In the email: “How would a parish take on our family if my husband were a priest?”

A reader sent me the following e-mail, which is an important follow-up on this post regarding married priests:  I have a mentally ill son. He has been difficult to deal with since he was 3, and has been hospitalized twice since he was 15 (he’s 17 now). Our home life is very difficult because of [Read More...]

Synod: What about married priests?

As people take a closer look at the working paper for the upcoming Synod, one issue about marriage and family life that is notably absent is the question of married priests.  I knew a few people who were wondering if this topic would come up—or if the bishops might even decide to explore the unresolved [Read More...]

Vatican publishes working document for extraordinary Synod of Bishops

An overview from CNS:  The working document for the October 2014 extraordinary Synod of Bishops offers a picture of the Catholic Church today struggling to preach the Gospel and transmit moral teachings amid a “widespread cultural, social and spiritual crisis” of the family. The 75-page “instrumentum laboris,” published by the Vatican June 26, is supposed [Read More...]

Pope Francis: The devil is trying to destroy the family

I think that also includes the family of Christ’s Church. Details:  The “enemy attacks the family so much. The devil does not want it. He tries to destroy it, to prevent love from becoming free,” said Pope Francis in responding to a family present at the National Convocation of the Renewal in the Spirit, who [Read More...]

The pain of childless women on Mother’s Day

From The Salt Lake Tribune:  To any guilt-prone women, the annual idealization of motherhood that sweeps across the country at this time of year can be agonizing. The image in the mirror seems less qualified, less nurturing, less altruistic, less crafty, less organized, less patient, less self-assured or wise or adventurous than the one these [Read More...]

Christians? What would the neighbors think?

A mother struggles with being both a Christian and a liberal academic—and it sounds like she’s embarrassed about it. Here’s writer Christin Taylor in The New York Times:  As I drove home from church, I eyed the bright foam sign my 6-year-old daughter held. “Jesus is Alive” it read in kid scrawl. “We’re supposed to [Read More...]

“You are married to the Lord and your daddy is your boyfriend”

A growing phenomenon in some places, as reported by the Daily Mail:  Purity balls, in which a girl pledges to remain ‘pure’ until her wedding day, symbolically ‘marries’ God, and promises her father that she will remain a virgin until she’s a wife, have become a phenomenon in America, now taking place in 48 out [Read More...]

Cardinal calls for “renewed” interpretation of Church teachings on marriage

From CNS:  In its approach to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, the Catholic Church needs to find a middle ground that does not destroy or abandon doctrine, but offers a “renewed” interpretation of church teaching in order to help those whose marriages have failed, Cardinal Walter Kasper said. “I propose a path that goes beyond [Read More...]

O’Malley on Francis: “I don’t see the pope changing doctrine…”

Photo: Essdras M. Suarez / Boston Globe From The Boston Globe:  Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley says he shares in the sense of wonder at how swiftly Pope Francis has captured the world’s attention and softened, with his sometimes startling words and personal gestures, the image of the Roman Catholic Church. But he cautions that those [Read More...]

Cardinal Schönborn describes meeting with pope, discussions about marriage and family

From the National Catholic Reporter:  “It is fascinating to see how Pope Francis is encouraging, reviving and renewing the church. Our meeting with him was an excellent lesson on how to live the Gospel today,” Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna said after a 90-minute audience with the pope during the Austrian bishops’ “ad limina” visit [Read More...]


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