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...]

Report: lower birth rate since 2008 hurting economy

It’s a vicious cycle, evidently.  People stop having children because they can’t afford them in a recession, and that just makes things worse. Details:  Debra Mollen, 41, a psychology professor in Denton, Texas, said she and her husband don’t plan to have children as they strive to pay down their mortgage and save for retirement. [Read More...]

“You got Daddy Skills…!”

For all the dads out there: something sweetly infectious from a rapper you might call Snoop Daddy Dad (a.k.a Sam Dorman), who boasts on YouTube that he shot this entirely on his iPhone. Whatever he did, this is a new anthem for a generation of dads.  Enjoy. [Read more...]

NY Times: gay couples face pressure to have children

Welcome to the 21st century. Details:  When the jubilant couple were wed in June, they exchanged personalized vows and titanium rings, cheered the heartfelt toasts and danced themselves breathless. Then, as the evening was winding down, unexpected questions started popping up. One after another, their guests began asking: Are you going to have kids? When [Read More...]

Great moments in parenting

My nominee for Mother of the Year: A Phoenix, Ariz., woman put her 5-week-old baby on top of her car in his car seat and drove away, apparently forgetting he was there, not even noticing when the seat fell off the car and landed in an intersection, police said. Neighbors discovered the baby on the [Read More...]

2015 World Meeting of Families to be held in Philadelphia

Big news out of Milan today: Pope Benedict XVI announced this morning at the closing Mass of the seventh World Meeting of Families that the next gathering will be held in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The Pope delivered a short speech after Communion and announced that the 2015 World Meeting of Families will be hosted [Read More...]

Iowa seeks separation of church and sports

Details: The state’s largest Catholic Diocese is implementing a policy to create a separation between church and sports. Bishop Richard Pates of the Des Moines Diocese has approved a policy at the request of the priest council that would prohibit any Catholic school from holding activities not related to religious services or religious education on [Read More...]

Shift: Diocese will allow boy with Down Syndrome to receive communion

Some may remember the story from earlier this year, about the boy in England who was not being allowed to receive his First Communion. That’s about to change: A seven-year-old boy with Down’s syndrome who was refused an opportunity to receive his first Holy Communion is to take the sacrament. The Diocese of Leeds previously [Read More...]

For Vocation Sunday: behold, the world’s youngest priest

He’s three. A diaconal bow of gratitude to his dad for this YouTube gem. [Read more...]

Kansas law would require churches to host gay weddings — UPDATED

Details – and a grateful H/T to Marcel at Aggie Catholics: Religious liberty groups are blasting a proposed ordinance that would force churches in Hutchinson, Kan. to rent their facilities for gay weddings and gay parties. The Hutchinson City Council will consider adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the protected classes in the city’s [Read More...]


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