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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Pornography: A Public Health Crisis

The question is no longer just about the morality of porn.  The science shows it is a public health crisis.From the Chicago TribuneThe thing is, no matter what you think of pornography (whether it's harmful or harmless fantasy) the science is there. After 40 years of peer-reviewed research, scholars can say with confidence that porn is an industrial product that shapes how we think about gender, sexuality, relationships, intimacy, sexual violence and gender equality - for the worse. By … [Read more...]

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Why Porn Is NOT An Addiction (Part Deux) and Why That Matters For Your Healing.

A while back, I shared a study arguing that porn was not an addiction. I also explained why this matters for treatment.  In the months since then, I've gotten several emails from people asking questions about that post. Many of these messages cited a response by Matt Fradd  that took issue (very respectfully, thank you Matt) with my position.  Most recently, I received an email from a pastor who was interested in the debate about the issue. My conversation with this pastor--who, like many past … [Read more...]

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Want Better Sex? Talking Together More Effective Than “Female Viagra”, New Study Says

A hormone treatment with oxytocin improves the sexual experience of women suffering from sexual dysfunction. This is the finding of a study conducted at MedUni Vienna, which has now been published in the journal Fertility and Sterility. However, a control group that only received a placebo via a nasal spray, showed similar improvements. Sexual dysfunction in women is therefore not merely a question of a chemical hormone deficiency but is often also a sign of a lack of communication with a p … [Read more...]

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