Alienation: Technology & The Synod on the Family

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The Patheos Catholic Channel is hosting a Symposium on the Family in light of the upcoming Extraordinary Synod on the Family in October and the recent release of the working document for the Synod. Yesterday, I wrote about Tech Addiction as one of several technology- and media-related problems cited in working document for the upcoming Synod on [Read More...]

In the Midst of Life, We Are in Death

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After a long final illness, my father finally passed away early this morning at the age of 90. Although he lived well and died at home, it was an emotional and physical rollercoaster at the end, and I was left trying to figure out the point of it all. Does it mean something, or is [Read More...]

Instagram, Vine, and Porn: What Parents Should Know

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This post contains mature images that have been obscured, but may still offend some readers. As Vine, Twitter’s new 6-second-video sharing service is swept up and spun around by the inevitable pornado, it’s worth looking at how Instagram handled a similar issue, and where they’ve failed. Social networks and porn don’t mix well. For a [Read More...]

Thanks, Y’all

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I’ve never been one of those folks who, come Thanksgiving, likes to make lists of all the things for which I’m thankful. I just kind of think of them and rhetorically wave in their general direction and give a thumbs up.  See, there are all kinds of things I like, such as good food, beer, and [Read More...]

Talking About Sex With Your Kids

Simcha Fischer is a treasure. Today she follows up a column on the problems with some abstinence-only education programs with some ideas about how to talk to your kids about sex. No one likes having “the talk”. If you approached it with any kind of enthusiasm, then I’m kind of concerned about you. I went [Read More...]

Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure [Game Review]

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Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure is insidious. I almost hesitate to recommend it because of the potential cost should a child become seriously hooked on the game, but it’s hard to deny just how fun the whole experience really is. Activision took a huge risk with Skylanders, and it paid off with a unique game that the whole [Read More...]

Special Needs Catechesis

Last summer I wrote this story about David, Mercedes, and Brendan Rizzo and their work to create a unique set of tools for teaching special needs children about the sacraments. Their work was piloted at my parish (St. Isaac Jogues in Marlton, New Jersey), so I got to see it develop from a homemade project [Read More...]


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