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IF YOU DON’T KNOW, ASK! — 11 Comments

  1. If Jesus had been born after the RC’s established their idiot celibacy rule this could have been the explanation for virgin birth narratives!

    FWIW
    jimB

  2. I asked my nun-teacher the very same question as Father Joel in the fifth grade. She told me to wait until after class, and we would talk privately. In our private talk, the nun told me about God putting a special box in a woman’s heart (I’m not kidding! Talk about getting the anatomy wrong!), and then she said I should ask my mother to tell me the rest. My mother had already told me when I asked why a woman of our acquaintance had such a big stomach that she had a tumor. There I was at the age of 10 in full ignorance. Stretch the ignorance out for two more years and it seems almost possible that Father Joel would know nothing.

  3. My mother had already told me when I asked why a woman of our acquaintance had such a big stomach that she had a tumor

    Oh dear – why did your mother think this was a good idea?!?

  4. Right-O! I once worked with an elderly RC priest who thought his kidneys were where his bladder was.
    The theory was that it was spiritual things that were important.

    Nij

  5. I once worked with an elderly RC priest who thought his kidneys were where his bladder was.
    The theory was that it was spiritual things that were important.

    Well if your kidneys are where your bladder is, you’re probably about to die, so it is spiritual things that are important.

  6. Well if your kidneys are where your bladder is, you’re probably about to die, so it is spiritual things that are important.

    *LOL* Cathy! (Good thing I wasn’t drinking anything at the time, or I’d be wiping down my monitor!)

    As best I remember it, I learned about S~E~X (the icky, reproductive kind that the hets do ;-/) from a book at the library (Around age 6? I was an early reader). The parents gave me The Talk ~age 10. It was, of course, CRINGE!-tastic for ALL involved (As to content, all I really remember was my mother stressing the importance of the All-Blessing/All-Protective/All-Wonderful-Guarantee of Marriage. It would only be several years later, that my mom would lay on the contemptuous “Who buys a cow, if the milk’s free?” line. Oy Vey.)

  7. I was brought up by a physician whose early practice was as a rural country doctor. I had been on in-home labor cases with him by the time I was eight. I knew anatomy and knew that babies were carried by mothers in the uterus. When I asked for clarification, my parents told me that parents held each other very close in a very special way and a seed from the father was planted into an egg in the mother and then grew into the baby.

    Later while looking at an anatomy book on our way to a city some distance from our little town, I announced that I understood how that seed got planted–that the penis clearly fit into the vagina and then I asked if I was right. They told me, indeed I was. When I was older, I realized that they were both completely quiet for the rest of the way into the city. God bless them, they kept their cool. They answered my question and at that age, that was all I wanted to know.

  8. It was, of course, CRINGE!-tastic for ALL involved

    Well this is the thing, isn’t it, that some bemoan the fact that their parents were so repressed that sex in their house was hardly mentioned, but my take on it is like yours, JCF, which is that when your parents do mention it, you so wish they hadn’t.

  9. The transplanted kidney nestles against the bladder (the new kidney is hooked up to the nearby iliac artery and vein, one of the few vessels available that can provide sufficient flow). The useless original equipment stays in its spot unless there’s a problem with infection or mass, in which case they are removed. So, some renal transplant patients have 3 kidneys, some have one.