“Popes Say the Darndest Things” (Zika Edition)–Clarity for Confused Catholics

Are you confused, frustrated by, or for that matter, gloating about Pope Francis' recent comments on contraceptive use and the Zika virus--especially in light of the Vatican Press Office's confirmation that Pope Francis was not only speaking about using Natural Family Planning but also, potentially, hormonal contraceptives and condoms, to prevent the possibility of children born with Zika-related miroencephaly?   Be at peace.  Let's all please take a collective breath and consider the following i … [Read more...]

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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 fact, it's downright shameful.It really doesn't matter how the meeting came about or what was said between them. It also doesn't matter that her life is a hot mess, or that she has done plenty of damage in her own life against the sanctity of marriage. The real point is that, when asked on the fl … [Read more...]

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

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...]

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

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...]

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Pope Francis and Spanking: 4 Things to Consider

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...]

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BIG NEWS! Vatican to Launch New Telecom Company

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...]

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Update from the Hutch: Pope Francis Praises Large Families

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...]

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