PK: The challenges of being a preacher’s kid

I’m sure there are children of deacons and priests who can relate to this, too. From Religion News Service: The day Franklin Graham was born, he received a telegram. “Welcome to this sin-sick world,” the Western Union message said, “and to the challenge you have to walk in your daddy’s footsteps.” It didn’t take long [Read More...]

Screaming babies II: “The comments really saddened me…”—UPDATED

The reader who started it all, and wrote to ask why people don’t take crying babies out of church, dropped me a line yesterday: Thank you for posting my questions; I really do appreciate it, as do a few of my priest-friends who are also wondering what more they have to do to get parents [Read More...]

A family that prays together

Another great story of a return to the church—this time, with an entire Arkansas family coming along for the journey: For 11-year-old Carter Baldwin and his 9-year-old sister Mimi, one of the most exciting things about becoming Catholic isn’t what one might expect from children — going to confession. “I like how Catholicism makes you [Read More...]

It’s come to this: dad pays teenage daughter $200 to quit Facebook

A writer at CNET takes note: If there’s one thing young people truly understand, it’s bribery. From their very formative years, parents bribed them to keep quiet, behave, wear appropriate clothing — even, sometimes, desist from using rude words. So it might seem utterly canny of Paul Baier, the vice president of a Massachusetts energy [Read More...]

Meet John and Ann Betar, married 80 years

Not only that, but they’re Catholic.  Just in time for World Marriage Day this weekend comes this item from the New York Daily News:  One Fairfield, Conn., couple is receiving an early Valentine’s Day gift: recognition as the “longest-married” couple in the United States. John and Ann Betar have been married since Nov. 25, 1932, [Read More...]

Catholic adoption agency charged with discriminating against gays

It’s happening in Scotland.  Could it happen here? Details: St Margaret’s Children and Family Care Society in Glasgow was found to discriminate against homosexuals by giving higher priority to couples who have been married for at least two years. The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) reviewed the practices of the adoption agency following [Read More...]

“I Like Adoption”: this may be the most pro-life, pro-family video you will see

Take a few minutes and marvel at the Dennehy family below, in the short film “I Like Adoption.” Details: As you watch the story unfold, you see a family with a mixture of children the world would consider “normal” and those without limbs that many today would discard as a “burden”. To Michael and Sharon [Read More...]

What we have come to: figuring out what to call people who are “unmarried spouses”

Can any of us remember a time, not so very long ago, when this wasn’t even worth serious discussion? But the New York Times goes there: Now that we’ve come to some consensus on same-sex marriage, let’s move on to the next puzzle: what to call two people who act as if they are married but [Read More...]

One of YouTube’s most famous babies turns 5

A lot of you may remember this video, which has been making the rounds for a few years. It shows eight-month-old Jonathan Breaux responding to his mother’s voice for the first time, after getting a cochlear implant. That was five years ago.  What’s happened since?  The good people at TODAY decided to find out: Posted [Read More...]

Mother gives 13-year-old son an iPhone—and some rules—UPDATED

Blogger and mother Janell Burley Hoffman gave her teenage son an iPhone for Christmas —and an 18-point contract. To wit: Merry Christmas!  You are now the proud owner of an iPhone.  Hot Damn!  You are a good & responsible 13 year old boy and you deserve this gift.  But with the acceptance of this present [Read More...]


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