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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Transgenderism is a Gateway to Pedophilia, by Benjamin Wiker

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

The Real War on Women, by Stan Guthrie

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

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

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

How Did Sodomy Become “Pride”? by Chris Ferrara

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

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

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

Sloppy Hospice Care Only Helping Assisted Suicide, by Charlie Butts

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

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

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

Cleaning Up Our Personal Environment, by Judie Brown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CNSNews: Parental Nightmares in Public Schools

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

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

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

America’s Biggest Issue: Welfare (Video )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Giving the Devil His Due, by Paul Kengor

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

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

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

Pope Francis’s Strange Bedfellows, by James Kalb

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

The Marketing Crisis of NFP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Social Science Is Not Enough, by Scott Yenor

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

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

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

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

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

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky: Healing an Angry Culture

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

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

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

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

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

NFP & the Priesthood: Fr. Justin Braun

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

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

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

Trump Admin Praised for Withholding UN Funds, by Charlie Butts

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

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

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

Gay Men Purchasing Babies is Not Honorable, by Jennifer Hartline

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

A New Feminism, by Stephen G. Adubato

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Pursuit of Happiness Rightly Understood, by Justin Dyer

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

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

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

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

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

Pride Really is Nothing to Boast About, by Tim Wildmon

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

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

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

CatholicTV Network: What is “Witness to Love”?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Real Talk On Natural Family Planning, by Deanna Johnston

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

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

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

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

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

The Equality Act, by David Carlin

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

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

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

Financial Honesty in Marriage, by Dr. Peter Kleponis

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

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

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

Once Again, Melinda Gates is Wrong About Catholic Teaching

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

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

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

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

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

Coming Out of the Closet, by Austin Ruse

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AP: House Democrats Approve Homosexual Rights Bill

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

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

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

Is Remarriage After Catholic Annulment Adultery? by Jenna McGuire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Irreplaceable Role of a Grandmother, by Melanie Jean Juneau

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

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

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

Those Unlikely Saints Among Us, by Clara Sarrocco

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

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

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

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

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

The New Family Violence, by Douglas Farrow

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

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

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

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

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

Bayou Priest Battles Human Trafficking, With Boost From Nuns

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

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

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

Reversing the Baby Bust, by Charles F. Lehman

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

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

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

Effective Evangelization Starts With the Family, by Greg Schlueter

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

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

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

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

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

Adopting Inclusion for Families of Faith, by Tony Perkins

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

Kids Aren’t Born Trans, by Walt Heyer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Family Leave and the Federal Government, by Brian Mark Weber

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

Gratitude, Sacrifice and Hope, by Kathryn J. Lopez

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

Pope Francis’s Socialist Agenda, by William Kilpatrick

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

Storytelling and How We Learn, by Chad Chisholm

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

The Continued Resilience of Quiet America, by Victor Davis Hanson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Mother Raising Boys Speaks Out, by Randall Smith

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WOW! A Touching Story From Russia (Video)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Toxic Femininity, by Randall Smith

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Glenn T. Stanton: Manhood Is Not Natural

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Leadership is Love

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

Mikki Sciba: Teaching Children Moral Excellence

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

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

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

David Carlin: Silencing Catholic Speech

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

How the Corporate Pill Pushers Started the Opioid Crisis

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

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

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

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

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

Strengthening the Family Through the Sacred Heart

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bruce Walker: US Birthrate Falls to Drastic Lows

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

Jennifer Hartline: Where Did All the Fathers Go?

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

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

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

Louis DeBroux: The Consequences of Falling Fertility Rates

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

Catholic Relief Services: Immigration Action Must Consider Root Causes

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

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

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

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: Putting the Family First

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

Who Would Have Known…?

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

Fr. Justin Braun: Five Tips for Youth Ministry

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

JP Nunez: What the Bible Says About Contraception

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

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

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

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

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

State Lawmakers Forcing Pro-LGBTQ Material on Schools

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

Why Homeschoolers Make Great Entrepreneurs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Men, It’s Time to Do Something

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

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

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

2019: The Beginning of the End for the Transgender Movement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Get Out Now: The Compelling Case Against Public Schools

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Left’s War on Parenting, by Ben Shapiro

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

Losing Our Identity, by Regis Nicoll

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

The Birds and the Plan Bs, by Tony Perkins

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

Scouting’s Self-Inflicted Death, by Rob Schwarzwalder

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

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

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

Liberalism Bankrupts the Boy Scouts, by George Neumayr

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

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

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

Instant Family: A Review by Brad Miner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rob Marco: What is Old is New

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

Jim Daly: The Lure of Hallmark Christmas Movies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HHS Memo on Restoring Definition of Sex Enrages Left

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

Crisis Magazine: What “Coming Out” Really Means

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

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

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

Public Discourse: Complementarity: Lessons from the Adams Family

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

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

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

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

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

Teach Manners

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Synod Report Displays Ignorance About Homeschooling by Patrick Reilly

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

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

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

Lafayette, Louisiana: Community Nixes LGBT Reading Event

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

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

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

Crisis Magazine: Fr. Martin’s Bridge to Nowhere

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

Jason Craig: An October Farm Retreat With Your Son

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

R. R. Reno: Rage Politics on the Left

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

Charlie Butts: Euthanasia Coming for the Kids

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

Dennis Prager: The Leftist Contempt for Middle-Class Values

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

Robert Royal: As the New Synod Opens

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

Recalling St John Paul II’s Message to Youth

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

Catholic Stand: The Real Enemies of Marriage

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

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

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

Max Milan: Husbands, Love Your Wives

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

Dr. Gregory Popcak: Eight Habits of Healthy Couples

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

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

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

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

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

Eric Metaxas: Masculinity Is Good

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

Love Means Life

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

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

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

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

By Fr. Lankeit, The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix – Today’s homily is from Fr. John Lankeit, rector of Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral in Phoenix. Read the Pastoral Letter from Bishop Olmsted and Bishop Nevares Regarding Recent Abuse Scandals:… 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 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, 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…