Hey Parents! Stop Asking Permission to Be A Family!

Moms and dads, I want to let you in on a secret. You don't need permission from your children's coaches, teachers, youth ministers, scout leaders, etc, etc, etc, to have a family life.  All those people have to ask YOU permission to borrow your kids.  NOT the other way around.At my wife and my r … [Read More...]

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Please Don’t Fiddle While The Family Burns: An Open Letter to the 2015 Synod on the Family

The following is an article I penned for the October issue of Inside the VaticanThe upcoming 2015 Synod on the Family gives us an opportunity to ask "What does the Church need to do to support families in this post-modern age?"During last year's Extraordinary Synod, there was much public … [Read More...]

Kim Davis is a Mess. So What?

A lot of people are putting out a lot of spin trying to explain away, contextualize, minimize and otherwise  dismiss Pope Francis' meeting with Kim Davis.  And guess what?  It is all irrelevant. In fa … [Read More...]

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Great FREE Resource for Catholic Parents!

FREE PARENTING MAGAZINE for Catholic parents!  Tender Tidings Fall 2015 now available!In this issue:*Family-centered fitness: body and soul*Dr. Greg explains how to answer your kids' … [Read More...]


Franciscan University Alumni and Faculty Involved in Papal Visit

A press release from my alma mater...Franciscan University Students to See Pope in PhiladelphiaFranciscan Alumni and Faculty Also Involved in Papal VisitSTEUBENVILLE, OH— More than 220 … [Read More...]


Our Lady of Sorrows–A Celebration of Resilience

Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, the day we reflect on the "seven daggers" that pierced Our Lady's heart.  Namely,The Prophecy of Simeon. (Luke 2:34–35) or the Circumcision of Christ … [Read More...]


World Meeting of Families: So What? Who Cares? What’s In It for Me?

 The World Meeting of Families (WMOF) is an international event occurring every three years since it's inauguration in 1994.  Convened by the Pontifical Council for the Family which was … [Read More...]


Spiritual Autism & the Catholic-Evangelical Divide—AMENDED with APOLOGY

AUTHOR NOTE:  In an attempt to address a serious problem I feel impacts the Church, I attempted to use autism as a metaphor.  I made a sincere effort to do so sensitively, based upon my understanding o … [Read More...]


World Meeting of Families Speakers Assert, “Family Life is an Activity, NOT an Accessory”

 "We need to rediscover the gift of family life; that family life is its own activity, not an accessory.  We can't simply "have" a family but work on everything else in our lives. Instead, we … [Read More...]

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Spiritual Infidelity: A Crisis in Catholic Marriage

New study says 83% of Catholic couples are committing 'spiritual infidelity'.  Are YOU in a spiritual 'open marriage'? Over the last several weeks, infidelity has been a top story in the news … [Read More...]