spokeswoman for the bishops’ conference said that Mr. Avila’s column…

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Your Reformation Day Blowout!

Did you know that October 31 is not only a great time to be a Catholic or Pagan, but also a very special day for Protestants? That’s right! October 31 marks Reformation Day, which Brother Jeffrey Gros recently told me has fallen into disuse: “Since the 1980s, traditional Reformation Day services have evolved into commemorations…

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A Kinder, Gentler Apocalypse

Remember all the world-ending-on-May-21 hype earlier this year? Apparently God was playing more of his “I’m gonna pretend to high-five you, then pull my hand away at the last minute and say ‘Psych!’” games with all of us. Harold Camping of Family Radio was admittedly “flabbergasted” when it didn’t happen as planned. But lo! It has…

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Fan Art!

Blogging can be a lonely job. Sometimes I feel my words blowing through cyberspace like little pixellated tumbleweeds. Or I’ll be tweeting away, thinking “Why am I writing this stuff? No one cares!” But sometimes I hear from people. Sometimes I actually get fan art! Recently I was tweeting about the Guitar Mass and realized…

Photo of Wellspring, in the diocese of Gaylord, MI.

The Latin Mass of My Dreams

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church “rejects both the liturgical and doctrinal changes of Vatican II in their entirety and without exception.” Indeed, there are other churches in the Louisville area that offer the Tridentine Mass, but “what differentiates St. John the Baptist Church from these other communities is its total fidelity to the Catholic…

Photo by Dale Prince.

Holy Haulers, Baltimore!

Baltimore is the land of a million amateur haulers. The streets are teeming with old trucks hand-painted with phone numbers and offers to haul anything—telephone poles always have handwritten ads for the same service. Having moved into two old-lady houses since moving here, I can see the need. One was still full of a hoarder’s…

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Use the Right Prop, Michelle

Governor Perry, I’ve got more ideas for you, but I gotta talk to Mrs. Bachmann for a few minutes. Michelle: the “$2 gas” idea is great. Nice use of a Wal-Mart-i-an “loss-leader”… get them in the door with “limited supplies” of 50-cent taco filling, and watch them fill up their carts with high-ticket China-made gizmos. Good…

Human Food. Illustration by Mary Valle.

Helping Rick Perry Help Himself

Rick Perry’s recent 30,000 strong prayer meeting was dwarfed by a similar event the same day—seven miles away in Texas, 100,000 people showed up for a free back-to-school event where children got free school supplies, haircuts, uniforms, immunizations, and “three-pound bags of food.” As a genetic Republican, this gives me odd pain. It’s the same…

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Religion: ___

Once July 15 passes, it’s all back-to-school displays in the megastores and reenrollment paperwork/digital forms/paying of tuition tout de suite. It still makes my stomach hurt. A friend just passed along this list from her son’s back-to-school forms. If you’re wondering what the religion choices might be at an “independent” “East Coast” stone-walled place of…