Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: It All Begins in the Family

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By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International,

Father Shenan J. Boquet was ordained in 1993 and is a priest of the Houma-Thibodaux Roman Catholic Diocese in Louisiana, his home state, where he served before joining HLI as its President in August 2011. …


“As the family goes, so goes the nation, and so goes the whole world in which we live.”

Pope St. John Paul II famously spoke these words in a 1986 homily, delivered in Perth, Australia. This prophetic sentence is often quoted by Catholic pro-family activists. However, it is only one sentence in a longer homily, dedicated to a strong, unapologetic defense of the Church’s teaching on life and family.

It is a homily that is well worth re-reading today, as we witness the destruction caused by widespread dissolution and degradation of marriage and the family.

The Family as ‘Domestic Church’

In that homily, the sainted pope recalled his audience to the great dignity of the family and reminded them of the profound responsibility that husbands and wives have in living out the Church’s rich teaching on marriage. …

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