Holy Sex in the Huffington Post

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 My book, Holy Sex! A Catholic Guide to Toe-Curling, Mind-Blowing, Infallible Loving got a mention in an article over at the Huffington Post.   "Sexier Religious Holidays:  11 Sugarplums of Wisdom."Apparently, I am the 10th sugarplum (just as I always suspected ;-). … [Read more...]

Extraordinary Synod on the Family Round-up

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The Extraordinary Synod on the Family begins this weekend.  Here are some of the posts I've written over the last few months on the synod.  To see more great writing on the Synod by my fellow Patheos bloggers, go here!The Synod: What is it?  Who Cares? Pope Francis Calls Extraordinary Synod on the Family Why Is the Family So Important Anyway?– The Catholic Channel Symposium on the Extraordinary Synod for the Family. Sesame Street Tells Lies that Hurt Kids (OR, Why “Any Group of People / Li … [Read more...]

13 Reasons You Need to Make a Baby Today.

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Ok,  you caught me.  There's really only one reason spread out over 13 countries.The world is graying at a break-neck pace and that's bad news for the global economy.   By 2020, 13 countries will be "super-aged" -- with more than 20% of the population over 65 -- according to a report by Moody's Investor Service.  That number will rise to 34 nations by 2030. Only three qualify now: Germany, Italy and Japan."Demographic transition ... is now upon us," warn Elena Duggar and Madhavi Bokil, th … [Read more...]

Feeling Loved Increases Sexual Pleasure

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I get a lot of questions from men wondering how they can please their wives in the bedroom.  A new study confirms my usual advice, "Make her feel loved outside of the bedroom."  That said, it turns out that feelings of love don't just improve the psychological experience of sex.  It also improves the physiological experience of sex.Love and commitment can make sex physically more satisfying for many women, according to a Penn State Abington sociologist.  In a series of interviews, het … [Read more...]

Innocence Restored–Hope for Those Who Have Suffered Indignity and Abuse

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One of the most heartbreaking aspect of my work with victims of abuse--whether verbal, physical, sexual or some combination of all of these--is to hear them talk about how they feel "dirty", "tainted," "guilty" and a host of other adjectives that undermine their dignity and worth as persons.  Intellectually, most of them know that they bear no blame for the things that were done to them, but the emotional and spiritual wounds run deep.  When we're treated like trash, we often internalize that t … [Read more...]

The Real Problem with NFP–A Continuing Conversation..

If you enjoyed my post from yesterday, "There's No Such Thing as NFP"  you'll appreciate today's post from Dr. Pia De Solenni's post that builds on some of the themes I raised.  Here's a taste...For quite some time, I’ve been making the case that NFP is pedagogical....NFP, when a couple learns it together, provides a much needed basis for learning how to communicate about vulnerable and deeply private/sensitive topics. What happens in some cases, unfortunately, is that the wife learns and imp … [Read more...]

There is No Such Thing as Natural Family Planning

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The USCCB has proclaimed July 20-26 National NFP Awareness Week.  This is one of a series of posts I'll be doing to increase awareness of the Catholic vision of love.At the Theology of the Body Congress last week, I participated in a panel discussion on Natural Family Planning.  I began my comments by asserting, to the surprise of the audience, that the most important thing to remember in discussions about NFP is that there is really no such thing as "NFP."<insert sound of record s … [Read more...]

Ad Contra Providentialists–Natural Family Planning Awareness Week

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It's NFP Awareness Week according to the USCCB and several Patheos bloggers are taking a look at the topic.  Simcha is doing a massive give-away contest over at her place.  Tom McDonald has a solid post on the havoc the Pill is wreaking on the environment.Others are taking notice as well.   It is strange to me that with so few people actually practicing it (about 2% of Catholics) NFP Catholics still come under fire from far right providentialists who believe that it is morally suspect to at … [Read more...]


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