Ok, fun story time. I used to work on consumer banking policy, and part of our work was finding victims of bad practices, and having them tell their stories.

But first, we had to vet them, to make sure there wouldn't be any surprises...

Most of the advocacy groups at the company didn't work with specific victims, so we went to the only other team that did, to see if they had best practices for vetting.

"Well, usually they can show us a scar or a stump, and it's pretty clear they were bitten by a shark."

So we had to get advice elsewhere, but it was one of my most amusing meetings.

The team did shark conservation work, and they found the best spokespeople were those who had been maimed and *still* wanted to speak up for sharks.


Thinking of them nytimes.com/2021/07/20/sci…

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This is right on from


When I was an atheist, I was frustrated that folks didn’t bring the fierce curiosity that drives science to philosophy.

This is why I made sure to tell people I was a *virtue-ethicist atheist* because

Just "not believing in God" or even "believing in science" didn't actually explain what you believed about our duties to others. This is the period when, weeks before my conversion to Catholicism, I went to the Reason Rally with this sign.

Politics is never neutral—how we allocate vaccines, whether and when we permit abortion, etc. all presumes strong claims about who we value and why.

Disclaiming the salience of those bigger questions leaves us less able to answer them.

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I think the zoom wedding I’m attending has layered some fussy baby noises over the polyphony on the waiting screen, and I am charmed. #swelltoberogel

All weddings (and all Masses) should have audible babies. Beatrice is excited to one day do her bit.
Ah, there are few socially distanced babies in the actual church! I wouldn’t have put piping them in past @feminaprovita! She’s a good friend to babies.
Beautiful homily from Fr. Schrenk for Claire and Bill. (And well suited to the readings from Tobit, the Apocalypse, and the Wedding at Cana) #swelltoberogel

"The sacrament of matrimony is an invitation to this holy hospitality, in which God comes to us as both host and guest."
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Celebrating St. Patrick's day with all of twitter, as we pray his Breastplate together. #TwitterInThisFatefulHour

I bind unto myself today
The strong name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same
The Three in One and One in Three...

I bind this today to me forever
By power of faith, Christ’s incarnation;
His baptism in Jordan river,
His death on cross for my salvation...

St Patrick, pray for us

@Dontstopbelief 2/17

His bursting from the spicèd tomb,
His riding up the heavenly way,
His coming at the day of doom
I bind unto myself today...

St. Patrick, pray for us

@KateRAbbott 3/17 (the day itself!)

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21 Jun 19
Fr. Martin, in this thread, goes on to give a partial list of sins that should cause us to fear hell, and then concludes that a school should fire teachers either for all of these or none of these. Here's why I disagree:
Teaching at a Catholic school does not imply that the archdiocese has found the teacher to be sinless (a very surprising finding!) or that they've at least found the people with the least serious sins.
Teachers are fired for things that are not serious sins at all (e.g. persistent tardiness) if they interfere with their ability to teach. And persisting in a publicly known sin and denying it is sin does interfere with teaching.
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This isn't how we try to prevent murders. The goal isn't to make murder logistically impossible but to make it undesired (through a mix of value inculturation, resources to deescalate aggression, high clearance rates, etc.).

Making abortion rarely desired, not just rare...

Making abortion rarely desired, not just rare won't happen by leaning further into the idea that healthy human bodies are defective + dangerous. A truthful society can't requiring folks to suppress their fertility to be part of the world (which we currently expect of women).

Related thread from @brandonmcg:

It's all kind of in the vein of @evetushnet's "You can't have a vocation of no." Pro-lifers want s/t more transformational than just the absence of legal abortions.
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"To look into the eyes of a vulnerable person is to see yourself as you might be. It’s a more harrowing experience than one might readily admit. There is a version of yourself made powerless, status diminished, reliant upon the goodwill of others."
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