Pope Francis Asserts the Power of Lay Catholics

Pope Francis recently raised eyebrows in his comments affirming the constant teaching of the Church that it is not possible to ordain women to the priesthood.  According to reports,As he has done in the past, the pope responded that the question was settled in 1994 by St. John Paul II, who taught that because Jesus chose only men as his apostles, the ordination of women in the Catholic Church is not possible.  He was asked, "Really? Never?" And he responded, "If one carefully reads the d … [Read more...]

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Every Child Left Behind: “Smart” Atheism or “Stupid” Faith?

             Catholic children as young as 10 years old are renouncing God and quitting Church, claims a new study by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown.  According to lead researcher, Dr. Mark Gray, children are finding that faith is “incompatible” with what they are learning in school, and the older the child becomes, the more this is the case.  According to Gray, “this is a generation that is struggling with faith in ways that we haven’t seen in … [Read more...]

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Only the Godless Die Young

With apologies to Billy Joel, new research from Harvard shows that, irrespective of the state of their general health, only the godless die young.Over the last 20 years, research has gradually accumulated suggesting that religious service attendance is associated with better physical and mental health. For example, research articles have indicated that regular religious service attendance is associated with a 30 per cent reduction in depression, a five-fold reduction in the likelihood … [Read more...]

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Got Spiritual Direction? New Resource Helps YOU Get the Most from Your Spiritual Life!

You don't have to be a saint to want to draw closer to God or have more confidence in what he wants for your life.Spiritual direction is an important ministry that helps people at every stage of the spiritual walk draw closer to God and have more confidence in his will for their lives.  In fact, the Church acknowledges the incredible value of spiritual direction and encourages anyone who is serious about their spiritual walk to seek a competent, qualified director (Catechism #2690). The p … [Read more...]

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New Study Finds, “More Church = Less Porn”

From PsychCentral.A new study finds that attendance of religious services by young people is associated with a reduction in viewing pornography over time.The study findings appear in the Journal of Adolescence.“We were able to determine that there is a barrier effect at play wherein religious social control encourages adolescents to view less pornography over time,” said Kyler Rasmussen, lead author of the study and a Ph.D. student in the University of Calgary’s Department of Psycholo … [Read more...]

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Q&A: WHY DO CATHOLICS HAVE SO MANY STUPID RULES ABOUT MARRIAGE & WEDDINGS?

It's wedding season and the following  question popped up on a Facebook thread I participated in. There were a lot of solid responses offered, but the questioner mentioned that he felt my response made the most sense to him, so I thought I would share the interaction.QUESTION:  My girlfriend is a Protestant and her mother recently asked her a question that I haven't been able to find much information on. She asked, "Why can't a Protestant and a Catholic have a Protestant marriage recognized b … [Read more...]

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Zika DOES NOT Justify Contraception, Says Catholic Bioethics Center

In light of the Holy Father's comments on the return flight from Mexico, the National Catholic Bioethics Center released a statement.February 22, 2016Given the spread of the Zika virus and microcephaly within the Western Hemisphere, some have recommended the use of abortion and contraception as appropriate tools in the fight against this disease. In the following statement, the Ethicists of the NCBC reply to numerous media inquiries and give guidance to faithful Catholics on this … [Read more...]

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The Contraceptive Sanctuary–Redux

Why children MUST be welcome at churchHuffPo has an article praising parents who bring their little ones to church.  It is generating a lot of heat so I thought I'd revisit a post I did on this topic back when a very passionate debate erupted at Patheos about this very issue. For those who are interested, Lisa and I offer a TON of practical help for families who wish to worship together in our books, Discovering God Together: The Catholic Guide to Raising Faithful Kids, Then Comes Baby: The C … [Read more...]

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