Sloth at the Synod? OR…Why Cardinal Johnny Can’t (be bothered to) Read

Some years back, Rudolph Flesch wrote a book called, "Why Johnny Can't Read" about the poor state of literacy among children.  As I listen to the various conversations going on at the Synod on the Family in Rome, I wonder if Flesch could be persuaded to write a sequel for Catholic Cardinals and Archbishops.During the synod, there have been many discussions about how to handle various challenges such as what can be done to help Catholics who have remarried after divorce without the benefit of … [Read more...]

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OUTRAGE! Divorce, Remarriage and Getting Kicked Out of the Catholic Hospital.

I had a conversation with a reporter yesterday from a prominent newspaper about the ongoing Synod on the Family.  We had a great discussion and I appreciated her time.  In particular, we talked a lot about people who felt alienated from the Church (and those who are divorced and remarried in particular).  The conversation left me in a thoughtful mood. In particular, I was left reflecting on the question, "Why, exactly, do so many people feel excluded by the Church--especially those who are di … [Read more...]

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Are You Getting The Help You Need? 5 Ways Seeking Help Can Make Things Worse

Are your attempts to seek help actually making things worse?Earlier today, Simcha Fisher featured a guest post titled Married to An Angry Man written by Monica More (a pseudonym).  It's a story about a woman who is struggling in her marriage and who feels that all of her efforts to seek help have failed.  My heart broke when I read it because it is a story I encounter so often.  I am grateful to Monica for sharing her story because it is an opportunity to highlight the things every couple can … [Read more...]

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Pphubb You.

Yesterday on More2Life Radio, Bill Donaghy of the Theology of the Body Institute spoke of what he called, "Digital Contraception"; times when we let screens (phones, tablets, laptops, etc) come between us and opportunities for communion with others.  I didn't discover this in time for yesterday's show, but psychology actually has a name for this phenomenon, "Partner Phone Snubbing" or "Pphubbing."  A new study by Baylor University examines the frequency and impact of Pphubbing on intimate re … [Read more...]

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Spiritual Infidelity: A Crisis in Catholic Marriage

New study says 83% of Catholic couples are committing 'spiritual infidelity'.  Are YOU in a spiritual 'open marriage'? Over the last several weeks, infidelity has been a top story in the news after hackers released the records of 35 million users of a popular adultery website. According to the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, approximately 20 percent of husbands and wives will commit sexual infidelity and another 20 percent will fall prey to an emotional affair, in which th … [Read more...]

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8 Signs of An Emotional Affair

On More2Life Radio, we've been fielding a lot of questions about infidelity, emotional affairs, and so-called "work spouses."  The topic has been especially hot with the news stories of hackers releasing the personal details of 32 million users of several popular adultery websites.In light of this, PsychCentral has an excellent article describing 8 signs that you, or someone you love might be having an emotional affair. Emotional infidelity is best understood as the tendency for a married … [Read more...]

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Hackers Post 32 Million Names of Affair Site Users.

Major news agencies are reporting that hackers have fulfilled their promise to release the names of 32 million subscribers of a popular website whose motto is "Life is short, Have an Affair."While it may be difficult for many to conjure a lot of sympathy for the people who have subscribed to these sites, I have worked with 100's of couples who are fighting their way back from the pain of infidelity and I know that this latest development, while not entirely unwelcome, is nothing to laugh or … [Read more...]

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Men Want MORE Romance–And Other Surprising Relationship Facts

Contrary to conventional wisdom, men really DO value romance in relationships!  So much so, in fact, that 33% of men are bothered "a lot" by the fact that their significant other isn't MORE romantic.  That, combined with the fact that men are MUCH MORE LIKELY to fall in love at first sight than women (48% vs. 28%) reveals the surprising truth that men crave love (as opposed to just sex) much more than most people think.  What other relationship myths do you believe?  Check out more surprising rel … [Read more...]

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