Pope Francis on Marriage, “Marital Wounds Hurt Children.”

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Pope Francis made some powerful observations about the importance of working to create strong marriages."Dear Brothers and Sisters: We know well that every family on occasion suffers moments when one family member offends another. Through our words, actions, or omissions, instead of expressing love for our spouse or children, we can sometimes diminish or demean that love. Hiding these hurts only deepens such wounds, leading to anger and friction between loved ones. If these wounds are … [Read more...]

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...]

The Pope Said WHAT About Marriage?!? Here’s the Surprising Truth About the Catholic Vision of Love.

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On More2Life Radio, Lisa and I often remind our listeners that "God wants to change the world through your marriage!"  In fact, the other day on the blog, I did a post titled, "Want to bring the world to Christ?  Strengthen Your Marriage!"Yesterday, in his weekly Wednesday address, Pope Francis took up this very theme...Pope Francis also reflected on another characteristic of marriage: the choice to “marry in the Lord.” This decision, he said, carries with it a “missionary dimension,” thr … [Read more...]

Pope Francis and Spanking: 4 Things to Consider

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People know that, as a Catholic Parenting author and family therapist, I encourage parents to eschew corporal punishment in favor of more effective methods discipline that are more respectful of the dignity of the parent and the child.   As a result, I've been getting emails all week from people about Pope Francis' recent comments which are being touted in the press as a ringing endorsement of spanking.  Before we all get our wimples in a knot, here are a few things to keep in mind.1.  What d … [Read more...]

BIG NEWS! Vatican to Launch New Telecom Company

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According to sources, Pope Francis has given the go-ahead for the Vatican to launch an international telecommunications company called Viaticom.  Vatican Press Secretary, Fr.  Thomas Rosica, told reporters that Viaticom will offer Catholics cell service via a Natural Family Plan. People say its great, but you have to agree to not use your phone for 7-10 days every month.Rimshot!(Can I tell you how proud I am of myself for this?  HA!  I kill me. Seriously, folks.  I'll be here all week.  T … [Read more...]

Update from the Hutch: Pope Francis Praises Large Families

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For all the cyber sturm und drang yesterday surrounding Pope Francis comment that Catholics don't have to reproduce like rabbits to be faithful to the Church, many people forget that only a couple of short weeks before,(yes, I know, a millennium in the news cycle), at the meeting of the National Association of Large Families, Pope Francis said some very supportive things about parents who are heroically generous in the service of life. The presence of large families is a hope for … [Read more...]

Pope Francis Encourages Breastfeeding in Sistine Chapel

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This past Sunday, Pope Francis celebrated the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord by baptizing 33 babies in the Sistine Chapel, NBC News reports. During the mass, the Catholic leader encouraged theinfants' mothers to breastfeed their babies. "You mothers give your children milk and even now, if they cry because they are hungry, breastfeed them, don't worry," Pope Francis declared in his homily.According to Reuters, the written sermon used the Italian phrase for "give them milk," but during … [Read more...]

“Marriage Isn’t Easy, But It’s Beautiful,” Says Pope Francis.

Regular listeners to More2Life Radio know that our regular marriage contributors, Frank and Julie LaBoda, serve on the Pontifical Council for the Family and are currently in Rome for a Council meeting.  In his address to the Council this past weekend, Pope Francis had some truly inspiring words for married couples.The Catholic Church must help young people understand that marriage isn't always easy, "but it is so beautiful," Pope Francis said."There are problems in marriage: different po … [Read more...]


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