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According to a poll, middle-aged Americans are unhappy about their sexual lives . “Some 24 percent of middle-aged group say they are dissatisfied, compared with only 12 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds, 20 percent of those 30-44 and 17 percent of those over 65.”

Increasing numbers of parents are choosing “gender-neutral” boys’ names for their newborn sons. “Among my generation of parents, our nontraditional boys’ names—vaguely androgynous, nonmacho, or just plain unique—reflect our own desire to raise sons who will be as comfortable pushing dolls in strollers as pushing trucks,” said one such parent.

Matthew Hanley asks if very rich men who give out lots of money for “family planning” are really philanthropists , or something else. “They give away lots of money. But that is not the same as ‘philanthropy,’ a word with Greek roots which means: love of mankind. The word implies a worldview – a fraternal disposition towards the objective good of one’s fellow creatures.”

A Catholic church in downtown Pittsburgh offers Mass at 2:30 a.m. on Sundays to attract people leaving the bars when they close, and in doing so revives a tradition. “The early Mass hasn’t been held since 1991. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the service was dubbed the ‘Printer’s Mass,’ because it was popular with newspaper employees. Some had just finished their shifts while others would attend Mass and then go deliver newspapers.”

Germany’s leading hardcore feminist has attacked the government’s minister for families and women, who doesn’t believe that “heterosexual sex [is] hardly possible without the subjugation of women” and changed her name when she married.

Archbishop Cranmer, or someone speaking in his name, criticizes an Anglican bishop for his pessimistic remarks about the next royal wedding.

Georgetown professor and “Front Porcher” Patrick Deneen writes in defense of culture .

AUL vice-president William Saunders analyzes the decision of the Montana Supreme Court legalizing assisted suicide .

Thanks to Kevin Staley-Joyce for links.

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