Dear David Brooks: I Needed That Laugh. Thanks!

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David Brooks has a hilarious piece in The New York Times today.  (H/T James Taranto, "Best of the Web.") Arguing that it's not constructive to have culture wars, he offer some advice to Christians - We live in a society plagued by formlessness and radical flux, in which bonds, social structures and commitments are strained and frayed. Millions of kids live in stressed and fluid living arrangements. Many communities have suffered a loss of social capital. Many young people grow up in a sexual and … [Read more...]

Same-Sex Marriage Wasn’t Decided Today

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It was decided decades ago, perhaps even almost 100 years ago. The United States population did not wake up a few years ago and say, "Hey, we want to redefine marriage." We have been living the redefinition of marriage for much longer.Some will point to the 7th Lambeth Conference in 1930, whereby the Anglican Church allowed for the use of birth control by married couples. Soon after, many other Christian denominations followed suit.Fast forward to 1968. One year before the summer of lo … [Read more...]

Cardinal Kasper – The Pope Didn’t Endorse My Proposal

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We live in a soundbite world. Of that, there is no doubt. Before, during, and after the Extraordinary Synod on the Family last year, the question of whether the divorced and remarried can receive the sacrament of Holy Communion was and continues to be passionately debated.Sadly, too many Catholics, including some clergy, rely only on the headlines and soundbites to inform themselves and the result of the debate has been growing confusion that somehow the Church has changed it's teaching on … [Read more...]

Summer Learnin’

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What are you doing this summer? Vacation? Sounds good. But what about a graduate course on Christian Marriage? After all, marriage is a pretty hot topic these days. Plus, we've got the World Meeting of Families coming up, not to mention the Ordinary Synod on the Family in October.Are you ready?I'll be teaching this course for the Augustine Institute in Denver, along with the esteemed Dr. Edward Sri and Lucas Pollice. Lest we rest in theory, we'll be joined by marriage coaches Matt and … [Read more...]

My Podcast – Catholic Answers Live – Divorce, Remarriage, & Communion

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On Monday, I was a guest on Catholic Answers Live to discuss something really easy and noncontroversial....marriage, divorce, etc. There were a lot of calls and the conversation centered mostly around annulment.Here's the podcast.A previous guest post: "Advice From An Annulment Advocate."And a previous post of mine: "Annulment: A  Right And A Healing."As we come up to the next Synod on the Family, it's all too apparent that we, the Church, need to be doing a lot more to help … [Read more...]

3 Things You Can Expect From Synod 14.

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Here are three things you can expect from the Synod - Rome is a colorful place, to say the least, and it has certainly left its stamp on the Vatican.Chaos. The Vatican is not Italian. It's Roman. Do not try to impose your standards on it. You want Romans to be in charge of things like food, fashion, all things epicurean and aesthetic. They do bureaucracy well if you think bureaucracy is a good thing in the first place, hence a Vatican that almost everyone acknowledges needs to be … [Read more...]


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