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...]

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


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...]

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


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...]

Why I Am STAYING Catholic.

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In light of the recent Pew Survey indicating that people are fleeing Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular in droves, several of my fellow Catholic Patheosi are responding to the question, "Why am I staying Catholic?"   So far  Tod Worner has responded as has Monique Ocampo and our Editor-in-Chief, Elizabeth Scalia.  Others will soon be following their lead. We were actually asked a similar question back in March of 2013.  Back then, the general Patheos community asked all the bl … [Read more...]

Losing My Religion: Why People Are REALLY Leaving the Church (It’s not what you think.)

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A new report from Pew Research shows that religion is losing ground as more people drop out of church.  According to the report....The shrinking numbers of Christians and their loss of market share is the most significant change since 2007 (when Pew did its first U.S. Religious Landscape survey) and the new, equally massive survey of 35,000 U.S. adults.The percentage of people who describe themselves as Christians fell about 8 points — from 78.4% to 70.6%. This includes people in vi … [Read more...]

The Pope Said WHAT About Marriage?!? Here’s the Surprising Truth About the Catholic Vision of Love.

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On More2Life Radio, Lisa and I often remind our listeners that "God wants to change the world through your marriage!"  In fact, the other day on the blog, I did a post titled, "Want to bring the world to Christ?  Strengthen Your Marriage!"Yesterday, in his weekly Wednesday address, Pope Francis took up this very theme...Pope Francis also reflected on another characteristic of marriage: the choice to “marry in the Lord.” This decision, he said, carries with it a “missionary dimension,” thr … [Read more...]

“Sto Lat!” Now (even more) Popcak in Poland


Sadly, I've never actually been to Poland, but considering that the core mission of my ministry is helping people apply principles from St John Paul II's Theology of the Body to the challenges of daily life, I'm honored to be able to say that  almost every one of my books has been published in the homeland of St. John Paul II.  I have just learned that two more came out this month.  Parenting with Grace and Just Married  have both  just been translated and released.The polish edition of Just … [Read more...]

Separate But Equal? Why “Freedom of Worship” Makes Religious People Sit at Back of the (Church) Bus


In light of my earlier post advancing a secular, empirical argument for the value of public prayer, I've been engaged in an interesting discussion with a couple of atheist bloggers at Patheos on what religious freedom really entails (Note: the discussion occurred on a private forum and I don't have permission to share their thoughts so I will refrain from naming  or quoting them or the other participants).   I realize that politics is outside the usual purview of this blog, but I thought this w … [Read more...]