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Charles Rice

Charles E. Rice is Professor Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame Law School.  His areas of specialization are constitutional law and jurisprudence.  He currently teaches “Law and Morality” at Notre Dame.

Charles E. Rice is Professor Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame Law School. His areas of specialization are constitutional law and jurisprudence. He currently teaches “Law and Morality” at Notre Dame.

From: Sacra-Pizza-Man
Sent: Monday, January 13, 2014 9:13 AM
To: ‘Charles Rice’
Subject: Suburban Sacramento CA. (RE: Where is Presentation Parish?)

Where is Presentation Parish?

Suburban Sacramento CA.

Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto stood up to the homosexualists.

The Pastor, young Fr. Leatherby’s family business was boycotted by them.

The Sisters are of the same order that produces EWTN’s “Truth in the Heart” and came in 2nd at the American Bible Challenge

Thanks! Great people.

—–Original Message—–

From: Charles Rice
Sent: Monday, January 13, 2014 8:59 AM
To: Sacra-Pizza-Man
Subject: RE: a fan page

Thanks very much. I hope it will do some good. Where is Presentation Parish?

From: Sacra-Pizza-Man
Sent: Saturday, January 11, 2014 6:00 PM
To: Charles Rice
Subject: a fan page

High School Graduation rates Among Children of Same-Sex Households


As It Turns Out, It Does Make a Difference

By Douglas Mainwaring
October 20, 2013

One key element in the national discussion about same sex-marriage has been its effect on children.  Gay marriage proponents have insisted that scientific studies lead to the irrefutable conclusion that children raised by same-sex couples do just as well as those raised in homes with a mom and a dad.

That assertion is now being challenged by a vast new scientific study, conducted by Douglas W. Allen of Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada.

Utilizing a 20% sample of the 2006 Canada census, the study, “High School Graduation rates Among Children of Same-Sex Households,” found that children living with gay and lesbian families in 2006 were about 65% as likely to graduate compared to children living in homes headed by married heterosexual couples.

The previous body of research, consisting of about fifty studies, and heavily relied on by same-sex marriage activists, the media, and even Supreme Court jurists, suffers from serious drawbacks.

This new research calls into question the reliability of those studies and their conclusions.  In his analysis of his study’s findings, Professor Allen notes:

The literature on child development in same-sex households is lacking on several grounds.

The research is characterized by levels of advocacy, policy endorsement, and awareness of political consequences, that is disproportionate with the strength and substance of the preliminary empirical findings.

Almost all of the literature on same-sex parenting (which almost always means lesbian parenting) is based on some combination of weak empirical designs, small biased convenience samples, ”snowballing,” [i.e., the practice of asking individuals within a study to recruit their friends and associates to join the study] and low powered tests.

Many of the past studies which served to justify the ruling by California Supreme Court Justice Vaughn Walker in overturning California’s Prop. 8, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in his Windsor decision, were seriously flawed, leading to false, no longer substantive conclusions, like this one:

Children raised by gay or lesbian parents are as likely as children raised by heterosexual parents to be healthy, successful and well-adjusted. The research supporting this conclusion is accepted beyond serious debate in the field of developmental psychology. (Justice Vaughn Walker, section 70, Perry v. Schwarzenegger)

Walker’s conclusion no longer resonates as valid.

Because the sample base for the Allen study was extremely large, data for gay and lesbian couple households could be examined separately.  The research is revealing, offering new insights.  Among them, children of gay parents are estimated to be 69% as likely to graduate compared to children from opposite-sex married homes.  Children in lesbian households are 60% as likely to graduate from high school.

Perhaps most startling are the findings regarding the gender of the children and their graduation outcomes, which vary wildly based on whether they were raised in gay vs. lesbian households.  Daughters raised by gay men are only 15% as likely to graduate, while daughters of lesbian parents are 45% as likely to graduate.  Interestingly, sons of lesbian parents are 76% as likely to graduate, while boys raised by gay men are 61% more likely to graduate than those raised by lesbians.

A 2012 study published by University of Texas sociologist Mark Regnerus was universally condemned by the LGBT activists and many in the media, presumably because it challenged the conventional wisdom founded on previous research.  When “How different are the adult children of parents who have same-sex relationships?” was published, a national campaign to discredit Regnerus’s work immediately ensued.  With the publication of this new research, Regnerus’s work is vindicated, if not proven prescient.

The Allen study demands a re-examination of the conventional wisdom that has propelled the national debate about same-sex marriage and its impact on children.

We have been too hasty to declare ourselves “on the right side of history” when it comes to enacting same-sex marriage.  Is it good for kids — as so many have asserted — that we have recent court rulings and ballot initiatives decided based on a very small array of weak research, leading to refutable, unscientific conclusions?

When it comes to assessing the reliability of past studies, it must be noted that researchers have studied only those community members who are convenient to study.  Many studies recruited through LGBT events, bookstore and newspaper advertisements, word of mouth, networking, and youth groups.  A common method of recruitment was to use a combination of the above methods to form a sample base, and then recruit friends of the base.  Still other studies failed to even mention how their samples were arrived at.  Each different procedure has a different and unknown source of bias.

Both the U.S. census and the Canada census show that children living with same-sex parents perform more poorly in school when compared to children from married opposite-sex families.  This study suggests that more research is required to discover why.

It also demands that we immediately slow down the freight train of same-sex marriage legislation and judicial decisions barreling across our nation.  No matter how entitled gays and lesbians feel to co-opt the institution of marriage and pursue “equality,” the needs and rights of our children must come first.


Palimpsest of lost Cherubini Médée (Medea) Aria Restored with X-Rays

X-Rays reveal lost aria in 200-year-old opera

By Megan Gannon – Published June 14, 2013 – LiveScience

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Scientists have helped to restore Luigi Cherubini’s opera “Médée” to its original glory.

A lost aria, or solo song, from the piece, which Cherubini apparently smudged out in spite more than 200 years ago, has been revealed by x-ray scans.

Luigi Cherubini

Luigi Cherubini

Cherubini was an Italian composer who worked mostly in France and counted Ludwig van Beethoven among his contemporaries and admirers. When Cherubini’s French-language opera “Médée” premiered in 1797, critics whined that the opera was too long, and as legend has it, the composer cut the piece by about 500 bars.

Médée revival
A shortened Italian translation of the opera became the dominant form of that opera into the 20th century. But today, many opera-goers and critics long to see “Médée” which tells the wrenching Greek myth of Medea as Cherubini first wrote it.

‘When we saw iron we would put a little digital red ink blot down, and when we saw zinc we’d put a little green dot down.’ – Samuel Webb, a beam line scientist at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource

A well-received bicentennial version of the opera in its original form was produced in New York by Opera Quotannis in 1997; critic Peter G. Davis declared at the time that the doctored form “we’ve been hearing all these years, should now be permanently set aside.” Back in December, an audience displeased with a radical take on Cherubini’s “Médée” apparently lobbed obscenities at the performers in Paris and shouted “Stop the desecration of opera,” according to the New York Times.

Now scientists are taking part in the revival, too. In an original manuscript of Cherubini’s “Médée,” the closing lines of the aria “Du trouble affreux qui me dvore” (“The terrible disorder that consumes me”) are blacked out. Scholars sent the copy to physicists at Stanford University’s Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) in Menlo Park, Calif., where the lost musical notes were recovered with the help of powerful X-rays. Continue reading

“Psychological” Comments on the Professor’s Lived Experience

Friar Paul Schloemer OFM Conv.

Friar Paul Schloemer, OFM Conv, Monday, (May 13, 2013, 12:23 PM) comments on Dr. Robert Carlos Lopez’ article [featured on this blog as Kids of SSA – Smile or SHUT UP! ]

Dr. Lopez, I appreciate your comments and your experience. It is a valuable voice in this debate, and, as a Catholic priest with gay friends, whom I love dearly, it is good information. However, I notice that you discount rather severely the opinions of pediatricians and psychologists who, although as influenced as any by the world they live in, do base those opinions not solely on personal experience, but more objective studies with analyses of multiple case situations. Reading the link on your personal story, it seems to me that your upbringing was more as a child of divorce, than of two lesbian parents (you mention that your mother’s lover didn’t move in until you were 18-19, a legal adult). Your feelings of abandonment, and loss of a father figure would seem to be present regardless of whether your mom was seeing someone else, regardless of sex. Have you considered how your opinion may be different had you never known your father, but instead had been raised from earliest memory by two women? That seems to me to be the primary question before the state, and the one that needs to be addressed.

And if you have been amassing testimonials from other children of same-sex households, could you not amass those comments into a formal study. Any grad psych student should be able to help you in converting text to researchable data.

Just a thought. God bless you.

Fr. Paul

Pizza Man Responds: With respect, Fr. Schloemer, Dawn Stefanowicz might have another point of view. Catholic Answers radio shows:

Dawn StefanowiczDawn Stefanowicz: The Perils of Gay Parenting

Catholic Answers: Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 – 7pm ET

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Gosh, Fr. Paul, it seems like the Mark Regnerus study is not based “solely on personal experience, but more objective studies with analyses of multiple case situations”.

Dr. Robert Carlos Lopez responds…

…to Sacra Pizza Man’s comment “go easy on this guy”:

Hi [Sacra Pizza Man],

Thanks for your email. I am not discounting the voices of psychologists and pediatricians per se. I am discounting the consensus that’s been put forward, which is not real. There are many psychologists and pediatricians who have contradictory data and they have been hounded out of academic life if they do not endorse the LGBT line, so their work has been excluded from the “consensus.” Continue reading

Planet Size & Location around a Star only 2/12+ factors that determine whether a planet is habitable

Guillermo Gonzalez, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Grove City College

Guillermo Gonzalez, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Grove City College

From: Gonzalez, Guillermo [mailto:G^2@GCC.EDU]
Sent: Sunday, April 21, 2013 9:11 AM
To: Pizza Man
Subject: RE: “Perfect planets for life” – in the galactic habitable zone?

Hi [Pizza Man],

Size of a planet and its location around a star are only two out of over a dozen factors that determine whether a planet is habitable. They don’t consider in these news articles whether the system is within the Galactic Habitable Zone.




From: Pizza Man

Sent: Sunday, April 21, 2013 12:01 PM
To: Gonzalez, Guillermo
Subject: “Perfect planets for life” – in the galactic habitable zone?

Hello, Professor Gonzalez, thank you for reading my e-mail, it’s a privilege, I have a fan page

May I inquire, does the science behind this page include consideration whether or not the described stellar systems are within the galactic habitable zone?