For church workers: 7 warning signs of an affair

A writer at the Christian Post applies this to pastors and church workers—but there’s a lot here for everyone to chew on: The conversation is always sad, always tragic. The pastor who left his church after a two-year affair with another church member. The student pastor who has been out of vocational ministry since he [Read More...]

One of Italy’s hottest bridal salons? A monastery in Cascia

Photo: Nadia Shira Cohen for The New York Times Once again, tough economic times have people turning to the Church for help. From The New York Times:  The seamstress gently fastened the ivory-colored silk-covered buttons of the lace corset. She took out the embroidered veil and laid it over the bride-to-be’s long black hair. Girlfriends and [Read More...]

Vatican says Valentine’s Day date with Pope Francis is being moved outdoors due to demand

The much-ballyhooed event was to be held in the Paul VI Audience Hall (seen here) but will now take place outside, in St. Peter’s Square:  In a note, the Pontifical Council for the Family states that there are already more than 17,000 young people signed up for the audience with the Pope. Organizers say the [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...]

American bishop on contraception: “That train left the station long ago”

The German bishops have weighed in on their survey results for the upcoming synod, and now an American bishop offers a snapshot of what some Catholics in his diocese had to say. Bishop Robert Lynch of  St. Petersburg, Florida, reports that nearly 7,000 people responded. Some highlights, from his blog:  Before you start looking at [Read More...]

Homily for February 9, 2014: World Marriage Day

Last year, my wife and I went out to dinner to celebrate our 27th wedding anniversary.  The waitress seemed impressed. She asked us, “What’s your secret?” I smiled and told her: “Patience.” Then my wife chimed in: “And prayer.” And now you know what it takes to be married to me. That explains why my [Read More...]

Pope Francis: “Marriage today is considered a form of emotional satisfaction that can be modified at will…”

From CNS:  Pope Francis said contemporary ideas of marriage as an arrangement defined by personal needs promote a mentality of divorce, and he called for better preparation of engaged couples as well as ministry to Catholics whose marriages have failed. The pope’s remarks appeared in a message distributed Feb. 7 to Polish bishops making “ad [Read More...]

Well, look who’s in The Guardian!

It’s our own Elizabeth Scalia—turning into an international papal pundit—with some thoughts on Pope Francis, divorce, annulments and the sacraments:  This month…the pope will meet with the eight cardinals who advise him to discuss the pastoral care of the modern family, which has been wracked by divorce, redefined by secular interests and the sexual revolution, [Read More...]

Storage company offers “break-up protection service” for couples living together

Hunting for a radio station on the car during my recent trip to South Carolina, I heard this service being mentioned on the news and thought: Really?  Is this what we’ve come to? Yes. Seems so. From the Daily Mail in the U.K.: You’ve been with your boyfriend a year. You think he’s pretty swell. [Read More...]

“I have always had enough money to give my kids almost anything. But my wife and I decided not to.”

How do you raise a large family today? Any parent will want to read this account in Quartz from engineer Francis L. Thompson: My wife and I had 12 children over the course of 15 1/2 years. Today, our oldest is 37 and our youngest is 22.  I have always had a very prosperous job and [Read More...]