What to Do When Catholic Teaching Brings Marital Tension, by E. Christian Brugger

By E. Christian Brugger, EWTN News – The moral norms protecting the marriage bed are not “rules” created by the Church, but truths that we discover by attending to the natural law, which is inscribed on our hearts and has God as its author. It is important to understand that the Church does not legislate morality. Rather, the Church guards it and faithfully hands it on so that men and women in every generation will be able to make choices that lead to authentic human freedom and fulfillment.

How the Gill Foundation Funds the Undermining of Church Moral Teaching, by Anne Hendershott

By Anne Hendershott, Catholic World Report – George Soros’ Open Society Institute is often blamed for providing funding to faux Catholic organizations—like the now-defunct Catholics United and Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good—in an effort to marginalize Catholic teachings on moral issues including abortion and LGBTQ issues. But a more overt and focused assault on the teaching authority of the Catholic Church is now coming from a billionaire power couple—Tim Gill and Scott Miller—who are working to discredit Church teachings on sexual morality by directly attacking the Magisterium.

America’s Conflicts Are Not Primarily Political Or Ideological, But Religious, by John Daniel Davidson

By John Daniel Davidson, The Federalist – The conflicts roiling American society today are not primarily political or even ideological, but religious… America is supposedly a secular country, with separation of church and state, free exercise of religion, and so on. Yet we find ourselves in the middle of what amounts to a religious war. How could this be?… Because America, like all nations, is founded on religious claims, and relies on those claims for its coherence.

What Happened at Possum Trot? Remarkable Story Shows How We Can Solve America’s Problems, by Evan Feinberg

By Evan Feinberg, USA Today – What if the solutions are bigger and smaller than most people think?… What happened at Possum Trot… That’s the message of “Sound of Hope: The Story of Possum Trot,” a movie released this week. Named after a town in East Texas and based on a true story, it follows the story of dozens of local children who were taken from their families and put in foster care. Their lives were hard, and foster care made them harder. The kids were seemingly destined for a life of violence, jail, addiction, poverty and, in many cases, death.

Catholic Academy in Kentucky Forms Boys Into Men of Faith Through Adventure, by Ben Strong

By Ben Strong, LifeSite News – All young people dream of adventure, of a noble and worthy pursuit, of an unexpected call to set out on a quest. You can, therefore, imagine my excitement and delight, when, as a young man, I received the following note: I wonder if you might be in a position at this time to consider an adventure? For an adventure it shall be… It was an invitation to join an effort to start a small Catholic boarding school for boys – an invitation one doesn’t receive every day!

In Praise of Domesticity, Dr. Donald DeMarco

By Dr. Donald DeMarco, Catholic Exchange – The telephone rang at the Hayden household, deep in suburbia. It was a special consultant to the President for cultural affairs inviting Phyllis McGinley Hayden to the White House Festival of Arts.  Two thoughts crossed her mind, neither being the honor of being invited to the White House. She had to juggle her schedule to fit in an honorary degree at St. John’s University in Jamaica, New York. Her second thought was “Oh, I don’t like this!  I like to live quietly and peacefully.”

3 Ways Feminism Laid The Groundwork For Transgenderism, by Carrie Gress

By Carrie Gress, The Federalist – For women, motherhood was largely erased as an essential and replaced with a vision of womanhood modeled after a masculine ideal. To maintain this new ideal for women — the pursuit of a career — women were sold the rabid dependence on contraception and abortion that we see today. It can be argued that feminism has been transitioning women into men for decades, with few noticing because of the enticing idols of achievement and independence.

IVF and the Incarnation, by Adeline A. Allen

By Adeline A. Allen, First Things – In the wake of the recent Alabama Supreme Court ruling on in vitro fertilization (IVF), much discussion has focused on the status of embryos on ice, many of whom are the so-called “surplus” embryos created in the IVF process. Are they persons? Don’t they deserve legal protection? We pro-lifers answer both questions in the affirmative. The more robust the defense of the least of these, our tiny brothers and sisters, the better.

New York Priest Celebrates ‘Pride Mass’ Outside of Gay Monument — on LGBT Flag, by Joe Bukuras

By Joe Bukuras, EWTN News – A New York City Catholic church, previously caught up in LGBT controversy, hosted a “Pride Mass” Thursday evening using an altar shrouded with a gay and transgender “pride” flag at a local federal monument with sculptures of two same-sex couples and decorated by dozens of LGBT rainbow flags… “Out at St. Paul” is St. Paul the Apostle church’s ministry “to the Gay, Lesbian, Bi, Trans and Queer community,” which is made up of “mostly gay men,” Paul Snatchko, a spokesman for the Paulist Fathers, told CNA, the Register’s sister news outlet, last year.

Fr. Thomas G. Weinandy: Pride and Prejudice

By Fr. Thomas G. Weinandy, OFM, Cap., The Catholic Thing – What troubles me almost as much as this gay-pride militancy is the Church’s ambiguous response. Pope Francis has bemoaned the “air” of homosexual culture within the Vatican and seminaries… Over the years, however, I have learned, as have many others, that one should not give much credence to what Pope Francis says. It is what he does that reveals his true intentions. What he has done in relationship to homosexuality bears clear testimony to this hermeneutical principle.

With Abortions and Rainbows for All, by John Murdock

By John Murdock, First Things – Should I have been surprised that exists? Joe Biden has shifted from touting his long record of supporting the Hyde Amendment and opposing late-term abortions to making unfettered abortion rights the centerpiece of his presidential campaign. But the “dot gov” should still matter, and it does to me as a federal employee… offers resources for avoiding reproduction or snuffing out life in its early stages.

Book Review: False Flag Explains the Radical, Evil Goals of Queer Politics, by Nathanael Blake

By Nathanael Blake, Catholic World Report – The thesis of Joy Pullman’s new book is that “Western society is being erased by the purposeful destabilization of the institution that creates society: the natural family…”… Remember when gay activists told us that they just wanted tolerance—and that their agenda wouldn’t affect the rest of us?… They lied… What was sold as tolerance for a small minority of Americans who just wanted to quietly live their lives has become a new, mandatory civil religion.

Inspiring True Story About Adopting Difficult-to-Place Foster Kids Hits Big Screen July 4, by Nancy Flory

By Nancy Flory, The Stream – The United States should not have a foster care crisis. With approximately 350,000 churches nationwide and more than 100,000 kids in the foster system waiting for placement, this is an area where people of faith could make a big difference… And some of them have… A new family-friendly film, Sound of Hope: The Story of Possum Trot is based on the true story of a church whose parishioners adopted 77 of the most difficult kids their community’s foster care system had to offer.

When Marriage is Not ‘For Better’ but ‘For Worse’, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – In the marriage vows, the lovers pledge their troth “for better or worse.” They thereby acknowledge that they are entering into a relationship whose future cannot be predicted. They may be starry-eyed now, and naturally they expect to be happy together for years. But they know there are risks; things may get “worse.”… What does “worse” mean in a marriage? It may mean living together in illness or poverty. But it may also mean living together in a difficult relationship; the romance itself may become “better or worse.”

Pope Francis’ Feel-Good Gospel Fans The Flame Of Radical Gender Ideology, by Maureen Mullarkey

By Maureen Mullarkey, The Federalist – Pope Francis’ coy two-step on sexual mores hangs over Catholic culture like the sword of Damocles. Papal ambiguity weakens the Catholic Radio Association’s current effort to resist newly mandated reporting rules about workforce diversity. Driving the rules is an ideological ambition to demolish the scaffolding of traditional behavioral norms regarding sex.

‘Pride’ Parades Are Nothing But Massive Humiliation Rituals, by Hayden Daniel

By Hayden Daniel, The Federalist – It’s that time of year again. The time when, for 30 seemingly never-ending days (of “Pride Month.”), rainbow flags… take over entertainment, corporate logos, and the streets of cities across the country. Not even ruby-red states can escape the influence… The centerpiece of this debauched revelry is the “pride” parade. Now there are so many of these in the U.S. that some outlets feel the need to rank them, and even smaller locales feel the need to host festivities. With the growth of these processions as a nationwide phenomenon, the frequency of grown men showing up to them in full BDSM gear, stripper attire, or even just a diaper has also increased.

Fr. James Martin’s Pro-LGBT Group Publishes Article Connecting ‘Pride Month’ to Sacred Heart, by Louis Knuffke

By Louis Knuffke, LifeSiteNews – The pro-LGBT advocacy group Outreach, run by Fr. James Martin, S.J., published an op-ed blasphemously arguing that the sexually immoral agenda of the rainbow “Pride Month” is compatible with the traditional devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus… Robert Bordone, who serves on the so-called “LGBTQIA Ministry Team” at the Paulist Center in Boston (responded) to remarks of Martha-Ann Alito, wife of SCOTUS Justice Samuel Alito, both devout Catholics… He wrote, “As a gay Catholic, however, I was most especially struck by the notion that the message of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Pride flag somehow stand in opposition to each other. Mrs. Alito’s comments are part of a broader trend in recent years in which some Catholics who oppose Pride celebrations seek to raise the profile of this feast day ….

God Created Fatherhood and We Need More Men to Step Up to Become Good Dads, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – The beauty of fatherhood is that it instills in men an unmistakable sense of mission and purpose, which speak to the masculine soul in a particularly profound way. And the rewards are too many to properly catalogue here, but a few that come to mind are the indescribable thrill of seeing your newborn’s face for the first time, the utter joy of witnessing the first steps of a one-year-old, the delight and satisfaction in witnessing your child surpass your own skills and abilities, the heart-melting experience of hearing your child say, “I love you.”

BOOK REVIEW: How Parents Are Freeing Their Kids From the Public School Monopoly, by John M. Grondelski

By John M. Grondelski, Ph.D., Catholic World Report – Catholic parents, heirs of social teaching that affirms their primacy in the educational enterprise, have a special mission to seize the moment and realign the misalignment of values operating in the American public school establishment. Children are parents’, not schools’. Parents, not schools, are the first and best educators of children. Schools work for parents and should not arrogate any more substantial “partnership.” Education exists for children, not for schools… And, if education exists for children, then educational dollars also exist for children, not schools. …

Indictment Of Texas Doctor Who Exposed Kids’ Transing Proves No One Is Safe From Biden’s Weaponized DOJ

By Jordan Boyd, The Federalist – A Texas-based general surgeon who exposed his Houston children’s hospital for secretly continuing a child transgender mutilation program faces four felony counts from (Biden’s DOJ) for speaking out… Shortly after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered his state’s Dept. of Family and Protective Services to investigate the transing of children as abuse in 2022, Texas Children’s Hospital… claimed that it would no longer offer chemical castration and other body-butchering services to pediatric patients… As 33-year-old whistleblower Dr. Eithan Haim soon discovered, however, at least three Texas Children’s physicians continued to castrate children as young as 11 years old after the program was allegedly halted. …

Leaving ‘Pride’ Behind: Answering the ‘Fiducia Supplicans’ Confusion, by Jennifer Roback Morse

By Jennifer Roback Morse, EWTN News – The Vatican’s release of the document Fiducia Supplicans late last year created massive confusion throughout the Catholic world. How should faithful Catholics respond to this document? And perhaps more importantly, how should we respond to the issues the document purports to address?… After six months of observation and reflection, I would like to propose an answer. We should focus not on people who, for whatever combinations of reasons, seek to change the Church’s teaching on homosexual acts. Instead, we should focus on those persons who have journeyed away from an LGBT identity.

The Leaky Bucket, by Anthony Esolen

By Anthony Esolen, American Greatness – I have spent many years reading, writing, and thinking about family life and what kinds of things are good and innocent, healthy and soul-building, in the day of a child. One of the responses I typically get is that I am “romanticizing” a way of life that was peculiar to white people in the United States shortly after the second World War, ignoring all the evils which were attached to that way of life, such as racism, the exploitation of workers, and so forth. …

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: The Role of the Family and Parental Rights

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – Societies once almost universally respected the family and the rights of parents to raise and educate their children, recognizing the family’s unique role as the essential unit and “vital cell of society” (Familiaris consortio, 42). They upheld that parents have an irreplaceable responsibility and are best suited to teach and transmit cultural, social, spiritual, moral, and religious values that are not only essential for the good of the family itself, but also are essential for the good of society.

Colorado Discriminated Against Catholic Preschools, Judge Finds, by Kate Quiñones

By Kate Quiñones, Catholic News Agency – Archdiocese of Denver Catholic preschools will now be allowed to participate in Colorado’s universal preschool (UPK) program after a federal court ruled Tuesday that the state’s decision to exclude Catholic preschools was unconstitutional.
Two Catholic parishes with preschools… as well as a Catholic family and the Archdiocese of Denver asked the Denver federal court to stop the Department of Early Childhood from excluding them from the UPK program because they prioritize the admission of Catholic families and have religious expectations for teachers.

Parenthood, Creates “Right” to Abortion Drugs, by Genevieve Harding

By Genevieve Harding, LifeNews – Washington, DC – Today Democrats in the U.S. Senate will hold a vote on Senator Ed Markey’s (D-MA) so-called “Right to Contraception Act,” more accurately titled the Payouts for Planned Parenthood Act. This misleading bill would funnel money to abortion giant Planned Parenthood, override conscience protections and create a “right” to abortion drugs.

A Case For Homeschooling, by Rachel Watkins

By Rachel Watkins, Catholic Exchange – The school year is ending, and the spectrum of emotions that come along with it are a myriad. For many people, this time of year means nothing more than the peace that comes with not worrying about school busses during the morning commute. But for others, this time of year comes with many more emotions… For some parents, their children love their teachers and schools, the parents love their teachers and schools, and all is well… For many who homeschool it is the same; their children are happy, and they are happy.

Shepherds at Work, by Anthony Esolen

By Anthony Esolen, The Catholic Thing – We are trying to rebuild the sheepfold. It is a thankless task. The ground has been turned to mud. The blood and bones of slaughtered sheep are everywhere. Neighbors are laughing and throwing stones. The sheep have wandered astray. The sheepdogs have been breeding with the wolves… If a bishop cannot help, he might at least have the grace to quit kicking down the posts. If he cannot bless us, he might at least not curse us. He might get out of the way.

What Do Women Really Want? Thoughts on Motherhood and Career, by Marie Meaney

By Marie Meaney, D.Phil., Catholic World Report – Nothing but God can truly satisfy the restless human heart. But there’s a hierarchy to things, to what is more important and what is less so… Much ink has been spilled on Harrison Butker’s recent commencement speech at Benedictine College. Given the indignant articles and commentary in so many places, one would have thought that Butker wanted women to remain barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen without ever venturing into the professional world. …

Pope Francis Apologizes for Deprecating Slang Term Against Gay Men, by McKenna Snow

By McKenna Snow, Catholic Vote – Pope Francis has apologized for his use of a deprecating slang term against gay men in seminaries… “The Pope never intended to offend or express himself in homophobic terms, and he extends his apologies to those who felt offended by the use of a term, reported by others”… “Pope Francis is aware of the articles that came out recently about a conversation, behind closed doors, with the bishops of the CEI (Italian Episcopal Conference)”… during the May 26 meeting with the bishops of the CEI, “Pope Francis used demeaning Italian slang to highlight that openly gay men should not be admitted to Italian seminaries.”

Addressing Homosexuality in Uganda, Part I, by Janet E. Smith

By Janet E. Smith, Crisis Magazine – Last summer, when Fr. Alex Mugalaasi from Uganda invited me to visit to speak in five seminaries, each with 250 seminarians and about 20 priest faculty, I jumped at the proposal. And, oh, am I happy that I did! It was clearly an opportunity of a lifetime and a divine appointment… The Church in Uganda is strong and needs to stay strong; it is under powerful attack from Western influence which wants it to ditch “traditional values” and embrace the LGBTQ+ agenda of the West. …

Making Men in the Blue Ridge Mountains, by Jay Thomas

By Jay Thomas, First Things – As the father of two young boys—and the spiritual father of many more—I am increasingly concerned about the state of young men in our disintegrating society. Our culture is producing adult-sized boys and infantile men. Absent real challenge or adventure and without an established masculine community handing down the rites and responsibilities of maturity, boys are often bereft. They need more than a desk or a sports team. These concerns led me to the Blue Ridge.

Jason Evert’s Chastity Talks Were Targeted by ‘Witches,’ But Our Lady Had Bigger Plans

By Clare Marie Merkowsky, LifeSiteNews – Jason Evert reached even more young people after a group of self-professed witches targeted his chastity talks at three Catholic schools in Sydney, Australia… On May 19, a group of witches in Sydney, Australia, celebrated cancelling Evert’s talks at three Catholic schools but did not realize this would result in Evert reaching even more young people, as three other schools quickly booked Evert, with one of the schools livestreaming the talk to eight additional high schools. …

The American Abolition of Boys, by Anne Hendershott

By Anne Hendershott, Catholic World Report – …then again, the United States is an outlier in monetizing and commodifying the creation of designer children on demand. Rejecting previous concerns about how sex selection could raise concerns about creating societal gender imbalances and would lead to the destruction of normal embryos of the non-desired gender, few seem concerned about discrimination against female children now that according to the most recent reports, it appears white couples in the United States prefer girls.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Harrison Butker’s Commencement Address Is a Necessary Part of our National Conversation.

By Msgr. Charles Pope – … most all of us have heard of the uproar regarding Harrison Butker’s commencement address at Benedictine College. Of course he also has many supporters, of which I am one… The negative reaction on the “woke” left is, sadly, more of the same “cancel calls” from those who so often shout, diversity, equity and and Inclusion. As is most often the case, they don’t really mean “DEI” for those who oppose their views. Theirs is a very qualified and limited diversity and inclusion. It is one thing to oppose what Harrison Butker said, but it is another to demand he be sanctioned, fired, or severely fined. In effect, too many of the “woke” demand that he must not be allowed any access to the public square, the NFL or any public forum; he must be silenced.

Bishop James Conley: Pursuing Mental Health as a Catholic

By Bishop James Conley, Substack – Since my conversion to the Catholic Church in college, I have always known my total dependence on God, recognizing this as a defining feature of the human condition. I believed Jesus’ words, “Apart from me, you can do nothing” (John 15:5), but this truth became twisted with a lie. I had been raised according to the common American stereotype of the self-made man who solves every problem himself. When things aren’t going well, he doesn’t show weakness, he just works harder. As a Christian, I adapted this to: he prays and works harder.

Our Lady of Hope Clinic Has a Heart for the Uninsured, by Karen Mahoney

By Karen Mahoney, Catholic World Report – Dr. Kloess is board-certified by the American Academy of Family Physicians and a member of the Catholic Medical Association. His medical interests include natural family planning, women’s healthcare, wilderness medicine, and medical ethics… “I wanted to practice consistent with my faith and once I got into my practice, I had difficulty being able to do that,” Dr. Kloess explained. “I looked for opportunities that might allow it, but they were few and far between.”

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Against Smartphones, by Michael Toscano

By Michael Toscano, First Things – Sarah Huckabee Sanders, governor of Arkansas, appears uncowed by Big Tech. Inspired by Jonathan Haidt’s new book Anxious Generation (which I reviewed favorably in American Affairs), on May 6, Sanders sent a letter to her fellow governors in all fifty states, exhorting them to “work together” in rescuing America’s children from the “dark sewer of social media and screen addiction.”

The Brew: Wife of Kansas City Chiefs Owner Defends Both Motherhood and NFL Kicker, by Al Perrotta

By Al Perrotta, The Stream – ..we’re witnessing history being made… Chief’s Owner’s Wife Defends Kicker Harrison Butker; Even Bill Maher Is Blasting Left’s Effort to Cancel Him… For the first time in the history of the NFL, people are paying attention to something a kicker has to say. In this case, the media and the Left continue having a fit over Kansas City Chief’s kicker Harrison Butker’s advocacy for parenthood… But here’s the good news. The people are with Butker.

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: The Great God-Given Dignity of Motherhood

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you’” (49:14-15)… Elsewhere, Isaiah writes this evocative passage: “As one whom his mother comforts, so will I comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem” (Is 66: 13). The Psalmist uses much the same analogy, writing, “Like a child quieted at its mother’s breast; like a child that is quieted is my soul. O Israel, hope in the Lord” (Ps 131:2-3).

A Much-Needed Kick in Kansas, by Anthony Esolen

By Anthony Esolen, The Catholic Thing – In his speech, the young man said that the greatest of all titles for a woman is that of a wife and mother, and as he did so he praised his wife, and came to the point of tears. For saying what was not controversial when I was young, but what is abominated now, he has been the target of abuse and hatred… The Sisters of Saint Scholastica, whose forebears founded Benedictine College, sneered at the “limited” vision of homemaking that Butker admired …

Harrison Butker’s Courageous Defense of Women, by Ann Burns

By Ann Burns, Crisis Magazine – All of these claims are unfounded. Butker is not advocating for a new face of Catholicism, nor is he promoting the 1950s. After all, if the 1950s were so idyllic, the heinous push for birth control, abortion, and sexual license would not have followed in the 1960s. Reading this kind of agenda into his speech reveals our own misconceptions of what it means to be traditional. Tradition has nothing to do with poodle skirts or watching Leave It to Beaver and everything to do with rejecting the heresies of modernism. Or as Butker explains, it means fearlessly living out our Faith, knowing full well it is wildly countercultural.

Harrison Butker Splits the Uprights, by Douglas Andrews

By Douglas Andrews, Patriot Post – The Kansas City Chiefs’ devout Catholic kicker gave a stirring commencement speech, and the woke Left went ballistic… I’m not a Kansas City Chiefs fan. But I just became a Harrison Butker fan… “I’m on this stage today,” he said, “and able to be the man I am because I have a wife who leans into her vocation. I’m beyond blessed with the many talents God has given me, but it cannot be overstated that all of my success is made possible because a girl I met in band class back in middle school… would convert to the faith, become my wife, and embrace one of the most important titles of all: homemaker..”

Harrison Butker Is Right. We’ve Been Duped Into Sacrificing Womanhood For The Workplace, by Brianna Lyman

By Brianna Lyman, The Federalist – Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker is being dragged for stating during a 2023 commencement address that one of the most important titles a woman can have is “homemaker.” But as a young, college-educated woman myself, I wish someone had told me those things years ago… Throughout my college years, female students were encouraged to develop a sense of hyper-independence. Get your degree. Enter the workforce. Rise to the top. You don’t need a man!

Bishop Strickland, Archbishop Cordileone Defend Harrison Butker Amid Onslaught of Media Attacks, by Stephen Kokx

By Stephen Kokx, LifeSite News – Former Tyler, Texas, Bishop Joseph Strickland and current San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone are among the first prominent clergy in the United States to express public support for Harrison Butker after the star NFL kicker came under attack from mainstream media outlets for delivering a pro-family commencement address at Benedictine College last Saturday in Atchison, Kansas… Strickland and Cordileone both issued statements on X this week praising Butker for his speech, which has caused leftists and sports pundits alike to flip out because he had the audacity to suggest female graduates might find more meaning raising children than in professional accolades.

Catholic Vote: Christian X Shows Support for Historic Chief’s Kicker Harrison Butker’s Commencement Speech

By Catholic Vote – Christians on X are rallying behind Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker for his commencement speech at a Catholic college in Kansas, especially after his remarks were met with backlash from the NFL and secular media… Butker encouraged the Benedictine College graduates on May 12 “to be authentically and unapologetically Catholic,” as CatholicVote previously reported… In the speech, he condemned abortion, in vitro fertilization, surrogacy, “Pride month,” and euthanasia. …

WATCH! Harrison Butker, Not His Critics, Represents the Mainstream, by Katrina Trinko

By Katrina Trinko, Daily Caller – But Butker isn’t drawing widespread ire because of his lack of nuance. He’s drawing widespread ire because he advocated a viewpoint that goes against our elites’ mentality, because he pushed back against the worldly idea that career success is what matters most, not our relationships and time with our loved ones… He’s drawing hate because, despite women’s happiness declining over the past 50 years, corporate America doesn’t want to hear that many moms would be happier if they could stay at home with their kids, or if their jobs were more accommodating to prioritizing family.

Mission Accomplished: The Rainbow Seamless Garment Is Suffocating the Church, as Intended, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – Over at The Christian Post, you’ll find a story that at first might depress you. On second thought, it ought to cheer you up. And then on deeper reflection, it should sober you profoundly, and remind you of the life-or-death, heaven-or-hell war in the trenches that all Christians are engaged in.

Prayerful Pause: What the Family Needs After Losing a Baby or Child, by Theoni Bell

By Theoni Bell, EWTN News – As mothers, we respond whenever someone gets hurt. We show compassion when feelings are crushed. We “take care” when someone is sick. No matter what we are engaged in, we know our whole day will go on pause if anyone in the family is wounded… When a family experiences the loss of a baby, “going on pause” is exactly what needs to happen because everyone in the family is wounded. Whether a mom suffers an early pregnancy loss, stillbirth or infant death, or the death of a child through illness or accident, no one should ever feel guilty to take time to grieve and heal.

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: The Great God-Given Dignity of Motherhood

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Spirit & Life Blog, Human Life International – Christians typically speak of God as our “Father.” This is for good reason. Christ Himself spoke in His prayers to the “Father.” When asked by his apostles to teach them how to pray, He taught them a prayer that we now know as the Our Father (The Lord’s Prayer)… And yet, in his apostolic letter on the “dignity of women,” Mulieris dignitatem, Pope St. John Paul II says, “in many passages [of Scripture] God’s love is presented as the ‘masculine’ love of the bridegroom and father (cf. Hosea 11:1-4; Jer 3:4-19), but also sometimes as the ‘feminine’ love of a mother” (no. 8).

The Best Job in the World, by Robin Turner

By Robin Turner, The Stream – When I was a young girl, people would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up. As far back as I can remember, I would tell them I wanted to be a wife and mother. I even dressed up as a homemaker for career day in the ninth grade. I chose this as my career, and I think it’s the most rewarding job there is… But in spite of my strong maternal instincts, there are days when I feel as if I’m fighting a losing battle when it comes to training my children.

‘When I Came Out My Parishioners Applauded’: Gay Priest Writes For Fr. James Martin’s ‘Outreach’

By Catholic Vote – A priest in the Diocese of Oakland, California, stated in a Thursday column for Outreach that his parishioners “applauded” when he came out as “gay” during a homily… “After I made the announcement, I looked into the congregation, and there were many LGBTQ people in tears,” wrote Fr. Aidan McAleenan. “At the end of the homily, the congregation rose in rapturous applause.”… “[W]ith time, I saw how my announcement had actually increased the bond between the parish and myself,” McAleenan continued.

Nullifying Differences: (Part 1 of Thinking it Through: The Church and “Gender Change”), by Dr. Jeff Mirus 

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – The recent exchange of letters discussing transgendered persons between Sr. Jeannine Gramick and Pope Francis led Sister Jeannine to write an article about it which was jointly and propagandistically published on the New Ways Ministry’s daily blog and in the National Catholic Reporter. One hardly knows what to make of this exchange, which is why we must think more deeply than these correspondents did in order to make sense of the issue. …

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: Is Sexual Violence Porn-Driven?

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – By the end of the year, Kitty had been raped multiple times. She also had been repeatedly subjected to sexual violence, of a sort that has become shockingly common… Ultimately, Kitty blamed her disturbing sexual encounters on the easy accessibility of online pornography, in which men “can scroll through an endless stream of videos in which women are hurt and humiliated, in which men are aggressive and entitled and physically abusive. The existence of these videos on porn sites suggests that these things are sexy.”

Babies Are Just Future Fascists, by Peachy Keenan

By Peachy Keenan, The American Mind, The Claremont Institute – We don’t have to fight the Left; they are dying out all by their lonesomes… It’s time for me and the other “far-right” natalists to admit defeat. Liberals are committing genetic suicide and going extinct, despite our efforts to talk them out of it. They are running right off the cliff and into oblivion. New baby data shows that last year saw the lowest American birth rate ever. It’s the lowest since they started tracking it. Yikes! …

To Be Happy, Women Must Do The Opposite Of Everything Secular Western Culture Tells Them, by Joy Pullmann

By Joy Pullmann, The Federalist – The bureaucracy that controls Western life is feminized, the longhouse argument goes; implying that women have won. But is that true? Is it “winning” for women to wield power at the expense of their sexual counterparts, the other half of humanity, without which there is no humanity? Are women happier ostensibly being in charge? It seems obvious the answer to that is a resounding no.

Having Babies Is a ‘Right-Wing Plot’? by Brian Mark Weber

By Brian Mark Weber, The Patriot Post – As birth rates across the West are declining, conservatives know there’s a simple solution… From rampant inflation to campus riots to yet another trial for Donald Trump, there’s no lack of news headlines these days. While the 24/7 news cycle captures just about everything happening in major cities and small towns alike, some of the biggest stories are ignored… One of these stories is the declining birth rate in the West. …

WATCH: To Infinitas and Beyond! by Gavin Ashenden, Katherine Bennett, Mark Lambert

By Gavin Ashenden, Katherine Bennett, Mark Lambert, Catholics Unscripted – The conversation discusses the document Dignitas Infanata issued by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF) in the Catholic Church, which addresses transgender theory. The hosts express frustration that it took the Church so long to address this issue and highlight the importance of good teaching on the topic. They also discuss the Cass review, which criticized the NHS for its approach to gender identity services for children and young people. …

In His Battle Against The Family… Biden Launches Another Front, by Christopher Manion

By Christopher Manion, The Wanderer – Last week we saw how Joe Biden considers his support of abortion until birth to be his reelection campaign’s “silver bullet.”… But abortion isn’t the only round in his chamber. The Obama-era leftovers that populate the executive branch are skilled at utilizing their bureaucratic swagger to impose illegal and binding rules on the population at large in myriad ways, usually under the guise of “regulations.” A lot of them… And while 2024 might be Joe’s last gasp, they are far from finished.

Deliverance from the 1960s Lust Revolution, by Oliver Olivero

By Oliver Oliveros, Catholic Exchange – Admittedly, it will take more than a moral attitude to prevail over lust. It is a mistake to look at it solely as a flaw in human behavior. One must also see that there is an adversary who plans for our demise… Growing up in Catholic school, the concept of spiritual warfare was treated as an afterthought. Yet, many saints and the church fathers discussed it, and it was certainly an important part of our Savior’s ministry. But because of the oversight, I had the naïve idea that as long as you were not possessed, you did not have to worry about the demonic realm.

Underregulated and Unaccountable, by Emma Waters 

By Emma Waters, Daily Signal – In a recent sting operation, the FBI arrested and charged a Chicago man for knowingly distributing material on child sexual assault and boasting about sexually abusing his young nieces and nephews… The man’s arrest came less than a week before he and another man identified as his husband were set to collect their newborn son from a commercial surrogate in California… Commercial surrogacy is a contractual agreement where someone pays a woman to gestate and birth an unrelated child for a fee. …

Homosexual “Love” a Gift? by Eduardo J. Echeverria

By Eduardo J. Echeverria, The Catholic Thing – Homosexual love is not a gift, indeed, it is a false love, because it is incapable of fulfilling the vocation to chastity, of perfecting the being of the person and developing his existence; and hence of being ordered to the natural law, the order of Creation, and hence to God. As a disordered form of love, it not only lacks integration but is a counter-integration by virtue of being an offense against the vocation to chastity, making it unable to realize the integrity of the person and the integrality of the gift of self.

Boston Catholic Schools Foundation Hosts Lesbian/Pro-Abortion Governor Maura Healey, by Joe Doyle

By Joe Doyle, – According to Politico and the State House News Service, the Catholic Schools Foundation—the philanthropy which raises funds for parochial schools in the Archdiocese of Boston—hosted Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey as its speaker, at the organization’s Annual Gala in Boston, on Thursday night, April 11th… Healey is a partnered lesbian, endorsed by Planned Parenthood, who has credited the nation’s largest abortion perpetrator as the force which made possible her political career.

The Hormonal Hatchet Job, by Emily Zanotti

By Emily Zanotti, National Catholic Register – The (birth control) pill is known to have a number of side effects. The Mayo Clinic acknowledges that women may suffer everything from minor headaches, stomach pain, and breakthrough bleeding, to heart attacks and strokes, deep vein thrombosis, and liver disorders. It also lists several of the most common influencer complaints as potentially concerning developments in need of immediate medical attention: headaches, belly pain, dizziness, nausea and depression.

“Dignitas Infinita” Needed Some “Familiaris Consortio”, by Daniel B. Gallagher

By Daniel B. Gallagher, Catholic World Report – How can a magisterial document with a subheading consisting of three short paragraphs dedicated to the “relational structure of the human person” not even mention the family?… The expressed intent of the recent declaration of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith is to “illuminate different facets of human dignity that might be obscured in many people’s consciousness” (Dignitas Infinita, Presentation). To the extent that the Declaration—though not intended to be comprehensive—selects topics that are indeed heavily “obscured” today, it succeeds.

Raising Kids in a Family Unfriendly Culture, by John M. Grondelski, Ph.D.

By John M. Grondelski, Ph.D., Catholic World Report – Carney’s book is a superbly written tour de force contending that multiple cumulative socio-cultural factors are responsible for the current family-unfriendly environment. Culture is like the atmosphere: it’s usually invisible but necessary—and when contaminants get into it, they spread in many unforeseen ways, often overlapping with each other while boosting their mutual toxicity. Carney insists that what ails family formation and support in the United States today is, at root, cultural. That’s important, because it saves us from spinning our wheels ineffectively in places that won’t ultimately effect change (e.g., government or economics). …

Louisiana Lawmakers Aim to Deregulate Homeschooling With New Measure, by Steve Wilson

By Steve Wilson, Just the News – The House Committee on Education approved a bill that will end the requirement that requires state approval for homeschooling curriculums… House Bill 550, by Rep. Beryl Amedee, R-Gray, would end the requirement home study programs be approved by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education… Amedee said she homeschooled her three sons and she’s worked as an advocate to help other parents with homeschooling issues, which she says includes eight pages of law governing homeschooling.

WATCH! The Ruth Institute: The Sexual Revolution Got It Wrong, by Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse

By Founder and President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, The Ruth Institute, The Stream – Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse spoke at the recent Live Action Young Leaders Summit about how the Sexual Revolution came about and the many rotten fruits it has produced. Watch as she explains its three interlocking branches: contraception ideology, divorce ideology, and gender ideology… Learn how these aspects of our culture are ruining lives and society, and why the traditional biblical view of morality is the solution to our broken world.

Want to Be Happy? Get Married and Stay Married, The Ruth Institute

By The Ruth Institute, The Stream – Studies show that marriage is an excellent predictor of happiness… What’s the status of marriage in America today? The good news is that since 2012 there has been an increase in the number of children being raised in intact families, says Dr. Brad Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia and the author of Get Married: Why Americans Should Defy the Elites, Forge Strong Families and Save Civilization. …

Women, Children, and Careers, by Emmy Griffin

By Emmy Griffin, Patriot Post – What do they mean by describing children and marriage as “penalties”? Well, they are stating their analysis from a purely materialistic perspective. A child, you see, sets a woman back in her career; it takes her years to recover lost ground, and in many cases, she never fully recovers her pre-family income and employment trajectory… Labeling a child as a “penalty” demeans the most important work a person can do — raising and nurturing children ….

Days of Observance Among People Made in the Image of God, by Jim Kenaston

By Jim Kenaston, The Stream – Despite all the uproar over the White House’s official proclamation of “Transgender Day of Visibility” being observed on Easter Sunday this year, it turns out it’s just one of 47 commemoration days or weeks that the LGBTQ+ community has sprinkled throughout the year — not including the entire month of June, which has been proclaimed “Pride Month.” Until last week, I was unaware that in 2009 an activist had declared March 31 to be “Transgender Day of Visibility.”

‘Autism Epidemic Is Real and Overvaccination is Its Cause’: A Conversation With Mark Blaxill, by Michael Nevradakis

By Michael Nevradakis Ph. D., The Defender, Children’s Health Defense – Mark Blaxill, father of an autistic adult daughter (discusses) what he called the ‘coming tsunami’ of autism caregiving, as the autistic children of the 1990s onward reach adulthood… Every year this time, public health officials, the media, and some autism organizations tell us how autism should be celebrated and embraced – how it’s a condition more akin to a quirk than a lifelong disability, one for which a growing number of diagnoses is a sign of “inclusivity.”

Study Re-Affirms That Puberty Blockers Harm Kids, by Tierin-Rose Mandelburg

By Tierin-Rose Mandelburg, MRC TV – The MRC has reported on other groups sounding the alarm on these treatments. In July, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) acknowledged that puberty blockers have the potential to cause sterility, though that group continued to advocate for using tax dollars to fund said treatments. In March of this year, the National Health Service (NHS) in England banned puberty blockers for minors, citing studies

The Ruth Institute: A New Holiday That’s Not Demonic: Adult Appreciation Week

By The Ruth Institute, The Stream – Maybe the White House should try promoting this celebration… In light of the White House urging all Americans to celebrate its third annual Transgender Day of Visibility, the Ruth Institute has discerned the need for Adult Appreciation Week, set to take place April 3-9… “’Transgender’ people are not the only ones who need and deserve ‘visibility,’” said President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse… Therefore, the group will officially honor adults who …..

Normophobia, by Mary Harrington

By Mary Harrington, First Things – No one is coming to save us. We cannot wait for the “silent majority” to rise up and demand a return to common sense, or mumble about postponing action until we’ve re-Christianized the West, or until we’ve devised a fully worked-out post-Christian metaphysics of human nature… We must speak the truth anyway. And wherever possible, we must redirect law and policy from the abolition of human nature to its flourishing… Should this project be accused of oppressing or stigmatizing “the vulnerable,” we must recall that in reasserting the necessity of norms we are not attacking the most vulnerable. We are defending them.

‘Me First’ to ‘Family First’: Brad Wilcox ‘Gives Voice to the Value of Marriage’, by Joan Frawley Desmond

By Joan Frawley Desmond, EWTN News – W. Bradford Wilcox, by contrast urges the young to drop a “me first” approach to love and marriage in favor of a “family first” path to the altar. In his latest book, Get Married: Why Americans Must Defy the Elites, Forge Strong Families, and Save Civilization (HarperCollins), the University of Virginia sociologist, who also serves as director of the National Marriage Project, deploys a trove of research and data to back his claim that marriage and children bring personal fulfillment. …

How the Transgender Movement Fuels Conspiracy Theories, by Jonathon Van Maren

By Jonathon Van Maren, The European Conservative – No conspiracy theory is as far-fetched as the idea that there are 72 genders… Ask anyone in your life to define a ‘conspiracy theory,’ and you’ll likely get a different answer. From elections to vaccines, from the ‘deep state’ to Ukraine, there is only one thing that most people now agree on: that establishment narratives are false. There are a range of key contributing factors to this—the internet and social media, the collapse of trust in institutions, increasing polarization, and much more. But one prominent issue that has proven to be a catalyst for all these trends has been largely ignored: the rise of the transgender movement.

Radical Ideological Orthodoxy Trammels Parental Rights, Needs of Children, by Charles J. Russo

By Charles J. Russo, Catholic World Report – Despite an acute shortage of caregivers willing and able to be respite or placement resources for children and youth in need, officials forbade a Christian couple in Washington from serving as foster parents… Discrimination against Christians continues unabated as for the third time in four years public officials have sought to not allow qualified Christians to serve as foster or adoptive parents because they reject the current orthodoxy on gender ideology.

Three-Year-Old “Iron Will” Shares the Beauty of People With Down Syndrome, by Susan Ciancio

By Susan Ciancio, Catholic World Report – “My value doesn’t come from what I can do. It comes from who I am—a human being created in the image and likeness of God.”… To celebrate World Down Syndrome Day last week, the family of three-year-old Will Daub, or Iron Will (as they call him), created a brilliant video in the hopes of sharing Will’s accomplishments with the world and to illustrate the beauty of people with Down syndrome. …

Transgender ‘Treatments’ for Children One of the ‘Greatest Ethical Scandals in Medical History’, French Report States, by Kurt Zindulka

By Kurt Zindulka, Breitbart – The practice of sexually ‘transitioning’ children will be remembered as one of the “greatest ethical scandals in the history of medicine,” a report commissioned by French senators stated… (the report) found that the medical industry embarked upon the practice of giving children life-altering transgender treatments with little evidence of its effectiveness while ignoring the side effects… The report found that while parents were often pressured by doctors to put their children on puberty-blocking drugs to prevent suicide, there is little proof that this course of action has any better outcomes for the child.

Made, Not Begotten: Why We Said “No!” to In Vitro Fertilization, by Nathanael Blake

By Nathanael Blake, Catholic World Report – We should not expect much courage from politicians, but Christians are called to bear witness to the truth, regardless of what opinion polls show. And the truth is that IVF is wrong… When my wife and I said “No” to in vitro fertilization, we assumed that we were rejecting our last hope of bearing children. Our years of infertility were unexplained and unresolved, despite the best efforts of the Catholic Ob/Gyn practice we had been going to. They had been thorough, and the physician who offered us a second opinion had nothing to add—except pushing us to try IVF.

5 Classic Films With Strong Female Leads to Inspire Girls, by Ashley McGuire

By Ashley McGuire, Institute for Family Studies – I can’t remember the last article I wrote that led to more unsolicited positive feedback; many wrote to me with their own additions to my short list of suggestions. Movies like Singing in the Rain, The Music Man, and Swiss Family Robinson were notable standouts. However, my list was admittedly male-dominant, and I recently found myself craving a little Scarlett O’Hara spice. So, one rainy afternoon while home alone with my daughter and nothing pressing on my time, we turned it on.

Midway in the Culture War, by Lou Aguilar

By Lou Aguilar, American Spectator -But the biggest blast took place across the Pond in the socialist-sinking United Kingdom. Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) just stopped prescribing puberty blockers for children. For the left-compromised ministry to basically acknowledge the irreparable damage these treatments can do to kids should start a chain reaction of sanity around the world. Even the usually reserved Times of London called the practice “quack medicine,” urging that it be “reined in entirely.”

How a Handful of Billionaires Created the Transgender ‘Movement’: An Interview with Jennifer Bilek, by Jonathon Van Maren

By Jonathon Van Maren, The European Conservative – I first came across investigative journalist Jennifer Bilek’s work in 2020, when her essay “The Billionaires Behind the LGBT Movement” was published in First Things. It was a stunning piece … Bilek also runs the Substack Jennifer’s Newsletter and the blog The 11th Hour, where she explains her focus: I write at the intersection of humanity, technology, and runaway capitalism. At this intersection stands transgenderism, what I believe is a glamorous ad campaign generated by elites, invested in tech and pharma, to normalize the changing of human biology. …

BOOK REVIEW: Bad Therapy Addresses the Question: “Why Are Our Kids So Messed Up?”, by Kale Zelden 

By Kale Zelden, Catholic World Report – The growing youth mental health crisis… In Bad Therapy: Why the Kids Aren’t Growing Up, Shrier now turns her attention to the mental health establishment itself, asking the simple but obvious question: why are our kids so messed up? This book will likewise make very few friends for Shrier, as she is taking on a behemoth of under-appreciated size and reach, a new Leviathan—the Mental Health machine. But that is to her credit. What she lays out in her new book is important for everyone in the fields of medicine and education. But, most importantly, those of us with skin in the game: parents.

The Collapse of Cultural Christianity—And the Rise of Cultural Queerness, by Jonathon Van Maren 

By Jonathon Van Maren, The European Conservative – Around 25% of Gen Z in America now identify as LGBT, compared to 3% of the general population… How do nations become post-Christian? To quote Ernest Hemingway: Gradually, and then suddenly… For decades, the United States has been a bastion of religiosity, bucking the trend of secularization, but in recent years, the needle has begun to move. According to a 2019 poll, between 20% and 25% of American adults now identify as ‘nones’ ….

Fifth Circuit Court Upholds Texas Age-Verification Law Restricting Porn Site Access

By Evan Poellinger, CNS News – The Fifth Circuit Court of appeals has ruled 2-1 in favor of a Texas law requiring pornography websites to use age verification on their websites. The law, which was signed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) last June, and originally scheduled to take effect in December, 2023, mandates such websites “use reasonable age verification methods” in order to “verify that an individual attempting to access the material is 18 years of age or older.”

Finnish Study: Transgender Surgeries for Minors Do Not Solve Mental Health Issues, by Tyler Arnold

By Tyler Arnold, Catholic News Agency – While some lawmakers and transgender activists have claimed that puberty-blocking drugs and transgender surgical procedures are “life-saving medicine,” the study disputes that claim. The research did not find any statistically significant reduction in suicides among adolescents who received “medical gender reassignment” through hormonal or surgical interventions.

America’s Flight From Marriage Laid Bare by New Study, by Charles Collins

By Charles Collins, Catholic Herald – A new study claims one-in-three young adults in the United States will never marry… Writing for the Institute for Family Studies (IFS), Lyman Stone said these are close to the lowest levels ever observed for marriage rates… “Many commentators will blame these declines on the increased delay in marriage. While there’s some truth to this, the situation is extreme at higher ages, too,” he wrote…

What is the Catholic Church’s Position on IVF? by Peter Pinedo

By Peter Pinedo, Catholic News Agency – Since the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that embryos created through in vitro fertilization (IVF) are human children, debate over fertility treatment has erupted anew… Here’s everything you need to know… What is IVF?… IVF is a medical procedure that fuses sperm and egg in a lab environment to conceive a child outside of the sexual act. The live embryo is then later implanted into a uterus to continue developing until birth… According to the Mayo Clinic, IVF is typically used as a “treatment for infertility” that “also can be used to prevent passing on genetic problems to a child.”

Christians, You Have Been Warned. The States are Coming for Your Children, by Chuck Mason

By Chuck Mason, The Stream – A Catholic couple’s fight with Indiana Child Services to raise their “transgender” son according to their faith provides a shot across the bow to all Christian parents — if a child’s gender preference is not accepted, Child Protective Services (CPS) will take the child away… Fox News reported Indiana CPS removed a child from his Catholic parents because they wouldn’t use his chosen name or pronouns that reflected his chosen gender orientation. CPS relocated the male child, who identifies as female, to a “gender-affirming” foster home after the child reported his parents to the authorities. …

Is Catholic Feminism Working? by Carrie Gress

By Carrie Gress, The Catholic Thing – The idea that Catholics must embrace feminism to engage non-Catholic women has been repeated so frequently that it’s simply accepted as a truism. But is it actually working? … Before answering that question, let’s take a close look at the work of St. John Paul II. He is generally invoked as the reason why we must have a Catholic feminism. As pope, John Paul was clearly interested in upholding the dignity of every woman. His 1988 Apostolic Letter, Mulieris Dignitatem ….

Contraception Regret at Red Lobster, by Kennedy Hall

By Kennedy Hall, Crisis Magazine – No amount of money or personal development in education or the business world is worth the pain that comes with the regret of closing yourself to new life… Last weekend we decided to take a trip across the border to Port Huron, Michigan, to do a bit of shopping. Like the majority of Canadians who make the same international trip in search of lower prices and cheap gas, we shopped at Hobby Lobby, Target, and T.J. Maxx. I may have stopped into Wild Bill’s Tobacco Shop to stock up…Who am I kidding?

The Irreplaceable Role of Fathers, by Philip Martin

By Philip Martin, Crisis Magazine – Nearly 2,000 years later, the reality of God’s Fatherhood is more necessary, perhaps, than it has ever been. Every person has father wounds, no matter how great your father was. If he was imperfect, he left wounds by his words and actions (or lack thereof); if he was, for all intents and purposes, perfect, he set a nearly impossible standard that you probably never felt you could live up to… But if he was there, if he tried, count your blessings; if he worked hard with you in mind, offer up a prayer of thanksgiving.

Vatican Permits First Blessing at ‘Homosexual Wedding’, by Jules Gomes

By Jules Gomes, Church Militant – A celebrity homosexual couple who intends to conceive a child through surrogacy has made history after the Vatican permitted the blessing of the duo at a “religious wedding” held two days after their civil wedding. Father Francisco Gordalina blessed Uruguayan television personality 82-year-old Carlos Perciavalle and his 47-year-old partner Jimmy Castilhos at a party for 400 guests. The couple publicly advertised it as “the first [Catholic] religious wedding in the world” of its kind.

Marriages That Last, by Genesius

By Genesius, Catholic Stand – Over the past few months, I have attended two funerals. At both of them, elderly widowers were mourning their deceased wives. Both of the couples were married for more than 65 years… Both instances were a tribute to the sacrament of marriage. Both of the deceased were true to their vows made before God to love and honor their spouses “all the days of my life.” How wonderful that their marriages endured in a world actively trying to kill and pervert this sacrament.

Reclaiming a Culture of Life in Health Care, by Louis Brown

By Louis Brown, First Things – Tragically, it is not rare for health care entities to refuse patients life-sustaining nutrition. As a result, patients can end up dying not because of an illness but because of starvation. This kind of passive euthanasia is just the tip of the iceberg of the throwaway culture that pervades much of American health care. The United States urgently needs to revitalize its respect for the dignity of patients and protect their human and civil rights. ….

Transgender Funeral At New York Cathedral Was Likely A ‘Vicious’ Anti-Catholic Hate Crime, by Samuel Mangold-Lenett

By Samuel Mangold-Lenett, The Federalist – “The outrageous sacrilege perpetrated at St. Patrick’s Cathedral is indeed a hate crime,” Burch wrote. “Video footage shows that transgender activists intentionally used deception to obtain permission to enter St. Patrick’s and the facts show that access was used to desecrate that sacred space and mock Catholic faith and morals.”

CATHOLIC VOTE: LGBT Activists to Demand Public Apology from St. Patrick’s Cathedral

CV News Feed – The organization Gays & Lesbians Living in a Transgender Society (GLITS) on Tuesday announced that it would hold a press conference Wednesday “to request an explanation from St. Patrick’s Cathedral” for what they described as “cutting short the funeral mass service of Cecilia Gentili.”… In a press release sent via email, GLITS stated that its press conference would be held at noon on Wednesday, February 21, at City Hall Park. The organization said it will demand “a public apology” for the “painfully dismissive and exclusionary language” the Cathedral used in a statement after the scandalous incident.

Oliver Twist and the Issue of Annulment, by Mrs. Sheryl Temaat

By Mrs. Sheryl Temaat, The Remnant – What Marriage Was Before Vatican II… A man and woman give valid consent on their wedding day when they agree to take each other in marriage. This means that they agree to exchange the conjugal act exclusively, permanently, and be open to children… Marriage, before Vatican II, was about having children and raising them for heaven.

“Get Married” Provides an Urgent Imperative Based on Data and Experience, by John M. Grondelsk

By John M. Grondelski, Ph.D., Catholic World Report – There are two unusual things about this book: It’s coming out for Valentine’s Day. And the title is a simple, strong imperative… The release of Get Married was deliberately planned to coincide with the end of National Marriage Week, an annual focus on the importance of marriage that ends on Valentine’s Day, February 14. And the book’s title commands us to do something for which that earlier generations did not seem to need an order.

Pro-Life Advocate Says Fatherlessness is the “Most Ignored Crisis”, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – The absence of fathers is identified as the fundamental cause of many societal issues today, supported by extensive research presenting clear and indisputable evidence: children need good fathers… As per the 2020 U.S. Census, 18.4 million children are growing up without their biological fathers. This accounts for 23% of the total 73 million children in the U.S., marking a significant increase since 1968.

Dating Crisis Fuels Marriage Crisis, by Katrina Trinko

By Katrina Trinko, Daily Signal – If you’re not looking to date this Valentine’s Day, be grateful… It’s a disaster out there… Pair the lingering effects of the sexual revolution, of a world where too often sexual pleasure is prioritized over relationships founded on love and giving, with Big Tech’s noxious dating apps, where algorithms seem far better at perpetuating singledom than finding people soulmates, and you’ve got a hellscape.

Texas Attorney Given 180 Days in Jail For Attempting To Murder His Preborn Child, by Tierin-Rose Mandelburg

By Tierin-Rose Mandelburg, MRC TV – The Herrings were reportedly going through marital struggles back in 2022 but decided to start working on their relationship more as time went on. In February, Mrs. Herring became pregnant. Then, starting in March, Mr. Herring began slipping the pill Cyrux, an abortion pill sold in Mexico, into his wife’s drinks. (Cyrux is the same as misoprostol, the first of two pills taken to chemically kill a child in utero and force a miscarriage.)

EWTN EDITORIAL: Prioritize Marriage, Not Same-Sex Blessings

The Editors, EWTN News – The secular world will fix its attention Sunday on the Super Bowl — an annual sporting spectacle that will be played this year in Las Vegas… On that same Sunday, the Catholic Church’s celebration of World Marriage Day should direct our attention to an institution that’s infinitely more important than a mere football game — yet recent events have left many Catholics concerned about whether the significance of marriage is being sidelined within the Church itself.

Blog: The Bombshell Letter Every American Must Read, by Elizabeth Yore

By Elizabeth Yore, Yore Children – In three very short years, a silent and surreptitious invasion was underway. A war is being organized by enemies from many countries who were invited in by the Biden Administration to destroy us.  These are the times that will test the souls of every American. Pay attention to the final warning from the 10 brave retired FBI patriots: “The threat we call out today is new and unfamiliar. In its modern history the U.S. has never suffered an invasion of the homeland, and, yet, one is unfolding now. Military age men from across the globe, many from countries or regions not friendly to the United States, are landing in waves on our soil by the thousands – not by splashing ashore from a ship or parachuting from a plane but rather by foot across a border, but rather by foot across a border that has been accurately advertised around the world as largely unprotected with ready access granted.”

The Catholic Herald: Union of Catholic Mothers Sticking Up for Families at Time of ‘Great Unrest’

By The Catholic Herald – The Union of Catholic Mothers was founded in 1913 to unite Catholic married women in the UK. It is a national organisation which promotes the full ideal of marriage, Christian values in family life and Catholic religious education of children… UCM members are made aware of current social, political and medical policies at the national level, and are encouraged to individually lobby MPs as well as join campaigns for the alleviation of hunger, poverty and war, both at home and overseas.

Senate Staffer Avoids Punishment With ‘Rainbow Privilege’, by Thomas Gallatin

By Thomas Gallatin, Patriot Post – The reason this story is so shameful — beyond the now-public sexual deviancy of a Senate staffer — is the blatant undermining of the foundational principles of our legal system. Treating any identity group as a privileged group for which the laws of the land are not enforced equally and without prejudice is to do injustice. Furthermore, arguing that because these groups may have suffered past injustices, they now deserve special treatment makes a mockery of the equal application of the law and further erodes confidence in our justice system.

‘Pure Evil’: 11-Year-Old Cries In Pain While Getting Puberty Blockers, by Tierin-Rose Manelburg

By Tierin-Rose Manelburg, MRC TV – It’s a heartbreaking (video) clip, and viewers are calling out the transgender ideology for what it really is: “pure evil.”… In it, a mother and her 11-year-old son Joseph, who they refer to as “Josie,” visit a transgender specialist named Dr. Olsen, who insists that “Josie” is at a “perfect place” to begin puberty blockers to stop the young boy’s body from going through male puberty. ….

Human Life International: The World Health Organization: On a Mission to End Humanity?

By Human Life International, The Stream – The powerful World Health Organization appears to be working hard to hasten the end of the human race, according to the global life-advocates at Human Life International. As the United Nation’s designated preserver of the world’s health, the new World Health Organization Pandemic Agreement is designed to increase disease and encourage unhealthy behaviors… This recent directive coming out of this international government body demands that all nations follow their lead to “counteract conservative opposition” and “enact progressive laws” ….

Number of Children Living With 2 Parents Increasing, Data Shows, by Dan Hart

By Dan Hart, The Stream – Newly published data from the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that the proportion of American children living in two-parent families increased to 71.1% in 2023, continuing a slight upward trajectory since 2015… The numbers appear to contradict a popular narrative in the mainstream media that American society no longer aspires to establish households with a mother and father to parent children.

Diaper Company Launches Pro-Life Campaign, Quotes Elon Musk in Times Square Ad, by McKenna Snow

By McKenna Snow, Catholic Vote – A diaper company launched its pro-life campaign this week and quoted billionaire Elon Musk’s statement, “having children is saving the world,” in a large electronic billboard ad for the campaign in Times Square… Musk owns the social media platform “X,” formerly known as Twitter, and has previously expressed concern about the human race’s population decreasing. Musk posted on X in September of 2023, “having children is saving the world”.

128 Pregnant Women, 25 Tots Under Age 2 Given Wrong RSV Vaccines, CDC Says, by Suzanne Burdick, Ph.D.

By Suzanne Burdick, Ph.D., Children’s Health Defense – Nearly 130 pregnant women and 25 children under age 2 were given the wrong respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)… The children were mistakenly administered either Pfizer’s Abrysvo or GSK’s (formerly GlaxoSmithKline) Arexvy RSV vaccines. Both are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for adults ages 60 and older — but not for children or babies.

Meet 5 Accused Pedophiles Who Bought Kids Through Surrogacy, by Katy Faust

By Katy Faust, The Federalist – Surrogacy is risky for children. Not just the risk of a primal wound via intentional birth mother separation. Not just the risk of identity struggles if their genetic mother is purchased from a catalog. Not just the risk of mother-hunger if they are raised in a home absent maternal love… Surrogacy puts children at risk for the worst kinds of abuse. …

Focusing on Your Primary Vocation, by Randy Hain

By Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life – Remember, so often we tend to make things more complicated than they really are.  When it comes to priorities, many of us have a check list of some kind that includes everything from going to the grocery store for milk to making sure our children get a great education.  We confuse mundane tasks with what is truly important in life.  If everything is important, then nothing is important. When it comes to living a fuller, richer life filled with meaning, what are your priorities?

When A Christian Professor Spoke About His Struggle With Homosexuality, The LGBT Mob Came For Him, by J. Robert Renner

By J. Robert Renner, The Federalist – In 2009, Mattson returned to Catholicism and left behind his prior homosexual lifestyle. For several years, he wrote articles and spoke at public events explaining how the church should engage with people who experience same-sex attraction… In 2017, Mattson’s writing culminated in Why I Don’t Call Myself Gay: How I Reclaimed My Sexual Reality and Found Peace — an autobiographical account of his experience with same-sex attraction. He advocated that the church should sympathetically engage people who experience same-sex attraction while offering Catholicism as a better way. …

A Sanctity of Human Life Month Like No Other, by Art Ally

By Art Ally, The Stream – For those of us who have been working for years on the pro-life cause, this is a very special and joyous Sanctity of Human Life Month… It’s the first one since the Supreme Court in June 2022 struck down Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion. Instead of the latest protest against Roe’s cruelty and unconstitutionality, this month-long observance and the annual March for Life on January 20 will be celebrations.

The Pornification of American Television, by Austin Ruse

By Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine – TV shows in the 1960s began pushing the envelope of what was allowed, and now we have full-blown depravity coming over the airwaves… In a recent debate about the success or failure of the Sexual Revolution, moderator Bari Weiss asked the four female debaters to name the feminist they admire the most. Feminist author Louise Perry said without hesitation, “Mary Whitehouse.”

Fr. Bryce Lungren: Contraception: The Cause of All Our Problems

By Fr. Bryce Lungren, Crisis Magazine – Prior to the 1960s, procreation may not have always been welcome, but it was very much understood as the natural purpose of the sexual act. The shift came during this decade when forms of artificial birth control, particularly the birth control pill, became readily available to the general public. Since then, contraception, which literally means against conception, has been the common mentality toward the sexual act.

It Is Not Good for Some Couples to Be Alone, by Anthony Esolen

By Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine – The upshot is that two boys or two girls should not be a couple at all because that exclusivity is not what friendship is for; it is, in fact, an obstacle to the full flourishing of friendship. … Two people, presenting themselves as a couple, approach a priest and ask for a blessing before the congregation in church… Let us think this matter through.

Bishop Strickland Urges Bishops to Say ‘No’ to Francis’ ‘Blessings’ of Homosexual Couples, by Stephen Kokx

By Stephen Kokx, LifeSiteNews – In remarks shared exclusively with LifeSiteNews via video, Bishop Strickland encouraged “my brother bishops that we all join with a voice of strength and joy in the Lord in these last days of Advent and say ‘no’ to this latest document.”… “We really simply need to be a united voice saying, ‘no,’ we will not respond to this,” Strickland stated. “We will not incorporate this into the life of the Church because we simply must say ‘no.’ And it needs to be a united voice.”

Why the Radicals Need to Hide Their Real Agenda, by Michael Brown

By Michael Brown, The Stream – Think for a moment about the trajectory of LGBTQ+ activism… Had national leaders said up front, “We look forward to the day when thirteen-year-old, trans-identified girls can have full mastectomies and young men can compete against young women in sports,” they would have garnered much less support… Had they said, “We look forward to the day when Christians will be jailed if they refuse to grant gay marriage licenses, and we can’t wait to see drag queens reading to toddlers in libraries,” they would have been rejected outright.

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: Kissinger’s Dark Legacy: Weaponizing Population Control

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – … for those of us who work to stem the tide of the culture of death, the name of Kissinger immediately serves to call to mind a single document—the so-called “Kissinger Report.”… The technical name of this document is National Security Study Memorandum 200… (also) called the Kissinger Report… in 1974 and was originally highly classified. However, researchers managed to obtain copies of it in the early 1990s. It outlines what Kissinger and the Nixon Administration viewed as the serious national security threats posed by population growth, particularly in the developing nations.

America’s Rent-A-Womb Industry Lures An Alarming Number Of Chinese Nationals, by Emma Waters

By Emma Waters, The Federalist – China not only owns a disproportionate amount of American debt, but a new report reveals it also rents a disproportionate number of American wombs… In July, researchers using data from the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology Clinic Outcome Reporting System found that Chinese nationals make up the largest percentage of foreign surrogacy contracts in the United States. ….

The Battle for Counseling Freedom for All: A Small Victory and a Huge Setback For Those With Gender Dysphoria, by Jennifer Roback Morse

By Jennifer Roback Morse, EWTN News – The worldwide battle for counseling freedom for all will have far-reaching consequences for freedom of speech, religion, and association. The ostensible issue at stake is banning “conversion therapy,” which is claimed to be “harmful’ and “ineffective” and even the equivalent of “torture.”… But the ultimate issue at stake is whether sexual revolutionary activists can limit speech inside a counselor’s office, personal prayer and the ability of individual clients to associate with counselors who will assist them in achieving their own therapeutic goals.

Why is Our Lady of Guadalupe Patroness of the Unborn? by Katie Yoder

By Katie Yoder, CNA – On Dec. 12 we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, who is the patroness of the unborn… When Our Lady appeared to St. Juan Diego nearly 500 years ago, she came first and foremost as a mother — the mother of God and our mother… “Listen, and let it penetrate your heart, my dear little son; do not be troubled or weighted down with grief. Do not fear any illness or vexation, anxiety, or pain,” Our Lady of Guadalupe is quoted as saying to Juan Diego. “Am I not here who am your mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not your fountain of life? Are you not in the folds of my mantle? In the crossing of my arms? Is there anything else you need?”

DINKs and Their Gospel of Hedonism, by Emmy Griffin

By Emmy Griffin, Patriot Post – “DINK” (Dual Income, No Kids) is an acronym that describes young couples, generally married, who have made the choice to not have children. They do so for many reasons, such as they want to diminish their environmental footprint or they don’t want to be like their parents and therefore won’t be parents at all. The most common reason, however, is the notion that being a DINK gives them freedom and autonomy that families with children don’t have. They can do what they want whenever they want ….

U.S. Suicides Reached Record High Last Year, by Kayla Bartsch

By Kayla Bartsch, National Review – The National Center for Health Statistics recorded nearly 50,000 suicides last year, up 2.6 percent increase from the prior year… The increase in suicides was largely driven by older Americans taking their own lives. Suicide rates for young people returned to pre-pandemic levels in 2022 after soaring in 2021 amid the social isolation and financial stress caused by the pandemic and resulting lockdowns. Suicide rates for children aged 10-14 declined by 18 percent in 2022, and rates for young people aged 15-24 declined by 9 percent.

By Pretending Surrogacy Is A Right, Adults Deny The Rights Of Children, by Katie Breckenridge

By Katie Breckenridge, The Federalist – When children start to be commodified and viewed as objects to be disposed of in the quest to create families, society creates bills such as HBs 5207-5215, and children lose their natural, fundamental rights to life, to their mothers and fathers, and not to be bought and sold. Laws that trample on the natural rights of children under the guise of “equality” are not rights, but injustices promoting the inequality of the most vulnerable members of society.

The Secret to Evangelizing the Nones, by H. W. Crocker III

By H. W. Crocker III, Crisis Magazine – At Lisbon’s 2023 World Youth Day, Bishop Robert Barron commented, We’ve dumbed down the faith for way too long. My generation got a dumbed down Catholicism and it’s been a pastoral disaster. And that’s not just my private opinion. You can see that in every survey. When you ask people why they disaffiliated, in the Western world anyway, they’ll often say “I never got my questions answered, religion seemed stupid, it’s out of line with science,” etc., etc. We dumbed down the faith in an attempt to make it relevant and we undermined ourselves. It’s a vibrant, smart, beautiful Catholicism that people find compelling.

How Gen Z Differs From Previous Generations, by John Stonestreet, Jared Eckert

By John Stonestreet, Jared Eckert, The Stream – Gen Z, the generation born between 1997 and 2010, has a distinct reputation different from baby boomers, Gen X, and millennials… One finding is that Gen Z — or Zoomers — are less likely to hold a part-time job, attend religious services, have a romantic relationship, and use drugs. They also spend more time online, are more likely to identify as LGBTQ, and report being more lonely than previous generations.

Priest Shares Advice for Parents Whose Adult Child Has Left the Faith, by McKenna Snow

By McKenna Snow, CatholicVote – A priest shared encouraging advice this week on how parents can respond if their adult child leaves the Catholic Faith… “I always tell parents that you always have to have hope,” said Father Mark Wood from the Diocese of Little Rock, Arkansas, as he discussed the issue with local news outlet Arkansas Catholic on November 27.
Wood has spent 35 years as a priest, and said that he has seen how important it is for parents to live the Faith in the home. …

The Legal Making of Orphans, by John M. Grondelski

By John M. Grondelski, The Catholic Thing – Michigan, which in 2022 ensconced a right to abortion-on-demand into its state constitution, may be on the verge of another adaptation to the sexual revolution: adopting commercial surrogacy… The Great Lake State, along with Nebraska and to some degree Louisiana, are the three states that still outlaw commercial surrogacy.  “Commercial” surrogacy is distinguished from “altruistic” surrogacy, where the latter is nominally a volunteer undertaking.

Church Militant: The Downfall of Woke Disney

By Church Militant, Church Militant – Disney is admitting its political stances have put the company at risk as it continues to flop at the box office in 2023… The Walt Disney Company acknowledged its disconnect with consumers in its latest SEC filings as the once-powerhouse brand continues to face pitfalls over its self-destructive ideological push… Disney wrote in the report, “Consumers’ perceptions of our position on matters of public interest, including our efforts to achieve certain of our environmental and social goals, often differ widely and present risks to our reputation and brands.”

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: Breaking the Bubble of Transgender Groupthink

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – There is something about the transgender movement that has struck many people as fundamentally cultish… Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about cults: “Specific factors in cult behavior are said to include manipulative and authoritarian mind control over members, communal and totalistic organization, aggressive proselytizing, systematic programs of indoctrination, and perpetuation in middle-class communities.”

Beware Church Use of ‘Transgender’ Language, by Leila Marie Lawler

By Leila Marie Lawler, The Catholic Thing – Accepting the word “transgender” and using it in an official document represents a capitulation to an ideology that is completely contrary to, and the enemy of, the Catholic faith and indeed reality itself. This is not the first time, either. For years now, bishops have used this word in, for instance, statements on bills before legislatures on bathrooms and pronouns. They lose the argument before it begins, for defining terms is everything in seeking the truth and helping others find it.

Catholic Education Begins at Home, by Susan Ciancio 

By Susan Ciancio, Catholic World Report – The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that “a wholesome family life can foster interior dispositions that are a genuine preparation for a living faith and remain a support for it throughout one’s life” (CCC, 2225)… This is our job as parents—to prepare our children to live a life faithful to the Church, a life filled with the love of Christ and with the desire to share His light with others. As we mark Catholic Schools Week and give thanks for these amazing schools, let’s remember that education begins at home—and that our primary job as parents is to teach our children the Catholic Faith.

‘Transgender’ Baptisms? Sorting Out the Vatican’s Recent Statement, by John Bursch

By John Bursch, EWTN News – It is critically important to carefully read the Dicastery of the Doctrine of the Faith’s answers to Bishop Negri’s questions in context — and to ignore silly headlines from media sources that do not understand Catholic teaching… If you’ve been watching the news, you were likely surprised to see clickbait headlines from mainstream outlets… “Vatican says transgender people can be baptized, serve as godparents.” After all, such a headline conflicts directly with Pope Francis’ many declarations about gender ideology.

How the Sexual Revolution Conquered the Catholic Church, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – Could you briefly explain what the Vatican “Synod” is?… What makes the present synod strange and unprecedented, in a subversive way, is that many of the participants are not bishops. Many lay people are included. If their ideological composition reflects that of the participating bishops, they are progressive and reformist… Francis has stated that this move to include lay people is to make the Church more open and democratic. There are good reasons to be suspicious.

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse: Has the Vatican Gone Lavender?

By The Ruth Institute, The Stream – Dr. Morse gives her views on what we can take away from the happenings in Rome… Some crazy stuff is going on out there. Do we have to believe it all? Do we have to listen to what they say?… Dr. Morse shares what Catholics should do regarding the leadership of the Church.

Pope Francis Says ‘Trans’ People Can Be Godparents, Homosexual ‘Parents’ Can Have Children Baptized, by

By John Henry Westen, Michael Haynes, LifeSite News – Pope Francis has approved a text drawn up by Cardinal Victor Manuel Fernández attesting that “transgender” individuals can be godparents for the sacrament of Baptism, as well as allowing homosexual “parents” to have their children baptized… Pope Francis’ latest document comes despite the fact that the Catholic Church teaches that deliberate bodily mutilation and homosexual acts are gravely sinful, and that those requesting Baptism for children must intend to raise the children in the Catholic faith.

Smartphones Are Dumb, by Emmy Griffin

By Emmy Griffin, Patriot Post – As a noted psychology professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business, Haidt noticed a change in students both socially and academically starting in 2012. Students are lonelier, not as intellectually engaged, and developing mental health problems at an alarming rate… What happened in 2012? Well, that was when smartphones really took off in the mainstream and flip phones went the way of the rotary dial.

Jimmy Kimmel and Rolling Stone Mock Speaker Mike Johnson for Using ‘Covenant Eyes’, by Ryan and Mary-Rose Verret

By Ryan and Mary-Rose Verret, EWTN News – Humility. That’s what current Speaker of the House Mike Johnson emphasized when he and his wife Kelly interviewed us about our marriage mentoring program, Witness to Love… “I love that [in your mentorship model] there is a certain dose of humility,” he said. “We have to acknowledge that we have certain issues to work on. You realize in our journey in life how only God is perfect and we are not.” The interview, which you can listen to here, was about how we can better support “marriage, the center of our culture.”

Knights of Columbus Video Series: How to Have a Christ-Centered Catholic Marriage, by Joseph Pronechen

By Joseph Pronechen, National Catholic Register – Following their successful first Into the Breach video series and taking a cue from the attacks on marriage in secular society, the Knights of Columbus have just released another video series called Into the Breach: The Mission of the Family — to strengthen Catholic marriages and Catholic families… Looking at marriage as the foundation of the family, the gift of children, healing in the family, creating a legacy of faith and more, the six parts bring not only words of wisdom… but also beautiful stories and advice from marriage couples in the pews ….

The Education of a Mother, by Julian Kwasniewski

By Julian Kwasniewski, Catholic Exchange – Family is essential to the creation of any culture, Kirsten remarked. “What is culture? It is the common life of a community and that is impossible without a family first of all, and the children to pass it onto. You need a husband and wife to create culture.” Caitlin told me that “as the ‘Heart of the Home’, it is a privilege to dramatically impact culture by forming the next generation.”

Homeschooling Is ‘America’s Fastest Growing Form of Education,’ Experts Say, by Sarah Holliday

By Sarah Holliday, Patriot Post – Since the 2017-2018 school year, the number of parents homeschooling has increased dramatically. With the rise has come pushback from state educators like Hillsborough County School Board member Lynn Gray who said parents don’t have “any understanding of education.”… In my view, homeschooling is not an easy choice, but it is often far more rewarding. This isn’t coming from the perspective of a biased parent, but from a biased child who has experienced both homeschool and public school.

Pornography Is Intrinsically Tied to Grooming and Trafficking, by Emmy Griffin

By Emmy Griffin, Patriot Post – Porn is not freedom, and it’s not sexual liberation. It is an exploitative business that preys on the weak and vulnerable. The industry is rife with sex trafficking. It targets not only adults but increasingly children as well. This exploitation problem has been expedited with the advent of the Internet and the lack of tools parents have to protect their children from exposure to pornographic content or sex traffickers online.

Homeschooling Trend Is More Than Passing Fad, by Virginia Allen, Kristen Eichamer

By Virginia Allen, Kristen Eichamer, Daily Signal – The spike in homeschooling was understandable during the COVID-19 pandemic. With many public schools closed in 2020 and 2021, what other choice did parents have?… But even with schools open again, the number of families opting to homeschool has remained stable… According to analysis from The Washington Post, the homeschooling trend has defied predictions.

Five Steps to Better Parenting, by Randy Hain

By Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life – I feel like being a better parent is a wrestling match that never ends!  This subject often comes up in my daily prayers as I seek discernment and courage to do the right things.  The alternative to my daily struggle is to be apathetic – which will virtually guarantee my children, especially my youngest son, will grow up drifting without a good foundation of faith, values and a sense of what is truly important in life.  Kids are like clay looking to be formed and developed.  In our absence, those who only see our children as consumers or who seek to do them harm will step into the vacuum.

Catholic Vote: “Resource” or “Millstone”? … Fr. James Martin’s ‘Outreach’: A Closer Look

By Catholic Vote News Feed – America Media in 2022 launched “Outreach,” an “LGBTQ Catholic ministry” personally founded by Fr. James Martin, SJ. The organization has weighed in on a number of debates during its first year, often criticizing U.S. bishops and other Catholic leaders for their opposition to the LGBTQ movement… Outreach itself, meanwhile, has yet to face much scrutiny from a Catholic perspective. Here, CatholicVote’s Catholic Accountability Project provides a closer look at the controversial organization.

States Sue Meta to Protect Their Children, by Brian Mark Weber

By Brian Mark Weber, Patriot Post – Attorneys general from 33 states sued Facebook’s parent company for addicting children to its products and misleading the public about the potential harm… When social media companies like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter burst onto the scene, they found an enthusiastic audience among people of all ages… At the time, it all seemed so harmless.

Sign of Hope: Franciscan University Welcomes Its Largest-Ever Freshman Class This Year, by Ashley Sadler

By Ashley Sadler, LifeSiteNews – One of America’s most prominent faithful Catholic universities this year admitted its largest ever freshman class even while other colleges in the state have seen their numbers decline… Franciscan Univ. of Steubenville welcomed 772 freshmen, the largest cohort of new students the college has seen since its founding in 1946… John Herrmann, Franciscan’s vice president for enrollment management, told the outlet the college had “just purchased a hotel, and renovated it in about six weeks to make it into a dormitory-style residence hall” to accommodate the new growth.

Christian Homeschoolers Are Propelling America’s Hottest New Sport To New Heights, by Tristan Justice

By Tristan Justice, The Federalist – While American physical education programs demonstrably fail the nation’s K-12 students, Christian homeschoolers have found an alternative that’s proven far more effective. The result is that homeschooling is now a driving force behind one of the fastest-growing sports in America: Ninja Warrior.

Kenyan Bishop Condemns Homosexual Unions After Pope Francis Promotes Same-Sex ‘Blessings’, by Andreas Wailzer

By Andreas Wailzer, LifeSiteNews – A bishop from Kenya has spoken out against same-sex relations in response to Pope Francis’ suggestion that priests may decide to “bless” homosexual partners… During his homily at the ordination Mass of Consolata Missionaries in Nairobi on October 6, Bishop Hieronymus Joya said “The issue that very many people are propagating today is that men should marry men, that women should marry women and they are asking the Church to validate it.” 

Just a Little Compromise Won’t Hurt, Will it? by Garrett D. Johnson

By Garrett D. Johnson, Crisis Magazine – When it comes to the Church’s teachings on human sexuality, especially related to LGBTQ+ issues, the Church and those of us who follow her teachings are getting smacked around. The smacking is coming from outside and inside the Church—and with increasing intensity. While being Catholic has never been easy, I’d say that the difficulty has been ratcheted up over the last ten years. Truths that have stood firm for thousands of years, despite many not following them, are now ignored by most and seen as hateful and ignorant. …

The Truth Behind Child Sex Trafficking, by Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse

By Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, The Stream – “Globally, trafficking is a $150 billion industry,” according to Heritage Foundation scholar Emma Waters. “This is a massive problem that besets every country in the world, but particularly the United States. …” … Our southern border being so easy to get across, is one contributing factor, Waters said. Another is broken families. In fact, 86% of trafficked kids were at one time in foster care. A large problem is children not having their father to protect them …

Can There Be Christian Feminism? by Carrie Gress

By Carrie Gress, The Catholic Thing – I’d heard it so many times, I scarcely thought I needed to research it. The well-worn refrain said that feminism hadn’t always been bad. The first wave was good. I decided to go look for myself just to check the box and confirm that what I’d always heard was in fact true… Astonishingly, I discovered that all was not so rosy in feminism’s first wave.

An Anti-Marriage Society, by Samantha Koch

By Samantha Koch, Patriot Post – The bigger issue, however, is that this young woman represents a generation of people who have normalized the idea of perpetual singlehood. They truly believe — or are trying to convince themselves — that serving their own desires and goals is really all they need in life. In this worldview, there is no value in pursuing a family life and engaging in this institution because “easy” has become far more of a worthy pursuit than the work of investing time and intention into other humans.

Planned Parenthood Gives Special Needs Kid Cross-Sex Hormones After 30-Min. Visit, by Tierin-Rose Mandleburg

By Tierin-Rose Mandleburg, MRC TV – Fred, who’s last name has been withheld out of privacy, was diagnosed with ADHD with autistic traits at age four. When he turned 18, he visited a Planned Parenthood location where he was prescribed cross-sex hormones after just a thirty minute appointment… Despite his developmental issues, Fred also struggled with depression and anxiety and was even expelled from three different special-needs schools over behavior issues,

Schools Should Not Teach Children All Life Skills, by Scarlen Valderaz

By Scarlen Valderaz, Patriot Post – A child’s primary teacher is the parent. The parent-teacher dynamic must be corrected. The parent is responsible for their child’s educational success, and the teacher is only a temporary partner… The lack of parental engagement has welcomed the state to attempt to fill in where it sees fit. This is why school districts adopt the whole-child approach and try to provide wraparound services.

Good News: More Americans Are Pro-Larger Families, by Emmy Griffin

By Emmy Griffin, Patriot Post – Gallup recently released an analysis of past polls wherein it posed the question: What is the ideal family size? As it currently stands, 47% of Americans polled believe that one to two children is the ideal, while 45% believe that three or more children is the ideal. Only 2% of all respondents declared that zero children is the ideal. Whew! … Many Americans believe in big families. Now the next step is for couples to start creating their ideal families, one kiddo at a time.

Venerable Fulton J. Sheen: Marriage Mirrors God’s Love for Human Nature

By Fulton J. Sheen, Catholic Exchange – In the eyes of the Church, therefore, marriage is a permanent union patterned upon the abiding love of Christ for His Church, and not a terminable pact of selfish passion that endures only as long as the passion endures. By upholding such an ideal, by asking such a guarantee, and by teaching the sacredness of a vow, the Church makes marriage serious. She practically tells the young couple the same thing the sign over the cashier’s desk tells the customer: “Count your change. No mistakes rectified after leaving the window.”

California Governor Signs Bills That Would Penalize Schools That Refuse to Teach LGBT Content, by Tyler Arnold

By Tyler Arnold, Catholic World Report – California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed legislation that would reduce funding to schools that restrict LGBT content from their classrooms… The new law, which took effect immediately upon the governor’s signature, grants the state superintendent the authority to reduce a school’s funding if it does not provide “sufficient textbooks or instructional materials” in line with the state’s standards for diversity and inclusion, which includes books available in the school’s library.

Contraception Is the Biggest Threat to the Survival of Humanity, Pro-Life Group Warns, by Tom Ciesielka

By Tom Ciesielka, LifeSiteNews – A recent survey ranked the public’s idea of the biggest risks to humanity, listing asteroid strikes, nuclear war, and a super volcano. But the pro-life group Human Life International (HLI) looks at global population statistics and asserts instead that the contraceptive mentality is the biggest threat to the survival of the human race… On September 26, World Contraception Day, HLI looks at the damage contraception has caused to humanity.

Tax-Funded Program Pairs Kids With Gay & Trans Adult ‘Mentors’ Online, by Tierin-Rose Mandelburg

By Tierin-Rose Mandelburg, MRCTV – Ah great! Another teacher looking to indoctrinate kids!… Professor Katie Edwards from the Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln created a program for students who are struggling with gender confusion or homosexual inclinations to be matched with adults who suffer from the same delusions as part of a “mentorship” program… she created to pair up gay teens with gay adults for online mentoring sessions using $203,050 from the taxpayer-funded National Institutes of Health.

Man Up and Embrace Virtue, by Auguste Meyrat

By Auguste Meyrat, The Catholic Thing – It’s no secret that men in the 21st century are going through a collective crisis. Fewer of them attend college, work a job, or marry and have kids; far more of them commit suicide, abuse drugs, watch porn, and break laws. For decades now, women have increasingly eclipsed men in various areas of achievement, and the many waves of feminism have gradually eroded the defining traits of masculinity… In his book Manhood, Senator Josh Hawley attempts to address this problem head-on and to offer a way through the stigmas and confusion obscuring true masculinity.

The Ruth Institute: Gov. Youngkin Stands Up for Parental Rights

The Ruth Institute – “The Ruth Institute thanks Virginia’s Gov. Glenn Youngkin for righting a terrible injustice by pardoning a father whose only crime was standing up for his child”… Scott Smith was convicted of disorderly conduct for protesting at an August 2021 Loudoun County School Board meeting. He was outraged by his ninth-grade daughter’s sexual assault in a girl’s restroom by a boy wearing a skirt. The administration did its best to cover up the crime by not reporting the incident and transferring the perpetrator to another school.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Saints Have Died to Defend Christ’s Teaching on Marriage — Why Don’t We?

By Msgr. Charles Pope, EWTN New – We recently observed the Memorial of the Passion of St. John the Baptist. While we can always look to the glory of his martyrdom, which is intrinsic and rooted in God’s unchanging judgment and will, I sensed a kind of irony in our praise of St. John that reflects poorly on the state of the Church today.

Bishop Joseph Strickland: Letter on Matrimony and Holy Orders

By Bishop Joseph Strickland, Diocese of Tyler, Texas, September 19, 2023 – I am pleased to offer another letter for your reflection. This letter addresses the beauty of the Sacraments of Matrimony and Holy Orders. They are both Sacraments of Vocation and essential to the life of the Church.

Okay, Groomers: Non-Profit Caught Pushing LGBTQ Agenda In Schools, by Nick Kangadis

By Nick Kangadis, MRC TV – It seems that the number of sick people teaching — I mean grooming — young students in school is increasing. And much like politicians, they also look for loopholes to circumvent the law and institute their agendas into the lexicon, or in this case, the curriculum… A non-profit group called HiTOPS has been infiltrating schools in New Jersey — and virtually in states across the country — to inform children as young as second graders about the LGTBQ lifestyle and influence them to make decisions that they might not otherwise have made.

How to Help the Gender Dysphoric, by Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse

By Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, The Ruth Institute, The Stream – Attorney Mary Rice Hasson is the Kate O’Beirne Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C… (says) “Human nature is denied by our culture, and specifically by gender ideology. It’s like, if there is no Designer, there is no design. And if there is no Creator, there is no natural order to things. And therefore, we can do what we want,” Mary says… “What science can tell us about the human being is, we know we are male and female. There are only two sexes, and you can’t change sex … There’s no third sex. …”

California Groomin’, by Emmy Griffin

By Emmy Griffin, Patriot Post – Parents and schools are being forced to acquiesce to the “transing” of kids through the strong arm of state law… California, the most radical of all the blue states, has set yet another horrible precedent for the rest of the country. What has been going on in that state is a pitched battle between parental rights and the faux rights of schools and teachers to hide gender transitions or sexual identities of students from their parents.

Instagram Censors Teen ‘Detransitioner’ Chloe Cole for Grotesque Reason, by Peter LaBarbera

By Peter LaBarbera, World Net Daily – ‘Butchered’ by trans ‘medicine,’ she says true violence is ‘my own life experiences’… As if Americans needed any more evidence of the heavy hand and left-wing bias of Big Tech social media corporations, Instagram Saturday restricted the account of Chloe Cole, the world’s most famous young “detransitioner,” reportedly claiming her bio “encourages violence.”

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

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

Theology of the Body Parent School Equips Parents to Teach Truth About Human Sexuality, by Francesca Pollio Fenton

By Francesca Pollio Fenton, CNA – A new curriculum is helping Catholic parents rediscover their role as the primary educators of their children. The Theology of the Body (TOB) Parent School equips parents to teach their children what is good and true about human sexuality at an age-appropriate pace… “theology of the body,” a body of teaching about what it means to be male and female. …

Molecules of Immodesty, by Julian Kwasniewski

By Julian Kwasniewski, Crisis Magazine – Immodesty is unfair, unhelpful, and wounding to both men and women… modesty is about not sharing with certain people what shouldn’t be shared with them: namely, the intimacy of the body, even on a visual level. Because the exclusive sharing of personhood that the exposed body entails cannot occur except in marriage, the “inner chamber cannot be left open as a public playground” (as my dad puts it).

Why Most Anglican Clergy Now Approve Gay Marriage-and what This Means for the Future of the Church, by Carl R. Trueman

By Carl R. Trueman,, First Things – The clergy’s shift on this issue might well be motivated by pastoral intuitions to affirm people. It is a caring vocation and few, one hopes, enter it with a view to hurting others. Kindness is the order of the day… One reason for this is that gay marriage does not simply involve a minor expansion of the traditional concept… It is now clear that gay marriage did not merely expand the set of those considered to be married, but fundamentally evacuated marriage of meaning ….

The War on Our Children is Even Worse Than We Know, by Michael Brown

By Michael Brown, The Stream – I’m going to omit a few words from the opening sentence of an article posted by the UK’s Christian Voice in order to drill home a point. The first sentence reads, “Parents in Hull have withdrawn their … daughter from … school over inappropriate content in Relationships and Sex Education.” And what, exactly, did these parents find “inappropriate”?… The next paragraph explains, “The decision follows their discovery that the school was using a book entitled ‘Grandad’s Pride.’

Biden-Appointed Judge Rules Religious Parents Can’t Opt Kids Out Of Pro-LGBT School Lessons, by Andrea Picciotti-Bayer

By Andrea Picciotti-Bayer, The Federalist – As a new school year kicks into gear, a Biden-appointed federal judge is using the legal equivalent of grade inflation to prop up the misguided efforts of a local school board to indoctrinate students with gender ideology. On Aug. 24, the U.S. District Court judge denied a requested injunction from a group of Muslim, Catholic, and Orthodox parents to opt their children out of LGBT storybook lessons, exposing the judge’s grave misunderstanding of the Supreme Court’s religious freedom jurisprudence.

Louisiana Attorney General Files Amicus Brief in CHD’s Landmark Suit Against Trusted News Initiative, Children’s’ Health Defense

By The Children’s’ Health Defense – Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry on Tuesday filed an amicus brief in support of Children’s Health Defense’s (CHD) groundbreaking lawsuit against the legacy news media members of the Trusted News Initiative (TNI)… The lawsuit, filed May 31, alleges the TNI violated antitrust laws and the U.S. Constitution by colluding with tech giants, some of which also are members of the TNI, to censor online news.

Progress! by Anthony Esolen

By Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine – In this land we live in now, people are so dis-integrated that they have often no love for the bodies God gave them but, instead, must have them mutilated, just as their families so often have been… And these have done the work of true progress, which is to turn back from error, to hold fast to the truth, and to delve into that truth more and more deeply, appreciating more fully the great gift of sexual being, male and female …

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: How Marriage Improves Happiness

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – Indeed, as told in the Gospels, it is not Christ Who is the driving force behind this great sign. It is His Mother, who comes to Him with her appeal: “They have no wine.”… Christ immediately understands what it is that His Mother is asking of Him, and yet does not seem inclined to do anything about it. “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come,” He replies. And yet, Mary is not to be put off. “Do whatever he tells you to do,” she tells the servants.

Court Upholds Alabama Ban on Child Sex-Change Treatments, by Peter Pinedo

By Peter Pinedo, CNA – A federal court on Monday upheld an Alabama law banning hormonal sex-change treatments for children under 18. The court’s decision places Alabama among the 14 states to have laws banning sex-changing treatments for children in effect… The decision, which was made by a three-judge panel on the 11th Circuit, only temporarily upholds the ban. The lawsuit against Alabama’s transgender treatments law will continue and be reviewed by the full 11th Circuit Court, with a trial set for April 2, 2024.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Who Can Enter the Kingdom of Heaven?

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 19:23-30 – And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” When the disciples heard this they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” ….

Don’t Just Opt Out—Fight Back, by Francisco Zuniga

By Francisco Zuniga, Crisis Magazine – On August 9, Catholic, Orthodox Christian, and Muslim parents took the school board of Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland to court over its refusal to allow parents to have their children opt out of participation in an LGBTQ+ book curriculum. The curriculum relies on a policy that allows teachers to introduce, read, and discuss books about homosexuality and transgenderism in their classrooms without parents’ knowledge or consent.

Follow the Science, Not the Crowd, by William Kilpatrick

By William Kilpatrick, Crisis Magazine – The hottest, new, jump-on-the-bandwagon idea in medicine, psychology, and education is “transitioning.” The theory behind the trans movement, however, is based on the work of a fraud… Take the case of Johnson Varkey, a biology professor at St. Philip’s College in San Antonio, Texas. He was recently dismissed from his position after four students complained that he taught that sex is determined by chromosomes—something that Varkey had taught for 20 years.

Target’s Quarterly Financials Reveal the Effects of Repulsing Millions of Potential Customers, by Craig Bannister

By Craig Bannister, CNSNews – On Wednesday, Target released proof of something that should have been obvious: offending the vast majority of customers doesn’t pay off. And, you can’t say they weren’t warned… The results reported in Target’s latest quarterly report reflect the damaging effects of the company’s scandalous, lewd, child-grooming LGBTQ products and promotions that promoted customer boycotts and backlash ….

MARRIAGE & FAMILY: “Witness to Love” New Book Release

By Ryan and Mary Rose Verret, The Witness to Love Team & the Board of Witness to Love – Why write a book for families on missionary discipleship? There were books on every topic imaginable but there were zero practical books available on missionary discipleship written by families for families. Books that any couple could pick up and say, “This book is for me! This will help us to better understand that our marriage is a gift to the Church and to our community. ….

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: Protecting Families, Children and Society from a Pornographic Culture

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – I have warned in recent years that the euphemism that refers to the porn industry as the “adult entertainment industry” is dangerously wrong. Study after study has revealed that children are not only being exposed to pornography at younger and younger ages, but that a shocking percentage of underage teens use pornography on a regular basis.

Elon Musk and the Reproductive Revolution, by Samantha Stephenson

By Samantha Stephenson, Public Discourse – What the sexual revolution began by upsetting gender roles and obscuring the necessary link between marriage and procreation, the reproductive revolution continues, shattering our conceptions of motherhood and fatherhood and severing the bond between parents and children… Hailed as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year 2021, billionaire entrepreneur and investor Elon Musk has revolutionized the way we do business. Yet as the father of ten children with three different mothers via multiple different means (including IVF and surrogacy), Musk is also revolutionizing the way we build families.

Man Up, by Peter J. Leithart

By Peter J. Leithart, First Things – Pearcey’s controlling framework is a contrast between two ideals of masculinity, the “Good Man” versus the “Real Man.” Good Men are characterized by honor, duty, integrity, and a willingness to sacrifice. They’re responsible and generous, and they provide and protect, especially the weak. Real Men are tough, strong, aggressive, highly competitive, unwilling to show weakness, unemotional, imposing, isolated, and self-made. …

The Best Predictor of Happiness, by W. Bradford Wilcox

By W. Bradford Wilcox, David Bass, Institute for Family Studies – Americans who are married with children are now leading happier and more prosperous lives, on average, than men and women who are single and childless… Is that statement surprising? In an age that prizes individualism, workism, and a host of other self-centric “isms” above marriage and family, it may well be. But the reality is that nothing currently predicts happiness in life better than a good marriage.

How Feminist Movement Drew Ideology From the Occult, by Virginia Allen

By Virginia Allen, Daily Signal – I think when you get to the 1900s, the dynamic changes significantly because then you’re venturing into communism. You’re also venturing into the influence of Nietzsche and existentialism and all of these long names that I think blur people’s eyes over… But I think that it fundamentally changed because feminism started pairing itself easily with communism. Communism was worried about restructuring society and ending monogamy and the nuclear family, and they were atheists. So there was really just one piece, this occult piece, this atheist and occult piece that were different between the two movements.

‘Barbaric Pseudoscience’: Detransitioners, Clinicians Implore Congress to Halt Transing of Minors, by Baylie McClafferty

By Baylie McClafferty, Patriot Post – Dr. Blaire Peters, a “gender-affirming” surgeon, admitted that doctors in this field are just learning as they go. “We’ve maybe done a handful of pubertally suppressed adolescents as a field, and no one has published on it yet.” He went on to describe the challenges of creating a vaginal canal for a child without enough tissue to do so yet, and how they often pull lining from the child’s abdomen to track their genital canal. Chairman Mike Johnson (R-La.), facilitator of this hearing, responded to Dr. Peters statements by calling his practice “barbarism,” the mutilation of children.

Couples Need to Know That With NFP, ‘Joy and Pain Coexist’, by Katie Yoder

By Katie Yoder, Our Sunday Visitor – When Emily Frase describes her experience with NFP, she points first to the cross… “We have to have the courage to be like, ‘You know what? Sometimes it is gruesome. Sometimes it really does look like a crucifixion — and that’s okay,’” the 33-year-old pres. of FAbM Base, a nonprofit dedicated to fertility awareness, told OSV… Frase and FAbM Base Exec. Dir. Mary Bruno, 37, shared their experiences with NFP during National NFP Awareness Week. The week takes place around the anniversary of Pope St. Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical, Humanae Vitae, which warns against the dangers of contraception.

Opinion: NFP: Not For Planning, by Kate Moreland

By Kate Moreland, Crisis Magazine – Once again, National NFP Awareness Week is here, and our feeds will all be bombarded by the joys, hardships, medical benefits, and new technologies available to aid our journeys with Natural Family Planning (NFP). At the risk of stepping on a few internet toes, I would like to posit that NFP is a valuable tool, especially for those seeking medical help, but not one for general use in orchestrating family size and structure. NFP is Not For Planning.

Challenging and Changing the Toxic Environment Created by Contraception, by  Monica Seeley 

By Monica Seeley, Catholic World Report – As a newlywed, Julia Ibarra was more than a little nervous about using Natural Family Planning. She had grown up non-Catholic, with the assumption that the Pill would be part of her married life. Stepping away from that place felt insecure and raised a host of questions for her… Increasing her anxiety, there seemed to be remarkably few resources for newly married couples to learn about NFP. The sparse page of information the couple was given in a Catholic marriage prep course sparked Ibarra’s curiosity but offered little else.

US is a Top Destination for Child Sex Trafficking, and It’s Happening in Your Community, by Emma Waters

By Emma Waters, The Stream – Kara was 11 when her family first sold her body for drugs… Sydney was 14 when she met an older man online who promised her financial security and a better life… And after another stint in the foster care system, Marcus decided that anything, including homelessness, would be better than the foster family he was living with… Each of these stories, from real girls and boys in the US, reflects the most common entry points for children being pulled into child trafficking.

UPDATE: LGBTQ+ Orgs Training Teachers to Groom Children Exposed, by Hannah Hiester

By Hannah Hiester, Catholic Vote – A K-12 education consultant and public speaker recently exposed numerous resources provided for teachers to groom their students into the LGBTQ+ agenda… Deb Fillman, an advocate for keeping the government out of schools and an education consultant, exposed the “resources” in a Twitter thread… The resources included guides such as “Creating Safer Spaces for LGBTQ Youth: a Toolkit for Education, Healthcare, and Community-Based Organizations,” as well as “Queer & Now Pride Month Toolkit.”

Louisiana Bans Transgender Mutilation of Children, Overriding (Catholic) Democrat Governor’s Veto, by Joseph Summers

By Joseph Summers, LifeSiteNews – The Louisiana legislature overturned the state governor’s veto of a bill that bans puberty blockers, hormones, and “sex change” surgeries for minors… In a one-day veto session on Tuesday, the Louisiana House voted 75-23 and the Senate 28-11 to overturn Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards’ veto of H.B. 648, dubbed the “Stop Harming Our Kids” Act… According to the bill, minors cannot access so-called “gender affirming” interventions, such as puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and “sex change” surgeries.

CDC’s Advice for Male ‘Chestfeeding’ Pushes Transgenderism to the Limits … If It Has Any, by The Ruth Institute

The Ruth Institute, The Stream – “Officials of the Biden administration must stay up nights thinking of new and exotic ways to push the agenda of the Sexual Revolution,” said Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. “The latest example is ‘guidance’ from the Centers for Disease Control on how men can breastfeed – or ‘chestfeed,’ as activists prefer.”

The Elephant in the Room: Abortion and Sex, by Christopher Wolfe

By Christopher Wolfe, Crisis Magazine – The public conversation—if it can be called that—over abortion rose to hysterical heights with the demise of Roe v. Wade, and it has become central to national politics, especially on the left. But the conversation always stops short at a certain point. I want to review how the discussion proceeds and then show where it stops—where the ultimate underlying assumptions should reveal themselves.

Tears — The Battle Cry for a Dying Nation, by Shane Idleman

By Shane Idleman, The Stream – Now is the time for repentance. Now is the time to experience forgiveness. Don’t let past failures make you think you’ve caused irreparable damage. Don’t lose heart. You will be amazed at what God will do with humility, brokenness, and repentance… Even in this chaos, God is still the King. He can reposition your heart back into alignment with His: “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5). So take this opportunity now to turn to him, completely, unconditionally, and without delay. And learn again to weep, to intercede, to pray.

A Resurgence in the Forsaken Art of Feminine Hospitality, by Danielle Heckenkamp

By Danielle Heckenkamp, Catholic Exchange – In an attempt to justify laziness with common causality, modern society has deviated from a place of order and ordinary decency to an uninterrupted abuse of noise, isolation, and immoral behaviors in the name of mercenary realism. Society once viewed decency standards, both moral and societal, essential to the continuous flow for an upright and structured civilization. With the onset of the Industrial Revolution, the standards of common decency changed …

Tuberville Military Standoff Is Not About Abortion, White Nationalism or National Security, by Dr. Steve LaTulippe 

By Dr. Steve LaTulippe, America Out Loud – Does Defense Sec. Austin really believe funding gender-transition surgeries for military members is a “force multiplier?” If so, the man needs a thorough psychiatric evaluation… This should tell us something. Just look at the combined actions of every government agency, from HHS to DHS, and you can only conclude that America is under siege by its own government.

I Wish We’d Been Wrong on Disney, by Wes and Cari Clark

By Wes and Cari Clark, American Spectator – As the times change, so will Disney’s Amerika. History, after all, is both subjective and fluid. It is also essential for every attraction at Disney’s Amerika to be non-controversial. Disney’s Amerika plans to be on the cutting edge of every new political and historical idea, realizing that the facts are no longer either commonly known by the general public, or even relevant. All attractions are designed to keep that all-important cash flow coming! And if it goes the way of EuroDisney–who cares? This time we’ve stuck the taxpayers with the bill!

The Gift a Newborn Brings, and How It Shows the Worth of Every Child’s Life, by Tom Gilson

By Tom Gilson, The Stream – My heart almost stopped. I’d never felt anything like it, never even imagined it… My wife and I were away for almost two weeks in June and July, visiting our grandchildren and of course their parents and other family members, hundreds of miles from our Ohio home. Our granddaughter was just six weeks old, barely over 8 pounds. She was sleeping in the crook of my arm. It was the first time I’d held her.

How To Beat The Woke Children’s Publishing Industry At Its Own Game, by Kiri Jorgensen

By Kiri Jorgensen, The Federalist – We now find ourselves in a battle for the minds of our children within the walls of our own homes. This is a battle we cannot lose… The children’s book publishing industry… believes it should have the power to control your children’s minds. And it’s progressively gained that access… Authors must include instant positive acceptance of any woke social agenda portrayed in their stories. If they don’t include this, they won’t get published by medium and large houses.

The Ruth Institute: Family Is the Foundation of Freedom

By The Ruth Institute, The Stream – “Those who think freedom is worth preserving should be concerned about the health of the family” ( Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D)… “A free society needs the family. Specifically, we need mothers and fathers to help their children grow up to have a conscience and the ability to control themselves… “Love and Economics” was published in 2001 to critical acclaim among social conservatives and religious believers. Fr. James Schall, long-time professor of government at Georgetown University ….

Republican Legislator: If They Really Want Control Over Their Bodies, They Should “Practice Abstinence”, by Micaiah Bilger 

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews -An Iowa Republican lawmaker urged couples Tuesday to practice abstinence instead of relying on aborting their unborn babies if they do not want children… State Rep. Brad Sherman, R-Williamsburg, drew criticism for making the comment as Iowa House lawmakers debated a heartbeat bill… The pro-life legislation, which passed later in the day, protects unborn babies by banning elective abortions once their heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy.

On 55th Anniversary, Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life) Is More Relevant Than Ever, by Teresa Hodgins

By Teresa Hodgins, Catholic Exchange – It should be clear to all who live today that this is not a simple issue for many people—and neither does the Church see it as entirely simple. For this reason, recent popes have spent ample time teaching both the reasons why the Church believes this and how we can respond to human life and sexuality in a way that is beneficial for both women and children.

With the Sexual Revolution, There Is No Slippery Slope, by Darrick Taylor

By Darrick Taylor, Crisis Magazine – Social and cultural conservatives especially need to recognize that, despite this setback, the Left has many avenues by which it can continue to impose its agenda on the country… This is true above all with regard to the most damaging part of that agenda: the Sexual Revolution.

The Two Shall Become One: A Review of Peter Kwasniewski’s Treasuring the Goods of Marriage, by Greg Cook

By Greg Cook, Catholic Exchange – Treasuring the Goods of Marriage in a Throwaway Society, with its thoughtful and challenging content, its useful list of references and resources, and its accessible but not dumbed-down style, is a wonderful addition to the library of must-have Catholic books on marriage. (Like, for instance, Fulton Sheen’s Three to Get Married.) It would be valuable for marriage prep, newlyweds, or those long-married, as well as priests and seminarians to help in their formation as pastors.

6,000 Congregations Leave United Methodist Church Over LGBTQ Schism, by Tierin-Rose Mandleburg

By Tierin-Rose Mandleburg, MRCTV – …roughly 6,000 communities in the United Methodist Church are splitting away from over discrepancies over LGBTQ issues… many churches are affirming unbiblical and delusional senses of reality and identity and real Christians are getting fed up!… As most know, gay marriage is against the teachings of the Bible. The Lord’s word directs that marriage is to be a covenant between a man and a woman. With the exponential rise in everything LGBTQ, many individuals are recognizing that they’d rather to follow a woke mob instead of the most ultimate power, God.

Anti-Human-Trafficking Film ‘Sound of Freedom’ Just Topped ‘Indiana Jones’ at Box Office, by Peter Pinedo

By Peter Pinedo, CNA – “Sound of Freedom,” a film (exposing) human-trafficking made by Catholic filmmakers Eduardo Verastegui and Alejandro Monteverde, had a massively successful opening day in which it reached number one at the box office, beating out Disney’s fifth “Indiana Jones” installment… Speaking with EWTN News Nightly’s Tracy Sabol in a June 30 interview, Verastegui, who produced and acted in Sound of Freedom, said the purpose of the film was to raise awareness about the 2 million children exploited every year in the international sex-trafficking trade.

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: Standing Against Transgender Ideology: Defending Human Dignity

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – Something extremely interesting is happening with regard to gender ideology right now… In the U.S., we are seeing several states passing bans on such things as puberty blockers or body-mutilating surgery for children… these efforts have been met with ferocious denunciations by LGBT activists, the federal government, and major medical organizations… President Biden has condemned such common-sense laws as “immoral,” decrying the “hysterical” and “prejudiced” politicians passing those laws. ….

Sound of Freedom: See the Children, by Sheryl Collmer

By Sheryl Collmer, Crisis Magazine – Human trafficking supplies three markets: sex, labor, and organs. The youngest victims are sold into the sex trade, where a premium is paid for youth. When kids age past puberty and command a lesser price, they can be used as slave labor in illegal drug production, mining for dangerous elements like lithium, and other work that people would not do without coercion. Eventually—and slaves don’t have long lives—the organs of those who have no say in their own fate are sold. It’s the economy of the damned.

Our Need for Fathers, by Wendell Hull

By Wendell Hull, Crisis Magazine – Fathers pass on to their children a part of them different than mothers. We did not bear our children. Instead, we watched the process of in utero growth and birth from afar. From there, we live with, in, and through our children as they mature into adulthood and independence. We do not nurse them or salve their wounds like their mothers. We give advice, impart knowledge and skills, jest, and wrestle with them. We also discipline and lead them in right ways. If we fail, or if the vagaries of life take our children, the loss adds to our pain the insult of a trenchant sense of failure.

The War for the Soul of the World, by Andrew Petiprin

By Andrew Petiprin, Catholic World Report – Both truth and charity demand at this point that we face up to the connection between the LGBTQ movement and the forces of darkness… St. Paul tells us, “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12)… The time for valor in this struggle has only just begun.

Editors, Patriot Post: In Brief: Where Do Christians Draw the Line?

By Patriot Post – Bud Light, Target, and others have been in the news for doing what has become standard practice, especially in June: shoving the rainbow down our throats no matter what we want to buy. Obviously, that offends millions of Christians, but we can’t boycott every company with a rainbow flag in the window. The Family Research Council’s Sarah Holliday explores what that might mean… As businesses like Target sell apparel for children with Satanist ties and Bud Light advocates transgenderism, believers naturally start to wonder: “Is it wrong for Christians to shop at stores run by sinners?”

It Doesn’t Take a Village To Raise a Child, It Takes a Dad, by Dr. Steve LaTulippe

By Dr. Steve LaTulippe, America Out Loud Truth – I’ve always had a preference to elevate Mother’s Day above the “other half,” but this year might be an exception to my rule. Fathers are important. A virtuous male parent who follows God’s design for marriage and parenting is the strength of the family, and the assurance of a strong nation. We must never allow Hollywood and worldly rulers to profane what God himself has ordained fathers to be… a father is the bulwark that shields and protects the family from all harm. Fulfilling these roles takes wisdom from above.

Elon Musk Recommends Jim Caviezel’s Movie on Child Trafficking Be Streamed on Twitter

By Stephen Kokx, LifeSiteNews – Twitter owner Elon Musk has encouraged Angel Studios to stream Sound of Freedom, its upcoming movie about child trafficking starring Jim Caviezel, on the platform… “I recommend putting it on this platform for free for a brief period or just asking people to subscribe to support (we would not keep any funds)” … During an interview with Steve Bannon last month, Caviezel cryptically remarked that the film essentially depicts real-life events. “Epstein Island isn’t the only island out there where they have … children,” he said.

The Uprising: Families Clash With Schools Over LGBTQ Propaganda, by Sarah Parshall Perry

By Sarah Parshall Perry, Daily Signal – In a June like none other, where the LGBTQ agenda has been crammed at increasing velocity down the throats of unwitting Americans, everyday folks are reaching their limits… With two more weeks to go in “Pride Month,” this is bad news for the rainbow mafia. But it’s a sign of character and courage that the rest of us can take hope in—especially when demonstrated by families in the direct line of propagandistic fire.

Fathers and Sons, by John M. Grondelski

By John M. Grondelski, The Catholic Thing – The day that Calvin Coolidge succeeded Warren G. Harding as president his son, Calvin Jr., started work on a tobacco farm. Coolidge writes, “When one of his fellow laborers said to him, ‘If my father was president, I would not work in a tobacco field.’ He replied, ‘If my father were your father, you would.’”… A father who thought a 16-year-old son should work and have a summer job was not unusual in 1923.

We Need Committed Dads To Quiet Our Cultural Chaos, by Dr. Kevin Roberts, Delano Squires

By Dr. Kevin Roberts, Delano Squires, The Federalist – Dads across America are receiving something this Father’s Day that we have never sought but desperately deserve: vindication… The social engineers who have shaped the past 60 years of American social policy assumed a check from the government is an adequate replacement for a man in the home. Worse, a new generation of radical elites has spent the past decade trying to destroy the sex binary altogether… But the evidence is clear: Father absence is associated with higher rates of poverty, teen pregnancy, youth crime, and substance abuse.

Dads: Do We Have Our Act Together? by Randy Hain

By Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life – What sort of rules or maxims might this Catholic father, who has his act together, follow to stay on the right path? If we consider what Scripture and the Church teach us, we can look to these four points as our guide… 1. Our vocation is to get our families to heaven… 2. Our children are always watching us. They will likely model later in life what they learn at home… 3. We are made for heaven, not this world. Let’s act accordingly. …

Why the Left Can’t Stand Homeschooling, by Brian Mark

By Brian Mark, Patriot Post – …the so-called progressive Left has done everything to scare parents away from alternative methods of educating their children. Indeed, for decades they’ve claimed that homeschooling is steeped in racism and child abuse… Leftists fail to address why parents are pulling their kids out of public schools “because the fruits of the poisonous tree would lead back to these same failed leftist education policies,” as our own Emmy Griffin wrote last year. “More and more parents are unwilling to sacrifice their children on the altar of the leftist agenda.”

UN’s Promotion of Feminism Has Ruined Families, Encouraged Abortions and Spread LGBT Ideology Globally, by Ashley Sadler

By Ashley Sadler, LifeSiteNews – Unelected bureaucrats in the United Nations, the World Economic Forum, and other global organizations have spent decades promoting radical feminism worldwide to the detriment of traditional social and religious societies and the family itself, retired English professor Janice Fiamengo explained in a comprehensive report… The global inculcation of feminism has laid the groundwork for the current agenda to promote LGBT ideology worldwide.

The Uprising: Families Clash With Schools Over LGBTQ Propaganda, by Sarah Parshall Perry

By Sarah Parshall Perry, The Federalist – In a June like none other, where the LGBTQ agenda has been crammed at increasing velocity down the throats of unwitting Americans, everyday folks are reaching their limits… With two more weeks to go in “Pride Month,” this is bad news for the rainbow mafia. But it’s a sign of character and courage that the rest of us can take hope in—especially when demonstrated by families in the direct line of propagandistic fire.

This Picture Book Tells Kids They’ll Be Depressed If They’re Not Transgender, And It’s In A Public Library, by Eddie Scarry

By Eddie Scarry, The Federalist – A friend of mine took her two young children — a boy, 6, and a girl, 4 — to the Indianapolis Public Library… (they brought home) “Tabitha and Magoo Dress Up Too”, a colorful picture book by Michelle Tea, the creator of “drag queen story hour.”… The story involves two young kids who like to play dress up, but when they’re told to take the costumes off before leaving the house, a garish drag queen named Morgana arrives and tells them all about the splendor of being a transvestite.

What’s Wrong With the ‘Helicopter Parent’ Generation? by John Grondelski

By John Grondelski, EWTN News – The distinctive note of Charles Péguy’s poetry is that he often writes it as if the speaker is God. In his poem “Freedom,” God the Father reflects on the balancing act vis-à-vis his children that freedom poses on him. Freedom requires his child to take risks to stand on his own two feet but, like any good parent, God wants to protect his child. It’s like the dilemma, he says, of a father teaching his son how to swim: when do you hold him up, when do you let go? …

Do No Harm Expert Testifies at Congress, by Dr. Miriam Grossman, MD (Do No Harm Staff)

By Miriam Grossman, MD, Do No Harm Staff – Dr. Grossman testified before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Health. She made clear from the start that this debate desperately needs an infusion of reality, not more radical activism: “I’m here today to provide you with facts you haven’t heard. You haven’t heard them because when it comes to youth gender dysphoria (also called ‘transgenderism’), the public and most importantly parents, are, I am sad to say, consistently fed misinformation.”

The Ruth Institute: How We Can Resist ‘Pride Month’

By The Ruth Institute, The Stream – Well, June is here. It’s pretty hard to miss. Most everywhere we look, we are inundated (more so than usual) with rainbows and other symbols of “Pride.” These Pride events display cultural grooming at its finest… Many of us are filled with anger and frustration at the left’s agenda being thrown in our and our children’s faces so blatantly and aggressively… we cannot sit back and act as if none of this is our problem… It is our problem. We all have to do our part to resist Pride (the sin and the movement) and reclaim the rainbow by speaking the truth in love.

A Pregnancy Care Center Helped Me Become A Mom And Follower Of Jesus, by Anonymous

By Anonymous, The Federalist – The mere thought of bringing a new life into this messy situation at my age was more than I could bear — or so I thought… If someone had told me just four short years ago that my life would be marked by more blessings than I could count, I would have looked at them with complete incredulity. I never dreamed I could be surrounded by the warm love and happiness I experience today… It was all made possible by my unexpected pregnancy and a community that empowered me to take on the mission of motherhood.

Reclaiming Fatherhood: A Father’s Irreplaceable Role

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – I don’t need to tell you that our culture is hopelessly confused about everything having to do with sex and gender. As conservative commentator Matt Walsh showed powerfully in his documentary that went viral on Twitter recently, there are a growing number of people who can’t answer as simple a question as, “What is a woman?”… But it’s not just womanhood that we are confused about. Our culture is riven by debates and competing messages about the nature of “real” manhood and “real” fatherhood.

Catholic Vote: Fr. James Martin’s ‘Outreach’: A Closer Look

Catholic Vote News Feed – Will Fr. James Martin Succeed?.. In an essay.. Fr. James Martin wrote that things are “getting better” for “LGBTQ Catholics.”… Martin claimed that Pope Francis is among the prelates who give him hope that the Church will embrace the LGBTQ movement… “[A] number of cardinals, archbishops and bishops have called for the church to reconsider terming homosexual acts as ‘intrinsically disordered’ in the Catechism, which LGBTQ people often say is one of the biggest stumbling blocks to feeling welcome in their church.”

Sound of Freedom, Based on a True Story and Starring Jim Caviezel, Puts the Multi-Billion Dollar Business of Child Trafficking Front and Center, by Nancy Flory

By Nancy Flory, The Stream – Actor Jim Caviezel said Sound of Freedom was the most important movie he has done since Passion of the Christ. Based on the true story of Tim Ballard, a former government agent who quit his job to rescue children from human trafficking and sex slavery, Sound of Freedom tells the story without needlessly exposing the viewer to gruesome details… To be sure, the Angel Studios film deals with a heavy subject and is not for the faint of heart. Nor small children. ….

Watch! Dads’ ‘Toxic Masculinity’ Protects Kids From Pedophiles, by Evita Duffy-Alfonso

By Evita Duffy-Alfonso, The Federalist – In an Instagram post.. Green Beret combat veteran and dad of three Nick Freitas shared with his followers a 2017 WRTV Indianapolis interview with Jack Reynolds, a pedophile who targeted children in the 1980s and spent 12 years in prison for it… Reynolds was asked what “characteristics” he “looked for in children before molesting them.” Reynolds responded by saying it was a child’s family that mattered more than the actual child. “If I thought the father was a threat, I would not approach the child..”

Tucker Carlson: Those ‘Who Run Our Country’ Are Bringing ‘Child Molestation’ to the ‘Edge of Acceptability’

By Patrick Delaney, LifeSiteNews – The taboos were organic. They derive from collective experience and instinct, the two most reliable guides to life. They evolved for a reason. They still do. Our job at this point is to protect them, despite the hectoring, the nonstop hectoring from the people in charge. You know the outlines of right and wrong. You’re born knowing them. So don’t let them talk you out of what you can smell. Don’t let them rationalize away your intuitive moral sense. Cling to your taboos like your life depends on them because it does. Cherish and protect them like family heirlooms. That’s exactly what they are.

The Heresy of Divorce for Remarriage, by Matthew A. Tsakanikas

By Matthew A. Tsakanikas, Crisis Magazine – At the request of Pope Francis, the head of the Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life announced that he was working on a document for the divorced who are living in attempted new marriages. On April 22, Cardinal Farrell promised the text would be for those “having a failed marriage behind them, and living in new unions.”.. A marriage “behind them”? …

Far-Left SPLC Identifies Conservative Mothers as a Hate Group, by Sarah Merly

By Sarah Merly, MRC TV – Florida’s Moms for Liberty (MFL) stands among the newly–and wrongly–defamed groups (by SPLC). The MFL website states that the organization “is dedicated to fighting for the survival of America by unifying, educating and empowering parents to defend their parental rights at all levels of government.”… “I think that Moms for Liberty tactics are definitely hateful,” said SPLC research analyst Maya Henson-Carey. “I think their overarching theme of calling for the abolition of the Dept. of Ed., attacking public schools specifically, and attacking public teachers for indoctrinating students with the radical Marxist agenda.

Pride Month vs. Trans Madness, by Jack Devine

By Jack Devine, Patriot Post – Watch out for the “T” in LGBTQ, which is causing an awful lot of trouble… Transgenderism is madness, at every level: 1.) It’s false. The entire transgender premise — the notion that one’s gender is a matter of personal choice and not biology — is fiction. Redefining the term “gender” as a state of mind rather than an unalterable physical characteristic does not alter the reality that our human species is sexually binary; that male is male, and female is female …

The Data-driven Case for No Sex Ed in School, by Jeff Gardner

By Jeff Gardner, The Stream – Lately, stories have been making the rounds featuring angry parents confronting school boards over explicit, sexual material in schools. The material flagged by these parents is often so graphic that school board members refuse to look at it or hear it read aloud… While we should be concerned about the “worst of the worst” of sexualizing material in our schools, a significant body of data indicates that any sex education in school does more harm than good to our children.

Creating a Home — Not Just a House, by Bridget McCartney Nohara

By Bridget McCartney Nohara, EWTN News – As a lifelong lover of home design and the essence of “home” itself, stumbling upon “Feels Like Home” by Lauren Liess a few weeks ago at my local library simply made sense… Taking the book from the shelf, I quickly lost myself in the tranquil image on the cover… I flipped through a few pages, discerning if it was worth checking out… much to my surprise, I spotted the Blessed Mother prominently, albeit humbly, on a living room mantle. This was unusual for a secular home-design book.

Across the Board, Americans Reject Transgender Ideology, Especially When It Threatens Minors, by Craig Bannister

By Craig Bannister, CNSNews – Across the board, majorities of American adults reject gender ideology, when it comes to the number of genders, school indoctrination without parental consent, and transgender surgery and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for minors, a new Rasmussen survey reveals… Self-identified Democrats are the least likely to oppose gender ideology, according to the survey of 1,116 U.S. adults, conducted May 24-25, 2023. ..

Remembering Pride’s Victims, by Eric Sammons 

By Eric Sammons, Crisis Magazine – As Pride Month kicks off, the pressing concern of faithful Catholics is the political aspects of LGBTQ+ activism, and understandably so. After all, the Alphabet Mafia is explicitly advocating the corruption and even mutilation of children, as well as the crushing of freedom in our land—you MUST wear the Rainbow! The honoring of the blasphemous anti-Catholic Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence is just a symptom of the diabolical disease that has infected our culture.

Across the Board, Americans Reject Transgender Ideology, Especially When It Threatens Minors, by Craig Bannister

By Craig Bannister, MRC TV – Across the board, majorities of American adults reject gender ideology, when it comes to the number of genders, school indoctrination without parental consent, and transgender surgery and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for minors, a new Rasmussen survey reveals… Self-identified Democrats are the least likely to oppose gender ideology, according to the survey of 1,116 U.S. adults, conducted May 24-25, 2023.

Elon Musk Promotes Matt Walsh’s ‘What is a Woman?’ Documentary After Twitter Initially Censored It, by Jean Mondoro

By Jean Mondoro, LifeSiteNews – Twitter executives hid the film from the feeds of Daily Wire followers and removed the ability to simply re-tweet posts in which the movie was embedded. Musk responded to the situation amid the chaos, posting that the move to suppress “What Is A Woman?” was “a mistake.”… all restrictions were lifted, and the documentary was allowed to be shared freely on the platform… Musk.. went a step further by actively promoting the movie on his Twitter profile, an act that Catholic podcast host and documentary creator Matt Walsh celebrated as “a huge win.”

(Which Politician is) Vying for America’s Ring of Power? by Timothy Furnish

By Timothy Furnish, The Stream – Last week, conservative commentator Steve Deace’s Twitter feed was discussing which The Lord of the Rings character fit Donald Trump. This reminded me I’d done such an analysis of the 2012 Presidential candidates. Thus why not for those of 2024? After all, Tolkien’s writings can and have been applied to geopolitics. And writers, both Left and Right, have been typecasting politicians as Shakespeare characters for years. …

Pride Month Goeth Before a Fall, by Sean Fitzpatrick 

By Sean Fitzpatrick, Crisis Magazine – Catholics should take a stand, therefore—a vocal yet charitable stand—against the Rainbow Flag. Lodge well-worded complaints. Write petitions. Change your shopping habits, even if just for the month of June. Pray in public. Conscientiously object. Adopt slogans of peaceful defiance. We have the numbers, and we should act in that confidence even if we don’t perceive our army…

Forming Our Kids Through Movies, by Francisco Zuniga 

By Francisco Zuniga, Crisis Magazine – Parents can use “movie night” with their kids to teach valuable lessons on how to live as Catholics… Friday night is movie night for my wife, my five daughters, and me. We select a film, bake a pizza, and sit around the dinner table to enjoy some time together after a long week of work and school… A few weeks ago, we were watching the second half of The Sound of Music. Since it is such a long film, we had decided to dedicate two sessions to it.

On Marriage, Leadership, and Honoring Our Wives, by Randy Hain

By Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic – Marriage is in trouble everywhere, especially in our country where over half of marriages end in divorce. Our culture, so influenced by Hollywood and materialism, has set about creating a society which no longer values marriage and the family, but instead favors one which glorifies selfishness, greed and offers false idols for us to worship instead of God. As an author and speaker, I attempt to reach people with Christ-inspired work which will help them lead authentic and integrated Catholic lives.

How To Parent Through Pride Month, by Elise Temme

By Elise Temme, The Federalist – “Look, Mommy! A rainbow flag!”… My 4-year-old daughter excitedly pointed at a suburban front porch as we drove home from a luncheon with friends. I shifted uncomfortably in the passenger seat and paused before responding to my precocious preschooler who has a penchant for princesses, unicorns, and rainbows… “Yes, that is,” I replied. “But we don’t support that rainbow flag.” I anticipated her follow-up question: “Why not?”

(2022) The Choice is Between ‘Pride Month’ or Christ, Catholic Professor Says, by Matt Lamb

By Matt Lamb, Assoc. Editor, The College Fix – June represents a “a fundamental contrast between two cities,” Professor C.C. Pecknold wrote on Wednesday in The Postliberal Order. The St. Augustine scholar draws an analogy between June and one of the saint’s famous work titled “The City of God.”… The community formed by the embrace of the alphabet agenda “is vicious and tyrannical” which represents the “city of man.” This is seen in the flying of the rainbow flag outside the U.S. embassy in Vatican City.

LGBTQ Activists Warn Corporate America — ‘You Need to Be Our Ally’, by Simon Kent

By Simon Kent, Breitbart – Target is just one corporate entity to have fallen under continued criticism over the past several weeks due to its overt promotion of woke gender ideology and the LGBTQ agenda, despite the fact those who identify as such make up a small percentage of the U.S. population… Customers voted with their feet – and their wallets – and simply ignored the Target outlets across the country… (hence) Target’s shareholders subsequently lost $9 billion in stock market value …

Mary for Today Provides Timeless Insights for Our Deeply Confused Age, by Casey Chalk

By Casey Chalk, Catholic World Report – Consider the extreme emotivist argumentation from the secular, feminist left when it comes to abortion and transgenderism. Since last year’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the pro-choice camp has sounded the alarm regarding the threat posed by the pro-life movement to female autonomy. Implicit in those warnings is a presumption that a woman’s body is unique in its capacity to conceive and bear children… those same pro-choice voices also assert that biological men have the right to claim the identity of womanhood, even though such men have absolutely no ability to conceive or bear children.

Connecticut Sneaking Pedophilia Protections Into Law, By Martina Moyski

By Martina Moyski, Church Militant – … “people with sexual attractions like pedophilia and nepiophilia would be protected from discrimination.”… Dr. Jennifer Morse, “Citizens, churches and businesses in Connecticut cannot prevent individuals with these sexual attractions from working or volunteering in schools, hospitals or businesses. So much for ‘safe environment’ training and background checks!”… “Discriminating against a known pedophile would be illegal under Connecticut’s new definitions.” …

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: Unnatural Sex Education & Its Deadly Consequences

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – Few things provoke more righteous anger in me than the increasingly common sight of ideologically minded adults hyper-sexualizing children, whether for their own gratification, or in the cause of spreading the doctrines of the sexual revolution… One sees this perhaps most overtly in the growing “drag queen” movement, which has gone from being a phenomenon confined to seedy adult bars, to something that children are invited to participate and compete in.

The Tide Is Turning: Prominent Christians Talk Effective Target And Bud Light Boycotts, by Amanda Prestigiacomo

By Amanda Prestigiacomo, DailyWire – “Our primary purpose in doing this is not to make them hurt financially, but to not participate in evil.”… Conservative consumers have finally figured out how to make their money talk when it comes to companies that peddle LGBT ideology including transgenderism, and Wall Street is taking notice.

North Face Becomes Latest Brand to Promote the Grooming of Kids, by Nicholas Wylie

By Nicholas Wylie, Church Militant – Another popular clothing brand is promoting the homosexual grooming of children and transgender ideology just in time for so-called Pride Month… On Wednesday, the apparel brand The North Face released a new ad featuring a gay drag queen named Pattie Gonia, who invites listeners to “come out.”… Conservative political activist Robby Starbuck tweeted, “Can anyone explain how the heck this ad helps @thenorthface sell outdoor clothes? They’re screaming at you to not buy their products if this violates your values. Accept their challenge.”

Lighting a Candle to Rainbow Zeus (Buy a Sacred Heart Flag), by Austin Ruse

By Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine – Buy a Sacred Heart flag and put it up in place of your American flag… The rainbow nonsense is not a grassroots thing. It is purely top-down, forced on us by the rich and powerful. Remember Chick-fil-A Day, when millions turned out to buy a sandwich in solidarity with the owner’s support of man-woman marriage? That was grassroots, and that is us. And it scared the rainbows half to death to know so many do not go along with their propaganda.

Target and the LA Dodgers Put Budweiser to Shame, by Michael Brown

By Michael Brown, The Stream – I can’t wait to go a week or a month or — who could imagine? — a year without writing a single article on LGBTQ+ activism. I imagine you can’t wait to go a week or month or year without reading another article on the subject either. But here we are in 2023 in the midst of a cultural implosion, and common sense, decency, the fear of God, and a deep love for people cause me to cry out. Again.

WATCH! Jim Caviezel Blows Lid Off Child Trafficking, Epstein Island, Hollywood in Steve Bannon Interview, by Stephen Kokx

By Stephen Kokx, LifeSiteNews – During an explosive interview with former Trump adviser Steve Bannon last week, Christian actor Jim Caviezel accused the global Deep State of colluding with the mainstream media to cover up its complicity in child trafficking… “Epstein Island isn’t the only island out there where they have … children,” he remarked on the War Room podcast last week. “I just started noticing that any time a story came out on trafficking – anything – it was gone the next day.”

Adoption Is a Beautiful Gift and a Necessary Opportunity, by Joseph M. Eble, MD

By Joseph M. Eble, MD, Catholic World Report – Following the 2022 decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a legal chasm opened that state legislators rushed to fill. Pro-life forces swiftly mobilized to introduce state legislation restricting abortion. If these efforts are to produce lasting success, they must be simultaneously paired with making adoption affordable and widely available… When a (usually single) woman becomes unexpectedly pregnant, she has three primary options: 1) parent the child herself; 2) have an abortion; or 3) make an adoption plan and give her child the gift of a family through adoption.

How Can Pro-Family Americans Help Stop the Spread of LGBT Ideology? by John-Henry Westen

By John-Henry Westen, LifeSiteNews – Jason Jones believes America is still a “shining city on a hill” but that “the lights are off” thanks to its radically pro-LGBT Biden administration… “And … what makes matters even more sorrowful is that the rainbow flag has become really a flag of imperialism, of colonialism, of disrupting and undermining traditional cultures around the world, cultures that are already falling apart, countries that are already suffering famine and violence than the United States shows up flying this rainbow flag…”

The Ruth Institute: The Sexual Revolution’s Rotten Fruit

The Ruth Institute, The Stream – Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse… “Something has gone badly wrong in America and in other countries across the west. I am locating its roots in the adoption of contraception from the 1960s onward.”… “A lot of people thought contraception would be a net win for humanity. People thought it would give women control over their fertility, that it would strengthen marriage, that it would reduce abortion. Instead, the exact opposite happened.”

Foster Mom of 20 Shares Her Journey: ‘Love in Everything That We Do’, by Alyssa Murphy

By Alyssa Murphy, EWTN News – Many know Lisa Wheeler for her public-relations prowess, bringing Catholic journalists and radio hosts into close proximity with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry who are working steadfastly to shed light on stories that inspire and uplift, all while embracing their Catholic faith and identity… Chances are, if you’ve read any interview with Mark Wahlberg, Jonathan Roumie, or are looking to talk to Jim Caviezel about his new film on human trafficking, The Sound of Freedom, Wheeler’s PR company, Carmel Communications, is the conduit.

Pornographic Books Found in Texas School Libraries Result in Bipartisan Action to Remove Them, by Tony Kinnett

By Tony Kinnett, Daily Signal – Warning: This report contains sexually graphic images from commonly available books in school libraries, which The Daily Signal has obscured in part… A bill that has passed the Texas House with bipartisan support could become the model for ensuring public school libraries don’t provide sexual content to children… HB 900, sponsored by four Republicans and a Democrat, specifies what “sexual content” is and prescribes actions by Texas public schools to ensure children aren’t given access ….

The ‘Born Gay’ Myth: When Ideology Masquerades as Science, by Jennifer Roback Morse

By Jennifer Roback Morse, EWTN News – The Catholic Church must abandon her ancient teaching that homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered” in order to keep up with the most modern findings of science. But what if “science” says no such thing?… Before addressing this, let me point out an objective historical fact: The Catholic Church’s disapproval of homosexual acts was at one time the consensus of the entire Judeo-Christian tradition. The Church’s specific language that homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered” flows in part from her long dialogue with Greek philosophy and has a specific philosophical meaning. Homosexual acts are not “ordered” toward the proper end of sexual acts, namely reproduction.

Mom Celebrates Her First Mother’s Day With Quintuplets: “They’re My Biggest Blessing”, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – The Purvis, Mississippi mother has her hands full, but she told Good Morning America that she treasures every moment with her quintuplets after praying for a baby for years… “I know that a lot of people are probably like, ‘How are you doing this? How are you not going crazy?’ It’s because I’ve wanted to have a baby my entire life… “… They’re my biggest blessing that I have and so I don’t mind it. I don’t mind the chaos.”

A New Era of Catholic Homeschooling, by Rachel Watkins

By Rachel Watkins, Catholic Exchange – GRAVISSIMUM EDUCATIONIS, Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on Christian Education, promulgated by Pope Paul VI and signed on Oct. 28, 1965, tells us parents are “bound by the most serious obligation to educate their offspring and therefore must be recognized as the primary and principal educators.”… “Parents are the ones who must create a family atmosphere animated by love and respect for God and man, in which the well-rounded personal and social education of children is fostered. Hence the family is the first school of the social virtues that every society needs.”

Thirsting for Souls, by Jerome German 

By Jerome German, Crisis Magazine – In a recent article, Philip Primeau wrote about the controversy surrounding comments made by Jewish commentator Dennis Prager concerning sexual sin. Prager’s view of sin is not the Christian view; that is to say that it tends toward a silo approach rather than a wholesome, integrated view of the human person. In Prager’s mind, the physical act, and only the physical act, is a sin, and thinking is not an act. Primeau deftly demonstrates that such a view is simply not supported by the Hebrew Scriptures.

What Is a Mother? by John M. Grondelski 

By John M. Grondelski, Crisis Magazine – Honoring “Mother’s Day” means saying motherhood in and of itself is something good and valuable… That has not been the message of the past half century… Roe v. Wade taught Americans that the value and even acknowledgment of the fact of motherhood lies not in motherhood but in one’s attitude toward it. If one wants to be a mother, fine. But if one doesn’t, then babies become “blobs of tissue.”

Pushing Back Against the Cultists, by Brian Mark Weber

By Brian Mark Weber, Patriot Post – The media have successfully convinced millions of Americans that protecting kids from being “gender-affirmed” is a threat to their health and well-being. Even worse, many states have enacted legislation to keep parents out of the discussion to media accolades… That’s how we know conservatives have completely lost the narrative to the gender-confusion cultists… as long as the Leftmedia control the flow of information, they’ll always have the upper hand.

Logical, but Mad, by David Carlin

By David Carlin, The Catholic Thing – The sexual revolution… commenced in the early 1960s. At first, it seemed a naughty but relatively harmless thing. It was college boys and girls choosing to go to bed with one another while at the same time demanding that their elders, i.e., parents and college authorities, either approve or at least tolerate this breach of the rules of conventional (and Christian) morality… “What harm does it do society” ….

What Judaism Teaches About Lust, by Rabbi Rafi Eis

By Rafi Eis, First Things – Marriage is therefore a covenant, which emphasizes how the new unit grows together, not what each individual gets out of it. Spouses may have different sexual expectations, and sometimes circumstances interfere with intimacy, but the covenant of marriage requires loyalty and commitment regardless. Pornography destroys that covenantal commitment and feeds existing dissatisfaction with fantasies about what could or should have been. Ultimately, it ruins marriage. Purity of mind, in contrast, increases dedication and builds marriage.

The Ruth Institute: Support for Men and Women After Abortion

By The Ruth Institute, The Stream – “The cultural narrative has kept this a quiet issue, a silent, very shameful issue,” (therapist Lisa Rowe, co-author of Unraveled Roots: Exposing the Hidden Causes of Damaging Behaviors, and CEO of Support After Abortion ) says. “What we’re hoping to do at Support After Abortion is break that. If we don’t begin to have this conversation with more compassion, people are going to stay silent. They’re going to stay suffering.”

Rescuing Our Kids From Public School’s Pleasure Island, by Emmy Griffin

By Emmy Griffin, Patriot Post – There is a terrifying logic to the leftist infiltration of our public schools. If they control the minds of children, they have their hooks in the future of the country. Aside from the multitude of evils that this is already producing (transgenderism, critical race theory, environmental cultists), kids are failing academically. This is particularly true in the arenas of history and civics… History and civics actually got the lowest scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) — i.e. the Nation’s Report Card …

Catholic Parents’ Deadly Compromise, by Kennedy Hall 

By Kennedy Hall, Crisis Magazine – Recently, there was a vote at my local “Catholic” school board pertaining to what types of flags will be flown on board property. The vote was not technically about flying the rainbow flag, but it was, of course, all about flying that flag. On paper, the issue at hand was whether the board would allow flags other than the Canadian flag to be flown…right before “pride” season begins.

The Most Accurate Poll Ever, by Jack Devine

By Jack Devine, Patriot Post – Due to the embarrassing embrace of transgender ‘influencer’ Dylan Mulvaney.. (Anheuser-Busch stockholders) lost $6 billion in market cap in one day… Mulvaney is a 26-year-old man-turned-woman, a self-promoting and very successful TikTok and Instagram “transgender” personality… the (response to the) advertising blitz that featured Mulvaney in a bathtub drinking a Bud Light and nationwide distribution of commemorative cans of Bud Light with Mulvaney’s smiling picture on the front.. did not go well.

Courage Comes in All Sizes, by Gary Bauer

By Gary Bauer, Patriot Post – There is no doubt that we live in difficult and challenging times. Bizarre things — insane things — are happening almost every day. All of us are being tested these days… Some react with great courage. Some are hesitant. Many of us are somewhere in between… We are in a battle for the heart and soul of America. And in this battle to define our country, we all need courage.

The Ruth Institute: Pride: The Root of Sexual Abuse

The Ruth Institute, The Stream – Faith Hakesley writes at “Ask a Survivor”: When people ask me why I think the clerical abuse scandal has gone on as long as it has and continues to unfold, I respond by saying that there are many reasons… I believe that pride is at the root of it… “There are negotiations going on every working day at the U.N. in which the sexual left is trying to impose the sexual revolution on the whole world”

Should Transgender Criminals Plead Insanity? by William Kilpatrick

By William Kilpatrick, Crisis Magazine – Many in the trans movement would likely object to an insanity defense even if it saved transgender defendants from prison because it would expose the basic insanity that lies at the heart of transgender ideology… The case of Audrey Hale, the transgender woman who murdered three children and three adults at a Nashville Christian school, raises some important moral and legal questions.

Kirk Cameron: Courageous Culture Warrior, by Emmy Griffin

By Emmy Griffin, Patriot Post – This man has spent his entire adulthood in the trenches; his latest venture is redeeming Library Story Hour… When one thinks of Kirk Cameron, one might picture the oldest son from the TV sitcom “Growing Pains.” That young man has acted in plenty of films since then. Cameron is also one of the most famous unapologetic Christian actors in Hollywood. He has been on the front lines of the culture war for years now. His latest mission has been redeeming Library Story Hour.

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: Parental Rights and the Protection of Children

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – (S)ome extremist Democrat legislators are trying to change the law so that transgender activists can push parents out of the picture with complete legal impunity. In Washington State, for instance, Senate Democrats recently passed a bill that allows youth shelters not to tell parents where their runaway child is, if they are unsupportive of the child’s transgenderism. (The bill also allows youth shelters not to inform parents where their child is, in cases in which the parents do not support their child getting an abortion.)

Charlie Kirk: Now That Companies Are Letting People Opt-Out of Mother’s Day Ads, Can We Opt-Out of Pride Month, Too?

By Craig Bannister, CNSNews – A growing number of companies are reportedly inviting customers to opt-out of receiving Mother’s Day email ads, in the name of sensitivity and “inclusivity.”… The nearly-identical language used by the companies, such as labeling Mother’s Day “a difficult time,” prompted some critics to suspect a coordinated effort by woke liberals to “cancel” the holiday in order to advance their gender-fluid ideology.

Treat Students Like Future Parents, Not Just Future Employees, by Mary Frances Myler

By Mary Frances Myler, Public Discourse – Any proposal to cultivate pro-marriage and pro-family campuses must be honest about the ways hookup culture has transformed college life. While marriage and family may not be top-of-mind for most young people, sex is. In order to promote the goods of marriage and family, the university must grapple with and address head-on the cultural narrative familiar to students.

Striving for Mediocrity, by Mark W. Fowler

By Mark W. Fowler, Patriot Post – Sadly, there exists among the leadership of educators derived from progressive theory a despicable notion that children should not have to endure standardized tests; ought not be graded on the 100-point scale; ought not be penalized for turning in homework late (to the extent they do any); and should be able to retake tests. The purpose of this is to accommodate those who might have difficult home lives, or who might be stigmatized by poor grades, or something. Sadly, this is the path to mediocrity.

Your Credit Score Is Excellent, So Prepare to Be Penalized, by Jeff Jacoby

By Jeff Jacoby, Patriot Post – A new Biden administration rule hikes fees on creditworthy home buyers while giving a discount to those more likely to default… In order to subsidize that discount for less creditworthy borrowers, someone has to pay more. That someone is you and buyers like you — those with credit scores higher than 680 and down payments of 15 percent or more.

The Ruth Institute: Bishops Stand Courageously Against Gender ‘Transition’ for Kids

By The Ruth Institute, The Stream – The Ruth Institute congratulated the USCCB for its clear-headed and compassionate “Doctrinal Note on the Moral Limits to Technological Manipulation of the Human Body.”.. “With little fanfare, the USCCB has given a clear set of guidelines that, if followed, would end an enormous amount of suffering and confusion,” said Ruth Institute president Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D.

In Brief: It’s Adultery, Not Adultery Prevention – Why Dennis Prager is Dead Wrong About Pornography.

By Political Editors, Patriot Post – Dennis Prager is a veteran commentator with profound insights on an array of cultural and political issues. Even the best of us gets it wrong sometimes, however, and such is the case with his recent declaration regarding pornography. Kylee Griswold takes him to task for it… “Men want variety. … If pornography is a substitute for one’s wife, it’s awful. If it’s a substitute for adultery, it’s not awful.”… (said) Dennis Prager, in response to a porn question from Jordan Peterson during a discussion of Exodus for The Daily’s Wire’s eponymous series.

Do We Even Know We Are All Socialists Now? by Victor Davis Hanson

By Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness – Sometimes when you are in the midst of a revolution, you do not even know it… I doubt all the Germans who voted in National Socialism quite foresaw what quickly was to come. Those who overthrew the Bourbons or the Romanoffs had no real idea that they had sown the wind and were soon to reap the Jacobin and Bolshevik whirlwind… So it is with our “woke”—a euphemism for the socialist revolution we are in and do not fully appreciate or even understand… Socialism is variously defined.

WATCH: United Nations Endorses Pedophilia – Where Are Our Bishops? by John Henry Westen

By John Henry Westen, LifeSite News – The United Nations reveals its support for the unthinkable — announcing its official backing for the decriminalization of pedophilia… Transgenderism is the LGBT agenda’s most dangerous movement, claiming the lives of countless children worldwide by brainwashing our young to hate their bodies and believe a lie — that boys can transition into girls. Now, YouTube’s #1 star — MrBeast — watched by millions of young children every day, has proudly announced that he supports transgenderism.

Normalization of Pedophilia, by Scarlen Valderaz

By Scarlen Valderaz, Patriot Post – The normalization of pedophilia sounds like an absurd concept for many because pedophilia has always been frowned upon and most believe that pedophiles are deserving of the harshest punishment. Unfortunately, times are changing, and there are activists who work to push the normalization of pedophilia by calling pedophiles “minor-attracted persons” or citing “consent” as a reason to normalize such acts.

Cherishing the Masculinity of Boys, by Kate Moreland

By Kate Moreland, Crisis Magazine – Men should be different—they are made to be so and this makes sense from an evolutionary and biological standpoint. They need to fight, hunt, and protect. However, we have lost our appreciation for this, and it is hurting boys. Deep in everyone’s soul is a desire to be recognized for who and what they are and reassured that it is good. We cannot accomplish this for our boys while attempting to change the very nature of what they are.

After Losing a Quarter Billion on 2 Animated Films with LGBTQ Elements, Disney Concocts ‘Disneyland After Dark: Pride Nite’, by Craig Bannister

By Craig Bannister, CNSNews – After a woke-driven 44% drop in stock price in 2022 and more than a quarter billion dollars lost on two animated films with LGBTQ elements, Disney is promoting its first-ever “Disneyland After Dark: Pride Nite.”… Disneyland announced the new event.. “Celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community and allies, proudly join us for the first-ever Disneyland After Dark: Pride Nite at Disneyland Park… the “Proud Celebration” is a separately-ticketed, after-hours evening event and “Tickets are $139 per Guest (ages 3+).”

Breaking the Code of Silence on Divorce, by Joan Frawley Desmond

By Joan Frawley Desmond, EWTN News – Hallie Colorado, a clinical psychologist, wrote her dissertation on the long-term impact of divorce on children. But, until recently, the mother of six gave little thought to the impact her parents’ breakup had on her own life… “My parents divorced when I was little, but I didn’t think it affected me,” Colorado told the Register… Colorado believed she had beaten the odds and achieved her goals.

‘Population Bomb’ Morphing Into Population Decline, by Emmy Griffin

By Emmy Griffin, Patriot Post – There are many alternate religions created by secular leftism. You have the gender ideology cult, the critical race theorists, and the pro-abortion group. Perhaps the most pagan of all these alternate religions are the climate activists, specifically the climate doom-and-gloomers who have resigned themselves to the end of humanity’s existence… As this writer has pointed out before, end-of-the-world climate cultists have been around for a very long time. Not a single one of their predictions have come true.

Anheuser-Busch Loses More than $6 Billion in Market Value Following Transgender Dylan Mulvaney Bud Light Deal, by David NG

By David NG, Breitbart – Anheuser-Busch has lost more than $6 billion in market value in the days following its promotional partnership with transgender social media celebrity Dylan Mulvaney, with its shares falling amid a nationwide backlash against Bud Light… Shares of Anheuser-Busch Inbev have dropped nearly five percent after Dylan Mulvaney announced the Bud Light deal at the beginning of the month, wiping out $6.65 billion of the company’s market capitalization.

Opinion: Save Our Children, Save Our Country, by Jack Devine

By Jack Devine, Patriot Post – Wake up, America — our education system is hard at work producing a generation of one-dimensional thinkers… Our children are captive to an educational system that embraces hard-left ideology and rejects all else. In many respects, the prevalent viewpoints held by American educators are out of step with mainstream American thinking and yet are likely to have outsized influence on formative young minds. …

Parents Beware! Most Popular Kid-Friendly YouTube Channel MrBeast Now Features A Man In Ladyface, by Jordan Boyd

By Jordan Boyd, The Federalist – Parents, be warned! The largest kid-friendly channel on YouTube now features a man in ladyface… Jimmy Donaldson, known to his fans as MrBeast, is the most-subscribed-to individual on YouTube and has reached “almost 10% of the world” with his content. He and his crew of rowdy guy friends rose to stardom for creating outlandish stunts, extravagant pranks, and cash-grabbing challenges.

Leftists Violate Separation Of Church And State With ‘Spiritual’ SEL In Public Schools, by Lisa Logan

By Lisa Logan, The Federalist – It is clear that state-sponsored SEL violates the U.S. Constitution in its attempt to infuse the religious science of ‘right human relations’ into education while cloaking it in secular language… Social-emotional learning will soon become spiritual-ethical learning, and the public school systems will decide whose spiritual and ethical beliefs to teach… The role and responsibility of molding and shaping a child’s moral character does not belong in public classrooms backed by organizations with political or societal agendas.

Idaho’s Republican Governor Signs Ban on Transgender Mutilation of Children, by Jean Mondoro

By Jean Mondoro,LifeSiteNews – On Tuesday, Republican Gov. Brad Little signed the Vulnerable Child Protection Act in a major victory for children and families, effectively banning the use of puberty blockers, cross sex hormones, and mutilating surgeries in the name of “gender affirmation.” … “These experimental, irreversible, and medically unnecessary pharmaceutical and surgical interventions violate the Hippocratic oath, taken by physicians for millennia, to ‘do no harm’,” the bill states.

USCCB Condemns Transgenderism But Takes No Action Against Funding LGBT Agenda, by Michael Hichborn

By Michael Hichborn, Lepanto Institute – This past November, the Lepanto Institute published a highly detailed report on organizations receiving funding from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the official anti-poverty program of the U.S. Conference of Catholics Bishops… Despite repeated claims that the CCHD “never” funds organizations that promote grave moral evils, like abortion, contraception, etc., the Lepanto Institute’s report demonstrates that 66 out of 214 CCHD-funded organizations were doing just that.

Why Each and Every Marital Act Must Be Open to Life, by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – As we have already seen, in Humanae Vitae Pope St. Paul VI reaffirmed the Magisterium’s consistent emphasis on the “inseparable connection, established by God, which man on his own initiative may not break, between the unitive significance and the procreative significance which are both inherent to the marriage act”… Pope St. Paul VI also anticipated that “not everyone will easily accept this particular teaching. There is too much clamorous outcry against the voice of the Church” (18). He concluded that the Church, like Christ, is destined to be a “sign of contradiction”.

Biden White House Holds Roundtable to Promote Child Mutilation, ‘Affirm’ Gender-Confused Kids, by Calvin Freiburger

By Calvin Freiburger, LIfeSiteNews – The “Roundtable on Affirming Transgender Kids” was held to “hear directly about the joys, hopes, and challenges that transgender children are experiencing” and commemorate the April 1 “Transgender Day of Visibility,” according to the White House. “Transgender kids and their parents shared their experiences living in states that have attacked their rights, discussed how these laws have impacted their mental health, and highlighted how parents are protecting their children.”

America Needs Pro-Life Healthcare Providers to Counter Big Pharma’s Pro-Abortion Monopoly, by Lisa Marino

By Lisa Marino, LifeSiteNews – Pro-life businesses continue to garner resistance after private companies rushed to fund abortive procedures and travel for their employees after the reversal of Roe v. Wade in 2022… Since Big Pharma also controls health insurance cost, coverage, and care, the need for pro-life businesses and communities to leave behind Big Pharma and traditional insurance is imperative.

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: Progressive Violence

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – But there is good reason to be asking some very hard questions about some recent trends in progressive rhetoric… In one of the most appalling failures of judgment in recent memory, in the wake of the Nashville shooting, transgender activists expressed their intention to carry on with a previously planned “Trans Day of Vengeance.” The event, scheduled for April 1 and organized by a group called Our Rights DC, was supposed to have participants come out for a protest at the U.S. Supreme Court to “stop trans genocide.”

The Cancelling of Christianity, by Regis Martin

By Regis Martin, Crisis Magazine – Now that the trans activists have told us what an awful provocation our beliefs have become to their way of life, maybe the time has come for us to just go ahead and cancel Christianity altogether. Mightn’t that be the right thing to do in the interest of keeping our children safe? How else are we to ensure the goodwill of our LGBTQI+ neighbors if we’re not willing to dismantle the very structures that are so oppressive to them? We certainly don’t wish to continue driving them to the extremity of trying to kill us, do we?

Poll Reveals Declining Culture in America, by Kim Tisor

By Kim Tisor, Church Militant – The significance of patriotism, faith and family — once considered the bedrock of America — is measurably waning among the majority of U.S. citizens… “Recent polls that show Americans are abandoning religion, family and patriotism are lamentable but unsurprising. We are in the midst of an intensified war on all fronts: spiritual, cultural and political,” remarked Church Militant producer and theologian Dr. William Mahoney.

Sunny Side of The Stream: NICU Nurse Adopts Teen Mom and Her Baby Triplets, by Aliya Kuykendall

By Aliya Kuykendall, The Stream – Katrina Mullen, a NICU nurse of 23 years, met Shariya Small when Small was 14 years old, the mother of triplets born prematurely. Now, over two years later, she’s an adoptive mother to Small and grandmother to the three toddlers… After five months as their NICU nurse and almost two years of fostering Small, Mullen officially adopted Small on Feb. 6, 2023. She did so to keep Small with her babies.

This Is Your Sign To Catechize Your Kids — And Yourself, by Kylee Griswold

By Kylee Griswold, The Federalist – Never underestimate the magnitude of forces ‘seeking to devour’ your children. They will be catechized. Make sure it’s in truth… Lots of people are catechizing your child. Are you one of them?… The tragic death of six believers, including three children and three brave adults, at the hands of an evil mass shooter at a Christian elementary school in Nashville this week was a stark and painful reminder that the battle raging around us is ultimately a spiritual one.

Military Bases Hosting Drag Queen Story Hours? ‘I Think Those Shouldn’t Be Happening,’ Gen. Milley Says, by Susan Jones

By Susan Jones, CNSNews – “How much taxpayer money should go to fund drag queen story hours on military bases?” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) asked Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley on Wednesday at a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee… “Listen, drag shows are not something that the Department of Defense supports or funds,” Austin said, giving a similar answer several times as Gaetz put up a slide advertising a drag queen story hour at Ramstein Air Force Base, bearing “DoD insignia,” he pointed out.

How Baseball Imitates the Spiritual Life, by John Clark

By John Clark, EWTN News – …I am often struck by how much baseball resembles the Catholic spiritual life. I thought about this again recently when I saw an interview that confirmed my perspective. The interview was with Sean Casey, a former first-baseman for the Cincinnati Reds and my all-time favorite player. Casey was interviewed about his mental approach to hitting, and he mentioned four main points. It immediately struck me that these points are entirely relevant to the spiritual life.

Nashville Tragedy Shows Why It Isn’t Compassionate To Fuel Mental Illness, by Kylee Griswold

By Kylee Griswold, The Federalist – … behind all the partisan smoke and mirrors of the Nashville story is an unmistakable and unavoidable reality: Our modern mental health crisis is out of control… You don’t even have to dig into the glaring transgender element of the case to acknowledge this fact. No mentally healthy person blasts their way into a building of defenseless children to murder them in cold blood, much less devises a detailed plan literally mapping out how to make it happen.

Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing, by Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse

By Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, The Ruth Institute – The latest Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse Show guest is Christine Niles, Church Militant’s senior producer and investigative reporter, particularly on the issue of clergy sex abuse… Listen as Niles explains the process by which Church Militant vets the hundreds of tips they receive before anything goes on air. “We never go on rumors, hearsay, or any evidence that wouldn’t also be permitted in a court of law…”…

Transgenderism Doesn’t Bring the Promised Happiness, by Emmy Griffin

By Emmy Griffin, Patriot Post – Are most “transgender” people happy? The Washington Post recently published findings of a survey stating that they are. In a culture where mental illness is trendy and depression is rampant, particularly among teens, this seems a little too good to be true. Perhaps “happy” isn’t quite the correct moniker; “satisfied with their lives” is the actual turn of phrase… Conservative columnist Eddie Scarry points out that everything about this survey is shoddy at best and dishonest at worst.

How Planned Parenthood Peddles Porn in Red States, by Scott Yenor and Anna K. Miller

By Scott Yenor and Anna K. Miller, American Conservative – School libraries and grade school classrooms have become battlefields in America’s culture war. School districts from Broward County in Florida to West Ada School District outside of Boise, Idaho, have stocked pornographic books promoting transgenderism and gay sex. Curricula are curated to get kindergarteners to question their genders and third graders to think about anal sex.

Finally, Some Good News For American Families, by Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw, Catholic Exchange – So what’s the good news?… March 7 saw the establishment of a Congressional Family Caucus to protect and promote the interests of the natural family. In a letter to fellow legislator, co-chair Rep. Mary Miller of Illinois explained the new entity in refreshingly uncompromising terms: “The natural family, a man and a woman committed for life to each other and to their children, was ordained by God as the foundation of our society. The natural family is essential for a nation to prosper because the family is the root of self-government, service, community, and personal responsibility.”

In New Autism Report, CDC Again Fails to Address Root Causes, by Cynthia Nevison, Ph.D.

By Cynthia Nevison, Ph.D., Children’s Health Defense – Yet one of the most notable features of both new ADDM reports is the rapid rise in ASD prevalence among racial minorities relative to white children, who historically have had the highest prevalence… For example, in 2004, the mean Hispanic to white ASD ratio was 0.67 nationwide for children born in 2004.

Georgia, Iowa Overcome Near-Unanimous Democrat Opposition To Ban Child Mutilation Surgeries, by Victoria Marshall

By Victoria Marshall, The Federalist – “Denying the truth that we are either male or female hurts real people, especially vulnerable children,” Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Matt Sharp said in a press release. “By enacting this legislation, Iowa has taken critical steps to protect children from radical activists that peddle gender ideology and pressure children into life-altering, experimental procedures and drugs. Young people deserve to live in a society that doesn’t subject them to risky experiments to which they cannot effectively consent.”…

The Ruth Institute: The Beauty of Womanhood

By The Ruth Institute, The Stream – We hear about “strong women” so much these days. Yet, oddly enough, our culture can scarcely tell us what a woman is, let alone honor the God-given differences between men and women. We have thrown the beauty of womanhood to the wayside. Too many women have fallen prey to the modern-day definition of what a strong woman is (and what it means to be a woman at all for that matter).

1 in 36 Kids Have Autism, CDC Says — Critics Slam Agency’s Failure to Investigate Causes, by Brenda Baletti, Ph.D.

By Brenda Baletti, Ph.D., Children’s Health Defense – (CDC says) One in 36 (2.8%) 8-year-old children — 4% of boys and 1% of girls — have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD)… The latest findings, reported in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, show an increase from the last report, which found 1 in 44 8-year-olds (2.3%) had autism in 2018… Since the CDC started collecting the data, prevalence (of autism spectrum disorder) estimates have skyrocketed from 1 in 150 in 2000, to today’s estimate of 1 in 36 children.

Thou Shalt Watch Twisted Heroes: Discernment in Media Consumption (With Recommended Movie list), by Stacey Sumereau

By Stacey Sumereau, Catholic Exchange – You get invited to a movie night. Exciting! When you arrive, you’re discouraged to discover all the options the group wants are… well, let’s just say your cheeks would be burning if you watched them with your parish priest. How do you discern your boundaries for media consumption?… My husband was in this exact situation in middle school. He called his mom and asked her to take him home. I hope my kids have that strength of character too someday.

When Plan B Is Abortion, by Anthony Campagna

By Anthony Campagna, PharmD, Crisis Magazine – I remember sitting in a dimly lit lecture hall, just over a decade ago, listening to my professor expound on the benefits of oral contraception. The day’s lesson was emergency contraception (EC), specifically, Plan B® (levonorgestrel), known commonly as “the morning after pill.” She addressed this lecture hall full of future pharmacists and taught us how to counsel patients about the drug, about its benefits, dose timing, and mechanism of action (MOA). This was at a Catholic school, mind you. …

New Congressional Family Caucus Is Good News for the Nation, by Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw, EWTN News – There’s a glimmer of hope for the embattled natural family emanating suddenly from a source that lately has been anything but family-friendly — I mean the federal government. But before getting into that, consider some landmarks in the family’s decline during the last three decades… The high point was 1996 when Congress enacted and President Bill Clinton reluctantly signed into law the Defense of Marriage Act. DOMA declared marriage to be the union of one man and one woman and empowered states ….

Free Childcare as a Ponzi Scheme, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – In the UK, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has proposed that the government should subsidize free daycare for all children nine months old or older. Hunt argues that this measure, expensive as would be, would actually ease pressures on the government’s budget, because more parents (mothers, mostly) would be able to join the workforce, and therefore to pay taxes… … what about the children?

Reaching an Anxious Generation With the Gospel, by Michael Brown

By Michael Brown, The Stream – It has often been observed that “ambiguity breeds anxiety.” As noted in an April 2020 article published by the Association for Psychological Science, “Decades of scientific research show that how we make meaning out of situations can leave us vulnerable to unhelpful, out-of-proportion anxiety. When our environment is inherently ambiguous — open to interpretation and unknown outcomes — our interpretations matter. They matter a lot. Ambiguity breeds anxiety; more so when the ‘facts’ change hourly.”

MSNBC Admits Abortion is About Consequence-Free Sex, by Alex Christy 

By Alex Christy, LifeNews – After months of MSNBC condemning the Supreme Court and pro-lifers for putting women’s lives at risk, The Saturday Show host Jonathan Capehart and Rethinking Sex author Christine Emba said the quiet part out loud when they lamented the downfall of Roe has hurt the cause of consequence-free sex… Capehart wondered what effect Dobbs has had on sex and relationships in America …

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: Lawmakers Move to Ban Pornography

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – This article is not about social media. But I’m going to begin by talking about social media, because doing so might help us understand better the main topic of this article, i.e., legislative bans on pornography… An increasing body of evidence is showing that there are skyrocketing levels of anxiety and depression among children and teens.

Celebrate ‘Women’s History’ With Men Dressed as Women, by Emmy Griffin

By Emmy Griffin, Patriot Post – We as a culture have allowed ourselves to be indoctrinated into a cult that promotes self-worship, idolatry, and self-harm. Because many people in politics have been unwilling to take a firm stand on truth because it offends someone, women have slowly been erased. On this issue, there should be no compromise: Men are men; women are women… The acolytes of this religion of secular relativism happily create their own truth regardless of the Truth…

The White House’s Drag Queen Meter Maid Wants to Confiscate Your Children, by Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse

By Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, The Ruth Institute – “The views of Assistant Secretary for Health Richard Levine, who calls himself ‘Rachel,’ are typical of the trans movement’s assault on parents,” said Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D… While calling a Florida parental rights law a “gag rule,” Levine said it would be wonderful if parents of gender-confused children could be “replaced” as decision-makers by “a teacher, guidance counselor, or some other coach or another school personnel… Richard Levine’s proposal that more-affirming, gay-friendly adults take over the parental role is the Sexual State at work….”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Ask and You Will Receive from Your Father in Heaven

Author Don Schwager,. Servants of the Word – Matthew 7:7-12 – “Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? …

The Family, the Education of Children, and the Role of the State, by Jack Rigert

By Jack Rigert, Catholic Exchange – Every effort should be made so that the family will be recognized as the primordial and, in a certain sense, “sovereign” society! The “sovereignty” of the family is essential for the good of society. A truly sovereign and spiritually vigorous nation is always made up of strong families who are aware of their vocation and mission in history. The family is at the heart of all these problems and tasks.

If You Want a Happy Marriage, Take the Marital Debt Seriously, by Anna Reynolds

By Anna Reynolds, Crisis Magazine – We live in a society in which “everyone knows” that young, unmarried people cannot be expected to remain abstinent and that marriages are boring and devoid of physical intimacy. In other words, we are swimming upstream in an upside-down world. Now is not the time to jettison the perennial teaching of the Church but to rediscover its wisdom.

Marital Bliss: New Evidence That Marriage Promotes Flourishing, by Brendan Case, Tyler J. VanderWeele

By Brendan Case, Tyler J. VanderWeele, Institute for Family Studies – Marriage is perhaps so ubiquitous among our species, and so vital across so many societies, because it promotes human flourishing in many ways at once, both meeting and harmonizing the distinctive needs and desires of men, women, and children. Today, we are effectively running a large-scale social experiment to see whether a human culture can long endure while marginalizing this “necessary society,” as Pope Leo X called it, from its traditional role in socializing sex and in nurturing children. We are sowing the wind, and should not be surprised if we reap the whirlwind.

Obergefell’s Legacy: Redefining Marriage Redefines Parenthood, by Jennifer Roback Morse 

By Jennifer Roback Morse, EWTN News – I was pretty sure I knew what I was going to find when I clicked on this screaming headline from NBC News: “A Lesbian lost her son to his sperm donor: Should other gay parents be concerned?”… The “sperm donor” is the child’s father. The lesbian is not related to “her son” either through biology or adoption. She feels cheated. We are supposed to feel sorry for her because the court gave custody of the child to his biological parents.

Are Conservatives Embracing a New Kind of Welfare? by Anne Hendershott 

By Anne Hendershott, Crisis Magazine – Claiming that “in the post-Roe World” a growing number of conservative lawmakers are “embracing a new kind of welfare,” the New York Times recently reported on the attempts by a few conservative members of Congress to promote new tax benefits for parents. Describing an influential group of conservative intellectuals “with a direct line to elected politicians” … the Times is suggesting that the new pro-family movement is an attempt to finally “abandon Reaganomics once and for all.”

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: Transgender Whistleblower

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life Internatinal – That is the brutal truth exposed in one of the most important recent articles on the issue of transgenderism. The article is by a whistleblower named Jamie Reed, who spent years working at The Washington Univ. Transgender Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital… During her years there, Reed oversaw the cases of nearly 1,000 children who underwent transgender procedures, including receiving artificial hormones and body-mutilating surgeries ….

Trans Movement Comes After Down Syndrome, by Austin Ruse 

By Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine – Someone called them “the new queer cultural heroes.”… And so, one is left with this mix of emotions. You can say Daniel Vais’ work with them up to this moment has been something amazing and still understand that somewhere he and they have taken a wrong turn. Even the intellectually disabled have agency, and even the intellectually disabled can make mistakes… The other lesson we learn time and again is that the sexual revolution and the homosexual/trans agenda poison everything they touch.

Florida Court Overturns Therapy Ban for Same Sex-Attracted Minors, by Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse

By Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, The Ruth Institute – A federal appeals court recently overturned a Tampa, Florida, ban on what gay activists call “conversation therapy” for minors. “This is more accurately called talk therapy, which does no harm and can do a lot of good,” said Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. “Lifting the ban will allow minors with unwanted same-sex attraction to get the help they need.”

Poscast: Do Today’s American Men Have What It Takes? by Booker Scott 

By Booker Scott, America Out Loud – “The history of America is about courageous men. Whether they are the founding fathers or members of the ‘Greatest Generation,’ who sacrificed so much during World War II to preserve freedom and democracy, they built the country. Present-day America is the richest and most successful country in the history of the world… Virtue, heroism, service, and the ultimate sacrifice were expected when it was demanded.“

Four Steps to Prepare a Young Man for Marriage, by Donald DeMarco 

By Donald DeMarco, EWTN News – The current divorce rate in the United States is the third highest in the world, higher than any country in Europe… In more concrete terms, approximately 630,000 divorces took place in 2020… The goal of marriage, of course, is not merely to avoid divorce, but to create a loving, productive union of a man and a woman. One factor that stands in the way of a good marriage is inadequate preparation. …

Whistleblower Pulls Back Curtain on Transgender ‘Treatments’ for Minors, by Katrina Trinko

By Katrina Trinko, CNSNews – How did we let our children get manipulated and mutilated like this?… That’s going to be the question future generations ask about 2023, and the years preceding it, when doctors across America doled out hormones like they were Halloween candy and even in some cases removed minors’ functional body parts.

‘What’s Happening to Children Is Morally and Medically Appalling’, by Nate Jackson

By Nate Jackson, Patriot Post – “I am a 42-year-old St. Louis native, a queer woman, and politically to the left of Bernie Sanders,” begins Jamie Reed in an op-ed for The Free Press, a publication started by New York Times refugee Bari Weiss… Yet Reed recently left her job as case manager at The Washington University Transgender Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital “because I could no longer participate in what was happening there.”

The State of Our Unions, by John M. Grondelski

By John M. Grondelski, The Catholic Thing – We’re in the middle of  “National Marriage Week” (February 7-14), which will be culminating – if you can use that term about something almost no one is aware of – on  Valentine’s Day.  In principle, it’s a time to focus attention on the “state of our unions,” something the National Marriage Project (NMP) based at the University of Virginia has been doing through regular research and an annual report.

Parents Pushing Their Young Kids to Be Trans Don’t Understand ‘a Child Is Not a Small Adult,’ Youth Psychiatry Prof Says, by Craig Bannister

By Craig Bannister, CNSNews – Parents who encourage their young children to become transgender “lack the understanding that a child is not a small adult,” Professor of Youth Psychiatry Riittakerttu Kaltiala at Finland’s Tampere University says… Kaltiala discussed youth transgenderism and her opposition to a push to allow minors to legally change their gender… “The young person tries out different identities and is prone to suggestion…It’s normal in adolescence.”

The Marriage/Parenthood Disconnect, by John M. Grondelski 

By John M. Grondelski, Crisis Magazine – As Catholics observe “National Marriage Week” on February 7-14, we should be concerned about a growing trend to separate marriage and parenthood—because it is fundamentally reshaping the cultural idea of marriage in ways foreign to Catholic thought… Yes, Catholic theology admits that marriage and parenthood are conceptually separate realities. Yes, post-menopausal septuagenarians can marry validly.

The Rage of Feral Children, by Austin Ruse

By Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine – The rise of contraception led to the phenomenon of “feral children” – young people left alone with no one to guide them… No father. No Father. No patria. No father. No Church. No country. These gaping absences have produced a rage among young people that explains a great deal about our present national trauma. This is one of the fascinating theses in Mary Eberstadt’s masterful new book, Adam and Eve After the Pill, Revisited.

LGBTQ+ ‘Pride’ Is Totalitarian, by Dennis Prager

By Dennis Prager, American Greatness – Another recent example of defying LGBTQ+ “Pride” jersey demands in the NHL—which is run by people who are as governed by cowardice as those who run Major League Baseball, the National Football League and the National Basketball Association—was a player for the Philadelphia Flyers, Ivan Provorov, who refused to wear a “Pride” jersey 10 days earlier.

Societal Decline! A Frightening, Global Phenomenon, by Patricia Anthone

By Patricia Anthone, America Out Loud – Social and economic order is being undermined throughout the Western World… Societies throughout the West have been infiltrated at all levels by communist ideologues subscribed to the one-world, totalitarian vision advanced by Klaus Schwab and his gathering of megalomaniacs who met in Davos last week… Global control obviously cannot be achieved by the exercise of sheer force. The effort has required a decades-long attempt to subvert the West’s enlightened respect for the equal standing of each person in the ownership of his or her life, mind, and property.

‘Day Care Teacher’ Uses ‘Non-Binary’ Doll to Pervert Minds of 4-Year-Old Kids, by Peter LaBarbera

By Peter LaBarbera, WorldNet Daily – Another leftist indoctrination video has surfaced showing a trans-identified day-care instructor using a gender-neutral doll to teach four-and five-year-old children to accept the identity “non-binary” as an alternative to “boy” or “girl.”… The video, from an “anti-bias” documentary reportedly shown to North Carolina day-care center owners, shows Piper and fellow adult educators at the same center celebrating that a child in Piper’s class brought up “non-binary” on his own as a possible identity for the doll.

For The Sake Of Your Kids, Don’t Let Dictator Xi Jinping Be a Co-Parent, by Helen Raleigh

By Helen Raleigh, The Federalist – Being a parent is the most challenging job in the world but also the most rewarding one. If you consider raising children a burden and can’t wait to outsource parental responsibility to a third party such as the government, you probably should not become a parent. My friend Joy Pullmann told me children “are a gift we don’t deserve and we are supposed to do our best to honor them and God’s gift of them. Letting the CCP raise your child is squandering that gift.” I couldn’t agree more.

Abuse of the Vulnerable, by Emmy Griffin

By Emmy Griffin, Patriot Post – The LGBTQ+ ideologues don’t care about the children they groom, use, and then throw away. They only care about forcing everyone to accept their sexual perversions or to pay the consequences. Those consequences, in this case, hurt an especially vulnerable child and her family. How many more children need to be sacrificed on this altar before everyone sees how self-interested and exploitive this ideology is when it involves children? The answer should be zero.

Bp. Strickland Rebukes Democrat Lawmaker Who Wants Menstrual Products in Boys’ Bathrooms: ‘Insanity’

By Jean Mondoro, LifeSiteNews – Bishop Joseph Strickland of Texas blasted a Democrat representative’s argument that schools should provide menstrual products in boys’ bathrooms… In a Twitter post this morning, the ordinary of the Diocese of Tyler responded to a widely circulating story of Rep. Sandra Feist advocating the inclusion of boys in a proposed bill to provide free menstrual products to students. Feist had argued that “not all students who menstruate are female.” 

A Massive Effort at Moral Rebuilding Is Necessary, by Anthony Esolen

By Anthony Esolen, American Greatness – We believe, in short, that sexual desires, so long as no coercion is employed, are sacrosanct, indeed constitutive of someone’s very identity as a human being, but sexual reality is nothing. We are fairly commanded by the Civil Rights Act and now by the Respect for Marriage Act to engage in a vast pretense, much to the harm of the family and the common good, that men and women are practically indistinguishable, and that each sex is not for the other. …

No Happy Endings in Transland, by Austin Ruse 

By Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine – The boy says to his mom, “If you want girl parts, and you don’t have them, you can do special surgery where they turn your penis inside out and there is a vagina inside.”… The boy is six years old… He also tells his mom that hormones can give you girl parts… “Where did you hear this?”… “I saw it on a video.”… The boy is six years old. Someone told him these mythological tales from the place called Transland.

Fr. Peter Michael Henry: 25 Guidelines to Help Young Men Mature in Faith & Life

By Fr. Peter Michael Henry, Catholic Exchange – I have been invited to speak to many boys and young men during the span of my priesthood. Those audiences are usually the same: a group of half-interested males who have immensely low expectations of guest speakers. After the usual greetings, I often present my “See You on the Other Side List,” composed of challenging suggestions that, if taken seriously, can help those boys become good men. …

WND Staff: Winning the All-Out War Against America’s Children

By WND Staff – If Americans throughout their nation’s history have embraced any common values, at the top of the list would be the conviction that children are precious, innocent, a gift from God – and to be protected at all costs… Why then, in today’s America, are so many adults destroying children in a dizzying variety of ways… Make no mistake: Today’s rampant transgender grooming craze amounts to widespread child sexual abuse of the most serious and irreversible kind. America is literally normalizing pedophilia.

Frozen in Time: Catholic Ethicists Discuss the Fate of the Estimated 1 Million Human Embryos on Ice, by Lauretta Brown 

By Lauretta Brown, EWTN News – The Catholic Church has long condemned the IVF process and the production of these embryos, but those warnings have gone unheeded, and there are now an estimated 1 million frozen embryos in the U.S. alone — giving rise to profound and continuing moral dilemmas.

Thank the Lord for Metabolism, Methylation and Mitochondrial Function, by Jim Schroeder 

By Jim Schroeder, EWTN News – In considering this, let’s begin with the mysterious world of methylation. Billions of times every second, our bodies are transporting methyl groups to our DNA. They are made up of three hydrogen and one carbon atom. They are involved in what is called epigenetics, which is the expression of each gene. While the gene code appears immutable, the expression of the gene itself is quite malleable.

God Uses Imperfect People, by Michael Brown

By Michael Brown, The Stream – It is not just outside the Church, in the secular realm, that God uses imperfect people. Even within the Church, in the spiritual realm, God uses imperfect people. But there’s a simple reason for that. Imperfect people are the only kind of people that exist. Who else can God use?… There’s an old joke about someone who is looking for the perfect church. They tell a friend, “If I could just find that church, I’d attend regularly and become a member.”… The friend replies, “But the moment you join it would become imperfect.”…

Not a Conspiracy Theory: Groomers Really Do Want to Sexualize Our Children, by Jonathon Van Maren

By Jonathon Van Maren, LifeSiteNews – As noted in an essay for The European Conservative last year, the term “groomer,” when applied to the sexual revolutionaries who wish to inculcate their ideology in children, is not a slur. The sexualization of children was the explicitly stated goal of the early sexual revolutionaries—only the social conservative backlash of the 1980s temporarily stopped them. Now, with everything from explicit, how-to sex education to drag queen events for kids, they have picked up where they left off.

Raising Children in an Anti-Child World, by Anna Reynolds 

By Anna Reynolds, Crisis Magazine – Amid all the drama of the voting line, a man ahead of us described for his neighbor the culture of his wife’s native Brazil, in which, according to him, there was a high degree of honor conferred on mothers with young children and the elderly. In a line, mothers with young children and the elderly would be given first place, and in waiting rooms they were ushered ahead of everyone else. That sounded fabulous right around the time the toddler started bellowing for more snacks and the infant in the next segment of the line began protesting the confines of his stroller. …

Noem’s Troubling Transgender Record, by Thomas Gallatin

By Thomas Gallatin, Patriot Post – …excitement among conservatives over Noem took a significant hit when, in the spring of 2021, she vetoed legislation that banned biological males from competing in girls sports. In deep red South Dakota, signing a bill into law that protected female sports in grades K-12 and college should have been a no brainer, but Noem suddenly decided to veto legislation that she had previously supported… Why?

There’s A Reason Moving In Before Marriage Makes Divorce More Likely, But Barstool Can’t Figure It Out, by Elle Purnell

By Elle Purnell, The Federalist – Today a lot of young daters assume moving in together is a prerequisite for matrimonial success. But it actually hikes up a couple’s proclivity toward divorce compared to spouses who wed without first cohabitating — a statistic that shocked hosts Jordyn Woodruff and Alex Bennett of Barstool Sports’… “Couples who live together before marrying have nearly an 80 percent higher divorce rate than those who do not,” Bennett noted incredulously.

7 Things Women Don’t Understand About Men

By Paul Murano, Church Militant – The battle of the sexes began to rage as soon as our first parents consumed the forbidden fruit. Indeed, the disorder introduced by Adam and Eve’s primordial act of disobedience frustrated the ability of future men and women to understand each other and introduced a tension into the sexual dynamic. And the political correctness of the present age has only added another layer of confusion to the mix. But if women would bear in mind seven little-known facts about the nature of men — facts about how men see, think, love, react, struggle, need and yearn — it would go a long way in avoiding and mitigating misunderstandings, in regaining some of what was lost east of Eden.

Pro-Family Conservatives Must First Be Pro-Men, by Delano Squires

By Delano Squires, The Federalist – Those conservatives who want to shape the nascent pro-family movement emerging on the right must be willing to embrace a controversial — and countercultural — reality: Healthy families require strong, stable, and secure men. That means Republicans interested in crafting pro-family policy must focus on the well-being of America’s boys and men.

Fatherless Homes, America’s Plague, by Scarlen Valderaz

By Scarlen Valderaz, Patriot Post – Contrary to popular feminist belief, women cannot do it all, especially when it comes to raising children… Fatherless homes are a crisis that plagues our country. The statistics surrounding fatherless homes are not the greatest… 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes… 85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes — 20 times the average… 71% of pregnant teenagers lack a father… Daughters of single parents without a Father involved are 53% more likely to marry as teenagers … and 92% more likely to get divorced themselves.

Our Greatest Example: Look to the Holy Family, by Nicholas Wylie

By Nicholas Wylie, Church Militant – The most pressing issue of our time has been the destruction of the family… Church Militant’s Nick Wylie discusses the one household with all the answers… Dr. Scott Hahn, Ph.D., Catholic author: “The Holy Family is where family succeeds. And it really is a living image of the Holy Trinity — but not just in some speculative, abstract way but in the concrete virtues.”

Practical Ways to Live the Virtue of Thrift, By Alexandra Greeley

By Alexandra Greeley, Catholic Exchange – Even in our modern secular world, the word “thrift” has a Catholic connection. According to a May 18, 2019, comment by Pope Francis during a meeting with the Federation of European Food Banks, the Pope warned against food waste that underscores “a lack of concern for others… Fighting against the terrible scourge of hunger means also fighting waste….To throw food away means to throw people away,” the pope added.

(Blood) Transfusion Confusion: Vaccine-Tainted Blood Warning, by Kristine Christlieb

By Kristine Christlieb, Church Militant – Cornelia Hertzler, baby Alexander Bly’s mother: “And she had, you know, really been arguing with us about this for a long time and knew our wishes. I came in, and there she was, just giving him a blood transfusion.”… As the one-year legal deadline to seek damages approaches, a Washington-state couple is speaking out about their infant son’s death, which they allege is linked to vaccine-tainted blood.

CDC Pressures Teachers to Increase ‘LGBTQ Inclusivity’ in Classroom Instruction, by Eric Lendrum

By Eric Lendrum, American Greatness – The CDC has been forcing teachers across the country to follow certain guidelines demonstrating their commitment to “LGBTQ inclusivity” in their classroom instructions… the CDC-issued “assessment tool” asks teachers numerous questions about school employees and their loyalty to the concept of “queer theory,” and forcing sexual education teachers to use gender-neutral language, forbidding them from using terms such as “boy” and “girl.”

7 Financial Tips From the Book of Proverbs

By Anne Holmquist, The Stream – Over two-thirds of people ages 18-41 have “financial topics they want advice on,” a Harris Poll found earlier this year, “but aren’t sure how to get it.” And given that 70 percent of millennials and 65 percent of Generation Z live paycheck to paycheck, it’s not hard to imagine what types of financial advice might be needed… I have good news on where to find invaluable, free financial advice, available at your fingertips. It’s liberally dispersed throughout an ancient work called the Book of Proverbs.

Sin, Corruption and the Fall of America, by Armstrong Williams

By Armstrong Williams, Patriot Post – As the flames of judgment touched at the edges of Sodom and Gomorrah, two cities steeped in corruption and depravity, the almighty God looked upon them with disdain. Their wickedness had reached a point of no return, and so he decided to unleash his fiery wrath upon them, reducing them to ash in an instant. These cities have long been used as a cautionary tale, a warning of the dangers of sin and the consequences that come with it. And now, as we reflect on the troubled times we find ourselves in, it seems that our own nation, America, is teetering on the brink of a similar fate. …

What Tucker Carlson Doesn’t Get About “Marriage” That the Left Does, by Jessica Kramer

By Jessica Kramer, Crisis Magazine – I think we should stop saying “gay marriage”—and not because it singles out the gays and lacks “equality” but because it’s nonsensical, it’s not true. If those with same-sex attraction could truly marry someone of the same sex, we wouldn’t have to call it “gay” marriage, we’d just call it marriage…. Marriage already has a definition, and it deals with the sex of two persons and the creation of a third. You can’t redefine it; you can only add additional words onto it to give it a new spin or meaning; to sanction something new.

Stolen Innocence: The Spiritual War on Children and the Family, by Jack Rigert

By Jack Rigert, Catholic Exchange – “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”… The Founding Fathers, while not perfect, understood that striving for perfection under God was the key to the success of this new experiment in human freedom, dignity, and opportunity. John Adams observed, “Our Constitution was made for only a moral and religious People. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Tim Tebow Urges People to Live for God, Find Their God-Given Purpose, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – With 2022 coming to a close and a new year and New Year’s resolutions approaching, pro-life football star Tim Tebow is urging people to live for God and find their God-given purpose in life… “My hope for you is that you begin to live your life with a deeper sense of purpose, meaning and significance than ever before and make your life count,” said Tebow.

2022 Brings Clarity: There’s No Mistaking the Attacks on Family, by Jennifer Roback Morse

By Jennifer Roback Morse, National Catholic Register – For those of us dedicated to life and family, the contradictory events of the year 2022 might seem like a “wash” or worse… On the plus side, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the heinous Roe v. Wade decision. On the minus side, Roe’s defenders ratcheted up their venom against us and renewed their commitment to death on demand for the unborn… We now know, beyond any shadow of a doubt, what manner of people we are dealing with.

The Attack on the Traditional Family, by Scarlen Valderaz

By Scarlen Valderaz, Patriot Post – The destruction of the traditional family is dangerous, and the victims are always the children involved. With divorce rates on the rise, fatherless homes plaguing our country, and an uptick in children’s poor mental health, our most defenseless have become vulnerable to harmful ideologies that continue to drive a wedge between the relationship they have left with their parents. When the relationship between child and parent is broken, the state will come in as the savior ….

The Child Tax Credit Should Promote Work and Marriage, by Patrick T. Brown, W. Bradford Wilcox

By Patrick T. Brown and W. Bradford Wilcox, First Things – Year-end flurries of legislative activity are a congressional tradition, and this year is seeing a supercharged version. With the clock ticking on Democratic control of Congress, many are encouraging lawmakers to revive President Biden’s expanded child tax credit, which sent $250 per child, plus a little more for young children, to nearly all parents each month for the last half of 2021.

Marriage, Parenthood, and ‘A Christmas Carol’, by John M. Grondelski

By John M. Grondelski, The Catholic Thing – Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is often regarded as just a children’s story or reduced to a lesson in seasonal greed versus generosity. But Dickens was writing for adults in 1843, and we moderns would be wrong to limit or flatten its various meanings… The Carol has a lot to say, for example, about marriage, parenthood, and money… People are more important than things.

Wombs Need Not Apply, by Kristine Christlieb

By Kristine Christlieb, Church Militant – A new, lifelike video simulating a baby factory is bringing into the spotlight the shocking possibility of this biotechnology… If you’re the parent of an infant born prematurely, you’re grateful for the technological advances that make it possible for your child to develop outside the womb… But biotechnologists are now promoting the advantages of dispensing entirely with mothers’ wombs.

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: Stop the Sexualization of Our Children

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – One of the most difficult things about watching the radicalization and growing power of the LGBT agenda in recent years has been seeing the sexual revolutionaries targeting children, the casualties of an over-sexualized culture and adult exploitation… Advocates of this agenda and the sexualization of our youth, being encouraged at the highest levels of government, have been hard at work normalizing their agenda, creatively seeking ways to expose children to sexual material. …

Dennis Prager: Gay Marriage Means ‘Gender Doesn’t Matter,’ Which Makes It a ‘War Against Civilization’

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – Gay marriage means that “gender doesn’t matter” anymore — you can marry whoever you want — and this logically damages society across the board, said author and commentator Dennis Prager… He added, “The war against gender is a war against civilization.”… “We are going to pay a price for the death of gender,” he said.  “The war against gender is a war against civilization, I believe.”

On Fatherhood and “Healthy Masculinity”, by Stephen P. White

By Stephen P. White, The Catholic Thing – There are those who treat masculinity as a mere construct, devoid of any essential content. The only purpose of masculinity – not an essential purpose, mind you, but a practical purpose – is to assert power in the interests of some oppressor class. The strong dominate the weak… Then there are those who, often in defiance against the aforementioned claims of toxicity, assert masculinity as a collection of particular physical or psychological traits: physical strength, assertiveness, confidence, discipline, leadership, stoicism, dominance, competitiveness, and so on.

Joe Biden’s Disrespect for Marriage, by Tyler Arnold

By Tyler Arnold, EWTN News – President Joe Biden, the nation’s second Catholic president, signed the so-called Respect for Marriage Act into law on Tuesday — marking yet another a step in his political descent into complete rejection of what the Church teaches about the truth and meaning of marriage… The new federal act, which recognizes same-sex marriage for the purpose of any federal law, rule or regulation in which marital status is a factor, states that if two persons are legally married in one state and live in another state, the marriage will continue to be recognized at the federal level and receive federal legal protections ….

Arch. Salvatore J.  Cordileone: Congress Dishonors Marriage

By Salvatore J. Cordileone, First Things – The union of husband and wife is unique: Together they make a baby, and their marriage is the best way to ensure that that baby grows up with both mother and father. Marriage is a good thing. Society needs this institution… Until a few years ago, virtually every culture in existence recognized the unique stake society has in affirming these unions. Even cultures that condoned sexual relations outside the bond of marriage—including between people of the same sex—never confused these relations with marriage.

The Ruth Institute: American Girl Betrays American Girls

By The Ruth Institute, The Stream – “American Girl, the company known for wholesome dolls representing American history, has clambered aboard the gender bandwagon,” said Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. …“Parents are reasonably outraged by the company’s new book, A Smart Girl’s Guide: Body Image, which pushes transgenderism. It’s a betrayal,” she said.

New Ways, Old Sins, by Aidan O’Connor

By Aidan O’Connor, Church Militant – A dissident Catholic organization is rejoicing over a bill that could threaten religious freedom in America… New Ways Ministry issued a statement Friday praising sham-Catholic lawmakers in Washington, D.C., for passing the so-called Respect for Marriage Act. Once signed by Joe Biden, the legislation will codify same-sex “marriage” and open the door for the government to persecute religious institutions.

The Weaponization of Loneliness, by Austin Ruse

By Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine – No one wants to be alone. It is, at heart, a terrifying prospect. And so, this is the great fear played upon by those trying to impose their ideology. The Soviets knew this. So did the East German Stasi. The Nazi’s knew it, too. Everyone in those societies lived in fear of being found out, certainly; but they also lived in fear of being alone, of being ostracized for their beliefs.

House Passes Democrats’ Bill to Codify Same-Sex ‘Marriage,’ Biden Expected to Sign, by Raymond Wolfe

By Raymond Wolfe, LifeSiteNews – The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed Democrats’ bill to codify same-sex “marriage,” sending it to Joe Biden’s desk for signature… The bill, the “Respect for Marriage Act” (RMA), passed in a 258-169 vote, with 39 Republicans and all Democrats voting in favor… Biden has pledged to sign the legislation “promptly and proudly.”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: He Is Elijah Who Is to Come

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 11:11-15 – Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has risen no one greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and men of violence take it by force. …