“Just Married” and Loving It! (Plus, Other Great Resources No Couple Should Be Without!)

just married

Dear Dr. Popcak, I just wanted to tell you (and your wife) THANK YOU for writing "Just Married." My married friends and I are always complaining to each other about the absolute dearth of material for faithful Catholics wanting to date, prepare for marriage, and live marriage in an authentically Catholic way. Basically, we hear two messages: 1. Marriage is hard. Marriages fall apart because people think it's all going to be rosy, then when reality hits, the spouses don't know what to … [Read more...]

Reforming the Annulment Process–Brainstorming Solutions.

annul

Deacon Greg Kandra links an article that encourages overhauling the annulment process.   I think most people would agree that the annulment process is in need of serious improvement.  In fact, one of the factors influencing Pope Francis' call for an Extraordinary Synod on the Family next November was his concern about the way the Church handles divorce and annulment.  Many of the questions in the survey the Vatican sent to the world's bishops had to do with seeking input on how to improve the han … [Read more...]

Exposing the Lie: Marriage and Manipulating the Media

MarriagePoverty

No doubt you've seen the headlines, Marriage Is Not an Antidote to Poverty.  It's a lie--or at least wishful thinking.  If Marlboro came out with a pr campaign that said, "Anti-Smoking Efforts Fail to Curb Lung Cancer Rates" would you believe it?  Or would some part of you say, "Hmmm.  Maybe there is something else going on here."The same is true about the paper underlying the headlines. It's a position paper--essentially a PR campaign of the marriage-hostile "Council on Contemporary Fam … [Read more...]

Study Says,Casual Sex Can Cause Depression

casual

“There’s always been a question about which one is the cause  and which is the effect.  This study  provides evidence that poor mental health can lead to casual sex, but also that  casual sex leads to additional declines in mental health.” Sandberg-Thoma conducted the study with Claire Kamp Dush,  assistant professor of human sciences at Ohio State.  The research was published online recently in  the Journal of Sex Research and will  appear in a future print edition. One surprising finding was th … [Read more...]

Build a Marriage that Taps Into God’s Love: The Popcaks on Christopher Close-Up

marriage

Toni Rossi interviewed Lisa and I on our new book, Just Married:  The Catholic Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the First Five Years of Marriage.  You can read the whole thing here, but here is a snippet.  We hope you enjoy! “This is a generation that has a real fear about making marriage work, and they’re hungry to figure out how to do it so they don’t end up making the same mistakes they see everyone else making and experiencing that agonizing pain.” That “agonizing pain” is divorce, and ma … [Read more...]

“Marriage Isn’t Easy, But It’s Beautiful,” Says Pope Francis.

pope

Regular listeners to More2Life Radio know that our regular marriage contributors, Frank and Julie LaBoda, serve on the Pontifical Council for the Family and are currently in Rome for a Council meeting.  In his address to the Council this past weekend, Pope Francis had some truly inspiring words for married couples.The Catholic Church must help young people understand that marriage isn't always easy, "but it is so beautiful," Pope Francis said."There are problems in marriage: different po … [Read more...]

Emily Litella Says, “There’s NO WAY Gay Marriage Will Lead to Polyamory/Polygamy!”

emily-litella[1]

So, just last May 2012, gay advocate, Jonathan Rauch argued on NPR that the thought that same-sex marriage could possibly lead to mainstream acceptance of polyamory/polygamy was ridiculous.Rauch:  Same sex marriage leads away from polygamy, not for it. It's odd to argue that because children need parents, you should be against polygamy. That's one of the arguments polygamists make - that, you know, you have more moms and a dad. Isn't that great? In fact, the problem with polygamy is exactly … [Read more...]

What’s the #1 Reason Marriages Fail?

where-the-magic-happens[1]

People always ask me that question.  They expect me to say, "poor communication" or "infidelity" or "addiction" or some such.  Although these are all challenges, the real problem  is something deeper.  Here's an article from Together for Life taken from Lisa and my latest book, Just Married:  The Catholic Guide to Surviving & Thriving in the First Five Years of Marriage.In fact, the most common reason for marital break-ups actually cause all of these problems and more.The biggest co … [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X