When Your Children Leave the Church: Brandon Vogt Offers Hope for Heartbroken Parents

If you're a Catholic parent, you know the joy that comes from seeing your child grow in the faith. On the day of his baptism, you rejoiced at the new life in Christ--anticipating years of loving and shared faith, and then an eternity together. When she received her First Holy Communion, her sweet innocence brought tears in your eyes.But then.... [end peaceful happy music, begin painful screeching sound] during high school or college, or when out on her first job, something happens. Your son … [Read more...]

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Dear Bristol: Thank You For Saying Yes to Life

My fellow Patheos blogger Bristol Palin made a pretty big announcement this morning:  She told her readers that she's pregnant, expecting her second child.You may recall that during her mother's political campaign, Bristol was an 18-year-old unwed mother, and she chose not to marry son Tripp's father Levi Johnson. Soon after giving birth to Tripp in 2008, Bristol launched an abstinence campaign, encouraging young women and men to wait until marriage to engage in sexual activity.And … [Read more...]

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Great Moments in Television: The Heidi Game, the Great Pumpkin, and the Family Hour

Do you remember the Heidi Game?On November 17, 1968, the Oakland Raiders defeated the New York Jets 43-32, scoring two touchdowns in nine seconds to overcome a 32-29 New York lead.  Fans didn't see the dramatic finish, though, because with just 65 seconds left to pay and with the Jets in the lead, NBC made a last-minute decision to cut from the game to begin airing a much touted 1968 made-for-TV version of Heidi.NBC executives were caught between a rock and a hard place:  The game bet … [Read more...]

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