Marriage is – Gasp – a Sexual Sacrament.


The National Post  seems to be having a bit of fun with the response of a couple that has been married 55 years and recently gave their testimony at the extraordinary synod of bishops: “The little things we did for each other, the telephone calls and love notes, the way we planned our day around each other and the things we shared were outward expressions of our longing to be intimate with each other,” the couple said in a joint statement to the closed meeting late Monday.“Gradually we came … [Read more...]

Advice From An Annulment Advocate


The following is a guest post from Christine Cavanaugh, an Annulment Advocate in Seattle, Washington. Since we've heard a lot from experts in opinion but not quite as much from the experts who are actually involved in the process, I asked her for her insights. Here you go! Constructive and charitable comments always welcome in the com-boxes. When Catholics or RCIA candidates walk into a parish office to meet with an annulment advocate, they display all the eagerness of someone … [Read more...]

Why I’m Grateful to Cardinal Kasper: “Remaining in the Truth of Christ.”


I am grateful to Cardinal Kasper. Indeed, I've long had a particular respect for him because I often attended daily Mass that he reverently offered at Santa Maria in Trastevere, a beautiful ancient Roman church with a vibrant parish community. He was usually assisted by seminarians and he was consistently emphatic in his teaching and formation of the seminarians even during the Mass.That made a lasting impression on me. I saw that he was a priest who took the sacrifice of the Mass very … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ Pre-Synod


Opinions have not been lacking in the lead up to the Synod on the family, which begins in Rome on October 5. And now, as I read a preview copy of Remaining in the Truth of Christ, the response to by five Cardinals and some additional scholars to Cardinal Kasper's The Gospel of the Family, I am more convinced than ever that Pope Francis essentially arranged a pre-Synod.First, there was the survey that was sent out to all the episcopal conferences around the world. It was not an unprecedented … [Read more...]

To Vaccinate Or Not? Safety Net or No Safety Net?


Ok, setting aside theology and Church related topics to dive into...vaccines!The Wall Street Journal has an article detailing the increase in some diseases, the rates of which infection had decreased substantially because of vaccinations. Over the past decades, there has been an increasing movement to delay or refuse vaccinations for children.To me, it never made much sense. The only way your unvaccinated child can be relatively safe from these diseases is if...everyone else vaccinates … [Read more...]

Marriage Isn’t Everything.

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Good post by an Evangelical pastor, Kevin A. Thompson, whose work I've cited before. [Marriage. What Does Peace Have To Do With It & Are We Ready To Do The Work Of Peace?] He writes: Many people undervalue marriage. This is why I spend a lot of time writing about its importance, pleading for spouses to take it seriously, and highlighting the value which comes when we hold marriage in high regard....It is an equal mistake to over value marriage—to exalt it above what it was created to b … [Read more...]