BE NOT AFRAID! Raising Faithful, Moral Kids in a World Gone Mad.

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I've been hearing from a lot of parents who, especially in the wake of SCOTUS decision on gay marriage have serious concerns about raising faithful, moral kids in the present culture.  It's never been easy, but recent events take the challenge to parents to a whole new level.  How do we convey the Catholic vision of love and marriage to our kids in a world that defines these terms in completely different ways than we do?  How can we hope to compete?  In our weaker moments, I think it is possible … [Read more...]

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Something Fishy? Why is THIS Missing from Pope Francis’ Environmental Encyclical?

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I was not one of the many Catholics dreading the publication of Laudato Si.  I teach a college course on Catholic Social Teaching and stewardship of the environment is one of the major themes of this great and influential body of work.  As Catholics, we believe that when the Word of God became flesh, all of creation was raised to a new dignity in Christ.  Human beings do not own the world, we are merely stewards of it.  It is an established point of Catholic social doctrine that all of us have a … [Read more...]

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Preventing Gender Confusion: What’s A Parent To Do?

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Like everyone else, I've been thinking a lot about gender issues lately. The Caitlyn Jenner story is everywhere, of course, but it's difficult to say anything meaningful about that drama because it just seems, to me, like all flash and no substance. Caitlyn isn't really sharing anything genuinely personal about this journey, and the media can't stop fawning long enough to ask any interesting questions.But LaVern Vivio, a Nashville traffic reporter and commercial personality for TheBlaze TV … [Read more...]

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Men & Porn: New Study Finds 4 Reason Porn isn’t “Normal” For Guys

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Pornography is a huge industry.  In fact, it is difficult to wrap one's head around how big a business pornography is.  According to the Science of Relationships Blog, pornography use generates 13 billion dollars a year, "which is more annual revenue than Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, eBay and Netflix produce combined."Although we do know that pornography has negative effects on people, little is known about the specific problems associated with the use of pornography.  A new st … [Read more...]

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For Teens, Religious Involvement Prevents Early Sex But Early Sex Kills Religious Involvement

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From The Sexual Health LaboratoryRelatively extensive evidence has established that more religious adolescents tend to delay first sexual intercourse. In a paper that Sara Vasilenko and I published last year, we wanted to examine whether this association, usually assumed to be in this direction (from religiosity to sexual behavior), was actually bidirectional. We used the 100 participants from the University Life Study who transitioned to first intercourse between their first and seven s … [Read more...]

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More Sex Doesn’t Necessarily Increase Couple’s Happiness, New Study Finds

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Despite what many popular authors propose, a new study finds that more sex does not necessarily lead to greater relationship satisfaction. In fact, in the particular study, couples who had more sex at the researchers request experienced a slight decrease in both sexual and general relationship satisfaction.  In the words of the authors of the study..."The couples instructed to increase sexual frequency did have more sex. However, it did not lead to increased, but instead to a small decrease, … [Read more...]

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Resolving Sexual Conflict–A Spiritual Response

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Research shows that about 80% of couples experience some degree of conflict related to mismatched sexual desire.  Some couples manage this mismatched desire well while, for others, differences in desire can become a huge marital issue.  What separates between these two groups?Libido Not the Cause of ConflictIt turns out that mismatched sexual desire may, by itself, not be necessary contributor to marital conflict.  New research suggests that it is the couple's response to mismatched de … [Read more...]

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What Happens in Vegas…Will Haunt Your Marriage Later. New Study Shows Pre-Marital Sex Decreases Marital Satisfaction.

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The National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia published a study called "Before 'I Do'" and found that what couples do before they say 'I do' actually matters — and that premarital experiences from the past could end up haunting them long into marital bliss. "What people do before marriage appears to matter," stated Dr. Galena K. Rhoades and Dr. Scott M. Stanley in the 2014 study, saying that "how they conduct their romantic lives before they tie the knot is linked to their odds of … [Read more...]

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