We have Mary Eberstadt of the Hoover Institution, writing in The Weekly Standard: The Elephant in the Sacristy:

The real problem facing the American Catholic church is that a great many boys have been seduced or forced into homosexual acts by certain priests; that these offenders appear to have been disproportionately represented in certain seminaries; and that their case histories open questions about sexuality that–verboten though they may have become–demand to be reexamined.

Then [thanks to Walker for the link] there’s Eric Raymond, armed & dangerous, with a powerfully worded self-professed determination to go ‘further than Ms. Eberstadt’:

I think this scandal is grounded in the essentials of Catholic doctrines about sex, sin, guilt, and authority. This is not an accidental corruption of the church, any more than Stalin was an accidental corruption of Communism. Bad moral ideas have consequences, and those consequences can be seen most clearly in the human monsters who are both created by those ideas and exploiters of them. There is a causal chain that connects loathsome creatures like the “Reverend” Paul Shanley directly back to the authoritarianism and anti-sexuality of St. Augustine; a chain well-analyzed by psychologists such as Stanley Milgram and Wilhelm Reich. I suggest that any religion that makes obedience to authority a primary virtue and pathologizes sex will produce abuses like these as surely as rot breeds maggots.

Raymond approaches his topic with the same misguided zeal I referred to in the comments I made several days ago about Joe Katzman’s Winds of Change, not only grappling with his topic but believing his brand of weblog is the only counter to the ‘dominant media culture’ (he uses this term repeatedly) which keeps homosexuality a ‘journalistically protected class.’ This, he thinks, allows him to get away with trotting out the same old tired homophobic stereotyping about the supposed ‘homosexuality/pederasty/pedophilia connection in gay culture.’ Pity, it seemed for a moment he might have kept to some useful angles on the Church scandal and the media. Instead, there is ridiculous rhetoric about things like (to take one phrase admittedly out of context) ‘the sort of university-educated gay men who wind up determining what’s on the front page of the New York Times.’

Study finds notable difference in musicians’ brains: “Musical experience was strongly related to larger amounts of grey matter in the region called the Heschl’s gyrus, which is part of the auditory cortex. The structure contained 536 to 983 cubic millimetres of grey matter in professionals, 189 to 798 cubic millimetres in amateurs, and 172 to 450 cubic millimetres in non-musicians.” Ananova

The Baby Boy Payoff:

More evidence that men are squealing little chauvinist piggies: It seems daddies not only shower their sons with more attention but also work harder and earn more money after the birth of a boy than they do after the birth of a girl.

At the same time, the sex of a child has no impact on the hours that women work outside the home or the wages they earn, reported economists Shelly Lundberg and Elaina Rose of the University of Washington. Washington Post

Next in the floodtide of books on weblogging, from O’Reilly Press, is Essential Blogging: Selecting and Using Weblog Tools by Cory Doctorow, Rael Dornfest, J. Scott Johnson, Shelley Powers, Mena G. Trott, Benjamin Trott. Cory, of course, is boing boing, and Rael Domfest does raelity bytes.

With weblogs-or “blogs”-exploding all over the Web, the only thing lacking for power users and developers is detailed advice on how choose, install, and run blogging software. Written by leading bloggers, Essential Blogging includes practical advice and insider tips on the features, requirements, and limitations of applications such as Blogger, Radio Userland, Movable Type, and Blosxom. This book will get you up and blogging in no time.

Bush’s Police state shifts into gear: “The treatment of U.S. citizen Jose Padilla is turning into a

Kafkaesque spectacle that should make all Americans nervous.” And:

A Watcher for the watchers: “Sen. Maria Cantwell makes a bold proposal to create a director

of privacy and civil liberties accountability, in the wake of new

FBI domestic spying guidelines.” AlterNet