What’s Up With All Those Catholic “Rules” About Marriage?

My latest for OSV Newsweekly...I recently received the following question about the Church’s requirements for weddings and marriages:“My girlfriend is a Protestant, and her mother recently asked her a question that I haven’t been able to find much information on. She asked, ‘Why can’t a P … [Read More...]

5 Ways Spiritual Direction Can Change YOUR Life

A guest blog by Deacon Dominic Cerrato, Ph.D., Director of the Pastoral Solutions Institute's Spiritual Direction Program.Traditionally, spiritual direction was most closely associated with clergy and religious as part of growth in the interior life. Throughout the history of the Church, few lay … [Read More...]

Twice As Much Sex Makes Relationships About Half As Good.

Sorry, guys.CARNEGIE MELLON RESEARCHERS FIND MORE SEX DOESN'T LEAD TO INCREASED HAPPINESSBy Shilo ReaCountless research and self-help books claim that having more sex will lead to increased … [Read More...]

Got Spiritual Direction? New Service Makes Catholic Spiritual Direction Available to Everyone.

You don't have to be a saint to want to draw closer to God or have more confidence in what he wants for your life.Spiritual direction is an important ministry that helps people at every stage of … [Read More...]

Antidepressants for a Bad Marriage Yield Depressing Results.

New research shows that doctors regularly diagnose patients as "depressed" when they complain about marital and relationship problems.  The problem is, being sad about a bad marriage isn't depression, … [Read More...]

Parents vs. iPhone: A Problem of Liturgy?

A guest blog by Pastoral Solutions Institute clinical counseling associate, Dave McClow, M.Div., LMFT, LISW.A 13-year-old boy, Peter, was anxious, even compulsive, melting down whenever his p … [Read More...]

When Daddy Doesn’t Go To Church….

I was honored to be asked for input on a terrific article by Marisa Sandora at For Her on this painful topic.  Here's a sample.So how can those of us in this situation try to convince our … [Read More...]

New Study Finds, “More Church = Less Porn”

From PsychCentral.A new study finds that attendance of religious services by young people is associated with a reduction in viewing pornography over time.The study findings appear in … [Read More...]

Holy Apostles College Appoints Dr. Popcak Concentration Chair in Master of Pastoral Studies Program

Holy Apostles College and Seminary announced today that their hiring committee has unanimously approved Dr. Greg Popcak to serve as the Chair of the Marriage and Family Concentration in their Master … [Read More...]

What IS A Catholic’s “Job” When It Comes to Voting, Anyway?

This is not a political blog, nor is it about to become one, but I have seen so many comments lately about what Catholics "must" do in this next election and it seems to me that every single one of … [Read More...]