Marriage

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.

What Went Wrong in the Sexual Revolution? New Documentary Takes a Look

By Lizzy Joslyn, CNA – The film’s director, Daniel diSilva, told CNA that the documentary focuses on three main messages: addressing the broken ideals of “free love” that were promised in the Sexual Revolution; examining the consequences of the “free love” movement in light of Humanae Vitae; and outlining the historical development of the birth control pill and Natural Family Planning.

The Fourth Prophesy of “Humanae Vitae:” When Self-Mastery is Rejected

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.” This is one of the most famous lines from the blockbuster movie Jurassic Park… It might seem a bit flippant to begin a column on perhaps the most serious of Pope Paul VI’s four prophesies in the encyclical Humanae Vitae – the totalitarian imposition of birth control by governments – with a reference to Jurassic Park. And yet, Dr. Malcolm’s speech is packed with truth….

The Culture of Sexual Freedom is Not True Freedom

By Father John Catoir JCD, Guest Contributor – Now traditional norms have been eroded… This new context is made worse by what we observe: an eclipse of the truth about man which, among other things, exerts pressure to reduce sex to something commonplace. In this area, society and the mass media most of the time provide depersonalized, recreational and often pessimistic information.

Netflix Film Blasted for Containing ‘Child Porn’

By Michael F. Haverluck, OneNewsNow – Netflix… has been the center of much controversy of late – with its new drag queen cartoon series, its 13 Reasons series many argue glorifies teen suicide, and its recent signing of the Obamas to a $50 million contract to do their own series – but its newly offered film, Desire, is accused of being outright illegal by sexually exploiting young children….

Four Do’s & Don’ts of Marriage

By Dr. Gregory Popcak, Catholic Counselors – Beverly and Jim are newly engaged.   Even though they are very much in love, they have big concerns.  As Jim explains it,   “Neither of us had the best models for marriage.   My dad was an alcoholic and Beverly’s parents are divorced.   How can we know what it takes to stay together?”

Homeschooling as a Means to Rebuilding Catholic Culture

By Ryan N.S. Topping, Cardinal Newman Society – Those two words (I Do) are our best defense against barbarism. Any culture that hopes to perpetuate itself must learn to transmit its treasure to its young. Over the last 50 years homeschooling has already proven itself a credible alternative to public and private schools; over the next 50 I predict that homeschooling will serve as a catalyst for rebuilding Catholic culture…

Why is Prosperity No Longer Good for Babies?

By John Horvat II, The Stream – (T)oday… The economy is booming as never before. Unemployment is down to record lows. And the number of babies is going down, not up… The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the 2017 fertility rates reached a forty-year low. The rate now stands at 1.76 lifetime births per women. This is well below the 2.1 births needed for population replacement. This is also the second year in a row that it has dropped to a record low.

Trump Drops LGBT Lobbying Fest

By Elaine Donnelly, CNSNews – For the second time since his Inauguration, President Donald J. Trump did not renew President Barack Obama’s annual declaration of LGBT Pride Month in June. The Department of Defense, therefore, did not sponsor a divisive special interest event for gay and transgender activists and personnel at the Pentagon, which the Obama Administration used as an excuse to promote LGBT causes…

Gender and Raising Boys & Girls

By Caitlin Marchand, Catholic Exchange – That masculinity and femininity are important realities and not merely social constructs seems clear. Yet when we try to nail down what exactly these realities are, the social constructs often become the focus of our discussion. We end up discussing poor caricatures of masculine and feminine based on a laundry list of non essential qualities.

U.S. Bishop Encourages Married Couples to Be Open to Life, Reject Contraception (Video)

By Lisa Bourne, LifeSiteNews – “We all live in a world where this is difficult, where continence and chastity is scoffed at,” stated Bishop Strickland. “But we know what God has revealed and we joyfully embrace that challenge.”… “Living Christian marriage is hard. It’s painful,” he acknowledged. “There are many sacrifices, but we know that really living Christ’s way is to take up our cross and follow Him, and to see that cross blossom into a staff of new life and hope.”… The sacrifice of Jesus Christ, His Passion and suffering is wondrously powerful, the bishop said, and called for Catholics to tap into that power for their lives.

The Second Prophesy of “Humanae Vitae:” A “General Lowering of Moral Standards”

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – Released in 1968, at the height of the hippie revolution with its optimistic doctrines of “free love” and emancipation from tradition and authority, Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae was widely dismissed as the proverbial killjoy at the greatest party the world had yet seen: the sexual revolution… Blessed Paul VI’s four “prophesies” about what would happen if contraception became normalized…

What Practicing NFP is Like: One Man Shares His Thoughts

By Will Wright, Catholic-Link – Marriage is not easy for anyone, because we are human beings with flaws, but I think that the times of abstinence with NFP are an opportunity for greater communication. There are many couples I know who are so focused on the physical that they do not spend enough time on the emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of their relationships. Making sure, as a husband, that I am growing in relationship with my wife in these various ways is very important to me…

Bishops’ Double Standard

By Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th., ChurchMilitant – Prelates continually refuse to sanction Catholic pro-abortion politicians as required by Church law. They are, however, pondering the use of such penalties to punish Catholic government officials for enforcing previously established laws regarding illegal immigration… Regarding immigration policies, the Catechism of the Catholic Church in paragraph 2241 affirms, “Political authorities, for the sake of the common good for which they are responsible, may make the exercise of the right to immigrate subject to various juridical conditions.”… Faithful Catholics are upset by how most U.S. bishops won’t obey Church law when it comes to abortion but are willing to wrongfully apply it on social justice issues like illegal immigration.

Since Its Debut 20 Years Ago, ‘Sex And The City’s’ Profoundly Unrealistic View Of The World Has Hurt Women

By Noelle Mering, The Federalist – Sophisticated moderns think of “Leave it to Beaver” as a contrived reflection of a societally imposed, but ultimately unfulfilling domesticity. We should now see “Sex and the City” as the “Leave it to Beaver” of the sexual revolution: a glossy representation at odds with the sad reality on the ground. Our new conception of the good life for women as highly ambitious sexual libertines has created a generation of Stepford single girls pantomiming a life of glamor that can feel as hollow as it does harmful.

7 Things Couples Experiencing Infertility Want You to Know

By Chloe Langr, Aleteia – We can learn a lot about empathy from the book of Job… Then, Job’s three friends hear about his misfortune and leave their homes and come to visit Job… How do they comfort him? They cry with him, sit down beside him, and tear their clothes. Then they sit with him, on the ground, for seven days and seven nights. Not a single word was spoken for a week because they “saw how great was his suffering.”

Pope: Abortion Same as Nazi Eugenics; Only Family is One Man-One Woman in Marriage

By Jonathan Mizrahi, CNSNews – As for the family, Pope Francis said, “Today, it is hard to say this, we speak of ‘diversified’ families: different types of families. It is true that the word ‘family’ is an analogical word, because we speak of the ‘family’ of stars, ‘family’ of trees, ‘family’ of animals … it is an analogical word.”.. “But the human family in the image of God, man and woman, is the only one,” said the Pope.  “It is the only one.”

Trump Admin Withdraws U.S. From UN Human Rights Council That Pushed Global Right to Abortion

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – “I want to make it crystal clear that this step is not a retreat from our human rights commitments. On the contrary. We take this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights,” U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said. “We did not make this decision lightly. When this administration began 17 months ago, we were well aware of the enormous flaws in the Human Rights Council. We could have withdrawn immediately. We did not do that. Instead, we made a good faith effort to resolve the problems.”

Critics Plan Rival Conference to World Meeting of Families in Dublin

By Staff Reporter, Catholic Herald – The National Catholic Register says the two-day conference, sponsored by the Lumen Fidei Institute, will centre around Pope Pius XI’s 1930 encyclical Casti Connubii, addressing the topics of marriage, procreation and conception. Speakers include Fr Thomas Weinandy, a member of the Vatican’s International Theological Commission…

Fact Checking 4 Claims About Detaining Children at the Border

By Fred Lucas, Daily Signal – The Trump administration is taking heat from Democrats and Republicans for separating parents and children after they illegally crossed the southern border… Over the six weeks from April 19 through May 31, federal officials separated about 2,000 children from their families at the U.S.-Mexican border, the Associated Press reported last week… (Yesterday) Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said: “This is a very serious issue that has resulted after years and years of Congress not taking action.”…

Bringing God on Your Family Vacation

By Dr. Gregory Popcak, Catholic Exchange – Religious people often experience wonder in prayer and worship as we encounter God breaking through the noise of daily life and drawing us up into his arms. But even secular experiences of wonder, like staring into the Grand Canyon, being sprayed by the mist of Niagara Falls, or even something as simple as catching fireflies on a hot summer night, are doorways to an encounter with God. 

What Mothers Cannot Give Their Sons

By Anthony Esolen, CNSNews – There are certain lessons that are crucial for a boy’s healthy development into a man destined to love a woman—to be a husband and father. Though his mother can provide some of them, there are others that will be provided by a man, or not at all. What might they be?… One of them is to learn how to command and obey.

Humanae Vitae’s First Prophesy – The Beauty of Marriage

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – But that’s not how Pope Paul VI understood what he was doing. On the contrary, he quite obviously believed that the “no” that he re-affirmed in Humanae Vitae was couched within a “yes” to something far greater and beautiful: an anthropology and theology of marriage that grant to marriage and married couples a dignity, value and calling far surpassing the understanding of the world.

Francis Condemns “Eugenic” Abortions and Fake Marriage

By Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing – Pope Francis was silent about Ireland – a very odd reticence by a man who has no qualms about weighing in on public issues like climate change, fossil-fuel exploration, immigration, Middle Eastern politics, Hindu persecution of Muslim Rohingyas, international economics – the list goes on. All these have moral dimensions, of course, though it’s hard to see what expertise or insight the Vatican brings to such complex situations. By contrast, allowing abortion in Ireland means the direct and immediate killing of thousands of innocents.

The Church Needs More Fathers (Homily on Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life)

By Fr. Anthony Stoeppel, STD., St. Philip Institute of Catechesis and Evangelization – The Church Needs More Fathers (Homily on Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life)

Some Facts: Trump and Sessions Enforce a Just and Necessary Law which Saves Migrant Lives

By Jason Jones & John Zmirak, The Stream – Leading U.S. Catholic bishops have joined the media mob that’s going after the Trump administration. The charge? That the U.S. is separating children from their parents at the border. On the face of it, that sounds terrible. We’re pro-family, aren’t we?… The head of the U.S. bishops conference, Abp. DiNardo, is even pondering “canonical penalties” (excommunication?) for the ICE and Border Patrol agents on the front line who enforce government policy… You know, the same sacraments offered to pro-choice politicians, who get friendly photo-ops with bishops?

10 Fathers Whose Parenthood Helped Them Become Saints

By Fr. Michael Rennier, Aleteia – Studies show that fathers are enormously influential in the care and formation of their children. The role of a father is demanding, so whenever you dads feel unappreciated or at a loss for how to do what’s best for the kids, remember that you are not alone. Plenty of men have found that the sacrificial nature of fatherhood is exactly what they needed to help form them into saints. These men are great examples, and they will pray for you.

Why Tech Time Is Dangerous for the Family

Aleteia – Study after study has shown that regular parent-child interaction is crucial for a child’s growth and healthy development. Smartphones, texting, Facebook, and Instagram may provide the illusion of connection. But in reality, this hyper-interconnectedness actually fragments the family and often cuts into integral bonding time… A comprehensive study of how U.S. children spend their time revealed that they spent only four minutes per day, outside of mealtimes, talking with a parent.

Does Conscience Exist?

By David Carlin, The Catholic Thing – I am astonished at this lack of appreciation for the importance of conscience. Don’t these people realize that the right to obey one’s conscience is a fundamental human right, perhaps the most fundamental of all? These are the same people who think that abortion is a fundamental human right. And they think that sodomy is a fundamental human right. But they don’t think there is a fundamental human right to obey one’s honest conscience? Astounding. What kind of world are we living in?

The Importance of Dads in an Increasingly Fatherless America

By Virginia Allen, The Daily Signal – There is a growing split taking place among American fathers today… On the one hand, more and more children are growing up without a dad in their lives. But on the other hand, fathers who are involved in their kids’ lives have actually become even more active… The Pew Research Center reports that fathers who live in the same home as their children have become increasingly engaged in the lives of their kids over the past half-century…

Should We Celebrate Father’s Day?

By John M. Grondelski, Crisis Magazine – Despite the overwhelming evidence that the presence of fathers in intact families pays incalculable social dividends in terms of future generations and the communities in which they live, fatherhood as such is increasingly marginalized by culture-makers… Case-in-point: I spent time the last two weekends watching the remake of Lost in Space. The original sci-fi series ran during my childhood, from 1965-68. Dr. John Robinson was the leader of his family as it journeyed out into space. Major Don West was a loyal and self-sacrificing family friend.

A Broken Society Explains America’s Epidemic of Loneliness

By  John Horvat II, CNSNews – The loneliness problem is very real. It has been called a “hidden epidemic” that threatens vast sectors of the American public. Well over 40 percent of adults in America report feeling lonely. While we live in the most technologically connected age in history, the rates of loneliness have doubled since the eighties… Loneliness affects physical health, longevity, stress levels and mental health. It also leads people to look for escapes in drugs, opioids, excessive eating, drinking and … conversation.

Ambassador Nikki Haley: Take a Stand Against Abortion at the UN

By Stefano Gennarini, C-Fam – U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has built a reputation as a woman of principle, willing to take a stand even when it is unpopular. She has taken a stand on Israel and Syria. She’s stood firm on Iran and North Korea. And she’s held tough on the Ukraine and Venezuela. Now, the pro-life movement needs her to show the same resolve against a “humanitarian” right to abortion.

Fr. James Martin’s LGBT Talk at Vatican Event Promotes ‘Confusion and Dissent’: Critics

By Claire Chretien, LifeSiteNews – The World Meeting of Families (WMF), not to be confused with the World Congress of Families, is a massive Vatican-sanctioned conference that takes place every few years. The last one was in 2015 in Philadelphia. Pope Francis attended… The Pope will also attend this year’s WMF, which is in Dublin in August… “It must sicken the heart of every faithful Catholic to learn that a keynote address will be given by the controversial priest Father James Martin,” Anthony Murphy of the Lumen Fidei Institute told LifeSiteNews. “With this choice of speaker the Archbishop of Dublin once again signals his support for the homosexual agenda…..

How Corporations Impose Sexual Orthodoxy

By Emilie Kao,. CNSNews – June is Pride Month for many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans, and popular fashion retailer J. Crew has collaborated with the Human Rights Campaign to create a clothing collection to support the “fight for equality.”.. The clothing includes adult and children’s socks, T-shirts, and a tote bag, and depicts rainbow-printed slogans such as “Love First” and “Love to All” as well as the yellow equal sign logo of the Human Rights Campaign, one of the nation’s largest advocates of the LGBT political agenda.

On Suicide

By Michael Pakaluk, The Catholic Thing – Nothing shows better how Christianity affects human consciousness than how I think about suicide – taking myself as a random member of Christendom – but likely you too…. From childhood, I have recoiled from it.  How could I dare take my own life?  I lack the authority to do so.  Others have given so much: all those hours, sacrifices, and money, expended on clothing, feeding, safeguarding, and educating me. I represent an enormous investment by many others.

If We Want to Restore Marriage, We Have to Learn This Technique

By Bill May, National Catholic Register – The authors emphasized, “Framing is what we choose to say and how we choose to say it. But it’s also what we leave unsaid. It’s the values we use to build support for our cause.” That takes discipline… To the Stanford students, the authors wrote, “To effect broad and transformational change, we believe that social change leaders of all stripes must develop a deep understanding of how frames work. Framing concerns the choices we make when presenting information and how those choices affect people’s attitudes, understandings and actions.”

Money, Power and Humanae Vitae: The Forgotten Story

By Kevin Jones, CNA – The controversy over Humanae Vitae, the papal encyclical that reaffirmed Catholic teaching on contraception 50 years ago, cannot be understood apart from the context of a well-funded advocacy network for population control after the Second World War… The network includes big names in grantmaking like the Ford Foundation and John D. Rockefeller III. One scholar has been writing about this network for decades… “The campaign to persuade Catholics, leaders and the lay public, that traditional views of sexuality, abortion, and marriage were antiquated was extensive and conducted on many fronts,”

Why Some Catholics Are Skeptical of Pride Month

By Kevin Jones, EWTN News/CNA – While the month of June is marked by LGBT pride events, some Catholic critics have voiced wariness and concern that the events draw people away from God’s plan for humankind… “Pride Month fills me with sadness, for gay pride parades are events that ultimately show how much man has forgotten God and how much he loves us, as a loving Father who created us in his image, solely as male and female,” Daniel Mattson, author of the book “Why I Don’t Call Myself Gay,” told EWTN News.

USCCB Pro-Life Chair Defends Marriage: Cohabitating Couples Are ‘Dishonest’

By Lisa Bourne, LifeSiteNews – Regarding the benefit and obligation of marital relations, the Church says: “Conjugal love involves a totality, in which all the elements of the person enter — appeal of the body and instinct, power of feeling and affectivity, aspiration of the spirit and of will. It aims at a deeply personal unity, a unity that, beyond union in one flesh, leads to forming one heart and soul; it demands indissolubility and faithfulness in definitive mutual giving; and it is open to fertility” (CCC 1643).

Celebrate the Feasts of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary

By Jerry Windley-Daoust, PB & G Blog – The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus falls on the 19th day after Pentecost (a Friday), and the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary follows on the next day. If you’ve heard of devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary but aren’t quite sure what they’re all about, read on for a brief introduction and a few ideas for what your family might do.

Bishop Approves Alternative to Boy Scouts as a Catholic Apostolate

By Deacon Greg Kandra, Patheos – Thousands of young men and their fathers across the country found their prayers answered yesterday when Most Rev. Michael F. Olson, bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas, officially endorsed the Troops of St. George as a Catholic apostolate… “After a careful review of the program and its contents, including its mission statement, curriculum, pedagogical structure, letters of Ecclesiastical approval, and statement of mission that faithfully reflects and adheres to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, the Troops of Saint George is hereby approved as a Catholic Apostolate of the Diocese of Fort Worth,”

How Contraception Destroys Love

By Edward P. Sri, CERC – Approaching one’s spouse with a genuine openness to the possibility of parenthood represents one of the most profound expressions of love and total acceptance of the other person in marriage. When a husband and wife are truly open to life in their marital relations, it is as if they are looking each other in the eye and saying, “I love you so much that I am even willing to embark on the adventure of parenthood with you! . . . I entrust myself to you so much that I am willing to become a partner with you in serving any new life that may come from this act.”

St. John Paul II’s Totally Catholic Response When Gay ‘Pride’ Parade Came to Rome 18 years Ago

By Lisa Bourne, LifeSiteNews – The late Pope Saint John Paul II did not equivocate or placate over the implications of a sizable celebration of homosexuality conducted in Rome during the Catholic Church’s Jubilee Year of 2000 – saying it was an “offense” to Christian values and an insult that commanded acrimony… ”Homosexual acts go against natural law,” John Paul II said in an address delivered from a balcony over St. Peter’s Square July 10, 2000… ”The Church cannot silence the truth,” the pontiff said, ”because it would not live up to its faith in God the creator and would not help discern what is good from what is evil.”

Many Factors Drive the Rise in Homeschooling (The List is Long)

By Louis DeBroux, The Patriot Post – One thing is certain: In the wake of recent school mass murders, interest in homeschooling has skyrocketed. Louisiana alone has seen a 50% increase since 2011, and in Texas, homeschoolers now outnumber private schoolers… The “why” is multi-faceted. Safety is near the top of the list… Others cite the prevalence of drugs or a system openly hostile to Christianity. More and more parents are unwilling to continue tolerating schools undermining the values they teach at home….

LEGAL-COURTS Court Prevented ‘Catastrophe,’ Tip-Toed Around Precedent

By Chris Woodward, OneNewsNow – The news Monday morning of a lopsided 7-2 decision in favor of Phillips initially stunned the public, especially since that meant some liberal justices had sided with religious freedom – or so it appeared – over legal claims of discrimination against a homosexual couple… But further reading of the court’s majority opinion, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, suggested a narrowly written opinion that scolded the Colorado Civil Rights Commission for its hostile conduct over Phillips’ religious views as the owner of Masterpiece Cake Shop.

LifeSiteNews: U.S. Archbishop: Using Contraception Is Always ‘Evil’

By Lisa Bourne, LifeSiteNews – Archbishop Naumann confirmed the Church’s teaching on contraception as a moral evil, as well as Church teaching that each and every conjugal act must be open to life… “I think objectively contraception, and we see this in the Catechism, it is clear about that, that there is an intrinsic evil to use it,” the archbishop said, “because it cuts off one of the goals of marriage, which is an openness to life.”

6 Things to Avoid on Social Media If You Want a Happier Marriage

By Marta Brzezińska-Waleszczyk, Aleteia – Infidelity, dishonesty, lack of mutual interests, lack of intimacy, marrying the wrong person, and money problems — these are among the most commonly cited reasons for divorce. But, what about social media?.. Social media activity has a lot to do with divorce. Divorce court proceedings often including posts from Facebook as part of the evidence. What we post and share can reflect on our relationship and how people see us….

In Contrast With Obama, Trump White House Refuses to Recognize LGBT ‘Pride Month’

By Doug Mainwaring, LifeSiteNews – Unlike President Obama who famously lit up the White House with the colors of rainbow flag, for the second year in a row President Donald J. Trump has chosen to let gay ‘Pride Month’ slide by with no official recognition… The LGBT world has expressed displeasure with the President’s silence on the issue.  The Human Rights Campaign (HRC)––the behemoth Washington, DC LGBT lobbying firm––sent out a tweet claiming that the silence is an indication the current administration wants to “erase” the presence of gays…

Supreme Court Upholds Baker’s Right to Disagree With Gay Marriage in Marketplace

By Ryan T. Anderson, Daily Signal – Monday’s 7-2 Supreme Court decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission is a big win for the religious liberty of all Americans. The court made it clear that hostility toward religion has no place in America, least of all in our government… At the center of Masterpiece Cakeshop is Jack Phillips, the Christian cake artist who can’t in good conscience design and create custom wedding cakes that celebrate same-sex marriages.

The Contemporary Attack on Motherhood

By Fr. Roger J. Landry, Integrated Catholic – We need to move beyond the anti-maternal ideology in which the unique value and dignity of motherhood is insufficiently defended, appreciated and advanced, and in which mothers’ often invisible and heroic service is disparaged as an antiquated and unwholesome model of feminine life. The future of humanity is dependent on mothers’ making the choice not just to welcome children but raise them to be virtuous and authentically human… Humanity owes its survival to the choice women make.

Why There’s an Increased Interest in Homeschooling

By Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council, The Daily Signal – “I think what happens with these school shootings is they’re the straws that broke the camel’s back,” Christopher Chin, the president of Homeschool Louisiana, told the Times. “I don’t think it’s the major decision-maker, but it’s in the back of parents’ minds.” In general, he thinks, the violence, bullying, and dangerous environment is tipping the decision for families, who were already sick of the lack of quality instruction and the liberal indoctrination.

The Saving Power of Love ( May was National Foster Care Month)

By Kathryn Jean Lopez, Patriot Post – If I’ve heard that sentence once, I’ve heard it 40 or so times over the past weeks. May was National Foster Care Month, and I spent some of the month talking with foster parents about their lives, challenges, hopes and dreams for the little ones who have spent time in their homes. I often heard how hesitant families are to even consider foster care, because they might have to give back a child.

Pelosi: Gay Marriage Moves Us ‘Closer to Fulfilling the Full Promise of Our Creed…All Are Created Equal’

By CNSNews.com Staff – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement released today in honor of LGBTQ Pride Month that “marriage equality” is part of the progress that Americans have made in moving “our nation closer to fulfilling the promise of our creed—that all are created equal.”.. “From expanding hate crimes protections, repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and ensuring marriage equality, we have made great progress to move our nation closer to fulfilling the full promise of our creed–that all are created equal,” said Pelosi.

NFP, God’s Faithfulness, and Family Size

By Susanna Spencer, National Catholic Register – “You know, “ I called to my husband in the other room, “If I had lived even a hundred years ago, I would have probably died because of childbearing by now.” We were dealing with yet another health issue of mine related to the wear and tear of pregnancy, childbirth, and nursing. It is not that I am sick very often and pregnancies are mostly comfortable for me, but I have had multiple hemorrhages, many infections, and several miscarriages, which seem to have been caused by a chronic health problem.

Fr. Chad Ripperger Names *The* Crisis of Our Times–Too Many Men Are Effeminate (Watch)

Posted by Fr Richard Heilman – In this monumental lecture, Fr. Chad Ripperger tears off the veil concealing the greatest tragedy facing civilization … Men are being conditioned to be effeminate wimps. And, before any man shrugs this off as not applying to them, listen to what Fr. Ripperger points to as signs of effeminacy in men … this is eye-opening!

Science Continues to Prove This Old Saying True: A Pregnant Woman is a Woman ‘With Child’

By Peter Kwasniewski , LifeSiteNews – On a small British isle, there was a 1910 law defining abortion as homicide and stipulating life imprisonment as punishment. The law was rescinded late in the twentieth century, and now abortion is legal there up to 24 weeks… This incident, typical of too many others, deserves to be savored by everyone with a capacity for logic. How can something which was once held to be an act of homicide punishable by life imprisonment suddenly be owed to people as their legal right?

Stay-at-Home Moms and Depression: Four Things to Know

By Dr. Gregory Popcak, Catholic Exchange – Regardless, few people would argue that being a SAHM is easy.  And it’s clear that some SAHMs are happier in their role than others.  Similarly, because research shows that kids do better overall when raised by a contented and attentive SAHM than kids raised by either working moms or unhappy SAHM’s, there are certain women would feel they should be home with their kids, but who genuinely struggle to make it work for them.

Marital Friendship and the Procreation of Children

By Christopher Kaczor, National Catholic Register – William Faulkner once said, “Writing a novel is like a one-armed man trying to hammer together a chicken coop in a hurricane.”… Raising children is something like that. No experienced parent can deny the challenges of being a mom or dad. Yet the Second Vatican Council taught, “Marriage and conjugal love are by their nature ordained toward the procreation and education of children. Children are really the supreme gift of marriage and contribute in the highest degree to their parents’ welfare.”

Acceptance Of Homosexuality Grows, Even Among ‘Conservatives’

By William M. Briggs, The Stream – Gallup assays the politics correctly: “Americans who believe gays and lesbians are born with their sexual orientation are much more supportive of gay rights than are those who say orientation is due to upbringing and environment.”… It’s also become clear that these more supportive people are becoming less tolerant of contrary judgments. The prediction that in one or two decades speaking of reality will be classed as “hate speech” becomes less outlandish each day.

California Judge Rules in Favor of Baker Who Refused to Bake a Cake for Same-Sex Wedding

By Nancy Flory, The Stream – A Superior Court Judge has issued a final judgment in the case of a Bakersfield, California baker who would not make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. According to court documents, Judge David Lampe entered his ruling in favor of the baker on May 1.

Catholic Priest Who Ministers to Gays: God Doesn’t Make Anyone Gay (Video indcluded)

By Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNews – On Wednesday, Courage International associate director Fr. Philip Bochanski shared a video that has since been picked up by outlets such as Church Militant and the National Catholic Register, in which he explains why divinely-intended homosexuality would be fundamentally incompatible with Catholicism.

Is this World a Womb or a Tomb for You?

By Msgr. Charles Pope – Our years are seventy, or eighty for those who are strong. They pass swiftly, and we are gone (Ps 90:10).
As Christians, we should not be depressed by such thoughts, but we should be sobered. This life and its worldly glories are not the point. What a cruel joke it would be if that were so! Nothing but a puff of smoke, scattered by the merest breeze—it would be cruelty to say the least.

Love and Responsibility: Avoiding Fatal Attractions

By Edward P. Sri., Catholic Education Resource Center – In his book Love and Responsibility, John Paul II analyzes the anatomy of an attraction… Let’s begin by explaining a few of the Pope’s terms. At the most basic level, to attract someone means to be regarded by that person as a good.. In turn, to be attracted to someone else means that I perceive some value in that person… and I respond to that value. This attraction involves the senses, the mind, the will, the emotions, and our desires….

Commission Chair: ‘Humanae Vitae’ Needs No Update

By Andrea Gagliarducci, CNA/EWTN News – Professor Gilfredo Marengo, of the Pontifical Theological Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family stressed that “Humanae Vitae is an authoritative document of the Catholic Church, and it is part of the Tradition. We are called to welcome it as it is and to apply it with an intelligent pastoral plan.”.. Despite being “the most discussed encyclical in the last 50 years,” there is “no need to update it,” Marengo stressed.

A ‘New World’ for Scouts? Indeed…

By Jody Brown, Steve Jordahl, OneNewsNow – The newly renamed “Scouts BSA” is in the news again – this time amid reports that both condoms and alcohol will be available at next year’s World Scout Jamboree… Under the theme “Unlock a New World,” the 2019 Jamboree will be held in West Virginia. And it will be a “new world” for the American contingent, which for years had stood almost alone as an organization holding to its moral core despite relentless attacks from LGBT activists and other “progressives.”

Does God Make People Gay? A Theologian Responds

By Mary Rezac, CNA/EWTN News – Sexual attraction does not define identity, a priest has said, after comments attributed to Pope Francis have prompted questions about Catholic doctrine and the nature of sexual orientation… “Of course God loves all people. This is his defining characteristic: God is love,” Fr. Thomas Petri, OP… “But he does not love sin, indeed he cannot love sin because sin is not only opposed to God but also opposed to the true good and happiness to which he calls every human person.”

Learning to Live with Same-Sex Marriage?

By  Gerard V. Bradley, The Witherspoon Institute – But all of us have to face—and will face for the rest of our days—the challenge of what to do about the two married guys who apply to live in your co-op, or who want you to take their family portrait, or who will soon join your school’s PTA, or who will eventually come to you for marital counselling.

The Science Behind Pornography

By Kevin Majeres, CERC – For families, the purity of the father is the strength and stability of the family.  His purity produces joy and contentment in his relationship with his wife.  Purity elevates his power to find joy in life: first, in his relationship with God; then in being a loving husband and father; then being a good friend, being a good provider for one’s family, and so on.  All of these goods are sources of joy; and they are all primarily spiritual.

Fr. Raymond J. de Souza: ‘Gay Doesn’t Matter’ Remark Continues ‘Shadow Magisterium’

By Father Raymond J. de Souza, National Catholic Register – Pope Francis has pioneered a new form of papal teaching, massively influential but officially non-existent. It is something of a shadow magisterium, but on occasion it shines a brighter light than the official magisterium… The latest example regards the nature of homosexuality. Juan Carlos Cruz, one of the Chilean sexual abuse victims who spent several days with Pope Francis in April, related the following from his conversations with the Holy Father about being gay….

New Vatican Document on Finance Doesn’t Read Like a Bernie Sanders Pamphlet

By John Zmirak, a Senior Editor, The Stream – This week we received a new Vatican document on the economy… “Considerations for an Ethical Discernment Regarding Some Aspects of the Present Economic-Financial System.”… So pardon me for having low expectations. But the new Vatican document mostly exceeds them. Or so Acton Institute scholar Sam Gregg reports. It still has problems (as we’ll see). Still, the latest document from Rome shows a surprising grasp of detail, according to Gregg….

Empty Cradle, Empty Pews? What the Low Birth Rate Means for Catholics

By Kevin J. Jones, CNA/EWTN News – Demographic reports indicate that the U.S. birth rate is at a 40-year low, with significant declines among Hispanic women. That low birth rate could mean declining Mass attendance because couples with children are more likely to attend church, one demographer says.

A Homeschool Success Story! A Refusal, a Reversal – And a Reward

By Bob Kellogg, OneNewsNow – An art school in New York not-so-artfully waited until close to the deadline to tell a Mississippi homeschooler that she wouldn’t be accepted – then the Home School Legal Defense Association got involved… Erikka Leazer was more than qualified to enter the School for Visual Arts in New York with a high ACT score and her portfolio of art samples. But less than two weeks before the deadline for priority enrollment, the school informed her she was ineligible….

American Heritage Girls: An Answer to the Moral Relativism in the Girl Scouts

By Nancy Flory, The Stream – In the early 90s, Garibay came to a moral dilemma. The Girl Scouts changed their oath. The oath was to God, but the scouts pulled it. Now you can make an oath to whatever god you desire — or to no God at all. As a very involved mom, Garibay questioned why the Scouts would do that. “There’s more to it than just tolerance and diversity,” said Garibay

Priest Explains How Amoris Laetitia Was Really Written to ‘Normalize’ Homosexuality

Author Anonymous, LifeSiteNews – I said it right from the beginning, when Amoris Laetitia was first published, with its infamous Chapter 8 that allows individual conscience to trump objective moral law and thus effectively eliminate the notion of intrinsic moral evil: The real issue is not Holy Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried… The real issue is all about sodomy, and normalizing — even blessing — this behavior called by the Catechism “intrinsically disordered.” In what follows, I’ll try to “connect the dots” in order to clarify the bigger picture.

Mother’s Day and Boy Scouts

By Rebecca Hagelin, Patriot Post – The Boy Scouts of America’s recent decision to drive the final nail in its own coffin caused many moms a lot of heartache just in time for Mother’s Day… The nation’s premiere organization for boys is now dead, and the genderless carcass left behind will soon vanish into the ever-expanding cultural quagmire of sameness.

“Reconsidering” Humanae Vitae

By Randall Smith, The Catholic Thing – How could anyone consider Humanae Vitae without considering John Paul II’s development of that teaching in his long series of Wednesday addresses that make up his “Theology of the Body”? How about the many other places he mentions it?

Teens, Depression, and Divorce … and Hope

By Rob Schwarzwalder, The Stream – My friend Dr. Pat Fagan, a respected sociologist and the founder of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute, describes divorce as a form of rejection: Parents reject one another and, by doing so, reject their children… The rejection of their kids might not be intentional and, in most cases, is not. However, when parents choose not to live in union with one another, their children are devastated. The wounds they bear can fester well into adulthood.

John Senior: A Guide for Fathers and Educators

By R. Jared Staudt, Catholic Exchange – I began teaching Senior’s writings at the Augustine Institute and then the University of Mary with amazing results. I should keep a tally of how many of students followed Senior’s poignant advice in his book, The Restoration of Christian Culture, to “smash your TV.” Today, of course, Senior would be saying, “smash you iPhone.” Why?

Exporting the Revolution To Africa

By Matthew Hanley, The Catholic Thing -The point that (Nigerian born author Obianuju Ekeocha) accentuates more pointedly than her predecessors is the sizeable ideological dimension built into the foreign aid agenda… Ekeocha sensibly writes that if her neighbors lost their home in a fire, she wouldn’t be foisting contraceptives upon them, along with the food and blankets. That would be regarded as offensive. So why should be this happening en masse in the form of Western “aid” to Africa?

Honoring our Mothers on Mothers Day: A Christian Reflection

By Deacon Keith Fournier, Catholic Online – For those whose mothers and grandmothers are still alive – cherish them today. Hug and kiss them. Honor them. Thank them. For those whose mothers have gone home to the Lord, remember them. For all who bear the name Christian, the name of our eternal family, let us also honor the Mother of the Lord today. Her maternal care for Jesus still embraces all those who are joined to Him, as members of His Body, by that great new birth of Baptism. 

Motherhood and Civilization

By Fr. John A. Perricone, Crisis Magazine – Crowns fall fittingly upon the head of the Virgin during this month of May, but it is also fitting that they fall upon the head of every mother. Mothers possess hearts that act like God’s megaphone. It is of the very nature of mothers to be God’s proxy in a world weary of God. Even when a science gone awry preempts much of mothers’ biological prerogative, that ghastly preemption cannot blunt the lovely music of mothers being mothers.

German Bishop: Pope Francis Has Clearly Hinted Support for Intercommunion Proposal

By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register – Three-quarters of German bishops voted in February in support of the draft proposal to allow Holy Communion for some Protestant spouses of mixed marriages. The bishops want the proposal published as a “pastoral handout,” but seven German bishops have opposed it, principally arguing that it touches on “the faith and unity of the Church” and so should not be “subject to a vote.”

Life In the Digital Age: How Society Still Struggles to Adapt to New Technology

By John Burger, Aleteia – She tested her theory further: “I went back to my social media use and saw a drastic decrease in scoring,” she related. But finally, in her last semester, she closed all  the accounts again, and her grades shot up again. “I decided that my self-inflicted study was correct: social media impacts student productivity.”…

Google Bans Pro-Life Ads Ahead of Ireland Vote to Legalize Abortion

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – As the vote on abortion quickly approaches in Ireland, another online media giant has decided to ban all ads related to the referendum… Google no longer will run ads related to the Irish abortion vote on its search site or YouTube, according to the Irish Independent. Google said the policies will apply to ads from both sides of the abortion debate; but when LifeNews searched Google for ads

Humanae Vitae 50th Anniversary: Archbishop Kurtz (Video)

By Archbishop Kurtz, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops – Archbishop Kurtz of the Archdiocese of Louisville speaks about the 50th anniversary of the encyclical Humanae Vitae…. The papal encyclical, Humanae vitae (HV) written by Blessed Pope Paul VI in 1968, provides beautiful and clear teaching about God’s plan for married love and the transmission of life. On this page, you will find a number of resources that will help you deepen your understanding of these teachings.

Shields, Not Swords

By Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., Heritage Foundation – Public debates about sensitive issues of culture, identity, and sexuality often get tangled up in terms and concepts. In particular, we confuse “rights” and “needs” in ways that in turn confuse our understanding of the appropriate role of government in these arenas. Untangling this knot is a first step toward fruitful debate of these sensitive matters….

Is Good Enough Good Enough When It Comes To Parenting?

By Susannah Pearce, Integrated Catholic Life – Is “good enough” good enough when you’re raising a Catholic family?  Colleen Duggan thinks so.  And she ought to know!  Colleen is a self-professed recovering type-A perfectionist, who has struggled in her quest to become the “perfect” Catholic mom of the “perfect” Catholic family.  And she has succeeded – not in achieving perfection….

How Should Catholics Deal With Addiction?

By Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald – One of the most compelling aspects of the wisdom of AA is sponsorship. New members are introduced to a sponsor or companion who will accompany them through their journey out of despair. These sponsors have made that journey already so know all the pitfalls and struggles themselves.

6 Toxic Personalities to Stay Away From

By Javier Fiz Pérez, Aleteia – Although we might not believe it, we can often be surrounded by people who have what we might call “toxic personalities.” These are people who tend to make us feel guilty even when we’re not at fault, who take advantage of us, and who have us at their mercy without us even realizing it.

When California Is Right and Texas Is Wrong

By John Zmirak, The Stream – California’s Bishops Defend the First Amendment – So when I see the words “Conference of Bishops” occur all together, I want to wrap my head in tinfoil and stick it in the microwave. For once, however, that impulse was out of place! Remember the new California law censoring speech on gay orientation? Well, the California bishops did the right thing. In the right way. In partnership with the best people.

Trail Life USA: Raising Boys to be Men in the Age of Equality

By Nancy Flory, The Stream – The Boy Scouts are not just for boys anymore. Girls are allowed to join the Cub Scouts and they’ll be allowed to join the Boy Scouts next year. Of course girls who identify as boys are allowed to join. We shouldn’t be surprised. Many people say that boys and girls are the same and that giving boys a separate space creates inequality….

8 Parenting Lessons from St. Therese’s Mom

By Chaunie Brusie, Aleteia – The more I read about St. Therese’s mother, Zelie Martin (now a saint herself), primarily through her own book, The Mother of the Little Flower, the more I’ve learned that even she couldn’t do it all…. Here are some pretty surprising lessons that we can learn from the mother of the world’s most beloved saint…

A Re-Reading (Relectio) of “Humanae Vitae,” Part II

By E. Christian Brugger,  The Catholic Thing – Another way to phrase this is to say that unity and procreation are intrinsic goods of the marital act. They are its goods precisely because they are defining goods of marriage itself. Marriage is a unitive and procreative type of friendship. The sexual act that takes its name from that friendship – the marital act – is likewise a unitive and procreative type of act.

Will ‘Love Win’ at the Supreme Court in 2018?

By Ronald J. Colombo, Acton Institute – Later this year, the U.S. Supreme Court will render a decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. At issue is whether Jack Phillips, a Denver-area baker, could lawfully refuse to create a cake for a same-sex wedding celebration. This case puts to test two critically important concepts.

The 5 Types of Tech Parents: Which One Are You?

By María Verónica Degwitz, Aleteia – We all know that technology has transformed our world — and the way we raise our kids. Every family has its own way of teaching kids about technology. Here are some of the typical patterns we’ve observed. Which one best describes you?

Cardinal Burke in Bratislava: Devastating Attack on Church Comes Even From “Her Head”

GloriaTV – Therefore, Burke encouraged the Catholics to “soldier on” in defence of the truth, “There can be no place for silence or an attitude of defeat”… He pointed out that “confusion and error” about Catholic marriage was first expressed by Cardinal Walter Kasper. This “became evident to the world during the first Synod of Bishops in 2014.”

Who Owns Your Child Part Two: Parental Rights Amendment

By Jennifer Hartline, The Stream – It comes down to this: Should the State have invincible authority over your child’s life?.. Go deeper and answer another question: Are the rights of free persons granted by their government, or recognized as coming from God?.. The people who fought to establish our free nation understood exactly where our most fundamental rights come from. In fact, they declared it “self-evident.”

Ben Shapiro: Left’s Attempt to Obliterate Sexual Distinctions in Boy Scouts Is a ‘Fascistic Matter’

By Michael Morris, CNSNews – On his daily Facebook Live podcast “The Ben Shapiro Show” Wednesday, host and Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Wire Ben Shapiro ripped the left for its attempt to obliterate sexual distinctions in the Boy Scouts, calling it a “fascistic matter.”… “Again, I think the obliteration of sexual distinctions is really, really stupid,” stated Ben Shapiro. “And not only that, it is, from the left, a fascistic matter…

Scouts’ Mixing of Genders Highlights Other Group’s ‘Boy Focus’

By Chris Woodward, OneNewsNow – Trail Life USA is a Christ-centered, boy-focused character leadership and adventure organization for young men. What began in 2013 now boasts upwards of 27,000 members spread across 49 states… “About half of our troops were formerly Boy Scout troops,” says Mark Hancock, CEO of Trail Life USA. “The awards that the boys earned in Boy Scouts are transferable over to Trail Life USA because a lot of them are the same skills such as camping, hiking, and outdoor skills.”

Reports: Soros Funding Border Caravan Invasion

By Michael F. Haverluck, OneNewsNow – “Last fall, Soros transferred $18 billion to the Open Society Foundations – the network of non-profits Soros uses to advance his globalist, borderless ideology both in the U.S. and around the world,” WND recounted. “The massive transfer – which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal – is roughly equivalent to the gross domestic product of Afghanistan, according to World Bank data. It is seen as a way for the 89-year-old Soros to avoid the estate tax – also known as the death tax – which penalizes large inheritances.”

Acts of the Disciples: Discipleship and Assisted Living

By Deacon Greg Lambert, Catholic Stand – Discipleship, which has no franchise fees or operating expenses, only requires old-fashioned “sweat equity” and time. Hours, days and weeks, once extremely scarce, are now available to serve God and neighbor in these latter years. The irony of time becoming more available as physical and mental ability lessens is, on the surface, troublesome….

A Re-Reading (‘Relectio’) of “Humanae Vitae” – Part 1

By E. Christian Brugger  The Catholic Thing – To “peruse” a text means to examine it carefully. To “reperuse” it means to return to it in order to examine it even more carefully, perhaps in light of new information relevant to its understanding. This type of re-examination, called in Latin a relectio, was common in 16th-century Catholic theology.

Why Christian Sexual Morality is Rejected

By James Kalb, Crisis Magazine – There are good arguments for traditional Christian sexual morality (CSM), but even so it’s fallen out of favor. Many in the Church have given up on it, saying it’s at most an ideal no one can be held to. What would be needed to bring it back and make it effective?.. A complete answer seems out of reach, but to begin we should look at some of the arguments and see why they’re not enough.

From Victims to Survivors: How Churches Can Help Women Escape and Recover From the Sex Industry (With Powerful Video)

By Liberty McArtor, The Stream – On April 6, federal authorities shut down Backpage.com, the most popular site to advertise prostitution and sex trafficking victims, according to one U.S. study. Yet that same day, the Women’s March called the shutdown an “absolute crisis for sex workers.”…

‘Assault on Boyhood’ Continues

By Chris Woodward, OneNewsNow – Thousands of girls are joining boys as Cub Scouts – and a Christ-centered organization for boys thinks that’s dangerous… The Boy Scouts announced in October 2017 that it would begin admitting girls into the Cub Scouts this year. A new program is planned next year for older girls based on the Boy Scout curriculum. Regardless, more than 170 groups of Cub Scouts are participating in an “early adopter” program.

Could a California Bill Ban Christian Teaching on Homosexuality?

By Christine Rousselle/CNA/EWTN News -A proposed law in California could have a chilling effect on free speech, warn critics who fear that it could ban efforts to explain and promote Christian teaching on sexual morality… “The broad reach of AB 2942 leaves even simple religious speech on same-sex attraction or activities open to legal action and impinges on the basic human right of freedom of religion,”

Adoption: A Journey of Faith Amid Crosses

By Emily Stimpson Chapman, National Catholic Register – (W)e live in a fallen world, which means that not everyone who can conceive a baby is in a position to raise a baby — even with assistance and support. And not everyone who can raise a baby can conceive a baby — even with medical intervention and countless prayers. Adoption can solve both those problems. It can give babies stable homes and give couples children to call their own.

More Sex Ed and Even More Stalinism at the Local School Board

By Austin Ruse & Cathy Ruse, The Stream – The craziness continued at the recent meeting of the Fairfax County sex-ed advisory committee. That’s the group responsible for creating over 80 hours of sex-ed for every public-school child… No wonder we’re lagging in math… Last month, the advisors changed the lessons so that whenever the kids hear a reference to a person’s “sex,” they are to be informed that sex is “assigned at birth.”

U.S. Bishop Reaffirms: ‘Contraception is Sinful,’ Has Caused Moral Decline

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – The head of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, Archbishop Paul Coakley, recently reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s teaching against contraception, explaining why “it is sinful,” and how it has contributed to moral decline, abetting adultery, divorce, abortion, pornography, so-called gay marriage, and  disrespect for women.

Plain Talk on Marriage by Dr. John Rosemond

By Dr. John Rosemond, Facebook page – Until they created the thirty-minute rule, my friends had felt obligated to devote themselves to their children through the entire evening. The more attention they gave the children, however, the more disobedient the children became. …

Trump’s Vitally Important Anti-Poverty Initiative

By Star Parker, Daily Signal – It takes a lot of courage for a president to target almost a quarter of the federal budget for reform in an election year… President Donald Trump (has new) executive order, “Reducing Poverty in America by Promoting Opportunity and Economic Mobility.”… We’re now spending more than $700 billion per year on low-income assistance, which is more than we are spending on our national defense… this spending is inefficient, wasteful, and counterproductive.

The Prophetic Vision of Blessed Paul VI

By Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Sooner Catholic – Pope Paul VI reminded Catholics and all people of good will that something as sacred as the transmission of human life cannot be cut loose from its moorings without grave consequences to individuals, marriages and families, and to society as a whole. The transmission of life and dignity of married love are integrally entwined. Both are sacred.

Tragic Irony in the Death of Toys “R” Us

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – For years, Toys “R” Us donated to Planned Parenthood – just like Target and Starbucks and countless other well-heeled corporations. It’s what socially conscious, left-leaning corporations do these days. But in Toys “R” Us’ case, there’s a perfectly reasonable case to be made that they were literally donating money to put themselves out of business.

The New States’ Rights: Is Parenthood Defined by Biology or Government?

By Adam J. MacLeod, The Witherspoon Institute – Less attention has been paid to the expansion of state power over the family. The Supreme Court cannot rewrite all of family law by itself. But family law must be rewritten to conform to new orthodoxies. So activists are asking lower courts to expand state power over the family. Proponents of redefinition are the new states’ rights activists.

Playing with Power – The Secret to Raising Strong Daughters

By John Clark, Seton Home Study School – After we arrived back home from Mass on a recent Sunday, my eight-year-old daughter Mary Katherine asked me if I would play “Littlest Pet Shop” toys with her… As I played with Mary Katherine, I was not only reminded of happy moments with my older daughters, but of something that we fathers can sometimes forget: the importance of spending time playing with children…

Little Men or Little Monsters: Louisa May Alcott on Teaching Boys

By Anthony Esolen, The Cardinal Newman Society – Now, you know that something is very wrong with your society when Louisa May Alcott strikes you as more sensitive to the masculine character and genius, and wiser about who boys are and how to make them into men, and more adventurous in her treatment of children generally than you are.

Forgiveness: The Condition of All Relationship

By Sam Guzman, The Catholic Gentleman – Mother Angelica, the spunky Italian nun, once quipped, “If it wasn’t for people, we could all be holy.” And it’s simply true. Which of us has not thought at one time or another that the path to sainthood would be so much easier if it were not for so-and-so who is a real thorn in our side?

Comprehensive Sex Education Violently Assaults Children and Their Innocence

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – (O)ne courageous group of parents is doing by organizing an international “Sex Ed Sit Out” on Monday, April 23 – and they’re already getting tons of interest and media coverage…. They’re urging parents in the U.S., Canada, and Australia to pull their kids out of school on that day in protest against the growing trend of graphic sex-ed curricula, and to let the principals of their school know why.

Book Review: How to Raise Kind Kids — And Make Family Life Happier

By Andrew Mullins, Mercatornet – Lickona weaves his Christianity into the book in a totally natural way, making it clear that kindness is a universal value.  Christianity simply affirms this: if we say we love God and fail to love others, we are kidding ourselves; unless we love as Christ loved, the penny has not dropped.  Religion demands habits of kindness.  Kindness is anything but a discretionary quality of character.

The Kids Aren’t Alright

By Brad Miner, The Catholic Thing – Tomorrow (4/17/18), Fathom Events (best known for short-run theatrical re-releases of classic films and for simulcasting opera live to movie theaters) will present in 750 “cinemas nationwide” a documentary directed by Jonathan Cipiti entitled The Dating Project…

Seven Spiritual Mistakes of “Good Catholic Parents”

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – Prayerful, engaged parents understand their children better than anybody else does, except God. Moreover, each child is different. With children, while parents must be fair, one size does not fit all, and it never will. Neither the State nor the day care system nor the schools (nor even yours truly) can raise your children nearly as well as you can…

Secular Humanism’s Awful Inhumanity

By Tom Gilson, a senior editor, The Stream – You would think a movement calling itself “humanism” would promote human worth. You’d think it would distance itself respectfully from any movement that did the opposite… You would think that, but you’d be wrong — at least in the case of secular humanism and the atheistic movement it aligns itself with.

True Love: Elderly Man Tenderly Combs His Wife’s Hair After She Was Admitted to the Hospital (Video)

By Nancy Flory, The Stream – In a culture of throwaway marriages, one couple has stayed together “in sickness and in health,” and learned a thing or two about love and devotion… Nellie and Sam Jones have been married for over 70 years. When Nellie was admitted to the hospital for a kidney infection, Sam stayed by her side as much as possible. Recently, their son Jamie filmed his parents as Sam combed Nellie’s hair.

Planned Parenthood May Lose Some Title X Funding, and That’s Good for Women

By Kelli, Live Action News – Pro-lifers were gravely disappointed by Congress’s most recent failure to defund the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood… But all may not be as rosy as it looks for Planned Parenthood and its customary $500 million forced annual ‘gift’ from taxpayers. The Department of Health and Human Services appears to be looking beyond Planned Parenthood as a provider for family planning services — and Planned Parenthood is apparently not happy.

Restoring Courtship in a Hook-Up Culture: ‘The Dating Project’ Based on a College Class

By Ella Hadacek, EWTN News – The film, which will be in 600 theaters around the United States April 17 only, is based on a class taught by Boston College philosophy professor and Catholic Kerry Cronin… In her class, Cronin — who is called “the dating prof” around campus — gives her students an unconventional extra-credit assignment: Go on a date.

Rev. Graham: University of Tennessee’s ‘Sex Week’ ‘Simply Promoting Sin’

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – Commenting on the University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s currently ongoing “Sex Week,” where nearly every imaginable perverted sexual practice is celebrated and promoted to young undergraduates, Rev. Franklin Graham said the school is “simply promoting sin” and “parents should take steps to see this stopped — or pull their students out.”

Back From Africa – Zimbabwe’s Contraception at its Worst

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – The government has for decades, through its ministries of Health and Education, mandated that Zimbabwe’s contraception and comprehensive sex-education, “reproductive health”, be fully integrated throughout the school system. This includes primary, secondary and higher education institutions – one of the most aggressive and concentrated efforts I have encountered thus far.

Why a Liberal Arts Degree Will Be More Valuable Than an Engineering (or Law … or Accounting) Degree

By Nikola Krestonosich, Aleteia – The current consensus is that we are headed to a new job market where many of the jobs we know of today will no longer exist… the new realities of an economy that will prize highly-skilled, well-trained, and adaptable employees who work alongside very smart machines.

Uprooting the Evil of Sexual Exploitation

By Dawn Hawkins, The Daily Signal – How would we react upon discovering the actual number of women and girls who are used for sex, abused, and discarded like trash through prostitution, pornography, and sex trafficking?.. What if we could quantify the pain that sexual abuse inflicts on the women, men, and children who suffer it? What if we could calculate—and truly comprehend—the collective damage sexual exploitation does to those around us?

There is Nothing ‘Adult’ About Pornography

By Rob Schwarzwalder, The Stream – Stephanie Clifford is known more commonly by her stage name, “Stormy Daniels.” She is also often billed as an “adult film star.”.. She is not… There is nothing “adult” about pornography. It is the abasement of personhood by adults. There is nothing “mature” about this.

EDITORIAL: ‘Humanae Vitae’ and the ‘Chemical Corset’

By The Editors, National Catholic Register – “Much of the moral conflict, broken family life, social unraveling and gender confusion that seems so common today stems — directly or more subtly — from our disordered attitudes toward creation and our appetite to master, reshape and even deform nature to our wills,” said Archbishop Chaput.

How Much More Bad PR Can You Stand, Target?

By Chris Woodward, Billy Davis, OneNewsNow – Police say a man exposed himself to a little girl in the women’s restroom on March 31, when he entered a stall and told her to leave… Target’s corporate headquarters has been in a two-year battle with the Mississippi-based American Family Association after Target publicized its “inclusive” pro-transgender policy that allows men who identify as women to use the women-only facilities in stores..

Women Are the Heralds of ‘Humanae Vitae’

By Mary Hasson, EWTN News – It’s the stock complaint by left-leaning women since Humanae Vitae’s release 50 years ago: Celibate clergy should not make “rules” restricting women’s sexual and reproductive choices. Of course, this perspective misunderstands the Church’s teaching authority: The Church does not conjure up “rules” of morality according to the whims of men. She “faithfully guards and interprets” what has been entrusted to her, “the unshakable teaching of the Church,”

Sacramental Grace in Marriage

By Henry V. Sattler, C.SS.R., CatholicCulture – The sacramental grace of Matrimony then takes a Christian marriage out of the realm of the natural and makes the married couple connatural principles of supernatural action. In Casti Connubii Pius XI says, quoting the Council of Trent: . . . By raising the Matrimony of His faithful to the dignity of a true sacrament, [Christ] made it a sign and source of that peculiar internal grace by which ‘it perfects natural love, confirms an indissoluble union, and sanctifies both man and wife.’

Why Fathers Matter to the Future of Young Black Men

By Mary Rezac, CNS/EWTN News – Bishop Shelton Fabre, chair of USCCB Subcommittee for African-American Catholics (said) “I know that its manifestation in the African American community is unique, but I think in many cultures, that the whole notion of what it means to be a father, and how to support men who are fathers, and to call men to fatherhood, I think that that’s a need.. more than just in the African American community.”

Misunderstanding NFP: Where Catholics and Non-Catholics Get it Wrong

By Mary Rezac, Catholic News Agency – The encyclical Humanae Vitae by Pope Paul VI shocked the world when it was published in 1968… While society was in the midst of the sexual revolution, the pope wrote that couples could not morally use contraception as a means of planning or spacing their children… “It was an explosion in the Church,” said Dr. Janet Smith,

Symposium: ‘Humanae Vitae’ Teachings Essential for Stable Marriages, Families

By Mary Rezac, CNA/EWTN News – The promise of the sexual revolution and contraception was total sexual freedom for everyone… “Sex is for fun and now women can have just as much fun without the consequences,” Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco said about the claims of the sexual revolution in a recent talk… “That was the cry of the day, and yet somehow it didn’t work out that way,” he said… What went wrong?…..

FRC: Louisiana Court to Gov. Edwards: Stop Trying to Legislate!

Family Research Council – Last year the (Louisiana) legislature refused to go along with his policy of forcing any entity contracting with the state to agree to special privileges for people who identify as LGBT — including genderless bathrooms and showers. Governor Edwards then took matters into his own hands issuing an executive order to accomplish the Left’s objective of crushing religious freedom.

This Christian-Owned Wedding Venue May Have Just Solved the Gay Marriage Dilemma

Author By Will Maule, Faithwire – The owners make it abundantly clear that they will not reject anyone from hosting a wedding on their premises. Clearly, however, the potential customers will have to be comfortable with the fact that a portion of their money will be donated to organizations that actively campaign for the promotion of Biblical marriage between a man and a woman.

Humanae Vitae is Needed Now More Than Ever, Say Conference Attendees

By Mary Rezac, Catholic News Agency – Fifty years later, the teachings of Humanae Vitae are more relevant and necessary for the life of the Church than ever, participants at a recent symposium on the encyclical said… The encyclical by Pope Paul VI affirms, among other things, the Church’s teaching on natural family planning methods and rejects contraception as a morally valid method for the planning and spacing of children.

PRAGERU: Let Kids Be Kids (Humor)

By Lenore Skenazy,Prager University – Lenore Skenazy, President of Let Grow, encourages parents to do what parents have always done: follow basic safety rules, and then let their kids be kids..

Sex Education: Chipping Away at the Culture of Death

By Birgit Jones, Catholic Stand – The fierce battle between the Culture of Death and the Culture of Life is heightened now that there is a new administration in charge. In the realm of sex education, the stakes could not be any higher. The prize for the winner is the very souls of our children. God gave them to us for just a little while. It is our duty, as parents, to protect them… The devil, however, roams the earth seeking to destroy their innocence.

Newsweek Is Shocked, Shocked That Trump Appointee Is a Sane, Pro-Life Mom

By John Zmirak, The Stream – Let’s start with the headline: “Trump Sends Anti-trans Pro-lifer Bethany Kozma to Women’s Rights Conference at the U.N.” Okay, “anti-trans.” Does that mean that Kozma walks around harassing bearded “women,” or runs some group that wants to lobotomize them?

Pornography and Education Part 2: Reopening Windows of Wonder

Sean Fitzpatrick, The Cardinal Newman Society – Parents and teachers should never refrain from talking straightforwardly to youth in their care about other wrongs rampant in our culture and pornography should join these topics; especially since young men are more likely to encounter and be drawn towards pornography than to many other moral corruptions

A Crisis of Authority: Humanae Vitae 50 Years Later

By Dave McClow,  Catholic Exchange – In the spring of 1968, almost three years after the Second Vatican Council closed, hope was still high that artificial contraception would no longer be considered a mortal sin. Rumors circulated that the committee studying the matter would advise the Pope to lift the prohibition.

No Way Out

By Anthony Esolen, The Catholic Thing – A young man has been harassed… and threatened with anal rape (in an obscene cartoon on his bathroom mirror, which met with a shrug from the authorities), for affirming on a bulletin board the truth and beauty of marriage according to nature, the Church, and Jesus Christ….

Dealing With a Walk-Away World

By John Horvat II, Crisis Magazine – Our walk-away world is an ambiguous place where people do not like to define things. They prefer to act upon impulses…  I do not blame this walk-away world on the new generation. In fact, I think it is the product of successive generations, including my own, that have succumbed to the intemperance of our times. We want everything now, instantly and effortlessly.

Archdiocese Removes Girl Scouts, Citing Catholic Conflict

By Ann Saladin, Guest Blogger, National Catholic Register – The Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas, led by Archbishop Joseph Naumann, released a statement on May 1 “to begin the process of transitioning away from the hosting of parish Girl Scout troops and toward the chartering of American Heritage Girl troops.”… as the gap between the Girl Scout program and the pro-life, pro-family teachings of the Church continues to widen, including Girl Scouts regular promotion of pro-abortion women and organizations…

Thoughts for Parents Who Have Lost a Child

By Dennis Prager, Daily Signal – Why does this guy, who hasn’t gone through what I have, think he has something to say about the death of a child? What does he know about the unspeakable pain I live with?… Abraham Lincoln, who had a very difficult life—including the death of two of his sons, a psychologically troubled wife, and the management of a horrific civil war—famously said, “Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”

The West’s War on Children

By Bruce Frohnen, The Imaginative Conservative –
Institutions and entire societies are literally being hollowed out from the inside by a refusal to have children. As anyone who pays attention to such things has noticed, the downward spiral of populations is far from just an east Asian phenomenon. Europe has been demographically imploding for decades and has suffered prolonged periods of slow and no growth….

Video: Unemployed Men Feel Emasculated

By Publius, The Patriot Post – As part of Tucker Carlson’s “Men in America” series, former “Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe gives his perspective on the effect of unemployment on men in the U.S. and why he believes work is not seen as a virtue in today’s society. Indeed, men are in crisis.

The Female Nuclear Physicist Who Created a Fertility App

CNA/EWTN News – Meet Elina Berglund: a nuclear physicist who will be known as the woman who developed the first natural cycle fertility app to have been internationally certified as an effective means of avoiding pregnancy.

Will Cupich “Accompany” Reluctantly Divorced and Abandoned Spouses?

By Jennifer Roback Morse, Crisis Magazine – Cardinal Cupich has been holding seminars on implementing Amoris Laetitia. These “New Momentum Conferences” will “provide formative pastoral programs.” I wonder whether these seminars will include anything for reluctantly divorced persons. No one else seems to be doing anything for abandoned spouses.

Video: Tucker Carlson Asks Psychology Professor: What Is Happening to Men?

Patriot Post, March 10, 2018 – Fox News’ Tucker Carlson and psychology professor Jordan Peterson debut a new “Men in America” series…

Analysis: Overturning Humanae Vitae’s Teaching, a ‘Crime Against the Church’

By Andrea Gagliarducci, Catholic News Agency – Speaking at a presentation of a book on Humanae Vitae, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Mueller, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, stressed… “The current attempt to put in contrast the last three pontificates, with the pretext of imposing an heterodox teaching to the faithful is a crime against the Church and a betrayal of her mission and mandate, whose final task is that of preserving the faith authentically inherited by the apostles.”

The Real International Women’s Day is the Feast of the Annunciation

By Joanna Bogle, Catholic Herald – I didn’t celebrate International Women’s Day. Its history is cruel: it was imposed in the old USSR immediately after the 1917 Revolution and for the next decades there were slogans every year on March 8th about the glories of being a woman under socialism, while women died in their millions in the Soviet-imposed famines of the 1930s….

The Educational Importance of Manners

By John Horvat II,  Return to Order – if we believe that education involves the formation of the whole character in addition to imparting knowledge, then we must enthusiastically endorse manners as something that has an enormous educational importance.

Sex Education: Chipping Away at the Culture of Death

By Birgit Jones, Catholic Stand – The fierce battle between the Culture of Death and the Culture of Life is heightened now that there is a new administration in charge. In the realm of sex education, the stakes could not be any higher. The prize for the winner is the very souls of our children. God gave them to us for just a little while. It is our duty, as parents, to protect them….

Florida Declares Pornography a ‘Public Health Risk’

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – The Florida House of Represenatives recently passed a resolution declaring pornograpjy a “public health risk” and acknowledging “the need for education, prevention, research, and policy change to protect the citizens” of Florida from the dangers of pornography… The resolution was introduced by Republican House member Ross Spano (59th District) and passed by a voice vote on Feb. 20.

Kleins Still Seeking America’s Promise of Protection

By Chris Woodward, OneNewsNow – It was January 2013 when the Kleins refused to take an order for a same-sex “wedding” cake – and the legal battle that ensued marked one of the country’s first cases that pitted a business owner’s religious views against non-discrimination laws that include homosexuals.

Archives: Kennedy Replaces the “Laws of Nature” with His Own

By Paul Kengor, Crisis Magazine – Same-sex “marriage” advocates will heartily celebrate July 4 this year, thrilled with the possibilities in the New America they’re creating in their own image. They will be especially grateful to Anthony Kennedy and the four liberal justices who gave them gay “marriage” by assuming unto themselves what Thomas Jefferson two-and-a-half centuries ago called “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.”

On EWTN Orthodox Catholic Author Warns Pope Francis Has Deliberately Created Confusion

By Lisa Bourne, LifeSiteNews – Pope Francis has deliberately created confusion to allow for Catholic teaching to be circumvented, a longtime Catholic commentator has said, and Francis’ inner circle contains people more radical in their beliefs than him… Intervention is needed in the direction Francis is taking the Church, Lawler said in a discussion on The World Over centering on some of the confusing and controversial aspects of the Francis pontificate.

Fatherless Shooters … as Liberals Push for Fatherless Families

By Paul Kengor, Crisis Magazine – A fascinating fact has emerged in the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida mass shooting: 26 of the 27 deadliest mass shooters in American history all happened to share one thing in common. What might that be?… All but one of the 27 was raised without his biological father.

How to Get Catholic Content Without Cable

By David Ives, Aleteia – Cord cutting is here to stay it would seem. In fact, according to an article in Forbes, the number of households subscribing to cable TV is expected to decline by more than 25 percent by the year 2027… roughly one out of every four people in the United States identifies as members of the Church… it’s a safe bet that a lot of Catholics are going to be among those joining the exodus from cable.

Want Greater Protection for Your Child? Consider Marian Consecration

By Carrie Gress, EWTN – “Mary is here to help us,” I wrote in the book, “with every struggle that we face. Drawing closer to her through this consecration will only make her presence in your life more noticeable. She is your mother. She loves you very much and will help you with whatever happens in your life. If you let her, our loving mother will always lead you home to her Son in heaven.”

A Man’s Life-The Way of the Monastic Warrior: Lessons from Major Dick Winters

By Brett and Kate McKay, The Art of Manliness – Few modern men become full-time monks, and few will serve as combat commanders. But spending a season in martial monasticism, working with unadulterated focus to develop body, mind, and spirit to their fullest potential — can reap mighty benefits. Especially when undertaken in one’s youth, it can act as a foundation that sets the rest of your life on the right course…..

Parents Are the Primary Educators of Their Children

By Dr. David Tamisiea, St. Philip Institute – The Catholic Church teaches that marriage by its very nature has two primary “ends” or purposes: Marriage by divine design is a covenant between a man and a woman that is for the good of the spouses themselves and for the procreation and education of children (CCC 1601, 2201). This two-fold purpose is not something the Church arbitrarily imposes upon marriage….

Why Did We Forget How to Date? New Documentary Aims to Find Out

By Mary Rezac, CNA – The students, (Cronin) added, welcome the dating guidance… “I am amazed at how much this generation of young adults wants coaching in all areas of their life… They are hungry for coaching, and they responded so well to these rules I was amazed. In some ways I have no idea why they would do this, but then they do and they’re happy and they want people to help them navigate situations where they need to be brave.”

Parents Just Lost Custody of Teenage Daughter Who Wants to ‘Transition’ to a Boy: What You Need to Know

By Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., The Stream – Parents in Ohio lost custody of their 17-year-old daughter Friday because a judge ruled that she should be allowed to receive therapy, including testosterone therapy, to identify as a boy. Without commenting on the specifics of this case just outside Cincinnati, Americans can expect to see more cases like it as government officials side with transgender activists….

Why the Medical Profession Should Embrace Natural Family Planning

By Joanna Bullivant, Catholic Herald – Beyond these considerations, as I noted above, my doctors’ responses imply a belief that those using NFP don’t care about pregnancy, that is, that artificial contraception is a more responsible route. On the contrary, successful long-term practice of NFP demands communication between partners, commitment, and, indeed, openness to the possibility of pregnancy and the responsibilities that will bring.

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: Contraception is Not the Answer

By Father Shenan J. Boquet, President, Human Life International – Troubling rumors have been swirling around Rome for months now about an alleged papal commission tasked with undertaking an “historical review” of Blessed Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae. Despite initial denials about the existence of the commission, it appears that a Vatican official has just confirmed that there is, in fact, such a commission at work.

LifeSiteNews: This Wedding Homily is So Awesome, It Could Save Your Marriage

Pete Baklinski, LifeSiteNews – A Catholic deacon gave an extraordinary wedding homily to a young couple outlining where a married man and woman can find the “golden keys” to unlock the secrets to true peace, joy, and happiness in their marriage.

Defending Humanae Vitae: A Bishop Stands Up for the Truth (Video)

By Dr. Jared Staudt, Those Catholic Men – Archbishop Samuel Aquila, Archbishop of Denver, just released a pastoral letter commemorating the anniversary of Humanae Vitae, titled The Splendor of Love.It’s short and accessible and I can’t recommend it highly enough to all TCM readers. It has a lot to say about the challenges we face in our culture and how we need to respond to them as faithful, Catholic men…

BreakPoint: America’s Reversal on Gay ‘Marriage’

By John Stonestreet, The Stream – The fight over same-sex “marriage” already seems like a distant memory. But the way it was fought is the mother of all worldview lessons… According to recent surveys, Americans — especially younger generations — are more supportive of gay “marriage” than ever before. One Gallup poll revealed that a strong majority — 64 percent — approve of the rights invented and bestowed on same-sex couples by the Supreme Court in the Obergefell decision.

How to Use Lent to Improve Your Marriage

By Chloe Langr, Aleteia – Even though it feels like we just put away our Christmas trees, Lent is upon us. Most people I know think about Lent as a time to give things up and “deprive yourself.” But the season is also about giving more of yourself to others, including those who you love the most. And since Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day this year…..

“Humanae Vitae” Under Siege. But It Will Have To Go Over Wojtyla and Caffarra’s Dead Bodies

By Chi Sono,L’Espresso – Fifty years after its publication, Paul VI’s encyclical “Humanae Vitae” against artificial contraception is now solidly in the overhaul shop, as Settimo Cielo documented in the previous post…. And it is evident that Pope Francis’s intention is to bring about the reversal – which means in practice to legitimize contraceptives….

Denver Archbishop Spotlights Humanae Vitae in New Pastoral Letter

By CNA Daily News – In a new pastoral letter honoring the 50-year anniversary of Humanae Vitae, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver underscored the perennial significance of the church’s sexual teachings, saying they are a gift and a light in darkness. “I write this pastoral letter to you, my brothers and sisters, to affirm the great beauty of the Church’s consistent teaching Through the centuries on married love, a love that is so desperately needed today,”

Pres. Trump Appoints a ‘Deep-in-the-Bones Social Conservative’ New HHS Secretary

By Joan Frawley Desmond,National Catholic Register – The president directed Azar to “unravel the tangled web of special interests that are driving prices up for medicine and for really hurting patients.”.. The president and Republican Party lawmakers contend that Azar’s regulatory background and his grasp of the underlying issues that fuel the rise in drug prices and opioid use make him a strong candidate for fixing these problems.

THE ARCHIVES: Birth Control and Catholic Priests

BY FR. DWIGHT LONGENECKER, PATHEOS – When mother and father decided to limit their family to two children by artificial means they usually do so in order for the woman to go back to work. The silent statement is, “What is most important to this family is to have as much income as possible.” and “The career. The career is everything! It comes first. Children? Meh.”

When Bad Marriages Happen to Good People

By Patti Armstrong, National Catholic Register – Good marriages breed happy people. Bad marriages breed misery. One comedian claims that divorce is always good news because happy marriages don’t end in divorce. However, we can make changes to steer things in a better direction… Some situations are beyond a person’s control, where separation is necessary, or a spouse has left. But for people seeking help overcoming challenges…..

Cardinal Burke: True Understanding of Marriage “Fundamental to the Transformation of Western Culture” (w/video)

Voice of the Family – In his address Cardinal Burke provided wide ranging catechesis on Catholic teaching on marriage and the family. The foundation of his talk was that “the proclamation of the truth about the conjugal union, in its fullness, and the correction of the contraceptive thinking which fears life, which fears procreation” is “fundamental to the transformation of western culture.”

Transgender Ideology Hurts Kids

By Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., Daily Signal – Properly understanding sex, gender, gender identity, and gender dysphoria will continue to be pressing concerns in 2018… As new gender ideologies are promoted throughout America, their lies will impact not only those who suffer from gender dysphoria, but all children who need to mature in their self-understanding as a boy or girl…

Bipartisan View: Health Care Huge Issue for Voters

By  Chris Woodward, OneNewsNow – It is something Democrats have championed and Republicans failed to repeal, and the Affordable Care Act continues to light a fire under voters… Hadley Heath Manning, says “(Dems) always been on the side of ‘more coverage’ and specifically more coverage through the Affordable Care Act programs…It reminds me actually of a Ronald Reagan quote that the closest thing to eternal life on earth is a government program.”

LifeSiteNew: Parish Cancels Talk by Pro-LGBT Priest After Protest by Faithful Catholics

By Doug Mainwaring, LifeSiteNews – A lay Catholic group (Tradition, Family and Property (TFP)) known for its fidelity to Church teaching on life, marriage, and family has successfully campaigned to have a Catholic parish cancel a talk offered by pro-homosexual priest and Vatican adviser Fr. James Martin. The Jesuit priest is now on a warpath against the Catholic group, slamming them on social media as “bullies.”

Why Being Financially “Successful” Is More Attainable Than You Think

By Cynthia Dermody, Aleteia – Shawn Achor (author)… (said) Just do the first four items on this list for two minutes a day for 21 days… Practice gratitude… Start a journal. Include something good that happened to you that day… Be kind. It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture… Meditate or pray/

A Marriage Creed: Professing and Defending Truth in a Time of Confusion

By Dr. Jared Staudt, Those Catholic Men – One tenant of Catholic belief suffers attack more than any other right now: marriage and family life. Not only do people attack, both within and out of the Church, but many are just downright ignoring it. Fewer people than ever are getting married and having children. The natural and supernatural order of married love is central to God’s plan for our happiness.

Portuguese Diocese Endorses Communion for Remarried

By Staff Reporter, Catholic Herald – The Braga document says that divorced and remarried Catholics may receive Communion after a process of discernment of around six months… Under the Church teaching reaffirmed by John Paul II and Benedict XVI, Communion is only possible if an individual resolves to live “in complete continence”. The new guidelines appear to say that this is not necessary.

The Medical Monsters Among Us

By Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine – There is a great deal to commend in the book When Harry Became Sally (Encounter Books), coming out in February, but what jumped out at me was the chapter on the victims of transgenderism and their genuine anger at a medical and therapeutic establishment that lied to them; offered them no options, and caused real and permanent harm to them.

What’s Destroying Some Catholic Marriages? The Answer May Surprise You

By Kate Veik, CNA – Of the countless Catholic couples who have come through Father T.G. Morrow’s office in Washington D.C. for marriage counseling, two remain imprinted in the priest’s mind even today… these two Catholic couples were the ideal; they were open to life, they formed their children in the faith and they frequented the sacraments… But both of these marriages fell apart. The culprit? Anger.

Transgenderism: A State-Sponsored Religion?

By  Andre Van Mol, The Witherspoon Institute – We are told that we must comply with the insatiable demands of transgender politics. Any failure to do so is a damnable transgression. As David French puts it, “In the secular faith of the illiberal Left, pronoun mandates have become the equivalent of blasphemy codes.”

Homeschooling Is Not a Crime

By Michelle Malkin, Daily Signal – Education control freaks will use any excuse to crack down on competition. With 2 million K-12 students now educated at home (including our 9th-grade son), the temptation to exploit the most marginal cases of alleged child abuse by homeschoolers has proven irresistible to statist politicians and government apologists.

What in the World is Love?: A Reflection for the Young

By Douglas McManaman, CERC – It is interesting that so many young people think of love as something inexpressible and unknowable in itself, as if it is the unutterable mystery that a person can only experience, but never define. There is certainly mystery in human existence, mystery that will always evade the grasp of human reason and thus resist our attempts to contain it in a simple definition….

Msgr. Charles Pope: Advice for the Married: Don’t Forget the Gifts in Strange Packages

By Msgr. Charles Pope – So, true love is more about endurance than it is about chocolates and teddy bears. We prove our love at precisely those moments when the people we love test our patience, put a strain on our kindness, and tempt us to anger. Love is truly love—and not just infatuation—when it proves itself in the crucible of suffering (Humility Rules, pp. 59-60).

St. Charbel: All the Forces of Evil Are Focused on Destroying the Family

By Gretchen Filz, GetFed – The war of the Evil One against the Lord is his war against the family, and the war of the Evil One against the family is the core of his war against the Lord. Because the family is the image of God, from the beginning of the creation of this universe, The Evil one is focusing on destroying the family, the foundation of God’s plan.” – St. Charbel

The 4 Prophetic Catholic Warnings on the Effects of Chemical Contraception

By Fr. John Hollowell, Courageous Priest – “Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ?  ..the immoral person sins against his own body.  Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you… Therefore glorify God in your body.”… As every scripture scholar acknowledges, St. Paul is here warning the Corinthians about a particular type of sin – sexual immorality that was so rampant at the time in Corinth

Resolve to Enjoy a ‘Year of Dates’ (With Your Spouse)

Author Sarah Bartel, Your Family Matters – The wide-open sweep of the calendar year ahead is a great opportunity for married couples to plan a year’s worth of date nights with each other. Daytime dates work, too! Setting the intention to spend regular time enjoying your husband or wife’s company builds up friendship and satisfaction, strengthening your marriage.

Professor Rebukes New Academy for Life Member’s ‘Disastrous’ Approval of Contraception

By Diane Montagna, LifeSiteNews – A prominent Austrian Catholic philosopher.. Professor Josef Seifert… has said the positions of Fr. Maurizio Chiodi, delivered on Dec. 14, 2017 during a public lecture at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, contain “disastrous general philosophical errors that have been magisterially and forcefully rejected by Pope John Paul II in Veritatis Splendor.”

Bishop Schneider Explains the Kazakhstani Profession of Truths on Marriage

By Carl Bunderson, Catholic News Agency – Bishop Schneider, an auxiliary bishop of Maria Santissima in Astana, was a drafter of the “Profession of the immutable truths about sacramental marriage” issued by three Kazakhstani bishops Dec. 31, 2017… The bishops stated it is not licit to admit to sacramental communion Catholics who are divorced-and-remarried, if they are not living according to the long-standing teachings of the Church.

Academy for Life Member Uses Amoris Laetitia to Justify Contraceptive Use

By Edward Pentin, EWTN News – As predicted last year, moves are underway to push the idea that what some see as a “new moral paradigm” in Amoris Laetitia — to give Holy Communion to some living in irregular unions — could be applied to Humanae Vitae to allow contraception in certain cases.

Cardinal: Those Who Practice Homosexuality, Contraception, Adultery Cannot Receive Communion

By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, LifeSiteNews – Cardinal Juan Sandoval Íñiguez, Archbishop Emeritus of Guadalajara, Mexico, rejected the possibility of giving Holy Communion to people who commit the sins of homosexuality, contraception, and adultery… He also called homosexuality a “psychological illness” that leads to the self-destruction of its practitioners. He accused the elite financial class of the Anglo-Saxon countries of seeking to impose gender ideology on developing countries…

The Hollywood Hypocrisy Awards Show (Watch Video)

By Nate Jackson, The Patriot Post – Hollywood leftists are playing their own gross hypocrisy on the sexual abuse issue for political gain. For what it’s worth, the Golden Globes aired on NBC, yet there was no mention of Matt Lauer. But that’s only part of the story. The bigger story is how they’ve turned entertainment into indoctrination.

New Report Proves Abstinence Education Works: Fewer High School Students Having Sex

BY TONY PERKINS, LIFENEWS – For every parent who’s tried to tell their teenage kids that “everyone’s not doing it,” here’s proof! According to the CDC’s new nationwide report, the number of high school students who said they’ve ever had sex dropped from 47 percent in 2005 to 41 percent in 2015.

Fr. James Martin is Not Telling the Truth About the Church’s Teaching on Sexuality

By Jennifer Hartline, The Stream – What Fr. Martin misstates is this: “Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.”‘ CCC 2357… Homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered. Not the person. Fr. Martin also fails to ever mention why the Church teaches that these acts are disordered, because that reasoning doesn’t help his cause.

Bishops’ Letter on Sexual Identity Prompts LGBT Counter-Lobbying

CNA/EWTN News – The Dec. 15 letter “Created Male and Female” was published on the website of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Catholic signers included Archbishop Charles Chaput, Bishop James Conley, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, Bishop Joseph Bambera (and ther signers)… The religious leaders stressed that male and female are God-given differences that must be publicly acknowledged, and that those who are confused about their own identity deserve authentic support.

Fr. Lanzetta: The Theological Importance of Humanae Vitae and Its Prophecy for Our Time

By Fr Serafino M. Lanzetta, Voice of the Family – This address was delivered on 28 October 2017 at Voice of the Family’s conference, “Humanae Vitae: Setting the Context” which marked the approach of the 50th anniversary year of the encyclical letter Humanae Vitae… The theological importance of Humanae vitae and its prophecy for our time

The Cure for Toxic Masculinity is Real Masculinity

By Robin Koerner, The Stream – The true masculine, or the “sacred masculine” if you prefer, is kind, honest, controlled, disciplined, heroic, protective, strong, rational, and even clever. Throwing out the baby of masculinity with the bathwater of disrespect is absolutely the last thing we need to be doing…

Tall Trans Tales for a Gullible Age

By Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine – Nutt says the little boy liked to play with Barbie dolls and wear his princess dress. Here’s a question for Nutt; where did he get Barbie dolls to play with and the princess dress? As far as I can tell, this adopted boy did not have any older sisters. Did Barbie dolls and a princess dress just happen to appear in his bedroom?

Cardinal Burke: Homosexuality is ‘Abnormal,’ Church Should Not Apologize for Her Teaching

By Claire Chretien, LifeSiteNews – The Catholic Church doesn’t need to ask forgiveness for its teachings on sexual morality, Cardinal Raymond Burke said in a new interview… Burke, one of the dubia cardinals and best-known defenders of Catholic orthodoxy around the world, addressed the Pope’s June 2016 claim that the Church should apologize to homosexuals. He blasted abortion and homosexual acts as “absolutely unacceptable” and “against the nature that God has created for us.”

You’re Never Ready to Get Married. But That Shouldn’t Stop You.

By Dennis Prager,Daily Signal – In every age, people say and believe things that aren’t true but somehow become accepted as “conventional wisdom.”.. The statement “I’m not ready to get married” is a current example. Said by more and more Americans between the ages of 21 and 40 (and some who are older than that), it usually qualifies as both meaningless and untrue.

Telling Lies with the Body: Expert Christopher West explains Pope John Paul II’s ‘Theology of the Body’

By Christopher West, BeliefNet – What is the “Theology of the Body”?.. “Theology of the Body” is the working title that John Paul II gave to the first major teaching project of his pontificate. He delivered it in 129 short talks between 1979 and 1984. It’s a biblical reflection on the meaning of human embodiment, particularly as it concerns human sexuality, marital love and erotic desire…

Hungary Wants Larger Families Instead of Importing Migrants

By Voice of Europe – Hungary is dedicated to solving demographic problems by strengthening families instead of promoting and organising migration, the head of parliament’s welfare committee told a meeting of Visegrad Group family policy parliamentary committees on Thursday… Every country must find its individual response to demographic challenges, Gabriella Selmeczi, of ruling Fidesz, said.

When the LGBT Bullyboys Come Calling

By Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine – A few weeks ago, I outed the anti-Christian Human Rights Campaign as a “font of evil.” I asserted they are in the business of persecuting Christian believers who may disagree with the homosexual agenda. I explained how they are rich and powerful and want to force their agenda on school children… A few days later, I received a letter from one Darrin Hurwitz, General Counsel of the anti-Christian Human Rights Campaign. It was a threat letter. It is a bully-letter.

The Baby Who Was 24 at Birth

By Culture Beat, The Patriot Post – As Wesley Smith of National Review writes3, “This story should affect the way we look at the moral value of frozen IVF embryos. They are not just so many frozen cells but living human organisms capable of being gestated to healthy birth. Indeed, that was the purpose for which they were brought into being.”

The Sexual Crisis Is a Crisis of Character 

By Paul C. Vitz, First Things – Moral relativism was nothing to worry about, since psychology taught that the self is all good. But it is not surprising that many people chose selfish goals. In addition, when there was disagreement about values, it was common to hear: “Don’t tell me what is right or wrong”; or, “I have my truth, you have yours.”

SAD TIMES! Fr. James Martin Praises ‘Out’ Gay Priest

By Rodney Pelletier,  ChurchMilitant – Jesuit homosexualist Fr. James Martin is praising a Wisconsin priest for “coming out,” calling him a pioneer… On December 18, the National Catholic Reporter (NCR) — a self-professed dissident Catholic news organization — featured an article where Fr. Gregory Greiten admits he is “gay.”

Dear Cosmopolitan: Your Evil Sexual Advice is Literally Destroying Countless Women

By Jonathon Van Maren, LifeSiteNews, -Teen magazines have always been trashy. The covers scream sex advice at young girls, giving them thousands of sizzling tips on how to keep their boyfriend happy, all of which seem to involve a wide range of sexual behavior at a very young age… Self-objectification, apparently, is sexy.

Blog:  Actresses Will Wear Black at the Golden Globes to Protest Sexual Harassment

By DCG  – From MSN: Stylish has learned from sources close to the 2018 Golden Globe Awards that many of the female actress who will be attending the show will be wearing black dresses as a sign of protest against sexual harassment and assault in the entertainment industry.

Republican Tax Bill Says Your 16-Year-Old Won’t Be Your Child Next Year

By Terence P. Jeffrey, CNSNews -The Republican bill suspends the personal exemption from 2018 through 2025. So, this year, under current law, a married couple with five children will be able to deduct $28,350 from their taxable income using seven personal exemptions. But, under the Republican bill, they will be able to deduct $0 for personal exemptions in 2018—and 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025.

What Can Priests Practically Do to Combat the Porn Epidemic?

By Mary Rezac, CNA/EWTN News – Online pornography is one of the fastest growing addictions in the United States, on par with cocaine and gambling… Once confined to the pages of a smuggled Playboy magazine, pornography can now be in the hands of anyone with a smartphone, and is more prolific and anonymous than ever.

In No Way Does Amoris Laetitia Authorize ‘Unrestricted Access to the Sacraments’

BY ANITA BOURDIN, ZENIT – The Post-Synodal Exhortation Amoris Laetita in no way authorizes “unrestricted access to the Sacraments,” explained the Argentine Bishops in 2016, in an interpretation of the Exhortation’s text, validated by Pope Francis in a letter. The two documents are published in Spanish on the Vatican’s Internet site.

Possible Political ‘Sea-Shift’ Ahead

By Chris Woodward, OneNewsNow – Rumors continue to swirl that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy plans to retire soon. If that happens, one attorney says the political equivalent of Armageddon can be expected… American Family Association (AFA) legal counsel Abraham Hamilton III says one of the biggest legacies of any president will be the legacy the chief executive makes in the federal judiciary.

Manhood Is Not Natural

By Glenn Stanton, The Witherspoon Institute – As George Gilder.. in Men and Marriage, “Unlike a woman, a man has no civilized role or agenda inscribed in his body.”… His transition into manhood can only come into being with significant, intentional work by other men. As a behavior, manhood must be learned, proven, and earned. As an identity, manhood must be bestowed by a boy’s father and the community’s larger fraternity of men.

The Unraveling of the Sexual Revolution (Who is Next?)

By Sean McDowell, The Stream – The persistent narrative of the sexual revolution since the 1960s has been that biblical sexuality is repressive and harmful. Sexual “liberation,” according to this view, is what gives life true fulfillment. In fact, an article in the science section of the New York Times argued that guilt is brought on by the conservative view of sex.

About Our Epidemic of Sexual Aggression

Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons, M.D., CERC – Peggy Noonan said, An aging Catholic priest suggested… “Contraception degenerates men,” he said, as does abortion. Once you separate sex from its seriousness, once you separate it from its life-changing, life-giving potential, men will come to see it as just another want, a desire like any other. Once they think that, then they’ll see sexual violations as less serious, less charged, less full of weight.

Can We Talk About Women?

By Jennifer Hartline, The Stream – The behavior of men is under the microscope right now… Their sexual appetites and their lack of restraint is getting them into deep trouble… (however) Women have accepted and perpetuated the nonsense that their strength comes from being “sexy” and “sizzling hot.” Women themselves have consented to being reduced to pieces and parts that gratify lust.

An Unelected Judge Is Overriding Trump’s Transgender Military Policy

By Tony Perkins, The Daily Signal – (L)ocal district judge thinks she should be able to do President Donald Trump’s job… Kollar-Kotelly is turning down the administration’s request for more time in dealing with the military’s transgender question… she’s holding the new administration to the old one’s radicalism, insisting that the Defense Department open its doors to people confused about their gender as early as Jan. 1.

The Truth about Men, Women, and Sex

By  Mark Regnerus, The Witherspoon Institute – The surprising avalanche of publicized sexual misdeeds rolls on, picking up actors, executives, and politicians along the way. What each are guilty of no doubt varies widely. But the court of public opinion is in no mood for fine distinctions.

How to Apply Business Principles to Your Marriage

By Dr. Malorie K. Schneider, Start Marriage Right – This (article) is about how to apply successful business practices to your marriage to keep your marriage from becoming a business… A marriage is a partnership that will likely grow to include children and become a “small business” called a family. The strength and health of the partner relationship is key to the “business” being successful.

Are Women Nothing More Than Sexual Objects?

Dr. Michael Brown, a Senior Contributor to The Stream – If an attractive young woman walks down the street wearing lewd, revealing clothing, that does not give anyone the right to touch her or abuse her or rape her. Absolutely, categorically, not… My question, though, is this: Isn’t it hypocritical for a woman to present herself as a sexual object — clearly, intentionally and unambiguously — if she doesn’t want to be seen as a sexual object?

Is Flirting Sexual Harassment?

By Mona Charen, The Patriot Post – So, when it comes to oafs like Al Franken and (insert your favorite reprobate here) and people ask, “How could he behave that way?” the answer has to begin with: Men will do what they think they can get away with. And for the last several decades, in matters of sex, it has been more or less anything goes. That may be changing as we speak.

Eric Metaxas: Secularists Finally Awakening to Reality — Time to Rethink ‘Relations,’ the Sexual Revolution

By Eric Metaxas, CNSNews – In surveying the wreckage, it’s hard to miss the bitter irony here. I’m reminded of C. S. Lewis in “The Abolition of Man” in which he writes, “In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function.  We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.”

The War on Poverty

By Luis E. Tellez, First Things – Never more than today, the Catholic Church faces enormous pressure to loosen sexual norms in response to suffering, because we are more aware of suffering than ever before… We must relieve suffering, but to what degree? We know that suffering is integral to the life of the Christian. Christ tells us to take care of the poor, but He also tells us “For you always have the poor with you”

Does God Command the Impossible?

By Kevin Clark, Catholic Exchange – God tells us that each has a choice: we can follow him and live or reject him and die. To be a true choice, either path must be possible. If God gives us a command that cannot actually be followed, then it must be that: 1) the one commanding is not really God; 2) the proposed command is not a real command; or 3) God is a monster who orders impossible things.

Thank Separating Sex From Morality for The Great American Sexual Meltdown

By Curt Anderson, The Federalist – The sexual abuse and harassment sweepstakes we are witnessing today is the direct result of our society deciding that Christian morality is narrow, repressive, and above all, not cool… Many people have asked me, “What (in the world) is going on here, with Roy Moore, John Conyers, Joe Barton, Al Franken, Matt Lauer, and all the others?” I’ll tell you what is going on: moral truth is dead in America.

Gentleman, Learn to Compliment a Lady

By Jennifer Hartline, A Senior Contributor to The Stream – It’s a small thing, given the degree of moral depravity we face, but I’d like to cast a vote for reclaiming the delights of chivalry and gentility. In our age of gorging on smut and porn and sex without restraint, with our real worries about sexual predators and abusers, we’ve lost the ability to admire beauty in each other and to enjoy it purely.

Easing the Loneliness of Stay-at-Home Moms

By Constance T. Hull, Catholic Exchange – I am a stay-at-home mom and many of my friends are stay-at-home moms. I have noticed—as have many of my friends—that in our desire to convince people that staying home is good and worthwhile, we portray the realities of day-to-day life in unrealistic terms. We pretend that we are constantly smiling at our children with joy and happily thanking God for the gift of doing the dishes,

LifeSiteNews:  U.S. Supreme Court Hears Case of Christian Who Refused to Bake Gay ‘Wedding’ Cake

By Claire Chretien, LifeSiteNews – The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments today on whether a Christian baker should be forced to go against his religious beliefs and create a same-sex “wedding” cake when asked to… The baker fighting for his right to not celebrate a same-sex “wedding” by creating a cake for it is Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado.

4th Century Wisdom for Today’s Problems

By Sean Morrisroe, Catholic Stand – A typical well to do middle-class family lives in a prosperous country. They are an intact family with a mother, father and three children. The father holds a prestigious position in the local town. The mother is a devout Christian. They have access to every material need they desire.  All seems well.

Are Smartphones Weapons of Mass Destruction?

By Rob Schwarzwalder, a Senior Contributor at The Stream – Young people do not just enjoy their smartphones and laptops. They are addicted to them… They use their smartphones all the time. In the classroom and while they are walking. While they are eating and while they are spending time with their friends. While they are at the beach and while they are being driven. And while they are driving.

Msgr. Charles Pope:  The “Fruits” of Contraception

Msgr. Charles Pope – In our culture’s current self-examination on sexual harassment and sexual abuse, we would also do well to ponder how the “contraceptive mentality” has contributed to the many sexually related problems of the day. This view insists that there is no necessary connection between sex and having children; it separates what God has joined. This has led to a whirlwind of confusion about the nature and purpose of sexual intimacy as well as about marriage and family.

The Tax Cut Families Need: Credits for Private Schooling

By John Zmirak, a Senior Editor of The Stream – It’s unclear as of this writing what, if anything, will come of the GOP tax bill. A key split has emerged among Republican senators. There are two key factions: Small government, pro-business fans of the lowest corporate tax rate they can pass.. Social conservatives who want to use tax policy to foster good decisions by taxpayers. For instance, having children.

Who Should Harry Marry?

By Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Patheos – The big news this week is the engagement of Prince Harry to (Meghan) Markle… Nobody likes to rain on the parade, but one or two people have had the temerity to point out that the bride to be has already been (ahem) a bride.. The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster (the leader of Catholics in England and Wales) has tweeted his official congratulations to the royal couple, sidestepping the matter that the bride is a divorcee, but like Pope Francis—who is he go judge?

Denzel Washington: Prison System Not to Blame for Crime in Black Communities

By Solange Reyner, Newsmax – Actor Denzel Washington on Monday said the prison system is not to blame for crime in black communities, and that, “if the father is not in the home, the boy will find a father in the streets,”… Washington, who plays a criminal defense lawyer who works to address social injustice in his new movie, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” said positive changes for people in the black community starts with the way children are raised.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: What is “Healing the Family Tree”?

By Fr. Dwight Longenecker – Fr Hampsch–a Claretian priest–wrote a book called Healing Your Family Tree. The term ‘generational healing’ came into use, and this was expanded to include all sorts of other psychic and spiritual problems like ‘family curses’ ‘healing from occult involvement’ and ‘deliverance’ which is a low level exorcism.

Amid Sex Scandals, Hollywood Releases Gay ‘Romance’ That Normalizes Man-Boy Sex

By Doug Mainwaring, LifeSiteNews – The stunning hypocrisy of the left is revealed in its promotion of this movie as an “Oscar contender,” at a point in history where real-life Hollywood celebrities, Washington VIP politicos and other powerful men find their careers lying in ruins––or on the verge of ruin––for precisely the type of behavior this movie glorifies… This is not a romantic tale about the awakening of homosexual desire in and between two men.. the movie is about pederasty.

VIDEO: Fr. Champagne Speaks to Leaders (About Marriage Accompaniment)

Mary-Rose & Ryan Verret, Co-Founders, Witness to Love Marriage Prep Renewal Ministry – This short video with Fr. Michael Champagne breaks down what marriage enrichment should be all about based on his work with couples and his study of the Early Church. Enjoy!

Internet Was ‘Never Meant for Children’, Says Bishop

By Susan Byron, Catholic Herald – Bishop John Sherrington, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster… warned that the internet poses “multiple dangers” to children, given its origins as a “system developed for adults”… “… the internet.. has a structure that was developed for adults, for free communication, but children and young people use it extensively, and therefore there are many dangers which others can exploit.

Charles Manson: The Making of a Monster

Dr. Michael Brown, a Senior Contributor, The Stream – At the same time, knowing the effects of broken homes on children — especially fatherless homes and their direct link to crime — one can only wonder how much an upbringing without father and without mother, coupled with physical and sexual abuse from peers, helped make Manson into the monster that he was.

Human Dignity or Sexual Exploitation: We Can’t Have Both

By Rob Schwarzwalder, The Stream – Long calloused to the God-given consciences with which they were endowed, harassing, assaulting, and even raping women has become for many a habit. Sort of like brushing one’s teeth or expecting change at a grocery counter…. We create mire and demand purity. We bathe in filth and expect cleanliness. We replace decency with barely checked desire and wonder at its horrid fruit.

Why Your Teen Needs You Just As Much As Your Toddler

By Blanca, Aleteia – Teenagers are a challenge, no doubt about it… Sometimes these behaviors can cross a line, since they are going through a “crisis of values,” but don’t panic: this is a normal and necessary situation for their development. They need to grow and mature in order to become an adult.

Simple Steps Toward a Peaceful Marriage

By Marty Trammell, Rich Rollins, Start Marriage Right – In her recent best-seller, Hi, Anxiety: Life with a Bad Case of Nerves, Kat Kinsman, a self-described “professional anxiousologist,” shares how the happiness in her marriage helps reduce her anxiety and promote peace. Three thousand years ago, the Scriptures presented the same enduring truth: wise couples encourage an atmosphere and attitude of rest.

Environmental Activism Gone Amok: ‘Kids Bad for Earth’

By Chris Woodward, OneNewsNow – Travis Rieder, Ph.D. at the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University, “… [W]hile I recognize that this is an uncomfortable discussion, I believe that the seriousness of climate change justifies uncomfortable conversations. In this case, that means that we need to stop pretending the decision to have children doesn’t have environmental and ethical consequences.”

Synod Preparations Reveal Church, Young Adults at Crossroads

By Peter Jesserer Smith, National Catholic Register – For the past several months, dioceses and Catholic organizations across the country consulted youth and young adults on their most pressing concerns and their relationship with the Church, as part of the preparation for the upcoming 2018 Synod on Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment in Rome.

FRC: House Tax Reform Bill Benefits the Unborn, Promotes Marriage

By Craig Bannister, CNSNews – The Family Research Council (FRC) is praising the tax reform bill that passed the House on Thursday, saying that it helps the unborn and greatly reduces “marriage tax penalties.”… “The House passed tax plan is a win for families who are at the heart of our economy,” FRC Pres. Tony Perkins said in a statement supporting the bill… What’s good for marriage is also good for our culture and the country as a whole, Perkins said…

The Hollywood Scandals: A Problem of Male Dominance?

By John Horvat, The Imaginative Conservative – The spectacular fall of Harvey Weinstein represents more than just the rejection of the appalling behavior of a Hollywood mogul. Rather, it is the unsurprising confirmation that Hollywood is rotten. The behavior of Hollywood producers and actors merely reflects the movies they make, with their violence, immorality, and profanity.

Archbishop of Sydney: Australia’s Gay Marriage Vote Was a ‘David and Goliath Struggle’

By Staff Reporter, Catholic Herald – In a press release, Archbishop Fisher said: “While I do not deny the good will of many who voted Yes, I am deeply disappointed that the likely result will be legislation to further deconstruct marriage and family in Australia”.

The Sexual Revolution Turns Ugly

By Stephen Baskerville, Crisis Magazine – The Sexual Revolution is now out of control. Initially promising freedom, like all revolutions, it has entered something like its Reign of Terror phase and is devouring its own children… What we do have… is a highly sexualized culture controlled by men and women who have succeeded in changing the terms of sexuality because they have both ideological and pecuniary interests in using sex as a financial tool and a political weapon.

CULTURE OF LIFE: Archdiocese of Detroit Begins Building the Marriage Catechumenate

By Peter Jesserer Smith,  EWTN News – The catechumenate approach, he said, also corrects the notion for both people in the Church and the engaged that marriage preparation is about fulfilling “requirements” to get to the wedding… “The catechumenate is different from that,” Thimons said. “It’s a process of accompaniment, deepening a relationship with Jesus Christ, with his Church and one another, and recognizing that the wedding is really just the beginning of their new sacramental life together.”

VIDEO: Be a Man. Get Married.

By Brad Wilcox, PragerU – Is bachelor life really the good life? Playing the field, traveling the world, and focusing on career sounds better than tying the knot….

Psychology Today: 10 Reasons American Teenagers Are More Anxious Than Ever

By Amy Morin, Psychology Today – #6. Parents view themselves as protectors, rather than guides. Somewhere along the line, many parents began believing their role is to help kids grow up with as few emotional and physical scars as possible. They became so overprotective that their kids never practiced dealing with challenges on their own. Consequently, these kids grew up to believe they’re too fragile to cope with the realities of life.

Why Mommies Matter

By Eric Metaxas, The Stream – The book is titled Being There: Why Prioritizing Motherhood in the First Three Years Matters. Komisar wrote it after noticing a disturbing trend: A huge increase in the number of kids being diagnosed at an earlier age with mental disorders and emotional problems… Komisar writes, in just one year — from 2011 to 2012 — the number of children “diagnosed with psychiatric disorders rose to a staggering 19 percent”

Cardinal Burke Addresses the ‘Dubia’ One Year After Their Publication

By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register – This hermeneutical confusion has already produced a sad result. In fact, the ambiguity regarding a concrete point of the pastoral care of the family has led some to propose a paradigm shift regarding the Church’s entire moral practice, the foundations of which have been authoritatively taught by St. John Paul II in his encyclical Veritatis Splendor.          

Parents Television Council (PTC): The ‘Sewer’ That is Hollywood

By Bill Bumpas, OneNewsNow – While there’s a lot of attention focused on the Hollywood scandals, there’s an obvious question that is being virtually ignored, according to Melissa Henson of the Parents Television Council… “Very few people seem to be pausing to ask the question: If this is the worldview of the people who are creating the entertainment content that our kids are consuming, how is this worldview being reflected in the entertainment products that they are creating?”

What’s the Most Convincing Argument Against Porn? Science.

By Mary Rezac, CNA/EWTN News – One of the most commonly believed myths is that pornography doesn’t hurt anyone, Matt Fradd said. But he has found that pornography harms people personally, relationally, and societally… On the personal level, a 2014 study from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin found that frequent pornography use in men was associated with decreased brain matter in certain areas of the brain.