Celebrating the Sacraments in the “Domestic Church”

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Here is a piece I wrote yesterday for Pittsburgh Catholic Parent magazine (a quarterly publication of the Diocese of Pittsburgh) on some simple ways parents can help their kids (and themselves!) get more out of their experience of the sacraments. Supporting the Sacraments:  What Parents Can Do to Help Their Kids' Faith Stick. Dr. Greg Popcak              Whether, Baptism, first Confession, First Communion, or Confirmation, preparing to receive the Sacraments is a big step in our children's … [Read more...]

The Vatican’s Been Talking About ADHD and the Ethics of ADHD Meds.


Apparently some Cardinals have been having a hard time paying attention in long curial meetings.Kidding aside, although I am aware that the various Pontifical Councils regularly host scientific conferences on a variety of current medical and social problems, even I was surprised to learn of the large discussion on ADHD and medication that was recently hosted by the Pontifical Council for Healthcare Workers.One of the presenters has a very interesting summary of reactions to his … [Read more...]

Pope John Paul II Canonization Slated for October?

Kathy Schiffer posted on this yesterday and I'm seeing additional musings this morning on the possible canonization of Pope John Paul II in October.  It's all speculation at this point, but it appears that a second miracle has been confirmed and is being presented for review.That's terrifically exciting news, especially for those of us who continue to be inspired by his intellectual legacy.  Of course all we can do is watch and wait, but if this happens, you can bet we'll be celebrating in o … [Read more...]

Coming Wed on More2Life Radio: Raising Faithful Kids (Plus, Win a Free Book! Details Below)


Coming Wednesday on More2Life:  Raising Faithful Kids--Every Catholic parent wants to raise faithful kids. Today, we'll talk about what it really takes to raise kids to love Jesus Christ and his Church and how to overcome the obstacles in your path.Call in at 877-573-7825 from Noon-1 Eastern (11-Noon Central) with your questions about raising godly children.WIN A FREE BOOK in our SUMMER BOOK GIVEAWAY!  Respond the  Q of the D:  (Two-fer.  Answer one or both to win!) 1.  What are the m … [Read more...]

Will Your Kids Stay Catholic? (UPDATED)


Most parents hope that their adult children will remain in the faith in which they were raised.  Lisa and I often hear, both on the radio and in our counseling practice, from parents who are profoundly upset that their adult children have left the Church.Obviously, parents can never guarantee that children will follow in their footsteps with regard to their beliefs but there are things that can be done to stack the deck.  When it comes to raising kids to stay Catholic, the research is pretty … [Read more...]

Male and Female He Created Them–Gender and the Catholic Difference.


I have been reflecting a great deal on Eve Tushnet's excellent article in The Atlantic that many of you have probably, already read (and if you haven't, by all means, check it out).  I've been thinking of her article, in part, because she's a great writer, but also, because I spent the weekend with my best friend from childhood with whom I remain very close despite the fact that we have many very different views, me being a promoter of the Catholic vision of the person and sexuality and him, b … [Read more...]

“I Don’t Believe in God Anymore”–When Your Kids Reject the Faith

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I've been hearing from a lot of parents whose teens are rejecting their faith.  The stories are all terrifically painful but they tend to represent different variations on the following theme. The other day my son/daughter was refusing to go to Church.  S/he told me that s/he doesn't believe 'all that stuff' anymore.  We had a huge fight about it.  I don't understand.  I never had any problems before.  When s/he was little, s/he loved to go to Church.   S/he was an altar server (lect … [Read more...]

Natural Family Planning and the Dignity of Women

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(Here's an advanced look at my next Family Foundations column).The dignity of women is under assault like never before.  Thanks to the internet, pornography is more accessible than ever.  Young women, especially, are buying wholesale into the porn culture.  It's become so pervasive that, surprisingly, many secular publications have recently been complaining about the negative effect pornography has had on relationships from a man's perspective.  Men are beginning to report feeling put-off, in … [Read more...]