Good News for Families: Parents are Happier than Non-Parents After All.


FROM THE ATLANIC.  Since the 1980s, economists and psychologists have been aware of a "parental happiness gap." Basically, the running theory has been that p But Chris Herbst of Arizona State University and John Ifcher of Santa Clara University noticed some weaknesses in earlier studies on the phenomenon. Why did the studies always treat the happiness gap as a constant? Also, why was the word parents always defined as people whose egg and sperm had met and created a child? This … [Read more...]

Popcak in WaPo on the Pope, “Catholicism is a love story.”


I was interviewed, earlier today, by Michelle Boorstein, a religion writer for the Washington Post.  We chatted about the challenge many people were having with Pope Francis style and my own journey from confusion and mild frustration to greater understanding and appreciation for what he is trying to do and say.  I appreciated her thoughtful and considerate approach and I hope we have other chances to speak in the future. My comments centered on two themes (and since I'm not sure how much … [Read more...]

Check out the New Book Trailer for our new title, “Just Married: The Catholic Guide to Surviving & Thriving in the First 5 Years.”

  The release is Sept 23rd but you can pre-order here! Or, starting Monday 9/23,  answer the Question of the Day on our More2Life Radio FB page for a chance to win a free copy before it goes on sale! … [Read more...]

Więcej moich książek zostały przetłumaczone na język polski! (That is, “More of my books are coming out in Poland!”)


For Better...Forever! ( NA DOBRE... NA ZAWSZE! )  and Holy Sex! (ŚWIĘTY SEKS! )  as well as God Help Me, This Stress is Driving Me Crazy! (Boże, pomóż mi! Ten stres doprowadza mnie do szaleństwa!) and God Help Me, These People Are Driving Me Nuts! (Boże, pomóż mi! Ci ludzie doprowadzają mnie do szału) have  been translated into Polish and are apparently selling well in JPII's homeland. I just got a note from the Polish publisher of For Better...Forever and Holy Sex! that they … [Read more...]



A few tech-savvy readers found the link to the Eddie and Tracy Show I wrote about the other day.  I've had several people ask to be able to listen so... Here you go.    (I'm told it starts about 17:15 in) Not knowing their style, you can tell I was a little stunned by their approach at first (they start insulting me in their introduction) but things picked up pretty quickly.  To be completely honest, I can't bring myself to listen to it again, but I've been told it's worth tuning in … [Read more...]

Blessed Are You When WLW Drive Time Hosts Persecute You?


Yesterday, I had an interview--actually, it was more like nuclear warfare--with Eddie Fingers and Tracy Jones, hosts of the #1 afternoon drive time show in Cincinnati.  They had me on to discuss my book, Holy Sex, in light of the NY Times article on the Hook-Up Culture .  It turns out I wrote the book that shocked the shock jocks. A couple of weeks ago, in light of the US News and World Report article on how devout Catholics have the best and most frequent sex, my publisher hired a … [Read more...]

Popcak in US News & World Report for “Holy Sex!”


US News and World Report did an article on Catholic sexuality.  They cited recent studies asserting that devout Catholics are more satisfied with their sexual relationships--both in quantity and frequency--than any other group.  Imagine my happy surprise to see my book, Holy Sex!, cited in the body of the article! The notion that Catholics have better sex isn't a new one, especially coming from Catholics. In 1994, Andrew Greeley, a Catholic sociologist and priest, published "Sex: The … [Read more...]

Why Does Infant Carying Soothe Babies when Other Things Fail?


Every parent has had the experience of having to walk around carrying a crying baby to soothe him.   We have a lot of different ways to soothe a crying baby, but when all else fails, carrying often does the trick.  Why does carrying succeed when other strategies--including merely holding the baby--fail? Studying the process of infant soothing is extremely important because inconsolable babies are more susceptible to abusive treatment by parents.  Understanding the psychological or … [Read more...]