Category: The Catholic Family

Helmet of Hope
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Helmet of Hope

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Last week the inaugural column in this “Armor of Virtue” series aimed to awake the knight within us awaiting formation and to be sent forth on a saving mission. It presented a shield forged in the first theological virtue of faith. It was designed to serve as a first line of defense, to be held […]

Etiquette for the Non-praying
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Etiquette for the Non-praying

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School has begun and it is only a matter of time before what has become the perennially vexing problem of school prayer makes the headlines once again. From the Left, we can expect cautions against the “dangerous” practice of student-led prayer because of “how susceptible schoolchildren are to peer pressure”. My own upbringing was as […]

Gender Ideology Leads to Child Abuse: Pediatricians
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Gender Ideology Leads to Child Abuse: Pediatricians

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“Facts – not ideology – determine reality,” the American College of Pediatricians (ACP) said in a warning to legislators and educators about the dangers of surgical and medical sex change operations to children. “Conditioning children into believing that a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child […]

Deciphering Love
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Deciphering Love

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“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” – Mother Teresa   “At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.” – Plato   “For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.” – Judy Garland The concept […]

Shield of Faith
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Shield of Faith

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The Middle Ages molded men to serve their lords and their ladies as soldiers sheathed in armor. Knighthood wasn’t just a title or a symbolic honor as it is today. It was a position of trust forged within the complex relationships of medieval kingdoms and culture, requiring equal parts of metal and mettle. When placed […]

Catholic Schools: A Community Institution
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Catholic Schools: A Community Institution

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The fact that Catholic education produces solid academic results is well documented. The benefits include the following: 98% of low income, minority children graduate from Catholic high schools, compared to only 66% of all students in public schools; Hispanic and African American Students who attend Catholic schools are 2.5 times more likely to graduate college; […]

Sex Is Easy
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Sex Is Easy

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Sex is easy. Obvious statement, so what’s the point? Birds do it. Beasts do it. Humans do it. There are those who prowl about the world pursuing sexual prey, consuming and discarding conquests like they were earning points in some sick game, attempting to satisfy a voracious carnal urge with little concern of consequence or […]

Same Sex Parenting Increases Depression in Children
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Same Sex Parenting Increases Depression in Children

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Our relationship with our biological parents influences our happiness long after we’ve flown the nest. So says a new study showing how those raised by same-sex parents experience significantly more depression, obesity, and other problems in young adulthood than their peers. In the first study to examine children raised by same-sex parents into early adulthood, […]

Elite Women Wage Social Warfare on Everywoman
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Elite Women Wage Social Warfare on Everywoman

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So a radical feminist and two childless women walk into a courtroom. How do you expect them to rule on abortion or contraception? Their lives as they know them, depend on both. In Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a Texas law regulating abortion clinics as if they were any ordinary […]

Abstinence Education Works, Condoms Don’t: New Teen Pregnancy Data
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Abstinence Education Works, Condoms Don’t: New Teen Pregnancy Data

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New evidence from the United States suggests abstinence education is a reason why teen pregnancy has fallen to historically low rates. Nearly sixty percent of high school students had never had sex, up from 46% in 1991.  Meanwhile, another new report links condom giveaways in schools with increases in teen pregnancy. This investigation of the […]

The Fight for Religious Freedom in Catholic Schools
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The Fight for Religious Freedom in Catholic Schools

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We are now in the Fortnight for Freedom — a two-week period the U.S. bishops have set aside for Catholics to appreciate our God-given right to religious freedom, the “first freedom” affirmed by the Bill of Rights. Our First Amendment freedoms are endangered in a myriad of ways today, and the threats to Catholic schools are greater […]

Transgender Health Experts Contradict Themselves in New Publication
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Transgender Health Experts Contradict Themselves in New Publication

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A leading medical journal published its first series on transgender health and reveals what appear to be major contradictions. On the one hand the journal argues there is nothing medically wrong with transgenderism. On the other hand, it argues transgenderism is a condition that requires medical attention, setting up transgenderism as the first non-medical condition […]

Catholic Colleges: ‘Gender Identity’ in Title IX Threatens Religious Freedom
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Catholic Colleges: ‘Gender Identity’ in Title IX Threatens Religious Freedom

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In letters to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) the presidents of five Catholic colleges cited their institutions’ faithfulness to Church teaching in explaining how the expansion of Title IX to include “gender identity” posed a significant threat to the religious mission of the colleges. College requests for religious exemptions from […]

Diocese of Phoenix Partners with Catholic Colleges for Unique Coalition
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Diocese of Phoenix Partners with Catholic Colleges for Unique Coalition

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The Diocese of Phoenix is joining with Arizona’s Catholic colleges to form a unique partnership in higher education that stresses an integral human formation at both Catholic and secular universities in the Grand Canyon State, according to school superintendent MaryBeth Mueller. “It is important for the Diocese to support Catholic colleges as an alternative to […]

Uterus Transplants Are ‘Supremely Risky’
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Uterus Transplants Are ‘Supremely Risky’

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It was a first in the United States. A woman, only identified as Lindsey, received a uterus from a deceased woman. Lindsey was born without a uterus, and she was hoping this transplant would enable her to get pregnant. At a press conference at the end of February, Cleveland doctors announced it was the first […]

Why Everyone Should Oppose Surrogacy
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Why Everyone Should Oppose Surrogacy

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I am an outspoken critic of gestational surrogacy, in which the gestational mother carries a child to term for another person or couple. I have noticed that many people do not understand the stakes in this issue. Pro-life people think, “Gosh, surrogacy makes babies, how can that be bad?” Feminists think, “Gosh, surrogacy allows people […]

The Narrow Way
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The Narrow Way

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The most terrifying aspect of living out Catholic sexuality is that it requires us to unflinchingly kill an entire world of potentials. In this world of dreamers, it can be very difficult to commit oneself to a given way of life simply because it entails giving up all other ways of life. It can be […]

Finding True Blessing Amidst Sorrow
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Finding True Blessing Amidst Sorrow

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None of us is promised happiness in this life. All of us are guaranteed sorrow. Indeed, sorrow is the classroom where we often learn our most valuable lessons and through which we can climb ever closer to heaven – where we are promised happiness. Perhaps that’s why I am so drawn to praying the Sorrowful Mysteries […]

SCOTUS Ruling on HHS Mandate Impacts Catholic Colleges
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SCOTUS Ruling on HHS Mandate Impacts Catholic Colleges

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The legal battle will continue for Catholic colleges and other religious nonprofits and institutions challenging the Obama administration’s contraception mandate following a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to send the issue back to lower courts. “We are nearing what seems to be a very happy ending to a terrible chapter in America’s […]

Spring Cleaning With Mary
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Spring Cleaning With Mary

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[Editor’s note: Originally published June, 2006] Mary and mercy came to our house this May. After years of chasing an illusive dream of someday organizing our entire home, I finally managed, with God’s assistance, to do just that. It was a ruthless and exhaustive endeavor. Closets, cabinets, drawers, shelves and rooms were systematically purged of […]

Married Love is Total Self-Giving, Says Pope Francis' Amoris Laetitia
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Married Love is Total Self-Giving, Says Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia

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Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia (Joy of Love) should be required reading in pre-Cana classes, say commentators, because the Pope explains Catholic teaching on marriage so wisely and elegantly to the current generation. Throughout the papal exhortation, you can find the themes of the four marks or “keys” of married love: faithfulness, freedom, fruitfulness, and a […]

The Momentum of Mercy
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The Momentum of Mercy

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When I was child, I thought of mercy as something that was granted only to a person who really needed it, such as a big sinner, or when I did something really bad. I never thought about how mercy can be a part of everyday life. If we are open to the expansive nature of […]

On the Beautiful Prayer of Crying
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On the Beautiful Prayer of Crying

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A boy falls and skins his knees. A boy wrestles in the living room and bonks his head on the coffee table. A boy tries to field a ground ball at shortstop, only to take a bad hop that bloodies his nose, or gets plowed by a much bigger boy on the football field. “Boys […]

Fruitful Love Symbolizes God's Inner Life, says Pope Francis' Amoris Laetitia
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Fruitful Love Symbolizes God’s Inner Life, says Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia

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The night before Pope Francis officially released Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), I was chatting about it with Fr. Dave Dwyer on the Busted Halo radio show. Revealing that he had been able to get his hands on an advance copy, Fr. Dave told me, “You’re going to love it. He says a lot […]

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