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Italy May Be Dying: ‘Lowest’ Birth Rate ‘Ever Recorded’, by Michael W. Chapman

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – taly’s incredibly low number of births in 2019, the “lowest level ever recorded,” indicates a serious problem that “concerns the very existence of our country,” said Italian President Sergio Mattarella on Tuesday, as reported by Reuters… Data from Italy’s national statistics agency, ISTAT, show there were 435,000 births in 2019, which was 5,000 lower than in 2018, “the lowest level ever recorded in Italy” since records started in 1861… In addition, last year there were 647,000 deaths, which was 14,000 more than in 2018.

Seattle Archbishop: Gay Catholic Teachers Face ‘Particular Consequences’

By SeattlePI.com – Archbishop Paul Etienne, “Those who teach in our schools are required to uphold our teaching in the classroom and to model it in their personal lives,” he wrote. “We recognize and support the right of each individual to make choices. We also understand that some choices have particular consequences for those who represent the Church in an official capacity.”

Obsession for Contraception and Abortion at The United Nations Population Fund, by Edwin Benson

By Edwin Benson, Return to Order – The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is mounting a worldwide campaign to promote abortion and contraception, and they want you to pay for it. Their 2019 Report asks for $264 billion. The United States pays twenty-two percent of the expenses of the U.N. Combine those two numbers, and the U.S. share is a shade over $58 billion. That money ultimately comes from your federal taxes… A quick look at the UNFPA web site quickly reveals the feminist orientation of the organization. The first line on the page is “Ensuring rights and choices for all.”

Biologists in WSJ: Only Two Sexes, Male and Female, There is No Sex ‘Spectrum’, by Michael W. Chapman

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – In a powerful commentary in the Feb. 3 edition of The Wall Street Journal, biologists Colin Wright and Emma Hilton explain that, scientifically, there are only two sexes, male and female, and there is no sex “spectrum.” They also stress that “biologists and medical professionals” must stop being politically correct and “stand up for the empirical reality of biological sex.”… With the phenomenon of some men saying they “identify” as women and some women saying they “identify” as men, or any “gender identity” combination therein, “we see a dangerous and anti-scientific trend toward the outright denial of biological sex,” state the biologists Wright and Hilton.

This Catholic Parish Has Helped Hundreds Find Jobs, by Jim Graves

By Jim Graves, EWTN News – Monday mornings at a restaurant in Irvine, California, volunteers from nearby St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (SEAS) Parish meet with two to seven unemployed job seekers to offer them helpful tips so that they may find new jobs. The SEAS Employment Ministry was launched during the 2008 recession and has since helped hundreds find gainful employment… Church might not be the first place people think of when they need help finding a job, said Michael Aimola, co-director of the ministry with Virginia Sullivan and Brian Wolf and a volunteer since its launch, “but we have people sitting in the pews Sunday after Sunday who need help finding jobs, so why not offer them the help they need?”

Betsy DeVos Budget Proposal Slashes Education Department in Half

By Eddie Scarry, Washington Examiner – DeVos proposes in the budget that the department cease overseeing nearly $20 billion in federal money that goes to various K-12 public school programs such as “Indian Education” and “21st Century Community Learning Centers.” Instead, that money would roll into one block, and states would receive their share to spend on the local level… For teachers unions, the utterance of the word “local” is akin to throwing holy water on the possessed. “Local” means cutting out high-level bureaucrats and shrinking the power of lobbyists…

Msgr. Charles Pope: An Amusing Look at Familial Love in a Commercial

By Msgr. Charles Pope – The commercial below shows a glimpse of the special kind of love that we call familial love. The Greeks called it storge (στοργή), and the Romans called it pietas. Both words refer to familial love, the natural or instinctual affection between parent and child. Michelangelo’s “Pieta,” depicting Mary cradling the dead body of Jesus with tenderness and sorrow, demonstrates beautifully the meaning of pietas.

CNA: After Priest Says Pedophilia ‘Doesn’t Kill Anyone,’ Bishop Tobin Responds

By Catholic News Agency – Rhode Island’s Catholic bishop has responded to controversy over a series of remarks from a priest in his diocese, which began with the Eucharist and pro-choice politicians, and seemed eventually to diminish the gravity of child sexual abuse… “In the context of the present public discussion, it is important to affirm that both the sexual abuse of minors and abortion are horrific, immoral actions that have very serious, harmful consequences,” Bishop Thomas Tobin said in a Feb. 13 statement… “It is never acceptable to underestimate the harm caused by sexual abuse of minors,” Bishop Tobin added.

A Solution for Keeping Your Cash From Left-Wing Corporations, by Chris Woodward

By Chris Woodward, OneNewsNow – “What we’re dealing with as conservatives and Christians is that for 50 years we’ve allowed the Left to structure our society in a way in which we are actually funding the attack on our values,” says Black. “2nd Vote for nine years has been focused on retail dollars and donated dollars trying to educate people on how this is structured and to, whenever possible, stop putting your dollars into basically the offering plate to these radical efforts.”

This Church Is Bucking Trends of Lethargy, Secularism, by Josh Shepherd

By Josh Shepherd, The Stream – “There are no easy answers,” said David Kinnaman, president of The Barna Group. “Everyone in church ministry is really struggling to know how to practice faith leadership in a divided culture.”… The Barna Group released results of an extensive national survey of Protestant pastors. Fully 72 percent of pastors ranked “watered-down gospel teachings” as their greatest concern… “It’s interesting how two of the top three issues are about the church’s own faithful witness,” said Kinnaman in a phone interview. “Then the other big concern is about the cultural shift to secularism.”

US Bishop Declares ‘Person Cannot Change His or her Gender’ in New Pastoral Guidelines, by Doug Mainwaring

By Doug Mainwaring. LifeSiteNews – In a sensitively worded but thoroughly-grounded-in-truth pastoral guide regarding the handling of gender identity issues in his diocese, Bishop Thomas Paprocki declared unequivocally, “A person cannot change his or her gender,” and “should accept and seek to live in conformity with his or her sexual identity as determined at birth.”… While the diocese encourages professional counseling for those who suffer from gender dysphoria, Bishop Paprocki has made clear that certain policies regarding the Diocese of Springfield are non-negotiable. …

Why Mothers Now Weep for Their Children, by John Horvat II

By John Horvat II, CNSNews – The (Superbowl) halftime show is not the only sign that things are worse. There are others that are also terrifying in their corrupting power… One of these is the ever-growing presence of drag queens, especially in their story hours that target pre-school children in public libraries and elementary schools. The scandalous scenes of garish drag queens are everywhere, exposing small children to highly sexualized and revealing shows… Once again, we sense the desire to corrupt. The drag queen spokesmen are very clear in what they desire and who they wish to reach. They seek out children, some as young as three years old.

Ephesians: The Remarkable Letter That Just Happens to Mention Husbands and Wives, by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – Remember this suggestion that Christ’s headship is for the Church. We will see two similar references as the letter sweeps along. But now, in chapter 2, Paul wants the Ephesians, as Gentiles, to know that they too have been made alive in Christ, though they were dead through sin. Thus the old way of living must give way to the grace of Christ, for “by grace you have been saved through faith”, which is “the gift of God” (2:5,8). Paul reminds them of their former condition—that as Gentiles (non-Jews) they were not only in sin but cut off even from the promises, “having no hope and without God in the world” (2:11-12).

The Rainbow Shakedown, by Austin Ruse

By Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine – The annual Rainbow Shakedown of America’s corporations continues. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has released its Corporate Equality Index for 2020. They announced it at Davos, no less. The Corporate Equality Index is the annual threat to corporate America that they better step into line with the gay elite because hell hath no fury as a rainbow scorned. It is reminiscent of what Jesse Jackson used to pull back in the day when his Rainbow Coalition had a slightly different meaning.

Marxism Sugarcoated And Forcefed To Schoolchildren As ‘Equity’, by Marina Medvin

By Marina Medvin, Townhall – “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” -Karl Marx, 1875… This Marxist socialist principle refers to forced redistribution of goods, capital and services to those the governing body in charge deems in need. Marxism is the philosophy that has led to the darkest levels of poverty for the Soviets, East Germans, Venezuelans, and all others who tried it. But the neoliberals of the United States have decided to ignore things such as historical examples of utter failure, and instead chose to take a Utopian, pollyanna approach to the fairytale they crafted of socialism.

The Democrats ‘Transition’ to Radical Gender Ideology, by Kevin Burke

By Kevin Burke, Crisis Magazine – If you support Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, or Bernie Sanders, you’d better pay close attention to what they are saying about the transgender movement. If elected in November, their administration will have a direct impact on your son’s or daughter’s long-term emotional and physical health, especially if they are on the autism spectrum… Wrapped in the manipulative mantle of civil rights, politicians are advancing this radical ideology that is literally mutilating and poisoning our youth… Joe Biden tweeted: “Let’s be clear: Transgender equality is the civil rights issue of our time. There is no room for compromise when it comes to basic human rights.”

Parent Guide: How To Undo Liberal Revisionist History Lessons At Home, Marina Medvin

By Marina Medvin, Townhall – A well-educated, keen child is less likely to fall victim to the revisionist movement that has claimed the Millennial generation. Millennials have been brainwashed into adoring socialism, with 70 percent saying they would vote for a socialist. They have not been taught about the Holocaust. Millennials have been conditioned to sympathize with terrorists. They oppose free speech for those who disagree with them. Generation Z, the Millennial successor, is likely to unwittingly fall deeper and deeper into the propaganda movement that followed Obama’s election. Don’t let the next generation, our elementary school children, get trampled by leftist ideologues.

Fr. James Martin: ‘Church Must Stop Firing Married LGBT People’, by Dorothy C. McLean

By Dorothy Cummings McLean, LifeSiteNews – Fr. James Martin, S.J, 59, discusses his beliefs concerning the Catholic faith and homosexuality on this week’s video… “In the US, the Church must stop firing married [sic] LGBT people from their positions in Catholic institutions,” the Catholic priest said… “Because if you’re going to fire people for not following Church teaching that would include a lot more than just married [sic] LGBT people,” Martin continued… “Otherwise, you’re not enforcing Church teaching: you’re engaging in discrimination.”

A New Paradigm for a Liberal Arts Education? by Randall Smith

By Randall Smith, The Catholic Thing – Here’s my radical proposal. Every student should learn a skill with a master craftsman. It could be such skills as plumber, electrician, bricklayer, farmer, auto mechanic, carpenter, furniture maker, or any number of others. The primary goal would be to introduce the students to a practice requiring discipline and excellence, where the results are concrete and obvious.

The Billionaires Behind the LGBT Movement, by Jennifer Bilek

By Jennifer Bilek, First Things – Gays and lesbians were underdogs, vastly outnumbered and loosely organized, sometimes subject to discrimination and abuse… Today’s movement, however, looks nothing like that band of persecuted outcasts. The LGBT rights agenda—note the addition of “T”—has become a powerful, aggressive force in American society. Its advocates stand at the top of media, academia, the professions, and, most important, Big Business and Big Philanthropy. Consider the following case.

Chastity Speaker’s Web Traffic, Youtube Views Skyrocket in Wake of LGBT Campaign to Silence Him, by Dorothy Cummings McLean

By Dorothy Cummings McLean, LifeSiteNews – Pressure from LGBT activists may be behind the cancellation of talks in Ireland by a well-known U.S. Catholic chastity speaker, but this hasn’t stopped his message from getting out… “Yesterday our web traffic at chastity.com went up 150% in one day,” (said) Jason Evert, founder of The Chastity Project… “We’re very grateful for all the additional youtube hits and people clicking through our videos,” he added, indicating that the Irish media’s attempt to keep him from speaking may have been futile.

Why Are So Many Young People Unhappy? by Dennis Prager

By Dennis Prager, Townhall – America — and much of the rest of the West, but I will confine my discussion to America — was founded on two sets of values: Judeo-Christian and American. This combination created the freest, most opportunity-giving, most affluent country in world history. This is not chauvinism. It is fact. And it was regarded as such throughout the world. That is why France gave America — and only America — the Statue of Liberty. That’s why people from every country on Earth so wanted to immigrate to America — and still do.

The Golden Globes, by David Carlin

By David Carlin, The Catholic Thing – I am astonished at the success the Great Progressive Propaganda Machine (GPPM) has had at promoting the moral acceptability of abortion and homosexuality… Homosexual practice, on the other hand, is widely seen to be a good in itself, at least for those persons deemed to have been “born that way.” More than half the nation believes that it is not just a tolerable thing, but a positively good thing, for two men or two women to have sexual intercourse with one another; for in doing so they are acting in accordance with their nature…

Fundamental Transformation of a Nation, Culture: The Decade in Review, by Paul Kengor

By Paul Kengor, EWTN News – The shift has been unprecedented — and far beyond anyone’s imagination in 2008. It was signaled most conspicuously mid-decade, in June 2015, when the Obama White House — the nation’s first house — was illuminated in the colors of the “LGBTQ” rainbow on the day of the Obergefell decision, when the Supreme Court by a one-vote margin rendered unto itself the ability to redefine marriage… and imposed this previously nonexistent “constitutional right” on all 50 states.

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: The Decade Marriage Died

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – Less than a decade ago, President Barack Obama was opposed to same-sex “marriage.” So was just about everybody else. Legislatures and pluralities of people in state after state voted in favor of marriage amendments that defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman… I can vividly remember how as few as seven to ten years ago, many people treated same-sex “marriage” as an absurd proposal, just one more outlandish idea cooked up by social progressives that would never get off the ground. Obviously, only a man and a woman could get married. To claim otherwise was madness.

Our Real Existential Crisis: Extinction, by Patrick Buchanan

By Patrick Buchanan, American Conservative – For many First World countries, there are more compelling concerns. High among them is population decline, and, if birth rates do not rise, the near-extinction of many Western peoples by this century’s end… Consider. The number of births in Japan fell in 2019 to a level unseen since 1874, around 900,000. But there were 1.4 million deaths for a net loss of 512,000 Japanese. An even larger loss in Japan’s population is expected this year… “The Death of the West is not a prediction of what is going to happen. It is a depiction of what is happening now. First World nations are dying…”…

Texas Values: Austin Schools Deceiving Parents Again, by Bob Kellogg, Billy Davis

By Bob Kellogg, Billy Davis, OneNewsNow – Texas state law forbids public schools from working with abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood to present explicit sex-ed curriculum, but Austin Independent School District cooperated with Canadian-based Alberta Health Services – and yet claimed it did no such thing… According to Texas Values, the conservative group presented an open records request after Austin schools told the media that Alberta’s sex-ed lessons were obtained online for free, hence there were no agreement with the abortion provider nor any “legal concerns” about violating the state law.

Transgenderism Is Not Normal, by Casey Chalk

By Casey Chalk, Crisis Magazine – What are your pronouns? How do you self-identify? As recently as when I was in college, earlier this young century, those two questions would have elicited confusion, if not mockery. Now, they are increasingly part of the grammar of our introductions to others. During an LGBTQ town hall this past fall, Sen. Kamala Harris stated that her pronouns were “she” and “her.” It is becoming common to hear people introduce themselves and “self-identify” by sexual, gender, racial, or ethnic classifiers.

No, Cardinal Marx, the Church Cannot Bless Same-Sex Couples, by Eduardo J. Echeverria

By Eduardo J. Echeverria, The Catholic Thing – Once again, the German archbishop, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, responded positively to the question, “What do you do when a homosexual couple asks you for an episcopal blessing.”  He claims not to be promoting a general ecclesial solution and, hence, a general public liturgical blessing for same-sex relations. And he even rejects calling such a relationship marriage. Nevertheless, he says, “the decision should be made ‘on the ground, and [considering] the individual under pastoral care’.”

Fr. Maurice Meschler: How Joseph Was a Husband to Mary

By Fr. Maurice Meschler, Catholic Exchange – In Holy Scripture special emphasis is given to the fact that Saint Joseph was the husband of Mary: “Jacob begot Joseph, the hus­band of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ” (Matt. 1:16). From this circumstance the weightiest consequences result for Saint Joseph, above all, his relationship to Mary, which was threefold.

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday (December 30)

“Anna recognized the coming of Christ and gave thanks to God” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Luke 2:36-40 36 And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter […]

Hallmark Bullied and Threatened in Name of Tolerance, by Steve Jordahl

By Steve Jordahl, OneNewsNow – The Hallmark Channel controversy is only the tip of a far-left iceberg over the bullying tactics of radical homosexual activists… The family-friendly channel, which is especially known this time of year for its sappy Christmas movies, at first apologized for airing an ad that featured two lesbians kissing only to apologize for its apology when homosexual activists bombarded it with complaints… Anne Paulk of Restored Hope Network says Hallmark wisely listened to their core audience but then Big Gay pounced… “What they did in consenting to the audience’s needs angered the gay community,” she says, “and GLAAD, of course, was going to stand against that.”

The Trojan Horse Of Gender Ideology, by Rod Dreher

By Rod Dreher, The American Conservative – Earlier today, I wrote about how the issue of gender ideology might be one on which the Democratic Party is Corbynizing itself — that is, staying pure to the radicalism of its leadership, but getting way too far ahead of the public. I want to write something specifically about transgenderism, and why critical Attention Must Be Paid. None of this is being talked about outside relatively narrow circles. It is never in the mainstream media, which, as we know, will not waver from its agenda to advocate for and normalize transgenderism. Many priests and pastors won’t touch it, nor will Republican politicians, because they are all terrified of being labeled as bigots.

It’s Time to Ban Porn, by Casey Chalk

By Casey Chalk, Crisis Magazine – It’s true that pornography is not the same thing as taking an innocent life, as abortion is. Yet there are few public health crises afflicting our nation on the same scale and at the same level of damage as that of pornography addiction. Between five to eight percent of the adult population in the United States is either addicted to pornography or engages in problematic porn use. Almost a third of men between ages 18 and 30 use it daily. Scientific studies are discovering that its effects on the brain are similar to that of compulsive drug use. More than fifty percent of divorce proceedings cite an “obsessive interest” in pornography.

A Dreaded Subject No More, by Charlie Butts

“Children are naturally pro-life, and I believe that as adults we can foster that natural inclination and be more intentional about creating a culture of life from a very young age,” the pro-lifer tells OneNewsNow… So she encourages parents to no longer consider abortion a dreaded subject… “My motivation for writing this book was really something that would replace the fear of talking about hard things with tools that would allow adults to articulate a pro-life view to their children … appropriately,” Bomberger shares.

‘Birth Tourism’ and the 14th Amendment, by Lewis Morris

By Lewis Morris, Patriot Post – The Center for Immigration Studies has released a new report that tracks the number of children born to foreign nationals in the United States, as well as the extent of what could be called “birth tourism.” The numbers are worrisome… Using federal statistics for the second half of 2016 and the first half of 2017, the latest reliable data available, CIS estimates that 39,000 babies were born to foreign students, guest workers, and others on long-term temporary visas. There were an additional 33,000 births to tourists. This is in addition to the estimated 300,000 children born in the U.S. each year to illegal immigrants.

The Rainbow Mafia’s Hallmark Card, by Nate Jackson

By Nate Jackson, Patriot Post – Not so fast. The Rainbow Mafia isn’t defeated so easily, because no one uses pressure tactics better. As Allie Beth Stuckey put it, “The left doesn’t like other people playing the game they created.” Within hours, Hallmark reversed its decision, issuing a groveling apology for making the “wrong decision” and “for the hurt and disappointment this has caused.” Hilariously, the company claimed, “It is never Hallmark’s intention to be divisive or generate controversy.” But without the remotest sense of self-awareness, Hallmark went on to tout its LGBTQ-friendly record and promise to work “with GLAAD to better represent the LGBTQ community across our portfolio of brands.”

Almost 6M Off Food Stamps After All-Time High Under Obama, by Michael F. Haverluck

By Michael F. Haverluck, OneNewsNow – A new report reveals that more than 5.9 million people have dropped off food stamps with new work requirements and the burgeoning economy of President Donald Trump – just six years after food stamp levels hit an all-time high under former President Barack Obama in 2013… With the unemployment rate hitting a 50-year low at 3.5 percent this fall and reaching all-time record low rates for blacks, Hispanics and women, the latest statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reveal that 5,975,739 Americans have discontinued using food stamps…

Mayor Pete Blasts Hallmark Channel for Pulling Kissing Lesbians Commercial, by Todd Starnes

By Todd Starnes, The Stream – Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is blasting the Hallmark Channel’s decision to pull four television commercials that featured a lesbian couple kissing… “Families are built on love — no matter what they look like,” Buttigieg, the first openly gay presidential candidate, tweeted Sunday. “Being ‘family friendly’ means honoring love, not censoring difference.”… In other words, “wholesome” Mayor Pete believes the reason for the season is forcing children to watch lesbians making out on the Hallmark Channel.

God’s Money Doing the Devil’s Work, by Austin Ruse

By Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine – They say the homosexual scenes in the new Elton John biopic are the most titillating ever in a mainstream movie. They make Brokeback Mountain look like Bringing Up Baby. Less discussed, perhaps, is the fact that ordinary Catholic pew-sitters paid for it via their Peter’s Pence donations to the Pope… The cash came from a fairly small Malta-based investment fund called Centurion Global, which is run by Enrico Crasso, who has been much lauded by the Vatican Secretary of State and the Pope. It turns out the Vatican is by far the biggest investor in this fund which has been charged with all sorts of shenanigans.

Christians Are Dumping Netflix Over Blasphemous ‘Gay Jesus’ Comedy, by Calvin Freiburger

By Calvin Freiburger , LifeSiteNews – Disgust continues to swell over a “Christmas special” on Netflix depicting Jesus Christ as a closeted homosexual, with Bishop Joseph Strickland of Texas joining almost two million others in speaking out against it. Some, including the bishop, have gone as far as to cancel their subscriptions to the video streaming service… On Sunday, Strickland announced that he had canceled his subscription to the video streaming service over the blasphemous production. Many on social media shared that they have done the same, and condemned Netflix for airing the special: Just cancelled Netflix….hardly have time to watch it anyway but blasphemers don’t deserve a penny of support!

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: Shut Down the Pornography Industry

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – The sexual revolution promised more sex and more pleasure; instead, it delivered a generation of men (and, increasingly, women) who objectify others, treating them as mere objects to be used and abused for their sexual exploits and pleasure. Pornography teaches us to pursue self-gratification at all costs, inculcating, especially in men, the mindset of using others for sex and then discarding them as if discarding an empty plastic container.

One Million Moms Calls Out Hallmark Channel for LGBT Cave, Same-Sex ‘Wedding’ Ad, by Calvin Freiburger 

By Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNews – The pro-family organization One Million Moms has joined the chorus of Americans urging the Hallmark Channel not to trade its traditional values for LGBT “representation,” as with the channel’s recent airing of a commercial featuring a lesbian “wedding.”… For years, the Hallmark Channel’s made-for-TV movies have been a source of wholesome comfort entertainment in contrast to Hollywood’s increasingly “woke” output, but that may be changing in the near future. …

‘Fairness for All’ Is Well Intentioned but Inadequate and Misguided

By Ryan T. Anderson, The Daily Signal – Working to find legislative compromise can be a good thing. But not every bill that calls itself a compromise is a good compromise… And that, sadly, is the case with the so-called “Fairness for All” legislation introduced Friday… Despite the undoubted good will of those who drafted and introduced the legislation, and despite some meaningful though insufficient protections for religious liberty, the bill is not in fact fair for all. Its protections for religious liberty come at the high cost of enshrining a misguided sexual and gender ideology into federal law.

German Bishops Proclaim Homosexuality ‘Normal,’ Adultery ‘Not Grave’, by Dorothy Cummings McLean

By Dorothy Cummings McLean, LifeSiteNews – The Commission for Marriage and Family of the German Bishops’ Conference has come to a consensus that homosexuality is a “normal form of sexual predisposition.”.. Two German prelates have also claimed that Amoris Laetitia teaches that sexual relationships formed after a divorce are neither gravely sinful nor a bar to the reception of Holy Communion… The consultation, which included a panel of bishops, sexologists, moral theologians, dogmatic theologians, and canon lawyers, took place in Berlin and concluded on December 4. The timing of the event coincided with the German bishops’ departure along their own “synodal path.”

African Bishops Raise Concern Over the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Set for Nairobi

Kenya CitizenTV – The Kenya Conference of Catholic bishops on behalf of the catholic church in Kenya has raised concerns over the ICPD 25 conference, scheduled to take place in Nairobi from the 12th to 14th of this month. Their position is that the summit, under the guise of advancement and development of women, is advocating for sexual and reproductive health and rights, as well as comprehensive sexuality education

Will the Supreme Court Stand Up for Reality? by Ryan T. Anderson

By Ryan T. Anderson, Patriot Post – Does a 50-year-old law banning discrimination based on sex mean employers must treat biological men who identify as women as if they are women? That’s the question the Supreme Court will consider Tuesday when it hears arguments in Harris Funeral Homes v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission… The Supremes’ answer could have enormous implications for women’s rights… the directors at this family-owned business follow a basic dress code: Men wear dark business suits; women wear skirt suits. The dress code complies with federal law.

Hallmark Channel, Lifetime Wants to Make More Christmas Movies Focused on LGBT Characters, by Alana Mastrangelo

By Alana Mastrangelo, Breitbart – According to the entertainment news outlet, it’s not enough for gay characters to simply be present in films, they should also be the main characters, taking center stage… The report added that executives at Hallmark parent company Crown Media and Lifetime have expressed that in the future, they hope to “remedy” what they see as an issue of their movies not having enough LGBTQ representation… “We are continuing to expand our diversity”…

Women Who Use Birth Control Have Smaller Brain Region Affecting Hormones, Sexual Behavior, And More, Study Finds, by Mary Margaret Olohan

By Mary Margaret Olohan, Daily Caller – Using birth control is linked to having a smaller region of the brain that affects hormones, sexual behavior, and more, a study released Thursday found… The study, which examined the effects of oral contraceptive pills (OCP) on the hypothalamus region of the brain, found that women who use the birth control have a smaller hypothalamus size than women who don’t use it… The hypothalamus plays a vital role in releasing hormones, regulating body temperature, maintaining daily physiological cycles, controlling appetite, managing sexual behavior, and regulating emotional responses.

What’s in Your Children’s Vaccines? by Paul Murano

By Paul Murano, Church Militant – The health care and pharmaceutical industries are in unison in their defense of vaccines as being beneficial to society and the surest way to safeguard children from debilitating diseases. Nevertheless, the controversy about their moral implications and health risks has not died… Among health concerns are their purported links to autism, cancer and auto-immune disease. Despite evidence to the contrary, many parents still believe their children’s autism has been caused by their vaccines.

U.S. Catholic Bishop: LGBT Indoctrination is ‘Child Abuse’

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – Commenting on a video that shows how pro-LGBT propaganda is being taught on a popular YouTube-based series for kids, U.S. Bishop Joseph Strickland, who oversees the Catholic Diocese of Tyler, Texas, tweeted that this so-called education is “evil” and constitutes “CHILD ABUSE.”… “We must STOP THIS INSANITY!!” said the bishop… The video is from an episode of “Sex Ed School” on the Shaftesbury Kids’ YouTube channel, which is run by Shaftesbury in Toronto, Canada.

Minno: A New Digital Media Resource for Parents Who Will Raise the Next Generation of Christians, by Nancy Flory

By Nancy Flory, The Stream – Minno’s name comes from John 15:4-5: “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.” The word “abide” is Meno in the Greek. Minno comes from that. “That’s what we really hope for and long for for families,” said Erick, “that they’ll learn to experience Christ in their day-to-day lives.” It’s something Erick wants to be reminded of. “Life is not about sort of productivity and outcomes, but it’s really about what does it mean to abide and experience Jesus and to participate in what He’s doing versus what we want to do.”

Chick-fil-A Capitulates! Has Emboldened the LGBT Mob. If You’re Still Defending Them, WATCH THIS

By Patrick Craine, Managing Editor and VP of Editorial for LifeSiteNews – Now, as supporters dig deeper, they’re seeing that Chick-fil-A has quietly been betraying their Christian customers for years. According to the Chick-fil-A Foundation’s IRS filings they have already been giving money to pro-abortion and leftist groups… Chick-fil-A donated $2,500 to the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2017… The Southern Poverty Law Center is a virulently anti-Christian group, and arguably one of the biggest agents of the soft persecution of faithful Christians in the U.S. today. It is famous for its “hate map” targeting pro-family groups that promote Biblical teaching on homosexuality.

Catholics Refute Pro-Gay Fr. Martin for Claiming ‘Married’ Lesbian Judge is Victim of ‘Discrimination’ 

By Stephen Kokx, LifeSiteNews – Pro-gay Jesuit priest Fr. James Martin is claiming that a pastor in Western Michigan is guilty of “discrimination” for asking a lesbian judge in a same-sex “marriage” to not present herself to Holy Communion. Hundreds of Catholic laity and several prominent Catholic clergy have taken to social media to refute his arguments.

Abp Viganò Condemns Pro-‘LGBT’ Concert in Vienna Cathedral as ‘Blasphemous’ 

By Diane Montagna, LifeSiteNews – Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has denounced a pro-LGBT concert hosted last night in St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, calling it the “yet another homoerotic and blasphemous provocation.”… Archbishop Viganò said the event represents “the sinister vision of a church that seems to want to rebuild itself against the faith and against the truth of the human person.”… “Gay activists, transvestites and transsexuals perform on the Cathedra of St. Stephen, when instead they should receive from the Catholic Church the proclamation of Christ’s liberating Truth and the gift of his saving Love, freely offered to all those who, from the depths of their wounds and repentance, dare to acknowledge their need for salvation.”

What’s in Your Children’s Vaccines? by Paul Murano

By Paul Murano, Church Militant – Among health concerns are their purported links to autism, cancer and auto-immune disease. Despite evidence to the contrary, many parents still believe their children’s autism has been caused by their vaccines. While questions linger, virtually the entire medical and pharmaceutical establishment has been debunking these claims and refuting assertions that cell lines from fetal body parts are morally problematic… The moral problem remains that many vaccines are derived from human fetal cell lines cloned from tissue of babies killed by abortion.

Toronto’s Catholic Schools Bow to the Rainbow Mafia, by Donald DeMarco

By Donald DeMarco, Crisis Magazine – On the night of November 8, 2019, the Toronto Catholic District School Board, after a long and heated debate, voted to adopt four gender terms into its code of conduct: “gender identity,” “gender expression,” “family status,” and “marriage status”. The board chair, who supported the 8 to 4 vote, stated that “we need to celebrate our differences and make sure our children from the LGBTQ community and families from the LGBTQ community are supported and welcomed”.

Three Powerful Ways to Prevent the Tragedy of Young Children Committing Suicide, by John Horvat II

By John Horvat II, The Stream – Having certainties disposes children to act with conviction and determination. It builds character and enriches their personality. A child’s education must be solidly oriented toward the good, true and beautiful… When impressionable children lack certainties, they will follow the latest fad and fashion… No moral compass will govern their behavior. They will question their own identities and reason for living… When children face uncertainty, they will become anxious when trying new things outside their routines. Unknown things will “trigger” anxiety, depression and thoughts of suicide.

On Big Families and Happy, Educated Women, by John Garvey

By John Garvey, Catholic Philly – Last year, French President Emmanuel Macron, speaking at a Gates Foundation event in New York, suggested that no well-educated woman would have a large family. “Present me the woman who decided, being perfectly educated, to have seven, eight or nine children,” he said… Catherine Pakaluk, a professor at The Catholic University of America with degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University, responded by posting a picture of six of her eight children. It ignited a Twitter storm. Other smart women around the world with large families followed suit.

Fr. James Martin Touts Blasphemous Image of Jesus As a Homosexual, by Doug Mainwaring

By Doug Mainwaring, LifeSiteNews – In sending out a tweet about the Gospel reading from Friday’s Mass, Fr. James Martin, SJ chose to share a painting drawn from a series of blasphemous homoerotic works depicting the life of Jesus as if he were a gay man… Fr. Martin knew exactly what he was doing, because in a later tweet he credited the artist: “Image, Douglas Blanchard.”… While this painting is jarring because an effeminate Jesus is depicted turning over the money changers’ tables in a contemporary setting, other paintings in the series show an overtly sexualized version of Jesus in various Gospel stories.

San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Top Census Bureau Table for Percent of Same-Sex-Couple Households

By CNSNews.com Staff – San Francisco, Calif., and Washington, D.C., ranked No. 1 and No. 2 on a newly published Census Bureau table that lists eighteen U.S. “selected cities” by the percentage of households living there in 2017 that were headed by same-sex couples… “The Census Bureau collects data on same-sex couple households by asking how each person in the household is related to the householder (who owns or rents the home),” says the bureau. “Households are identified as same-sex couple households if a spouse or unmarried partner is the same sex as the householder.”… Nationwide, only 0.8 percent of American households in 2017 were determined by the Census Bureau to be “same-sex households.”

‘My Privacy is Being Invaded’: High School Girl Reacts to New Transgender Bathroom Policy

By Mary Margaret Olohan, The Daily Caller – A high school student identified by the Daily Herald as Julia Burca chokes up as she discusses how her school district ruled Thursday that transgender students will have unrestricted access to bathrooms of their choice, video footage created by the Daily Herald shows… “I feel uncomfortable that my privacy is being invaded,” Burca says, who had a red nose and eyes. “As I am a swimmer, I do change multiple times… I understand that the board has an obligation to all students but I was hoping they would go about this in a different way that would also accommodate students such as myself.”

McVety: Chick-fil-A Sold Its Soul for Canadian Foothold, by Chad Groening, Billy Davis

By Chad Groening, Billy Davis, OneNewsNow – Dr. Charles McVety, president of the Institute for Canadian Values, says one clue to a Chick-fil-A’s new direction was hiring Navigator, a powerful, international lobbying firm, as part of its expansion in Canada… Navigator, which has a Toronto office, is the “number one gay lobbying firm” in Canada, McVety says, and he blames the powerful lobbyist for successfully pushing for homosexual marriage at the same time McVety was working with other Christian conservatives to oppose it.

Anger Brewing as School Board Vote Forces Girls to Share Locker Rooms With Boys Who Say They’re ‘Girls’ by Calvin Freiburger

By Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNews – Provoking concern among both parents and students, an Illinois school district voted last week to allow gender-confused students to choose which restrooms and locker rooms reflect their “gender identity.”… The board of District 211 voted 5-2 last Thursday evening to adopt a new policy for Palatine High School, the Daily Herald reported. It declares that “students shall be treated and supported in a manner consistent with their gender identity, which shall include students having access to restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity.”

Shock — Some Women Still Choose Motherhood, by Robin Smith

By Robin Smith, Patriot Post – A recent study of the paid child leave law in California is proving one thing — if you subsidize something, you get more of it. The Left is none too pleased and is now pivoting away from paid leave to paid childcare… Put simply, paying to spend time with their babies is resulting in … wait for it … mothers spending time with their babies! Even if women and men are treated equally with access to paid leave and treated equally to resume their work and wages upon return, it’s the women who are choosing to be a stay-at-home Mom and abandon or delay their careers.

Bishop Calls LGBT Indoctrination of Kids ‘Child Abuse’: ‘We Must Stop This Insanity’, by Martin M. Barillas

By Martin M. Barillas, LifeSiteNews – Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, expressed disgust over a video that featured two LGBT activists telling a classroom of school kids that boys can become girls and girls can become boys and one’s “identity” can change over time… The LGBT activists told the children that “genitals actually don’t determine our gender…”… Bishop Strickland tweeted that the LGBT lesson promotes an “insane and evil message” that is destroying the lives of “innocent children.”… “In a sane society,” he wrote, this would be “called what it is, child abuse.”

There’s No ‘Parental Right’ to Chemically Castrate a Child, by Jane Clark Scharl

By Jane Clark Scharl, Crisis Magazine – This month, the question of how to deal with the rapid spread of gender dysphoria among young children reached a breaking point. In Texas, a jury ruled that Jeffrey Younger could not do anything to prevent his seven-year-old son James from undergoing irreversible hormone-replacement procedures, which can cause infertility and significant health issues if used through puberty. The jury said that because the child’s mother Anne Georgulas (the parents are divorced) asserts that James is actually a girl, Mr. Younger could not prevent Ms. Georgulas from facilitating hormone replacement.

Former Planned Parenthood Staffer Reveals How Abortion Biz Grooms Kids for Sex and Abortions, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Monica Cline used to be a Planned Parenthood volunteer educator who taught sex education to students and young adults… Cline said Planned Parenthood is targeting younger and younger children through its sex education programs in public schools… In early October, for example, Planned Parenthood wrote on Twitter, “Abortion is health care — and it needs to be included in conversations about sex and sexual health at home and in the classroom.”

Use and Abuse: The Exploitative Reality of Surrogacy and Egg Donation, by Molly Sheahan

By Molly Sheahan, Public Discourse – Over the last two years, I noticed my Facebook and Instagram feeds filling with ads urging me to donate my eggs or to become a surrogate. At first I laughed it off. But the more ads I saw, the more concerned and uncomfortable I felt… It troubled me that women were portrayed as Easter Bunnies; that their ovaries were compared to egg cartons; and that the donors, especially Asian women, were fetishized as exotic, smart, sexy finds, ideal for making a baby… These fertility companies ask young women like me to make a choice―somehow simultaneously altruistic and lucrative―either to sell their eggs for up to $10,000 per ovulatory cycle, or to serve as a surrogate for a couple who just wants a child of their own (for upwards of $75,000).

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: The Hypocrisy of Progressivism

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – Consider the following: Progressives claim to believe in “tolerance” above all else. But it is they who have proved to be the worst offenders when it comes to demonizing and vilifying those who deviate one iota from the shape-shifting progressive orthodoxy. The same progressives who incessantly talk about the value of “dialogue” are those who have spawned so-called cancel culture, in which mobs of their confreres conscientiously strive to drum out of polite society anyone who dares say – or believe – anything that is less than 100% “woke.”

Pope to Fr. Martin: Upset Gays ‘Should Look for Another’ Parish, by George Neumayr

By George Neumayr, Church Militant – Father James Martin, the leading propagandist for LGBT causes in the Church, met in late September with Pope Francis at the Vatican. The 30-minute meeting itself generated headlines and photos, but the content of the conversation between Martin and the pope was not revealed — until now… “(The Pope) asked me not to go to the press, because journalists might twist the conversation,” said Martin Sunday night at a talk before “Out at St. Paul,” a LGBTQ group at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle on the Upper West side of Manhattan.

Fr. James Martin: Pope Meeting Me Was ‘Public Sign of Support’ for My Pro-LGBT Work

By Lianne Laurence, LifeSiteNews – Pro-LGBT Jesuit priest Fr. James Martin is claiming his private meeting with Pope Francis in September was “a public sign” of the pontiff’s “support” for his work — which the American Jesuit describes as “ministering with LGBT Catholics” but which critics say is an indefatigable campaign to change Catholic teaching on homosexuality and other deviant sexual behaviors.

TX State Rep Vows Action After ‘Transition’ Legal Fight, by Chris Woodward

By Chris Woodward, OneNewsNow – Following a court case that gained national attention, a state legislator in Texas is vowing to introduce legislation prohibiting the use of puberty blockers for children… The promise from state Rep. Matt Krause comes after a custody battle over 7-year-old James Younger, who reportedly wants to be a girl according to his mother. But his father, however, claims that is not true and blames the mother for pushing the boy to become a girl named “Luna.”

10 Tips for Surviving a Midlife Crisis in Marriage, by Jacques Gauthier and Luc Adrian

By Jacques Gauthier and Luc Adrian, Aleteia – Middle age is a period of transition, the end of a second adolescence, a crisis of desire when one becomes aware of the finiteness of life. It can play out differently between spouses but, whether it be the man or the woman, the symptoms are unmistakeable: a feeling of loneliness, disillusionment about your limitations and those of your spouse, doubts, lack of self-confidence, depression, lack of pleasure doing the things you’ve always done, indifference to life, ambivalence, difficulty knowing what you want, boredom, an awareness of death, and a great need for introspection.

Austin, Texas School District Mandates Teaching 5th Graders How to Have Unnatural Sex, by Todd Starnes

By Todd Starnes, The Stream – The sex and gender revolutionaries have officially taken over the Austin ISD without firing a single shot… In spite of overwhelming opposition from parents and pastors, the district’s trustees voted early Tuesday morning to implement a pornographic sex education policy that includes instruction on unnatural sex acts and condom-applying techniques… The father of a fifth grader demanded to know who gave the school district the right to impose such vulgar lessons on his child… “Who gave you the right, Austin ISD? You have overstepped,” the rightfully frustrated dad said.

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: Pets – Not Children – Are Now “Family”

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – I don’t watch much TV, but when I do, I am often frustrated by how many major network programs are pushing pets – HGTV, Hallmark, Food Network, etc. This is even from networks that have nothing to do with pets. Recently, I was watching a documentary program on electrical engineering, but the commercials mostly showed images of people with pets – no children. Indeed, everywhere we look – TV commercials, billboards, social media, movies, etc., we are bombarded with images of the “new family” – singles and couples, young and old raising “fur-babies.”

Parental Consent Measures Advancing in Sunshine State, by Charlie Butts

By Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow – Lynda Bell of Florida Right to Life tells OneNewsNow it’s wrong to leave parents in the dark… “Your child may have a special blood factor problem [or] there may be some other conditions that the abortionist does not know about,” she argues. “You cannot get your ears pierced, you cannot get a tattoo, you cannot even get an aspirin from the school without parental consent – but you can have an abortion, a surgical abortion? I mean, this is crazy.”

Women: To Work or Not to Work? by Carrie Gress

By Carrie Gress, Ph.D., Catholic World Report – The absence of women as the heart of the family has led to a sharp decline in personal happiness among men, women, and children, while abuse, neglect, suicide, divorce, consumerism, and narcissism have increased… A closer look at the historical Catholic family looks a lot more like Jean-François Millet’s famous mid-19th-century painting The Angelus, which depicts a man and his wife, who have been working together in the field, stopping to pray when the church bells ring.

Can Europe Be Saved From Demographic Doom? by Alessandra Bocchi

By Alessandra Bocchi, American Conservative – “There is a total lack of perspective in my generation’s way of approaching life. They don’t see a future for themselves beyond the present moment,” Giubilei said. “Furthermore, there’s the added factor of our provincial, rural areas disappearing into our cities. Our youth moves to study or to build work opportunities in a city, but the family isn’t factored into this equation. Many of them end up living individualistic lives with no proper direction beyond their careers.”

Purple and Sweet Pro-LGBT Propaganda On the Breakfast Table, by Chris Woodward

By Chris Woodward, OneNewsNow – As part of an effort to say “we’re all in this together,” Kellogg’s has combined several of its cereals into one package to support an LGBTQ “anti-bullying” campaign… In support of last year’s “Spirit Day” – described by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) as “the most visible anti-LGBTQ bullying campaign and united show of support for LGBTQ youth” – Kellogg Company launched the special edition “All Together” Cereal. The variety pack includes Frosted Mini Wheats, Froot Loops, Frosted Flakes, Raisin Bran, Rice Krispies, and Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, packaged in a purple box ….

BREAKING: Texas Gov. Investigating Case Involving Mom Who Wants Gender ‘Transition’ for 7-Yr-Old, by Madeleine Jacob

By Madeleine Jacob, LifeSiteNews – The governor of Texas tweeted today that the state will be investigating the case of a mother who is trying to orchestrate a gender “transition” for her seven-year-old son against the wishes of his father… This evening, Republican Governor Greg Abbott tweeted that the Texas Attorney General’s Office and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services will be looking into the James Younger case…. “FYI the matter of 7 year old James Younger is being looked into by the Texas Attorney General’s Office and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. #JamesYounger”

Patriot Post: Texas Court Okays Chemically Castrating Seven-Year-Old Boy

Patriot Post – LifeSiteNews reports on a horrific story of child abuse: “A jury in Dallas, Texas has ruled against Jeffrey Younger, the father who is trying to protect his seven-year-old son, James, from chemical castration via a gender ‘transition.’ This means James’ mother, Dr. Anne Georgulas, will be able to continue ‘transitioning’ him into ‘Luna,’ and now has full authority to start him on puberty blockers and eventually cross-sex hormones.”

To Promote Strong Families, America Needs a Shift in Economic Policy, by C C Pecknold

By C C Pecknold, Catholic Herald – Nearly a decade ago, Andrew Cherlin, a sociologist at the Johns Hopkins University, published a book called The Marriage-Go-Round which brought thirty years of research to bear on the state of marriage in America. One of his several dramatic findings was that Americans no longer saw marriage as something foundational for their lives but rather as a “capstone” to a successful life. Because of contraceptive technology, the sexual urge no longer propelled people into marrying young as it once did…

Joker and the Need for Family, by Kody Wayne Cooper

By Kody Wayne Cooper, Public Discourse – Before (the Jokers) release and since, discussion of the film has been obsessed with the debate over whether the portrayal of a disaffected white man violently lashing out at society might bleed over into real life by breeding copycats or if such suggestions are the overreach of woke culture. Major reviewers have judged the film to be “empty,” “foggy,” and a “bad movie,” that “leaves you numb.” But critics have missed what seems to me a central message of the story: the descent into madness begins with the breakdown of the family.

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: An Epidemic of Child Porn

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – “The Internet Is Overrun With Images of Child Sexual Abuse,” states the title of a New York Times investigative article, published last week, exposing the epidemic of child porn. According to the Times, in 1998 there were some 3000 reports of images depicting child sex abuse. A decade later, that number grew to over 100,000. By 2014, the number of reports broke one million, before ballooning to over 18.4 million by last year. Those reports, says the Times, “included over 45 million images and videos flagged as child sexual abuse.”

What Percentage of Marriages Survive Infidelity? by Deborah M. Piroch

By Deborah M. Piroch, Human Life International – The Institute for Family Studies reports, “In general, men are more likely than women to cheat: 20% of men and 13% of women reported that they’ve had sex with someone other than their spouse while married.”… “A person’s political identity, family background, and religious activity are also related to whether or not they cheat. Overall, Democrats, adults who didn’t grow up in intact families, and those who rarely or never attend religious services are more likely than others to have cheated on their spouse.

Can Ruth Bader Ginsburg Make a Man Into a Woman? by Terence P. Jeffrey

By Terence P. Jeffrey, CNSNews – Judging by the argument that one lawyer made to Justice Neil Gorsuch, Tuesday must have been an interesting day in the restrooms at the U.S. Supreme Court… “There are transgender lawyers in this courtroom today,” attorney David Cole told Gorsuch… “Of course, there are,” said Gorsuch… Cole was in the court to represent a biological male who decided in 2013 that he “identified” as a female — and who then fought a family-owned Michigan-based funeral home all the way to the Supreme Court because it fired him as a funeral director when he indicated that he intended to start dressing as a female at work.

CDC: Three STDs At An All-Time High In U.S., by Paul Bois

By Paul Bois, DailyWire – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis at an all-time high across the U.S… “For the fifth consecutive year, combined cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis have risen in the United States, according to a Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published on Tuesday,” reports CNN. “A rise in the prevalence and incidence of STDs can come with serious public health consequences and concerns, including infertility, drug-resistant gonorrhea and congenital syphilis, which can cause infant death.”

The Left to America’s Children: Your Past is Terrible, and Your Future is Terrible, by Dennis Prager

By Dennis Prager, The Stream – A rule of life is that everything the left touches it ruins: art, music, Christianity, Judaism, race relations, male-female relations, universities, high schools, elementary schools, late-night comedy, sports, liberty, journalism, the Boy Scouts, national economies, language and everything else it influences… The left, not liberalism… To this list, we can now add childhood and children… The left robs children of their innocence and has helped produce an unprecedented number of anxious and depressed young people.

What You Need to Know About the Transgender Case at the Supreme Court, by Lauren Evans, Virginia Allen

By Lauren Evans, Virginia Allen, Daily Signal – There’s a case that will be heard by the Supreme Court where a man who identifies as a woman is alleging sex discrimination after being fired from their job at a funeral home. Can you tell us more about this case, Emilie?… Yes. The Harris Funeral Homes case originated when a male employee of a funeral home wanted to start presenting as a woman. He wanted to start dressing as a woman, and the funeral home has a sex-specific dress code, which is legal…. The funeral home owner, Thomas Rost, was very concerned, not only about his employees, his female employees, who might have to share bathrooms with the male employee, but also about the effect on the people whom the funeral homes serve.

Living NFP Joyfully, by Anya Semenoff

By Anya Semenoff, Denver Catholic – A touchpoint has consistently appeared in the course of Jenny Uebbing’s writing career. Over the past 10 years, Jenny Uebbing has covered a wide range of topics on her popular blog, Mama Needs Coffee: the joys and challenges of motherhood, travel, style, liturgical seasons, spirituality, and more. But she consistently returned to one subject: natural family planning.

Will Your Child Be Forced to Celebrate Sex Politics 15 Times This School Year? by Cathy Ruse

By Cathy Ruse, Family Research Council – Powerful forces are pushing your child’s public school to celebrate sex politics this year—15 times!… How many of these events have made it onto your school’s calendar? Find out today… For the 2019-2020 School Year: Ally Week (September 23-27, 2019)… Pressures students to declare themselves “allies” of students or teachers who identify as LGBT… Bisexual Awareness Week… LGBTQ History Month.. Labels historical figures as LGBT, even when they never identified as such… National Coming Out Day (October 11, 2019)…

Supreme Court to Decide High-Stakes ‘LGBT’ Cases Amid Partisan Scrutiny, by Joan Frawley Desmond

By Joan Frawley Desmond, National Catholic Register – The U.S. Supreme Court will begin its 2019-2020 term with a thunderclap: a trio of cases that could result in the extension of federal employment protections that now bar discrimination based on “sex” to encompass workers who identify as “gay” or “transgender.”… “When Title VII passed in 1964, there is no question that Congress at that time did not intend to include gender identity or sexual orientation, and most appellate courts have recognized that,” said Eric Kniffin, a Colorado-based attorney who specializes in religious-freedom issues in the workplace.

Sex, Contraception, and Morality: The Catholic Church Gave Us Wise Advice 50 Years Ago, by Dr. Janet Smith, Aug. 2, 2018

By Janet Smith, PhD, Americna Life League – Fifty years ago (in 1968), Pope Paul VI advanced quite a different view. He issued an encyclical titled Humanae Vitae, which means Of Human Life in Latin… The encyclical—a high-level papal teaching document on faith and morals—reaffirmed the traditional Roman Catholic teaching rejecting all forms of contraception as incompatible with God’s plan for sexuality. It also discusses why methods of natural family planning are compatible with responsible parenthood and married love.

Why Women Love The Home But Not Being A Homemaker, by Carrie Gress and Noelle Mering

By Carrie Gress and Noelle Mering, The Federalist – Over the past decade, our culture has seen a resurgence of interest in the domestic arts. What was old seems new again… Contemporary McMansions are shunned for old farmhouses or low-slung mid-century homes. Convenience food is something we buy sheepishly, opting instead to wear aprons while making simple, slow meals served on hand-thrown pottery. We knit, sew, quilt, and even quill. If it is a craft, it has probably made, or is about to make, a social comeback from prior relative obscurity.

Body-Soul Unity, National Catholic Bioethics Center

By National Catholic Bioethics Center – Gender transitioning, involving behavioral, hormonal, or surgical treatments, or a combination of these, is coming to be broadly accepted as a form of “therapy.” The concept of gender transitioning, however, stands in radical opposition to a proper understanding of the nature of the human person. It presupposes that there is a “self” that is separate from the body, which happens to find itself in a body and which might therefore be in the wrong body.

Rambo: Last Blood — a Movie for Dads and Sons? by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, a Senior Editor, The Stream – The movie is part of a franchise built on bloody, vigilante revenge. That’s not as redemptive as the last two films I recommended here. (Brian Banks, an uplifting story of a young black man falsely convicted of rape, and Peanut Butter Falcon, a delightful buddy movie which stars a young actor with Down Syndrome.) Let’s admit that right off the bat… But you don’t always need an uplifting or heartwarming movie. Sometimes your heart, battered by seeing so many evils on the news, craves a different medicine. And Stallone here offers a tincture which in safe doses, rightly applied, can serve a legitimate purpose.

Women and the Rebuilding of Christian Civilisation, by Maria Madise

By Maria Madise, Voice of the Family – “To a great extent the level of any civilization is the level of its womanhood,” noted Archbishop Fulton Sheen. We can only fathom the full dignity and beauty of Christian civilisation when we consider that its level is none other than the Blessed Virgin… Today’s world looks even more fallen than after the Fall and wholly unworthy of her. However, we should not forget the perseverance of those who lived between Eve and Mary, ceaselessly imploring God to send a saviour to reopen the gates of Heaven. Their prayer was successful. So we should also pray – and work – for the speedy triumph of the Immaculate Heart.

Sexual Orientation and Priestly Ministry, by Gene Gomulka

By Gene Gomulka, Church Militant – In time the woman met someone with whom she fell in love and who accepted her knowing all that she had gone through in her life. It was two years after they married that they had a child, whom they named after the priest who counseled her… The counseling provided by the priest is supported by recent findings published in Science, which show that there is no such thing as a “gay gene.” According to the study, which examined the sexual histories of some 500,000 people, it was “environmental factors” that were found mainly to be responsible for one’s sexual preferences.

Surrogacy, Same-Sex ‘Marriage,’ and the Thirteenth Amendment, by Robert G. Marshall

By Robert G. Marshall, American Life League – While social elites have embraced the Court’s Obergefell decision, Mother Nature still exhibits a complete indifference to providing for procreation by same-sex couples… Even though commercial surrogacy advocates claim they are merely reimbursing women for their “services” as gestational mothers, surrogacy contracts which are enforceable in state courts require the actual delivery, not simply the carrying, of a child to the “Intended Parents.” In other words, the payment is finally to obtain the child.

Imagine This: Putting Children First, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – If you’re not following Dr. Jennifer Morse on family issues and sexual morals, you’re missing out… (at) Acton University… she gave a terrific talk on her book The Sexual State. It’s an important read, because it highlights how the sexual revolution resembles the French and the Russian Revolutions. Each one saw utopian movements championed by intellectuals grab vast, unaccountable power, then set up a state to impose their ideas by force on anyone who resisted.

Catholic Hospital Can Be Sued for Refusing Transgender Hysterectomy, by Wesley J. Smith

By Wesley J. Smith, National Review – I wrote the other day about the intention within bioethics to destroy Catholic healthcare. Today, a court ruling from California proves my point… A Catholic hospital known as Dignity Health refused to perform a hysterectomy on a transgendered male, as against Catholic moral teaching. The patient sued for discrimination, but the case was dismissed on the basis that the hospital was legally following its faith principles. Alas, a Court of Appeals reversed, reinstating the case to the active docket. Why am I not surprised?

Family and the Revolution, by Prof. Roberto de Mattei

By Prof. Roberto de Mattei, Voice of the Family – And it is in this perspective that we meditate on the words of Sister Lucia with which we opened, and with which we will conclude: “Father, there will come a moment in which the decisive battle between the Kingdom of Christ and Satan will be over the family. And those who will work for the good of the family will experience persecution and tribulation. But there is no need to be afraid because the Blessed Mother has already crushed the serpent’s head.”… This is what the Madonna promised at Fatima, and we, with immense faith, believe her.

Does “Conversion Therapy” Hurt People Who Identify as Transgender? The New JAMA Psychiatry Study Cannot Tell Us, by Mark Regnerus

By Mark Regnerus, Public Discourse – A new study purports to prove the harms of “conversion therapy” for those who identify as transgender. But there are at least four good reasons for being leery of the results appearing therein… In a “study” that arrived to much media fanfare last week in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, researchers affiliated with Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital purported to offer convincing proof that “conversion therapy” predicts longstanding toxic outcomes among Americans who self-identify as transgender, including greater recent suicidality and more severe psychological distress in the past month.

New Petition Asks President Trump to Help ‘Make the Family Great Again’, by Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse

By Jennifer Roback Morse, LifeSiteNews – Advocates of “unalienable rights,” or “inalienable rights” of the kind found in the US Declaration of Independence, ground their understanding of rights in undeniable and universal truths about the human condition. This is a basic starting point of natural law thinking… Sexual revolutionaries sneer at natural rights and natural law, treating these as self-evidently terms of derision. They seem to think that anything using the word “natural” is a strictly theological concept… But, advocates of the Sexual Revolution often use an expansive understanding of “human rights” to promote their values and visions. Describing “marriage equality” as a “human right” allows them to sidestep the many troubling consequences of redefining marriage. Labeling abortion as a “human right” puts defenders of the unborn on the defensive.

Archives: Cardinal Caffarra: Satan is Hurling at God the “Ultimate and Terrible Challenge”, by Edward Pentin

By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register – Cardinal Caffarra.. made clear that the Lord’s force of attraction “can only take effect on those who ‘are from the truth’ — those “profoundly available to the Truth, who love the truth, who live in familiarity with it.”… But “there is no truth” in Satan, he added, who seeks to kill truth in the heart of man by “inducing” him to unbelief. He is constantly refusing the truth; his action in society is to oppose the truth. “Satan is this refusal,” the cardinal remarked. “He is this opposition.”… Satan is therefore always working against the Lord’s strong force of attraction to Himself, seeking to “neutralize” it.

The 2 Ways a Sacramental Wedding Changes Your Marriage, by Theresa Civantos Barber

By Theresa Civantos Barber, Aleteia – A sacramental marriage is not merely a civil contract under human law; rather, it is a covenant under God that permanently unites two persons. As long as the marriage “results from the free human act of the spouses,” it becomes “a covenant guaranteed by God’s fidelity,” something that is “irrevocable” and “can never be dissolved” (CCC 1640). That is, the marriage covenant is for the whole of life, and nothing on earth can tear it apart.

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: The Contraception-Abortion Connection

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – HLI’s founder, Fr. Paul Marx, OSB, ardently believed that, looked at one way, abortion is merely one symptom of a much deeper cultural and spiritual disease. Without addressing this deeper problem, he worried, we may well save many individual lives, but make precious little progress in turning the culture away from child-killing… For his part, Fr. Marx believed that the root cause of abortion, and many of the evils of the Culture of Death, is the “contraceptive mentality.” As he said: “While we need a variety of pro-life groups hacking away at the anti-life monster, it is enormously futile and indeed grossly short-sighted to overlook the chief source of baby-killing, which is contraception.”

Gay Media Praise Pope Francis’ Pick of Pro-LGBT+ Bishop as Cardinal, by Michael W. Chapman

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – PinkNews, a popular online news source for the global LGBT+ community, praised one of Pope Francis’ new appointments for cardinal, Archbishop Matteo Zuppi of Bologna, Italy, stating that the Pope had “named a pro-LGBT+ bishop as cardinal” and that “LGBT+ advocates are celebrating” the selection… On Sept. 1, Pope Francis announced that he was appointing 13 new clerics to the rank of cardinal, which means they will be able to vote for the next Pope when the time arrives. Such appointments usually indicate the direction the Pope wants the Church to follow.

The Responsible Parenthood of ‘Humanae Vitae’ Requires Virtue, by Susanna Spencer

By Susanna Spencer, National Catholic Register – Virtue ethics helps us to know what are “well-grounded reasons for spacing births, arising from the physical or psychological condition of husband or wife, or from external circumstances” in which couples should “take advantage of natural cycles” (HV §16). It further helps us to know when it is a prudent time to have more children. Married couples who are acting as responsible parents and decide to either have or to not have additional children are being both prudent and generous. And prudence and generosity are both virtues.

If You Don’t Find Your Identity in a Family, You’ll Look For It in the Primal Screams of Identity Politics, by Luma Simms

By Luma Simms, Public Discourse – In Primal Screams, Eberstadt argues that today’s identity politics arose from the deep anthropological wound slit open by the sexual revolution. That is, the ascent of identity politics reveals that people are having an identity crisis, and they are having an identity crisis because the sexual revolution resulted in family—and, by extension, individual—breakdown. This sent mankind throughout the West into a crisis. The fundamental question “Who am I?” can no longer be answered outright.

Report: Razor-Maker Repents, Refocuses, by Bill Bumpas

By Bill Bumpas, OneNewsNow – Gillette, owned by Procter & Gamble, had been airing a commercial featuring “toxic masculinity” as well as an ad that showed a father helping his daughter – who was trying to transition to a boy – to shave (pictured). After a public backlash and a financial downturn, the company has changed its tune, according to Monica Cole, director of OneMillionMoms.

The Seattle Suicide: Not ‘Confusion’ But Grave Scandal, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – Confusion? The AP story was not confusing at all; its message was crystal-clear. A man had received a blessing in a special ceremony arranged by his parish before he carried out his plan to take his own life—and, for good measure, to enter into “marriage” with his male partner just before the suicide. The implication was unmistakable: the parish approved of Robert Fuller’s plans. The problem was not “confusion;” it was scandal.

Transgenderism is a Gateway to Pedophilia, by Benjamin Wiker

By Benjamin Wiker, EWTN News – As I’ve written previously, pedophilia was widely accepted in ancient pagan Greece and Rome. The only reason that it’s still illegal today is that Christians evangelized the decadent Roman Empire and made it clear to converts that sex with children belonged to the “way of death,” not the “way of life.” These are the words of the Didache, the first-century catechetical manual for converts to Christianity from paganism, which commands, “you shall not corrupt boys.”

The Real War on Women, by Stan Guthrie

By Stan Guthrie, BreakPoint – The Sexual Revolution, despite its claim to “liberate women,” fired the first shot. While certainly the old, pre-revolution sexual order may have produced its own oppressions and hang-ups about sex, by and large it kept the act largely within marriage, which provided undeniable protections to women and children. In exchange for sex, men, who would otherwise tend toward unbridled sexual libertinism, were forced to provide a stable home and a trustworthy commitment to their marriages and families. In the process, men were “civilized.”

AFA: Target Continues Doing Nothing to Prevent Voyeurism, by Chris Woodward

By Chris Woodward, OneNewsNow – The retail giant says its policy allowing people to use opposite-sex restrooms and changing rooms is meant to be inclusive for transgender employees and customers. Still, organizations such as American Family Association argue the policy puts women and children at risk of sexual predators who take advantage of the transgender policy.

How Did Sodomy Become “Pride”? by Chris Ferrara

By Chris Ferrara, Fatima.org. – The “gay pride” movement spread throughout the country and ultimately achieved governmental recognition by a supposedly religiously neutral but actually inherently anti-religious federal government. Two presidents, Clinton and Obama, have “officially” declared that June is “Gay and Lesbian Pride Month,” thus committing the “religiously neutral” federal government to a moral position that radically contradicts a fundamental precept of the divine and natural law…

CNSNews: IVF and Frozen Embryos: What Should We Do with These Little Abandoned Lives?

By John Stonestreet and G. Shane Morris, CNSNews – I’m unapologetically Protestant but, as I’ve said for a while now, our Catholic friends have long led the way on many bioethical issues like abortion and assisted reproductive technologies. For example, back in 2008, the Vatican released a document called “Dignitatis personae,” which said that “The desire for a child, while good, cannot justify the ‘production’ of offspring, just as the desire to not have a child cannot justify the abandonment or destruction of a child once he or she has been conceived.”

Sloppy Hospice Care Only Helping Assisted Suicide, by Charlie Butts

By Charlie Butts – Schandenberg contends the problems in the industry give proponents of assisted suicide ammunition to support their cause and therefore, he says, it’s time for lawmakers to take action… “The truth is that hospice needs to be cleaned up in a serious manner,” he tells OneNewsNow. “We will not have a strong argument against assisted suicide in a secular world if we cannot provide good care — and it’s simply not occurring.”

Fr. Michael Rennier: Why Marriage is Inherently “Unfair”

By Fr. Michael Rennier, Aleteia – Perhaps, as Mary Kenny contends over at the Catholic Herald, men’s brains are simply wired differently. Whatever the cause, I can certainly see how the situation seems unfair. It seems unfair because it is unfair. In fact, most marriages are riddled with unfairness. If the goal is a perfectly equal partnership in which duties are carefully discussed and agreed upon such that neither partner carries more of the load … well, I’ve never seen that arrangement in real life. Inevitably, married couples fall into a comfortable pattern that seems to work for them.

Cleaning Up Our Personal Environment, by Judie Brown

By Judie Brown, American Life League – The latest environmentally correct headline claims that “Contraception Is the Answer to Climate Change.”… Why is that? you might ask. Well, doesn’t everyone know that human beings are the problem because, as the writer claims, there are “too many of them, and born too fast.”… While this pessimistic gibberish has been around for many years, we would do well to think about it again, especially when considering one’s individual bodily integrity. After all, contraception is not only dangerous but a pollutant to the human body.

Pro-Abortion & Pro-LGBTQ – Your Tax Dollars Hard at Work, by Bob Kellogg

By Bob Kellogg, OneNewsNow – Two groups prominent in America’s public education community are being taken to task for strategically indoctrinating children in liberal thought and “progressive” political activism.Every summer, the National Education Association assembles thousands of delegates to consider and vote on “new business items” for the teachers’ union. Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute reports one of those items adopted at the NEA convention last month in Houston states unequivocally that the organization supports abortion.

Big Families Will Be the Next Target in the Culture Wars, by Colin Brazier

By Colin Brazier, Catholic Herald – But we live in shrill times. There is an aud¬ibly angry lobby emerging which argues that the only way to help a planet with a population zooming towards ten billion is to make a personal decision to forgo childbearing at all… Many of these “birth-strikers” would be surprised to learn that there is nothing original in the pose they strike. In the 1970s, in the wake of a previous moral panic about family size (spawned, in part, by Paul Ehrlich’s The Population Bomb), there was a similar spasm of childless-by-choice activism.

Teen Vogue Gonna Do Its Thing, But Will Parents Do Parenting? by Charlie Butts

By Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow – A teen magazine known for its outrageous left-wing articles is at it again but a family advocacy group says parents are ultimately responsible for pushing back… OneNewsNow has reported how Teen Vogue is seemingly obsessed with promoting abortion to impressionable teen girls, and the latest abortion apologetics story advises them on how to hide a life-altering abortion from their parents… “Having access to abortion should be your right,” the article tells young girls, “regardless of your parents’ beliefs.”

A Sex-Abuse Story Catholics Need to Hear, by Sue Ellen Browder

By Sue Ellen Browder, National Catholic Register – I met my beloved husband, Walter, in 1966 at the University of Missouri, where he was studying to be a chemical engineer and I was enrolled in the School of Journalism, hoping to earn a living as a magazine writer. Almost from the moment we met, Walter and I were fast friends.After our marriage, he left engineering to become a struggling novelist, and we both freelanced from home, working, playing and raising our children side by side.

CNSNews: Parental Nightmares in Public Schools

By L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNSNews – Public schools are reopening for business across America, meaning it’s time to get back to reading, writing, arithmetic … and revolution… As usual in matters such as these, California is leading the way… On the first day of classes at Denair Middle School near Modesto, science teacher Luis Davila Alvarado handed out a worksheet from a transgender advocacy group titled “The Gender Unicorn” asking students about their “gender identity,” “gender expression” and their sexual and emotional attractions… These are children.

Woodstock at 50: The Anti-Fatima Event that Should Not Be Celebrated, by John Horvat II

By John Horvat II, Crisis Magazine – On August 15–17, 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair was held on a 600-acre dairy farm near Bethel, New York. Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of this monumental cultural event that marked an epoch… Woodstock changed America. It helped usher in a period of moral devastation. The event enshrined free love as acceptable in the national psyche. It created the idea that life should be dominated by the maxim, “if it feels good, do it.”… However, the worst part of Woodstock was its role in creating the spiritual desolation of imagining a utopian society without religion or the Catholic Faith.

America’s Biggest Issue: Welfare (Video )

By Media Editors, Patriot Post – Genevieve Wood explains why more than five decades, several welfare programs, and $25 trillion later, the welfare system has largely failed the poor. ‘Welfare is anti-work and anti-marriage’.

The Pedophile Project: Your 7-Year-Old Is Next On The Sexual Revolution’s Hit Parade, by Stella Morabito

By Stella Morabito, The Federalist – Activists for normalizing pedophilia are on the move. Public acceptance of adult sex with children is the next domino poised to fall in identity politics. It’s being sustained, among other things, by the rapid sexualization of children in the media and in K-12 education… We cannot dismiss the campaign to legalize pedophilia as fringy stuff that will get nowhere. It’s real and it’s here and it’s gaining strength. It’s a very logical outgrowth of the nihilism inherent in the sexual revolution.

Meanwhile, This Is What LGBTQ Organizations Are Doing to Society, by Dennis Prager

By Dennis Prager, PJ Media – Virtually every week, there seems to be another issue that preoccupies the country. But while our attention is focused on President Donald Trump, Google, Charlottesville, Russia, impeachment, Jeffrey Epstein…. LGBTQ organizations are quietly going about their work dismantling ethical norms, making a mockery of education, ruining innocent people’s lives and destroying children’s innocence.

Loneliness Is a Human Catastrophe – and It’s Getting Worse, by Barbara Kay

By Barbara Kay, MercatorNet – The chapter (in Mary Eberstadt’s latest book, Primal Screams: How the sexual revolution created identity politics) in which the heat wave incident features concerns an epidemic of loneliness that is affecting great swaths of the populations in countries all over the world. The sexual revolution produced what Eberstadt calls a “Great Scattering,” the result of a breakdown of family as the pillar of society. She says, “(T)he human animal has been selected for familial forms of socialization that for many people no longer exist.”

Msgr. Charles Pope: Will Marriages Be Acknowledged in Heaven?

By Msgr. Charles Pope – That a marriage ends by the death of a spouse speaks more to worldly realities than to heavenly ones. It still does not follow that one’s earthly marriage will have no meaning in Heaven. Even if a person remarries after the death of his/her spouse, surely both relationships will be perfected in Heaven, not discarded. As the relationships are perfect, there will be no jealousy or resentment between the first spouse and the second.

‘Where Are Our Voices?’ Ministry Leader Pleads With Christian Parents and Churches to Stand Against LGBT Agenda, by Nancy Flory

By Nancy Flory, The Stream – “It breaks my heart. Do you know we have more ex-Christians or Christians leaving the lifestyle going into the homosexual life than there are those coming out? That’s kind of our fault.”… Janet Boynes has a ministry to help people who want to leave the homosexual life. Janet Boynes Ministries “exists to help people get spiritual guidance and be set free from homosexuality and other sexual sins through the power of Jesus Christ.” The ministry also works with pastors so that they can help those in their congregation who struggle with the issue.

Giving the Devil His Due, by Paul Kengor

By Paul Kengor, Crisis Magazine – I wrote here at Crisis back in March 2018 about the all-too-common link between mass shooters and fatherlessness. That was in the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida incident. Looking at a list of the worst mass shooters in U.S. history, it was clear that the vast majority came from broken families lacking a consistent biological father throughout their rearing and development. Very few had good, stable dads.

Virginia’s Governor Wants to Lock Teens in Transgenderism. Stop Him. by Cathy Ruse

By Cathy Ruse, Family Research Council – Disgraced Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has directed his Board of Counseling to punish any counselor who responds to a teen’s cry for help to accept her own physical biology… That’s called putting politics in front of people… You have heard of these bans. They’re sometimes called bans on “conversion therapy.” LGBT activists describe nightmarish scenarios of cruel methods used on “gay” people to make them “straight,” without any real evidence, to get what they really want: sweeping bans to outlaw not only cruel methods, but all therapy. Even talk therapy.

Pope Francis’s Strange Bedfellows, by James Kalb

By James Kalb, Crisis Magazine – One would assume a radical pope like Francis would at least keep a few token conservatives in his entourage. On the contrary: many of his appointees are well to the Left of his own public image. Much can be gleaned about the Holy Father’s mind by studying the men he entrusts with power and authority… Take the appointment of Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia to head the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family. The regime-change took place two years ago; now, as expected, Paglia is conducting a Stalin-style purge of the Academy.

The Marketing Crisis of NFP

By Gloriam Marketing – A few weeks ago, at a bachelorette party of all places, I was asked about NFP (Natural Family Planning)… Certainly not expecting the question in that element, and being a “halfway” user of NFP.. my answer was short and to the point: Yes… that it was a sacrifice but totally worth it, and that I did not regret NOT being on birth control at all. Thankfully, the questioner accepted it, seemed interested in looking into it, and then blessedly changed the conversation.

Amazon Just Banned My Dad’s Therapy Books, Caving to LGBT Activists, by Joseph Nicolosi, Jr.

By Joseph Nicolosi, Jr., Church Militant – On Amazon, you can buy almost any book written throughout human history — from the Bible to Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf, or even a book glorifying pedophilia… As of last week, however, you cannot get any of Dr. Joseph Nicolosi Sr.’s books about leaving homosexuality — because Amazon just banned them all… From 1981 until his death in 2017, my father was the driving force behind reparative therapy. He invented, refined and used this innovative counseling method to help thousands of men overcome the effects of sexual abuse and other deep-seated childhood traumas.

A Calculated Media Campaign is Gaslighting the World On Transgender Insanity, by Jonathon Van Maren

By Jonathon Van Maren, LifeSiteNews – What the media is doing while shrieking about our vanishing standards of normalcy is waging an all-out war on the idea of the male-female gender binary itself. While they are highlighting the abnormal nature of a president who tweets out spur-of-the-moment policy, they are pushing child drag queens and transgender children …..

Social “Science” at the JPII Institute, by Robert Royal

By Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing – The Catholic world was surprised – though not entirely so – last week when the previously announced “refounding” of the John Paul II Institute on Marriage and the Family resulted in the firing of two prominent longtime professors and the “suspension” – for the time being, we may hope – of all faculty. All this in service of what was reported as Pope Francis’ intention to “broaden its academic curriculum, from a focus on the theology of marriage and the family to an approach that will also include the study of the family from the perspective of the social sciences.”

Fr. James Martin is a False Teacher, Must be Rebuked by All Faithful Catholics, by Matt Gaspers

By Matt Gaspers, Catholic Family News – Every year on the Third Sunday after Pentecost, which fell on June 30 this year, the faithful who attend the traditional Roman Mass hear a powerful duo of readings from Holy Scripture… The Epistle, 1 Peter 5:6–11, focuses our attention on the reality of spiritual warfare, with the Prince of the Apostles exhorting us, “Be sober and watch, because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour. Whom resist ye, strong in faith: knowing that the same affliction befalls your brethren who are in the world.”….

Indoctrinating Children With ‘LGBTQ’ Entertainment, by Brian Mark Weber

By Brian Mark Weber, Patriot Post – Young minds are more frequently being subject to emotional manipulation in cartoons…There was a time in America when children’s entertainment was a safe bet. Sure, we saw the slow creep of movie violence, more promiscuous characters, and more subject matter made for mature viewers, but we could certainly let our kids watch a Disney flick without worrying about our values being undermined… Not anymore.

Even Married Christians Are Called to Embrace Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience, by Peter Kwasniewski

By Peter Kwasniewski, LifeSiteNews – In the Middle Ages, every member of Christendom lived under a common law: the law of the Gospel as taught by the Church. There were not two worlds, two standards, the sacred and the profane; there was but one, which unified all things around the Cross. Hence this society was hierarchical but not clericalist. Clericalism is the sclerosis of hierarchy. It occurs when hierarchy ceases to be a vital, internal principle of cohesion, recognized as the mouthpiece for a commonly-held Christianity….

Social Science Is Not Enough, by Scott Yenor

By Scott Yenor, Public Discourse – All the science in the world does not answer the deepest questions of political importance. Pretending that questions of political priority are merely technical or scientific questions is the lie of modern times. Conservatives must relearn this lesson in order to defend essential public goods like marriage and the family… Debates over the science of marriage and happiness are really about whether marriage is best understood as a vehicle for individual growth or as a community of love.

What’s Driving America’s ‘Boy Crisis’, by Daniel Davis

By Daniel Davis, The Daily Signal – Mass shootings like the one in California last weekend have caused many to wonder what’s going wrong with our young men. Warren Farrell has a book out on this. He calls it “the boy crisis.”… About 90% of the mass shooters that I studied since Columbine have been boys brought up in homes that have minimal or no father involvement or products of divorce or so on.

This Attack on John Paul’s Legacy is Intellectually Embarrassing, by C C Pecknold

By C C Pecknold, Catholic Herald – In 2017, Pope Francis issued a motu proprio, Summa Familiae Cura, essentially re-founding and re-naming the Pontifical Institute to accord with Amoris Laetitia. The Holy Father explicitly praised John Paul the Great’s vision which gave rise to the Institute, but said that the re-founding was important for “expanding the field of interest, both in terms of the new dimensions of the pastoral task and the ecclesial mission, as well as in the development of human sciences and the anthropological culture in such a crucial field for the culture of life.”

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky: Healing an Angry Culture

By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture – Sexuality affects all aspects of the human person: body, mind, and emotions. It is the foundation of the capacity of men and women to bear children within the context of marriage. Human sexuality is also a significant factor in forming bonds of healthy relationships with others. In the crucially important arena of human sexuality, our first obligation is to identify the normal. Christian chastity defines normal and removes the frustrations that come with living abnormal lifestyles.

The Daily Signal: Why the Carbon Tax Would Backfire on America

By Laura Williamson, Nicolas Loris, The Daily Signal – (M)arginal bipartisan support for enacting a new tax on American families and businesses doesn’t make it good policy… Different models and prices have been proposed, but they all tax activities that emit carbon dioxide on the premise that emissions are responsible for global warming, a cost to society which otherwise isn’t accounted for. They propose to address this “market failure” with a policy that could well lead to economic failure.

How the Sexual Revolution Has Corrupted the Professions (and What You Can Do About It!) by Jennifer Roback Morse

By Jennifer Roback Morse, EWTN News – People sometimes ask me, “Dr. Morse, how in the world do these crazy ideologies and policies keep coming at us? Why are we seeing demands for gender neutral bathrooms in public places, drag queen story hours in our libraries, and a “non-binary” option on birth certificates and driver’s licenses?”… these things didn’t spring up overnight out of nowhere… Many professional societies have become corrupted by Sexual Revolutionary ideology and captured by committed ideologues. These people have been plowing this ground for a long time.

NFP & the Priesthood: Fr. Justin Braun

By Fr. Justin Braun, Source: TotalWhine Blog – The beauty of chastity, self-denial, integrated and selfless love, is that it actually makes you happier! The virtues are not some archaic set of propositions to make you miserable, but rather reveal man more fully to himself. Sexual sins often are just the symptom of a life caught up in the world, a life devoid of or only shallowly engaging the joyful life of faith, and that is the bigger problem. To re-engage someone where they are at is the chance of “encounter”, but to lead them away from sin, as Jesus did with the woman caught in adultery, is one of the most meaningful and life-giving works of every Christian.

A Warning to Church Over ‘Reckoning’ That is Coming, by Steve Jordahl

By Steve Jordahl, OneNewsNow – At the same time a secular culture is pushing Christian beliefs out of the public square in the name of “tolerance,” a longtime theologian is warning the Church that many houses of worship have already given up the fight… When the U.S. Supreme Court narrowly ruled last year in favor of business owner Jack Phillips and his Masterpiece Cakeshop, most conservatives realized it was a temporary victory in a long and desperate culture war… Al Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Seminary, said as much in June at the annual Western Conservative Summit that was held in Denver.

Trump Admin Praised for Withholding UN Funds, by Charlie Butts

By Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow – A controversial United Nations organization isn’t getting any American dollars after the Trump administration stuck to a funding policy… For the third year in a row the administration has eliminated funds for the United Nations Population Fund, a family planning organization… Rebecca Oas of C-FAM says there is a good reason: the UN group has a history of cooperating with the communist Chinese government and its coercive one-child policy, a population control program that included forced abortions and contraceptives.

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: The LGBT Doctrine of Intolerance

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – A depressingly true image has been making the rounds on social media. I can’t seem to find the original right now. But if I recall correctly, the text on the image goes something like this: “2009: How will legalizing gay marriage personally affect you? 2019: Celebrate this 11-year-old drag queen, or you’re a bigot!”… That just about sums up the current insanity in our culture.

Gay Men Purchasing Babies is Not Honorable, by Jennifer Hartline

By Jennifer Hartline, The Stream – Last week on Twitter a gay man announced that he and his sexual partner are planning to contract the services of a “carrier” and purchase a baby. In a long thread, he laid out his answers to the objections he expected people to raise, then concluded by saying the reason they were doing this was simple: love. … That is utter horse hockey. Love has nothing to do with it.

A New Feminism, by Stephen G. Adubato

By Stephen G. Adubato, First Things – In our metaphysically confused age, pro-life feminist groups like the New Wave Feminists are offering women an alternative to the Feminist Magisterium and its limited view of human personhood… The NWF was founded in 2004 by purple-haired Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa. Herndon’s conception was unplanned. She calls her mother’s choice to carry her to term—and all the sacrifices that went along with it—a demonstration of “true feminist strength.” According to her, abortion is not a solution to women’s oppression, but a symptom of oppression. ….

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: The Blessings of ‘Ordinary’ Children

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – Most Reverend José H. Gomez said, For thousands of years, just about everyone intuitively understood that it was a good thing to commit one’s life to another in marriage, and then to bring children into the world. But for unusual cases, such as those entering the priesthood, or monasteries and convents, this is what the overwhelming majority of people would aspire to, and expect to do. Now, however, for a variety of reasons, “many young people are debating whether it is ‘ethical’ to have kids,” the archbishop noted. “There is an even larger conversation going on among millennials about the ‘value’ of starting a family.”

Ruth Institute President Blasts the American Psychological Association for Pushing Sexual Anarchy, Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., Ruth Institute – Morse said, “The goal of mental health professionals used to be to help individuals overcome harmful tendencies. Mental health professionals used to believe that children deserved love and support from their parents. Now the APA is completely ignoring the impact of adult sexual behavior on children. Their only considerations seem to be making adults feel good about themselves and fighting ‘stigmatization.’’’

Wake Up, Parents, to Left Stealing Your Kids, by Charlie Butts, Billy Davis

By Charlie Butts, Billy Davis, OneNewsNow – Democratic lawmakers in Illinois want to help girls sneak into abortion clinics and keep their parents in the dark, but a pro-life activist says the issue is about more than one controversial law… A 1995 law bars minors from getting an abortion without parental notification but now a proposal in the General Assembly would drop the old law entirely despite a “judicial bypass” option that is also on the books… “This is going to be for every girl,” she warns. “And actually, since we already are the abortion Mecca of the Midwest, this would allow sex traffickers [and] predators to bring young minor girls into the state to have abortions.”

NFP’s Modern Marvels Draws Millennials, Scientists and Some Pushback, by Peter Jesserer Smith

By Peter Jesserer Smith, National Catholic Register – More millennial women than ever are turning to fertility-awareness-based methods, not simply for a natural way to plan their families, but as a way to keep track of their bodily health and well-being without putting hormones or artificial devices into their bodies… “I’m a millennial, and we’re just kind of tired of anything that looks like it’s from the 1970s, especially for our health,” Cassie Moriarity, a 29-year-old Catholic woman living in New York City, told the Register.

How Fathers Influence Their Daughters’ Romantic Relationships, by D. Scott Sibley

By D. Scott Sibley, Institute for Family Studies – The research literature is becoming increasingly clear about the substantial importance of fathers in the lives of their children. Unfortunately, far too many children in the United States and throughout the world experience father loss. As discussed previously on this blog, father loss can negatively impact children in a variety of different ways, even on a biological level. Compounding this issue are myths about fatherhood that are perpetuated in our society…..

Polyamory is for Pre-Teens in Public Schools. Oh, Really? by Cathy Ruse

By Cathy Ruse, The Stream – The world recently learned that the American Psychological Association promotes “polyamory,” “swinging,” and “relationship anarchy.” Their experts say it’s healthy and ethical. They’re crazy… Leftists who run our nation’s public schools love to hide behind the skirts of the APA when it comes to crazy Sex Ed. So in a recent column, I wondered how long it would take for them to push polyamory on the pubertal… Then I learned they already do…

ICYMI: Faithful Catholics: Don’t Accept Confusion About Sexual Morality, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – But there is a far greater evil (than any “Pride” Parade) that goes largely unchecked and mostly unchallenged in the Catholic Church: the ongoing problem of priests and prelates and their lay underlings who openly disseminate their own spin on LGBT propaganda. What makes their actions grossly evil—is that they do so in the name of God.

LifeSiteNews: Texas Bishop Speaks With Clarity While Pro-LGBT Fr. Martin Sows Confusion, by Lisa Bourne

By Lisa Bourne, LifeSiteNews – When Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, shared an essay on Twitter by respected Catholic commentator, journalist and author Phil Lawler this week, he spoke with typical clarity on a crucial issue related to the salvation of souls while again pledging to do his job and defend the Catholic faith… “As a bishop, I will do my best to ‘guard the deposit of faith, entire & incorrupt’ from the wolves who attack it. Mercy abhors bigotry AND sin.”

Patriot Post: Boy Raises Nearly $90k for Bulletproof Vests for Police Dogs

The Patriot Post – “Nine-year-old Brady Snakovsky from Strongsville, Ohio dreams of being a police officer one day. When he was 8 years old, he was watching ‘Live PD’ — a modern version of ‘Cops’ — and noticed that while the officers wore bulletproof vests, the K9 officers were not.”

ACLU Video a How-to Guide to Keep Parents in Dark, by Charlie Butts

By Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow – Leaked video from a public school seminar in California shows an ACLU attorney coaching teachers about helping students hide abortions from their parents… The video, recorded in June, also shows the attorney and school staff discussing explicit sex-ed lessons and how California law ensures students must sit through them without parental involvement.

Fr. Richard Heilman: Why I’m Passionate About Spiritual Warfare-This Happened in the Span of My Lifetime

By Fr. Richard Heilman, Roman Catholic Man – Venerable Fulton Sheen tried to sound the alarm, as he explained how such evil is allowed to advance … “Why is it that so few realize the seriousness of our present crisis? Partly because men do not want to believe their own times are wicked, partly because it involves too much self-accusation, and principally because they have no standards outside of themselves by which to measure their times … Only those who live by faith really know what is happening in the world. The great masses without faith are unconscious of the destructive processes going on.”

California Adopts Planned Parenthood Program Pushing Sex on Kids as Young as 5 or 6, by Mary Margaret Olohan

By Mary Margaret Olohan, LifeNews – AB-329, otherwise known as the California Healthy Youth Act, was created in 2016 and has several aimed purposes… The bill aims to teach K-12 students how to ward off HIV and other STDs, to teach “healthy attitudes” towards sexual orientation, gender, and relationships, and to “promote understanding of sexuality as a normal part of human development.”… “There is a clear political agenda to destroy the traditional family in America,” Gallagher told the DCNF.

Christian Rugby Player Fights Back Against the Gay Lobby, by Jesse B. Russell

By Jesse B. Russell, Crisis Magazine – However, all is not lost, and the recent case of Christian rugby player Israel Folau’s challenge to Globohomo totalitarianism is an inspiration to Catholics who increasingly find themselves and their families in the grip of enforced LGBT orthodoxy… A talented athlete of Tongan descent, Israel Folau has been waging a battle against Globohomo in Australia throughout these past several months. Formerly the highest paid man in Australian rugby, Folau was expelled from Rugby Australia in May of 2019 due to posting that homosexuals will go to hell unless they repent of their sins on his Instagram account a month earlier.

Gallup: Americans Radically Overestimate LGBT Population, LGBT Only 4.5%

By Michael W. Chapman , CNSNews – In its survey, Gallup asked, “Just your best guess, what percent of Americans today would you say are gay or lesbian?”… From the respondents’ answers, the average was 23.6%. In other words, American adults think LGBT people make up nearly 24% of the population, which is more than 5 times the real percentage of 4.5%… “Americans’ estimate of the proportion of gay people in the U.S. is more than five times Gallup’s more encompassing 2017 estimate that 4.5% of Americans are LGBT, based on respondents’ self-identification as being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender,” reported the survey firm.

4 Years On, ‘Marriage Equality’ Slogan Still Doesn’t Add Up, by Ryan T. Anderson

By Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., The Stream – Most everyone in America was and is in favor of marriage equality. Most everyone was and is in favor of marriage equality because most everyone wants the law to treat all marriages equally… The debate in the United States in the decade and a half before Obergefell v. Hodges wasn’t about equality. It was about marriage. We disagreed about what marriage is… Before you can get to considerations of equal protection of the law, you have to know what it is the law is trying to protect equally… Every law makes distinctions. Equality before the law protects citizens from arbitrary distinctions, from laws that treat them differently for no good reason.

Kennedy Combined ‘Loneliness’ and 14th Amendment, by Chad Groening, Billy Davis

By Chad Groening, Billy Davis, OneNewsNow – A pro-family activist predicts the Obergefell decision that imposed homosexual marriage on the United States will eventually receive the same legal and moral scrutiny as Roe v. Wade… June 26 marks the fourth anniversary of the Obergefell v. Hodges decision, a 5-4 ruling that found same-sex couples are guaranteed the legal right to marry by the 14th Amendment, the Equal Protection Clause in the U.S. Constitution… The ruling was predictably hailed as a historic moment for homosexuals and lesbians, who had successfully sued in numerous courts to roll back state-level efforts to defend normal, man-woman marriage.

Men Can’t Stay Silent As Our Children Get Aborted, by Jason Jones

By Jason Jones, The Stream – My own journey started when I was just 17. One Saturday morning my girlfriend sat down on the edge of my bed. She woke me with news of her pregnancy. My shoulder pads and football helmet sat on the floor. Posters of my heroes Walter Payton and Mike Singletary hung on the wall. In a boys’ room, I learned I was embarking on a man’s journey… We agreed on what to do. I would join the Army, so I could support us. She would take prenatal vitamins and hide her pregnancy with baggy clothing until I was through with basic training. We would tell our parents when I returned… And that’s exactly what we did…

The Patriot Post: The Best Book to Read to Your Kids (Video)

The Patriot Post, Media Editors – There’s a book you can read to your children that will make your job as a parent a lot easier… This book will teach them lessons in character, how to distinguish right from wrong; about gratitude, respect and perseverance. And that’s in the opening chapters!… Parents have been reading this book to their children for a very long time. It’s one reason it’s a perpetual best-seller… This book, of course, is the Bible, and you don’t have to be religious to read it. And your kids don’t have to be religious to enjoy it and get a whole lot out of it.

Trump Signs Executive Order to Help Americans Find Low-Cost Health Care: “The Opposite of Obamacare” by Evie Fordham

By Evie Fordham, LifeNews – Pres. Trump signed an executive order he called “the opposite of Obamacare” that directs the DHHS to create rules increasing transparency in health care pricing Monday… “We will empower patients with the information they need to search for the lowest cost and highest quality care,” Trump said at the White House Monday afternoon, adding the executive order’s goal is to “put American patients first.”.. “People have no idea how big it is. Some people say bigger than health care itself. … For too long it’s been virtually impossible for Americans to know the real price and quality of health care services and the services they receive,” Trump continued.

Female Athletes, Beaten By Boys, Claim Title IX Violation, by Charlie Butts, Billy Davis

By Charlie Butts, Billy Davis, OneNewsNow – Female teen athletes who were forced to be “tolerant” of stronger, faster males competing against them in track meets are fighting back… Alliance Defending Freedom is representing teen athlete Selina Soule (pictured at above) and two other girls in a legal quest to wrestle control of their sport from transgender girls — biological boys — who are breaking state records while depriving females from all-female competitions and scholarship opportunities.

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: How the Gates Foundation Harms, Not Helps Human Development

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – In 2017, the Gates Foundation pledged $375 million for “family planning,” with the goal of providing contraception to 120 million women around the world, particularly in developing countries. This was merely the latest of the many hundreds of millions that the Gates Foundation has previously spent on promoting contraception. Melinda defends her foundation’s emphasis on contraception by claiming that there are hundreds of millions of women with an “unmet need” for contraception.

How (Public) Libraries Are Being Used to Corrupt Children, by Sarah Quale

By Sarah Quale, Church Militant – Drag queen story hours are popping up in libraries across the country…. To destroy the human made in the image of God — to destroy inherent value, dignity and thus, personhood — the Enemy must systematically dismantle each of God’s design elements — life, marriage, family, sexuality and gender (Genesis 1:26–28). What we are witnessing everywhere in our culture today is a direct assault on these elements.

US Bishops Give $750,000 Grant to Group Pushing Homosexuality, LGBT Propaganda, by Michael Hichborn

By Michael Hichborn, Lepanto Institute – The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), an anti-poverty agency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), is providing a $750,000 grant to the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) over the next three years. Announcing the grant on its website, ISN president Christopher Kerr said, “The Ignatian Solidarity Network staff and board are grateful for the support of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.”

The Supreme Court Has a Chance to Uphold School Choice and Religious Liberty

By Jamie Gass and Ben Degrow, The Hill – The Supreme Court of the United States is expected to decide whether to hear Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, a case that reveals the harm a state constitutional amendment marked by religious bias can do to families… Kendra Espinoza, who suddenly became a single mom, sought a better education for her daughters. In their public schools, one daughter was bullied and the other struggled academically. Both later would thrive in parochial school… After the Montana Supreme Court struck down her state’s education tax credit program, Espinoza was denied access to scholarships her children badly needed…

Sex-Ed Guidelines Designed to ‘Severely Desensitize’ Pre-Teens, by Bob Kellogg

By Bob Kellogg, OneNewsNow – Linda Harvey of Mission: America contends that games such as this are meant to create anarchy in America. “Getting 10-year-olds to handle condoms [and] put condoms on male, anatomical models is just one way to severely desensitize them and normalize sex in all kinds of directions…”… According to Harvey, the school may send in a Planned Parenthood representative to take over if a teacher chooses not to teach the curriculum. She says the children “will be lied to” if that happens… “And then there’s also, of course, the money issue,” Harvey continues. “There’s a lot of money coming into these promoters of sexually explicit sex-education lessons.”

Catholic Sociologist: Vatican’s New Critique on Gender Theory a ‘Toothless Lion’, by Gabriele Kuby

By Gabriele Kuby, LifeSiteNews – Why had the Church given up protecting her flock from the wolves, especially the young generation? Because she had not followed the Holy Father, Paul VI, in his 1968 passionate call in Humanae Vitae to hold on to the meaning of sexuality in the good order of Creation: pro-creation. Once the sexual act and procreation are systematically severed, which became possible through the pill of all pills, the door was opened to any and all kinds of sexual satisfaction of the body… Half a century has passed since then, and the Church may be in its greatest crisis.

The Pursuit of Happiness Rightly Understood, by Justin Dyer

By Justin Dyer, Public Discourse – C.S. Lewis did concede that the idea of a right to the pursuit of happiness is “cherished by all civilized men, but especially by Americans.” However, the authors of the American Declaration of Independence, according to Lewis, could only have meant that we have a right “‘to pursue happiness by all lawful means’: that is, by all means which the Law of Nature eternally sanctions and which the laws of the nation shall sanction.”

Did Your Child Return From College a Better Person? by Dennis Prager

By Dennis Prager, The Stream – When assessing America’s or any of the Western world’s universities — wondering whether you should send your child to one; whether you should pay for a child to attend one; whether you should go into great debt to attend one; whether you should donate money to one; and related questions — it would seem that the single most important question to be answered is: What type of person does the university produce?

Treat the Marriage Vow with the Solemnity It Deserves, by Anthony Esolen

By Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine – No, I take a common-sense approach to the vow. A young soldier swears to defend the flag of the United States. He does so while knowing nothing of barbed wire and trenches. We hold him to that vow, and do not accept ignorance or immaturity as excuses. In time of war we subject deserters to a court-martial, with the firing squad ready at hand. A young man in business signs a contract. We hold him to it, and do not accept ignorance or bad fortune as excuses. If he reneges, he may be hauled into civil court for damages.

Pride Really is Nothing to Boast About, by Tim Wildmon

By Tim Wildmon, OneNewsNow – Somewhere along the way, the month of June was designated Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride month. Friends, we must beware the perversion that boasts in this kind of pride… Still, it is celebrated all over the country by governments, businesses, etc. The colors of the rainbow are used to signify the LGBTQ movement. Parades commemorating it go on in many places. There is no question that the LGBTQ movement is mainstream America now.

Psychologist Gives Searing Critique of Vatican’s New Gender Doc: A Compromise With ‘Neo-Paganism’, by Diane Montagna

By Diane Montagna, LifeSiteNews – A Catholic psychologist has denounced the latest Vatican document on gender theory as containing “not one sentence of sound advice for parents who try to educate their children towards the virtues necessary for a Christian life.”… In a searing critique, Dr. Gerard J.M. van den Aarweg, a Dutch psychologist and psychoanalyst specializing in the treatment of persons with homosexual tendencies, condemned the recent Vatican document on gender theory, saying “the aggressive neo-pagan sexual ideology of the world has no wisdom we might share. The task of the Church is not dialoguing but teaching and correcting, there is a relentless spiritual war going on in the field of sexuality, marriage, and the family.”

CatholicTV Network: What is “Witness to Love”?

The CatholicTV Network – Ryan and Mary Rose Verret joins us today to talk about Catholic relationships, marriage prep, and their ministry Witness to Love… Witness to Love is marriage prep that works to connect couples to their parishes through mentors and powerful online resources! The key to Witness to Love is that engaged couples are invited to choose their own mentors. Unlike other mentor models there is no need to build trust in order for the marriage prep process to work — the trust already exists.

How I Learned to Admit Fault by Almost Knocking Out an Elderly Lady, by Bill Sheridan

By Bill Sheridan, Those Catholic Men – In my case, the who is a combination of Mom, the Presentation Sisters with those daily catechism classes, and other significant adults in my life… I think that Mr. and Mrs. Jones were in their mid-70s when the incident occurred. They were not mean people. Rather, they were elderly and preferred that we not kick or hit balls into or play in their yard. I don’t think they had the stamina to tolerate commotion. We tried to be respectful and never had any ‘little kids vs. old people’ altercations with them. It was clearly understood, however, that it was in everyone’s best interest not to cause them grief.

Fathers: Education is the Initiation of Your Children into Culture, by R. Jared Staudt

By R. Jared Staudt, Those Catholic Men – If we don’t teach our kids how to live their faith in an integrated way, they will follow the way of the world. Our family culture will conform either to our faith or to the secular worldview. Catechesis imparts not just the content of the faith but a Christian way of life… If our children conform to the secular culture more than to the faith, we will experience a breakdown in the raising of Christian men and women.

It’s Happening: People are Canceling Netflix and Disney—and the Revenue Losses Are Growing by the Hour, by Megan Fox

By Megan Fox, PJ Media – Streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Disney Plus never waste an opportunity to tell the American public living in red states how much they hate them. From Netflix showing movies that could meet the legal definition of sexual assault of children to making cartoons about babies in drag (while ignoring customer concerns) to Disney’s CEO complaining about Alabama abortion laws, people are sick of their entertainment companies pushing a hard-left agenda… Now these services are not only going after conservative values but are actively trying to harm conservative states, reports Fox News.

Catholic Schools Are Right to Use Morality Clauses, by Hudson Byblow

By Hudson Byblow, Crisis Magazine – In the States, where religious liberty is protected, churches (and religious organizations) can hire and fire whoever they want. But in Canada religious freedom is more precarious. Not only is there no equivalent to the First Amendment to protect speech, but also in Canadian (and some provincial) law, certain things connected to gender and identity are (or are becoming) enshrined as human rights.

Survivors of the Sexual Revolution the Media Will Ignore During Gay Pride Month, by Jennifer R. Morse

By Jennifer Roback Morse, Daily Signal – June has been declared “Pride Month,” and we’re supposed to celebrate those “coming out” and living a “gay” life… June 12 will mark the third anniversary of the Pulse gay nightclub mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, that left 49 dead. Some will no doubt connect those two things to claim America hates people who have same-sex attraction and to make new demands for affirmation of homosexuality… But that’s not the only lesson one could draw from these events. The media will not tell you this, but in the aftermath of the Pulse massacre, some survivors began to give their lives to Jesus Christ.

“The Pill” Is Destroying Our Bodies And Everyone Is Ignoring It For Money, by Mary Margaret Olohan

By Mary Margaret Olohan, Evie Magazine – We’ve been told that birth control is one of the great inventions of our time and that we would be foolish not to take it. The truth is, we’ve been lied to… Birth control is sexist towards women – and it is incredibly damaging to our bodies. This is pretty ironic, considering we are always told that birth control is empowering, right? Yet even the history of birth control reveals an utter lack of respect for the dignity of women… The creation of the pill was sketchy – to say the least. Prompted by Margaret Sanger, millionaire Katherine McCormick funded studies for Harvard Professor Gregory E. Pincus; studies focused on ways in which women could prevent pregnancy without a man knowing.

Bishop Defends Brother Bishop Attacked for Telling Catholics to Not ‘Support, Attend’ LGBT Events

By Lisa Bourne, LifeSiteNews – A US bishop is defending his brother bishop who is under assault from LGBT activists and mainstream media after he told Catholics that they should have nothing to do with homosexual “pride” events… Tyler, Texas, Bishop Joseph Strickland defended Catholic principles and Rhode Island Bishop Thomas Tobin on Twitter over the weekend after Tobin’s exhortation for Catholics to eschew homosexual “pride” events. Strickland was responding to the Boston Globe’s story on Tobin’s June 1 tweet on Catholics and gay pride events during June…. Both bishops were the targets of intense LGBT vitriol and anti-Catholic vitriol from those commenting on their tweets.

Abp. Gregory’s Pro-LGBT Efforts Honored in Diocesan Newspaper, by Bruce Walker

By Bruce Walker, Church Militant – The rainbow-colored ad appeared in the official Atlanta archdiocesan newspaper, placed on behalf of Fortunate and Faithful Families, an organization of “Catholic families affirming their LGBTQ members.” Fortunate and Faithful Families openly dissents from Church teaching on chastity, and associates with other dissident, pro-LGBT organizations like DignityUSA and New Ways Ministry, condemned by the Vatican.

LGBT People Are Not Oppressed Or Persecuted In This Country. Here’s How We Know. by Matt Walsh

By Matt Walsh, Daily Wire – Indeed, we have heard nary a word about congenital cytomegalovirus, despite this being a month of awareness about that illness, because every company, corporation, celebrity, and television channel has been tripping over itself to exclusively celebrate LGBT pride. Or, more specifically, LGBTTQQIAAP pride. That last part of the acronym must not be neglected, even as it rapidly grows, adding new letters by the day and threatening to take over the entire alphabet.

Bishop Tobin Attacked for Speaking a Plain Truth, by Anthony Esolen

By Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine – A few days ago, Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence sent out a message that within living memory absolutely no mother or father, liberal or conservative, Christian or Jewish or secular, old or young, would have considered to be controversial. He said, gently, that it was not good for parents to take their children to a so-called “Pride” parade… these are parades to celebrate sexual perversion.

Real Talk On Natural Family Planning, by Deanna Johnston

By Deanna Johnston, Catholic East Texas – I became aware of Natural Family Planning (NFP) when I was young; in fact, NFP was an integral part of my family’s return to the Catholic Church. As a child, I remember seeing charts with the baby stickers and the colors. I attended a mother-daughter program once in grade school and again in high school that explained the goodness of God’s design of the male and female bodies and the gift of fertility. Basically, I knew that NFP was a thing, that the Catholic Church liked it, and that at some point I would probably use it too.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Each Day in Every Way We’re Getting Better … Or Are We? The Paradox of Progress

By Fr. Dwight Longenecker, The Stream – While our physical well being is improving, our spiritual life is declining. Statistics for religious commitment mirror the physical statistics, but in reverse. When we are healthy and wealthy, awareness of the eternal fades away. An increasing number of people simply conclude that they don’t need God… We should rejoice that our world is improving physically. But unless our physical wealth and health is matched with spiritual well being, there will continue to be an empty space beneath the outwardly abundant life we enjoy… At the heart of addiction and suicide is loneliness and despair. Wallets might be full, but hearts are empty…

Fr. Mike Schmitz: Catholic Teaching on IVF and Contraception Explained (Video)

By Fr. Mike Schmitz, Ascension Presents – For many people, the Catholic teaching on IVF (in vitro fertilization) and contraception is a hard one, but it is in concordance with the nature of things. The nature of a thing, as Fr. MIke puts it, is its “what-it’s-for-ness”. Sex is for procreation and the unity of the couple. Equally important is the fact that sex, not in vitro fertilization, is the natural way to bring forth a new life… Contraception and in vitro fertilization violate the nature of not only sex, but also the nature of the person and life itself…

The Equality Act, by David Carlin

By David Carlin, The Catholic Thing – On May 17, the U.S. House of Representatives passed, by vote of 236 to 173, a bill titled the Equality Act – one of the worst bills (in my humble opinion) ever to pass either house of Congress. All the NO votes came from Republicans. The YES votes came from 228 Democrats, plus five Republicans… The Equality Act, if it becomes law, will amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964. That famous law, promoted by President Lyndon Johnson and endorsed by Martin Luther King Jr., was mainly aimed at preventing discrimination based on race. Incidentally, however, it aimed at preventing discrimination based on sex.

SCOTUS Cases for Next Term: Religious Liberty, Guns and Possibly Abortion, by Rachel Alexander

By Rachel Alexander, The Stream – The Supreme Court is going on its regular summer break, but has already lined up a few cases to hear when it returns in the fall. And as usual, since the Supreme Court became America’s main legislator, the cases mean a lot for the future of our country… America’s founding fathers designed the Court as an umpire. Now it rules… The court will decide whether federal anti-discrimination law that bans discrimination based on sex also bans discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identification. The lower courts are split on this….

Financial Honesty in Marriage, by Dr. Peter Kleponis

By Dr. Peter Kleponis, Those Catholic Gentlemen – Tony and Laura are newlyweds who have been married just one year.  They came to my office visibly angry with each other.  Laura was angry because Tony had a secret credit card that he had been using to view pornography and attend strip clubs.  Tony was angry with Laura because she had amassed over $40,000 is student loan and credit card debt, which she didn’t reveal to him until after they were married.  Both felt deeply hurt and betrayed.

CNA: ‘If You Want to Be Happy for the Rest of Your Life’ – Study Finds Women of Faith Most Satisfied in Marriage

Catholic News Agency – A new study examining the correlation between religion and marital happiness found that women who are part of a highly religious, traditional couple are most likely to report being happy in marriage, as well as sexually satisfied in their relationship… In addition, a woman in a highly religious couple was most likely to report that she and her spouse share responsibility for important household decisions, rather than one spouse making all the family’s decisions.

Once Again, Melinda Gates is Wrong About Catholic Teaching

By Patti Armstrong, EWTN News – In 2017, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donated $375 million for population control to organizations providing contraceptives and abortions, and they also gave over $117 million previously… In a TIME article, Melinda said that because she grew up Catholic, she had to “wrestle” with the issue of contraception and “reflect about it deeply before I came out publicly.” She opted against supporting Church teaching because “no country has made it from middle income to high income in the last 50 years without going through the transition of having contraceptives widely available to people.” So, there you have it — a decision made 100% on money and 0% on theology.

The Equality Act Shows That State Persecution is Just Around the Corner, by C C Pecknold

By C C Pecknold, Catholic Herald – Last week the House Democrats passed the Equality Act, legislation which adds sexual orientation and gender identity to the definition of “sex” in federal civil rights laws… In the Democratic primary race, this legislation seems perfectly timed. Bernie Sanders congratulated House Representatives for voting “on the right side of history.” No longer would transgendered persons be denied their natural right to a gender-reveal cake. Joe Biden said that the Equality Act brings us “one step closer to righting this wrong.” Senator Kamala Harris has co-sponsored the Act in the Senate, saying that “progress can’t wait.”

Cardinal Cupich’s Cathedral Promotes Elton John Biopic ‘Rocketman’ Despite Gay Sex Scenes, by Martin M. Barillas

By Martin M. Barillas, LifeSiteNews – The parish bulletin of Holy Name Cathedral in the Chicago archdiocese advertised that a group of parishioners is getting together to watch the pornographic film Rocketman… Father Greg Sakowicz serves as rector of the cathedral, which is the see of Cardinal Blase Cupich. The bulletin of the parish he serves lists a number of different activities involving parishioners, including a Shabbat service at a Chicago synagogue, a book group, “Centering Prayer,” and an “Afternoon Movie Group.”

Coming Out of the Closet, by Austin Ruse

By Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine – Hats off to some of my friends from those olden days who knew me as a liberal and stayed my friend as I moved right; David LaGesse from high school and college who became a very successful journalist; Bobby Love, long ago managing editor of Rolling Stone, now running the AARP Magazine; and Scott Clarkson, a federal judge with whom I cut my political teeth in high school. All are on the left, and all remain good friends of mine… To all those who remain in the closet, to you, I say, come out.

Boys Will Be Boys — and Should Be — to Become True Men, by Anthony Esolen

By Anthony Esolen, Ph.D., National Catholic Register – Human nature has not changed. The nature of boys and men has not changed. Good teachers work with and not against the nature of their students. We Roman Catholics believe that such nature, though compromised by original sin, is God-ordained and good and that grace does not obliterate nature, but elevates it, purifies it of its dross and perfects it. That includes the nature of boys.

Bill Protecting Religious Freedom Nearing Law in Texas, by Jody Brown

By Jody Brown, OneNewsNow – Since March, lawmakers in Austin and legal groups have been grappling with the City of San Antonio’s refusal to allow Chick-fil-A to operate at the San Antonio Airport. Six members of the city council voted to strip the fast-food chain from a contract that includes other businesses set to operate at the airport, claiming it discriminates against same-sex “marriage” by donating to groups such as The Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Fr. Paul Sullins: It’s Time to Promote Good Social Science on Same-Sex Parenting

By Fr. Paul Sullins, Ph.D., Crisis Magazine – In our day, the alleged personal liberation of the sexual revolution is becoming progressively socialized in institutions and norms. As a result, we have moved beyond the cultural condition in which scientific research into the related social behaviors (hormonal contraceptive use, premarital sex, abortion, homosexual relations, gender transformation) is deployed for political ends, into a state in which the process of deciding scientific truth has itself become irretrievably politicized.

Father-Son Bond is ‘Civilization’s Keystone,’ Expert Says, by David Nussman

By David Nussman, Church Militant – Having a strong relationship between a father and son is essential to Christian civilization, says one family researcher… This was the thesis presented by Dr. Patrick F. Fagan on May 4 at the 2019 Family and Life Conference at St. George’s Cathedral in London… Fagan noted that Marxists and radical feminists in the 1960s set their sights on dismantling family life and “the patriarchy” by normalizing various sexual sins. This was done with the intention of weakening men’s moral fibers; but it has been devastating for women as well, Fagan argued.

Archives: Bishop Joseph E. Strickland: True Love and Christian Marriage

By Bishop Joseph E. Strickland, Catholic East Texas – In this issue of the Catholic East Texas Magazine, we turn our attention to topics that lie at the very core of what it means to be human. Life is the most foundational gift that our Lord gives us. New life comes to us in a beautiful way: “a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24). In the marital act, when the two become one flesh, this beautiful expression of love cooperates with the creative power of God to produce a new human being. The parents provide the genetic material, while our heavenly Father creates the immortal soul.

AP: House Democrats Approve Homosexual Rights Bill

Associated Press – Democrats in the House approved sweeping homosexual rights legislation Friday. The protections would extend to employment, housing, loan applications, education, public accommodations and other areas… Called the Equality Act, the bill is a top priority of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The vote was 236-173… The legislation’s chief sponsor, David Cicilline, who is homosexual, said it affirms fairness and equality as core American values… Most Republicans oppose the bill and call it another example of government overreach. Several GOP lawmakers spoke against it Friday on the House floor. President Donald Trump is widely expected to veto the legislation if it reaches his desk.

The Stay-At-Home Mom Wars and the Altar of GDP

Editorial, Washington Examiner – Only one third of all U.S. mothers say they prefer to work full time. Nearly half say they want to work part time, and 20% say they would prefer to be full-time stay-at-home mothers… On the whole, American moms want to stay home more with more kids… So, it’s very unfortunate that commentators, politicians, and economists are looking for ways to get women out of the home more, away from their kids more, and into paid labor more. These experts are elevating GDP over family and their own morality over women’s preferences.

Is Remarriage After Catholic Annulment Adultery? by Jenna McGuire

By Jenna McGuire, Human Life International – Annulment is not a “Catholic divorce.” The process should not be the first recourse if difficulties develop. Rather than seeking to dissolve a marriage, annulment is a process, governed by a tribunal, which takes the position after an extensive review that the marriage was never fully sacramentally valid. If it was not a valid marriage, the spouses are not bound to each other by a covenant with God. The Church may declare the marriage null, and both spouses are free to remarry.

LGBTQ: Forcing Us to Embrace Evil, Destructive Lies, by Lloyd Marcus

By Lloyd Marcus, American Thinker – Someone asked, “What is behind the LGBTQ agenda?”  The goal of LGBTQ enforcers is to forcibly normalize their lifestyle in the minds of the 97% of the population that is not LGBTQ.  This is why we are bombarded with the LGBTQ lifestyle inserted into everything.  Why are major corporations making the promotion of LGBTQ, which are less than 3% of the population, their top priority?

Maternal Wisdom From Mom-Saints: 3 Life Lessons From Heaven’s Mothers

By Claire Dwyer, EWTN News – Heaven is brimming with mothers — mothers who lived and loved and have some wisdom for all of us. In honor of Mother’s Day, here is a look at a few life lessons from holy women through the ages whose glorious titles include “mom” as well as “saint.”… St. Frances of Rome was a wife, mother, friend, prayer warrior, champion of the sick and poor, and founder of a religious community. Born in 1384, she wanted to be a nun, but her parents planned a marriage to a nobleman, the commander of the papal troops in Rome….

Trump Admin. Crackdown on Illegals’ Public Housing, by Michael F. Haverluck

By Michael F. Haverluck, OneNewsNow – The Trump administration is ramping up its war on illegal immigration by cracking down on federally subsidized housing that has been accessible to illegals – whose participation in the program has made it unavailable to needy United States citizens… A new “opportunity zones” program for American citizens has been introduced by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and it was devised to boost economic growth in distressed areas by making public housing available to qualified applicants.

The Irreplaceable Role of a Grandmother, by Melanie Jean Juneau

By Melanie Jean Juneau, Catholic Stand – While it’s true that children thrive when nurtured by their primary caretakers, attachments to grandparents enhance the process. By offering a helping hand in caring for the children, grandparents provide their adult children with much-needed support. Grandparents can be great role models, encouraging healthy development simply because they have the time and patience to spend playing, reading, and sharing family stories with their grandchildren.

The Brian Sims Incident Was About Dehumanizing Christians — Not Just Unborn Babies

By Tom Gilson, The Stream – The Brian Sims incident this week highlighted a strange contradiction I’m seeing more and more in leftists’ behavior. It ran completely against progressives’ own highly touted values of tolerance and understanding. How could anyone do that to a fellow human being?… The answer might be contained in the question. I’m not sure all progressives see conservatives, especially Christians, as fully human.

Those Unlikely Saints Among Us, by Clara Sarrocco

By Clara Sarrocco, Crisis Magazine – Jean Vanier founded L’Arche communities which are an alternative living environment for the mentally and physically disabled because he saw the suffering of the most vulnerable and saintly among us. His first community was in France and there are now 154 communities in 38 countries that form the network of L’Arche International.

Immoralists: The Example of Brian Sims, by Daniel J. Flynn

By Daniel J. Flynn, American Spectator – A man must be something of a moralist if he is to preach,” G.K. Chesterton observed, “even if he is to preach immorality.”… Brian Sims, a Pennsylvania state representative by profession and abortion counterprotester by avocation, embodies Chesterton’s quip… (Sims) aggressively hectored a woman who appeared to be praying the rosary outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic in his Pennsylvania district. On the uncomfortable eight-minute clip, Sims calls the silent protester “an old white lady” and announces, “If you know who this woman is and if you can give me her address, we’ll protest in front of her home. Let’s protest out in front of her house.”

Daily Signal: A Pediatrician Explains How ‘Dangerous’ Equality Act Would Force Doctors to ‘Do Harm’

By Katrina Trinko and Daniel Davis, Daily Signal – Doctors who are uncomfortable prescribing hormone treatments or doing gender reassignment surgeries could soon potentially be in violation of federal law, warns Dr. Michelle Cretella, a pediatrician and executive director of the American College of Pediatricians. And they’re not the only ones at risk: Parents, too, could find themselves unable to decide on their own child’s medical treatment.

The New Family Violence, by Douglas Farrow

By Douglas Farrow, First Things – Family violence can take many forms,” says Madam Justice Marzari of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, including “unreasonable restrictions or preventions of a family member’s personal autonomy.” To be more specific, “family violence” can now take the form of refusing to accept a family member’s chosen gender identity. Such is the violence inflicted on a fourteen-year-old girl (referred to as AB) who is determined to be a boy, by her father (dubbed CD), who insists she is no such thing.

Father Flanagan is an Intercessor for Our Times, by Patti Armstrong

By Patti Armstrong, National Catholic Register – I recently found a hero to help heal our cultural wounds. I am appealing to Father Edward Flanagan, the Irish American founder of Boys Town, to pray for us… With my Irish Catholic heritage, social work degree, and past experience running a group home for delinquent teenage boys, I should have made his acquaintance years ago… Although I had heard of him, I only came to know about him recently through a magazine article assignment and after reading his biography, Legacy of Devotion, written by 93-year-old Father Clifford Stevens, who lived at Boys Town while Father Flanagan was still there.

Homeless by Choice: The New Shift to Rejecting Ownership, by John Horvat II

By John Horvat II, CNSNews – (A) new class of homeless is now emerging. These individuals do not want a place to build their lives. They do not want roots, possessions or deep relationships. Their homelessness is by choice… These new “uber-homeless” have everything except things. They are generally young people who prefer not to own anything. They are increasingly relying upon the rental or sharing economy for all their immediate needs.

Bayou Priest Battles Human Trafficking, With Boost From Nuns

By Christopher White, Crux Now – Father Jeff Bayhi may be a Catholic priest running a house for victims of human trafficking, but he’s the first to admit that it’s women – not men – leading the fight… “The heroes in today’s Church for the fight against human trafficking are religious women. It’s not the bishops, it’s not the priests. It’s religious women. Period,” Bayhi told Crux during a Vatican conference on human trafficking earlier this month… Bayhi is a priest of the diocese of Baton Rouge in Louisiana where in the early 1980s he purchased a home hoping to turn it into a Catholic retreat center for young people… “Every young priest has a desire to change the next generation,” he said.

Sexual Liberty Over Religious Liberty? That’s Not ‘Equality’, by Chris Woodward

By Chris Woodward, OneNewsNow – A prominent pro-family organization is warning that legislation currently being pushed by congressional Democrats would “nationalize” Target’s dangerous bathroom/changing room policy… Target is on record as supporting The Equality Act (H.R.5), something the American Family Association (AFA) says is nothing more than a repackaged version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)… “This legislation has been driven for years by rabid homosexual activist groups like Human Rights Campaign and is specifically designed to place sexual liberty above religious liberty and the First Amendment,” AFA says in an Action Alert sent out Thursday.

Reversing the Baby Bust, by Charles F. Lehman

By Charles Fain Lehman, The American Conservative – Why is it so hard to raise kids in America today? We keep choosing to have fewer and fewer [1] of them—less than 1.8 per woman, down from 2.5 or so in the 1970s. Studies persistently find [2] that parents are less happy than non-parents. The costs can’t help—raising a kid to age 18 will now run you more than $230,000… Indeed, in a world after Donald Trump’s brand of blue-collar populism shook the nation, conservatives are now beginning to ask themselves: how might we build a more pro-family state?

Fr. Matthew Schneider: We Must Explain Why Contraception is Wrong

By Fr. Matthew Schneider, EWTN News – I want to summarize three arguments that contraception is wrong: all are paraphrased from Humanae Vitae: A Generation Later by Janet Smith… We know that the body speaks a language. In sex, it speaks a language of gift, of self-giving… Contraception, instead, says that this person is taking back self-giving to just use the other for pleasure. Contraception destroys the marital language of mutual self-giving. Such a destruction of the language of marriage is immoral.

Effective Evangelization Starts With the Family, by Greg Schlueter

By Greg Schlueter, Catholic Exchange – Here’s the thing. When we encounter Jesus Christ, if we’ve really encountered Jesus Christ, we can not help but be transformed. We can’t help but to surrender lesser things for greater. We can’t help but cultivate those seeds in our souls and homes. Not simply in moments, or as a program, but as a way of life. Without doing this, the many, awesome programs are really no more than another spiritual roller coaster. Our faith, an amusement park.

REUTERS: Study: Kids’ Suicides Spiked After Netflix’s ’13 Reasons’

Reuters – Suicides among U.S. kids aged 10 to 17 jumped to a 19-year high in the month following the release of a popular TV series that depicted a girl ending her life, researchers said… The study published Monday can’t prove that the Netflix show “13 Reasons Why” was the cause, but there were 195 more youth suicides than would have been expected in the nine months following the show’s March 2017 release, given historical and seasonal suicide trends, the study estimated.

Social Conservatives Need to Get to Work, Not Give Up, by Jennifer Roback Morse

By Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., The Stream – Peter Wolfgang’s cry from the heart got to me, I have to admit. His recent Stream piece “George Weigel, John Paul II, and What We Need Now” moved me… The Conservative-Christian-Catholic hopefulness, even triumphalism, expressed by George Weigel and the late Michael Novak and Richard John Neuhaus, in the 1990’s has evaporated. Couched as a critique of these famous “neo-cons,” Wolfgang’s real point was “Man, we’ve got a mess on our hands. None of our Smart Guys has a clue what to do.”.. I sympathize. I’ve been thinking about it too. I do have a plan. It goes like this.

Adopting Inclusion for Families of Faith, by Tony Perkins

By Tony Perkins, The Stream – Religious Freedom isn’t a “fringe” issue — but try convincing NBC. The outlet’s latest puff piece on LGBT parents is a typical one-sided angle on adoption — but maybe that’s the scary part. Because for all the attention they seem to give it, there’s always one theme that seems to be missing: the children… There aren’t many issues more crystallizing about the LGBT movement than its adoption crusade. Like so much of their agenda, it exposes just how self-centered their priorities are.

Kids Aren’t Born Trans, by Walt Heyer

By Walt Heyer, CNSNews – People who pursue a cross-sex identity aren’t born that way, and children should not be encouraged to “transition” to the opposite sex, according to a reference work endorsed by the American Psychological Association… Yet every day I hear from another parent who tells me that a child’s therapist, after an appointment or two, strongly recommends that the parent allow the child to change his or her name and personal pronouns, live as the opposite sex, and get on the track toward irreversible medical interventions.

Police Can’t Make Up for Absent Fathers, by Walter E. Williams

By Walter E. Williams, The Daily Signal – Sometimes, during my drive to work, I listen to Clarence Maurice Mitchell IV, host of the Baltimore’s WBAL “C4” radio show… Mitchell was formerly a member of Maryland’s House of Delegates and its Senate. In recent weeks, Mitchell has been talking about the terrible crime situation in Baltimore… In 2018, there were 308 homicides. So far this year, there have been 69. That’s in a 2018 population of 611,648—down from nearly a million in 1950.

Redefining Marriage Kills Joy of Wedding – And Honeymoon, by John Stonestreet

By John Stonestreet, CNSNews – When Sarah and I got married, if I remember correctly, I think we stuck around the wedding reception maybe for a grand total of about 45 minutes. Not to put too fine a point on it, we had other places to be. The anticipation of a wedding is more than just a passing element of the joy and mystery of marriage. It’s why people laugh and throw rice at couples as they run for the getaway car. It’s why we celebrate in the first place….

Five Steps to Begin Overcoming Bitterness, by Dr. Gregory Popcak

By Dr. Gregory Popcak, Catholic Exchange – No one wants to be bitter. It sneaks up on us. Bitterness is unforgiveness fermented. The more we hold onto past hurts the more we become drunk on our pain and the experience can rob us of the joy we can find in anything. Bitterness occurs when we feel someone has taken something from us that we are powerless to get back. We hold on to the hurt in an attempt to remind ourselves and others of the injustice we’ve experienced in the hopes that someone will save us and restore what we’ve lost.

A New Kind of Porn Addiction for Teens, by Dr. Peter Kleponis

By Dr. Peter Kleponis, | Those Catholic Men – Bill and Sandy came to my office with their son Kevin, age 15.  Kevin was addicted to Internet pornography.  He had been viewing it daily on his smartphone for over four years.  Along with viewing pornography, Kevin was masturbating daily.  The first time Bill and Sandy caught Kevin, they believed it was just an adolescent phase and that he would grow out of it.  They placed parental controls on his phone and discussed the dangers of pornography with Kevin.  They thought that would solve the problem.

Catholics Bring Pro-Life Voices to the UN Commission for Women, by Courtney Grogan

By Courtney Grogan, CNA – As participants in the UN Commission for Women’s annual gathering advocated for increased international access to abortion, side events hosted by the Vatican and other Catholic groups presented a pro-life perspective on women’s empowerment at the UN… The ten-day international meeting in New York March 11-22 included debate as to whether this year’s final document will include “universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights,” as a part of the commission’s “agreed conclusions,” as it did last year.

2 of 3 Pastors: Schools a ‘Negative Influence’ on Spirituality, by Michael F. Haverluck

By Michael F. Haverluck, OneNewsNow – A nationwide study shows that approximately two out of three Protestant pastors believe that schools are detrimentally affecting the spiritual development of students… Even though parents and the church are perceived as the primary sources from which youth build their faith, they are quite cognizant of the destructive influence school culture has on their faith….

Family Leave and the Federal Government, by Brian Mark Weber

By Brian Mark Weber, The Patriot Post – For decades, conservative politicians have talked a good game about limiting the scope and power of the federal government, reducing entitlements, and fostering a sense of self-reliance. Yet they’ve offered little to back up the political rhetoric and, consequently, the Left has run the table on a range of issues by giving the people feel-good government programs.

Gratitude, Sacrifice and Hope, by Kathryn J. Lopez

By Kathryn Jean Lopez, The Stream – His birth mother continued: “The reason I am going into all of this is because I want you to try to love him without any reservation. You see, he has my love, but he won’t know that firsthand. I have had to trust many people in this past year that I never would have met if not for my pregnancy, and though I am a trusting person, this is different. This tiny life was in my care until just over two months ago. Now he is with people I don’t even know. The separation is difficult, but the worry is worse. I am trusting him to you…..

Pope Francis’s Socialist Agenda, by William Kilpatrick

By William Kilpatrick, Crisis Magazine – This reminded me for the umpteenth time that the pope has far more radical ideas than most people realize. Like Bernie Sanders, the pope is a socialist. He has had many unkind words about capitalism (“the dung of the devil”)… Like Sanders, his ideas about economics were shaped by Marxist thinkers and activists… Meanwhile, as the Democratic Party becomes more like a church, the Church, under Francis, is becoming more like a leftist political party… Francis’s increasingly “humanistic” Church seems less concerned with the salvation of souls and more concerned with the creation of an egalitarian utopian society here on earth.

Storytelling and How We Learn, by Chad Chisholm

By Chad Chisholm, The Imaginative Conservative – Stories convey wisdom about ourselves, our culture, and human nature. The existence of Bigfoot or the Abominable Snowman is more believable than the existence of a civilized people who have no need of poets or sages… Whatever I teach, I teach storytelling because it is an expression of human creativity that provides perspective. Stories help us understand our world by showing us that random events surrounding our lives only seem random, but are in fact connected.

The Continued Resilience of Quiet America, by Victor Davis Hanson

By Victor Davis Hanson, Townhall – America is such a huge and diverse country, and so abundantly endowed with natural and human resources, that it is capable of achieving unprecedented scientific, economic and technological breakthroughs even as its social fabric is tearing apart… Or, put another way, while the media highlights crime, protests, grievances and civil disorder, a majority of Americans still go to work unbothered each day… And in a rare society with a free market, constitutional government and individual freedom, people continue to do amazing things even amid the utter chaos around them.

‘A Win for Freedom’: Colorado Drops Second Case Against Christian Baker, by Fred Lucas

By Fred Lucas, Daily Signal – Colorado baker Jack Phillips is 2-0 now after state officials dropped their second attempt to coerce him into baking products that violate his beliefs… Phillips, in turn, dropped a federal lawsuit… “I have and will always serve everyone who comes into my shop; I simply can’t celebrate events or express messages that conflict with my religious beliefs,” Phillips said in a statement Tuesday.

Birth Control a “Good” Alternative to Abortion? No Way…

By Vincent Weaver, EWTN News – So, if we say birth control is the answer to avoiding the consequence of abortion, we’re saying people aren’t capable of self-mastery. We’re saying they are simply animals who cannot control their urges. We’re saying they really don’t have dignity and should not be expected to avoid any temptations that come their way. None. “Choices” are actually just an illusion.

Are Those Who Experience Same-Sex Attraction Prone to Abuse? by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – Contempt for chastity makes sexual abuse pandemic for the simple reason that, in matters of sexual temptation, it is precisely the virtue of chastity which provides the remedy. Extending beyond our personal struggles, chastity also becomes an important element in the glue that holds entire societies together, which enables men and women to form cohesive cultures oriented toward the good, and which empowers citizens to make virtuous laws……

Children Don’t Need ‘Day Care For All,’ They Need Their Mothers, by Joy Pullmann

By Joy Pullmann, The Federalist – Democrats aim to nationalize not only the economy, but also families. Presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris have both publicly endorsed socialized child care… Warren’s plan is supposedly funded by (what else) wealth confiscation — but only from “the rich,” so don’t worry, everybody. It’s okay to use government force to take money from people who have more than you and use it to employ people.

OneNewsNow: Corporate Attack on Traditional Marriage ‘More Like a Betrayal’

Walmart has launched a “gay dating” video as part of an advertising campaign – a corporate move that the American Family Association says likely has Walmart founder Sam Walton “rolling over in his grave.”… The retail giant has posted an online video that normalizes homosexual relationships. The video – posted on Facebook – is part of an ad campaign called “Love is in the aisle: A dating show at Walmart.” The ad features “Pat” and “Andy,” two homosexual men on a “blind date” as they meet at the store, embrace, and then shop together…

A Mother Raising Boys Speaks Out, by Randall Smith

By Randall Smith, The Catholic Thing – “Where would a young adult male go today,” my friend wanted to know, “to find an adult to hang out with so he could mature? Who in public life seems like an adult by your lights? I would pit any of my three sons, including the 22-year-old socialist and the 15-year-old baby of the family who has a lot of growing up to do, against virtually ANY teacher they have encountered in grammar or high school for Christian virtue and manliness.”

Give Up this Bad Relationship Habit For Lent, Dr. Gregory Popcak

By Dr. Gregory Popcak, Catholic Exchange – If you’re looking for something a little different I have a small suggestion that will not only be a great spiritual exercise, it will also improve your marriage 100 fold.  What is it?  This Lent, I suggest that you give up loving your comfort zone more than you love your spouse… A “comfort zone” represents a person’s preferred ways of being and acting.  My comfort zone keeps me on familiar ground and helps me feel safe.  This isn’t a bad thing by itself.

Sacrifice of Children to Weather Gods … and Democrats?, by Marina Medvin

By Marina Medvin, TownHall – The idea that we should sacrifice children for improved weather is nothing new. Before the advent of abortion, ancient Mesoamericans would savagely sacrifice their young children in the belief that the killings would appease the weather gods. Aztecs, Mayans, and Incas all sacrificed children throughout Mexico, Peru and Columbia. These civilizations believed that the barbaric executions would result in weather change.

Glorious Chastity: Offering Children the Safest Place in a Devastated World

By Stacy Trasancos, EWTN News – Once I understood the bigger supernatural picture, I understood that the real goal of parenting is to lead children to heaven, which can be difficult. On one hand, we teach children to use their God-given intellect and think for themselves. We dive right into the hardest questions about life, death and humanity. On the other hand, children raised to think will do just that. Children also have free will, which means they will try to think things through for themselves and push the boundaries.

WOW! A Touching Story From Russia (Video)

By Marcus Roberts, Mercatornet – The video below from Radio Free Europe tells of a school in the village of Shapy, in the Smolensk region of western Russia. It was on the brink of closing a dozen years ago owing to the shortage of students. Then three teachers adopted five children, and the rest of the village has followed their example. Now, over 70 children have been adopted and the school is flourishing.

US Catholic Women Speak Out Before Vatican Summit, by Patti Armstrong

By Patti Armstrong, National Catholic Register – When bishops gather for the summit in Rome this week to address clerical sex abuse, they will have the perspective of thousands of U.S. Catholic women. The Catholic Women’s Forum (CWF) sent three documents to Pope Francis, all the archbishops and bishops throughout the United States, and other key participants, to help in their efforts to restore the Church’s credibility and promote healing.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Contraception and Consumerism vs. the Cross

By Fr. Dwight Longenecker, EWTN – Everything is connected, and it may sound absurd to link contraception with economics, but think about it: History will look back and decide that artificial contraception was the most radical invention ever devised by mankind. When the link between the sexual act and procreation was broken it not only changed our sexual behavior, it changed everything… Most importantly, it changed the way we think about ourselves and our actions…

How to Spread the Love this Valentine’s Day (Video)

By Jackie and Bobby, Ascension Presents – Jackie and Bobby offer some suggestions on how to spend Valentine’s Day in a Catholic way, whether you’re single, dating, religious, or married… This day is a great opportunity to do a service project, go to adoration, or visit someone who is lonely. You can even do what Jackie and Bobby do and host a game night… The important thing to remember, though, is that this day is about a saint and martyr who was imprisoned and beheaded for his love of Christ; and so the true meaning of Valentine’s Day is to give ourselves to others—whether that be our spouse or a stranger—in a selfless way.

Toxic Femininity, by Randall Smith

By Randall Smith, The Catholic Thing – We, especially from the 1950s on, have… We created “adolescence,” an absolutely absurd construction of a developmental stage where emerging adults are given all the freedoms of adulthood and none of the responsibilities. And we’re surprised when problems arise?… Instead of doing what wise cultures do, which is to take “young adults” and make sure they spend their time with actual adults so that they can learn the disciplines and virtues they need to take on adult responsibilities and manage adult freedom, we have our young adults spend all their time with other young adults, who are mostly as clueless as they are, doing mostly childish things.

CNA: Mentors Are Key in Program to Get Civilly Married Couples Back to Church

By Mary Rezac, Catholic News Agency – Mary Rose was humbled… “On my end, working with this couple, I thought I was going to teach and I was going to form, and Ryan and I thought we were going to give everything to them… But when we started listening to them and the husband’s experience of getting to know Jesus at a bible study while he was in jail, and the relationship he had with Jesus, and how he wanted to make things right with God, and how he wanted to have a marriage in the Church and he wanted Jesus to be part of their marriage, it was very humbling…and it really changed the way Ryan and I lived our ministry and lived our faith and lived our marriage.”

Netflix Show ‘Sex Education’ – A New Low for Teen-Geared Shows, by Tina Griffin

By Tina Griffin, CNSNews – Over the last decade, I’ve noticed more and more sex glamorized in teen-geared shows, but Netflix reached a new low with their newly released “Sex Education” TV series. In the last 2 years, Netflix has pumped out many graphic original series like “13 Reasons Why,” which glamorizes suicide and has been linked to several teen deaths.

Bob Kellogg: Pro-LGBT Curriculum Aims to Replace Parents’ Role in Sex Ed

By Bob Kellogg, OneNewsNow – Despite the loud vocal opposition at a hearing in Denver, a controversial sex education bill continues to make its way through various committees of the Colorado state government… According to Denver7, House Bill 19-1032 would add more “human sexuality” curriculum on topics such as consent, birth control, abstinence, STD prevention, LGBTQ inclusion, and healthy relationships. Described as “a serious overreach” by opponents but as “age-appropriate … information” by supporters, a summary of the bill says it…..

Glenn T. Stanton: Manhood Is Not Natural

By Glenn T. Stanton, Public Discourse – Manhood is not natural, but it is essential. No society can endure if it does not harness male sexual energy and teach men to take care of the children they father and the women who bear them… Few would disagree that manhood is in crisis today.  Men are falling behind women in important measures of personal and social well-being.  This is well-documented in books such as Hannah Rosin’s bluntly titled The End of Men.  In deeply consequential ways, they have become the weaker sex….

Tony Perkins: Where Are the Self-Proclaimed ‘Human Rights Advocates’ When It Comes to Late-Term Abortions

By Tony Perkins, CNSNews – For 40 years, America has had one of the most extreme abortion laws on the planet. Babies in the womb — boys and girls, unwanted by their families, rejected as members of the human family, have been deprived of their human rights and legal protection until the moment of birth, thanks to the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling in 1973. But rarely has there been the collective outrage we now see against the New York legislature and its governor, Andrew Cuomo.

Mary Rezac: After 25 Years, What JP2’s Letter to Families Can Teach Today’s World

By Mary Rezac, Catholic News Agency – When the Communist Party ruled Poland, family’s work and school schedules were arranged in such a way that they spent as little time together as possible. The state, and not the family, was, according to the government, the ultimate good and end of society… “So he was in this battle for family life very directly in Communist Poland,” he said of Wojtyla… Much of what Wojtyla came to know about the sanctity and importance of marriage and family life can be found in his 1994 “Letter to Families.”

Michael F. Haverluck: Texas Transgender Bills to ‘Ban Christianity’ in Texas?

By Michael F. Haverluck, OneNewsNow – The magnitude of the latest wave of pro-LGBTQ legislation is so severe that one conservative columnist argues that the left is attempting “to ban Christianity in Texas.”… While LGBTQ activists across the Lone Star State are confident that the upcoming state bills will enhance the so-called “gay rights” of Texans, many conservative pastors in the state are fearful that the proposed laws… will diminish their right to express their faith.

Bishop Olmsted: ‘The Vocation to Family Life Is Beautiful and Noble’

By Claire Dwyer, EWTN News – On the feast of the Holy Family, Dec. 30, 2018, Bishop Thomas Olmsted of the Diocese of Phoenix promulgated a new apostolic exhortation entitled “Complete My Joy.” Although addressed to the people of his diocese in honor of its 50th anniversary, it is of universal significance and great value to all who are striving to understand and live the call to holiness within marriage and family life.

Leadership is Love

By Matthew Pride, The Catholic Gentleman – Modern love is a weak love… Our society associates love more closely with sex than with leadership. The evidence of this is very clear… How we arrived here requires an understanding of deontological rationalism, the resultant tyranny of moral relativism, and the triumphant antagonism of those who championed a sexual revolution in the 1960s and 1970s. However, the point of this reflection is to derive one conclusion – “Leadership is love” – as shown by four logical arguments.

Mikki Sciba: Teaching Children Moral Excellence

By Mikki Sciba, St. Philip Institute of Catechesis and Evangelization – God calls us to know him, to love him and to serve him in this life so we can enjoy happiness with him in heaven for all of eternity. No greater happiness exists than this. So this means that there is no greater or more important task for parents than teaching our children the truths of our faith and raising them to be saints!

Mary Shivanandan: Why Are There Sex Hormones in the Water? (A book review)

By Mary Shivanandan, Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family – Perhaps our society is not ready for the message that various estrogen products, not least the artificial estrogens used in hormonal birth control, are not filtered from the water we drink. Like secondhand smoke, they contribute to obesity, depression, cancer and infertility for all of us, not only in this generation, but in generations to come.

David Carlin: Silencing Catholic Speech

By David Carlin, The Catholic Thing – In the United States, in recent decades, this campaign against homophobic hate speech has been very effective. Almost never nowadays does anybody dare to utter a public word of disapproval against homosexuality… What about the Catholic Church? Has the homosexualist campaign against “hate speech” had the effect of silencing the Church, of preventing it from communicating its ancient teaching that homosexual sodomy is sinful?

How the Corporate Pill Pushers Started the Opioid Crisis

By Brian Saady, The American Conservative – A federal judge has ruled that a massive lawsuit that blames drug manufacturers, distributors, and pharmacies for the American opioid epidemic will proceed to trial… “It is accurate to describe the opioid epidemic as a man-made plague, twenty years in the making. The pain, death, and heartache it has wrought cannot be overstated,” blasted U.S. District Judge Dan Polster… Take Purdue Pharma, the first manufacturer of OxyContin and the most high-profile defendant in this case. The company has reportedly made $35 billion from the sale of OxyContin since its introduction in 1995… that sold the painkiller as a pill to “start with and to stay with” that was “virtually non-addictive. [1]”

Why Catholic Millennials Need These Four Urgent Life Skills, by John Horvat II

By John Horvat II. Crisis Magazine – Many complain that young people are not getting the basic life skills so needed to survive in the world. Parents and schools no longer teach skills like cooking, laundry, budgeting, or car repair as in times past… At the same time, our culture encourages young people to extend their adolescence well into their twenties. They postpone future responsibilities indefinitely as seen in a third of young adults between 18 and 34 that now rely upon their parents for room, board or financial support.

Matt Vespa: This Company Just Took Gillette’s Nonsense Toxic Masculinity Ad Campaign To The Woodshed–“What is a Man”?

By Matt Vespa, TownHall – Well, the Egard Watch Company decided to take on this PC trash, producing an ad of their own, saying they already see the good in men while torching the myth of male privilege and toxic masculinity. Prior to the declaration that they see the good in men, they note that men account for the vast majority of suicides (80 percent), those who are single and homeless (75 percent), homicide victims (79 percent), and workplace fatalities (93 percent).

Strengthening the Family Through the Sacred Heart

By Emily Jaminet, National Catholic Register – As Father Mateo Crawley-Boevey, of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, explained in 1907, “The enthronement is the official and social recognition of the rule of the Sacred Heart of Jesus over the Christian family, a recognition affirmed, outwardly expressed and made permanent by the solemn installation of the image of the divine Heart in a conspicuous place in the home and by the Act of Consecration.”

What Catholics Can Learn From ‘Tidying Up with Marie Kondo’– “Does it Spark Joy?”

By Michelle La Rosa, CNA – Catholics seeking to implement Kondo’s methods may notice that some of her practices display a sense of animism, the idea that inanimate objects have spirits… While Catholics should not take part in practices that do not align with the Catholic faith, this does not mean they need to reject the KonMari Method of tidying altogether, Rapp said. Catholicism has long understood how to embrace what is good in other cultures, without accepting ideas that are problematic.

Kevin Jones: Small, Well-Funded LGBT Group to Challenge Catholic Teaching at World Youth Day

By Kevin Jones, CNA – A U.S.-based coalition of dissenting Catholics, whose backers include wealthy non-Catholic funders, is sending a small group of LGBT activists to World Youth Day in Panama to engage with media and pilgrims and to challenge Catholic teaching and practice they say is “harmful.”

Hope is Enough: TLC’s Rattled Stars on Trusting God and the Miracle of Family

By Kathryn Jean Lopez, The Stream – “We were trying to have a baby. We thought the next big call we would be making to our family was that I was pregnant, and instead we’re calling them saying I have breast cancer.”.. Aly Taylor was only 24 when she was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer. “We were living a normal life,” said Josh. “I was building houses, Aly’s in school. … We were just kids. And then this happens.” For the first two months after the diagnosis, he felt like he was drowning. It was all about surviving each moment.

Bishop Olmsted: ‘The Vocation to Family Life Is Beautiful and Noble’

By Claire Dwyer, National Catholic Register – On the feast of the Holy Family, Dec. 30, 2018, Bishop Thomas Olmsted of the Diocese of Phoenix promulgated a new apostolic exhortation entitled “Complete My Joy.”… Bishop Olmsted is candid about the current challenges faced by families; he urges them to remain strong even in the midst of the current culture, which is so often opposed to authentic family life. He quotes Servant of God Sister Lucia of Fatima, who wrote that “the final battle between the Lord and the kingdom of Satan will be about marriage and the family.”

LifeSiteNews: Priest Gives Pulpit to Homosexual Partners to Share ‘Witness’ Story Prior to Sunday Mass

LifeSiteNews staff – Archbishop Bernard Hebda told LifeSiteNews via email… “I am deeply concerned that the presentation would have incorrectly suggested to those in attendance that the Catholic Church approves of same-sex marriage, in vitro fertilization, or surrogacy,”… Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, the Church teaches that homosexual acts are “acts of grave depravity” and are “intrinsically disordered” since they are “contrary to the natural law” in that they “close the sexual act to the gift of life.”.. “Under no circumstances can they be approved,” states the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Bruce Walker: US Birthrate Falls to Drastic Lows

By Bruce Walker, Church Militant – Total fertility rates have decreased significantly over the past 60 years. According to a report by John Binder, “Between 1955 to 1960, the U.S. birth rate peaked with nearly 3.6 children being born per woman. Demographers predict, based on current trends, for the U.S. birth rate to remain below replacement level into the year 2100.”… Beyond specific Catholic doctrine against abortion and contraception, the decrease in total fertility rates as a result of both poses serious financial concerns from a strictly utilitarian point of view.

Jennifer Hartline: Where Did All the Fathers Go?

By Jennifer Hartline, The Stream – Since the disgusting revelations of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s predatory behavior exploded last summer, followed by the wholly unbearable grand jury report from Pennsylvania, I have seen it argued that we Catholics must remember that we see things differently now when it comes to sexual abuse. It was a whole ‘nother ballgame decades ago because they just didn’t know then what we know now.

#Knights4Life: 7 Ways the Knights of Columbus Amazingly Defend Life at Every Stage

By Andy Fowler, ChurchPop – Like other Catholic organizations, the Knights of Columbus defends life in its various stages from conception to natural death… The Knights do so through a variety of unique initiatives, including: 1) The Knights of Columbus was founded to care for widows and orphans… The needs of suffering immigrants and families inspired Father Michael J. McGivney to establish the Knights as a fraternal benefit society and this mission remains to this day.

Louis DeBroux: The Consequences of Falling Fertility Rates

By Louis DeBroux, Patriot Post – In addition to the progressive cultural shift that has placed a lower priority upon marriage, other barriers have impeded marriage and family creation, including prohibitive levels of student-loan debt, decreasing levels of home ownership due to rising costs, an extended adolescence as younger men and women spend longer in college, rising childcare costs resulting in part from a decline in the support of extended families, and a self-centered mindset that places personal… well above the thought of sacrificing in order to create, raise, and provide for a family.

Catholic Relief Services: Immigration Action Must Consider Root Causes

By Michelle La Rosa, CNA/EWTN News – In the ongoing discussions surrounding immigration, part of the solution must involve looking at the factors that drive people to leave their homes in the first place, said the vice president of an international Catholic aid group… “What we would like is more attention to addressing why people flee,” said Bill O’Keefe, vice president for government relations and advocacy for Catholic Relief Services…

Dear Gillette: Ads About ‘Toxic Masculinity’ Won’t Get Men to Buy Your Blades, or Be Better Men

By Jarrett Stepman, Daily Signal – As for the larger cultural debate, it’s silly to portray masculinity as mere fighting, bullying, and chauvinism that can only be cured by feminist harping. That sets up a straw man that doesn’t comport with reality… Yes, masculinity is prone to its own pathologies, but that doesn’t mean there’s no such thing as true, good masculinity that is worth preserving.

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: Putting the Family First

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – A pair of conservative authors writing in The Atlantic this week have highlighted the stark marriage statistics in middle-class America. “[D]ramatic increases in nonmarital childbearing, divorce, and family instability among the working class mean that only about 55 percent of children with working-class mothers will reach age 14 in a home headed by two biological parents,” they noted. Meanwhile, “only minorities of poor adults (26 percent) and working-class adults (39 percent) ages 18 to 55 are married.”

Who Would Have Known…?

By Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine – A few days ago, the Nashua Public Library hosted a Drag Queen Teen Time, starring soi-disant Monique Toosoon, a gay man whom the once-conservative Manchester Union Leader, in a short puff-piece, denominated as “she.” Over 130 people attended, mostly women and teenagers.

Fr. Justin Braun: Five Tips for Youth Ministry

By Fr. Justin Braun, St. Philip Institute of Catechesis and Evangelization – We are not just fighting DeLubac’s four horsemen of atheism, nor are we merely confronting strict scientism in the post-Christian era, but we are also dealing with the dire consequences of moral relativism and selfishness that justifies any sin according to the individual’s perception of good and evil (The Drama of Atheist Humanism, Henri DeLubac)… Frankly friends, this is a battle for the soul of our children that I do not take lightly…

JP Nunez: What the Bible Says About Contraception

By JP Nunez, Catholic Exchange – When we Catholics defend our Church’s teaching about contraception, we almost always use philosophical arguments that appeal to the natural law without relying on God or revelation. These kinds of arguments are great, as they can appeal to people of any faith (or even no faith), but there is another approach we can take as well, one that is particularly helpful when discussing the issue with other Christians…

John Horvat II: Why Catholic Millennials Need These Four Urgent Life Skills

By John Horvat II, Crisis Magazine – As one who has worked with and taught young people, I think we need to be careful about writing them all off as melting snowflakes or incurable cell phone addicts. Not all millennials are equally in need of adulting. Some have developed good work ethics and practical skills from heroic parents… What I see in the young generation is not something new, but a logical consequence of defects from prior generations, starting with my own boomer generation…

Bradley Eli: Normalizing Pedophilia: The Final Stage of Moral Collapse

By Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th., Church Militant – When the U.S. Supreme Court legalized so-called same-sex marriage in 2015, the concern was that the legalization of pedophilia would soon follow. This concern is fast becoming reality with forces working overtime to label pedophilia as just another sexual orientation…

State Lawmakers Forcing Pro-LGBTQ Material on Schools

By Bob Kellogg, OneNewsNow – New Jersey could soon become the second state requiring public schools to include in their curricula the societal contributions of LGBTQ individuals… 2012, California became the first state mandating that public schools recognize the contributions of homosexuals. New Jersey could be next if Governor Phil Murphy signs into law a bill requiring school districts include instruction on the contributions of people with disabilities and those in the LGBTQ community.

Why Homeschoolers Make Great Entrepreneurs

By Andreas Widmer, The Stream – I’ve noticed over the years that homeschoolers make up many of my most talented entrepreneurship students. I’ve worked with entrepreneurs for over thirty years in many countries worldwide. Each is unique in background and focus. However, they have some things in common… They’re driven by curiosity and love to learn. They pursue what interests them.

Bill Bumpas: Money-Hungry Netflix Blind to Its Own ‘Hypocrisy’

By Bill Bumpas, OneNewsNow – The streaming giant Netflix needs to remove its own blindfold before warning the public about the “Bird Box Challenge,” say two pro-family groups… The warning to the public didn’t go unnoticed by the Parents Television Council and the American Family Association. Both organizations have been urging Netflix to yank “13 Reasons Why”

Staver: LGBT ‘Rights’ Sneakily Added to Anti-Lynching Bill

By Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow – A constitutional law expert is asking Congress to block the latest attempt to force the LGBT agenda on the country… The Justice for Victims of Lynching Act passed unanimously in the U.S. Senate but Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver says it passed without some senators realizing an amendment was added providing special rights for homosexuals and transgenders.

Msgr. Charles Pope: The Pain of Divorce and Remarriage in a Beer Commercial?

By Msgr. Charles Pope – The Heineken Beer holiday commercial below “taps” into a sad reality for many families: divorce and “remarriage.”… In these situations, most of the focus is on the happiness of the couple, with little to no attention paid to the effects on the children involved. For children, it typically means being shuttled between two different “homes” on a regular basis. They also must endure the pain and awkwardness of seeing their parents dating and possibly “marrying” others. As their parents set down the cross in order to pursue “personal happiness,” the children must shoulder it.

Men, It’s Time to Do Something

By Austin Roscoe, The Stream – God made men as a powerful force to protect and provide. Sin took those strengths and abused them… In response, our society is reeling against males and against masculinity. But healthy masculinity is precisely what our nation needs. Convincing the culture of that is a tall order and there’s a rocky road to get there. But, men, we were literally designed to meet this challenge. And it starts with us in our homes, workplaces and communities… Whenever we need to know the Godly masculine response to a situation, we consult our perfect example: Jesus…

Our World is Changing Too Fast, But … by Rob Schwarzwalder

By Rob Schwarzwalder, The Stream – For example, human knowledge increases at an incredible rate… While most of this knowledge is pretty technical, some of it is revolutionary. Consider such things as human gene editing, artificial intelligence, alternative currencies, printing metal from a copying machine, quantum computing — these are but a few of the things coming down the pike. And most of them could turn out bad… Some of these things are scary. Like “designer babies” and human-like robots.

2019: The Beginning of the End for the Transgender Movement

By Tom Gilson, The Stream – The ground is shaky under the feet of the current homosexual insurgency — especially on the transgender side of the movement… Trans activism, which roared up out of the true nowhere of biology-denying illusion only three to five years ago, is about to see the beginning of its own end… The Boy Scouts are harbingers of what’s to come, just as they were early in the gay activist movement.

Merry Christmas, Catholic Girl, A short story by Beverly Stevens

By Beverly Stevens, Regina Magazine – Four Christmases ago, my so-called husband left me with a broken-down house, a five year old Chevy van, a basement full of water and an utterly empty bank account. Plus a frightened seven year old, and a very angry teenaged girl… When he threatened us, I made several trips to the police station to beg for help. Finally, one cop took pity on my terror. He solemnly advised me to change our locks and to keep the outside lights on… Also, never, ever, to let my ex back in the house.

How Charles Dickens Accidentally Revived Christmas, What Tiny Tim Really Taught Us

By Michael Durnan, Regina Magazine – Charles Dickens (was) a young writer whose burning ambition is to strike a “sledgehammer blow” for the poor… “As A Christmas Carol’s impact spread, Christmas charities grew and expanded. The book’s good influence was immense… A Christmas Carol still echoes down the ages, reminding us of what the true meaning and spirit of Christmas should be.”

Back to Basics in “Made This Way”, by Dr. Hilary Towers

Dr. Hilary Towers, The Catholic Thing – To many Catholics today, the idea of attempting to articulate what we believe on matters of sexuality to a culture that (perhaps rightly) views us with suspicion and hostility is daunting… And yet for those who are convinced that a sexual worldview based in principles of natural law leads to flourishing, silence – especially when it comes to matters affecting our children – is no longer an option.

Get Out Now: The Compelling Case Against Public Schools

By Jim Russell, Crisis Magazine – In the effort to accommodate an ever-widening liberal cultural agenda that is literally stealing away the integrity of our kids’ intellects and wills, public schools of every kind across our nation are willingly sacrificing our children on the altar of evil agendas that should be denounced rather than protected.

Judge Stops City From Forcing LGBT Agenda on Churches, by Michael F. Haverluck

By Michael F. Haverluck, OneNewsNow – A judge slapped down an attempt by a Wisconsin city to force churches and other religious organizations to abide by and conform to its pro-LGBT agenda – including gender-identity and sexual orientation dictates… “The city of De Pere, Wisconsin, adopted a ‘non-discrimination’ ordinance that designated churches [as] ‘places of public accommodation,” WND reported. “The city claimed that any time a church is open to the public – outside the role of a house of worship – it is subject to the ordinance.”.. Not so fast …

Fifth Graders at Arizona School Provided Shocking Adult Transgender and Gay Curriculum, by Tom Gilson

By Tom Gilson, The Stream – The genderbread curriculum teaches that gender is different from biological sex. There are not two genders, male and female, but rather an endless array of genders. The possibilities include genderqueer, non-binary, pangender, androgyne, neutrois, gender-variant, AG, cyborg, two-spirit, glitterbutch, genderfluid, trigender, stud. It even includes agender and genderless.

Jason Craig’s Gadget-Less Gift Guide for Catholic Men

By Mr. Jason Craig, Those Catholic Men – I have selected the following with the simple requirements that they help one in pursuits worth pursuing and in relation to our relations (i.e. they serve the man but also his family).  So, here is my gadget-less gift guide for men, that leans heavily on good solid gifts that most men would find useful, attractive, and edifying to own.

25 Wonderful Facts About It’s a Wonderful Life, by Jennifer M. Wood

By Jennifer M. Wood, Mental Floss – It all began with a Christmas Card… After years of unsuccessfully trying to shop his short story, The Greatest Gift, to publishers, Philip Van Doren Stern decided to give the gift of words to his closest friends for the holidays when he printed up 200 copies of the story and sent them out as a 21-page Christmas card.

The Left’s War on Parenting, by Ben Shapiro

By Ben Shapiro, Townhall – Last month, the New York State Education Department made a crucial decision: Commissioner MaryEllen Elia handed authority to local school boards to veto the right for private schools to operate. Those school boards must now determine whether private schools provide an education “substantially equivalent to that received in district public schools.”

Losing Our Identity, by Regis Nicoll

By Regis Nicoll, Crisis Magazine – Their experts have further convinced them that their gender can change with time and stage of life. Imagine the poor rube who deems himself male yesterday, female today, and pangender tomorrow. Think of the collateral damage this inflicts on his wife and his children. With no social support to criticize his choice to live out his identity, his family have but to watch and wonder…..

The Birds and the Plan Bs, by Tony Perkins

By Tony Perkins, Family Research Council – At some new college vending machines, you can get a lot more than snacks! On a growing number of campuses, food is just one thing you can buy. Emergency contraception is the other… They call it “wellness to go,” but Yale’s unconventional pharmacy is a lot less about wellness than you’d think. Like Columbia, Stanford, Dartmouth, the University of California, Miami of Ohio, and so many others, a vending machine full of drugs is supposed to make the pills like Plan B more accessible.

Scouting’s Self-Inflicted Death, by Rob Schwarzwalder

By Rob Schwarzwalder, The Stream – We spent countless hours with a group of boys and their dads. We became like a family. More activities and adventures than we could count bound us together in affection, commitment, and service… Then in 2013, BSA decided to allow openly homosexual Scouts into the organization. This week the Wall Street Journal reported that the BSA might declare bankruptcy because membership is cascading downward and it has to pay overwhelming legal costs to settle sexual abuse cases, some dating to the sixties.

How This Classical Catholic School Welcomes Children With Down Syndrome, by Courtney Grogan

By Courtney Grogan, CNA/EWTN News – Students with Down syndrome study Latin and logic alongside their classmates at Immaculata Classical Academy, a Catholic school in Louisville, Ky., that integrates students with special needs into each of their pre-K through 12 classrooms… The school emphasizes “education of the heart,” along with an educational philosophy tailored to the abilities of each student. About 15 percent of students at Immaculata have special needs.

Liberalism Bankrupts the Boy Scouts, by George Neumayr

By George Neumayr, The American Spectator – What did it profit the Boy Scouts to gain the PC world and lose its soul? Judges may have to put a figure on it. According to press reports this week, the Boy Scouts organization, reeling from costly homosexual abuse lawsuits, is “considering” bankruptcy. Adding to its woes is that membership has “dwindled.”… If history has taught us anything, it is that liberalism is not an agent of expansion but an acid that burns through everything it touches.

Star Parker: The Breakdown of Family and Religion Explains France’s Social Unrest

By Star Parker, The Daily Signal – (T)he highest tax burden in the industrialized world is in France—46.1 percent of gross domestic product… In the United States, it is 27 percent… Welfare state spending in France is 32 percent of GDP, almost double that of the U.S… But let’s recall that all this government was put in place in the name of making life better for France’s citizens… The vast expansion of the welfare state, both in Europe and in the United States, occurred in tandem with a weakening of the family. And weakening of the family generally occurs in an environment of weakening of religion.

Instant Family: A Review by Brad Miner

By Brad Miner, The Catholic Thing – Instant Family is a sweet, comedic movie about domestic mayhem. Mr. Wahlberg and his co-star, the Australian actress Rose Byrne, are convincing as an ambitious couple who come to realize that their childlessness makes their worldly success seem rather empty.

Refusal to Call a ‘Her’ a ‘Him’ Lands Teacher in Hot Water, by Chris Woodward

By Chris Woodward, OneNewsNow – An educator in Virginia was fired for refusing to use a transgender student’s preferred gender pronouns – and now, some people think the teacher’s case is bound for court… Peter Vlaming taught French at West Point High School in West Point, Virginia. That is until he was put on paid administrative leave on October 31 for not using a student’s preferred identity pronoun. The student in question is a biological female who wants to be identified as a male.

Do Wives Have to Be ‘Submissive’?, by Todd Aglialoro

By Todd Aglialoro, Catholic Answers – Critics of this reading usually fail to note the rest of the passage, which commands a husband to love his wife as Christ loves the Church. This means giving himself up for her, “nourishing and cherishing her” (Eph. 5:25-29) just as Christ gave his life for the Church and continues to love it and build it up. This actually entails a more difficult and sacrificial duty than is prescribed for wives.

Fr. Bill Peckman: If a Man Wouldn’t Make a Good Husband & Dad, He Won’t Be a Good Priest Either

Fr. Bill Peckman, ChurchPop – I think the current scandals in the Church scream that loud and clear…
A good husband is totally faithful to his wife.
A good priest is totally faithful to the Church…
A good husband teaches his children how to totally love their mother.
A good priest teaches his flock how to totally love Christ and His Church.

LifeSiteNews: Thanks to Porn, Children are Sexually Assaulting Other Children at Alarming Rates

By Jonathon Van Maren, LifeSiteNews – A grotesque report out of Kansas City recently has drawn attention to a problem that has begun to grow nearly unnoticed: The sexual assault of children—by other children. The Children’s Mercy hospital says that they are seeing “a disturbing trend in child sexual assault cases,” and that pornography has a lot to do with it.

Fr. Mike Schmitz: Why God Gave Us Bodies (Video)

By Fr. Mike Schmitz, Ascension Presents – God made the world—and you—on purpose. What is that purpose? Well, that’s what St. John Paul II went to great lengths to explain in his Theology of the Body talks, which Fr. Mike sums up beautifully in this video. With profound simplicity, Fr. Mike—inspired by St. John Paul II—shares the fundamental truths of this ingenious vision of humanity and sexuality. Made in God’s image and likeness, you are your body, and you are made for love. What you do with your body matters.

Health Professionals Laud Trump’s Efforts to Define Gender Based on Scientific Facts and Not Fiction

By Lisa Bourne, LifeSiteNews – Dozens of academics and a coalition of medical, legal and policy organizations representing more than 30,000 health professionals nationwide praised the Trump administration for its efforts to officially uphold the scientific definition of sex on the federal level… “We applaud the Trump administration’s intention to uphold the scientific definition of sex in federal law and policy, such that girls and women will regain their sex-based legal protections, and the human rights of all will be preserved”…

Msgr. Charles Pope: The Most Important Things at Christmas (Video)

By Msgr. Charles Pope – This brief video, a Christmas commercial by Canadian Tire, needs little commentary from me. It reminds us that the most important things at Christmas aren’t things at all.

Rob Marco: What is Old is New

By Rob Marco, Catholic Stand – I am going to make a prediction – restoration of homes and personal items is going to trump renovation in the near future. Grandparents dying and Baby Boomers downsizing, trying to foist things off onto their Millennial children who “don’t want their stuff” is creating a pennies-on-the-dollar flood of furnishings on Craigslist and thrift shops. The craftsmanship is unparalleled, but the styles are passé. Young people prefer particleboard to hardwood, white to walnut, and sleek to plush, so the demand for old things is not there.

Jim Daly: The Lure of Hallmark Christmas Movies

By Jim Daly, President of Focus on the Family – Critics have mocked and lampooned the movies for being overly simplistic, shallow and downright hokey. To be sure, the films lack many of the usual elements found in the typical Hollywood fare. Themes of violence, immorality, darkness and cynicism rarely, if ever, show up in the typical Hallmark story.

Ryan T. Anderson: The New York Times Reveals Painful Truths About Transgender Lives

By Ryan T. Anderson, Public Discourse – Why should a doctor perform surgery when it won’t make the patient happy, it won’t accomplish its intended goal, it won’t improve the underlying condition, it might make the underlying condition worse, and it might increase the likelihood of suicide? Sound medicine isn’t about desire, it’s about healing.

37.8 Percent in Generation That Starts Turning 21 Next Year Was Born to Unwed Moms

By Terence P. Jeffrey, CNSNews – In the 20-year cohort of American young people who were born in the years from 1998 through 2017 — and will start turning 21 next year — 37.8 percent were born to unmarried mothers, according to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention… 80,913,887 children were born during that two-decade stretch; 30,611,650 did not have a father who was married to their mother.

Chip and Joanna Gaines Returning to TV, in Talks to Have Their Own Network

By Nancy Flory, The Stream – The Discovery Channel confirmed they are in early talks with the Gaines’s. “Discovery is thrilled to confirm that we are in exclusive talks with Chip and Joanna Gaines. The Gaines’ are exceptional people, true authentic storytellers and creative visionaries who will nourish millions of people with quality, family-friendly programming accessible on a 24/7 network and across all screens.

The Welfare Generation: 51.7% Kids in 2017 Lived in Households Getting Govt Assistance

By Terence P. Jeffrey, CNSNews – The Census Bureau has released new data that strengthens the case for calling the current generation of American children “The Welfare Generation.”… Among American residents under 18 years of age in 2017, according to the Census Bureau, 51.7 percent lived in households in which one or more persons received benefits from a means-tested government program.

Got a Kid? Want a Kid? Buy, Sell or Trade, by Jennifer Hartline

By Jennifer Hartline, The Stream – US magazine reports: “The same-sex couple, Ashleigh Coulter, 28, and Bliss Coulter, 36, say they always wanted to find a way to have a child together, and new advances in fertilization techniques allowed that to happen in one sense: they both were able to carry the child at different points in the baby’s development.”

Ascension Presents: The Power of Taking Marriage Vows Before a Crucifix (Video)

Ascension Presents – In Široki Brijeg, a city of about 30,000 people in Bosnia-Herzegovina, there is a zero-percent divorce rate. What’s their secret? Is there something in the wine given out at receptions? No. Actually, local tradition has husband-and-wife-to-be say their wedding vows over a crucifix, and then they keep that crucifix over their bed. In this video, Jackie and Bobby….

Thomas Lickona: Building Catholic Character: 5 Things Parents Can Do

By Thomas Lickona, Catholic Education Resource Center – First, realize that to prepare our kids to follow Christ is to prepare them to take the road less traveled. Living a life of Christian virtue has always been countercultural but never more so than in today’s media-driven, materialistic, sexually decadent, and morally relativistic world… Emotionally intimate time is especially important for helping our children feel loved and for maximizing our influence on the kind of person they are becoming.

School Board Says Boys and Girls Have Different Brains — Except in the Bathroom

By Cathy Ruse, JD, The Stream – One of the most liberal school systems in the country wants parents to know that boys and girls are built differently. Except when that truth is not politically convenient… The Fairfax County (Virginia) School Board announced an upcoming workshop for parents. It’s called “Jack’s Brain, Jill’s Brain: Gender Differences and Why They Matter.” The workshop will feature child psychologists discussing how “girls and boys learn differently.”

Move Over Naughty ‘Elf on the Shelf,’ These Kindness Elves are Taking Over

By Amanda Thomason, The Western Journal – The elf on the shelf supposedly reports on both kind and unkind acts, but most kids (and parents) seem to emphasize the negative side of that dichotomy… Now, though, some enterprising people have developed a doll with not-quite-as-sneaky facial features that sits around the house and focuses on positive reinforcement and suggestions.

Rev. James V. Schall, S.J.: “With the Help of the State”

By Rev. James V. Schall, S.J., Crisis Magazine – “We could talk about the Obama administration passing a federal law forbidding any state from voting to defund Planned Parenthood and similar organizations. This is a perfect example of the Sexual State at work, implementing the fantasy ideology of the sexual revolution. They cannot implement that ideology without the help of the State’s power to coerce and propagandize.”  ∼ Jennifer Roback Morse, The Sexual State, 2018

The Federalist: How Public Schools Indoctrinate Kids Without Almost Anyone Noticing

By Auguste Meyrat, The Federalist – Many people have long suspected that governments sometimes attempt to indoctrinate their people to increase the government’s own power and influence. Unfortunately, ambitious governments will not stop at merely controlling what their people can do; they must control their minds… Indoctrination happens through many channels—entertainment, speeches, and censorship––but its main instrument is the school system.

Joy Break: Teacher Takes Girls to Father-Daughter Dance After Their Father Died

By Nancy Flory, Associate Editor, The Stream – Luke Reece always looked forward to taking his daughters to the father-daughter dance. But this year, he wasn’t around to go. Luke passed away last month after going into cardiac arrest. His daughters, Avery, 8, and Alivia, 7, had no one to take them to the dance. That is, until a kind teacher decided to do something about it.

HHS Memo on Restoring Definition of Sex Enrages Left

By Louis DeBroux, The Patriot Post – The completely unhinged lamentations coming from the Left following a leaked Trump administration memo regarding the federal definition of “sex” for legal purposes exposes just how detached from reality the Left has become… At issue is an internal memo revealing that President Donald Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services is considering rescinding a 2014 Obama administration memo that attempted to redefine sex as “gender identity.”…

Crisis Magazine: What “Coming Out” Really Means

By Jim Russell, Crisis Magazine – In upper-set society of bygone years, there is no doubt at all what “coming out” was, and long before the universe of homosexuality co-opted the phrase. A coming-out party was, for the adolescent socialite girl, a way to celebrate—and advertise—the new, nubile, and freshly “marriageable” status she achieved as a “debutante” as early as age fifteen.

Catholic News Agency: Catholic U. Professor Leads Response to French President’s Remark on Large Families

By Catholic News Agency – The French president had said: ‘Present me the woman who decided, being perfectly educated, to have seven, eight or nine children’… Following a comment by President Emmanuel Macron, in which he expressed skepticism that any well-educated woman would decide to have many children, women with large families have been using the “#PostcardsForMacron” hashtag to send the French president pictures of their happy families.

Public Discourse: Complementarity: Lessons from the Adams Family

By Susan Hanssen, Public Discourse – As the history of the Adams family attests, the proper education of the young American requires both father and mother, grandfathers and grandmothers… Alexis de Tocqueville called “the strength of American women” the great secret of the strength of the American republic. Likewise, strong women were the backbone of the Adams family and its contribution to the political integrity of the American republic.

Nearly Half Of American Children Don’t Have Married Parents. Here’s Why It Matters.

By Grace Carr, Daily Signal – Unmarried couples are having roughly 40 percent of all births in the U.S., marking a trend that may be detrimental to the upbringing of those children… “Compared to children of married parents, those with cohabiting parents are more likely to experience the breakup of their families, be exposed to ‘complex’ family forms, live in poverty, suffer abuse, and have negative psychological and educational outcomes”…

Mark Regnerus: The Future of American Sexuality and Family: Five Key Trends

By Mark Regnerus, Contributing Editor, Public Discourse – The gap between 2008 and 2018 has been far more dynamic than most decades. As a sociologist, my specialty is behavior, so that will be my main focus. Here are five noteworthy narratives from the past decade. Each story constitutes a profound change, or reflects changes occurring within our most intimate relationships… 1). Same-sex marriage becomes law in all fifty states.

Teach Manners

By Thomas Lickona, Catholic Education Resource Center – Commented Public Agenda’s president, Deborah Wadsworth: “Lack of manners for Americans is not about whether you confuse the salad fork with the dinner fork. It’s about the daily assault of selfish, inconsiderate behavior on the highways, in the office, in stores, and in myriad other places . . . .”… “In the long decline of the civilized West,” observes one social historian, “there has been nothing so grating as the gradual disappearance of manners.”

Bill Gates Thinks There are Too Many Africans, Calls for Population Control

By C-Fam, LifeNews – Melinda Gates has long championed international family planning, and the Goalkeepers Report highlights it as one of four priority areas, alongside HIV, agriculture, and education. One of the SDG targets is to ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health care services, including family planning. But when it comes to measuring access, the UN relies on metrics better suited to measuring use, or the concept of “unmet need,” of which lack of access to services makes up only 5%.

The Blessing of Married Life and the Gift of Children, by Deacon Bickerstaff

By Deacon Bickerstaff, The Integrated Catholic Life – I am certain that we would all agree that we live in exceedingly challenging and dangerous times. The only explanation I can offer for this is the abundance of sin in the world and our lack of authenticity. I believe we have forgotten who we are, why we are, the purpose of this life and of the eternal life to which we have been called. We mistakenly believe that what we do essentially defines who we are; instead, who we are ought to govern what we do.

How a Global ‘LGBT’ Coalition is Trying to Lobby the Vatican Youth Synod, by Diane Montagna

By Diane Montagna, LifeSiteNews – An international coalition of lesbian, gay and transgender groups are striving “to take advantage” of the Youth Synod to pressure the Church to change her teaching and pastoral approach on homosexuality… This international “LGBT” coalition has been lobbying the Church since the first family synod in 2014… now collectively known as Equal Future… Equal Future unites radical US-based LGBT activist groups such as Human Rights Campaign and GLAAD with dissident Catholic groups such as New Ways Ministries and Dignity.

Synod Report Displays Ignorance About Homeschooling by Patrick Reilly

By Patrick Reilly, National Catholic Register – It is certainly true that the American bishops are not united in supporting homeschooling, and that is a shame. But what’s the “ideological basis” for homeschooling? Do the bishops perceive some absolute opposition to organized education? It’s not true; many homeschooled students have, at one time or another, attended schools or participated in collaborative programs.

John Horvat II: The Other Sexual Abuse Culture No One Dares to Mention

By John Horvat II, CNSNews – This hypersensitivity to abuse is mirrored by a hyper-insensitivity of another sexual harassment culture. Talk of this other culture is notably absent in the debate. However, this culture can portray the most blatant sexual abuses without fearing any retribution or consequences. The most rabid denouncers are strangely silent and fall limp at its mention. Indeed, they might even sympathize with its portrayals… The abuse culture in question is the entertainment industry.

Lafayette, Louisiana: Community Nixes LGBT Reading Event

By Steve Jordahl, OneNewsNow – An event where a cross-dressing man was scheduled to read pro-LGBT stories to little children at a public library isn’t going to happen because a Christian group intervened… The public library in Lafayette, Louisiana, had scheduled “Drag Queen Story Hour,” but the Christian ministry Warriors for Christ – in conjunction with Citizens for a New Louisiana – filed a federal lawsuit to stop it.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Marriage Is About What Is Best For Children

By Msgr. Charles Pope – What is this proper reference point? Marriage is essentially about children and what is best for them. It is not about civil rights; it is not about two adults being happy and fulfilled. If we use the proper starting point, a lot of other things begin to fall in place… 1. Marriage should be a stable and lasting union – Children require 18+ years to come to maturity. A stable environment is obviously best for them. In too many cases, children are ferried back and forth between parents who are either divorced or never married in the first place.

Crisis Magazine: Fr. Martin’s Bridge to Nowhere

By Adrian Reimers, Crisis Magazine – If the Church were to recognize an LGBT community and reach out to it—build a bridge—respecting it as a community, then it would be recognizing a structure of sin. As Fr Martin rightly insists, every gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transsexual Christian is loved by God and in virtue of baptism is a member of the Church. However, from this we cannot conclude that the “LGBT community” is part of the Church, because such a community is defined by sin, whether in the behavior or at least the inclination. Nothing else defines LGBT membership.

Jason Craig: An October Farm Retreat With Your Son

By Jason Craig, Catholic Gentleman – Boys, like men, have an intensely “outward” sense to them.  They learn and mature by and in action, experience, and, especially, adventure.  Boys even “fidget” when they are learning or receiving something, which is why they might play trucks on the floor as you read them a story.  They are listening, and sometimes moving helps them retain and receive better.  Sadly, boys are often suppressed in this aspect of their masculinity….

R. R. Reno: Rage Politics on the Left

By R. R. Reno, First Things – Of the utopian dreams of the 1960s, only the sexual revolution has attained cultural dominance. To a great degree, we as a society believe in the promises of that revolution: that sex can be safe; that men and women can enjoy sexual freedom to the same degree and in the same way; that sex need have nothing to do with children; that sex is purely private. These promises are backstopped by abortion, the constitutional status of which fuels the urgency surrounding the Kavanaugh appointment.

Charlie Butts: Euthanasia Coming for the Kids

By Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow – The same court ruling instructed Congress to develop rules, which it did three years ago, and last year the court said euthanasia had to be extended to children… Paul Stark of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life finds that objectionable and dangerous… “The objections to child euthanasia in particular,” he explains, “is that children are immature and that inhibits their ability to make sound decisions and give the kind of consent that you would expect of the patient making a life or death decision.”

Dennis Prager: The Leftist Contempt for Middle-Class Values

By Dennis Prager, Stream contributor – When I was in graduate school, I learned a lot about the left. One lesson was that while most liberals and conservatives abide by society’s rules of order and decency, most leftists do not feel bound to live by these same rules… Today, we watch leftist mobs scream profanities at professors and deans… We routinely witness left-wing protesters block highways and bridges; scream in front of the homes of conservative business and political leaders; and surround conservatives’ tables at restaurants while shouting and chanting at them.

Robert Royal: As the New Synod Opens

By Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing – The mere fact that the Church debates, at the very highest levels, “the value of homosexual relationships,” Biblical teaching on divorce, the very words of Genesis “male and female he created them,” contraception and abortion, and other such hot-button questions raises an even larger issue. Is Christian teaching ultimately just a series of time-bound, historically conditioned guidelines, changeable as social conditions change?

Recalling St John Paul II’s Message to Youth

By Jonah McKeown, CNA/EWTN News – “Always be prepared to make a defence….for the hope that is in you.”… This was the verse of scripture that St. John Paul II chose to begin his 1985 apostolic letter to the youth of the world, Dilecti amici (“Dear Friends”), on the occasion of the United Nations’ proclamation of the International Year of Youth…. In his letter, he described the Church as the “custodian of fundamental truths and values” and also as “the minister of the eternal destinies that…the great human family have in God himself.”

Catholic Stand: The Real Enemies of Marriage

By Julie Machado, Catholic Stand – “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one body” (Genesis 1:24). There has to be a split, a severing with one’s parents to enter into marriage. This split can be mature, free and respectful. Or it can be painful and mixed up with jealousy, comparison, possession, and manipulation. We are human and pretty sinful, and unfortunately, most of the cases I know are the latter.

Francis Phillips: The Theologian Who Understood the True Meaning of Love

By Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald – the Hildebrand Project has reissued a slim book of barely 100 pages, written by the theologian Dietrich von Hildebrand in 1968, only a few months after the publication of the encyclical itself. Titled The Encyclical Humanae Vitae: A Sign of Contradiction, and with a new foreword by Catholic scholar Professor Tracey Rowland, it is a highly courageous book to have brought out in the aftermath of Pope Paul’s own reaffirmation of the Church’s constant teaching, but a very necessary one.

Max Milan: Husbands, Love Your Wives

By Mr. Max Milan,  Those Catholic Men – Looking a bit more closely at these (wedding) photos, however, I have noticed that in every one, something looms over their shoulders. Perhaps out of focus and distant in the background, the crucifix is nevertheless instantly recognizable… it points to the reality of becoming a husband in a Catholic marriage and the path that lies ahead.

Dr. Gregory Popcak: Eight Habits of Healthy Couples

By Dr. Gregory Popcak, Catholic Exchange – My book, How to Heal Your Marriage and Nurture Lasting Love, looks at the eight habits that healthy couples cultivate in their relationship and describes, step-by-step how couples who are struggling can develop those habits in their relationship… There’s a lot of confusion about what separates happy couples from unhappy couples.  The book explores some of those myths.  For instance, you might be surprised to know that happy couples argue about as often as unhappy couples and are about as good at solving problems!

Austin/Cathy Ruse: Get Your Kids Out of Government Schools, Right Now, Today

By Austin Ruse & Cathy Ruse, The Stream – Activist/author Mary Rice Hasson and philosopher Theresa Farnan get this exactly right in their important new book Get Out Now: Why You Should Pull Your Child from Public School Before It’s Too Late. They explain that, while education achievement markers have been declining, government schools “have been successful in one area: churning out youthful progressives — growing numbers of men and women in the grips of existential confusion, perpetual victimhood, and political intolerance.”

Gender Identity: Why All the Confusion? (Watch Video)

By Ashley McGuire, PragerU – Are male and female one and the same? Or are there real male-female differences rooted in biology? Ashley McGuire, author of “Sex Scandal: The Drive to Abolish Male and Female,” explains.

Eric Metaxas: Masculinity Is Good

By Eric Metaxas, CNSNews – As my friend and radio host Dennis Prager notes in a column titled “Is America Still Making Men?” one of the questions every society must ask in order to survive is, “How do we make good men?” If we fail to answer this question properly, we end up with men who “will likely do much harm.” But men who are tutored from early childhood on how to “channel their drives in positive directions make the world a much better place.”

Love Means Life

By Al Perrotta, The Stream – “Having worked in the past with disabled children and young adults,” writes Christian author Diane Chandler, “I have come to understand the greatest disability in life is to be unloved.” Actually, it can be fatal… Back in the 1920s, a New York City hospital was having a tough go of it. For some reason, many newborns who had been abandoned and brought to the hospital were dying. The staff was mystified. After all, the babies were being fed, kept warm and clothed and were safe. There was no medical reason these infants were dying.

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: The Beauty of Having Children

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – Many young couples will agonize over every single detail of parenthood, worrying about the effects on their lifestyle, how they will pay for their child’s education, the stability of their careers, the size of their house, and myriad other such details. Sadly, the more they agonize the more they find compelling reasons not to have a child, because, truth be told, the ideal circumstances to have a child simply do not exist!

Fr. Lankeit’s Homily for Aug. 19, 2018, Diocese of Phoenix (Watch)

By Fr. Lankeit, The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix – Today’s homily is from Fr. John Lankeit, rector of Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral in Phoenix. Read the Pastoral Letter from Bishop Olmsted and Bishop Nevares Regarding Recent Abuse Scandals: https://dphx.org/pastoral-letter-from… Anyone who has been a victim of abuse is encouraged to call a local law enforcement agency.

Fr. James Martin Criticizes ‘Homophobic’ Pastors at WMOF

By Christine Rousselle, CNA/EWTN News – Jesuit Fr. James Martin addressed Thursday more than 1,000 people at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin… His Aug. 23 talk, “Showing Welcome and Respect in our Parishes for ‘LGBT’ People and their Families,” encouraged Catholics to “welcome LGBT persons and their families,” into parish life… The priest said those with “homophobic” pastors, “either silently or overtly,” are “out of luck.”

Marcia Segelstein: When You Were a Kid What Did You Do for Fun? (A Must Watch Video)

By Marcia Segelstein, National Catholic Register – Growing up in a modest suburban neighborhood on a block which collectively housed over one hundred kids (we counted), my siblings and I were never at a loss for finding ways to have fun. Most of the time (when we weren’t in school), we were outside playing with whoever happened to be around — riding our bikes up and down the sidewalks, horsing around on swing sets in various backyards, playing games like hide-and-seek, making piles of leaves to jump in from garage roofs and, of course, building snow forts

Michael Pakaluk: Sex as Play

By Michael Pakaluk, The Catholic Thing – Okay, now that I’ve gotten your attention with this title, can we discuss ideas?   I assume that ideas are always connected with what we do.  Either our actions follow from our ideas, or we choose ideas that make our actions appear reasonable.  Call the former principles and the latter ideology.

LGBT Push for ‘Full Equality’ Claims Another Mississippi City

By Chris Woodward, OneNewsNow – Another municipality in Mississippi has approved a homosexual-friendly, non-discrimination ordinance, the latest victory in the state for a homosexual rights group… “Clarksdale, Mississippi Passes LGBT-Inclusive Non-Discrimination Ordinance,” the Human Rights Campaign proclaimed in an August 14 press release that praised the city for an “important step forward.”

Veritatis Splendor to Be Theme of Courage Conference

Catholic News Agency – The fourth event of its kind, the conference is an initiative of Courage International, a Catholic apostolate that offers support for people with same-sex attraction who have chosen to pursue a chaste lifestyle. As part of the same organization, EnCourage supports family members and friends of people with same-sex attraction, aiding them in encountering their loved ones with compassion.

The Newly Defined “Dark Ages” of Christian America

By Mr. Jason Craig, Those Catholic Men – Recently Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of The Little House has been de-throned from a literary award due to some insensitive remarks about Native Americans in her books.  Many have commented well about the problem of reading history and literature from a strictly modern perspective, but the more interesting thing to me is that this is another example of modern liberal Americans showing themselves to be the enlightened pure ones and their somewhat recent ancestors as dark embarrassments

Sexual Scandals Reveal A Problem of Belief

By Robert B. Greving, Crisis Magazine – The problem, to me, is not one of structure, but of belief, or the lack thereof.  In other words, we could replace every bishop and set up any number of “oversight committees” composed of any combination of laity and clergy you want, but, in the end, that won’t solve the problem unless the persons involved—from pope to parishioner—believe what we profess. And by “believe” I mean honestly trying to live one’s life and perform one’s duties in accordance with the teachings of the Church.

The Patriot Post: Make Men Masculine Again (Video)

By The Patriot Post, Media Editors – The devaluation of masculinity won’t end well because feminine, passive men don’t stop evil. Passive men don’t defend, protect or provide. Passive men don’t lead. Passive men don’t do the things we have always needed men to do for society to thrive… In his book, The Abolition of Man, English social philosopher C.S. Lewis writes about this problem. He describes the tension “between cerebral man and visceral man.” “By his intellect,” Lewis explains, man “is mere spirit and by his appetite mere animal.”… We need both.

The Old-Fashioned Art of Visiting

By Mitchell Kalpakgian, The Imaginative Conservative – In the novels of Louisa May Alcott, a time prior to the invention of the telephone, and even into the middle of the twentieth century with telephones in most homes, neighbors and families practiced the art of visiting. Sundays and holidays were especially the times that encouraged this sociable aspect of ordinary life. These visits were normally spontaneous events that did not require formal invitations and responses.

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse: No Cardinal Cupich, the John Jay Report Doesn’t Make Me Feel Any Better

By Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ruth Institute – Once again, members of the Catholic hierarchy are trying to convince us that priests living a homosexually active sex life are not particularly a problem in the current crisis. I’m here to say that the lay faithful are not going to be diverted by attempts to change the subject. Clergy living active homosexual lives are causing a lot of problems in the Church.

Author of ‘Pain Killer’ Reveals How People of Faith Can Solve Opioid Crisis

By Josh M. Shepherd, The Stream – This summer, one of the most hotly discussed topics on Capitol Hill has been the opioid crisis. The term describes how illicit drugs and the misuse of prescription opioids have led to widespread addiction… Nationally, the CDC has reported a spike in drug overdose deaths. Currently one in five deaths among young adults is linked to opioids. While fatalities from opioid painkillers such as OxyContin are now in decline, deaths from chemically similar illegal drugs such as heroin are rising.

Trump Admin Creates Religious Liberty Task Force to Protect Pro-Life Christians

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – The new task force is important for pro-life Americas as it will work to protect the conscience rights of medical professionals who don’t want to be forced to promote or perform abortions. Pro-life groups have also faced discrimination because of their Christian views and pastors have been unable to fully engage pro-life election issues in the pulpit for fear of reprisal from the government.

The McCarrick Scandal & Objectively Disordered Sexual Desires

By William M. Briggs, The Stream – It will be no surprise that the Catholic church is plunged deep into yet another scandal involving men with objectively disordered sexual desires — this time with Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, whose resignation Pope Francis has just accepted… One of the “explainers” of this scandal is priest Father James Martin. He has made it his mission to explain how a priest’s objectively disordered sexual desires do not influence his thinking or behavior in any way. He says the thoughts and actions of people with disordered desires are no different in general from other people.

The Family – “St. Joseph’s Workshop”

By Don DeMarco, Ph.D., Human Life International – “The family, the great workshop of love, is the first school, indeed, a lasting school where people are not taught to love with barren ideas, but with the incisive power of experience.”  ~Saint Pope John Paul II, February 13th Angelus Prayer, Vatican City, 1994… There can be no doubt that Saint John Paul meant an institution consisting of a mother, father, and children. As Catholics we are taught to model our families after the Holy Family of Mary, Joseph, and the Christ Child.

The Integrity of Human Love (Why Marriage, Sex and Babies Belong Together)

By David S. Crawford, Knights of Columbus – As a convert, I am sometimes asked what brought me into the Catholic faith. Conversion cannot be reduced to a simple formula, but the answer for me, at least in part, was being deeply struck and attracted by the truth and beauty of the Church’s understanding of marriage. We often hear that the Church’s teachings on marriage and sex drive people away, but this certainly not my own response as a husband and father.

St. Philip Institute on Christianity and Contraception (Video)

By Fr. Joshua Neu, St. Philip Institute of Catechesis and Evangelization – Fr. Joshua Neu explains the three purposes of marriage and the history of contraception within Christianity

‘Humanae Vitae’ Saves Marriages, Says Minneapolis Bishop

Catholic News Agency – Bishop Andrew Cozzens, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of St.Paul and Minneapolis has given a series of talks ahead of the anniversary of Humanae Vitae. He has used the talks to highlight the damage done to couples and families by artificial contraception, contrasting it with the benefits of adhering to the Church’s teaching.

St. Pope John Paul II’s Dream

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – In 1996 St. Pope John Paul II, speaking to a group of teachers of Natural Family Planning (NFP), boldly declared: “The moment has come for every parish and every structure of consultation and assistance to the family and to the defense of life to have personnel available who can teach married couples how to use the natural methods.”… Twenty-two years have passed since that speech. Meanwhile, this Wednesday we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae. On this occasion we must pause and ask: How well have we implemented Pope Paul VI’s teachings, and how well have we lived up to St. Pope John Paul II’s hopes?

The Miraculous Bond Between Mother and Child

By Marcia Segelstein, National Catholic Register – The “mommy” brain, as it’s often called, actually exists. Thanks to neuronal and hormonal changes during pregnancy and after delivery, the mother’s brain adapts “to enhance the ability of the mother to care for her infant,” according to the statement. Hormones and other chemicals cause the mother’s brain to be remodeled, with some regions increasing in size and others decreasing. Some of the areas affected control behaviors such as nesting and protecting the young.

CULTURE OF LIFE: Film Showcases Wages of Sexual Revolution — and Prophesy of Humanae Vitae

By Joseph Pronechen, National Catholic Register – “In 2,000 years of the Church’s history, there’s not a single official document which has been hated, despised, rejected and disobeyed by more Catholics than Humanae Vitae. That’s how important it is. So I think Humanae Vitae is almost to our times what the Nicene Creed was to the fourth century.”… So witnesses Peter Kreeft in the new film Sexual Revolution: 50 Years Since Humanae Vitae. It is the latest documentary, to be released July 25, from Daniel diSilva of Springtime Productions.

Ambassador Nikki Haley Defends Decision to Leave Pro-Abortion UN Human Rights Council

By Rachel Del Guidice, LifeNews – The United States’ withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council has nothing to do with its commitment to human rights, Ambassador Nikki Haley said Wednesday in a fiery speech at The Heritage Foundation… “No one should make the mistake of equating membership in the Human Rights Council with support for human rights. To this day, the United States does more for human rights, both inside the U.N., and around the world, [than] any other country. And we will continue to do that.”

Catholic Physicians Highlight Lesser Known Dangers of Contraceptive Use

By Madeline Watkins, Catholic News Service – With about 10.6 million women of reproductive age in the U.S. currently using the pill, according to the Centers for Disease Control, these physicians want to spread the word about the dangers of hormonal contraception on women’s health, particularly those that are not well known… Estrogen-progestogen oral contraceptives (combined) are considered by the World Health Organization to be a Group 1 carcinogen, in the same category as asbestos. The explanation is physiological, Dr. Bill Williams said.

The Challenges of Natural Family Planning Lead to Virtue

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – “[U]sing the natural [family planning] methods requires and strengthens the harmony of the married couple, it helps and confirms the rediscovery of the marvelous gift of parenthood, it involves respect for nature and demands the responsibility of the individuals. According to many authoritative opinions, they also foster more completely that human ecology which is the harmony between the demands of nature and personal behavior.” ~St. Pope John Paul II, Address to Teachers of Natural Family Planning, Dec. 7, 1996

What Mothers Cannot Give to Their Sons

By Anthony Esolen, Catholic Education Resource Center – …how to stand straight and tall, to take severe criticism as you take a dose of pungent and cleansing medicine, to admit a mistake like a man, to shoulder your share of the work without grudging, and to do dangerous and exciting and head-clearing things with other men.

No Matter the Question, Contraception’s the Answer

By Rebecca Oas, Ph.D., The Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam) – Family planning advocates are working hard to position contraceptives as the key to achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As an event on Tuesday demonstrated, however, their arguments collapse under closer scrutiny… The Wilson Center event was the third in a series focusing on the benefits of family planning for peace and security, societal resilience, and global development. Similar to previous events, the panelists stressed the importance of access to family planning and estimated the cost savings of reductions in fertility, but glossed over how to push more contraceptives…

Now ROKU… Streaming Service Called Out for Easy Porn Access

By Bill Bumpas, Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow – Dawn Hawkins of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation says Roku has a “backdoor” to private, sexually explicit channels while other competitors have stayed away from hardcore pornography… “They are facilitating access to hardcore pornography channels – hundreds of private and hidden channels – and none of the other streaming companies allow this,” Hawkins tells OneNewsNow.

Secular Arguments for Marriage Are Not Enough

By Jennifer Roback Morse, Catholic Education Resource Center – Scott Hahn is a prolific Biblical scholar with a huge fan-base among orthodox Catholics.  He doesn’t need my help promoting his new book, The First Society: The Sacrament of Matrimony and the Restoration of Social Order.  But I need some help from him.  I need his help convincing my pro-marriage policy-wonk friends that our defense of marriage needs spiritual and theological arguments…

With Foster Homes Idle and Children Languishing, Catholic Agency Fights Back Against Philadelphia LGBT Policy Barring It

By Katherine Rohloff, The Stream – After a 50-year relationship with Catholic Social Services, the city decided to end the latter’s role in foster care referrals in March and is threatening to terminate its relationship with the leading provider of social services in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. But the private social services agency has taken the city to court over it.

More Americans are Living Together and Having Babies Before They Get Married

By Lizzy Joslyn, CNA – While the average age of first marriages is higher than ever before, more Americans are cohabiting and having children outside of marriage, according to recent data from the Pew Research Center and the Center for Disease Control… In February 2018, the Pew Research Center reported that the median age of marriage in the United States was 29.5 years for men and 27.4 years for women in 2017. These are the oldest median marriage ages on record.