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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Pope Francis: Bring Your Babies to Church!

In a visit to St Joseph Parish in Rome, Pope Francis stated,  "Babies cry, make noise, go here and there. But it annoys me when a baby cries in church and there are those who say he needs to go out. The cry of a baby is God's voice: never drive them away from the church!" We've discussed this a lot on the blogs.  You can check out my post, The Contraceptive Sanctuary:  Why You SHOULD Bring Your Baby To Church"  here.  That said, if you're struggling with managing your infant or young child's beh … [Read more...]

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The Corporal Works of Mommy (and Daddy)! –Living the Year of Mercy at Home.

Pope Francis has declared this to be a Year of Mercy but...so what?  What does it mean to be merciful?  And what difference does this year make to families?The Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy illustrate that mercy means treating others in a way that allows them to see their worth in God's eyes.We Are All RoyalWe are all God's children and baptism enables us to be prophets, priests, and royals.  The Works of Mercy remind us of this.  We clothe the naked because every child of God … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: The Heart of Spiritual Fathers

A guest post by Pastoral Solutions Institute Clinical Pastoral Counselor, Dave McClow, M.Div, LMFT.Cardinal Kasper thinks that “heroism is not for the average Christian.” Can you hear Jesus say, “Be mediocre, as your heavenly Father is mediocre”?  Or, “If it is hard to do, don’t bother picking up your cross”?  Or, “Lay down your life if it’s convenient”?  I don’t think sooo….  Men need to be challenged!  They need to be loved, but they definitely need to be challenged to live a heroic lif … [Read more...]

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What’s YOUR Catholic Marriage IQ? Take the Quiz!

Do YOU know the truth about the Catholic difference in marriage? One thing that became stunningly clear in light of the recent Synod on the Family is how little people really understand the Catholic vision of marriage — perhaps most especially Catholics! Test your Catholic marriage IQ with the following questions.Q: What is the primary job of the Catholic husband and wife? A: The primary job of a Catholic husband and wife is to help get each other to heaven. That's a big part of what it m … [Read more...]

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Bad Parenting: Why The Ban Against Communion for Divorced and Remarried Catholics Is Unjust and 3 Ways to Fix It.

In all the debate about what should be done to help those Catholics who have divorced and remarried without the benefit of an annulment, there is one solution I have not heard debated.Let's Be Honest... I agree that it is seriously problematic to allow those who have remarried without the benefit of an annulment to receive communion for the reasons I have mentioned elsewhere.   But let's face it, Did the vast majority of people who are on this path choose it knowingly and consciously?  D … [Read more...]

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