What’s Up With All Those Catholic “Rules” About Marriage?

My latest for OSV Newsweekly...I recently received the following question about the Church’s requirements for weddings and marriages:“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 by the Catholic Church?’ My understanding is with the proper dispensation, it is possible. I couldn’t really explain, though, why a dispe … [Read more...]

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Twice As Much Sex Makes Relationships About Half As Good.

Sorry, guys.CARNEGIE MELLON RESEARCHERS FIND MORE SEX DOESN'T LEAD TO INCREASED HAPPINESSBy Shilo ReaCountless research and self-help books claim that having more sex will lead to increased happiness, based on the common finding that those having more sex are also happier. However, there are many reasons why one might observe this positive relationship between sex and happiness. Being happy in the first place, for example, might lead someone to have more sex (what researchers call … [Read more...]

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New Study Finds, “More Church = Less Porn”

From PsychCentral.A new study finds that attendance of religious services by young people is associated with a reduction in viewing pornography over time.The study findings appear in the Journal of Adolescence.“We were able to determine that there is a barrier effect at play wherein religious social control encourages adolescents to view less pornography over time,” said Kyler Rasmussen, lead author of the study and a Ph.D. student in the University of Calgary’s Department of Psycholo … [Read more...]

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Condom Distribution Shown to Increase Teen Pregnancy Rates

 A new study finds that schools with condom distribution programs in the 1990s seem to have actually increased the rate of teenage pregnancies. “We find that access to condoms in schools increases teen fertility by about 10 percent,” the researchers concluded.According to National Review, the study by two Notre Dame economists fills a gap in research on school contraceptive programs since there was little previous work on condom distribution programs in high schools. … [Read more...]

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DR. GREG AND LISA POPCAK AWARDED FR. RICHARD HOGAN AWARD BY COUPLE TO COUPLE LEAGUE

Lisa and I are honored and grateful to have been chosen to be the 2016 recipients of the Fr. Richard M. Hogan Award from the Couple to Couple League International (CCLI).  CCLI is internationally recognized for their tireless work in promoting the Catholic vision of love, in particular by educating and supporting couples in the effective use of Natural Family Planning (NFP).According to CCLI, the Fr. Richard M. Hogan Award is given to those who have excelled in the promotion of NFP in the … [Read more...]

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“How Do You Teach Your Boys Not To Rape?” Asks Mom

In a Facebook thread on the Brock Turner rape case, a mother posed the provocative question that serves as the title of this post,  "How do we teach boys not to rape?"It is a remarkable question.  But, I believe there is a simple and solid answer.The Opposite of LoveSt. John Paul the Great reminded us that the opposite of love is not hate, but use.  When we love someone, we build them up, we make them feel more human, more real, more whole, healthy, and grace-filled. But when we use s … [Read more...]

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Cosmo and Vice Magazine Say Public Waking Up to Dark Side of The Pill

There have been two major secular articles in the last several months--one in Cosmopolitan and the other in the online pop mag Vice--that explore why women should think twice about their casual acceptance of the Pill.I encourage everyone to read the articles (with the qualifier that the are both fairly graphic and use potentially offensive language) and promote the articles far and wide.  People need to know about the truth of how the Pill is wrecking both women's health and relationships and … [Read more...]

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Why Isn’t Married Sex “Hot”? And Should It Be?

At PsychCentral, Dr. Linda Hatch has a thought provoking article that gets at the heart of the difference I draw in my book,  Holy Sex! , between eroticism, which is sex that is hyper-focused on pleasure to the exclusion of intimacy, and what I call "Holy Sex", which sees pleasure as the fruit of the emotionally and spiritually intimacy that a couple cultivates in a marriage.  She says,Hot sex is the sugar high of sexuality. It is sex that is amped up to a heightened level by some form of fe … [Read more...]

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