War on Women? Try 2 Million Contacts. 100,000 Hours. Countless Lives Transformed.

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Heartbeat International, a global network of pregnancy centers, has been able to confirm that it received its 2 millionth caller to its 24/7 help center, OptionLine.For eleven years, Heartbeat has worked round the clock, literally. OptionLine is always open; there is always someone there to answer a call, text, email, or IM. Always.Full disclosure - I'm on the board of Heartbeat. I'm honored to have been asked to serve.You see, I'm fully committed to women's rights and the … [Read more...]

The Real Problem(s) With NFP


Yesterday, fellow blogger Greg Popcak posted a provocative piece, "There's No Such Thing As NFP." As a philosopher, I might quibble with some of his terminology. But I think he's spot on: NFP is simply information that allows couples to communicate and pray about how marital intimacy can help them grow in holiness and receptivity to God’s will.And: Incidentally,  I don’t mean to suggest that couples who don’t use NFP have no process in place for communicating and praying about how their mar … [Read more...]

Catechism 101 on Married Priests for Sean Hannity


Earlier this week, on Monday, I was flipping through the channels and caught the end of an interview between Sean Hannity and Fr. Jonathan Morris. The interview covered issues of pedophilia and married priests related to a recent account of a conversation with Pope Francis. (Scalfari, the editor who wrote up the interview has stated publicly that he takes no notes, records nothing, and just goes from memory. In other words, when he sits down with the Pope, he plays his own personal game of … [Read more...]

Marriage. What Does Peace Have To Do With It & Are We Ready To Do The Work Of Peace?


We talk about peace, but it's generally an abstract concept describing relations between nations. Nevertheless, at every Mass we hear the words of Jesus, "My peace I give to you." That's huge. I've often thought that we don't allow ourselves to experience that reality, especially in our closest relationships. Maybe it's because we don't know how.Now, few months ago, I started following the work of Kevin A. Thompson, a Christian pastor who writes a lot on marriage and family issues. I find … [Read more...]

Married Priests


One of the standard hurdles thrown at Catholics is the question of why doesn't the Catholic Church allow married priests, particularly when there's a vocation crisis?[Aside - In interviews, I generally try to point out that we need to define what is meant by a "vocations crisis" because vocations to the clerical and religious lives are in fact thriving in some areas..]Fr. Dwight Longenecker, fellow blogger at here Patheos has a great column in ZENIT addressing precisely this question. … [Read more...]

Why the Hobby Lobby Decision Brings Out the Feminist in Me


The more I think about it, the more the Supreme Court's decision on the Hobby Lobby case bothers me. I don't disagree with the decision, but I don't like what it reveals about our culture. Case in point, Deroy Murdock listed all the contraceptives that were covered by Hobby Lobby before the decision and that would be covered after the decision. Here you go -Male condoms Female condoms Diaphragms with spermicide Sponges with spermicide Cervical caps with spermicide Spermicide … [Read more...]