1. "Chimps play on gender lines"
LABELS: gender differences
2. Fr. Zuhlsdorf on, among other things, the origin of Ordinaries signing their respective names with a cross sign in front of those names
3. Prof. George et al. against a critique of their natural-law argument against so-called gay marriage
(brought to my attention by this post at Fr. Zuhlsdorf's blog)
LABELS: G.L.B.T., marriage, morality, natural law, Robert George
4. "[S]exual and reproductive health" (things such as abortion and contraception?) among the priority areas in the Federal Government's National Women's Health Policy 2010:
[The Hon. Nicola] Roxon [M.P., Health Minister] and Status of Women Minister Kate Ellis released the Government's National Women's Health Policy 2010.
[...] Health priority areas identified in the policy include chronic diseases, mental health, sexual and reproductive health and healthy ageing.
5. Cardinal Pell on the incongruity of ostensibly genuine Catholic politicians defying Church teaching
Predictably, this has generated much discussion in a thread at the Catholica Forum. I wonder whether it was self-satire when, after this quotation (which is itself almost satirically over-the-top):
Where I draw the line is when he tries to impose his own Catholic Sharia Law on the rest of the community. He has the right to criticize Catholic politicians for failing to do this, but the good thing is that they are ignoring him, just like everyone else seems to do. That's the triumph of secularism.
All together now for a great big chorus of:
'And so say all (well, a huge number anyway) of us, and so say.....'!
6. Mr. Sheehan on Aboriginal over-representation in the criminal justice system:
I don't believe most Australians feel ''shame'' that Aborigines are 15-times over-represented in the criminal justice system. I believe they feel anger, as the victims of crime. Australians are sick of the chasm between rhetoric and reality, and the idea that the only acceptable public narratives for Aboriginal people are that of victim or artist or noble custodian. The percentage of incarcerated Aboriginals would be even higher if so many were not given a free pass by the justice system, which in turn has led to a self-perpetuating culture of violence.
7. As the Cloister closes its doors (not necessarily forever), a Window opens
So Coo-ees from the Cloister "will close in 2011":
though not necessarily forever:
and there is a successor blog (whose blogger is no 'novice'!):
8. A Holy Roman Emperor asking for respect for religious freedom for Christians subject to the Shah of Persia?
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- For almost 400 years, the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples has sent missionaries around the world. Now, in the new Propaganda Fide Missionary Museum, the public can see many of the items they sent back to Rome. The new museum also documents how certain challenges to faith recur. For example, there's a letter written in the mid-1600s by King Leopold of Germany, the Holy Roman Emperor, to the Shah of Persia asking him kindly, but forcefully, to respect the religious freedom of Christians in Persia. ...
LABELS: Leopold I. Habsburg, Persia, religious liberty