Dr. Janet Smith Shows Real “COURAGE”

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Earlier this month, there was a tremendous conference put together by moral theologian Janet Smith and Courage (a faithful Catholic org supporting people living with same-sex attraction) called Love One Another As I Have Loved You: Welcoming and Accompanying Our Brothers and Sisters with Same Sex Attraction. The conference has generated a fair amount of public comment, and some of it has been quite critical  (see here and especially here).  Dr. Janet Smith has been ably and charitably res … [Read more...]

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“Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome”–An Autopsy on the Death of Religious Faith

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Reba Riley's memoir, Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome: A Memoir of Humor and Healing describes her loss of religious faith in her early 20's and her subsequent attempt to assemble a meaningful spiritual life for herself.I was struck by her interview with the Religion News Service because at the time I read it, I had just finished writing my paper for the journal to be published at the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families at which my wife and I are both speaking.  Riley's interview read … [Read more...]

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Science Says, “Want Happiness? Go to Church!”

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Science endorses church attendance?!?  Atheists' heads explode in 3...2...1... From the Washington Post A new study suggests that joining a religious group could do more for someone’s “sustained happiness” than other forms of social participation, such as volunteering, playing sports or taking a class. A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology by researchers at the London School of Economics and Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands found that the secret to sustained happi … [Read more...]

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CONFIRMED–HISTORIC Record Breaking Attendance at 2015 World Meeting of Families

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Today on More2Life Radio, we were blessed by a visit from Dr. Mary Beth Yount, the Director of Content and Programming at the World Meeting of Families.  In addition to telling our listeners about the event itself, she revealed the BREAKING NEWS that this year's World Meeting of Families has over 15,000 people currently registered for the week long congress, making the 2015 World Meeting the highest attended World Meeting of Families ever!That number is expected to climb by several more … [Read more...]

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New Study Quantifies Spiritual Health Crisis in Catholic Families

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My latest article for OSV's Daily Take If your child came home from school with a test grade of 22 percent would you be concerned? How about 17 percent or 13 percent? Sadly, new research by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown found that similar numbers reflect the spiritual health "grades" of Catholic families. The first-of-its-kind study was sponsored by Holy Cross Family Ministries, an organization promoting family prayer and family well-being around the … [Read more...]

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What Did YOUR Pastor Say About Gay Marriage in Church Today?

I'm interested in the experience of Catholic across the country.  Did you pastor address the SCOTUS decision in favor of gay marriage? If so, what did he say?   If not, how do you feel about your pastor's silence?In my parish, in Steubenville, Ohio neither my pastor, nor my deacon--who preached the homily and is a faithful theology professor--said anything about marriage.  There were no comments in the homily.  There were no petitions about it during the prayers of the faithful. There was no … [Read more...]

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Gay Marriage: Getting the Conversation Right is More Important than Ever

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Today, SCOTUS ruled 5-4 in favor of Gay marriage.  It is a devastating blow, not only to the Marriage Reality Movement but to the Christian understanding of reality itself.  For the secular culture, physical reality no longer matters.  The only thing that counts is a person's feelings about him or herself and the world he lives in.   Facts don't matter.  Matter doesn't matter.  Only opinion and emotion.In light of this historic decision, it is more important than ever to understand--and be ab … [Read more...]

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Catholic Families in Crisis: New Study Finds Catholic Homes Are Spiritually Bankrupt.

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The Church teaches that family life is the basic unit of society and that as the family goes, so goes the Church.  If that's true, then we should all buckle our seatbelts, because we're in for a bumpy ride.I am honored to serve on the board of Holy Cross Family Ministries, the organization that carries on the legacy of Servant of God, Fr. Patrick "the family that prays together, stays together" Peyton, CSC. and promotes both family prayer and family well-being throughout the world. HCFM … [Read more...]

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