Babies are not blessings? A reply to Ana Santos of Rappler

A newborn baby glistening in amniotic fluid (Wikipedia)

A newborn baby glistening in amniotic fluid (Wikipedia)

Ana Santos of Rappler wrote a piece entitled, “Babies are not blessings.” Santos quotes the figures related to having babies as given by Dr. Emma Llanto of UP-PGH and Society of Adolescent Medicine in the Philippines.  The whole article hinges on the definition of a the word “blessing,” so let us examine Santos’ understanding of this word by dissecting her statements one by one.

How Philippine media distorts Pope Francis’s words on contraception, abortion, and homosexual marriage

How Media distorts Pope Francis's words

How Media distorts Pope Francis’s words

Philippine Star and Rappler publishes an article by Agence France-Presse entitled (with slight variations), “Philippine Church ‘right’ despite Pope Francis’ comments”.  This technique used by Agence France-Presse (AFP) is called reframing–putting a different background to a quote to make it appear opposite to its original meaning. In this way, AFP makes it appear that the bishops, because of their opposition to contraception, abortion, and same-sex marriage, are not in line with the Pope Francis’s thoughts.

Read more at Monk’s Hobbit: How Philippine media distorts Pope Francis’s words on contraception, abortion, and homosexual marriage

Count Dracula: A Christological analysis of Bram Stoker’s vampire

Dracula and his bride

Count Dracula and his bride

In Bram Stoker’s Dracula (I will be using the Dracula (Penguin Popular Classics) edition in my quotes), the Count is portrayed as possessing supernatural powers which, if we examine closely, are the antithesis of the salvation wrought by Christ on the Cross:

Read more at Monk’s Hobbit: Count Dracula: A Christological analysis of Bram Stoker’s vampire

Is it wrong to believe that zodiac signs affect personality?

12 Zodiac Signs

12 Zodiac Signs

QUESTION: Is it wrong to believe that zodiac signs affect personality?

MY REPLY:

A.  It depends on what you mean by “believe” and “affect”. 

Zodiac personality types may have been results of centuries of observing people, that if you were born in this particular month, you have this natural tendency to do things that define your personality.  It is possible that the movements of the heavens due to gravitational forces and the solar activity (coronal mass ejections and solar flares) would influence the earth’s electric currents and magnetic fields, and also the coldness of winter and the hotness of summer, which in turn  would affect how your body and brain develops while you are still in your mother’s womb.  The problem is that no one has verified these theories by making samples of hundreds or thousands of people, by asking them their birthdays, and observing them for long periods of time or by asking them to answer the Myers-Briggs Personality test.

Read more at Monk’s Hobbit: Is it wrong to believe that zodiac signs affect personality?

Noy, Gising to CBCP: Why was the Black Nazarene frequently brought to Janet Napoles’ house?

CBCP, please explain: Why was the Black Nazarene frequently brought to Janet Napoles’ house?

Question from “Noy, Gising” Facebook Page:

CBCP, please explain: Thousands and thousands of devotees struggle (and even die) just to touch or get a glimpse of the Black Nazarene.  So why was it frequently brought to Janet Napoles’ house?  Did God give her a special pass to view and pray before the Black Nazarene?  Do you still wonder why a lot of people are disillusioned with you guys.

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Lost innocence: Muslim child brides and US sex education for children

In this post, I shall talk about two things: Muslim child brides in the Muslim East and US sex education for children in the Secular West–an education not only in schools, but also in movies and TV shows.  And lastly, I shall propose the Catholic remedy by discussing the 6th and 9th Commandments, together with the virtues of modesty and purity.

Read more at Monk’s Hobbit.