Children Have a Right To a Mother and a Father? What Does That Even MEAN?!?

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 A colleague sent me the following question today."I've heard Pope Francis and others say that children have a right to a mom and dad, but I don't know what that means in the concrete. I wouldn't say, for example, that single parents have a responsibility to search for a spouse, or that the mom in Secondhand Lions was necessarily wrong to have her uncles raise her son. If SSM were ever banned again, should the state be empowered to take children from those households and place … [Read more...]

What Did YOUR Pastor Say About Gay Marriage in Church Today?

I'm interested in the experience of Catholic across the country.  Did you pastor address the SCOTUS decision in favor of gay marriage? If so, what did he say?   If not, how do you feel about your pastor's silence?In my parish, in Steubenville, Ohio neither my pastor, nor my deacon--who preached the homily and is a faithful theology professor--said anything about marriage.  There were no comments in the homily.  There were no petitions about it during the prayers of the faithful. There was no … [Read more...]

Gay Marriage: Getting the Conversation Right is More Important than Ever

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Today, SCOTUS ruled 5-4 in favor of Gay marriage.  It is a devastating blow, not only to the Marriage Reality Movement but to the Christian understanding of reality itself.  For the secular culture, physical reality no longer matters.  The only thing that counts is a person's feelings about him or herself and the world he lives in.   Facts don't matter.  Matter doesn't matter.  Only opinion and emotion.In light of this historic decision, it is more important than ever to understand--and be ab … [Read more...]

“Dear Gay Community, Your Kids are Hurting”

This is a power letter from a young woman, raised by two women, who was a former gay marriage activist and is now a children's rights advocate and mom of 4."....Kids of divorced parents are allowed to say, “Hey, mom and dad, I love you, but the divorce crushed me and has been so hard. It shattered my trust and made me feel like it was my fault. It is so hard living in two different houses.” Kids of adoption are allowed to say, “Hey, adoptive parents, I love you. But this is really har … [Read more...]

Children Raised by Gay Parents WORSE OFF Than Other Kids, New Major Study Shows.

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From Mercator.net via the British Journal of Education, Society and Behavioral Science.Fresh research has just tossed a grenade into the incendiary issue of same-sex parenting. Writing in the British Journal of Education, Society & Behavioural Science, a peer-reviewed journal, American sociologist Paul Sullins concludes that children’s “Emotional problems [are] over twice as prevalent for children with same-sex parents than for children with opposite-sex parents”.He says confid … [Read more...]

Emily Litella Says, “There’s NO WAY Gay Marriage Will Lead to Polyamory/Polygamy!”

So, just last May 2012, gay advocate, Jonathan Rauch argued on NPR that the thought that same-sex marriage could possibly lead to mainstream acceptance of polyamory/polygamy was ridiculous.Rauch:  Same sex marriage leads away from polygamy, not for it. It's odd to argue that because children need parents, you should be against polygamy. That's one of the arguments polygamists make - that, you know, you have more moms and a dad. Isn't that great? In fact, the problem with polygamy is exactly … [Read more...]

Why Doesn’t the Catholic Church Just Get with the Times?

Contraception, abortion, women's ordination, gay marriage.  These represent just a few of the issues the Church is regularly criticized for being on the "wrong side" of.So, why can't the Church change?Today's episode of More2Life Radio was titled, "Stand Your Ground."  We looked at the challenge of knowing when we need to draw a line in the sand and when we need to be more flexible.  Part of that discussion involved an interview with Bishop Jeffrey Montforton of Steubenville (former rect … [Read more...]

The Marriage Debate: What NOT to Do (and What TO do instead)

There is really no way to put a smiley face on it.  Yesterday's SCOTUS decisions dealt a serious blow to the marriage movement.  The decision was not as catastrophic as it could have been.  One scenario had SCOTUS pulling a "Roe" and, by judicial fiat, granting a federal right to gay marriage in all 50 states.  As  I noted on the air yesterday, the decisions on DOMA and Prop 8 are the equivalent of having one's legs cut off instead of one's head.  Yes, one's better than the other, but neither is … [Read more...]


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