Dr. Strangelove (OR) How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Natural Family Planning. (Part III in a Series)

This is the third post in my series titled, The Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Burden of Natural Family Planning which attempts to propose some practical and sensitive avenues for addressing the struggles many couples have with NFP.  Click the links for Part One and Part Two.It isn't unusual in NFP circles to run into faithful, devout, well-intentioned people who use NFP but live in a constant state of fear about it.  Sometimes they are concerned about the method for health reasons (e … [Read more...]

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The Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Burden of Natural Family Planning (Part 2): Dealing with Frustration Continued

Before you read this, I hope you'll take a moment to read Part 1 in this series. The challenge of sexual frustration in NFP is a serious problem that deserves serious answers. Take a moment to read my original post that lays the groundwork for what follows.  I'll wait.Read it?  Great.   Let's continue.Oh, in that last piece I said I'd deal with medical concerns and extended fertility etc in Part II.  I see now that's going to have to be Part III.  That's written already, but I'll post it … [Read more...]

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The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Burden of Natural Family Planning–PART 1.

Apparently all the 4th of July fireworks got a lot of couples thinking about the fireworks that weren't happening in their bedrooms.  It's usually difficult to ever find anyone writing anything about Natural Family Planning.  This week brings two different posts on the challenges of using NFP.  America Magazine has an article about the struggles various couples have with the method due to everything from medical complications to failure of the method to struggles with periodic abstinence and the … [Read more...]

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

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?

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?

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

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

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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