It's time again for that intermittent feature where I post search terms people have entered into Google, which for barely explainable reasons have led them to this blog. As always, these are in no particular order:
1. Pop-tarts with tea. I have no objection. I do, however, have a sister who likes to eat pop-tarts with hot chocolate. Oh, and she butters her pop-tarts--at least, she used to. And she's unbelievably thin, too. Love you, sis! :)
2. Mick-a-matic camera. I didn't know what that was, so I Googled it myself. Turns out it's a toy camera from the early 1970s. Clearly the problem of character licensing toys to entice children to whine for them goes back even before cable television.
3. Marty Haugen, pro and con. You'll tend to get "con" on this site. Still, it's a positive sign that you're Googling the phrase at all--and if you have anything to do with a church choir, may I recommend also Googling "chant" and "sacred music" as well? :)
4. Is it wrong to send an orthodox child to Catholic school? Now, the problem with this one is that the searcher didn't apparently capitalize "orthodox." So I don't know if what he/she is asking is whether it's wrong for an Eastern Orthodox child to attend a Catholic school, something about which I'm not qualified to comment. But if the searcher means small "o" orthodox, then the answer is--quite possibly. Catholic schools are excellent at removing orthodoxy from their students--sad but true.
5. Can a practicing Catholic be pro-choice? Well, there are people who are practicing Catholics who call themselves "pro-choice," so it's not a physical impossibility or anything. That said, though, it's not possible for any serious Catholic to dissent in an open and active way from Church teaching about abortion and remain in good standing in the Church. Truth is--and this may offend some--most of the so-called "pro-choice" Catholics I've ever met have been almost unbelievably ignorant both about what abortion really is and about the historical weight and philosophical depth of Church teaching against it. Sadly, a lot of "pro-choice" Catholics think of the issue as "The Church just wants womyn (sic) to be barefoot and pregnant and subservient instead of letting them control their own bodies!" What's really weird is that a lot of these self-proclaimed "pro-choice" feminist Catholics are...men.
6. Minimalist ascetic austere zen simple life. My first piece of advice, grasshopper, is to avoid Googling a whole string of synonyms...
7. Liturgic pet. Granted, I wrote about liturgical pet peeves a long time ago, which explains why the searcher found my page. But, curious, I searched using the words "liturgic pet" and came across...liturgical pet clothing. For, apparently, Lutheran pets. No, really. Go look. And there are other places making similar items. Here's an example:
Hope you enjoyed this installment of the intermittent Odd Google Searches feature!