How to calm a crying baby

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Christian teaching on marriage as discrimination?

The Catholic church of Australia published a booklet about marriage, explaining why the institution is for men and women, not same-sex couples, and setting forth basic Christian teachings on the matter.  Now it faces a discrimination complaint filed by a transgendered gay activist (a man in a relationship with a woman, but then he had sex change surgery so now he is also a lesbian).

Anyone can file a complaint, of course. and surely this will be thrown out.  Australia doesn’t even have same-sex marriage. But we see here the impulse on the part of some activists not only to gain a right but to suppress those who disagree. [Read more…]

Father seeks right to marry adopted son

It seems that before gay marriage was legal, in order to form a family union, an older homosexual man would sometimes adopt his young lover.  Now a father is trying to get a court to dissolve the adoption so that he can marry his son. [Read more…]

Catholic synod on family makes few changes

A synod of bishops has been meeting at the Vatican discussing “the family” and possible changes to Roman Catholic practice, including being more welcoming to gays and allowing divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion.  The meeting closed on Sunday, proposing very few changes to church teaching.  It affirmed that there is no basis for same-sex marriage and allowed for a very restrictive process that might allow some divorced Catholics, on a case-by-case basis, to receive the Sacrament.

The Pope expressed anger that so little, in his view, was accomplished, accusing conservative bishops of having “closed hearts.”

After the jump, excerpts from two stories:  One includes the reasons why divorced and remarried Catholics are excluded from the Sacrament (they commit a mortal sin every time they have sex an example of Catholic sin-counting that figured in the Reformation).  The other gives the reaction of Pope Francis, who theoretically could make changes on his own authority. [Read more…]

The happiest parents have four or more kids

An Australian family has found that the happiest parents are those with four or more children. [Read more…]

Why Germany is welcoming refugees

Many European countries are dismayed at all of the refugees pouring in from Syria and other war-torn Islamic countries. But Germany is welcoming them, going so far as to promise to take in 800,000 of them.  So why is that?

Because Germany has the lowest birth rate in the world (8.2 babies per 1,000 people), and the population is projected to drop from today’s 81 million to 68 million in the next few decades.  Germans know that this population implosion could be devastating to their economy and their society, and they hope that an injection of people who don’t mind having children will help.

Does anyone know why Germans and other advanced nations have virtually stopped having children?  Is this a symptom of the sexual revolution?  Feminism?  The decline of marriage in favor of living-together and perpetual singleness?  Or what? [Read more…]