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Same Sex Parenting Increases Depression in Children

Same Sex Parenting Increases Depression in Children

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, […]

A Film to Wake Up Your Church to the Need to Fight for Life

A Film to Wake Up Your Church to the Need to Fight for Life

Jul 13 16 • 1 comment

If you were ever in search of a film to spur your church community into pro-life action, a new film called Voiceless may be just the ticket. “Voiceless is a call to the church,” said Jason Jones, co-executive producer of the film. “Now more than ever as we see no relief from our judiciary or […]

In Venezuela, 'The People Are Afraid'

In Venezuela, ‘The People Are Afraid’

Jul 13 16 • 1 comment

By Maria Lozano NEW YORK—Venezuela was once the country of dreams—but those dreams have turned into nightmares. Such is the sad verdict of one of the country’s bishops. Case in point, Bishop Jaime Villarroel of the Diocese of Carúpano, told international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need: Most of the young people in […]

Elite Women Wage Social Warfare on Everywoman

Elite Women Wage Social Warfare on Everywoman

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 […]

Poem: "Beaded Waves"

Poem: “Beaded Waves”

Jul 11 16 • 0 comments

Beaded Waves The sand waits for the waves to come home. But they cannot stay. The horizon calls them back to the edge of the world closest to heaven but first they must do the work God asks and exchange brine for the healing balm they carry in each beaded roll. Philip C. Kolin

The Pivotal Point of Christianity

The Pivotal Point of Christianity

Jul 11 16 • 0 comments

Have you ever been so heartbroken and your hopes so shattered that you could scarcely consider what your future holds or whether you even had a future? That is what it must have been like for the disciples the day after Jesus was crucified. They had placed their faith in him and dared to hope […]

California’s Assisted Suicide Law: Are Some Lives Not Worth Living, or are All Lives Precious?

California’s Assisted Suicide Law: Are Some Lives Not Worth Living, or are All Lives Precious?

At what point can we say that a life no longer matters? Is it at the point when medical expenses become too costly or burdensome for relatives? Is it at the point when someone feels they have outlived their usefulness, or are just not able to do the things they love to do anymore? For […]

Iraq: ISIS Abandons a Town, Destruction Remains

Iraq: ISIS Abandons a Town, Destruction Remains

Jul 6 16 • 0 comments

By Mark Riedemann TELSKUF, IRAQ (July 5, 2016)—It is the silence that you notice first. Not just a lack of noise but an absence of sounds. Even the birds have left. I am in Telskuf, Iraq, about 20 miles north of the Islamic State (ISIS) stronghold of Mosul and a mile and-a-half from the front […]

Can a Scientist Believe in Miracles?

Can a Scientist Believe in Miracles?

Jul 6 16 • 1 comment

Some 22 years ago when I was being catechized, preparing to enter into the Church, I was much troubled by the Eucharistic phenomenon, transubstantiation. As a physicist, I could not understand how the wafer could become the flesh of Christ and the wine His Sacred Blood. The wise old priest who was instructing me asked: […]

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

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

Jul 4 16 • 2 comments

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 […]

Poem: "Praise Christ our Purifier"

Poem: “Praise Christ our Purifier”

Praise Christ our Purifier Who filters the spite from our souls and decontaminates our spirits, Who cleanses us from all dross and removes anything ill or gross from our memories and old ways of doing things. Christ we praise for bathing us with His Blood on His cross of wood, cleansing us from sin, and […]

Don’t Feed the Trolls – It Just Encourages Them

Don’t Feed the Trolls – It Just Encourages Them

As an observer of the human species, I believe I have discovered a new type. I call them “paid internet protesters,” or “PIPs” in internet-speak, who are all armchair culture warriors. Dr. Rachel Lu, a senior contributor at The Federalist, wrote an article called, “The LGBT Movement Will Self-Destruct.” My response was titled, “The LGBT […]

Dollars and Cents

Universal Call to Detachment

Jul 1 16 • 0 comments

In a recent conversation, I mentioned to a friend that I had started writing a new book. He immediately seemed interested and asked about the subject. “Well,” I said, “it’s about how we’re all called to be saints and what that requires of us.” “I look at a lot of the qualities of saints and […]

The Fight for Religious Freedom in Catholic Schools

The Fight for Religious Freedom in Catholic Schools

Jul 1 16 • 2 comments

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 […]

ISIS With Battle Flags

The Allahu-Akbar Escalation

Jun 30 16 • 1 comment

What will it take to make us believe them?

Poem: "O Eternal Spring"

Poem: “O Eternal Spring”

Jun 30 16 • 0 comments

O Eternal Spring O Eternal Spring O sweet refreshment of my soul Look on me And draw me ever nearer Thee. In the furnace of Your Heart Make me like unto Thee, That my mortal frame May melt and meld, To be of Thee, eternally. © 2016 Joann Nelander

God Works Through Weakness to Bring Strength to His People

God Works Through Weakness to Bring Strength to His People

Jun 29 16 • 0 comments

It was five years ago. The memory is still in my mind.I entered my room to discover my five-year-old grandson looking up at a large crucifix on the wall above my bed. He turned and asked if that really happened. “Yes it did,” I replied. “Did Jesus die?” he asked, turning back to look at […]

Today’s Betrayal of Women by the Female Block on SCOTUS

Today’s Betrayal of Women by the Female Block on SCOTUS

Jun 27 16 • 1 comment

If ever there were a law that so embodied the original argument in favor of abortion, it was the Texas law struck down today by the U.S. Supreme Court. If ever there were a mockery of all that the early proponents of abortion held dear, it was made by the united votes of the three […]

More and The Millenial

More and The Millenial

Jun 27 16 • 0 comments

Recently I wrote about the beginning of my faith journey. I had become dissatisfied with the prevailing secular ideologies of the day and began seriously exploring Christianity. Two years later, I was still grappling with what it all meant for my own life. It was 2010 and I had just finished law school. I was […]

Transgender Health Experts Contradict Themselves in New Publication

Transgender Health Experts Contradict Themselves in New Publication

Jun 27 16 • 0 comments

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 […]

Poem: "I Am: The Divine Mystery of the Triduum"

Poem: “I Am: The Divine Mystery of the Triduum”

Jun 25 16 • 0 comments

I Am: The Divine Mystery of the Triduum (Note: As a Catholic Christian, I have just recently celebrated the Triduum marking the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ. As a student of Celtic literature, I have always been drawn to the style of the ancient Druidic bards, on which this poem is based.) I Am […]

In Armenia, the Pope Will Visit a Very Special Convent

In Armenia, the Pope Will Visit a Very Special Convent

Jun 24 16 • 0 comments

By M.Z. de la Morena  GYUMR?, Armenia—Sister Arousiag proudly points out the dormitory of the convent of Our Lady of Armenia here: it is where Pope Francis will rest for a few hours on the second day of his June 24-26, 2016 visit to Armenia. “It is the best room we have,” she assures a […]

The Nativity of St. John the Baptist: Trust in God’s Loving Power

The Nativity of St. John the Baptist: Trust in God’s Loving Power

Jun 24 16 • 0 comments

“You did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled at their proper time”  (Luke 1:20). Faith assures us that anything is possible with God, and The Catechism teaches us that, “God, who created everything also rules everything and can do everything. God’s power is loving, for He is our Father, and mysterious, for only faith […]

Poem: "The Baptist by the River Jordan"

Poem: “The Baptist by the River Jordan”

Jun 24 16 • 0 comments

The Baptist by the River Jordan This one is like a comet Long ago promised A white force sent from the heavens To sear the earth- He roams in leather and camel’s hair Set in a wilderness mist Skin black as the fishermen of summer No earthly prince, and yet In droves they gather From every […]

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