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Researchers call Internet Trolls “Everyday sadists”

Most of the time, we try to avoid inflicting pain on others — when we do hurt someone, we typically experience guilt, remorse, or other feelings of distress. But for some, cruelty can be pleasurable, even exciting. New research suggests that this kind of everyday sadism is real and more common than we might think.The [Read More...]

Today on "Kresta in the Afternoon" – September 12, 2013

Talking about the "things that matter most" on September 12

4:00 – Six Month Anniversary of Pope Francis Election: An Analysis
Tomorrow we celebrate the 6-month anniversary of the Papacy of Francis. Matthew Bunsonand Phil Lawler join us to look at his impact, his personality, his style, his reforms, his reception and the prospects for his future actions.    

4:40 – Healing Hurts and Solving Problems – Where We Analyze the Sins, Illnesses, and Obstacles That Keep Us From Becoming All God Created Us to Be
A Deeper Look at Predictors of Divorce
In our Healing Hurts and Solving Problems segment we look at predictors of divorce and how to avoid them. Lisa Duffy knows first-hand as a divorced woman who has reconciled with the Church and remarried. She joins us today.
 
5:00 – Kresta Comments
 
5:20 - The Last Public Teaching of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI: The Transforming Power of Faith
"Having faith in the Lord is not something that involves solely our intelligence, the area of intellectual knowledge; rather, it is a change that involves our life, our whole self: feelings, heart, intelligence, will, corporeity, emotions, and human relationships. With faith everything truly changes." So Pope Benedict XVI introduced his catecheses for the Year of Faith, a series of sixteen talks given at his weekly audience from October 2012 to the end of his papacy in February 2013. These talks explore how and why faith is relevant in the contemporary world. How can we come to certainty about things that cannot be calculated or scientifically confirmed? What does God's revelation mean for our daily lives? How can the hunger of the human heart be fulfilled? Offering the guidance of biblical exegesis, pastoral exhortation, and brotherly encouragement, Pope Benedict seeks to answer these questions and many others. His former student, Fr. Joseph Fessio, joins us to look at some of the final teachings of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
 
5:40 – Improvement and Growth Segment
Yelling Makes Parenting Harder, Study Says. (+5 Things To Do Instead.)
Last week, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Michigan released the results of a study that showed that yelling at teens actually aggravated problematic behavior rather than extinguishing it.  Likewise, teens who were consistently yelled at had higher incidences of depression, school problems, lying, stealing and fighting than kids who did not experience “harsh verbal punishment.” We look at the study and 5 things to do instead with Dr. Greg Popcak
 

The Challenge of Authentic Modesty–5 Things to Do. 1 Thing to Avoid.

Patheos blogger Jennifer Fitz invited me to respond to her comments about my analysis of the so-called “Princeton modesty study.”   My original post is here (and is rather cheekily titled, “Women in Bikinis May More Easily Avoid Potentially Abusive Partners, Study Says?).    Jennifer’s response is here.  Go read. All caught up?  There’s a good fellow. [Read More...]

Batwoman lesbian marriage nixed! Writers quit!

Pop culture just keeps getting uglier, sillier and gayer

Sep 10, 2013
The Christians             
Batwoman: Her wedding to the policewoman has been permanently called off.
Batwoman: Her wedding to the policewoman has been permanently called off.

Even though their audience consists mainly of aging but not maturing males, comic book superheroes have a way of reflecting cultural shifts. News broke last week that on very short notice DC Comics had cancelled Batwoman’s imminent nuptials to an NYPD policewoman – a much anticipated lesbian first in the world of publishing for the illiterate.

The two DC writers who had seen her through her engagement both quit in anger. So is DC Comics now renouncing the gay agenda? Not at all. DC says it made the call because superheroes and heroines are supposed to live tortured and lonely personal lives, not happy and contented ones. Not that lesbian relationships are a bed of roses, but most people don’t know that.

But hold on – in 1996, after half a century, didn’t DC finally let Superman marry Lois Lane? Why the hetero-normative double standard? Who knows? Both DC and its arch-nemesis Marvel comics had been broadly hinting for many years that several of their heroes were closet sodomites, and in the mid-1990s, as the gay agenda crested, they began coming out. Batwoman is the best known.

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Home schooled? Oh you poor, deprived thing

People have the weirdest, dumbest, most illiberal ideas about home-educated students

Sep 10, 2013
The Christians

There are other ways of socialization than high schools.
There are other ways of socialization than high schools
This commentary by home schooled New York City high school student Veronica Andreades appeared in the Wall Street Journal Sep. 9, 2013

“You’re home-schooled? That’s bad, right?”

 Another teenager started off a conversation with me that way recently. We’re both actresses, and we were waiting for a theater rehearsal to begin.“Bad? Where did you get that idea?” I replied.“Well, you don’t have any friends, right?”

“I have lots of friends,” I said, laughing to hide my annoyance.

Welcome to the life of a Manhattan home-schooler surrounded by supposedly open-minded liberals. This was hardly the first time I’ve confronted unsolicited comments about going to school at home. Not long ago, after a ballet class (yes, home-schoolers sometimes sign up to study elsewhere), I mentioned in the locker room that I was being educated by my mother. One of the other dancers said: “No offense, but don’t your parents care about you being socialized?”When I asked my mom why she chose to teach me, she said: “I did not want to be at the mercy of my ZIP Code.”

When you’re from a middle-class family supported by a father who is a minister, chances are you aren’t going to live in a wealthy area and therefore in a good school district. I’ve gotten used to seeing pained or perplexed reactions when I talk about going to school in my apartment, as if I’m this nerdy, introverted alien. The truth is that my parents wanted to give me the freedom to pursue my passions so I’d be better prepared for college and career.



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Syrian war makes sudden appearance at convent in historic Christian town

SANA/Via EPA - A undated handout picture shows a church in the Maaloula village, northeast of Damascus, Syria.
Fighters from Free Syrian Army units briefly gained control of ancient Christian Maaloula village,
accounting to reports.

By
Washington Post
BEIRUT — High in the mountains above Damascus lies a town so remote that Syria’s war had passed it by, so untouched by time that its inhabitants still speak the language of Jesus.
The violence ravaging the rest of Syria has finally caught up with Maaloula, renowned as the oldest Christian community in the world — and the last in which the same version of Aramaic that prevailed 2,000 years ago is the native tongue.
 
On Sunday, Syrian rebels, including some affiliated with al-Qaeda, swept through Maaloula for the second time in four days, after an assault a few days earlier in which the last of its few thousand residents fled and the specter of unchecked violence threatened to convulse the iconic town.
Only a couple of dozen nuns remained, cowering in fear as warplanes screeched overhead, shells exploded and al-Qaeda-linked fighters overran their convent, turning them into witnesses to what may be one of the more extraordinary encounters of the Syrian war.

The monks had fled from their nearby monastery months ago, and even the last two priests who oversaw the affairs of Maaloula’s ancient Mar Takla nunnery took buses out of town last week, leaving the nuns of Maaloula to fend for themselves as the fighters closed in.

With Congress poised to debate President Obama’s proposed military intervention in Syria, the arrival of war in Maaloula illuminates the complexity of a conflict that has defied all attempts at resolution for 21/2 years. The future of Christianity in the region of its birth is just one of the smaller issues at stake in the discussions expected to unfold.

Today on "Kresta in the Afternoon" – September 11, 2013

Talking about the "things that matter most" on September 11

4:00 – 9/11: What Was Said About The “Clash of Civilations” In The Days After 9/11
In the days after the horror of Sept. 11, 2001 “Kresta in the Afternoon” has a number of guests on the air to analyze the events, Islam, Bin Laden, and what was known as the “clash of civilizations.” In this hour we talk about those very topics and hear clips of some of those interviews with Scott Hahn, Jehan Sadat (wife of the assassinated President of Egypt Anwar Sadat), Geoffrey Wawro (Professor of Military History), Norman Geisler (Islam Scholar), Dr. George Braswell (Professor of World Religions), and the now deceased Fr. Richard John Neuhaus.

5:00 – Kresta Comments: President Obama’s Speech to the Nation on Syria and What Constitutes Just War Theory.

5:40 – National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Babies
In September of 1988, over 1,200 children, victims of legal abortion, were laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. On September 14, twenty-five years after that burial, their memory—and the memory of all the 55 million children killed by abortion under Roe v. Wade—will be honored at more than 85 gravesites and memorial sites nationwide on the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children. You can find a memorial service near you at AbortionMemorials.com. National Sponsors Monica Millerand Eric Scheidler join us.

Toddler Moms Hatin’ on The Popcak

I got this funny but heartfelt message from a reader who felt some frustration after reading my post on the negative effects of yelling at kids.  Dr. Popcak, you’re destroying all my parenting tactics one by one. I kind of hate you right now. (But really, can you write this post but apply it to toddlers? [Read More...]

Women in Bikinis May More Easily Avoid Potentially Abusive Partners, Study Says(?)

OK, OK, the headline is a joke, but there’s a serious point behind it that I think those of us who value true purity as opposed to cheap knockoffs need to reckon with.  This past Summer I’ve been reading a lot about the 2009 Princeton study that, according to some sources, found that men can’t help [Read More...]

Yelling Makes Parenting Harder, Study Says. (+5 Things To Do Instead.)

Last week, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Michigan released the results of a study that showed that yelling at teens actually aggravated problematic behavior rather than extinguishing it.  Likewise, teens who were consistently yelled at had higher incidences of depression, school problems, lying, stealing and fighting than kids who did not experience [Read More...]
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