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Musings on today’s headlines:

The Pope rebukes Austrian priests who call for 1) an end to celibacy requirements and 2) the ordination of women. 

Pope says, (I paraphrase here) “Hey, these aren’t my teachings, they’re the Church’s teachings. Gotta represent.”

Interesting stance for the Successor to the Prince of the Apostles.

Way to hedge.

But if such changes ever come to the Catholic Church, which do you think will come first, female ordination or an end to celibacy?

I’m betting on the latter, imagining an argument similar to that which allows the Catholic Church to provide for father’s little helpers (the little blue pills) but not for mother’s (the little white ones.)

So far, the Holy See has been rather myopic, sacrificing a catholic world view for its Catholic one.

Not to fear.

Google is clearing things up with the new “reality eyewear,”  Project Glass.

From today’s BBC article, emphasis added:

“A group of us . . . started Project Glass to build this kind of technology, one that helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment,” said a statement from Google X – the firm’s experimental lab.

When exactly did I leave the moment?

And if I did leave the moment, there’s a strong likelihood that technology or metaphysical dogma was involved.

In which case, offering me reality eyewear is like offering a drink to an alcoholic.

Or a little blue pill to a philanderer.

On the other hand, the little white pills will protect me in several ways.  In addition to freeing women from the consequences of their partners’ blue pill popping habits, oral contraceptives have been shown to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer, a particularly deadly cancer for which there is no definitive screening test.

Nor are there any remarkable warning signs for the disease.  Symptoms are often mistaken for other more benign conditions.  By the time the cancer is diagnosed it is usually late stage.

Fewer than half (46%) of those diagnosed with the disease survive five years.

The are a number of factors that can increase a woman’s risk of developing the disease.  Two genes (one is the “breast cancer gene”) are implicated in ovarian cancer.  As are obesity, lack of parturition (nuns can’t get a break) and age.

In the 40 years since the War on Cancer began, mortality rates for ovarian cancer have remained unchanged, while mortality rates for other cancers have declined significantly.

Several weeks ago, my community lost a dear friend to this disease. Her memory is a blessing and her life is a reminder.

A reminder that we are our own best advocates.  That knowledge is power. That we must speak the truth about our lives, our world, this present moment.

In that spirit, I offer links to two articles about reducing cancer risks.

Ever equitable, there is one for the gentlemen and one for the ladies.

For the ladies: “Housework cuts breast cancer risk.”

And for the men: “Masturbation cuts [prostate] cancer risk.”

Ms. Darling does try to remain clear-eyed and evenhanded.

Even when science, religion, and politics do not.

© 5 April 2012  Isabella Darling  All rights reserved.